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May 16, 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 Chair

Welcome to the May edition of our Departmental Newsletter.  As you will see it is a long one; a testament to all of the great work, events and recognitions of you and your colleagues across the province and abroad. 

We are also close to welcoming in our newest learners to the Department (while also bidding best wishes to our graduates) and thanks to all who have helped to steward this daunting but rewarding scholarly activity.  With this I also wanted to take this time to acknowledge that The Department of Family Practice at UBC is committed to training our next generation of family physicians and midwives in team based care where the skills and values of all health professions are integrated to provide our patients with the care they expect and deserve.  We support all our colleagues who have shown incredible resilience not only during the unprecedented COVid pandemic but in their resolve to provide the environment needed to ensure needed recruitment and retention of family physicians and midwives in community-based longitudinal care.  Resilience can be difficult at times, under a myriad of pressures and expectations. 

Please note there are a variety of mental health and wellness supports available to support our colleagues delivered by UBC, health authorities, Doctors of BC, the Canadian Medical Association and the Midwives Association of British Columbia:
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.

-- Dr. Robert Petrella, Head, 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!

  • Faculty of Medicine Recognition Opportunities - featuring new faculty and staff awards and recognition launched in 2021. Deadline: June 10, 2022
  • Research Award for Family Medicine Residents - featuring scholarships and awards for Family Medicine residents. Deadline: June 15 to 17, 2022
  • The Faculty of Medicine is now accepting applications for this year's New Faculty Research Award, valued at $10,000 per award maximum. 
    • Please contact Meredith Ladner at if you have any questions about this opportunity. Deadline: June 17, 2022 at 17:00.
  • UBC VP Research has recently announced its 2022 University Killam Professors (UKP) competition. The UKP designation is the highest honour that the University can confer on a member of faculty.  It recognizes exceptional members of faculty who are extraordinary teachers and researchers, who are leaders in their academic fields, and who have received national and international recognition | FoM internal selection deadline is June 30, 2022. Contact for more information.
  • UBC and the Department of Family Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital would like to present the Dr. Gary Gibson Lambda Foundation Award. The ideal candidate for this award is involved in research related to queer people and health. Candidates must include a strong case for why their research will be a competitive contender for publication. Candidates must also state in their applications how outcomes will be promoted, shared, incorporated and possibly applied in the communities in which it will be conducted. The award is open to all UBC Family Medicine second-year residents (R2) at any Family Practice Residency Site/Location who have completed, or will shortly complete, a resident research project. 
    • One award of $1,000 will be awarded every year in JUNE to the successful Family Medicine resident research project. Where the winning project has more than one resident author, the award will be shared equally.
    • Contact for more information.
  • See more award opportunities!

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


Recent Publications

Device-worn measures of sedentary time and physical activity in South Asian adults at high risk for type 2 diabetes in Metro-Vancouver, Canada.
Determinants of implementing reablement into research or practice: A concept mapping study.
Advancing Quality and Safety of Perinatal Services in India: Opportunities for Effective Midwifery Integration.
Measurement of pregnancy-related anxiety worldwide: a systematic review.
Exploring behavior change techniques for reablement: A scoping review.

