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June 22, 2022
News and updates from the Department of Family Practice at UBC
Welcome to your department newsletter, here to keep you up-to-date with news, events, awards and research in the Department of Family Practice.

In this email: 


Message from the Director

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read the June 2022 Department of Family Practice newsletter.  I also want to thank those who have contributed to the newsletter with updates about their programs and units in order to provide the opportunity for you to hear about news and activities from your colleagues. 
In commemoration, of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Day on June 21st, the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee Co-Chairs, Drs. Linda Reid, Talveen Gill and Elder Roberta Price would like to share the following statement:
This is a time to recognize, honour and celebrate the diversity and resiliency of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples. It is also a time to reflect, to learn and unlearn, and to take action.
In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, it is imperative that as a Department and as individuals we elevate Indigenous voices and create a safe space for our Indigenous colleagues to be seen, and heard. Only in this way can we begin to see the harm that is perpetuated by the racist and colonial practices in our personal and professional lives.
Settler Canadians within UBC’s Department of Family Practice can commemorate National Indigenous History Month by committing to learning and speaking out about the history of Indigenous Peoples here in BC and the ways in which our medical education system and healthcare system enacted and continues to enact racism towards Indigenous Peoples.
Some specific actions to consider:
As we move through spring, I wish you all the best for the summer and hope that you are able to take a much needed break with family and friends.

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, HR Director, 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!

  • PBSG Family Medicine Residents Scholarship Award: The PBSG (Practice Based Small Group) Family Medicine Residents Scholarship Award is to recognize an outstanding scholarly project by FM Resident(s) through Research, Quality Improvement or Education Scholarship in the area of Residency small group learning.
    • Application deadline: June 30, 2022
  • 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!
BC College of Family Physicians 2022 Award Recipients

More than 350 British Columbians took the time to nominate family doctors from across the province. We heard stories of kindness, leadership, creativity, community engagement, unwavering support for patients and colleagues, and life-changing care delivered by family physicians.

Without exception, the nominations were full of admiration and gratitude, making clear what an incredible difference family doctors make in the lives of their patients.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 BCCFP awards!

Five family doctors – one from each health region – received this year’s My Family Doctor Award. 
  • Dr. Anis Lakha (Vancouver Coastal)
  • Dr. Marylu Loewen (Fraser Health)
  • Dr. Allison Ferg (Island Health)
  • Dr. Linda O’Neill (Interior Health)
  • Dr. Jaco Strydom (Northern Health)
Read more about the awards here

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


Recent Publications

Legal Privilege Legislation: Consequences for Patient Safety 

Do changes in primary care service use over time differ by neighbourhood income? Population-based longitudinal study in British Columbia, Canada.
Biopsychosocial Factors Associated With Return to Preinjury Sport After ACL Injury Treated Without Reconstruction: NACOX Cohort Study 12-Month Follow-up.
An unexpected transition to virtual care: family medicine residents' experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has Virtual Care Arrived? A Survey of Rural Canadian Providers During the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Identifying risk factors for prevalent anal human papillomavirus type 16 infection in women living with HIV.
A low-barrier, flexible safe supply program to prevent deaths from overdose.
Participant-Directed Intervention Tailoring Is Associated With Improvements in Glycemic Control for South Asian Adults With Type 2 Diabetes.
Experience of pregnancy during family medicine residency: Qualitative research study.

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


  • 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
  • Anti-Racism in Teaching and Leadership STEM Faculty Cohort Workshops 
     The Anti-Racist Teaching & Leadership cohort program brings together faculty from Science, Applied Science, Land and Food Systems, and Forestry who are either at an entry point for their anti-racist learning journey or who are looking to refresh their learning on anti-racist concepts. 
    • Session 3 (Zoom): Anti-Racism and Solidarity in Teaching &Leadership Contexts will involve unpacking scenarios specific to participants' contexts, and an exploration of strategies to support anti-racism in university settings. 
      • When: June 29, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm PST  
    • Session 4 (Zoom): Cohort Meeting will weave together learning from workshops, readings, and individual/group applied projects. Cohort peers will share their own ideas and plans for moving forward with anti-racist teaching and leadership.
      • When: July 6, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
  • 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 18,  2022 | 8:15am - 3:35pm PST
    • More information

