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Eating Disorder Sensitivity Training for Primary Care Providers

Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar, MD, phD and Dr. Blake Woodside, MD FRCPC

Target Audience: 

This workshop is open to any health professional, although it is primarily targeted for family physicians and nurse practitioners. An application for continuing medical education credits (Mainpro+) for this workshop has been submitted to the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 


This interactive training workshop will build your confidence in working with people with eating disorders. In the first hour of the session, an expert in the eating disorder field will review the approach to diagnosis and management of these complex illnesses. Then, a person with lived experience of an eating disorder will highlight the human dimension of these illnesses. In the second half of the workshop, participants will split into break-out groups to explore case studies.  A summary of the presentation as well as useful resource documents will be provided to participants.

Topics included: 

  • Diagnosis and medical management of eating disorders

  • Understanding the dimensions of lived experience

  •  Referral strategies and the role of the multidisciplinary team

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Workshop Organizers:


Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar, MD, PhD, CCFP 

Karen Trollope-Kumar, the co-founder and director of Body Brave, is a family physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. In addition to her medical qualifications, she holds a PhD in medical anthropology. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University, and has been involved in medical education for many years, teaching medical students in her clinical practice, and later serving as Co-Director of the Professional Competencies program at McMaster. 

Dr. Blake Woodside, MD, FRCPC

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Dr. Woodside’s specialty in psychiatry is the treatment of eating disorders in adults, and family therapy of adolescent anorexia nervosa. He is Medical Director Emeritus, Program for Eating Disorders at the Toronto General Hospital, where he led the inpatient service for 25 years, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Woodside is actively involved in research, presently focusing on novel treatments in eating disorders, including Deep Brain Stimulation, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and Family-Based Therapy. He has also served in various capacities for the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Psychiatric Association.