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Message from the Department Head

Welcome back to a new academic term. I want to acknowledge the resilience of many of you, your families and communities over the past weeks and months of environmental challenges, including personal safety and wellbeing.

Within the Department we welcome many changes in leadership and reflect on the pivotal contributions made, and those contributions to come. Please read below our thanks to Cele Jevitt who passes on the directorship of Midwifery to Kellie Thiessen. Kellie has arrived with her family from Manitoba to assume leadership of an expanding number of learners, staff and faculty. I would also like to welcome Bob Woollard and Alfredo Tura who have taken on interim postgrad family medicine co-leadership from Mark MacKenzie. Both are well known for their work with the Department and we are thankful for their needed support (along with Tina Webber and team) for an expanding Postgraduate program. 

I am pleased to welcome Maureen Ashe, professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department as our new Research Director. She is joined by Hiresh Gindwani as our new Department Research Coordinator. Both Maureen and Hiresh will support our faculty and learners in research scholarship and will communicate their plans to engage with faculty and learners over the coming weeks.

We also welcome Alexa Lindley who has joined our Department from the University of Washington along with her family. Alexa will be spending some of her academic time teaching in the UBC Health Clinic and furthering her scholarship in reproductive and global health.

Finally, I want to thank Katie Sweeney and many of our faculty and staff who worked on the launch of the new Department website. Please visit the site, navigate and let us know your thoughts. We hope the website will provide a useful hub to support internal and external users with a clear and informative pathway to what they (you) need for all things UBC Department of Family Practice.

As always, send us your thoughts on this newsletter as we hope it is a useful tool to keep you informed.

Robert Petrella
Department Head

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Back to School 2023

From the Faculty of Medicine:

As summer winds down, the UBC Faculty of Medicine welcomes British Columbia’s next generation of health care professionals and researchers to our campuses across the province.

This year, the Faculty also welcomes the largest MD class in its history which includes learners who are professional athletes, former teachers and firefighters, who are mothers and fathers, and who have worked and volunteered in fields such as Indigenous health, public health and mental health.

Meet the learners here.


Awards and Recognition

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The Cedar Awards

The Cedar Awards help to recognize the exceptional work of our Department members. Interested in recognizing the work of a colleague? Submit their name, title and reason for nomination on our website at www.familymed.ubc.ca/awards-and-recognition/the-cedar-awards/. We’ll contact the recipient and publish the award with their permission.

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Department Recognition: Dr. Cecilia Jevitt

The Department would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Cecilia Jevitt for her five-year tenure as the director of the UBC Midwifery Program. As of September 1, Dr. Jevitt has handed over the role to Dr. Kellie Thiessen. Since 2018, Dr. Jevitt has led the program through a number of incredible accomplishments and substantial growth.

Below are some of the impressive accomplishments the Midwifery Program has reached under Dr. Jevitt’s leadership:

  • The establishment of the Advanced Placement Plan for Registered Nurses, which enables most RN applicants to transfer up to 27 previously-earned credits – reducing the costs and time required to complete the 143-credit Midwifery Program
  • The establishment of the online Distributed Option in Midwifery Education (DOME), allowing incoming year one students who live outside the Lower Mainland to attend all year one courses from their home community
  • The successful accreditation of the Midwifery Program with both the Canadian Association for Midwifery Education and the BC College of Nurses and Midwives
  • The establishment of the Midwifery Program expansion from 20 to 32 incoming students a year, and the development of the new Fraser Health cohort for UBC Midwifery
  • The expansion of the Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program – doubling seats from 8 to 16 per year

In addition to these achievements for the program, Dr. Jevitt is considered an expert in many areas of reproductive health and clinical practice. You can read her recent report, “Management of Labor and Delivery to Reduce Risk for Cesarean Birth in Women with Obesity,” here.

While these successes are indeed significant, she is most recognized by faculty, staff and colleagues for her inspiring leadership and professionalism as Program Director. From the start of her tenure at UBC, Dr. Jevitt has tirelessly championed the members of the UBC Midwifery team in their personal growth within the program and the achievement of professional goals.

Thank you, Dr. Jevitt, for everything you have done for the department, for the program and for the midwifery profession.  


For more of Dr. Jevitt’s publications and achievements, see below:


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Welcome, Dr. Kellie Thiessen

This September 1st, Kellie Thiessen, PhD, RM, RN, started as UBC Midwifery’s new director. Dr. Thiessen comes to us after directing the Midwifery Education Program at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Thiessen is a midwife clinician scientist with an extensive clinical background in maternal/child health; she is a registered midwife and a registered nurse.


Read more about Dr. Thiessen here.


Expression of Interest for UBC Internal Awards

The expression of interest form for internal awards closes Friday, September 15th at 11:59pm. While submitting an EOI is optional, it helps us to better plan and prepare for adjudication. Note that EOIs are not requested for Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (KARF) nominations. You can submit an EOI here: https://prizes.research.ubc.ca/internal-awards/ubc-faculty-research-awards-expression-intent.

