West Central CME 2017

March 16-18, 2017 in Banff, Alberta

Scientific Program

The scientific program is subject to changes.

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Dr. Jan Elizabeth Christilaw MD

White Rock BC
As Site Executive of BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, and Vice President, Provincial Women’s & Newborn Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Dr. Jan Christilaw has spent her career advancing women's health in British Columbia. Her 25+ years of accomplishments include: President, Society of Obstetrics-Gynecologists Canada; Expert Advisor, Canadian Institute for Health Information for Maternity; UBC Clinical Professor, Editorial Board of JOGC and Chair, BC Consensus Panel on Cesarean Birth . During her long career she has delivered thousands of babies in British Columbia. In recent years, she has been awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Health and Wellness category, the British Columbia Community Service Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, Waterloo University Distinguished Alumni Award, the National Leadership Award of the Federation of Medical Women, the Canadian International Surgery Volunteer of the Year award, and the Honorary Alumnus UBC Faculty of Medicine Award. Most recently, as of January 1, 2017, she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her work in obstetrics nationally and internationally.
She has been a strong advocate for midwifery in British Columbia, and as leader of BC Women’s, has worked to assure that respect for ‘normal birth’ is always a priority of care at the Hospital.
Her work in preventative healthcare, combating maternal and newborn mortality, and promoting human rights exemplify her passion for helping others. She has helped position Vancouver as a global leader in maternal and newborn health care. Dr. Christilaw has trained and mentored hundreds of health professionals globally, including establishing emergency obstetrical training in Africa. Since starting medical school in 1978, and throughout her career, Dr. Christilaw has had an unwavering commitment to women’s health and continues to be passionate about assuring that all women have access to the tools they need for the best possible health, whether they live in British Columbia or in the most remote parts of the world.


1. I do not have an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a pharmaceutical, medical device or communications organization.

2. I do not intend to make therapeutic recommendations for medications that have not received regulatory approval (i.e. “off-label” use of medication).