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

Dr. Edmond Chan CBC News World Interview

CCMS BC board member Dr. Edmond Chan was interviewed on CBC (December, 2013)

"There's no evidence that delaying the introduction of potential allergens like peanuts, fish or eggs beyond six months helps to prevent allergy", said Dr. Edmond Chan, a pediatric allergist and his team.

President's Address at AGM 2014

The following is Dr. Elinda Ho's president's address at CCMSBC AGM/Gala 2014:

As I begin my term as the new CCMS(BC) president and the process of getting to know the members better I want to share some of my personal history with all of you.  Over 100 years ago, my grandfather arrived in Victoria BC to work for CP Rail.  He paid the infamous $500 head tax.  I keep this certificate framed in my office so I can see it every day.  This head tax was 1 of more than 150 racist laws imposed against Chinese immigrants in British Columbia that started over 140 years ago.  On May 15, 2014 Premier Christy Clark formally apologized on behalf of British Columbia, calling this troubled period a stain on the province's history.  This apology was unanimously supported by every party in the house.  Even though no compensation was offered, I was thrilled.

Even though my grandfather started to help this country 100 years ago, it took another 60 years before my mother and our family were able to join him in Canada.  Much to my parents' horror, the only work they could find in the 1970's were kitchen helpers.  This was the 1970's, a long time ago, but not ancient history.  The political climate in the 70's was different from 100 years ago, but not as different as one may think.  The CMA president at the time commented with concern about the large number of Chinese students in Canadian Medical Schools.  This started groups of Chinese-Canadian physicians across Canada to gather and react.  It was 12 years later, in 1985, CCMS(BC) was legally constituted under the leadership of Jay Cheng.  In the 1970's, even doctors worried about too many Chinese doctors.  Nowadays, these ideas seem unthinkable, but we must remember them.

Even though political attitude toward immigration is drastically different now, our society's mandate is unchanged.  We must continue to foster fellowship among Chinese-Canadian physicians of BC.  We must continue to promote health awareness in the Chinese community.  We must continue to advocate for Chinese immigrants who cannot or don't know how to advocate for themselves.

Growing up, I knew of my grandfather's life as a laborer for CP Rail and I saw my parents as hard workers who eventually bought a small store where they worked 13 hour days, 7 days a week.  It is unfathomable for me to complain about the hard work it is to be a family doctor.  It has been an honour to serve our community as a board member of the CCMS(BC), and I look forward to serving as the president in the 2 years to come.  I considered what an effective society president is and eventually realized that I only need to model the 3 excellent CCMS presidents that I have worked with so far.

Dr. Edmond Chan was the CCMS president from 2007 to 2008.  I want to copy Dr. Chan in the way he handled delicate and potentially dramatic situations with sensitivity, grace and diplomacy.  Edmond is the ultimate statesman.

Dr. Urbain Ip was the CCMS president from 2009 to 2010.  I want to decipher bureaucratic situations with Dr. Ip's clarity, to extract out what people are really saying, and not just what they're saying.  Urbain is the ultimate cool guy who makes everyone he meets feel like a good buddy.

Last but not least Dr. Jen Yu, the CCMS president from 2011 to 2014, the longest serving CCMS president in history.  Dr. Yu has great inner strength and a tireless drive to make everything better.  I will emulate her admirable work ethic.  Jen is the person everyone wants on their team.