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      September 15, 2022

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Newsletter Highlights
Awards and Recognition

Grants and Funding Opportunities
ISU Updates
In the News

Message from the Department Head

Welcome to the September edition of the Departmental Newsletter. It has been a pleasure to follow all of the incredible work and achievements displayed below as we start the fall term—it has been a busy time but also I trust time was spent with loved ones and friends during the summer months.
Not only have we welcomed incoming classes of learners to our programs, but we have realized the opportunity to expand the numbers of learners who will take their place in providing the best health care for our communities.  A special note of thanks to Dr Cecilia Jevitt and her team in the Division of Midwifery and the Department for their successful expansion including new faculty, students and staff. 
The many awards and recognitions of scholarship are indicative of the excellence now and past among your colleagues, and are inspirational for our next generation of health providers, researchers and teachers.
Many events and opportunities are noted in this newsletter but I would like to highlight, acknowledge and invite all to reflect and join the Faculty of Medicine in commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 27th .
Please check our social media channels at the links below: 

-- Dr. Robert Petrella, Head, Department of Family Practice 

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Newsletter Highlights

Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 
Join the Faculty of Medicine in commemorating and reflecting on September 27. Learn more and save the date


Call for Peer Nominations!

The DFP Awards Committee is launching an initiative to encourage not only recognition, but a sense of connection throughout the department. There are so many amazing people and remarkable things being done that it is impossible to know what sort of achievements - large or small - are happening on a daily basis. With this new initiative, we are looking to foster a sense of connection, and keep people informed. 

We are now looking for peer nominations across the department to recognize the outstanding work being done. If there is someone you'd like to acknowledge, please contact Maureen Ashe.

Let's get to know each other and what is happening around the Department of Family Practice.

DFP Med.Zero Event

On August 24, 2022, the Department of Family Practice hosted its very first Med.Zero event for Year 1 Medical Students.  Med.Zero is an extra-curricular event based on a similar event run at the University of Calgary, with the intention of introducing students to Family Medicine and generalism and to show the breadth of the discipline and to build some excitement through hands-on activities. Med.Zero was held on the third day of medical school.

At this event, we were very honoured to have Doctor and Elder Roberta Price speak her wise words. 224 Year 1 Medical Students had the opportunity to participate in three exciting hands-on activities - suturing, bedside ultrasound and naloxone administration. Our visiting partners/sponsors included the BC College of Family Physicians, the Rural Coordination Centre of BC/Rural Education Action Plan, the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, Rural eMentoring BC and UBC CPD.

Over dinner, a panel of family physician speakers – Dr. Tracy Monk, Dr. Justine Spencer, Dr. Shaun van Zyl and Dr. James Card - shared their very diverse and exciting Family Medicine experiences with the students.

After the event, the students were asked for their thoughts and feedback via a survey. An overwhelming majority of students agreed that Med.Zero inspired them to consider a career in Family Medicine.

We would also like to share a few quotes from students who attended Med.Zero:

“The physicians spoke with such passion and enthusiasm. Their obvious love of family medicine as well as the introduction to the incredible breadth of family practice was inspiring.”

“I was pleasantly surprised by the scope of practice, particularly in rural family medicine, and I was moved by the sense of purpose that the speakers brought to their clinical and advocacy work.”

“It was such a great experience as a first-year student to have this event during orientation week because I was thankful for a little exposure to family medicine and learning a bit about ultrasound and suturing.”

We are grateful for the financial donation that made this event possible. We would also like to thank all family physician speakers, visiting partners and sponsors, senior medical students, FM residents and many volunteers for all their contributions in making this a successful and fun event! A special thanks to Dr. Stuart Johnston for running the suturing workshop, to Drs. Shaun van Zyl and James Card for running the ultrasound workshop and to Drs. Ann Lin and Louis Wang, Maywood Medical, Burnaby for their generous donation of sutures.