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


  • General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) Webinar: New Maternity Care Risk Assessment Fee (14002)
    GPSC created a new fee for family physicians to better support early prenatal care. Please join GPSC physician billing educators to learn more information on how the Maternity Care Risk Assessment fee (14002) supports in-office maternity care for patients who are pregnant. The webinar will include polling, review of support tools and fees for early prenatal care available, and opportunities to ask questions. There will also be a walk-through of Pathways and the new enhanced section on Maternity care resources. The session will be recorded and posted to YouTube after.
  • Teacher Certificate Program 2 Workshop: Preventing Burnout—How to Say No (or Yes) with Joy
  • Quality Improvement in Family Medicine Education - Plan It, Do It, Teach It!
    A collaboration between the Section of Teachers and Section of Researchers.
  • Race Ideology: Historical Perspectives, Current Realities and Re-imagining the FutureVirtual Symposium by the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    This symposium will explore how racist ideology led to the categorization of people into “races” and how centuries of medical knowledge, health care, research and health professions education have continued to perpetuate this flawed notion of race as a biological construct. We will examine beneficiaries of racism and discrimination and thus how racist systems and structures are sustained. Finally, we will engage with anti-racism strategies and pedagogies aimed to dismantle racist structures.
  • The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc) is excited to host the 2022 Virtual Research Symposium: Resilient Transformation of Rural Communities in British Columbia
    • When: May 25 and 26, 2022 | 09:00 - 12:00 PST
    • The symposium will be held on Zoom, focusing on understanding the resiliency transformation of rural communities from several perspectives, discussing ways to apply knowledge and brainstorming opportunities to generate new knowledge and extend the research.
    • Symposium objectives, agenda and registration details can be found on the symposium website. Interested attendees can register for free here
  • In Plain Sight Report and the Implications for Health Leadership
    In November 2020 the provincial government issued In Plain Sight, the report of independent investigator Honorable Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond into Indigenous-specific racism in BC’s health care system. The report contained a number of recommendations for action by government, health care providers and health educators. We invite you to join Harmony Johnson, adjunct professor in the School of Population and Public Health and Vice President, Indigenous Wellness & Reconciliation, Providence Health Care for a webinar discussion on May 26th of the implication of the In Plain Sight report for health leadership.
  • MEME Conference (Making Evidence Matter for Everyone)
    • When: May 27 and 28, 2022
    • The Best Science Medicine Course returns as the MEME Conference, online and in-person in Vancouver, BC. 
    • Get short snapper updates from our highly entertaining presenters on Prescribing; Mental Health; Cardiology; Internal Medicine; Chronic Pain; Infectious Disease; Diabetes; Clinician & Patient Resources; and more, while earning up to 10 Mainpro+ credits.  From the docs who brought you Tools for Practice, MEME is evidence-based and funded entirely by your registration fees – we make evidence fun! 
    • Check out the agenda at
  • Okanagan Orchards: Virtual Faculty Development and Appreciation Event

  • Lifestyle Medicine Summer Institute, UBCO
    • When: June 9 and 10
    • The course is designed for clinicians and health behaviour-change interventionists with a focus on prescribing and changing healthy diet, exercise, and sleep behaviours. An application for CME credits is under review.
    • More Information
  • Faculty of Medicine Career Day
    • This annual event provides postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine with the opportunity to connect and network with professionals working in a variety of different careers.
    • When: Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 12:30 - 16:30 PST
    • Where: Hybrid event. In-person at Life Sciences Centre and live stream on Zoom. 
    • Deadline to register: Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, 17:00 PST
    • RSVP:
  • McGill’s Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences’ Summer Institute in Innovative Methodologies
    • Between 13 June and 22 July, students, fellows, clinicians, dentists, doctors, and others who are interested in research and research methodologies are invited to take 1 or more of the 2-week long courses offered this year. This year, we are pleased to offer 4 courses: Mixed Methods in Health Research, Introduction to Qualitative Research, Introduction to Realist Review and Research, and Meta-Analysis of Clinical and Basic Science Research.
    • More information
Check out other professional development opportunities and events!


Community Opportunities

  • Did you miss the May 11 Research Rounds presented by Patricia Janssen, who shared the successes of SmartMom and SmartParent, Canada's first prenatal and parenting education programs delivered by SMS text messaging? No problem! Email for a copy of the recording.
  • June Research Rounds: In this seminar on June 15, 2022 at noon PSTDr. Kate Mulligan, Senior Director of the new Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, will provide a focal point for the growth and development of SP across Canada while surfacing and sharing promising people and practices, foreground equity, community leadership, and collaboration in this emerging practice.
  • Call for FELP Mentors: In September 2021, the Faculty of Medicine launched the Emerging Leaders Program (FELP).  Our cohorts are composed of 20 academic and clinical faculty from across the province and we are in the midst of our second cohort.  As part of the program, we encourage FELP participants to have a mentor who will support them as they move through our program and their leadership journey. The Faculty of Medicine is working to create a list of faculty who are willing to serve as a mentor for FELP participants, as well as for other faculty members across FoM. 
  • For more information about FELP see our program link, here. For more information on mentoring or FoM’s mentoring framework see the resources here.
  • If you are willing to be a mentor and support a faculty member in their career development, please forward your name and a brief bio that includes the following information:  1) area of research, 2) education,  3) leadership roles held, and 4) clinical expertise, if relevant.  Please send to Christine Speers at

