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October 15, 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: 


Message from the Director

I am pleased to welcome you to the October edition of the Department of Family Practice newsletter. Keeping engaged with the Family Practice members is important and we value you staying connected to us. We know that you receive an overwhelming amount of information in your inbox and we hope you find this an easy and informative way to find out the latest news.  

Here are some highlights:

  • Our Awards and Recognition Committee has shared opportunities to recognize the work of our colleagues with a list of potential award opportunities. 
  • We would also like to share recognition that you have received. If you or someone in the department have received an award, please email to ensure it is posted on social media and shared in our next newsletter.
  • We are officially into the Fall season and our attention turns to working on campus and experiencing the hybrid working model. Please visit the website for the most up to date information on working remotely starting November 1, 2021.
  • We want to let you know what research activity is taking place at Family Practice, what initiatives are underway by the various units and what funding opportunities exist. We also list upcoming events and calls for participation in departmental research.

The monthly newsletter offers  a brief look at each story as well as the opportunity to click on an item to get more in-depth information. In addition to this newsletter, we also have active social media channels that can be followed 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 


Cathy Ellis, Associate Professor, received the annual Excellence in Teaching Award given by the Canadian Association of Midwifery Educators. Only one midwifery educator is selected for this honor from across Canada. Cathy was celebrated particularly for her clinical teaching of midwifery emergency skills and neonatal resuscitation, her work in global health and her mentoring of new faculty. Cathy has supervised midwifery students in Uganda and Nepal in projects that also provide education to the midwives in those countries while those midwives teach UBC students. Cathy also led curriculum development projects in Somalia and South Sudan.

Allison Campbell, Associate Professor of Teaching
and Lead, Midwifery Undergraduate Program was noted this week for 15 years of membership with the BC Women’s Hospital Midwifery Department and her service on various committees for that department.

Upcoming Awards
Check out some upcoming award and recognitions for department members to consider nominating your colleagues! A selection of awards from the Canadian Association for Medical Education, Canadian Medical Association, and Society of Rural Physicians of Canada are available.

Check them all out here!

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

How can rural community-engaged health services planning achieve sustainable healthcare system changes?



Community Opportunities

ICYMI: October Research Rounds - “Decolonizing Research Practices: Where do we begin?” Led by Tiffany Hill and colleagues from UBC’s Innovation Support Unit occurred on October 13th and is available for viewing online!   
  • 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.
  • Announcing the 2022/23 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition - This competition is open to emerging and established clusters of research excellence in all disciplines on the Vancouver campus, and welcomes applications from both previously funded and new clusters. Applicants may select a budget term of one or two years. Cluster leads must submit a notice of intent to apply through the VP Research & Innovation’s enhanced online application system by November 1, 2021. 
  • 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.
    Some quick facts for your information: 
    • UBC OSCEs can be examined by those with a Clinical Faculty designation or are residents in year 2 or above
    • Medical Council of Canada exams usually accept Residents year 4 and above 
    • All exams are eligible for CPD credits 
    • Eligible payments are paid through TTP at $91.80 per hour for faculty and $60 for residents
    • This is an excellent opportunity for you to be involved in ensuring excellence in the assessment of future physicians and contribute to medical education.
    • The application is now open. For more detail information, exam dates and how to apply visit: Email
  • 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


UBC Midwifery will undergo its first national accreditation review by the Canadian Association of Midwifery Educators Accreditation Committee from November 15-18, 2021. Interviews will include academic faculty, staff, students, clinical faculty and other health professionals, including members of the Department of Family Practice and Faculty of Medicine Administration. All meetings will be virtual.

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


Click here to listen to the podcasts!