Indigenous History Month - Featured UBC Events

  • Artist Talk with Knowledge Keeper Richard Campbell
    • Both a master carver and archeologist field assistant, Richard will share his knowledge about traditional carving techniques as well as the cultural significance of salmon, including how it is used and prepared for ceremonial purposes. 
    • When: June 23, 2022 I 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Ceremonial fire at xwc̓ ic̓ əsəm Garden, UBC Farm

    • The importance of community safety, wellbeing, and support has been on our hearts and minds during this time. In that spirit, and to honour the xwməθkwəy̓ əm lands we share, The First Nations House of Learning and xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden at UBC Farm invite BIPOC/Indigenous students, faculty, staff and community members to the monthly ceremonial fire supported by local Elders. Fire offerings, tea and bannock provided. 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver.
    • When: June 23, 2022 I 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Check out other professional development opportunities and events!


Community Opportunities

  • Nomination deadline for 2022 Faculty of Medicine Awards extended to Friday, July 1st: This extension is in recognition of the extraordinary and additional professional duties and time commitments for members of the Faculty that have been made necessary by the pandemic over the last year, as well as to ensure a full and diverse slate of candidates.
  • Did you miss the June 15 Research Rounds 'New Directions in Social Prescribing' presented by Dr. Kate Mulligan,  Senior Director of the new Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing? No problem! Email for a copy of the recording.
  • Recruiting rural GPs for a study on point of care ultrasound (PoCUS): The Centre for Rural Health Research at UBC is investigating the use of point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) in rural BC. Last year, we completed Phase I of this study. This qualitative phase explored how PoCUS is being used by rural general practitioners (GPs) - you can find a report on the findings here. We are now recruiting rural GPs for Phase II of the study. This second quantitative phase will assess the following aspects of PoCUS use by rural GPs: (a) quality, (b) effect on diagnostic certainty, and (c) effect on patient management plan. Here is the recruitment flyer for Phase II and here is more information about the study. If you are interested in participating in Phase II or have any questions, please contact Anshu Parajulee at  

  • Call for internal nominations for the UBC University Killam Professors: The designation “University Killam Professor” (UKP) 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. The Faculty of Medicine's internal nominations for the UBC University Killam Professors are due on June 30.
  • Generalism in MD Curricula Study: Family Physician Case Reviewers Needed: Generalism is a widely held fundamental value in medical education and is now included in many accreditation standards. In recent years, medical schools have purported to emphasize generalism in their undergraduate curricula. Our question is: How successful are Canadian medical schools in delivering a pre-clerkship curriculum that emphasizes generalist principles? Using an evidence-based generalism framework, the Toronto Generalism Assessment Tool (T-GAT), the objectives of the study are (1) to quantify the degree to which generalist principles are present in the pre-clerkship case-based learning cases; (2) to use our findings to provide specific feedback to improve the cases; (3) to enhance the understanding of generalism and promote its stature within the formal and informal curricula of Canadian medical schools. For more information and/or to review 1-4 cases, please contact
  • Luba Butska, RM and Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Family Practice will be joining the Canadian Medical Assistant Teams nonprofit medical and health organization in June as they deliver health care to displaced Ukrainians at the Polish/Ukrainian border. Please see more information about the work CMAT are doing at You can donate to Luba's trip at this fundraising site:

Grants and Funding Opportunities

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



Webinar to Release Giving Voice to Mothers Study findings
In the webinar, we will explore the key findings from the report, and discuss how we can transform the lived experience of perinatal services and assure equitable access to the highest quality of care for all service users. 

Join us for a live conversation moderated by Nzinga Blake, Executive Producer, Race and Culture / ABC Owned Television Stations. Panelists include:

Tatyana Ali, actor and mother of two, on the experience of giving birth in the US
Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM on what care looks like in perinatal safe zones
Chandra A. Adams, MD, MBA and Nicholas Rubashkin, MD, PhD on how midwives and doctors      can listen to and act on what is most important to the people they serve
P. Mimi Niles, Ph.D, MPH, CNM/LM on how equity, safety, and respect can change depending on how care is delivered. 

We’ll also screen a short video narrated by Tatyana Ali describing the findings of a new report that includes the voices of 2700 women and birthing people.

