New education around suicide prevention provides much needed support to Canadian healthcare professionals

July 4, 2017
TORONTO, July 4, 2017 /CNW/ – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and MDBriefCase Group, are pleased to announce a new physician education program designed to support Canadian healthcare professionals in the prevention of suicide. The one-hour program, entitled Suicide: Facing the difficult topic together – Empowering physicians, instilling hope in patients, was developed by a multi-disciplinary faculty with expertise in medicine, public health and mental health and features videos from survivors of suicide speaking about their experiences.  “At the Mental Health Commission of Canada we recognize that suicide is a major public health issue requiring a multi-pronged, collaborative approach to prevention” says Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the MHCC. Research has shown that those who die by suicide frequently had contact with a healthcare provider prior to their death. “Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility,” says Julie Campbell, Executive Director of CASP. “It is essential that professionals become pro-active in opening the conversation around suicide to help the people be more comfortable to share those overwhelming feelings and get help as early as possible.” “It is important to keep up-to-date on the latest information about suicide and its prevention; that is, its risk and protective factors,” adds Dr. Glenn Pearce, a […]

New “medical cannabis 101” for healthcare professionals program released

June 14, 2017
TORONTO, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, Toronto-based MDBriefCase Group launched a unique online educational program, Medical Cannabis IQ: The Fundamentals, aimed at addressing the growing need for education among healthcare professionals around medical cannabis. “Cannabis is a powerful tool in the integrative treatment of complex diseases,” explained Dr. Caroline MacCallum, physician and topic expert on the program. Cannabis use has been associated with decreased use of other pain and mental health medications. “It can treat multiple medical conditions and symptom clusters concurrently. It thereby reduces polypharmacy, including opioids, and unwanted side effects.” “We cannot, as healthcare professionals, stick our collective heads in the sand when it comes to medical cannabis. With over 160,000 registered clients consuming the product, it’s clearly a therapeutic option that a significant number of Canadians are pursuing and experiencing benefit.” said Michael Boivin, Clinical Pharmacist.  “We hope through this program that our colleagues in various healthcare professions can learn the fundamentals about medical cannabis, its potential role in managing patients, understand some of the popular misconceptions, and appreciate the regulatory framework that exists in Canada.” All Canadian physicians who do not have a restricted license, as well as nurse practitioners in some provinces, are currently eligible to prescribe medical cannabis. “Medical cannabis has […]

MDBriefCase Group Inc. announces the launch of MDBriefCase Africa and Middle East

May 3, 2016
TORONTO, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — mdBriefCase Group Inc., in collaboration with Enterprises at the University of Pretoria and Toronto SickKids International Hospital, and with the support of the High Commission of Canada in South Africa, is excited to announce the official launch of its Africa and Middle East division. Adapted from its successful Canadian model – with input from local healthcare leaders – mdBriefCase Africa and Middle East provides free, accredited, online continuing medical education (CME) based on the needs of health care practitioners in Africa and the Middle East. “Building on our positive experiences in Canada and Australia, we wanted to expand our operations to Africa and the Middle East,” says Greg Cook, Founder and CEO of mdBriefCase.  “While online CME is in the early stages of development in these regions, the opportunities to make concrete and impactful contributions to clinician education is significant and wide-reaching.” All mdBriefCase programs are based on established clinical best practices, then tailored to address local demographics and concerns. “Our interactive online CME is change-behaviour focused,” explains Jason Muloongo, Operations Director for mdBriefCase Africa and Middle East. “Our goal is to uplift the standard of education for healthcare practitioners throughout these regions, ultimately allowing our practitioners to deliver the best possible healthcare to patients.”  All mdBriefCase programs are mobile friendly and available online, free-of-charge. To learn more about mdBriefCase Africa and Middle East, visit […]