  • Team Up! Team-Based Primary & Community Care in Action season 2 opening webinar
    • When: Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 12:00 - 13:00
    • What: continuing the conversation from the March webinar Addressing Racism in Team-Based Care: Lessons Learned from the In Plain Sight Report
    • Learn More & Register
  • The Making of the 'World's Greatest Athlete'
    • When: Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 18:00 PST
    • Olympic champion Damian Warner and his physio, IMS instructor Dave Zelibka, discuss how they kept him healthy and ready to compete!
    • Learn More & Register 
  • UBC Division of Palliative Care: CME Day - Back to Basics
    • When: Friday, October 22, 2021 | 08:15 - 15:30 
    • What: Multidisciplinary speakers will join us to share their expertise in variety of contexts with palliative care practices ranging from very remote and rural communities to major urban centers. Please save the date and join for this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you!
    • Learn More & Register
  • 33rd Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar Vancouver
    • When: Friday, October 22nd, 2021 | 08:00 - 16:00
    • What: Presented by the Endocrine Research Society, the annual, CFPC and RCPSC-accredited event is a gathering of leading diabetes experts and caregivers across British Columbia.
    • Learn More & Register
  • The Climate Emergency: Prescription for the Turnaround - Concrete steps toward addressing the climate crisis
    • When: Saturday, October 30 2021 | 08:00 - 17:15 PDT
    • What: A virtual opportunity focusing on climate emergency is hosted by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). This full-day event will feature speakers with expertise in both climate change and health. There will be smaller simultaneous workshops to enable participants to delve into areas of special interest and actively participate in discussions. The conference will showcase specific green projects undertaken by participants as well as feature green advertisers.
    • Learn More & Register
  • Addressing Anti-Indigenous Racism in the B.C. Health Care System
    • When: Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 18:30 - 20:00 PDT 
    • What: This free online educational session where a panel of presenters with expertise in Indigenous cultural safety and humility will share their experiences, resources, and information in recognizing and addressing anti-Indigenous racism in the B.C. health care system.
    • Learn More & Register
  • Code Red BC - Doctors Climate Rally
    • When: Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 11:30 AM
    • Where: BC Legislature, Victoria
    • What: a group of physicians and nurses will be gathering in front of the BC Legislature in Victoria to demand urgent climate action from our provincial government.
    • 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 PM
    • 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

Check out other professional development opportunities and events!

Department Developments

In The News

The sky is not the limit with ‘Sky Medic’; the doctor from above

The company partnering with UBC, Stellat’en First Nation, and the Village of Fraser Lake to help bring medical supplies to remote communities in Northern B.C. It’s a first-its-kind project in the province.
Read more

Boosting immunization uptake in Manitoba: New $14M provincial project will use ISU developed immPACC Mapping method to help with vaccine hesitancy.
Built off the ISU's PACC Mapping method, immPACC brings together local evidence, design thinking, and national guidelines to help a community collaboratively plan with its key stakeholders for more equitable vaccination in a short, facilitated virtual workshop. The method is designed for rapid community engagement and consensus building in order to help reduce barriers and accelerate immunization efforts at the local level.
Read more about the method
Read details on the project 

Admin Updates

Return to Campus planning continues.  For the most up to date information about the new remote work program, please read more here.
If you have any questions or have not been contacted, please reach out to Marni Fraser.

HR Corner

As a reminder, with UBC’s move to Workday in November 2020 all staff, students, and faculty are responsible for entering and maintaining personal information, contact information, work permits, direct deposit, and tax forms. At this time, many accounts are still missing critical information – this can cause incorrect or late payments, missed communications, etc. 

Please login to Workday using your CWL by October 31, 2021 to verify your personal information, contact details, and direct deposit information (if applicable) are correct.

Reminder: UBC’s deadline for having all remote work requests in place is November 1, 2021. If you are unsure what steps you need to take as a staff member or manager, please reach out.

The following job aids will help you enter or update your personal information. More can be found on the ISC website.   
  • 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.
  • Time and Absence Instructions for the September 30 Statutory day: Employees who would have been working on Thursday, September 30, and had booked time off in Workday should review their absence calendar and correct it if required. Contact Adrian Whitehead if you need assistance.
  • 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

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