Digital Education Series

Learn from prominent vaccination experts through a series of 10 short educational videos on how you can confidently discuss, recommend and administer vaccinations in your practice

Digital Education Series

Learn from prominent vaccination experts through a series of 10 short educational videos on how you can confidently discuss, recommend and administer vaccinations in your practice

Our Goal For You

After watching all 10 episodes, learners should be able to:

Browse Episodes

Episode 1/10

mRNA Science Like I’m 14!

Go back to science basics to help patients understand how mRNA vaccines work.

Episode 2/10

Vulnerable Populations

Learn how to identify, support and protect vulnerable populations in your practice.

Episode 3/10

Know your “NACI”

Take a walk down memory lane to understand how NACI recommendations have evolved since vaccines were first approved.

Episode 4/10

On Risk

In life, there is no “risk free choice”. This episode highlights important themes and examples of risk.

Episode 5/10

Confident Communication

This episode explores principles of “behavioural psychology” influencing patient vaccine hesitancy.

Episode 6/10

Addressing Cultural Barriers

Our experts discuss and address prominent barriers visible ethnic minorities in Canada face when accessing vaccination.

Episode 7/10

Post-Covid Condition - The Individual

Explore some of the commonly observed patient questions and concerns in our whirlwind investigation of this phenomenon.

Episode 8/10

Post-Covid Condition - Society

Can we develop a population-level strategy to reduce the burden on our fragile healthcare system?

Episode 9/10

Misinformed Tweets Part 1 - “Addressing Misinformation”

Learn how our experts effectively “debunk” misconceptions often displayed on social media outlets.

Episode 10/10

Misinformed Tweets Part 2 - “Vaccine Hesitancy”

Our experts return for another popular segment of “mean tweets,” addressing hard-hitting patient questions on vaccine hesitancy.

Meet our Speakers

We’ve put together a fantastic team of experts to guide you along. Take a look at who you’ll be learning from.

Dr. Daniel Ngui

Clinical Professor, UBC Dept Family Medicine, Medical Director Fraser Street Medical

Dr. Daniel Ngui is a family physician and medical director for an interdisciplinary group family practice of 7 family physicians, 3 nurse practitioners, a clinical pharmacist and chronic disease team with a chronic disease nurses at Fraser Street Medical in Vancouver.

He is a clinical professor with the UBC Dept of Family Medicine involved in teaching associated with St. Paul’s hospital. He is co-chair for the St. Paul’s CME program which has an annual attendance of around 1500 clinicians.

He is involved with national physician organizations developoing medical education and knowledge translation initiatives and he speaks at the local, regional, and national level.
He has been involved with the development of clinical practice guidelines with the BC guidelines and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. He is a Co-editor for Primary Care Today! which is a national family physician journal focused practical and EBM tips to guide clinicians on the most up to date primary care management.

Disclosures:
Relationships with commercial interests within last 2 years

  • Grants/Research Support: Astra Zeneca, Valeo, Novo, Bayer
  • Speakers Bureau/Honoraria/Consultancy Ad Board: Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Bayer, BI, Lilly, Novo-nordisk, Valeo

Dr. Jia Hu

Public Health Physician and Family Physician

Dr. Jia Hu is a family physician and public health and preventive medicine specialist. He is currently the CEO of 19 To Zero, a not-for-profit focused on public health behaviour change such as increasing vaccination rates or cancer screening rates. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and a medical director with Cleveland Clinic Canada where he advises large companies on health and wellness topics ranging from pandemic preparedness to mental health and preventative health.

Disclosures:
No disclosures relevant to this talk apart from the honoraria received for this project

Ali Oonwala

Partner, B.Sc. Pharm

Ali Oonwala is a seasoned healthcare executive with a remarkable career spanning over 20 years in both the healthcare and retail industries. With am impressive track record of success in executive leadership, mergers, and acquisitions, Ali has consistently demonstrated his prowess in driving strategic initiatives, corporate development, start-ups, and transformational endeavors. His strong leadership abilities are underscored by his talent for assembling and nurturing high-performing teams that deliver exceptional results.

