Gathering your feedback: Are you interested in joining our WorkSafeBC Medical Advisor Seminar Series?

The November 2021 article from Work­SafeBC (BCMJ 2021:63;392) included information about our just-in-time assistance and accredited outreach to physicians and their offices. We also have internal committees planning continuing professional development; WorkSafeBC Medical Services employs or contracts more than 90 family physicians and specialists, as well as a consultant dentist and chiropractor, known internally as medical advisors and medical specialists. As one element of our internal continuing professional development, we organize a monthly noontime seminar on a variety of topics related to workplace injury and disease. The seminars are accredited for Mainpro+ and MOC Section 1 credits. Our seminar series presenters include community and WorkSafeBC practitioners/consultants. Topics from the past 2 years are provided in the Box.

We are currently planning our upcoming series and we would like your feedback:

  • Would you be interested in virtually attending a noontime seminar?
  • If so, what topics related to workplace injury, disease, and disability prevention would address your learning needs?
  • To help with our internal needs assessment, we would appreciate your perspective on areas of education you recommend for medical advisors/specialists.

You may use any of the following methods to provide your thoughts about the seminar series, your level of interest, and any topics you would like to see:

  • Fill in our survey at
  • Leave us a voicemail on our Medical Advisor Information Line at 1 855 476-3059. This line directs physicians and nurse practitioners to the RACE Line for immediate callback about a patient with a WorkSafeBC claim; listen past that direction to leave a voicemail.
  • Send an email to Please do not email any personal patient information.

Thank you for your feedback and your continued care of injured workers in BC.
—Celina Dunn, MD, CCFP, CIME
—Olivia Sampson, MD, CCFP, MPH, RCPSC
On behalf of the WorkSafeBC Medical Advisor Seminar Series Scientific Planning Committee (Harry Karlinsky, MD, FRCPC, Harvey Koochin, MD, Janice Mason, MD, Brian Ng, MD, MPH, CCFP, FCFP, Peter Zeindler, MD, CCFP, FCFP)

Seminar topics from the past 2 years

  • Chronic pain:
    • Interventional treatments for spinal pain—a review
  • Interdisciplinary care:
    • Chiropractic care and the injured worker
    • Nurse practitioners in BC
  • Medical legal issues:
    • Duty to report
  • Mental health:
    • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)—what it is and its current role in treatment of mental health conditions
  • Musculoskeletal conditions:
    • Calcific tendinopathy and rotator cuff tears
    • Work-related back injuries and intervertebral disc degeneration/osteoarthrosis
    • Not just an ankle sprain: A review of uncommon foot and ankle injuries commonly seen in injured workers
    • Ulnocarpal impaction syndrome
  • Occupational disease:
    • Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
    • Communicable diseases in the workplace
  • Ophthalmology:
    • Retinal detachment
    • Common workplace ocular injuries—important management considerations
  • Physician health:
    • Physician Health Program of BC
  • Rehabilitation:
    • Review of WorkSafeBC rehabilitation programs
    • Concussion rehabilitation
    • Concurrent care rehabilitation: Mental health and substance use disorder
    • Amputation rehabilitation
  • Telemedicine:
    • Virtual examination (and when to see in person)—a series:
    • Upper extremity
    • Lower extremity
    • Spine and neurology
  • Work disability prevention:
    • Perceived justice



This article is the opinion of WorkSafeBC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

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Celina Dunn, MD, CCFP, CIME, Olivia Sampson, MD, CCFP, MPH, FRCPC, ABPM. Gathering your feedback: Are you interested in joining our WorkSafeBC Medical Advisor Seminar Series?. BCMJ, Vol. 64, No. 1, January, February, 2022, Page(s) 40 - WorkSafeBC.

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