Awards & Recognition


Upcoming Awards

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

alumni UBC Achievement Award: Elaine A. Carty, CM, OBC, BN, MSN, CNM

Honorary Alumni Award

Overcoming controversy, resistance, and opposition, the courageous nurse and midwife Elaine A. Carty has been a pioneer in the practice of, research about, and advocacy for women’s health, and helped introduce midwifery into the Canadian health care system.

Having devoted 50 years to lobbying for the recognition of midwifery, she has seen the profession become regulated in most provinces, including in B.C. as of 1998. Her leadership was instrumental in spreading midwifery services across B.C., which now has almost 300 registered midwives. The College of Midwives of British Columbia awarded her its inaugural Life Membership in 2005, McMaster University granted her an honorary Doctor of Science in 2013, the University of New Brunswick an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2022, and she was appointed a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of B.C. in 2017.

Family Practice Awards

Congratulations to the following students:

Julia MacDonald: 2022 CFPC Medical Student Scholarship for the University of British Columbia    
Lisa Szostek: Sidney Kaplan Prize in Family Medicine    
Jennifer Migabo: D. Keith MacDonald Scholarship in Family Medicine    
Conor Barrie: Morton and Irene Dodek Prize in Family Practice    
Ethan Zhang: Peter Granger Memorial Award in Medicine    
Hanna Ellis: Yan P. So Award in Family Medicine    
Talise Lindenbach: Faculty Women's Club Mary and Michael Gerry Prize in Family Practice    
Sallie Skinner: Harry Stothers Charitable Foundation Award in Family Practice    
Haley Smith: Harry Stothers Charitable Foundation Award in Family Practice    
Celine McCaughran-Contreras: Harry Stothers Charitable Foundation Award in Family Practice    
Emily Hawse: Dr. John S. Monteith Prize in Family Medicine    
Kean Lauren: Dr. John S. Monteith Prize in Family Medicine    


UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Drs. Karim Khan, Kathleen Martin Ginis and Julio Montaner are among 71 new Fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) for 2022.
Read more here

Dr. Farah Shroff was selected as one of ten UBC delegates going to United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties. Read more here.

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


The 'miracle cure': how do primary care physicians prescribe physical activity with the aim of improving clinical outcomes of chronic disease? A scoping review.

Overdose Prevention and Housing: a Qualitative Study Examining Drug Use, Overdose Risk, and Access to Safer Supply in Permanent Supportive Housing in Vancouver, Canada.

'We just don't have this in us…': Understanding factors behind low levels of physical activity in South Asian immigrants in Metro-Vancouver, Canada.

Accreditation as a driver of interprofessional education: the Canadian experience.

Can a new ward environment and intensive allied health staffing model enhance therapeutic opportunities in trauma care? A behavioural mapping study of patients' activities and interactions.

Emergency contraception subsidy in Canada: a comparative policy analysis.

Adherence to Exercise Programs in Community-Dwelling Older Adults Postdischarge for Hip Fracture: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.


Safety Day 2022

Safety Day is a full-day educational and recognition event that celebrates Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee and Local Safety Team members from across the university. Safety Day is an excellent opportunity to engage with your campus colleagues who sit on safety committees and teams just like you.
  • When: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 8:00am to 3:30pm
  • Where: Great Hall 2nd Floor, AMS NEST Building 6133 University Boulevard
  • More information

UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day 2022

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. 

More information


UBC Healthy Aging research seminar on September 21st 

Please see below or  visit this website for information on the presentations. We hope those of you who are able will join us in person, but there is an option to join via Zoom if you are unable. There will be an opportunity to socialize and meet program members after the seminar with some refreshments.




Upcoming Workshops

Yes...and - Unravelling the Complexities of Young Adult Cancer, Fall 2022
Hosted by Royal Roads University

Advanced Booking for Academic Learning Spaces for UBC FoM 2022/2023 Academic Year: Round 1

The Resource Coordination Team will soon begin accepting Advance Booking requests for UBC academic learning spaces for the Winter/Spring Window 2023. Advance Booking requests for the Round 1Winter/Spring window (bookable period: January 1 to June 30, 2023) of academic year 2023 will be accepted from September 12, 2022 until September 30, 2022.  

