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November 18, 2021
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 and events, awards and research in the Department of Family Practice.

In this email: 


Upcoming Awards
Check out some upcoming award and recognitions for department members to consider nominating your colleagues!

Congratulations - Awards, Promotions & Recognitions

2021 Faculty of Medicine Award Recipients

  • Dr. Tandi Wilkinson, rural ER and PoCUS passionate doc based in Nelson, BC, was recognized for her distinguished services and contributions to Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Dr. John Pawlovich, clinical professor in the department of family practice and Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health, was recognized for his excellence in mentorship by clinical faculty members by the Faculty of Medicine.

Promotion to Professor
  • The department congratulates Dr. Wendy Norman on her promotion to Professor.  More information on Dr. Norman’s background can be found here.
  • The department also expresses our sincere congratulations to Dr. Maureen Ashe on her promotion to the rank of Professor. More information about Dr. Ashe can be found here.

    These are tremendous achievements that reflect both of their outstanding contributions to the Department of FamilyPractice, the University of British Columbia and the greater medical community.

2021 Order of British Columbia Recipient
  • Dr. Debra Braithwaite is one of sixteen exceptional people will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the Province’s highest form of recognition. Dr. Debra Braithwaite was the community physician during her 34-year career at Victoria Hospice. When she started in 1984, the field of palliative care was in its infancy in Canada, as was the Victoria Hospice organization. Dr. Braithwaite has been acknowledged both locally and nationally by her peers and her community for the contributions she has made to the development of palliative care. Read more.

Projects Accepted into UBC Health's Health After 2020 Program
Eight interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects have been accepted into the Health After 2020 and awarded $10,000 to support their work:
  • Towards equity-oriented opioid sparing pain management in primary care after 2020 - Rita McCracken, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
  • Exploring Substance Use Patterns Among International Students from Punjab - Nitasha Puri, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Read more

Want to be featured to help celebrate your accomplishments in your field? Let us know! We want to highlight the amazing people behind our department's great work!


Recent Publications

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

Exploring health coaching and mindfulness as levers for transformation in health: stakeholder perspectives
Six ways to get a grip on your first health education leadership role.
Alternative payment models: A path forward: addressing the problems with fee-for-service.
Learner Conceptions of Health Advocacy: “Going Above & Beyond” or “Kind of an Expectation”.
Early generalist placements influence medical students to pursue family medicine careers: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Medical Education.
Coaching the coaches:  Employing role modeling and coaching as a faculty development strategy.
Teaching Moment: Pandora's Box: Creating Dialogue on Culture and Bias in the Learner-Teacher Relationship.
The Praxis of Generalism in Family Medicine: Six Concepts to inform teaching.



Community Opportunities

December Research Rounds: Is Sleep the Keystone of Healthy Aging? 
Sleep disturbances are prevalent among older people and are linked to poor health outcomes. In this presentation, Dr. Adam Spira, Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Faculty in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will highlight research tying disturbed sleep to cognitive and functional decline and Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in later life, and discuss implications of sleep health for older adults’ overall health and well being.

