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March 15, 2022
News and updates from the Department of Family Practice at UBC
Welcome to your department newsletter, here to keep you up-to-date with news, events, awards and research in the Department of Family Practice.

In this email: 


Message from the Director

I am pleased to welcome you to the March 2022 edition of the Department of Family Practice newsletter.

With Daylight Savings Time moving us to longer days, the reduction of Covid cases and lifting of restrictions from the PHO, I hope we can look forward to better weather and a positive outlook as we head towards Spring. 
Here are some highlights from this month’s newsletter:
  • UBC will continue requiring masks to be worn in public indoor spaces on both campuses, until the end of the 2021/22 Winter Session on Apr. 30.
  • We continue to work in a hybrid model.  The central administration team works in the office 1 – 2 days per week.  We are available to answer questions and provide assistance via email, zoom and phone. 
  • Our Awards and Recognition Committee has shared opportunities to recognize the work of our colleagues with a list of potential award opportunities. 
  • We would also like to share recognition that you have received. If you or someone in the department have received an award, please email to ensure it is posted on social media and shared in our next newsletter.
  • We want to let you know what research activity is taking place at Family Practice, what initiatives are underway by the various units and what funding opportunities exist. We also list upcoming events and calls for participation in departmental research.
Please check our social media channels at the links below:


We want to ensure you find this newsletter valuable and we welcome your feedback. Please email if you have any suggestions, would like to see additional information or have questions.

-- Marni Fraser 


Upcoming Awards

Check out some upcoming awards, recognitions and grants for department members to apply for or to consider nominating your 


Have you recently celebrated an accomplishments? Let us know! We want to highlight the amazing people behind our department's great work!



Recent Publications

Pregnant people’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods, descriptive study
Screening for Perinatal Anxiety Using the Childbirth Fear Questionnaire: A New Measure of Fear of Childbirth 
Chronic Low Back Pain Forced Me to Search for and Find Pain Solutions: An Autobiographical Case Report.
Development of and Preliminary Validity Evidence for the EFeCT Feedback Scoring Tool.

Development and pilot testing of the 2019 Canadian Abortion Provider Survey
Protocol for a randomized controlled trial to assess the effect of Self-Management for Amputee Rehabilitation using Technology (SMART): An online self-management program for individuals with lower limb loss
Improving rural and regional access to long-acting reversible contraception and medical abortion through nurse-led models of care, task-sharing and telehealth (ORIENT): a protocol for a stepped-wedge pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial in Australian general practice
The association of facility ownership with COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes in British Columbia, Canada: a retrospective cohort study
The effect of severe intensity bouts on muscle oxygen saturation responses in trained cyclists


  • Oncology CME Webcast: Return to Work for Cancer Survivors
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine 2022 Precision Oncology Symposium 
    • When: Mar 23; 16:30-15:30pm PST
       In conjunction with the Nanyang Technological University, we are pleased to present the 2022 UBC & NTU Virtual Symposium on Precision Oncology. Featuring speakers from UBC Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dr. Marco Marra, Dr. Jessica McAlpine, and Dr. Alex Wyatt, as well as Prof. Joanne Ngeow, Prof. Navin Verma, Prof. Jens Samol, and Prof. Sunny Wong from NTU.
    • Location: Online via Zoom, TBC
  • Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI): 
  • Out of the Weeds: Bridging the knowledge gap about the health effects of inhaling cannabis
    • When: April 4; 18:30 - 20:00 PST
    • What: This free virtual webinar features a panel presentation and Q&A which will provide evidence-based considerations for cannabis use including legal status and administration routes, describe and critique the airway benefits and harms of cannabis use, highlighting different impacts related to route of administration e.g. Vaping, and outline approaches to support patients in making informed, evidence-based choices on cannabis use including harm reduction strategies.
    • Learn More & Register
  • Spring Dermatology Review Virtual Series 2022
    • When: Apr 5, Apr 26 and May 3; (Tuesdays) | 1730–1900 PST
    • What: This popular lecture series offers practical pearls in managing common dermatology concerns in your practice. Sessions are designed to be short, engaging and applicable to family physicians across BC.
    • Learn More & Register
  • CME on the Run
    • When: April 8; 13:00 - 17:00 PST
    • What: this Virtual Conference Series' 5th session will cover important topics in Prenatal, Pediatrics and Adolescents: Update on Genetic Prenatal Screening, Childhood Cancer — What Not to Miss, Review on Breastfeeding Benefits — How to Educate and Support Patients and much more.
    • Learn More & Register
  • Oncology CME Spring Conference: 'Let’s Talk Practical Cancer Care - update on screening and post treatment follow-up for primary care'
  • Okanagan Orchards: Virtual Faculty Development and Appreciation Event
    • When: May 27; 13.00 - 16.40 PST
    • Open to all preceptors and faculty from across the province. Further details to follow.