  • Learn about the BC Pelvic Floor Disorders Network: The BC Pelvic Floor Disorders Network is a consortium of providers that treat women with pelvic floor disorders. The goal of the network is to provide an educational Website that offers information about pelvic floor disorders in women and facilitates their timely and convenient access to care. Check out the BC PFDN Website and perhaps, if you see fit, to use this as a resource for your patients who suffer from pelvic floor disorders.
  • Provide your input on disaggregated data resources: UBC Health is inviting researchers to identify resources that can support them in applying respectful and equity-addressing principles in the collection and use of disaggregated data. To learn more or to participate, visit the UBC Health website at
  • Letter to Physicians: A new research study led by UBC rheumatologists and ophthalmologists will examine the risk of retinal toxicity in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus patients taking hydroxychloroquine. We invite BC physicians to refer patients identified in their practice, who have been taking hydroxychloroquine for ≥5 years, to a retina specialist for annual retinal exams, as per current guidelines.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

Apply for the RHSRNbc's 2022 Funding Opportunities
The Rural health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc) welcomes students, researchers, and health professionals to apply for a range of funding opportunities including:
  • RESEARCH TEAM BUILDING AWARDS of up to $5000 in support of developing multidisciplinary research teams focused on issues relating to rural and remote health services
  • SYMPOSIA GRANTS for rural health researchers and physicians to promote innovation in rural health research
  • FLEX PROGRAM opportunities and travel bursaries for year 1, 2, and 4 UBC medical students
Deadline May 31, 2022
Application packages can be found at events/funding-opportunities/

UBC Health: Health Innovation Funding Investment
More funding opportunities


Postgrad Program


Congratulations to Dr. Theresa van der Goes who has been nominated for the PGME Faculty Award 

Each year, the Postgraduate Medical Education Faculty recognizes the excellence of many of the faculty and staff involved in their programs for their impact on education and learning and all facets of residency education at UBC. Dr. Theresa van der Goes has been nominated for the award for her outstanding service to postgraduate medical education at UBC.

Congratulations to Dr. Tina Webber and Dr. Mark MacKenzie for their nominations for the PGME Program Director award

Each year, the Postgraduate Medical Education Faculty recognizes the excellence of many of the faculty and staff involved in the programs who show dedication in program leadership, support of their program, their impact on education and learning in all facets of residency education. As Program Directors of the Family Practice Residency Program and UBC Enhanced Skills Program, Dr. Mark MacKenzie and Dr.Tina Webber have been nominated for the award for their outstanding service to postgraduate medical education at UBC. 



  • Please join us in congratulating our 20 May graduates this year. All have jobs waiting for them across the province.
  • We are planning our 20th anniversary celebration, aiming for a celebration in Vancouver with a tentative date of November 19th. The celebration will include a day of class reunions, preceptor continuing professional development and presentations by international visiting scholars. A save the date announcement will come soon.
  • On International Day of the Midwife, Dr. Saraswathi Vedam published new research examining best practices for integrating midwifery care into health systems in India.
    Read More

We want to honor Dr. Cathy Ellis. Cathy is retiring after years of excellent teaching with UBC Midwifery. Cathy developed Midwifery’s Global Health Program, the only midwifery global health program in Canada and the only student global experience in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Cathy moves into emeritus status and will continue to assist with the global program, clinical skills, and other academic service. Alix Bacon, a UBC alumna and the current president of the Canadian Association of Midwives, has agreed to assume management of the Global Health Program beginning in 2023.

Innovation Support Unit (ISU) 

The ISU has a breadth of Primary Care Transformation Supports available:

  • Community of Practice: We launched our Primary Care Transformation Support Community of Practice (PCT CoP) in April. If you are interested in joining the CoP or staying in touch through the new PCT Listserv please reach out to .
  • Team Mapping: If your clinical team is looking to explore team structure and function in the delivery of team-based care, Team Mapping is available province-wide. Please reach out to your local TBC coach.
  • PACC Mapping: For those supporting primary care service planning, Primary and Community Care Mapping (PACC) is now available through the ISU and a growing network of facilitators. Please reach out to to learn more or schedule a session.