For key information and more details about info sessions, read here.

Grants and Funding Opportunities


Sue Harris Knowledge Dissemination Grant

This competitive grant awards up to $2,500 to support the publication of family practice research in women’s health. The call for applications can be found here: Application deadline.

UBC Health: Health Innovation Funding Investment

UBC Health invites faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan to submit a proposal for the Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards by October 14, 2022. For more information on the call for proposal, visit the UBC Health website at

Rural Physician Grant Opportunities

I wanted to let you know that RCCbc is once again accepting applications for our next round of Rural Physician Research Grants and for the Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative. The next deadline is October 31, 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. Below are summaries of the opportunities, and more information and the application forms are available on our website. 

Rural Physician Research Grants

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative: For Health Equity at Home and Abroad

Faculty of Medicine Internal Selection

The FoM is launching an internal selection process to nominate candidates for the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship, offered by the UBC VP Research & Innovation. Self-nominations for the internal competition are permitted, but nominations must be submitted by FoM.

For details and applications, visit here.


More funding opportunities
ISU Updates
  • The ISU premiered a short documentary highlighting the importance of Primary Care System Resilience at the TUFHS conference August 18th.
  • In collaboration with Christie Newton, Mark Mackenzie and Bruce Wright the ISU has launched a new project (funded by a SIF grant) focused on Preceptor Resilience. Over the next 3 months as part of this work, the ISU will be facilitating a series of Team Mapping Sessions with 15 of the Team Based Primary Care Learning Centres as well as piloting a new preceptor support mapping tool with several residency sites.

In the News

Nearly one million Canadians projected to have dementia by 2030, new report says
Globe and Mail

B.C. needs to invest in primary care to stem the bleeding of family doctors from rural areas
Canadian Press via National Observer, MSN

B.C. applauds Health Canada's approval of new vaccine targeting Omicron: 'COVID is not going away'
Vancouver Sun

Parents should keep an open and honest line of communication with children on drug use, expert recommends
Global via MSN

B.C. needs to invest in primary care to stem the bleeding of family doctors from rural areas

Canadian Press via InfoTel (Kamloops)

HR Corner

Please join us in welcoming our new HR Work Learn Student, Armaan Kahlon! Armaan is currently a business student studying HR and business technology management, was a HR Summer Intern at Fraser Health, and a volunteer at Vancouver Coastal Health. Armaan starts on September 13th and will be supporting HR projects and processes on the HR team, from Sept 2022 to April 2023.

 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, HR Coordinator: Non-Tenured/Term Faculty, Clinical Administrators
  • Adrian Whitehead, HR Assistant: Staff (e.g. M&P, CUPE 2950, Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants, Students, Work Learn)
  • Ara Silva, Clinical Faculty Coordinator: Clinical Faculty Appointments


UBC HR Updates:

Resource Corner for Managers and Supervisors

UBC HR Central Support

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


  • Payroll – if you have a payroll issue that cannot be resolved on a departmental level, please contract Integrated Service Centre at or 604-822-8200 (UBCV)
  • Employment Verification Letter- Did you know Payroll also generates employment verification letters for faculty and staff on payroll? Please reach out at or 604-822-8200 (UBCV) and allow for minimum 10 business days.
  • Workday – If you are experiencing issues with onboarding, enter information, or locate information on Workday, please contact or 604-822-8200 (UBCV) or visit Workday Resources at
  • Benefits – Questions about enrollment on benefits or support on benefits can be addressed to or 604-822-8111.
  • Pensions – Questions on staff and faculty pension plan are found here
  • Learning and Development – Online Courses/Trainings – Many new hire orientations, trainings, and additional training resources can be found here  

Career Opportunities

The DFP is hiring a Clinic Receptionist for the UBC Health and Sports Medicine Clinic. For full posting details, read here

The Faculty of Medicine is hiring for Director, Clinical Faculty Affairs.


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