Check out other professional development opportunities and events!


Community Opportunities

  • April Research Rounds: In this presentation on April 13 2022 at noon PST, Dr. Ruth Lavergne and Dr. Ian Scott , will share findings that call into question common narratives about changing practice patterns and generational differences in primary care, and point to the need for different approaches to ensure access to quality primary care in Canada.
  • Did you miss the March 9 Research Rounds presented by leadership of the Burnaby Division of Family Practice, Dr Birinder Narang, Georgia Bekiou and Erica Corber  about the work of the Burnaby PCN over the past 3 years? No problem! Email for a copy of the recording.
  • Call for Participants: 'The Role of BC Family Practice Anesthetists in Rural Chronic Pain Management' Student Survey Study. 
    This research aims to investigate the role Family Practice Anesthetists (FPAs) that are practicing in rural British Columbia play in chronic pain management. Your input will help understand the prevalence of FPAs practicing chronic pain in rural BC, the biopsychosocial pain services FPAs provide, and the challenges FPAs face in chronic pain practice. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Jude Kornelsen

Grants and Funding
  • Rural Physician Research Grants
The RCCbc Rural Physician Research Grant program aims to empower rural physician researchers – or new aspiring researchers – to pursue innovative rural research and knowledge translation projects contributing to advancing rural health in BC. Through this project, rural physician researchers will be able to apply for research grants of up to $10,000 per year to support research activities. To be eligible, applicants must be a BC physician with experience practicing rural medicine and with demonstrable extensive connections to rural communities. The research must be pertaining to health in rural BC.

To apply for this opportunity, please download the application forms from the website and submit it to The deadline for the next round of submissions is April 30, 2022.
  • Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative: For Health Equity at Home and Abroad
The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative (RGHPI) is a program which provides funding to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees committed to rural service, and underserved communities in BC, Canada, and internationally. The goals of this initiative are to enhance capacity for generalism in rural BC; to foster reciprocal learning in diverse health systems and community contexts; and to demonstrate how global health (local and international) community partnerships can heighten awareness, create innovative solutions to address healthcare challenges, and lead to improved health outcomes, especially for underserved, marginalized, and indigenous populations.
Through this initiative, rural BC physicians and medical trainees (residents and medical students) with a demonstrated interest in rural medicine and global health can apply for funding up to $10,000 to support global health partnership projects. To apply for this opportunity, please download the application forms and submit them to The application deadline is April 30, 2022. Note that rural physicians partnering with First Nations communities on projects (either research or non-research projects) are also able to apply for the global health partnership initiative.

  • Call for Strategic Investment Fund Proposals
For the spring competition, the deadline to consult with Pillar Leads is April 1 and the deadline to submit full proposals is May 1Learn more about how to submit a proposal here

The Faculty of Medicine’s SIF is an opportunity to obtain funding for projects that advance our strategic plan, Building the Future: 2021-2026. Since SIF began in 2017, faculty, staff and learners have leveraged this funding to create new research platforms and lay the groundwork for CFI applications; develop new partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration; create and test new and innovative education methods; and improve the ways we support well-being and community engagement. To learn more about previously funded projects, visit the strategic plan website.

UBC Health: Health Innovation Funding Investment
UBC Faculty of Medicine: Bluma Tischler Postdoctoral Fellowship
UBC School of Biomedical Emgineering: Synergy Summer Studentship
Translational Cancer Research Grant
More funding opportunities

Postgrad Program

Team-based Primary Care Learning Centres Project (TPCLC) – call for Expressions of Interest CLOSED
The TPCLC project team is no longer accepting Expressions of Interest for participation in the TPCLC project.
We would like to thank you for your interest in the TPCLC project and for your ongoing support of family practice residency training in British Columbia

Are you interested in presenting in the the Department of Family Practice's Research Rounds? Please complete an expression of interest here.  