Date: Tuesday, June 28
Time: 11am PDT / 2pm EDT

Register for the event. The webinar is free, registration is required:


Innovation Support Unit (ISU) 
  • The ISU is hiring! If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our amazing team please share this posting:
  • If you are interested in Primary Care Evaluation or Primary Care System Resilience, the ISU is looking for Clinical Faculty Scholars. Please reach out to
  • The ISU is going to be running Facilitator Training Sessions in both Team and PACC mapping starting in September (Training is typically provided in 2, 2.5 hour virtual sessions). To register on our waiting list (and be notified when training is available) please fill in our survey
  • The ISU has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC to develop a draft Provincial Primary Care Network (PCN) Evaluation Framework, to support the evaluation of PCNs across the province. The Provincial PCN Evaluation project team will present on the development of the framework at the next PCN Evaluation Community of Practice, hosted by Doctors of BC, on Thursday June 23rd from 1:30-3:00pm. If you would like to hear more about this work, please register for the meeting here:
    • Questions can be submitted prior to the session, either when you register or by emailing There will also be time for open Q&A during the session. Please note that registration will automatically add you to the distribution list for subsequent Community of Practice meetings. If you would prefer not to receive future meeting invites, please email following your registration and ask to be removed from the distribution list.


Congratulations to the Faculty of Medicine Grads of 2022!

This spring, hundreds of new graduates — from across a wide range of Faculty of Medicine programs — will celebrate their achievements and look ahead to the next stage of their careers as doctors, midwives, genetic counsellors and more. Learn more about the grads.

2022 Faculty of Medicine Academic Gowns and Emeriti Recognition Ceremony

The 2022 Faculty of Medicine Academic Gowns and Emeriti Recognition Ceremony, held at the University Golf Club on May 25, celebrated the promotion of Dr. Carol Herbert and Dr. Martin Dawes to Professor Emeritus and Dr. Maureen Ashe and Dr. Wendy Norman to Professor.

Faculty of Medicine launches new admissions pathway for Black medical students

The new Black Student MD Admissions Pathway will help address the underrepresentation of Black physicians in British Columbia (B.C.)

Beginning this summer, Black applicants to UBC’s undergraduate MD program will have the opportunity to apply through the pathway and, as part of the admissions process, have their application essay reviewed by a sub-committee comprised of Black stakeholders from the B.C. medical community. The first cohort of successful applicants will enter the MD program in August 2023.

Read More

When health care goes wrong: It's time for transparency in patient safety

The COVID-19 crisis has both divided and galvanized Canadians on health care. While the last three years have presented new challenges to health-care systems across the country, the pandemic has also exacerbated existing challenges, most notably the high levels of errors and mistreatment documented in Canadian health care.

Read more

Celebrating Indigenous strength in medicine

On May 24, ten UBC Indigenous medical students gathered to celebrate their graduation from medical school at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine during an event where family, friends, faculty, staff and members of the Indigenous community gathered together to honour and share in the joy of their achievements.

Read More

HR Corner
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
  • Christina Bui, Work Learn HR Administrative Assistant: HR administrative support and projects  
See updated list of Administrative Staff here:

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
PHO Declaration Requirement – Positions located within a health-care 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.

UBC HR Updates Resource Corner for Managers and Supervisors
  • PHO Declaration Requirement – Positions located within a health-care facility -  If you have an upcoming new hire and this position is required to be located within a healthcare facility, please ensure you inform your new hire to declare and verify their proof of vaccination against Covid-19 prior to the start date at the secured link Any questions surrounding this can be addressed to a member of the HR team.
  • Workday - Additional Information Added to Vacation Approval Task - When approving an Absence (time off) request for a vacation, Managers will now see additional information to help them evaluate the incoming absence request. On the Inbox task, Managers will see a graph called My Team’s Vacation for the Current Year – Distributed (from the report of the same name).
  • Workday - Shift Tracking Added for Hourly Employees: Hourly employees will now see a ‘Shift’ time block in their time-tracking calendar in Workday when taking paid time off (if eligible). These blocks show in Workday on days when hourly employees use paid vacation or banked overtime, and ensure that these days are counted as working days in Workday.
  • Managing at UBC – Did you know UBC has an in-house leadership/management training program? Applications will open later this Summer 2022. If interested to learn more, please visit This is a highly recommended program for newer supervisors/managers with eligibility criteria.
  • 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 

    A note from Central Finance - Central Finance has changed their approach with overdue credit cards. Per the Business Expense rules, any cardholder who has unreconciled transactions over 90 days old will have received an email from Central stating that their card will be suspended.

