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August 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

Thank you for reading the August 2022 edition of the Department of Family Practice newsletter.  In this edition, you will find:
  • information about upcoming recognition opportunities. Please considering nominating a colleague.  Should you need guidance and tips on writing a nomination, please contact me and I will connect you with some new resources in the department.
  • links to recent publications written by researchers in the department for you to read and learn about the work taking place at the department.
  • with the arrival of fall, professional development and educational opportunities will become available.  Please review the list below to see links for more information.
  • funding opportunities listed to support your work.  Please review for any potential opportunities.
  • Announcements from programs and units in the department welcoming new team members and recognizing others for their work.
  • UBC HR announcements and news from the department rounds out the updates.
I hope you are enjoying the summer weather and finding time to take a break and rejuvenate.  All the best for the fall. Stay safe and healthy.

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, Director, Administration - Department of Family Practice 

Awards & Recognition

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

Royal College 2023 Awards
It’s awards-and-grants season at the Royal College. Use the platform to recognize your colleagues and peers.
  • Nominate an inspiring humanitarian. One of Canada’s most prestigious medical awards, the Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award is for Canadian physicians who go beyond the accepted norms of routine practice. Deadline date to submit a nomination is September 30, 2022.
  • Celebrate a colleague who’s an Indigenous health advocate. Recognize excellence in your colleague devoted to the rights of Indigenous Peoples with a nomination to the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award.   Deadline date to submit a nomination is September 30, 2022.
  • Honour a peer in medical education. Nominate a colleague who has demonstrated excellence integrating the CanMEDS Roles into a Royal College training program with the Royal College/AMS Donald R. Wilson Award. Deadline date to submit a nomination is September 30, 2022.
  • Nominate a new Royal College Fellow with the Early Career AwardThis award honors new Royal College Fellows (with 7 or fewer years of post-training full-time practice) who have shown outstanding leadership, initiative, service and/or innovation in areas aligned with one of three key areas of the Royal College mandate. Deadline date to submit a nomination is September 30, 2022.
  Have you recently celebrated an accomplishments? Let us know! We want to highlight the amazing people behind our department's great work!


Recent Publications

Academic exploitation.
Characterizing people with frequent emergency department visits and substance use: a retrospective cohort study of linked administrative data in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C., Canada.
Protocol for a living systematic review for the management of concussion in adults.

Indoor Built Environment and Older Adults' Activity: A Systematic Review.

The effect of severe intensity bouts on muscle oxygen saturation responses in trained cyclists
Flames of transformation: Igniting better mental and physical health for racialized and gendered North Americans
Changes in Cognition and Brain Function After 26 Weeks of Progressive Resistance Training in Older Adults at Risk for Diabetes: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Postpartum people's experiences of and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic during the first year of the pandemic: A descriptive qualitative study
Midwifery students witnessing violence during labour and birth and their attitudes towards supporting normal labour: A cross-sectional survey


  • UBC CPD Learning Activities:
    • Allergy and Clinical Immunology Update 2022: This conference features 18 short presentations and five panel Q&A sessions led by renowned speakers in the field. The robust agenda captures the most common allergy and immunology issues faced by family physicians in the clinical setting.
      • When: Saturday, September 17 | 8:20am to 4:30pm PT | Virtual Conference
    • CME on the Run! 2022-2023: Take advantage of reduced rates when you register in advance for the whole series. Our first session of the 22–23 series starts Sept. 16 focusing on Internal Medicine topics. 
      • When: Sep 2022 to May 2023 (Fridays) | 1:00 to 5:00pm PT | Virtual Series
    • St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update: Join us in Whistler for our milestone 20th year and first in-person St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Conference in two years! We are excited to host you at the Whistler Conference Centre for four days of networking and emergency medicine education, hands-on workshops, plus plenty of time for mountain activities and fun. We have a lot of new topics and updates to cover, as well as some favourites. We look forward to seeing you there!
      • When: Sep. 22–25 (Thursday to Sunday) | Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, BC | Conference
  • Faculty of Medicine Fall 2022 Research 101 Seminar
    • Please join for an informative webinar to help researchers navigate the research landscape at UBC. The purpose of this seminar is to:
      • Identify research-related resources available to FoM members;
      • Identify different types and sources of funding opportunities for faculty members to consider;
      • Provide guidance through the administrative processes for the submission of funding applications – special guests include staff from the Office of Research Services;
      • Highlight University-wide offices involved in the recruitment process of graduate and post-doctoral researchers.
    • When: Wednesday, August 31 | 10 to 11 am
    • Where: Online via Zoom, link to be sent via email
    • Contact: Bryan Wong (
    • Register: 
  • Safety Day 2022
    • Safety Day is a full day educational and recognition event that celebrates Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) and Local Safety Team (LST) members from across the university.  Safety Day is an excellent opportunity to engage with your campus colleagues who sit on safety committees and teams just like you.
    • When: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 8:00am to 3:30pm
    • Where: Great Hall 2nd Floor, AMS NEST Building 6133 University Boulevard
    • More information
  • UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day 2022
    Back to the Future: Essentials of Modern Palliative Medicine
    • The UBC Division of Palliative Care invites you to this year’s virtual CME Day, “Back to the Future: Essentials of Modern Palliative Medicine”, aiming to enhance your practice when caring for patients with palliative care needs. We have a multidisciplinary lineup of speakers presenting a wide range of topics, from evidence-based opioid conversions to the delivery of palliative care to First Nation communities in BC. 
    • When: October 28,  2022 | 8:15am - 3:35pm PST
    • More information
Check out other professional development opportunities and events!


