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April 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

Welcome to the April 2022 edition of the Family Practice newsletter.  I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and keep up to date on the activity in our large and complex department.
Now that fiscal year-end is complete, I commend everyone for their hard work during a stressful time.  I hope we can breathe a sigh of relief and take a moment to regroup.  May the coming long weekend provide you with the opportunity to pause, relax and enjoy the arrival of spring, despite the sometimes unpredictable weather.
In this edition,
  • You will read about recognition opportunities for faculty and staff. Please consider taking the time to consider nominating your colleagues, both staff and faculty.  These are great ways to recognize those around for the work they do and their commitment to the department, faculty and university.
  • We have an extensive listing of new publications by department members.  This is an impressive demonstration of the research that is taking place and showing how it makes an impact beyond our faculty and even UBC.
  • There are numerous opportunities to engage in events and education being offered through the university.  Don’t hesitate to consider taking part for engagement and learning.
  • Our programs in the department have provided updates on their work to train future Physicians and Midwives in the province.
  • The Innovation Support Unit update shows the innovated work taking place in primary and team-based care.  Please consider subscribing to the ISU podcasts.
  • You can see who has been in the news from our department.
  • Department updates, career opportunities and links to other Faculty of Medicine and UBC newsletters keep you up to date on the latest information from across the faculty and UBC.
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 

Awards & Recognition

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

CAEP 2021 Academic Symposium: recommendations for addressing racism and colonialism in emergency medicine
People who make frequent emergency department visits based on persistence of frequent use in Ontario and Alberta: a retrospective cohort study.PEER simplified chronic pain guideline: Management of chronic low back, osteoarthritic, and neuropathic pain in primary care.Paving the Way for Electronic Patient-Centered Measurement in Team-Based Primary Care: Integrated Knowledge Translation Approach.
Incidence of Lyme disease in the United Kingdom and association with fatigue: A population-based, historical cohort study.
The pelvic exam as bellwether for patient-led care in the curriculum.
Empowering patients through virtual care delivery: A qualitative study with micro practice clinic patients and health care providers.
RAISE (Raising Infants to Be Smart Eaters) Pilot Study.
Optimizing the Nursing Role in Abortion Care: Considerations for Health Equity
Evolving patterns of antiretroviral drug interactions in people living with HIV in British Columbia, Canada.

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


  • Virtual Launch of UBC's Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence task force report
  • Senior Executive Director, BCCHR and Associate Dean, Research, BCCHR, FoM, UBC - Candidate Vision Presentations
    • When: Apr 26 1400 - 1530pm PST
    • What: Hear from the candidates for the role of Senior Executive Director, BCCHR and Associate Dean, Research, BCCHR, FoM, UBC and learn about their Vision for the Institute. This is your opportunity to engage with the candidates directly, and to ask the questions that are important to you as it relates to the future of the Institute. Name of the Candidates will not be announced prior to the event. If you have questions, please email Shelly Au, Senior Manager, Research Programs and Services, FoM at
  • Spring Dermatology Review Virtual Series 2022
    • When: 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
  • Team Up! Reflections from the Field: Team-Based Care Networks & Communities of Practice
    Join us for the next installment of the Team Up! Team-Based Primary and Community Care in Action webinar on April 21. We will be joined by representatives of team-based care networks and communities of practice who will share their experience and insights. We will dive into how these groups were formed, how they are used and how they support team-based care in BC.
    April 21, 2022 | 1200 – 1300 PT

  • Save the date and get the May 19 Team Up! webinar in your calendar.
    • We're busy planning and confirming speakers and will send out more details as soon as they are available. In the meantime, register to get this event in your calendars!
      May 19, 2022 | 1200 – 1300 PT

  • 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, 0900-1200 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 
  • MEME Conference (Making Evidence Matter for Everyone)
    • When: May 27 and 28, 2022 (Early Bird rates available until April 29, 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
    • When: May 27; 13.00 - 16.40 PST
    • Open to all preceptors and faculty from across the province. Further details to follow.

