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Message from the Director

Welcome to the December edition of the Department of Family Practice newsletter. It’s hard to believe that the end of 2022 is fast approaching. As we continue to recover from the global pandemic, we are all learning to live with the new normal of hybrid work and adjust to new ways of being. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your contribution to the department and to health care in BC.  Family practice physicians, midwives and health care professionals as wells as faculty and staff were on the front line of the pandemic and I can see that we continue to recover from the effects. I hope you are able to take the time to rest and relax over the next few weeks and take the opportunity to reflect on the past year while looking forward to 2023.
Our colleagues in the department reached significant milestones in 2022, including 20-year celebrations for the Midwifery Program and the Indigenous MD Admissions Pathway (the Pathway) and the Indigenous Family Medicine Residency Program. Congratulations to both programs on your commitment to educating medical and health care professionals.
Looking forward, the coming year will bring a time of change and innovation as the Postgrad, Undergrad and Midwifery programs work towards expanding their education services and developing the future of health care in our province. 
It has been a pleasure working alongside you this year and I wish everyone warm wishes for the holiday season and all the best for new year.

Marni Fraser, Director, Administration

Awards and Recognition

Elaine Carty and Dr. Carol Hebert were inducted into the 2023 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Read more about this significant accomplishment here

Elaine was also honoured at the UBC Alumni Awards for helping introduce midwifery into the Canadian health care system and spending 50 years lobbying for its recognition. Read more. 

General Updates

The refreshed MedNet site is now live. To check it out, visit here

See below for the holiday message from Campus Security.



This year marked 20 years of midwifery education at UBC. Read more about the celebration here


Work in the ISU is beginning to wind down for the year as projects get wrapped up. We are scoping out work with the Ministry of Health for the upcoming fiscal year but anticipate that our areas of focus will stay relatively the same - lots of team-based care support, lots of mapping and training, and lots of evaluation!
  • TeamUP!: ISU just wrapped up Season 3 of the Team Up! podcast: Distributed Primary Care Teams and we now have over 2400 downloads. Catch up on seasons 1-3 over the holidays. If you have suggestions of people to talk to who are working in teams and would be good to interview, Season 4’s theme is “Role Call” - roles in primary care teams. On Nov 17th the ISU co-hosted the second TeamUp webinar of the year focused on Social Work and team-based care, digging into how the Sunshine Coast PCN used PACC Mapping to plan social work roles across the region.
  • Primary Care Transformation: In late November the ISU’s mapping tools were featured in MIRO’s virtual community conference. With over 2660 views and 207 template downloads it’s great to know that our resources are getting used! Check out the ISU’s open source resources here: Team Mapping; PACC Mapping; imm-PACC Mapping. We will be offering the next Team Mapping Facilitator Training in February 2023. Please register HERE if you are interested.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

UBC FoM Precision Health Catalyst Grant 

The next round of the UBC FoM Precision Health Catalyst Grant competition is now open for proposals.  Proposals will be accepted until January 16th, 2023.  To learn more about competition eligibility and to download the proposal submission form, visit the PH website.

Further details here

For any questions, please reach out to Thank you and we look forward to receiving your abstract and proposal submissions.


2023 Faculty of Medicine Canada Research Chairs Competition Launch

The Faculty of Medicine has launched the 2023 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Competition.  We invite applications for up to one Tier 1 and up to six Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) in any field of research aligned to the Faculty of Medicine strategic plan through a competition open to FoM Departments/Schools with Centres/Institutes as partners, as appropriate. Tier 1 Chairs are seven-year positions, renewable once, intended for experienced researchers who are world leaders in their fields, while Tier 2 Chairs are five-year positions, renewable once, intended for exceptional emerging scholars who have the potential to lead in their fields.

The Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan guides the University's efforts to remove barriers to equitable participation of people with disabilities, Indigenous people, racialized people, women, and people from minoritized gender identity groups. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria:

Departments/Schools may submit proposals for internal or external chairs. Only full time, tenure track faculty are eligible to apply for an internal chair position. All other candidates, including partner track and clinical faculty, are welcome to apply and will be considered together with the external chairs.

The Faculty of Medicine 2023 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Competition will have an aim to meet the following Research Strategies, as outlined in the Faculty of Medicine’s strategic plan:

  • Strategy 1: Catalyze innovation and excellence in foundational, clinical and health systems research to accelerate translation across the continuum and enhance precision and population health.
  • Strategy 2: Facilitate research excellence by taking a strategic approach to creating and supporting core platforms across the province.
  • Strategy 3: Integrate equity, diversity and inclusion principles in team composition and throughout the research lifecycle from design to translation.
  • Strategy 4: Enhance our ability to respond nimbly to changing circumstances by creating opportunities for collaboration, training and team science.

