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Register for ORCS AGM | Pediatric Webinar Series | Patient Support Groups

ORCS Annual General Meeting Registration

The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the ORCS will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST via webinar.  
And don’t forget to save the date into your calendar!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
Thank you to everyone who indicated their availability via Doodle Poll. 

Pediatric Asthma Series

Oct 28 – Dec 2, 2020 from 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Speakers include Drs. Dhenuka Radhakrishnan, Tom Kovesi, Ryan Smith and more!

Learning Objectives :

At the end of this webinar series participants will be able to:

  • Address accurate diagnosis and management of asthma in preschool and pediatric populations as highlighted in Ontario Health Asthma Quality Standards and Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guidelines
  • Identify the relevance of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2019 Report, in children and adolescents with asthma
  • Recognize the effects on smoking e-cigarettes and e-vaping associated lung injury in children and youth
  • Outline the management principles for severe asthma in pediatric and preschool populations
  • Recognize common allergic co-morbidities and the impact they may have on children with asthma


Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) Pulmonary Disease Diagnosis and Management: An Overview for General Practitioners

Wed. Sept 30 at 12:00 noon – 1:00pm
Presenter: Sarah Brode MD, FRCPC, MPH

Learning objectives

At the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize how to diagnose NTM pulmonary disease
  • Describe the clinical factors that should be considered when deciding whether to initiate treatment for NTM pulmonary disease
  • Describe how to treat Mycobacterium avium (MAC) pulmonary disease


Navigating Asthma This School Year: For Teachers and Administrators

Patient Support Group

Information about the upcoming support group meeting dates to disseminate to your patients and networks.

You are not alone.

We realize that a diagnosis of lung disease brings endless questions and concerns. We welcome you to join our first telephone based lung health support group. This opportunity is ideal for people who do not have a support group in their community or who may be unable to attend an in-person meeting.

Support group meetings will include:

An opportunity to share your experiences
An opportunity to ask questions of others living with a chronic lung condition and of Lung Health Foundation staff
Information on diagnosis, disease management and resources


Upcoming Support Groups

Wednesday, October 14th at 11:00 am
Wednesday, November 4th at 11:00 am
Wednesday, December 9th at 11:00 am
Wednesday, January 13th at 11:00 am

Support group meeting details:

All meetings will be from 11:00 am – 12 noon
Everyone is welcome (patients and caregivers). All lung diseases / conditions
No cost
Call in numbers are: Toll-free: 1- (877) 213-6937; Followed by the conference code: 845 200 1122 #
For more information or to add your name to the group distribution list, please contact:
Jody Hamilton ( jhamilton@lunghealth.ca) (416-864-9911, ext. 290)
Diane Feldman ( dfeldman@lunghealth.ca) (416-864-9911, ext. 274)

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Patient Study Recruitment

Long time ORCS member, Mika Nonoyama is asking for your help in recruiting COPD Patients for the study, ” A Cross-sectional Survey on The Effects of Temperature and Humidity on Health Outcomes in Individuals with COPD.”

This study will look at the effects of temperature and humidity on different aspects of health in individuals with COPD and form the basis of future studies to determine the direct impacts of different weather extremes on COPD outcomes and how specific strategies may help with COPD management during these times.

This research study consists of a 20-30 minute survey that will include questions on their background health, health-related quality of life, respiratory symptoms, physical activity level, frequency of exacerbations, rescue inhaler use, and healthcare use during three different weather conditions: 1) hot and humid, 2) cold and dry, and 3) moderate or “ideal” temperature and humidity. A $20 gift card will be provided as compensation. The survey can be viewed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZ3R9BT

If you know of any suitable patients who may be interested in participating in this study, please feel free to give them this flyer:


Healthcare Provider Cannabis Education Survey


The Lung Health Foundation is developing new cannabis education resources for healthcare providers and young adults (18-25). We would like to gather your feedback on the format and content of these new resources to ensure we create them in a way that is useful and relevant to your practice.


This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will remain confidential and anonymous and will only be seen by the project team. Only summarized de-identified data will be shared outside of the project team. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Curtis (Project Manager) at scurtis@lunghealth.ca or 647-883-4908.


The survey deadline is: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020.

Update Your member profile!

By updating your ORCS member profile in Member 365 you are maximizing your reach with our directory for networking opportunities and the value of connecting with other society members. With the world going virtual, this tool is more important than ever for staying connected!

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