  • 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 April 13 Research Rounds presented by Dr. Ruth Lavergne and Dr. Ian Scott , who shared their 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.? No problem! Email for a copy of the recording.
  • Call for ProposalsThe Faculty of Science has launched another round of STAIR grants (Support for Teams to Advance Interdisciplinary Research), which are intended to catalyze inter-department and inter-Faculty collaborations. The Faculty of Medicine will support joint Medicine-Science proposals. Successful partners will receive funding for 2 graduate students for 1 year and a contribution to expenses. 
  • 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
  • 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
Application packages and deadlines can be found at events/funding-opportunities/
  • 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 was 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.
  • Continuous Learning Advancement Fund 
The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver, is pleased to announce an open call for proposals for the Continuous Learning Advancement Fund (CLAF). Faculty, and lecturers whose appointments continue beyond the project end date, are invited to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by May 10, 2022 to be considered for funding. More Information.

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 and Undergrad Program

Office of Faculty Development: Introductory Resource and Mini-Modules for teaching with patient- care in the Undergraduate & Postgraduate Medical Programs.

This Introductory Resource focuses on the needs for onboarding new clinical faculty, however experienced faculty may also find it informative.
This new Introductory Resource provides: 
  • Mini-Modules for teaching with patient-care: These newly developed modules provide introductory faculty development for teaching in the clinical space using principles of an educational alliance. The modules are as follows:
    • Co-creating goals
    • Direct observation & feedback in the clinical setting
    • Clinical reasoning through collaborative questioning
    • Reflection and feedback conversations
  •  Links to role-based training modules for teaching without patient care (e.g. small group facilitation, lectures etc.)
  • Links to resources for creating an inclusive environment
  • An overview of curriculum, assessment and feedback to teachers
  • Links to important administrative information
 You can access the site at
To go directly to the mini-modules on teaching with patient care, visit

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


Professor Saraswathi Vedam, Co-Lead, Launches UBC Science of Birth Research Cluster
  • Webinar featuring two international leaders in pre-conceptual health
  • June 6, 2022 1pm PST
  • Learn More

Virtual International Day of the Midwife
  • 24 hour free online conference for midwives and anyone interested
  • Keynote speakers include Shawn Walker, Celine LeMay, Amber Price, Pragati Sharma and others
  • Starts 3pm PST on May 4
  • Learn More 

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) 

We  will be launching our Primary Care Transformation Support Community of Practice (PCT CoP) in April, with monthly CoP sessions. If you are interested in being added to the new PCT Listserv please reach out to .

If you are interested in getting some Team Mapping in your clinics reach out to your TBC coach

Read: our latest Publication in JMIR Formative Research  that includes an application of Team Mapping: Paving the Way for Integrated Team Based Care.

Listen: the TeamUP podcast season which is focused on Primary Care System Resilience. Our newest episodes include an episode on Patient Perspectives on Resilience and a Teambit on the Practice of Attending with the next episode *coming out on Tuesday April 12* focused on Rest . We have some great episode in the hopper as well so please subscribe if you are interested in staying up to date!


UBC Midwifery Director, Dr. Cecilia Jevitt was an invited guest lecturer for the Midwifery Education Program at Stikes Abdi Nusantara University in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 25, 2022

The Indonesian midwives asked her to describe midwifery in Canada, continuity of care and family involvement in maternity care. Approximately 1,500 midwives across Indonesia participated in the webinar via Zoom or the YouTube livestream. Indonesia, as a country, has the largest number of midwives in the world – more than 250,000. The presentation was followed by a question and answer period with the midwives eager to hear about British Columbia’s universal maternity coverage.

Women of Impact in Canada

Dr. Wendy Norman and Dr. Terri Aldred have been recognized by the Government of Canada this month as being among the “Women of Impact in Canada”, STEM Category. Women of Impact in Canada is an online gallery dedicated to women’s achievements, featuring profiles of courageous women who have made an impact in politics, the arts and sciences, and countless other fields. 
Read their stories

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

Psychedelic-assisted therapy clinic to open in Kelowna

The EntheoMed Ketamine Suite is set to open on April 4 inside Capri Centre Mall and will offer a program that delivers intramuscular ketamine paired with psychotherapy, preparation and integration.