Meeting Link

Are you interested in presenting in the the Department of Family Practice's Research Rounds? Please complete an expression of interest here.  
  • Help improve the Vaccine Hesitancy Guide Dr. Morgan Price has been working closely with Dr. Myles Leslie and his team (University of Calgary, School of Public Policy) on the vaccine hesitancy guide. The Guide provides practical scripts and suggestions to improve conversations between primary care clinicians and patients who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccines. If you’ve heard about, looked through, or used the Guide, we want to hear from you!  This is your chance to provide input that will improve the Guide for its 16,000+ users. 
    • The evaluation survey is anonymous and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. You can find more information on the Guide and the evaluation here.
  • Take the 5 min survey to better understand how family doctors choose which inhaler devices to prescribe. Dr. Aaron M. Tejani of UBC’s Therapeutics Initiative is studying how prescribers choose inhaled medication devices for their patients.
  • Help redesign physician education on gender and equity. The ~20 minute survey is part of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Strategic Innovation Fund project: Integrating Gender Equity and Addressing Cisnormativity: Building a Framework to Audit Medical Education Undergraduate Curricula. It is open to faculty, staff, tutors, preceptors, and anyone involved in designing, developing and delivering the UBC undergraduate MD curriculum and/or faculty development, and should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. The survey is focused on the inclusion of curriculum content about intersex, trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit people, as well as how sex and gender are incorporated into the curriculum more generally. The intended outcome is to ensure that future generations of doctors are equipped with the language, skills, values, and knowledge to better serve the needs of all patients, especially intersex, trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit patients, and improved curriculum renewal efforts that maintain UBC’s cutting edge leadership in equity-oriented care and education. By participating in the survey, you can be entered into a raffle to win a $250 prize - as either a UBC bookstore gift card or towards a UBC CPD offering.
  • Call for participants (pregnant people) - Perinatal Wellbeing Research Team led by Dr. Bayrampour is conducting a pilot prospective cohort study to examine prenatal cannabis exposure and early developmental outcomes (PreCeeDo Study). The specific objectives of this study are to examine the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a large prospective cohort study and to explore the clinical utility of testing umbilical cord tissue to detect and quantify in-utero cannabis exposure. The team is particularly interested in recruiting the exposure group (pregnant cannabis users). Please share this call with your network.
  • Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship -  Provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies, these fellowships are available for most fields of research. It was Mrs. Killam's desire that those selected to receive fellowships: "be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in a profession. A Killam scholar should not be a one-sided person... Special distinction of intellect should be founded upon sound character."
  • Call for participants - Physician Examiners to participate in Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE’s) for this academic year. As a physician examiner, you will observe students and candidates interacting with a Standardized Patient in a clinical encounter and record their performance according to specific rating guidelines. Training will be provided before each exam.
  • Application are open for The Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) - 2022 Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE-Canada) program and CHES' Clinical Educator Fellowship Program (CEFP).
    • Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) Canada: MHPE-Canada is a two-year, part-time, internationally recognized course, giving graduates a research-based master’s degree from Maastricht University. The MHPE-Canada focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant for innovative medical and health professions education in Canada. For more information on the program, eligibility, and the application process, please head to the CHES MHPE-Canada website.
    • Clinical Educator Fellowship Program: CHES is offering opportunities for senior residents (R3-R5), residents in enhanced skills programs (PGY3 Family Medicine), or established clinicians interested in health education scholarship to be a part of the CHES Fellowship program, which has graduated 34 Fellows since its inception. This Fellowship is designed for those interested in developing an academic career as a clinician educator. 
    • For more information on the program, eligibility, and the application process, please head to the CHES Clinical Educator Fellowship Program website
    • See the collection of testimonials from former and active CHES alumni
    • Application Deadlines: Please note this year’s application deadline for both programs is Friday, December 17, 2021. 
  • Lead change with the UBC Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care The part-time Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care was developed to support working health care professionals for the transformation to patient-centred, team-based care. Navigate the complexities of interprofessional teams, integrate and apply your skills in context, and lead change in your organization. 


Postgrad Program

UBC's Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Practice, in partnership with the British Columbia Ministry of Health, is engaged in a project to establish Team-based Primary Care Learning Centres and Enhanced Teaching Clinics (collectively “TPCLCs”) across the Province. TPCLCs will represent a network of collaborative, inter-professional primary care sites that create high-quality learning opportunities that accelerate team-based care in the community. This is a three-year project.  If you represent a primary care clinic or clinic group that is interested in participating in this three-year project, please complete this Expression of Interest (EoI) form.

Undergrad Program

Innovation Support Unit (ISU)
Listen to one of the two ISU-led podcasts!


Click here to listen to the podcasts!

Team Mapping

The ISU is hosting a Team Mapping Community of Practice on November 24th, and is scheduling a training series for the new year - please reach out to if you are interested!