For questions, you may consult the FAQs or contact research.prizes@ubc.ca.



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We Welcome the Children Back Home: The Burden of Sorrow and Survival of the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada

Join the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion virtually on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 12–3:30 pm for this Indigenous Speaker Series session, which brings together a panel of survivors of the Indian Residential School experience in Canada.

This important session will welcome and honour these brave and resilient survivors to lead us in a discussion about the urgency and motivation to right and write a new history in Canada that is based on a proper redress for Indigenous peoples and communities. “We Welcome the Children Back Home” is an expression to acknowledge those survivors in our families and communities who are hurt and hurting, and who are simultaneously coming to terms with the past and finding a way forward.

Register here.


To read about other events that you can attend for Orange Shirt Day, visit the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre website here.


Partnership for Women's Health Research Seminar Series

Join the 2023-2024 PWHR Women’s Health Research Seminar Series, a platform dedicated to exploring ground-breaking research that is driving advances in healthcare for women, trans and non-binary people. Whether they are immersed in bench work to advance basic science, at the bedside, or engage with the broader health, social, and economic policies and systems that shape individual and population health, a fundamental goal of women’s health researchers is to improve healthcare. This free, virtual, and national seminar series shines a spotlight on how researchers from across Canada are bringing PWHR’s vision to life: “Better health for all women, trans and non-binary people through research equity, excellence, and inclusion.”

The inaugural session of this series will focus on Precision Women’s Health and Personalized Medicine. PWHR invites everyone who is interested in women's health research (researchers, trainees, policymakers, and healthcare providers).

  • When: September 19th, from 9 to 11am PT (10am-12pm MT, 11am-1pm CT, 12-2pm ET, 1-3pm AT, 1:30-3:30pm NT)

  • Where: Zoom

  • How: Registration via Eventbrite, please visit their website for connection details

The panelists of this event and their topics of discussion include:

  1. Dr. Cheng-Han Lee, M.D. & Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Alberta & WCHRI
    Topic: Dedifferentiated and sarcomatous mullerian cancer – development of precision preclinical models to facilitate precision oncology

  2. Dr. Jessica Dennis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia & WHRI
    Topic: Genetic risk for major depressive disorder and loneliness in sex-specific associations with coronary artery disease

  3. Dr. Mohammad R. Akbari, M.D.& Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Toronto & WCRI
    Topic: Population-based screening for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers

For a comprehensive overview of the current and upcoming events, please visit their website at https://pwhr.org/

Should you have any question about this event, please contact communications@pwhr.org


Grants and Funding Opportunities

REAP's Rural Leadership Development Program

REAP is currently accepting applications for the Rural Leadership Development Program.

The purpose of this program is to increase opportunities for rural physicians to pursue leadership training and develop the skills and abilities to help bring system improvements that will benefit British Columbia’s rural populations.

Rural physicians who are pursuing formalized leadership training may apply for up to $15,000 to cover expenses.  In addition to this, participants are offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC CPD’s Rural Physician Mentoring Program

Physicians may apply if they have been practicing in an RSA Community for at least nine months of the past year and they have the support of their health authority and community to pursue leadership training.  Applications are accepted twice/year - the next deadline is October 31, 2023.  For more information or to download an application form, please visit https://rccbc.ca/our-work/reap/reap-for-practitioners/rural-leadership-development-program/.   

Questions regarding this program can be sent to REAP.Physicians@ubc.ca 


Around the Department

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We are excited to share that the new Department of Family Practice website is now live. The site has a refreshed look that represents us as a the innovative, world class research and education leader that we are.

Designed with an array of users in mind, this new website gives a high-level look at what we do within the Department, and acts as a hub to lead to the different units, divisions and research groups.

Please take some time to look around. If you have any questions, please email our communications coordinator at katie.sweeney@ubc.ca.

Infection Control at UBC Health Clinic as of Tuesday September 5

As you are aware we are seeing an uptick in Covid cases in the community, along with a variety of other respiratory viruses that seem to be circulating earlier than usual this year! It has been an early influenza season in the Southern Hemisphere, which potentially predicts the same pattern for the Northern Hemisphere.

We anticipate that respiratory virus season will start to surge by mid-September, with the return to school.

The preceptors have decided to recommend a return to masking of all individuals within the clinic as of Tuesday, September 5.  All patients should be asked to mask upon clinic entry and reminded to keep masks on in the exam rooms. Many staff, residents and preceptors may prefer to mask at all times in the clinic, except when eating or drinking. Masks can be optional when one is working in a private space or social distancing is possible.

Thanks in advance and stay well. 

