Thank you for publishing our article, “Multiple sclerosis: Myths and realities” (BCMJ 2006;48:72-75). We have had a tremendous response from physicians and health care professionals who appreciated clarification on the most common myths patients bring into their practices.
For those who have requested further education, we have organized a free Neurology Update program on 24 June at Surrey Memorial Hospital (see BCMJ Calendar). We also offer individual preceptorship programs for physicians and nurses.
We have received many requests for more information about the Fraser Health MS Clinic. The clinic offers comprehensive care (diagnostic, disease-modifying therapies, fast-track relapse, symptom management, and emergency cover) 5 days per week. The care is provided by 16 staff members, including MS neurologists, a neurophthalmologist, a psychiatrist, a physiatrist, MS nurses, and other health care professionals and specialists. We offer access to new therapies through clinical trials and conduct independent research. Our wait time is approximately 2 weeks. For further information visit www.fraserhealth.ca/HealthInfo/MultipleSclerosisClinic or call 604 412-6405.
—Galina Vorobeychik, MD, FRCPSC
Director, Fraser Health MS Clinic
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