Five Days in May

Island Health’s flagship health research month is designed to educate, inform, inspire, and stimulate. Every year, we bring together researchers and students, patients and healthcare providers, decision-makers and members of the public to share ideas and spark innovation.

Five Days in May 2018

May 1

Hishinksapi (Gather), Na-aatah (Listen), Hishumyilth (Assemble), Hupiicstal (Help each other), Iisaak (Respect): Reflections on Team-Building

Learn about developing nursing care delivery in remote communities, with a focus on traditional Nuu-Chah-Nulth knowledge and ways of being.

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Racism as a Critical Incident: Stories, Questions, and Conversation

How can we work together to address critical incidents of racism in healthcare?

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May 8

Innovations in Dementia Care & Research: from Community to Clinic

Learn about innovations in dementia care and research from experts across the spectrum, from clinical trials to diagnosis, and from diagnosis to choir practice for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

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May 16

Journeying through Medical Assistance in Dying

A wide-ranging conversation about medical assistance in dying, from current practice and future research to reflections on personal experiences.

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Ethics Through the Ages: How Historical Cases Have Shaped Today’s Research Ethics

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May 22

Cannabis Legalization: Medical Advice to Lower Risk, or Just Blowing Smoke?

What do we know now about the public health impact of legalizing cannabis, and where are the gaps that can be addressed by future research?

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Illicit Drug Poisonings: Is Decriminalization, Legalization, & Regulation the Answer?

Listen to a panel of experts discuss the public health impact of criminalizing drug use, and the latest evidence pointing to the need for transformative thinking in order to solve the problem of illicit drug poisonings.

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May 29

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Advances in Cardiac Care

Be inspired by local research that’s addressing one of the leading causes of premature death and hospitalization in Canada.

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Watch Online!

Videos from previous years are available on Vimeo:

2017 videos
2016 videos
2015 videos
2014 videos 
2013 videos

Continuing Education Credits

Five Days in May events are accredited for healthcare professionals seeking continuing education credits.

To request a certificate, please email

Learn more about self-reporting your credits.