Career Opportunities

Engagement and Evaluation Analyst
The UBC Department of Family Practice (DFP) has established the primary care Innovation Support Unit (ISU) to connect, engage, and partner with those who are actively involved in innovations in primary care.

The Evaluation Analysts will work with workstream leads and ISU faculty, to perform a range of activities including: review of literature to collate existing, relevant evaluation tools for primary care, collaborative development of multi-method evaluation guides for primary care clinics and networks, summarizing findings and reviewing with stakeholders, facilitation, and report drafting as required.  

Deadline June 24, 2022

See full job posting

Communications Coordinator, Department of Family Practice
The Communications Coordinator works to support the development and execution of communication initiatives at the Department of Family Practice.  The Coordinator is responsible for maintaining social media channels and the departmental website for the Department of Family Practice. This role produces content for and actively maintains Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram platforms working towards awareness and engagement for faculty, researchers, programs, learners and staff within the department. Additionally, the coordinator will maintain other digital platforms including websites and e-newsletters.

Deadline June 30, 2022
See full job posting

Faculty Development Site Faculty, Vancouver Fraser
The Faculty Development lead will work with the Site Director and the central Faculty Development Portfolio Director to provide resources, professional development, and support to preceptors. They will work with other site faculty, residents, site directors, portfolio directors, clinical faculty, and the administrative team.

Applicants must have experience in clinical education and medical leadership, a passion for teaching, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy and understanding across a range of perspectives and backgrounds. Applicants must have their Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be in good standing with the CFPC.

Deadline June 30, 2022

See full job posting

Curriculum Site Faculty, Vancouver Fraser
The Curriculum lead will work with the Site Director and the central Curriculum Portfolio Director to provide leadership and support related to curriculum design, delivery and continuous quality improvement. They will work with other site faculty, residents, site directors, portfolio directors, clinical faculty, and the administrative team.

Applicants must have experience in clinical education and medical leadership, a passion for teaching, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy and understanding across a range of perspectives and backgrounds. Applicants must have their Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be in good standing with the CFPC.

Deadline June 30, 2022

See full job posting

Scholarship Site Faculty, Vancouver Fraser
The Scholarship lead will work with the Site Director and the central Scholarship Portfolio Director to provide resources, education, and support to residents in the area of scholarship, research, and Evidence Based Medicine. They will work with other site faculty, residents, site directors, portfolio directors, clinical faculty, and the administrative team.

Applicants must have experience in clinical education and medical leadership, a passion for teaching, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy and understanding across a range of perspectives and backgrounds. Applicants must have their Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be in good standing with the CFPC.

Deadline June 30, 2022

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Research Associate, Birth Place Lab
The Research Associate (RA) strengthens the research capacity and outputs of the Birth Place Lab (, a research lab that specializing in community-centred health services research and knowledge translation projects that advance equity, safety, and respect in perinatal services. In conjunction with the Lead Investigator and key stakeholders, the RA will develop and oversee qualitative and mixed-methods analysis activities for the Birth Place Lab (BPL).The RA will collaborate with and liaise with external research partners, community leads and contractors to meet research goals and deliverables.  The RA provides technical expertise, mentorship, and support to early career scholars and trainees.  This position will also have an active role in the development of grant proposals for the ongoing support of these projects and integrated knowledge translation activities, as needed.

Deadline July 13, 2022

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Head, Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Department Head, Medical Genetics, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) together with Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) invites applications for the position of Head, Department of Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and Department Head, Medical Genetics at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. This position is for a five (5) year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the University who is currently in a tenure stream faculty appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in the Professoriate or Educational Leadership stream. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2022, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

Review of applications will begin July 18, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
See full job posting


Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at UBC.  The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in academic leadership as well as experience in sustaining and strengthening collaborations with other academic units. The successful applicant is also expected to establish strong clinical and administrative linkages with all six Health Authorities at a provincial, regional and community level across British Columbia. 

Review of applications will begin August 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is April 1, 2023 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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