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The Department Welcomes Assistant Professor Alexa Lindley

Alexa Lindley (she/her) is a family physician who recently relocated to Vancouver from Seattle where she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She is a graduate of the HEAL Initiative, a global health equity fellowship that aims to train health professionals to provide care to under-resourced communities around the world. At the University of Washington, Dr. Lindley primarily worked in graduate medical education as faculty in the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program and as the Associate Director of the University of Washington Global Health Fellowship. Her interests include reproductive health, medical education, and the provision of comprehensive primary care in under-resourced communities locally and globally. 



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REDI’s Reading list for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

From the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is observed annually on September 30th to honour Residential School Survivors and their families, and to remember those who did not make it. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes. We invite you to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families. Browse through REDI’s recommended readings in preparation for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

See the reading list here.



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Faculty of Medicine Beyond the Classroom Series: Lauren McHattie

“It’s a joy to pass on what I know about midwifery.”

Meet Lauren MacHattie, Clinical Instructor with UBC’s Midwifery Program. Discover how she likes to recharge and her best advice for students. https://bit.ly/3EpRq7r


How Two UBC Health-Care Workers Are Lending Their Support to Ukraine

From UBC News

Read the full story - featuring Dr. Luba Butska and Dr. Hubert Chao - here


Birth Place Lab Secures Federal Funding for Women’s Health Initiative

The Birth Place Lab submitted its application, “The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services (JEPS) Hub: Community-led mobilization of evidence on models of healthcare delivery that advance quality, safety, and respect,” and it was approved for operational grant funding—ranking 2nd among the 36 applicants, of which only 10 were funded. They were awarded the full amount of $208,751 per year for four years.

Read the full details here.



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We at the Family Practice Postgraduate Program are thrilled to welcome and introduce our newest team member and Education Coordinator, Haizee Zhu (she/her). Haizee is not only new to UBC but she also just relocated to Vancouver from Montreal where she was employed at McGill University in Student Affairs. Her portfolio will focus on residents in difficulty/ PCC, resident records, amongst many other Educational Coordination issues. Please join us welcoming her to the program and to the West Coast.



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Med.Zero 2023 Recap

August 23 marked the second annual Med.Zero undergraduate event. The workshops gave students a glimpse of the clinical diversity possible within family practice, and the talks were each inspiring in their own way.  

Approximately 250 people attended, which is nearly 80% of students admitted. The Department is optimistic that events like this and other initiatives will continue to move the needle on the number of students choosing family practice careers. 

This event owes its success, in part, to the generous support of Nancy Yurkovich and her husband, Dr. Anthony Yurkovich, who are passionately committed to enhancing both access to primary care and nurturing the quality of relationships between patients and their primary care providers to improve overall healthcomes. They continue to give back by determinedly advocating for positive change in the healthcare system and consistently seek out new knowledge and innovations to enhance both the accessibility and quality of care.



Thank you to the Vancouver-Fraser and Victoria Residency sites who worked with us to pilot our preceptor support mapping.

The mapping sessions and three-month evaluation processes have now been completed. A summary of our SIF project on Preceptor Resilience can be found here: https://isu.familymed.ubc.ca/our-work/adaptive-capacity/team-teaching-preceptor-support-mapping/

Are you interested in learning more about Team Mapping and/ or PACC mapping?

Join us for a lunch and learn session on October 12th from 11:30am – 12:15pm to find out more! This 45 min session will introduce Team Mapping (what it is, when its useful, how it works) and PACC mapping (what it is, when to use it how it works), as well as provide an overview of ISU resources to support the implementation of team-based care in clinical settings (Team mapping) and in communities (PACC mapping).  If you would like to attend, send us a quick email at isu@familymed.ubc.ca.  If you are already familiar with Team and PACC Mapping and want to join a future facilitator training session, sign up here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bNmQtCMeOKXMfgW.

Help us to better estimate how team-based care can address the gaps in primary care in Canada!

The Innovation Support Unit (ISU), part of the University of British Columbia’s Department of Family Practice, is conducting a study to explore how pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and physician assistants add capacity to a primary care team. If you have worked as a dietitian, social worker, physiotherapist, pharmacists, occupational therapist or physician assistant in a primary care team within the last 3 years, or you have experience as a primary care provider, primary care researcher or decision maker, and you want to be part of co-developing and validating the evidence for team-based care, the ISU would love to hear from you! To find out more about the Capacity Estimator (CapEs) Study and what’s involved, visit the ISU website (https://isu.familymed.ubc.ca/our-work/evaluation/primary-care-capacity-estimator-capes/) or email Ada Okonkwo-Dappa (ada.okonkwodappa@ubc.ca) at the ISU.




Changes in comprehensiveness of services delivered by Canadian family physicians: Analysis of population-based linked data in 4 provinces.

Ending the generational blame game: Let us move forward with needed primary care change.