Disclosures:
No disclosures relevant to this talk apart from the honoraria received for this project

Dr. Yan Yu

MD MPP MBA CCFP

Dr. Yan Yu is a comprehensive full scope family doctor working on behalf of patients in Alberta and rural Northwest Territories.

Disclosures:
No disclosures relevant to this talk apart from the honoraria received for this project

Dr. Anna Blakney

Assistant Professor, PhD, PEng

Dr. Anna Blakney is an Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Michael Smith Laboratories and School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Imperial College London on the development of molecular and biomaterial engineering strategies for delivery of self-amplifying RNA. Her lab uses bioengineering, molecular biology and immunology approaches to develop the next generation of RNA vaccines and therapies. She is also a passionate science communicator and runs a TikTok channel dedicated to educating the public about RNA biotechnology, which now has >250,000 followers and >18M views.

Disclosures:
Co-founder: VaxEquity
Consultant: Replicate Biosciences, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Scientific Advisory Board: Genvax Technologies

Fairuz Siraj

Staff Pharmacist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Consulting Pharmacist

Dr. Fairuz Siraj is a 2019 doctor of pharmacy graduate from the University of British Columbia. Now a certified diabetes educator and staff pharmacist at Pharmasave in Victoria BC, Fairuz empowers patients through personalized diabetes and migraine consultation services. He’s a recipient of the 2021 BC Pharmacy Association New Practitioner Award and the 2022 Pharmacy Practice and Business Rising Star Award. Collaborating with organizations like Migraine Canada and local healthcare professionals, he is dedicated to enhancing patient outcomes in chronic disease management. Fairuz also enjoys teaching and is committed to advancing the pharmacy profession’s impact on patient care.

Disclosures:

  • Any direct financial relationships, including receipt of honoraria: AbbVie, Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bausch Health, Eli Lilly, GSK, Life Scan, Miravo, Moderna, Pfizer,
  • Membership on advisory boards or speakers’ bureaus: AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada

Dr. Nimira Alimohamed

Medical Oncologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary Alberta and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary.


Dr. Alimohamed is a Medical Oncologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB as well as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is involved in all levels of undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing medical education and is the Program Director for the Medical Oncology training program in Calgary. Dr. Alimohamed is actively involved in clinical trials in genitourinary and breast malignancies with specific research interests in genitourinary oncology.

Disclosures:
No disclosures relevant to this talk apart from the honoraria received for this project

Dr. Victor Leung

Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Microbiologist

Victor Leung is the Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control and the Physician Lead of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Disclosures:
Advisory Board Member for Merck, GSK, Pfizer and Moderna.
Speaker Honorarium from Biomerieux.

Dr. Brian Conway

MD, FRCPC ​ Medical Director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre

Dr. Brian Conway is the president and medical director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre as well as an adjunct professor on the faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Conway is a infectious diseases specialist who received his medical degree from McGill University and completed his internal medicine residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He then completed fellowships in infectious diseases at the University of Manitoba and in HIV/AIDS at Harvard University. Dr. Conway’s efforts in the advancement of healthcare have been awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Recognition for significant contribution to the field of HIV/AIDS and vulnerable populations in Canada. He was also awarded the title of Elimination Champion in 2020 by the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination.

During the COVID pandemic, he became recognized as “uncle Brian”, for his frequent media appearances (in both official languages), provincially and nationally, to explain the news of the day in a clear and informed way, to reassure British Columbians and to help them make the best decisions possible to deal with the pandemic. His research work (which is ongoing) helped identify barriers to COVID vaccination in the inner city and how to overcome them.

Carlene Oleksyn

Pharmacist and Pharmacy Owner

Carlene Oleksyn has been a pharmacist for over 25 years. She is both a CDE and holds the Certificate of Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine. Her practice has been featured in Pharmacy Business magazine as a leading edge practice and in the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy as a practice innovator. In 2021, Oleksyn was named the M. J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction for her continued leadership and advancement of the profession. She is a regular contributor to Pharmacy Practice+ and Canadian Healthcare Network and can be found at colekPharm.com

Disclosure

This program has received funding from Moderna Biopharm Canada Inc. Speakers in this program had complete editorial control of the content being presented.

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