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  • Dr. Nichole Fairbrother Attends House of Commons Standing Committee on Health

    Dr. Nichole Fairbrother was invited to appear before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health in Ottawa last Thursday. She served on a panel for women’s mental health as one of only a small number of perinatal mental health scientists. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health studies issues that relate to Health…

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  • An Overview of Social Prescribing for Older Adults in British Columbia

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    Social prescribing is a model of health and social care that aims to link people with unmet social needs to resources within the community. Join us at our upcoming Research Round to learn more.

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  • Empower Elderly Care: Join Our Innovative Working Groups

    The UBC Department of Family Practice Care if the Elderly Committee is looking for people to join their working group.

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  • A Postpartum Harm Thoughts Educational Infographic

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    Abstract Over the past 15 years my team has been working in the area of postpartum thoughts of infant-related harm and their relationship with mental health and infant safety. This topic has important policy and practice implication because of the potential implications both for parental mental health and infant safety. At present, it is not…

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  • Department of Family Practice Launches New Rural Family Medicine Residency Program

    The Rural Immersion program will train UBC family medicine resident doctors in communities across northern BC

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  • UBC and BC Rural Health Network Address the Gap Between Community Voices and Policy and Decision Making

    Advancing Community Engagement in Healthcare in Rural BC: A gap analysis to improve community involvement in healthcare A recent gap analysis has been published by the UBC Centre for Rural Health Research (Department of Family Practice) and the BC Rural Health Network. The Gap Analysis project was funded by the Social Planning and Research Council…

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  • DFP Launches Curriculum Mapping App

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    collaboration with the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Digital Solutions EdTech team, the UBC Family Practice Residency Program created a user-friendly, highly intuitive and standardized curriculum mapping tool that is consistent across all of the program’s distributed training sites.

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  • March Cedar Award: Ada Okonkwo-Dappa

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    This month, the Department recognizes Ada Okonkwo-Dappa for the Cedar Award. Thank you to Erza Mjekiqi for submitting the nomination! I am thrilled to nominate Ada for her outstanding work as an evaluation and engagement analyst at the Innovation Support Unit. Ada plays a vital role as the lead coordinator for our CapEs project, demonstrating…

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  • R3 Enhanced Skills Program Openings

    The Department of Family Practice offers a number of residency positions for family physicians in the province of British Columbia for the purpose of developing specific advanced skills. These positions represent a commitment on the part of the department, and the Faculty of Medicine, to respond to community needs in an effective way.  See below…

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  • HealtheSteps® Lifestyle Counselling for the Prevention of Chronic Disease

    The Lifestyle Research Team led by Dr. Robert Petrella, Head (Chair) of the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, are excited to announce the return of the Continuing Professional Development activity called HealtheSteps® Lifestyle Counselling for the Prevention of Chronic Disease for physicians and primary care providers. By completing the CPD…

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  • The Restorative Imperative in Healthcare: Broadening the Definition of Healing

    Save the Date Event Details Start: April 19 @ 10:00 amEnd: April 19 @ 12:00 pmVenue: Life Sciences Centre (LSC) – 1001, 2350 Health Sciences MallZoom: Details released post email registrationCategories: UBC Midwifery Program, Restorative Justice UBC Midwifery is hosting a free keynote lecture on restorative justice, and we are extending this invitation to all our partners and colleagues.…

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  • February 2024 Cedar Award: Dr. Caroline Shooner

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    The Department is proud to recognize Dr. Caroline Shooner as the recipient of the February Cedar Award. Dr. Shooner is a family physician and GP oncologist. Dr Shooner is the educational lead at Haida Gwaii Hospital, responsible for both medical students and residents rotating at the remote, rural site.

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  • January 2024 Cedar Award: Dr. Alicia Pawluk

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    This month the Awards Committee is excited to recognize Dr. Alicia Pawluk for the Cedar Award. Dr. Pawluk is the director of Care of the Elderly and a clinical assistant professor who specializes in geriatric addictions and emergency medicine on Vancouver Island. Her work focuses on improving elderly care through both clinical practice and teaching.

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  • Announcing Dr. Meera Anand as Interim Undergrad Program Director

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    The Department of Family Practice is pleased to announce that Dr. Meera Anand has been appointed to the role of Interim Undergraduate Program Director. Having previously held the role of year 1 and 2 lead for the program, Dr. Anand is stepping in to take on oversight.

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  • Using The Virtual Brain to Trace Trajectories of Brain Health in Ageing Summary

    Event Details Lecture Title: Using The Virtual Brain to Trace Trajectories of Brain Health in Ageing Summary: We introduced The Virtual Brain (TVB) to the neuroscience community a decade ago. It was the first platform for creating large-scale simulations of human brain networks and has continued to evolve as a community project, extending to multiple basic and clinical applications and extensions…

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  • Thrive in Stressful Times: Introducing the Fountain of Health and “THRIVE” Approach to Well-being

    Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University 1:00 PM PT | January 24, 2024 | Virtual session Dr. Cassidy will discuss how the THRIVE© Approach to wellbeing uniquely integrates key findings from science of well-being, brain neuroplasticity, resilience, preventative medicine, and behaviour change. Register here for the lecture.

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  • A Foundation of Wellness in the Department of Family Practice

    “Our culture of wellness for residents, students, faculty and staff take root in the fundamental values of respect, humility, honesty, equity, justice and compassion. From these fundamental values a supporting structure grows that embraces the foundational principles of transparency, responsiveness, collaboration, inclusion, diversity and safety.”

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  • December Cedar Award: Dr. Marlowe Haskins

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    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Marlowe Haskins on receiving the December Cedar Award. Marlowe is a long-standing family doctor, and is the rural director for the Postgraduate Program. He was nominated by Larissa McLean. From Larissa: Marlowe is a dedicated and enthusiastic preceptor in his community. He provides excellent guidance to all family practice…

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  • Dr. Joshua Greggain Appointed as DFP Postgrad Program Director

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    The Department is pleased to announce Dr. Josh Greggain as the new director of the Family Practice Residency Program. This appointment comes following the tenure of Dr. Mark MacKenzie. Dr. Greggain will officially start on January 1, 2024, with a transition period beginning in December.

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  • Team-Based Primary Care at St. Luke Family Practice

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    When Drs. Leo and Flora Wong opened the doors to their practice, they informed patients of their team approach to care. They didn’t struggle to find patients who were comfortable seeing two physicians.

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