Read full article


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

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, Dean’s Office
  • 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
 Central HR Updates  Benefits
  • New dedicated EFAP number for faculty and staff
    • Faculty and staff now have a dedicated phone line to access the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) confidential services, through LifeWorks, by calling 1-866-424-0770.
    • We have updated the number across the HR website; however, faculty and staff will always receive service from LifeWorks if they use the old number.
  • Updates to work permits and health coverage
    • If you work in BC under a work permit and are enrolled in the  Medical Services Plan (MSP),  your MSP coverage will end at the end of the month that your work permit expires and will be reinstated upon receipt of your new work permit. For this reason, it is imperative that you apply for your new work permit well in advance.
    • Read the Work Permit and Medical Services Plan coverage memo to understand recent changes.
  Resource Corner for Supervisors/Managers
  • Workday – A reminder to all managers (especially faculty who manage staff) to remember to designate approval tasks to somebody when they go away on vacation, or to conventions, etc. where they cannot access Workday. If you have any questions, please email Adrian Whitehead, HR Assistant at
  • Work Learn Student Appointments – if you have an upcoming Work Learn student you are hoping to appoint, please notify Adrian Whitehead by April 15th for start dates between May 1 – 15 and April 29th for start dates between May 16 – 31. The final deadline to submit all summer appointments is May 27.
  • Work Learn Onboarding – If you are a manager/supervisor who will be managing a Work Learn student for the first time, please visit for some supervisor guidelines and resources from onboarding to offboarding. The supervisor guide can be found here
  • New Hire Start Dates – if you are a manager/supervisor and have found the top candidate to hire, please ensure you provide sufficient number of business days to HR to process the appointment on Workday. If you are unsure whether a new hire’s start date is feasible, please check in with HR as there are currently several processes and steps to process a new hire appointment on Workday.

Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellow in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and Women’s Health Research Institute are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) in the Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCP) led by Dr. Luis Nacul for a 1-year term with a possibility of extension subject to funding. The position will be physically located at BC Women’s Hospital Campus as part of Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Deadline April 16
See full posting

Rural Northwest / Terrace Site Co-Director

The UBC Family Practice Residency Program, Rural Northwest/Terrace Site invites applications for the position of Co-Site Director to join the incumbent Site Director for a one-year term from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

The Co-Site Director, along with the incumbent Site Director, supervises resident training and provide leadership of the site faculty team. The Co-Site Director is 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 April 2022
See full posting

Site Director (or Co-Directors) - UBC Family Practice Residency Program - Vancouver Fraser Site

The UBC Family Practice Residency Program is inviting applications for the role of Site Director or Co-Site Directors for its Vancouver-Fraser Training site, effective July 1st, 2022. The site is currently directed by an interim team of two Co-Site
Directors whose term is complete June 30, 2022. Applicants are welcome to apply individually for the role of Site Director
or as a team of two.

Vancouver-Fraser has a long history of postgraduate Family Medicine medical education. The site offers an urban and
suburban program based at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, and takes advantage of clinical
opportunities in large and small hospitals throughout Greater Vancouver to give residents a rich, well-rounded experience of working in a variety of clinical settings.

Deadline May 2, 2022
See full job posting

Site Director - UBC Family Practice Residency Program - Chilliwack Site

The UBC Family Practice Residency Program is looking for a Site Director for the Chilliwack site, effective July 1st, 2022.

Chilliwack has a long history of medical education. In 1990 it became the first distributed training site in the UBC
Family Practice Residency Program and in 2003 the UBC Integrated Community Clerkship in Chilliwack became the first longitudinal integrated clerkship in Canada. Family Practice residents and medical students are an integral part  of this cohesive medical community.

Deadline May 2, 2022
See full job posting

Site Director - UBC Family Practice Residency Program - Okanagan South (Penticton)

The UBC Family Practice Residency Program is looking for a Site Director for the Okanagan South training site, effective July 1st, 2022.

Okanagan South site was established in 2016, it is based in Penticton, and together with the six regional communities of Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton the area has a population of approximately 90,000.

Deadline May 2, 2022

See full job posting

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