Community Opportunities

  • Health in Unexpected Places: Submit a Proposal for Health After 2020: UBC Health is inviting interdisciplinary teams who are undertaking innovative health-oriented research in faculties, schools, or departments that stretches beyond the usual or expected to participate in Health After 2020. The Health After 2020 program enables researchers to engage in interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations that aim to create change in health and health producing systems. The 2022/23 theme for Health After 2020 is Health in Unexpected Places. Health is not only the absence of disease but an attribute of individuals, communities, and societies that is vital for daily living. Learn more about Health After 2020.
  • The Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) and Folate Deficiency: Investigation and Management  guideline is available for external review until September 9, 2022This guideline covers the primary care investigation and management of cobalamin (vitamin B12 or simply B12) and folate deficiency in adults. This guideline addresses the indications for vitamin B12 testing and the increase in testing that has been observed in B.C.  Please visit the BC Guidelines External Review page to download the draft guideline and submit your feedback via our online questionnaire.

  • The oral anticoagulant drug guidelines (3) are available for external review until September 9, 2022. These three guidelines cover the primary care management of oral anticoagulants (warfarin and direct acting oral anticoagulants) for adult patients.  Please visit the BC Guidelines External Review page to download the draft guideline and submit your feedback via our online questionnaire.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

  • Royal College 2023 Grants
    It’s awards-and-grants season at the Royal College and they are welcoming submissions. Research funding supports medical education research to help broaden knowledge and foster scientific dialogue in specialty medicine.
  • Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant call for Applications
    The Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant supports research that contributes to women's (cis and trans included) health within the discipline of family practice. The funding supports new researchers (family practice residents and/or practitioners) to develop and carry out a pilot or simple research project. The application process is aligned with the resident scholarship project and mentorship is available. Grant amounts are $5,000 for family practitioners and $2,500 for FP residents. For eligibility and application details, please visit: August 24, 2022
  • Sue Harris Knowledge Dissemination Grant
    This competitive grant awards up to $2,500 to support the publication of family practice research in women’s health.  This grant includes assistance from the Women’s Health Research Institute in the preparation and submission of a manuscript for publication. 
    Eligibility: a family practitioner who is a new researcher and resides in BC or a former SHFP Research Grant winner.
    The call for applications can be found here: Application deadline.

    For more information:
  • Study the highest standards at home and abroad. Final-year residents and Fellows in their first five years post-certification can gain valuable experience at medical centres in Canada or abroad with the Detweiler Travelling Fellowship. Senior Detweilers are also available for those with more than five years post-certification. Deadline date to apply is September 6, 2022.
  • Advance your surgical skills in the U.K. Surgeons and surgical residents can train in the United Kingdom under the Royal College’s Harry S. Morton Travelling Fellowship in Surgery. This fellowship — up to $50,000/year — is a wonderful opportunity to benefit your practice and contribute to excellence in Canada’s academic programs. Deadline date to apply is September 6, 2022.
  • PWIAS Catalyst Connection Fund - Call for Applications.

    New Funding Available for Transdisciplinary Projects and Events Focused on the Climate and Nature Emergency
    As part of the Institute’s focus on inter- and trans-disciplinary coordinated efforts to address the climate and nature emergency, we invite faculty at UBCV and UBCO and their associates to submit applications for the PWIAS Catalyst Collaboration Fund.
    The available funds ($180,000) will support 2 project streams for up to $10,000 per project. Deadline cycle 1 Sept 15/ cycle 2 Nov 15

UBC Health: Health Innovation Funding Investment

Health is produced by a complex interplay of individual, social, political, and economic factors. Interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaborations have the potential to lead to more innovative solutions to improve health and address health inequities. 

The Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards are intended to catalyze these collaborations by supporting cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. 

Awards of $10,000 to $25,000 will be granted to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research.

Funding projects should align with the strategic priorities of UBC Health and have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and/or society.

2022 Fall Call for Proposals
Opens: August 15, 2022
Closes: October 15, 2022

More funding opportunities



Welcome, Valerie Simmons - Vancouver Island Cohort Lead

Valerie started out as a Registered General Nurse in 1992 in Dublin, Ireland. In 1995, she went on to become a Registered Midwife in Wales, UK. Prior to arriving in Canada in 2005, she practiced and taught in various hospitals in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Uganda. She completed a Masters in Health Service Studies and Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and has worked as a Midwifery Instructor in both the UK and Canada. Valerie is delighted to be continuing her career with us and currently is the Vancouver Island Cohort Lead for the UBC Midwifery Program.

Innovation Support Unit (ISU) 
  • Welcome to new Evaluation & Engagement Analyst, Anne Lesack. Anne joined the ISU on July 25th as an Evaluation & Engagement Analyst. Anne comes to us having just completed her Masters in Public Health at UBC and will be working across the Primary Care Transformation and Evaluation workstreams.
  • Congratulations to ISU Scholar Carolyn Canfield on the publication of the recent article When health care goes wrong: It’s time for transparency in patient safety, and to Dr. Rita McCracken, who joined Dr. Kamila Premji and The National host, Ian Hanomansing, to discuss the shortage of family doctors in Canada and what can be done to ease the situation.
  • Primary Care Transformation - Community Supports. For facilitators of Team Mapping and PACC Mapping, our Community of Practice will be returning this fall and we will be conducting a series of facilitator training sessions for Team and PACC Mapping. If you know anyone interested in training or joining the community of practice, please share this link: ISU Implementation Supports Registry or reach out to us for more information at
  • Building Resilience into Primary Care Preceptorship. We recently started this project in the department with support from FoM through the Strategic Investment Fund. Through this work we aim to help community-based family medicine preceptors by working with residency sites and regional medical programs to discover local ways to increase supports for our preceptors.


Promised SFU medical school still years from opening despite doctor shortage

A person walks across the street near a campus building with the letters 'SFU' on it.

Simon Fraser University is still in the planning process for a promised medical school at its Surrey campus. The province currently has only one such school — the University of B.C.'s Faculty of Medicine — which graduates about 174 family doctors each year. 

Read full story

Remembering Dr. Bruce Fleming

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Bruce Fleming. A gifted emergency physician, Dr. Fleming contributed significantly to the UBC Faculty of Medicine as a teacher, mentor, colleague and academic leader, helping to shape the medical undergraduate experience for a generation of students.

Read more

Faculty of Medicine researchers awarded more than $36million through CIHR project grants

Faculty of medicine researchers were awarded more than $36 million in funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grants: Spring 2022 competition.

In total, this competition approved 405 research grants, plus two bridge grants, for a total investment of approximately $325 million. In addition, 61 priority announcement grants were funded for a total amount of $10,779,207 and 16 supplemental prizes were awarded for a total of $1,060,000.

Read full story

HR Corner

HR Team Updates:  

Big thank you and farewells to our HR Work Learn Student, Christina Bui, who have been with us over the past 4 months to support our HR team. Christina is currently a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student and has been supporting our HR processes and projects including Onboarding, Clinical Faculty, Recruitment, and more! Christina’s last week with us will be week of August 29th. We will be recruiting a new HR Student for the Team from Sept 2022 – April 2023, if you know any HR/business undergraduate students interested, please reach out to Annie Lai.  

As a reminder, the following is the Staff/Faculty Umbrella for the HR team: 

Staff/Faculty portfolio umbrella for the HR team: 

  • Hana Kim, HR Manager: Tenured Faculty, complex DFP HR matters for all DFP faculty/staff 

  • Annie Lai, New HR Coordinator: Non-Tenured/Term Faculty, Clinical Administrators  

  • Job Classifications, Recruitment/Onboarding Advice, Non-Performance Notice 

  • Adrian Whitehead, HR Assistant: Staff (e.g. M&P, CUPE 2950, Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants, Students, Work Learn) 

  • Workday Processing, Payroll, Absence Tracking, Vacation Hours  

  • Ara Silva, Clinical Faculty Coordinator: Clinical Faculty Appointments 

NEW DFP Onboarding Guide for Both Managers and Employees: 

Our Work Learn student, Christina Bui, has created a NEW custom onboarding guide for managers and employees that is specific to the Department of Family Practice! While our Welcome website still continues to provide lots of information about administrative procedures and processes relating to Onboarding, our new guide will provide a more value-driven, onboarding experience that is for managers to proactively start planning the new hire experience, and for new hires to be prepared and on board – regardless of the program/unit they will be coming into, in the Department of Family Practice.  

