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President’s Letter

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Q1 2020: COVID-19 Update

Dear members,

This is a difficult update for me to write as the immediate crisis with COVID-19 has caused tremendous shifts and changes in all radiologists’ practices throughout this province including both hospital and community clinics.  Read more…

UBC Faculty of Medicine Radiology Department Grand Rounds

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COVID-19 Related Topics

COVID-19: Presented by Dr. Deborah Money, Professor at UBC OBGYN and School of Public Health & Executive Vice Dean, UBC FoM & Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, Professor of Radiology and Cardiology UBC. Watch video…

Anxiety, Uncertainty, Exhaustion & Grief: Strategies for COPING with COVID-19: Presented by Dr. Theresa Newlove, Head of Psychology & Clinical Psychologist, Medical Psychology, BCCWH & Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children – April 1, 2020. Watch video

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Health Authority COVID-19 Guidance for Physicians

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Links to Health Authority pages for Health Professionals and other medical staff

Fraser Health Authority Information for employees of Fraser Health

Interior Health Authority Health Care Professionals

Northern Health Authority Daily Medical Staff Updates

Provincial Health. Services Authority Resources for Health Professionals

Vancouver Coastal Health For Health Professionals – Physician’s updates

Vancouver Island Health Authority Medical Staff Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Guidance

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COVID-19 has caused tremendous shifts and changes in all radiologists practices throughout this province including both hospital and community clinics. Most outpatient imaging at the hospitals have now been limited and the volumes at clinics are likewise reduced. The BCRS is doing our best to help our members and stakeholders navigate these unchartered waters.

While Radiologists and their front line colleagues deal with the crisis day in and day out, it has been impressive to see rapid coordination between all regulatory bodies, the health authorities and the government. Radiologists have a key role in managing our resources, and the radiology medical leads as well as the BCRS representatives are part of frequent meetings among all imaging stakeholders in the province.  Bulletins will continue to be issued by health authorities to provide updates, and there have been useful guidelines on patient screening and enhanced sterilization put out by our partners at the CAR. We will do our best to keep this page updated with the most current information.

Updates released this week (March 29-April 4

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada: COVID-19 Update on Wellness: Guidance from the  Canadian Society of Physician Leaders

Canadian Medical. Association: COVID-19 Update to Members

UPDATED March 30: Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology and CAR Statement on COVID-19

College Connector – Volume 8, no. 2 |March/April – Latest COVID-19 updates including an update regarding scope of practice

Updates released this week (March 22-28)

BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19: Critical Care and Acute Care Hospitalization Modelling Report

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use Guidance documents from Ontario Health and Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (French)

UPDATED March 25: Canadian Association for Interventional Radiolgy and Canadian Association of Radiologists Joint  Statement for COVID-19 and Interventional Radiology Procedures

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC COVID-19 Updates – including Announcements from the Public Health Officer & Regulatory Updates

Update on the coronavirus outbreak and impact to the Royal College

Doctors of BC President urges physicians to reach out to the public on COVID-19

Position Statements released March 15-21:

Association des Radiologistes du Quebec COVID-19: Recommendations from the Medical Imaging Committee (English)

The Canadian Association of Radiologists and the Canadian Society on Thoracic Radiology’s Statement on COVID-19 Management in Imaging Departments

Canadian Society of Breast Imaging and Canadian Association of Radiologists Joint Position Statement on COVID-19

Click here to see all CAR Position Statements and Guidelines as well as other related Resources

Other Guidance documents and information

BC Ministry of Health

BC Centre for Disease Control

VGH Infographic:  Emergency Radiology Reporting Room Rules

Shared with the permission of VGH Emergency Radiology Dept

BCRS Supports Gender Equality

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CARJ “Diversity in Canadian Radiology: Success Requires Leadership Commitment” by Charlotte J. Yong-Hing, MD FRCPC and Michael N. Patlas, MD, FRCPC, FASER, FCAR, FSAR.  Read more…

After years of noticing a concerning gender gap in her field of medicine, BC Cancer radiologist Dr Charlotte Yong-Hing is spearheading a project to influence more women to apply to the specialty. Canadian Radiology Women utilizes  social medial to help spread the word. Read more…

To read more about gender diversity and inclusion, visit the ACR Diversity page.

UPDATE: Health Care Changes in Alberta

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Broadcast message to BCRS members from Dr. Simon Bicknell, President – Sent March 19, 2020

To All Members:

BC radiologists are once again raising concerns to the BCRS as Alberta announced the early termination of contracts for radiology groups providing service to Calgary and Edmonton hospitals on March 16th.  This announcement highlights a disturbing trend occurring in Canada where radiology service agreements are being terminated by health authorities independently or as directed by government.  Read more

BCRS BULLETIN from March 4, 2020

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Alberta doctors ‘outraged’ after government rips up contract, imposes new deal (

8th International Day of Radiology – November 8, 2019

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The International Day of Radiology, spearheaded by the European Society of Radiology and supported by many other imaging organizations, is coming up on November 8th. This year’s theme is ‘Sports Imaging’ and it gives us a chance as Radiologists to remind our physician colleagues, administrators and the general public about the huge role that imaging and intervention play in the diagnosis and treatment of common activity related injuries at all levels of play.  Hoping that this day is successful in your communities, and that your own athletic experiences keep you away from the Radiology Department!

Read the Press Release and Interview