The TeamUP Podcast just wrapped up season 2. ( or wherever you listen to podcasts) The ISU would love to get your ideas on what you would listen to in a primary care podcast for season 3 topic ideas. Email at or drop them a voice mail directly at

TeamUP Webinar: Reflections from the Field: STEPS Community Health Centre
Join us on May 19 for the next Team Up! Team-Based Primary and Community Care in Action where we will hear about the Supporting Team Excellence with Patients Society (STEPS) Community Health Centre and their approach to team-based care. We will learn how they use an evidence-based approach to identifying personnel needs, and the importance of their vision, mission and values to their hiring practices. Team members will share their experiences working together in this team-based care model and highlight some tools they’ve found helpful along the way. Check out their website and a recent BC Medical Journal article for more information.


Project Update: Team Based Primary Care Learning Centres

The Team-based Primary Care Learning Centres (TPCLC) project is a three-year project, funded by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and managed by the UBC Department of Family Practice in the Faculty of Medicine (FoM), to introduce team-based alternatives to optimize team-based teaching opportunities province-wide.
The project focusses on training family practice residents for interprofessional team-based practice, to help address the urgent demand for family doctors who provide comprehensive, longitudinal community-based primary care.

SmartMom and SmartParent

In 2017 , UBC professor and lead of Optimal Birth BC, Dr. Patricia Janssen, launched the SmartMom program. Smartmom is a text-based program that delivers  three SMS text messages per week tailored to the gestational age of participants. Additional supplemental message streams addressing topics such as mental health issues, pregnancy loss, and intimate partner violence can be subscribed to meet the specific needs of individual users. The Smartparent program, just launched in the spring of 2021 offer parents evidence-based text-messages to guide them through their first year of parenting.  

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Southern Medical Program celebrates 10 years of graduating doctors in B.C.'s Interior

Launched in 2011, the SMP is one of four geographically distinct sites within UBC’s distributed medical education program. With sites in Victoria, Prince George, and Vancouver-Fraser as well as the Interior, the goal of the distributed program is to educate and train more doctors to meet the healthcare needs of communities across the province.

This spring the SMP celebrates its 10th anniversary and a decade of graduating doctors in the Interior.

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UBC Northern Medical Program celebrates Class of 2022 with a focus on rural health


The Northern Medical Program at UNBC held a celebration on April 21 for its 15th graduating class, the Class of 2022.

The 31 graduating students now move into two to seven years of medical residency and fellowship training, depending on specialty. One of those grads is Jennifer Vandenberg, who grew up in Telkwa and has a dairy farm with her husband in the Smithers area.

Read More

HR Corner

HR May 2022 Team Changes

Please join us in welcoming back Hana Kim, our HR Manager! Hana recently returned back to work on Monday May 9th after welcoming a little one to the world and is excited to be back managing HR and overseeing the HR team at Department of Family Practice. She can be reached directly at
Big thank you and farewells to Margarita Reyes, our Acting HR Manager over the past 5 months. Margarita has been instrumental in providing leadership, mentorship, and support to leadership team, HR Team and the overall department, and we thank her for her efforts. Margarita’s last day with us is Friday May 20th and will be continuing her work with the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office. Please reach out to Hana Kim for Department of Family Practice inquiries.
This summer, we welcomed our new Summer 2022 HR Work Learn student, Christina Bui who will be with us from May to August 2022. Christina reports and will be working closely with Annie Lai, HR Coordinator to provide HR administrative support and work on projects in recruitment, onboarding, and HR operations. Please reach out to Annie for any questions!
With recent team changes, the following is a reminder on the Staff/Faculty portfolio umbrella on the HR team:

  • Hana Kim, HR Manager: Tenured Faculty, complex DFP 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
  • Christina Bui, Work Learn HR Administrative Assistant: HR administrative support and projects
UBC HR Updates
  • UBC Coaching Portal upgrades (May 15-31) - From May 15 to 31, the UBC Coaching Portal will have limited functionality and will be unable to accept coaching requests or other tasks. For urgent support finding a coach during this period, please contact or 604-822-3351.
  • May-June PD opportunities: Activating summer projects: Join us this May and June for professional development as we explore the theme of Activating Summer Projects, focusing on facilitation and innovation. Learn more at
WorkDay Updates
  • New Quick Access to Workday Support in Workday - Faculty and staff can now access the Get Workday Support page on the UBC Self Service Portal from their Workday profile. On any Workday page, click on your profile photo icon (or cloud icon) and select ‘Help’ to access the Workday Knowledge Base and the Workday support request form.
  • Updated Courses: Workday Essentials for Hourly and Salaried Staff - Two Workday training courses, Workday Essentials for Salaried Staff and Workday Essentials for Hourly Staff, were recently updated to improve user experience and include additional details.
    • These courses cover how UBC staff can manage their personal information, view pay and tax documents, enroll in benefits, manage absence requests, record time, and apply for internal job postings in Workday. It also includes directions for new employees on using the Onboarding Dashboard.
  • 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 have a new hire joining our Department, please ask them to review our Onboarding website at Any feedback on the onboarding content can be addressed to Annie Lai, HR Coordinator.
  • Onboarding Status Summary report in Workday - Managers are reminded and encouraged to run the Onboarding Status Summary report in Workday to view status reports for new hires and ensure they have completed all tasks. New hires who fail to complete all onboarding tasks in Workday will risk delays with their paycheque and issues with tax slips.
  • 2022 Pay Schedule – a reminder to bookmark the Payroll Calendar to ensure no deadlines are missed
  • If you have payroll questions that cannot be addressed on a departmental level, please contact Payroll through the Integrated Service Centre at or 604-822-8200 (UBCV)
  • For any Benefits question, UBC Central Benefits Team has created a dedicated benefits email inbox. If you have any benefit questions that cannot be addressed on a departmental level please contact Benefits at ​​​​​​or 604-822-8111
 Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Corner
  • Our Department of Family website has a Careers section at  .  If you are recruiting and would like your position posted on the website, please reach out to DFP Communications at
  • 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
  • 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.

Career Opportunities

Co-Site Director - UBC Family Practice Residency Program - Victoria

The UBC Family Practice Residency Program is looking for a Co-Site Director to work with the existing Co-Site Director for the Victoria program.

The Victoria site is the largest family practice postgraduate training site in British Columbia. It has a reputation for excellent training opportunities. The site has both international medical graduate and Canadian medical graduate residents and has a mandate to train family physicians that can work anywhere in Canada upon graduation.

The two Co-Site Directors supervise resident training and provide leadership of the site faculty team. The Co-Site Directors are responsible for the support and development of resident educational experience in alignment with the UBC Family Practice Residency Program curriculum objectives and assessment model. Duties also include recruitment of preceptors and support of faculty development.

Deadline May 27, 2022
See full posting

Project Coordinator, Lifestyle Research Team

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for project planning, implementation and evaluation of the Indigenous-HealtheSteps curriculum at UBC. HealtheSteps (HeS) is a lifestyle counselling program which pairs adults across British Columbia (BC) looking to improve their lifestyle with a student coach trained in the program protocol. Launched as a pilot in fall 2020, UBC medical and kinesiology students were trained as HeS coaches with family physicians (FP) referring their at-risk patients to the program. Currently, over 30 students have been trained to deliver HeS to almost 200 patients.

Funded by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund at UBC, the role of the Project Coordinator is to lead the co-development of Indigenous-focused curriculum as informed by our network of academic and Indigenous community partners, learners, and program participants. The Project Coordinator, supported by core members of the Lifestyle Research Team, will lead the organization of an Indigenous-HeS network to inform continual Indigenous – HeS curriculum development and evaluation to meet learner and Indigenous community needs.

Deadline May 27, 2022

See full job posting

Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education

The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. This position will be approximately 0.4 FTE (2 days per week) for a five-year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review, and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the Faculty.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing graduate and postdoctoral education programs within the Faculty, working closely with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and departmental and graduate program leadership. Plays a key role in developing UBC’s academic health vision in graduate and postdoctoral education across the province of British Columbia and ensures that graduate and postdoctoral education activities align with the Faculty’s and UBC’s strategic priorities and plans. The Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education will report jointly to the Vice Dean, Research, FoM and to the Vice Dean, Education, FoM.

See full job posting

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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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