We are excited for you to start using it! For any questions and additions, please reach out to Annie Lai.  

Resource Corner for Managers and Supervisors: 

  • With August being here and many people going on vacation, please remember to delegate your Workday inbox tasks before you go on vacation and train your team member on any approvals or processes that will need to be initiated in your absence. Please review the ISC Knowledge Base Articles here:
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  • PHO Declaration Requirement for positions located within a healthcare facility - If you or your new hire’s position is/are located within a healthcare facility, the position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate. Please verify on the secured Qualtrics link and any questions can be addressed to your direct supervisor/manager or a member of the HR team. 

  • Professional Development Funding – If eligible, some employee groups can access professional development funding to support access to learning opportunities that enhance their knowledge, work performance, and career growth at UBC.  

  • Careers Posting on Website or Social Media - If you are a hiring manager and would like to post your job on the Departmental website or social media channels, please contact DFP Communications.   

  • 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. More information can be found  

  • 2022 Pay Schedule – a reminder to bookmark the Payroll Calendar to ensure no deadlines are missed 

  • Work Learn Recruitment has began for Winter 2022 Session (Sept 2022 – April 2023)! All supervisors should have received an email from the Work Learn Office about their funding approval and make note of the important dates to hire your new student. Supervisors are encouraged to review the Supervisor Resource Package and the FAQs  . We encourage you to review the Equitable Hiring Practices Guide as well.  

UBC HR Central Support: 

The following is a reminder on services/support provided by other Central HR departments and units on certain topics: 

  • Payroll – if you have a payroll issue that cannot be resolved on a departmental level, please contract Integrated Service Centre at or 604-822-8200 (UBCV) 

  • Employment Verification Letter - Did you know Payroll also generates employment verification letters for faculty and staff on payroll? Please reach out at or 604-822-8200 (UBCV) and allow for minimum 10 business days.  

  • Workday – If you are experiencing issues with onboarding, enter information, or locate information on Workday, please contact or 604-822-8200 (UBCV) or visit Workday Resources at 

  • Benefits – Questions about enrollment on benefits or support on benefits can be addressed to or 604-822-8111.  

  • Pensions – Questions on staff and faculty pension plan are found here  

  • Learning and Development – Online Courses/Trainings – Many new hire orientations, trainings, and additional training resources can be found here  


Career Opportunities

Clinical Placement Coordinator, Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice
The Midwifery Clinical Placement Coordinator is an administrative position that does not require registration as a midwife. The Clinical Placement Coordinator works within a Clinical Placement Team to arrange clinical placements across British Columbia for midwifery students from all midwifery education programs. This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

If interested, please submit the following to Blake Dobie, Student Services Manager at 
  • Letter of Interest 
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references 
See full job posting

Supervising Physician, UBC Primary Care Clinic
The UBC Primary Care Clinic, or known as the UBC Health Clinic, is a dedicated family practice teaching clinic which provides full service primary care to over 5000 patients in our community of all ages. We provide care in the clinic, by phone, video, home visits, at one long term care home, in two outreach clinics and BC Women’s hospital for obstetrical care. Our care providers are a dedicated group of specialists including and not limited to family physicians, psychiatrists, a pediatrician and internal medicine specialists. We supervise and teach over 20 learners yearly in the clinic. The Supervising Physician reports to the Head of Department in the UBC Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: resident supervision in the care of patients, resident feedback, supporting academic rounds, and contributing to overall team-based patient care at the UBC Primary Care Clinic.

Review of applications will begin on a rolling basis starting in August 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2022 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.
See full job posting

Associate Dean, Faculty Development
The Associate Dean, Faculty Development will be responsible for leading the Faculty Development network of faculty developers and faculty development programs across the province. The Faculty Development network consists of undergraduate medical education, postgraduate medical education and health professions programs. This position provides support, facilitates communication, and exchanges of faculty development products and ideas; leads multi-site faculty development projects; ensures that faculty development for teaching skills meet or exceed accreditation standards and that faculty development activities align with the strategic priorities and plans of the Faculty and of UBC.

Review of applications will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is October 1st, 2022, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.
See full job posting

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

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