The following events provide ESS family physicians with the opportunity to engage in accredited learning, as well as networking with other ESS physicians.

Click here to read a background paper presenting an environmental scan of CPD opportunities for ESSFP rural surgeons

There has always been the intent that ESS physicians would draw on their specialist colleagues to whom they refer for CPD. With many of these  “networks” still in their infancy, there is a need to be somewhat proactive about CPD for ESS. A committee was struck including Fed Janke, Tom Windsor Smith, Randy Friesen, Jarred Van Bussell, Ryan Falk, Stu Iglesias, and a representative from midwifery.

Laparoscopic Salpingectomy CPD program, March 2017 and 2018, Vancouver

Februrary 2017 Salpingectomy Course(L to R): Wes Steed, Taber, AB; Ryan Falk, Inuvik, NWT; Erin Sullivan, Meadow Lake, SK; Stu Iglesias, Bella Bella, BC; Vanessa Berjat, Rocky Mountain House, AB; Audrey Bedard, Peace River, AB; Bret Batchelor, Revelstoke, BC; Rod Oishi, Edson, AB; Brian Geller, La Loche, SK; Neenah Mehra, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBCOn Feb 27/28, 2017, eight (8) rural ESS Family Physicians attended a Laparoscopic Salpingectomy CPD program at the Centre for Excellence in Surgical Education and Innovation (CESEI) in Vancouver. Responding to changing standards of care in both surgical sterilization and the management of ectopic pregnancy, D N Mehra and DR M Wesea, faculty from the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology created a new CPD program to teach rural ESS FPs these skills.

After successful course completion, these physicians will pursue a local mentorship in their region with a pathway to independent practice in these new surgical skills. This CPD program was accredited by the CFPC for three Mainpro+ credits per hour.

This course was supported as a proof of concept trial of an innovative model for CPD for rural ESSFP with a $7,500 grant from BC’s Rural Education Action Plan (REAP). The leadership and administrative support for the program was provided by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc).

Banff CME for ESS Rural Physicians

Presently, the only formal CPD program for ESS is the program in Banff every two years attached to the Rural Emergency Medicine program (scheduled for January of 2020).

The Banff Endoscopy program run by the Alberta Society of Endoscopic Practice often runs at the same time.

The SOGC Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference

June 26-19 Victoria

Courses on Cystoscopy, Forceps and Fetal Health Surveillance

The Canadian Surgery Forum 2018

Sept 13-15 St John’s, agenda pending



The Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) convened a Rural Surgery Summit as part of the national Canadian Surgery Forum (CSF) in Victoria on September 14, 2017.

View the agenda for the Rural Surgery Summit now

The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology 

SEE Courses (Colonoscopy Skills Improvement) Various locations and times