  • Reflections from the Field: The Relevance of the LEADS Framework During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
    • When: Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 13:00 PT
    • What: join Graham Stewart Dickson, Deanne Taylor and Kelly Grimes to discuss their research on the relevance of the LEADS framework during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these learnings can be applied to team-based primary and community care.
    • Learn More & Register 
  • Sorry, Not Sorry - The Importance of Showing Up in an Era of Truth and Reconciliation 
    • When: Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30 PT
    • What: join us for the inaugural session of the Indigenous Initiatives Speakers Series. This virtual event will bring together Kukpi7 – Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and Kukpi7 – Chief Wayne Christian of the Splatsin First Nation & Tribal Chief for the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.
    • Learn More & Register
  • Tools for Teams: Real-Time Virtual Support for BC
    • When: December 16, 2021 | 12:00 - 13:00 PT
    • What: Dr. John Pawlovich and Katrina Bepple from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) will give an overview and demonstration of the Real-Time Virtual Support service.
    • Learn More & Register
  • Think Twice! The (lack of) evidence for opioid analgesics to treat minor acute and chronic pain
    • When: November 24, 2021 | 12:00 PT
    • What: An educational webinar which examines opioid sparing approaches in the context of primary care for non-cancer pain.The UBC Innovation Support Unit in collaboration with the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Therapeutics Initiative.
    • Learn More & Register
  • 3rd Annual Tri-Cluster Research Day
    • When: November 26, 2021 | 9:00 - 12:30 PT
    • What: Discover various research activities conducted by students and trainees from some of UBC’s Research Excellence Clusters. Students from the Data Science and Health, Women's Health and Biomedical Imaging and AI clusters will present posters that address the Future of Health. Join us for a virtual morning of multi-disciplinary exploration as our students address pressing questions around the future of health
    • Learn More & Register

Check out other professional development opportunities and events!

Department Developments

In The News

Local solutions for boosting COVID-19 vaccine uptake
As COVID-19 vaccine cards rolled out across several Canadian provinces in September, the number of people getting vaccinated increased in provinces like B.C. But those numbers have now slowed, with some communities facing particular challenges when it comes to vaccine uptake.

The UBC Innovation Support Unit at the faculty of medicine’s department of family practice is working to address this problem by helping communities co-develop local solutions and reduce barriers to immunization in real-time.
Read more

Improving Access to Rural Healthcare
Dr. Dave Snadden is a physician of family practice based in UBC's Northern Medical Program. He is one of the author's of a study aimed at finding better ways to communicate the needs of rural healthcare.
Listen now

Admin Updates

  • Please remember to complete the UBC Workplace Experiences Survey by November 19. The information from this survey is especially critical as we emerge from the pandemic and transition to new ways of working and connecting within our community. The information is also essential in enabling us to fulfil many aspects of our refreshed strategic plan Building the Future.  The survey and your feedback is confidential and each person received a personalized email + link to their survey – please check your inbox for: Reminder to participate in the 2021 UBC Workplace Experiences Survey from TalentMap. This link is your personal link and should only be accessed by you. Please do not forward this link to others.
Click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact
  • Managers are reminded that the first year of the remote work program (September 2021 – August 2022) will be transitional and formal agreements in Workday are required for all remote work arrangements.  Please ensure these have been submitted and approved for all team members who would like to take part.  Please check the remote work webpage for the most up to date information about the program. You are also reminded that UBC requires COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  
  • Introducing Dr. Alister Frayne as the new Clinical Faculty Advisor Council Rep for the Department of Family Practice. Read more about the Committee here and view full members with contact information here.

HR Corner

Quick links to ensure your information is up to date:  
  • Expiring Training Records Notifications: Beginning September 20, Workday will notify employees of training that expires in 60 days so they can re-take any necessary training beforehand. Workday will also notify both employees and their managers when a training record expires. More information is available on the Welcome to Workday pages for faculty and staff, and for managers/admins.
  • Fall 2021 Staff Pension Plan Workshops now available: Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan (UYSPP) is an informative online workshop for members of all ages to learn about their UBC pension plan, pensions in general, and things to consider for future retirement.
Register for an upcoming workshopFor more information, visit, or contact

Check out the HR Remote website for leaders

UBC HR currently runs workshops such as:
  1. Effective Practices for Leading Hybrid Teams
  2. A Coach-Approach to Learning and Development Conversations
  3. Build Your Hybrid Team Charter
There is also a curated list of Linked Learning modules that might be helpful as well under On-demand Learning 
Some topics include:
1.       Communicating in Times of Change
2.       Managing Virtual Teams
3.       Time Management: Working from Home
4.       Leading at a Distance
5.       Building Resilience .. and many others

Career Opportunities
Lecturer, Midwifery 
The Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time Lecturer (1.0 FTE), for a three-year term. To apply, please visit UBC Faculty Careers page

Rural Scholar
The UBC Department of Family Practice, in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia, is accepting applications for established clinicians in British Columbia to develop experience and skills in Rural Scholarship through the Rural Scholars Program. There are up to two (2) positions available and it is anticipated that these will be distributed over the rural areas of British Columbia.

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