Joining a Type-2 Diabetes Study Group

Dear Members,

Please read the message from Allison of eHealth Strategy Office of UBC. You may want to print the poster and give it to your patents if they want to participate in the study.

Contact info:

黄小姐,中文研究調查負責人 -
黄小姐 vivian.w@ubc.ca
vivian.w@ubc.ca 604-875-4111 內線 69149

Dear Dr. Yu:

I manage a research project based out of the eHealth Strategy Office with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine (the same office as the iCON project) which is exploring the feasibility of using mobile technology to support individuals with Type-2 diabetes (mDAWN). The study is 3-months in length and focuses on the use if three different technologies:

1.       SMS (text messaging) – participants are sent texts twice a week with short health tips, links to health resources, and health questions/challenges

2.       An electronic community of practice (eCOP) – participants are provided with a log-in to a website with health resources and a semi-facilitated discussion board where they can interact with others in the study

3.        Wireless monitoring devices – participants are provided with a wireless weight scale and blood pressure monitor which upload readings to a website so participants can track their measurements over time, as well as a standard blood glucose meter and pedometer, and asked to track their own health measurements

As this is a feasibility study our main research goal is to determine how these technologies fit into people’s lives, what barriers to adoption might exist, and whether or not general improvements in the health of participants can be seen. We are currently mid-way  through our second English-language study group and are hoping to launch a Chinese-language study group in early/mid-July.

I wanted to see if you might be able to help us recruit for this study. We do have a recruitment poster (attached in traditional Chinese) and I would be happy to send hard copies of the posters if you are able to put it up in your office or if you have other ideas for how it might be shared.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the study, or if you are able to assist us in our recruitment.

Thank you so much!

CBC National: check up

Various issues discussed in the National, May 20, 2014:

Do your patients look for second opinion? Do they use Google to do diagnosis? What about those "Rate My Doctor" sites?

CCMSBC May 2014 Newletter Available

Thanks to the hard work of our editor, Kristy Cho, the May 2014 issue of CCMS BC Newsletter is out.  She has managed to finish the job during her busy exam time.

We also thank all the contributors of the newsletter for their contribution. 

You can read all our recent newsletters here.

Dr. Jen Yu

A brief survey on physicians' perceptions

Dear members,

Dr. Ging-Yuek Robin Hsiung, one of our life members, is asking for your help in filling out a brief survey.  Please see his message below.

Survey link: https://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g2d0e

Dr. Jen Yu

Survey on Computerized Cognitive Test Batteries: The Physicians’ Perspective
The problem:
There is a need for innovation in cognitive testing approaches to the assessment of memory and cognitive concerns. Screening tests lack sensitivity. Neuropsychological testing is largely unavailable. Self-administered Computerized Cognitive Test Batteries (CCTB) that reliably detect cognitive impairment, could provide the needed innovation.
A new CCTB:
UBC researchers from cognitive science, computer science, neuropsychology, geriatrics, and behavioural neurology have developed Cognitive Testing on Computer (C-TOC). C-TOC
has 12 tasks, covers all cognitive domains, and takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. It can be done in a clinic office, and has the potential to be done online in a home setting. C-TOC has been developed with input from patients referred for cognitive evaluation (end-users), and from a cultural advisory panel.
Your perspective on CCTBs:
In this survey we ask you questions about your perspective on CCTBs, their feasibility, and their utility. We would like you to imagine a CCTB like C-TOC:  an easy-to-use tool that has validity in detecting MCI and dementia, and that can help in the clinical diagnosis of these conditions, potentially even in the identification of the underlying etiology.

Survey link: https://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g2d0e

Chinese New Year Dinner: a Good Time!

We had an overwhelming response to our Chinese New Year Dinner invitation. About 150 members and their guests enjoyed the festive celebration - to celebrate the arrival of the year of horse. We would like to thank the following members who made this event a smashing success: CCMSBC executive assistant Karen Cheng, CCMSBC board members Bonnie Szeto, Dr. June Lin, Dr. Dayan Huang, Dr. Thomas Wong and many others. See some photos below (click to enlarge) and  a photo album here! (photos courtesy Benny Lee, one of our student members).

Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH

Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH is a ground-breaking, six episode documentary series set in Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency room. A dedicated medical team struggle around the clock against a never-ending onslaught of injuries, assaults and oddities. Triumphs are quickly celebrated, moments of levity are treasured and lost lives are silently mourned.  With unprecedented access to one of the busiest emergency rooms in British Columbia, this series imbeds the viewer at the epicenter of controlled chaos. It’s gripping, heartbreaking and a totally unforgettable view of local heroes saving lives.

Watch the show: http://er.knowledge.ca/episode/full-moon

Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH is a collaboration between Knowledge Network, Lark Productions and Vancouver Coastal Health. During the filming of this series, extensive effort was taken to respect the privacy of all patients. Certain names, characteristics and details have also been altered, added, or removed to protect patient privacy.

Dr. Eric Yoshida at “Let’s Talk About B” launch

After years of lobbying, B.C.’s Ministry of Health is spending $400,000 on a hepatitis B education program aimed at immigrants from Asia who are most likely to be chronically ill with the disease.The provincial government and S.U.C.C.E.S.S (an immigrant services agency) have launched a new program they hope will help combat hepatitis B in immigrant communities.The program called “Let’s Talk About B." (watch Fairchild TV News in Cantonese)

Reported by Global News and Vancouver Sun, Dr. Yoshida (a CCMSBC Life member) talked about the program at the program launch:

“The long-term effects for those with undiagnosed and untreated hepatitis B are extremely serious,” says the head of the Division of Gastroenterology at UBC, Dr. Eric Yoshida. “25 to 30 per cent of these patients will die early because of cirrhosis or cancer. This program will go a long way to helping those with hepatitis B live longer, healthier lives.”

“Asian communities in British Columbia will be well-served by a program like this one,” said MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Naomi Yamamoto. “The long-term effects of a disease like hepatitis B can be devastating, and I know the program will help many immigrants get the support and treatment they need.” (SUCCESS photo: from left: Dr. Yoshida, Health Minister Terry Lake, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Naomi Yamamoto and SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo)

More details about the program: http://www.hepb.successbc.ca/

Website Updates

Dear CCMSBC Members:

I am writing to update you on our recently changed new website (this site) http://ccmsbc.org.  Our previous website http://ccmsbc.com is no longer in use.

Please bookmark this site and visit often. You will find CCMSBC events, CMEs, newsletters, resources for physicians, daily BC medical news and photo albums of recent CCMSBC activities.

Please inform other members who are not on our mailing list about our new site.  You may use our contact form to update your contact information and express any concerns/inquiries you may have.


If you wish to be removed from our email list,  please reply to this email -  info@ccmsbc.org with subject "unsubscribe'.


Dr. Jen Yu,
President, CCMSBC