Thursday, March 5, 2015
Free Mini Med School March 10-31
Asma Farooq, Chilliwack Division of Family Practice
People listen intently to doctors speak
at one of the previous Mini Med Schools.
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
here or call 604-702-4757.
free is sponsored by the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, the
Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation and the UBC Family Medicine
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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
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
• 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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