Intrapartum time intervals and transfer of nulliparae from community births to maternity care units in Germany.

For health or for profit? Understanding how private financing and for-profit delivery operate within Canadian healthcare (4H|4P): protocol for a multimethod knowledge mobilisation research project.

Patient opinion and acceptance of emergency department buprenorphine/naloxone to-go home initiation packs.

Long-Term Change in Bone Mineral Density in Women Living With HIV: A 10-Year Prospective Controlled Cohort Study.

System interventions to support rural access to maternity care: an analysis of the rural surgical obstetrical networks program.

Response to Letter to the Editor on "Adherence to exercise programs in community-dwelling older adults post-discharge for hip fracture: a systematic review and meta-analysis".

A more accurate approach to define abortion cohorts using linked administrative data: an application to Ontario, Canada.

Study of Rivaroxaban for Cerebral Venous Thrombosis: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial Comparing Anticoagulation With Rivaroxaban to Standard-of-Care in Symptomatic Cerebral Venous Thrombosis.

Interest in prenatal stress management training: association with medical risk and mental health.

Rural family physician use of point-of-care ultrasonography: experiences of primary care providers in British Columbia, Canada.

Correlates of nonfatal overdose among treatment-seeking individuals with non-heroin opioid use disorder: Findings from a pragmatic, pan-Canadian, randomized control trial.

"Think positive and don't die alone" - Foreign-born, South Asian older adults' perceptions on healthy aging.

Productivity Decline or Administrative Avalanche? Examining Factors That Shape Changing Workloads in Primary Care.

Resistance Training and Weight Loss in Older Adults: A Scoping Review

Early Osteoarthritis Questionnaire (EOAQ): a tool to assess knee osteoarthritis at initial stage. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease


HR Corner

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Welcome to September! The new school year is starting, and the campus is buzzing with more students back for the fall semester.

What’s New?

Payroll Timesheets Submission Deadline

  • For hourly employees: Sept 23rd 2023@ 11:59 pm
  • For managers and leaders: Sept 25th, 2023 @11:59pm

Helping New Hires Navigate the Benefits Enrolment Process

The benefit enrolment guide has been updated with a step-by-step video for new hires. If your work involves the onboarding business process, we recommend you take a look and share it where appropriate.

Direct access to benefits enrolment guide and step-by-step video (requires CWL).

Managers Corner

Professional learning and development opportunities are available for all managers, leaders and supervisors. In September, we will introduce you to inclusive and diverse learning opportunities!

Workday for Managers

This course is recommended for anyone with a manager role in Workday. It is encouraged for you to join even if you have taken the previous version as it has changed significantly. Please click HERE to enroll in the course now.

Leading with Inclusion 

Click here to access an article, The Key to Inclusive Leadership by Juliet Bourke and Andrea Titus. We invite you to gain an understanding of the six traits of inclusive leadership.

Lift Others While You Climb

It is essential for leaders to help others while growing themselves. Join us for TED Talk by Amber Hikes to explore three ways we can help each other succeed, empower and advance those who historically have been left behind.

Looking for a new recipe to try?

This miso salmon makes for a simple and nutritious meal that can easily be made quickly and save you time in your meal prep.

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Program Coordinator – North Okanagan (Vernon) Site

This position is located within a health-care facility, therefore, the successful candidate will be required to provide verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate.

NOTE: This is a part-time salaried (80% FTE) ongoing position and the salary indicated above will be further prorated accordingly. The position will be a hybrid work schedule, subject to the UBC Hybrid Work guidelines.

The incumbent works with UBC Family Practice Central Postgraduate Program Office, and Site Faculty at the North Okanagan (Vernon) Site to provide organizational support in the areas of Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Assessment and Evaluation, Behavioural Medicine and Scholarship/Research. The Program Coordinator, in partnership with the Site Director (an MD) provides key leadership to ensure that program delivery at the site is successful. Additionally, the Program Coordinator provides guidance and support for resident learners.

Posting End Date: September 25, 2023

See full posting here.



Faculty of Medicine

From the Faculty of Medicine: Community message from the Dean on the Central Okanagan wildfire situation

See links to resources for people on the ground in Kelowna, and how to support displaced students. Read more


UBC OSCE Examiner Recruitment

From the Provincial Learner Assessment Team

We are recruiting Clinical Physician Examiners to participate in Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE’s) for this academic year in the Vancouver area. As a clinical physician examiner, you will observe students 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 physicians with a UBC Clinical Faculty designation or are residents in year 2 or 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 and we welcome you to apply. For more detailed information, exam dates, and how to apply visit: med.ubc.ca/physician-examiners.

Questions? Email exam.recruit@ubc.ca



Pets of the DFP

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This month we are featuring two beloved pets from clinical associate professor Dr. Rashmi Chadha: Hazel (pictured left) and Tara (pictured right).


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