Undergrad Program


The Midwifery Program is excited to announce the development of an Advanced Placement Plan for Registered Nurses interested in becoming midwives.  For more information, please visit the RN Advanced Placement Plan page under the Prospective Students tab.
Innovation Support Unit (ISU) 
In early 2022, a major focus will be on capacity building and sustainability for Primary Care Transformation Implementation Supports: providing additional training and supporting facilitators through our Community of Practice.

The ISU is currently developing a facilitation training plan for 2022, including training in the following:
  • Team Mapping (for clinical teams)
  • PACC Mapping (for Primary and Community Care collaborative service planning)
  • PACC Supports Mapping (for non-clinical teams supporting PMH and/or PCNs)
  • Immunization PACC Mapping
Interested? Fill out this registration link for information about upcoming sessions.

New Season of Podcast Focuses on Resilience

The ISU is back with a BRAND NEW season of the TeamUp podcast! This season reflects a change to merge together the Primary Care in a Pandemic podcast and the Team Up! podcast. The hosts explore ideas related to primary care system resilience and adaptive capacity, applying feedback and lessons learned for a new format. New episodes out tomorrow.

Check out episode 1-6 of season two!

Provide Feedback!
Podcasts are typically a one way street for communication, but we've integrated a new way to hear back from you, our listeners! Please reach out with questions you want answered related to team-based primary care in BC using our new audio message feedback here!


International Womens Day 2022 

In honour of International Women’s Day and the 2022 theme #BreakTheBias, meet some of the outstanding women in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, staff, learners and faculty members, who are transforming health for everyone.

More Information

UBC Alumni recognizes two Faculty of Medicine Members

Faculty of Medicine members Dr. John Cairns and Dr. Cheryl Holmes are the recipients of the 2021-2022 UBC Alumni Builder Award.

The Alumni Builder Award recognizes alumni who have significantly contributed to the university and enriched the lives of others.

Read More

Congratulations to Doctors of BC's 2021 award recipients

Every year, we acknowledge the outstanding contributions of physicians, residents, and medical students around the province through our Doctors of BC Awards. Congratulations to all 2021 recipients, each of whom has made a real difference for patients, the profession, and our health care system. Winners will be recognized at the annual Awards Event, postponed until May 2022.

Read More


Department Developments

Save Energy While Working Remotely
While remote learning, teaching and working continues, help save energy as part of UBC’s Seasonal Shutdown, which lowers the temperature in buildings to reduce energy use and emissions on campus. very action counts! 
Before you leave switch off electronics
  • Turn off the lights
  • Unplug small appliances
  • Close windows and blinds
  • Report any air or water leaks
  • Shut fume hood sashes and shut down non-essential lab equipment
Learn more

Emergency Information and Messaging

HR Corner

HR Team
With the recent team changes, the following is a reminder on the Staff/Faculty portfolio umbrella on the HR team:

  • Margarita Reyes, Interim HR Manager: Tenured Faculty, Department of Family Practice all complex HR matters
  • Annie Lai, New HR Coordinator: Non-Tenured Faculty, Clinical Administrators
  • Adrian Whitehead, HR Assistant: Staff & Student including Work Learn Student Administration
  • Ara Silva, Clinical Faculty Coordinator: Clinical Faculty Appointments
UBC HR Updates
  • UBC faculty and staff can now access their 2021 T4 and T4A tax slips for personal income tax returns through Workday. Click here for more information.
  • Additionally, UBC faculty and staff who are eligible to claim home office expenses for 2021 tax years using the T2200S form can now access UBC's T2200S form through Workday. This form can be used by all UBC-employed faculty and staff in their personal tax returns as .
  • Nominate UBC Staff for the 2022 President’s Awards by April 8th! Do you have a colleague who inspires you to be your best, or know a staff member who made innovative contributions to shape the future of teaching, research, or work at UBC? The UBC President’s Service Awards for Excellence is the premier staff award at UBC and honours staff with sustained exceptional contributions. All staff with five or more years of continuous service are eligible for this award. Up to five recipients receive a medal and $5,000 each.
WorkDay Updates
  • The next Workday release will be on March 12th, 2022. This upcoming release will include changes to the homepage, search functionality, and navigation, as well as updates affecting our HR, Payroll, and Finance processes. Workday has these releases twice a year, which are managed by the Integrated Service Centre. We’ll have more information to share on what changes the UBC community can expect to see shortly.
  • Vacation Balances -  if eligible, please check your vacation balances on Workday and notify Adrian Whitehead, HR Assistant at if any corrections need to be made or if you have any questions or concerns.
Resource Corner for Managers and Supervisors
  • If you are currently writing or reviewing a  job description – UBC faculty and staff have access to Textio, an online writing platform that helps create written materials free of bias, increasing your materials appeal to a broader audience. Click here for more information.
  • UBC has created a guideline for unit leaders on how to respond to collective tragedies and hateful incidents. Please review for more information
  • It is always a good reminder to review the UBC Remote Work Policies and Guidelines. As a reminder, please reach out to Marni Fraser, Director of Administration, for any questions or concerns.
    • If you have a new employee, please ensure you direct them to complete the Remote Work Request Form 
  • On Feb 28 2022, an announcement was made around changes to UBC’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program 
  • HR Recruitment Advisory Service offered by HR Coordinator – If you have posted a new role and are requiring advice on recruitment support and outreach, please reach out to Annie Lai, HR Coordinator at for consultations. Specifically, our HR Team can work with you to identify new suggestions and ideas to help you source your ideal candidate, whether it is through a formal LinkedIn UBC job ad, or even helping you create an infographic to share that you have an open position.
Work Learn Program Recruitment
  • Work Learn Program recruitment is live between March 7, 2022 – March 20, 2022! Within our HR Team, we are hiring a new HR Administrative Assistant available to work with us from May – August 2022. If you know of any great candidates, please direct them to contact Annie Lai, HR Coordinator at
  • If you are a current supervisor/manager for a Winter 2022 student in the Work Learn Program, a reminder that all Work Learn positions will end April 30, 2022. Please take some time with your current student to ask if they will be re-applying for the Summer 2022 term if applicable, review any learning objectives and any tasks to complete, prepare handover notes, and review any offboarding procedures. Click here for more information
  • For any new Work Learn supervisors/managers, the Work Learn program has created a supervisor Resource Guide
  • If you have any Work Learn administrative and processing specific questions, please email Adrian Whitehead, HR Assistant at

Career Opportunities

Enhanced Skills Care of the Elderly Program Director

The Postgraduate Program of the Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, invites applications from Family Physicians for the position of Program Director for Care of the Elderly, with the R3 Enhanced Skills Residency Program. The Program Director will be responsible for the overall administration and direction of the Care of the Elderly Program at its various rotations. The incumbent reports to the Enhanced Skills Program Director (ES-PD). The Director is a member of the Enhanced Skills Resident Program Committee, and works closely with the ES-PD, the Department of Family Practice and the Care of the Elderly faculty in the delivery of the program.

See full job posting

Assessment & Evaluation Director – UBC Family Practice Residency Program

The UBC Family Practice Residency Program is the largest, most distributed post graduate Family Medicine training program in Canada with a total of 350 residents distributed over 20 different training sites. The Assessment & Evaluation Portfolio Director will work with the Program Director to provide leadership and support for assessment and evaluation across the program. They will work with site faculty, site directors, portfolio directors, clinical faculty, and the administrative team.

See full job posting


Richmond Division of Family Practice Executive Director

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Richmond Division of Family Practice (Division), working in accordance with the mission, values, and strategic direction established by the Board of Directors (Board). The ED reports and is accountable to the Board; working closely with the Board Chair on the day-to-day management of the Division. The ED provides leadership, supervision, and mentoring to Division staff, along with co-leadership support to the health authority.

See full job posting 

UBC Family Practice Residency Program: Rural Fort St. John Site Director or Co-Site Director

The UBC Family Practice Residency Program is looking for a Site Director or Co-Site Directors for the Rural Fort St. John training site. The Fort St John site has an intake of 4 residents per year, (2 CMGs and 2 IMGs) with a total of 8 learners with the two cohorts. The site with its young faculty has a strong component of GP specialists, and all family physicians have responsibility for inpatient care. The site is supported by core specialists with a number of visiting specialists.

See full job posting

Head, Department of Physical Therapy

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Head, Department of Physical Therapy at UBC. This position is for a five (5) year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the University who is currently in a tenure stream faculty appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in the Professoriate or Educational Leadership stream. The anticipated start date is December 1, 2022, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

See full job posting

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