For specific instructions regarding the application process for internal and external chairs, please refer to the Application Process section on the Mednet CRC webpage

If you have any questions, please contact Corné du Plessis in the Faculty of Medicine's Office of Research.

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities within VFMP and Fraser – Join Now!

We are pleased to share news of the inaugural Fraser Medical Cohort (FMC) Class of 2026.  With this milestone, we are excited to create additional teaching opportunities that will support students learning experiences in the Fraser region. Specifically, there are expanded opportunities for those wishing to contribute to instruction in the following settings:

  • Year 1-2 Clinical Skills Tutors
  • Year 1-2 Case-Based Learning (CBL) Tutors
  • Family Practice Clinical Preceptors (years 1-4)
  • Transition into PGME and Medical Practice (TIPP) Tutors

You can learn more about the various opportunities here.  You can apply using this Qualtrics link or contact us directly regarding interest in clinical teaching:
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4 
Program Manager Vera Maesen
Program Director Dr Maria Hubinette




The Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) provides sponsorship to UBC medical students and family medicine, specialty and subspecialty residents to attend provincial and national rurally-focused medical conferences each year.  Students and residents who have an interest in exploring rural medicine may apply for up to $1,200 for travel and accommodation expenses plus conference registration to attend one of two conferences.  This year’s offering includes:

SRPC’s Rural & Remote Medicine Conference – April 20–22, 2023 – Niagara Falls, ON

RCCbc’s Rural Health Conference – June 2–4, 2023 – Whistler, BC

If you are interested in conference sponsorship, please apply by completing the application form found at – select “Rural Conferences and Events Sponsorship” once you’ve logged in to the application platform.  Those selected for sponsorship will be contacted by the REAP office by February 28, 2023. Those not selected for sponsorship will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a space becomes available.

To learn more and apply, please visit by January 31, 2023.

Orthopaedics for Primary Care Virtual Series 2023 

1-hour- Each week in January (Wednesdays) | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST | Virtual Conference Series 

Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, residents & students 

Up to 4.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section (1 credit per session) 



Jan 4: Understanding Neck and Back Pain in Adult and Children 

  • Address best practices for the assessment and first-line treatment of neck and back pain, and what to do when the pain won’t go away. 

Jan 11: Lost in Translation - interpreting radiology reports of the Spine 

  • Understand normative findings in the spine, and on findings that require monitoring or urgent specialist referrals and discuss clinical correlation to the radiographic findings. 

Jan 18: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spine Surgeon - indications for operative management and understanding referral pathways 

  • Identify operative indications for spine surgery in adults and children, and how to best navigate the referral process. 

Jan 25: Common pediatric foot and knee disorders - how to screen, when to reassure, when to refer

  • Review how to assessment of common pediatric foot and knee disorders, and differentiate between benign conditions and those that require further intervention. 

View full agenda for details 

Can't join us live for one of the sessions? 

All lectures will be recorded (with speakers' consent) and available to watch on demand for up to 3 months after the session(s). If you miss the live conference, you may be able to claim self-learning credits after watching recordings: How-to-Claim-Self-Learning-Credits 

2023 Annual Medical Education Day & 17th Dr. William Webber Lecture 

Teaching and assessing learners with disabilities 
Webber Lecture by Dr. Lisa Meeks, University of Michigan Medical School 
Date:              March 3, 2023  
Time:              9:00am – 2:30pm (registration and breakfast at 8:15am) 
Venue:           University Golf Club 
            5185 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1X5 
Attendees:    Faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC with content specific to medical education 
Please join us to learn about: 
  • Ableism and how it manifests in health professions education  
  • Human rights legislation and accommodations  
  • Supporting learners with disabilities and other learning needs 
More information at:

Register today for the first-ever UBC Faculty of Medicine Precision Health Symposium 

When:   Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Where:  The Great Hall, AMS Student Nest (NEST), UBC Vancouver Campus
Registration Deadline:  January 16, 2023 

The Precision Health Symposium will bring together UBC Faculty, clinicians, post-docs, graduate students, and staff to learn about PH-related research activities, including work from the 2021/2022 PH Catalyst Grant recipients, and provide a number of networking opportunities and a poster session.  

