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The Continuing Medical Education Program assists physicians in Northern Health to meet their CME needs and learning requirements.

Purpose

  • To support physicians in the provision of exceptional care to patients by identifying and connecting physicians with CME/CDP opportunities
  • To review and process physician RCME claims
  • To increase the availability of learning opportunities across the North

Ian Schokking - Physician Lead
Candice Manahan - Executive Lead, Physician Quality
Heather Gummow - Coordinator, CME
Kelsey Guldbransen - Assistant, CME

Fax: 250-645-6336
Email: Physician.Education@northernhealth.ca

Physician Advisory Committee Biographies:

Dr. Flynn

Dr. Justin Flynn, MD has practiced family medicine in Smithers, BC since 2007. Prior to this, Dr. Flynn worked in a number of Canadian communities from Digby, Nova Scotia to Hazelton, BC. Dr. Flynn completed medical school training at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and Family Medicine Residency at University of British Columbia - Prince George site. Areas of medical interest include Emergency Medicine and Dermatology and finds teaching medical students and residents a rewarding and enjoyable part of practice.

Dr. Flynn is a Certificant Member and Examiner for the College of Family Physicians of Canada and sits on the Bulkley Valley District Hospital E.R. Committee. Dr. Flynn lives in Smithers with his wife and three children where he can often be found playing hockey, or "wetting a line" at one of the region's incredible rivers.

Dr. Helm

Charles Helm has been a family physician in Tumbler Ridge since 1992, providing a one-in-two on-call service to the local ER. He immigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1986. He semi-retired in 2017, and continues as Chief of Medical Staff in Tumbler Ridge, organizes medical educational events, interprets ECGs for northeastern BC communities, and supervises colleagues. He has authored over forty peer-reviewed medical publications, and has a special interest in teaching medical students and residents.

Other interests include organizing events such as the Emperor’s Challenge Mountain Run that promote fitness and wellness, writing eight books on the Tumbler Ridge area, being an active explorer in the region and designing, building and maintaining hiking trails. His palaeontological interests, expressed through the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, have led to numerous fossil discoveries and scientific articles. He was instrumental in the successful proposal that led to the creation of the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark. He and his wife Linda have two children, Daniel and Carina.

Dr. Keyvani

Dr. Keyvani finished her Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology specialties at the University of Manitoba in 2006 after which she was mentored by Dr. Charles Bernstein, who runs one of the largest IBD research centers in Canada. She then became an associate gastroenterologist at the Liver and Intestinal Research Center in Vancouver, BC, and was a sub investigator in many IBD clinical trials during her clinical practice.

In January 2013, she accepted a job at UHNBC in Prince George, BC, where she has become the head of the Gastroenterology Division. In her practice, she is busy seeing patients with gastroenterology/hepatology issues from all over Northern BC.

She is affiliated with UBC as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and has taught and examined UBC/UNBC Medical students and residents since 2006. She is also a member of the Prince George Continuing Medical Education Fund Committee and UHNBC Physician Initiative Committee.

She attends the National and International Association Meetings on a regular basis and is an invitee to multiple pharmaceutical consultative meetings.

Dr. Keyvani is grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve people of the North.

Dr. Markham

Dr. Markham has worked in rural family practice for over 20 years. He has had a remarkably diverse and productive medical career that has taken him across the globe. Born in Zimbabwe and trained in South Africa, Dr. Markham first immigrated to Canada in 1992, where he practiced for three years in rural Newfoundland. In 1995, he began a seven-year career in General Practice with the British Army in the UK completing his General practice Vocational Training and his Membership into the Royal College of General practitioners. During that time, he was awarded the Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officer training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training.

In 2002, Dr. Markham returned to Canada and settled with his family in Valemount, British Columbia. He was been practicing family medicine there ever since in both clinical and emergency-room settings. He has been heavily involved in a variety of community health outreach and educational initiatives, leading the local transition to an electronic medical record system, being involved in establishing the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice as one of its founding directors, and sitting on a number of regional and provincial committees.

In 2009, Dr. Markham was awarded the Order of British Columbia for “steadfastly, unwaveringly, and intentionally serving the community of Valemount, despite the many challenges faced by rural medical caregivers.” He was appointed as Medical Director for UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development in June of 2013. He has stated that he intends to practice rural family medicine for the rest of his career. It is clear that Dr. Markham is passionate about rural medicine in British Columbia, although his commitment to isolated or underserved populations transcends BC’s borders – taking him from Kenya to Haiti and even to Antarctica.

Dr. Meyer

Dr. Ulrike Meyer, MD has practiced as a general practitioner in Dawson Creek since 1992. Dr. Meyer received her Medical Degree from the WWU-Muenster in Germany in 1989 and upon graduation she completed her residency with the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Meyer is certified with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and licensed to practice in British Columbia. Since relocating to Dawson Creek Dr. Meyer has been involved with a number of committees including the NH Maternal Infant Council, the local Continuing Medical Education Committee and Regional NCME Steering Committee in addition to her work with the MoreOB Core Team and as a NRP instructor.

When not pursuing her professional interests in Family Practice, Maternity, Homeopathy and Energy Medicine Dr. Meyer can be found hiking, swimming, horse back riding, cross-country skiing or reading.1

Dr. Schokking

Dr. Ian Schokking, MD has practiced as a family physician in Prince George since 1994. Dr. Schokking received his Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in 1985 then completed his Family Practice Residency at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was fly-in physician to Native Reserves in Sioux Lookout Ontario, at Sir Edmond Hillary’s Kunde Hospital in Nepal, and at the Aka Khan’s Singal Hospital in Pakistan before completing his MSc in Epidemiology-International Health at McGill University; Certificates in Acupuncture and Integrative Body Psychotherapy Training and Enhanced Fellowship Training in Psycho-geriatrics.

Dr. Schokking is a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and speaks Dutch, French, Nepali and Urdu. He has been awarded the Ernie Haynes Fellowship, CIDA Award for Canadians and the Royal Canadian Legion Gerontology Fellowship. In addition to his work as a member of the BCMA CME Nucleus Committee and the NCME Steering Committee, he is the Prince George CME Coordinator. His medical interests include psycho-geriatrics, sports medicine and emergency medicine and can be found playing soccer, skiing, orienteering and mountain biking with his wife and 4 children.