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Free Mini Med School March 10-31

By Asma Farooq, Chilliwack Division of Family Practice


People listen intently to doctors speak at one of the previous Mini Med Schools.


he 7th Annual Mini Med School will be taking place on March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Talk to local doctors and other health care professionals at this series of free information sessions. Running from 7 pm to 9 pm, each sessions will be an evening of informal discussions and quite possibly life-altering learning.


The topics are:

March 10: How to really talk to your doctor and get the most out of your visits: If you have a family doctor, learn how to have a better relationship with them. If you don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner and are looking for one, learn about the one point of contact to help you!
• March 17: Tonight’s lecture is brought to you by the letter Zzzzz: Counting sheep, melatonin and other sleep strategies
• March 24: Vaccines: Why The Fuss (WTF)?
• March 31: Dementia: When We Forget

To register, click here or call 604-702-4757.

This free is sponsored by the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation and the UBC Family Medicine Residency Program.

Connect with CDFP's Asma Farooq on Facebook at For more information on this or some of the other programs, visit

The Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) generously continues to provide funding support and sponsorship for these sessions. “Running for the 7th consecutive year, Mini Med School has proven to be successful in raising awareness about important health topics”, says Brian Coombes, CEPCO President. “We value our partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice on doctor recruitment, and this sponsorship is one more way we can help them create a healthier community.”

Mini Med School is a series of free information sessions where members of the public can talk to local doctors and other health care professionals about important medical topics. This popular evening series includes informal discussions and quite possibly, life-altering learning about health concerns that are relevant to the community. Dr. Chantal Chris, member of the Chilliwack Division and community family doctor, oversees and facilitates the sessions.


“Mini Med School provides a great opportunity for family medicine residents to connect with the community to share their expertise and answer questions in an interactive and engaging session.” In recognition of her central role in leading the series for the past five years, Dr. Chris has been awarded the Above and Beyond Award for her outstanding contribution in building health literacy to pave the way for healthier communities.

The Mini Med School session on March 10 is one of the ways the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice is helping residents of Chilliwack, Agassiz-Harrison, Seabird Island and Hope learn about when, how and where they can access primary care in their communities. The Division is educating residents about their health care options as part of its A GP for Me strategy to improve the capacity and delivery of local primary care services. Katrina Bepple, Programs Lead at the Chilliwack Division, lists some other ways for people to learn how to appropriately access primary care in their community.

• Current information on the Divisions website at
• Awareness about services such as the Patient Attachment Mechanism for patients who do not have a primary care provider, are provided in handouts at Chilliwack walk-in clinics.



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