Update: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended 

There's still time to submit your abstracts on your research work related to precision health. Accepted abstracts will be presented and judged at the PH Symposium poster session for a chance to win one of three prizes: 

  • 1st Prize: $500  
  • 2nd Prize: $250 
  • 3rd Prize: $100 
Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended to January 6, 2023 

Improving prescribing: a feasibility study of pharmacogenetic testing with clinical decision support in primary healthcare in Singapore

Care providers' experiences with and attitudes towards virtual antenatal care: Findings from a qualitative study in British Columbia.

Improving experience of medical abortion at home in a changing therapeutic, technological and regulatory landscape: a realist review.

Medical Detoxification for Nonopioid Substances Is Associated With Lower Likelihood of Subsequent Linkage to Substance Use Disorder Treatment.

Improving prescribing: a feasibility study of pharmacogenetic testing with clinical decision support in primary healthcare in Singapore.

Early Career Training in Addiction Medicine: A Qualitative Study with Health Professions Trainees Following a Specialized Training Program in a Canadian Setting.

Development and pilot evaluation of an educational session to support sparing opioid prescriptions to opioid naïve patients in a Canadian primary care setting.

Identifying Personality Characteristics and Indicators of Psychological Well-Being Associated With Attrition in the Motivation Makes the Move! Physical Activity Intervention: Randomized Technology-Supported Trial.

Cervical Cancer Screening by Refugee Category in a Refugee Health Primary Care Clinic in Calgary, Canada, 2011-2016.

OPTIKNEE 2022: consensus recommendations to optimise knee health after traumatic knee injury to prevent osteoarthritis.

Meaningful thresholds for patient-reported outcomes following interventions for anterior cruciate ligament tear or traumatic meniscus injury: a systematic review for the OPTIKNEE consensus.

Health Advocacy Among Medical Learners: Unpacking Contextual Barriers and Affordances.

In the News

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Finance Reminder

With the Christmas break fast approaching, FoM AR is sending out this email with the December Cut off Dates for the FoM Ad Hoc invoicing and FoM Payments. 


Please ensure all Ad Hoc invoices are generated in Workday by end of day Friday Dec 16/22.  This will give FoM AR time to have the invoices reviewed, approved and sent to customer by Friday Dec 23. 


Please ensure all payments are mailed to FoM AR before Friday Dec 16/22.  The mail will be picked up on Tuesday Dec 20th, this will give FoM AR time to have the payments processed before Friday Dec 23. 


Ad Hoc invoices received after Friday Dec 16/22 will be posted in Jan/2023. 


Payments received after Tuesday Dec 20th will be posted in Jan/2023.


HR Corner

DFP Human Resources Team Updates & Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Deadline for Requests & Changes for Family Practice Human Resources – Friday Dec 16th – Please inform our HR team on any changes or new requests with effective dates in early Jan 2023 by Friday December 16th 4pm PST. This allows buffer time for Workday processing and approvals, and all changes including retroactive and new changes will be addressed based on urgency and priority. We thank you for patience during this time. If you have any questions, please reach out to Annie Lai.
  • Annie Lai as our Assistant Manager, Human Resources - We’re excited for Annie Lai to continue with us as our Assistant Human Resources Manager by continuing to partner with our senior people leaders and support our HR function through our department’s evolving needs and ongoing program changes.
Holiday Break
  • The holiday break is coming around the corner in December! With regards to time-off between Boxing Day to New Years (December 28, 29, 30), you may be eligible for paid leave depending on your employment group. Please review the UBC Human Resources website for more information:
  • As some Stats fall on the weekend this year, Tuesday January 3rd 2023 will mark the first day back in the new year.
Workday/Payroll Reminders
Early payroll deadline to enter and approve time for December –
To accommodate the winter break, the deadline for time entry, submission and approval is December 21, 2022.
The deadline for employees and timekeepers to enter and submit time (both absences and hours worked), and for managers to approve time submitted in Workday, is Wednesday 21, 2022 for the pay periods of:
  • December 16 - December 31, 2022, for monthly employees
  • December 9 - December 23, 2022, for hourly employees

Workday Delegation Inbox -
Managers are advised to set up delegation if they will be away from work and unable to access Workday during this period. For guidance on how to do this, please refer to the Set Up Delegation in the Workday Knowledge base.
Any unplanned absences (e.g. sick time) or corrections to vacation for these pay periods must be submitted no later than January 8, 2023, and managers must approve by January 9, 2023.


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