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The BC Society of Rheumatologists has been focusing on two major areas of interest recently; the critical shortage of rheumatologists in the Province and enhanced support for community rheumatologist practices through nursing services and office efficiency.
2017 Telehealth Project
The BC Society of Rheumatologists has partnered with Medeo through a special projects grant from Abbvie Canada to provide telehealth capabilities to 19 BC rheumatologists.
The virtual care software, Medeo, is web-based and can be used by any patient with an internet connection on any device (computer, smartphone or tablet).
The goal of this partnership is to improve access to care to all patients, especially those with disabilities or who live remotely.
The following rheumatologists are involved in this telehealth pilot project. If you are a patient of one of these physicians, and are interested in this option, please contact your rheumatologist directly.
Dr. Neda Amiri
Dr. Jon Chan
Dr. David Collins
Dr. Anne Marie Colwill
Dr. Natasha Deghan
Dr. Navjot Dhindsa
Dr. John Esdaile
Dr. Cathy Flanagan
Dr. Iman Hemmati
Dr. Simon Huang
Dr. Shahin Jamal
Dr. Jason Kur
Dr. Alison Kydd
Dr. Brent Ohata
Dr. Michael Ramsden
Dr. Graham Reid
Dr. Kam Shojania
2017 Wait Times Project
In an effort to improve access to rheumatologic care, the BC Society of Rheumatologists has surveyed its members to identify those physicians who may have shorter wait times for routine rheumatologic referrals.
The following members have been identified as having wait times typically less than three months for routine referrals.
In additional, all rheumatologists prioritize referrals for inflammatory disease (rheumatoid arthritis).
LOCATION REFERRAL FAX NUMBER
Dr. Angela How 604-433-1803
Dr. Rolfe Luongo 604-431-8841
Dr. Brent Ohata 604-453-0329
Dr. E. Markus Klaus 604-392-9911
Dr. Michael Ramsden 604-526-2279
Dr. Mitchell Uh 604-553-0954
Dr. Neda Amiri 604-770-4054
Dr. Catharine Dewar 604-984-7672
Dr. Iman Hemmati 604-983-8123
Dr. J. Antonio Avina-Zubieta 604-207-4057
Dr. John Esdaile 604-207-4058
Dr. James Yeung 604-285-8765
Dr. Shagha Khayambashi 778-574-1414
Dr. Navjot Dhindsa 604-688-6688
Dr. Kenneth Blocka 604-669-7157
Dr. Mollie Carruthers 604-876-1716
Dr. Jonathan Chan 604-872-1158
Dr. David Collins 604-875-8270
Dr. Natasha Dehghan 604-428-4555
Dr. Iman Hemmati 604-738-1587
Dr. Shahin Jamal 604-875-5992
Dr. Alice Klinkhoff 604-871-4501
Dr. Graham Reid 604-875-1670
Dr. Max Sun 604-872-1158
Dr. Alfonso Verdejo 604-688-6714
Artus Health Centre Rapid Access Clinic 604-875-0890
Dr. Milton Baker 250-721-4730
Dr. Satish Rachapalli 250-598-7138
Dr. David Shaw 250-940-1670
Dr. John Watterson 250-940-1667
Critical Shortage of Physicians in Rheumatology
The Society continues to struggle with the demand for rheumatology services in the province, complicated by the shortage of practicing rheumatologists that was previously documented in the BCMJ in 2010. While there has been considerable interest in rheumatology among new medical trainees, between 2007 and 2012 there were no UBC trained graduates commencing practice in BC. Despite the high referral demands on individual practitioners, the Society has reiterated its commitment in making efforts to manage early rheumatoid arthritis patients, given the importance of early treatment at stopping progressive joint damage.
New Projects in Rheumatology
Since 2011, there have been significant advances in the delivery of outpatient rheumatology. The incorporation of rheumatology nursing is rapidly becoming a mainstay of clinical practice. The Society has been working with rheumatologists in BC to assist the implementation of nursing multidisciplinary care. These developments serve to increase the ability of rheumatologists to see inflammatory patients appropriately and augment the care currently offered to individuals with chronic autoimmune diseases.
The Society continues to place a greater focus on membership engagement. Office practice sessions for rheumatologists and their staff, focusing on improved efficiencies in rheumatology, have taken place in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria.