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    BC’s Minister of Health was on the Bill Good show this morning speaking enthusiastically about the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Aboriginal admissions program.  She says that Aboriginal peoples could play a significant role in filling the shortages of health care workers in the province.  UBC Faculty of Medicine has graduated over 30 MD students with another 30 in the program today.

    MacDiarmid stated that she is both “delighted (with) and proud of the program.”

    Last Thursday evening, the Faculty of Medicine hosted a traditional celebration feast at the UBC Longhouse. The evening included distinguished guest speakers, Coast Salish dancers, Metis performers and a salmon feast.

    “I had a chance to meet a few of them (the students) at…the celebration feast — (they are) a really diverse group of students from all around the province,” said MacDiarmid.

    With critical healthcare shortages in rural BC could Aboriginal students play a role in creating a better system?

    Listen here (skip to 9:00):

    Bill Good Show – Margaret MacDiarmid

    October 27th, was World Occupational Therapy Day.

    On Saturday, the College of Occupational Therapists of BC AGM was held, along with a seminar on social media in practice. About 100 occupational therapists were in attendance. It was an opportunity to promote UBC and advance the “connect, engage, donate” theme with alumni and clinicians.  The following video, produced by the Master of Occupational Therapy class of 2013,  “Because of OT, I Can”  – was played at the event.  It is a great example of how social media can be used as an educational tool.

    The video was produced as their entry to the national “gOT spirit” competition, a challenge from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists to entry level OT programs.

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    A recent collaboration with the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation resulted in the story of Dr. Sadiq Abdullah being published in The Province newspaper.  In the journal-style piece,  Dr. Abdullah recalls how in his first year as a doctor he held the hand of a mother as her 18 year old son died, he resuscitated a man who was suffering from cardiac arrest…and he delivered a baby.

    You can sense Dr. Abdullah’s exhilaration and passion for his work.  He tells of how he loved the challenges that every day brought and how he struggled with his emotions while trying to remain professional.

    Read more of Dr. Addullah’s account here.

    The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is celebrating its centennial year.  Each week, the MCC will profile a different Member of Council or vital contributor, who provides a personal account of his or her involvement with the Council.  This week (July 9) Dr. Oscar Casiro, Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island, is profiled.  Dr. Casiro has a long association with the MCC, from his earliest connection as an international medical graduate applying for postgraduate medical training in Canada to his recent term as President of the MCC. You can read Dr. Casiro’s story here.

    Congratulations to Dr. Simon Moore, UBC MD Class of 2010, who is the newly-elected 2012-13 President of the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents (CAIR), a national body which represents 8,000 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSC) and College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) residents from across Canada.

    Leadership comes naturally to Dr. Moore.  He was president and valedictorian for his medical class (UBC 2010) and served as Chair of CAIR’s Member Outreach Committee in 2011-2012.

    Dr. Moore recently completed a two-year family medicine residency in Nanaimo and is currently undertaking a third year in Global Health at UBC.   He credits Dr. Steve Beerman, Site Director for Nanaimo Family Practice Residency site (and, incidentally, the 2011 winner of the Dr. Derek Puddester CAIR Award for Resident Well Being) as an inspirational physician who encouraged him to further develop and nurture leadership skills during his time as a medical resident in Nanaimo.

    Soon after being elected president, Dr. Moore was on hand during the UBC Faculty of Medicine orientation for first-year residents to meet some of CAIR’s newest members.

    Read more about Dr. Moore on the CAIR website

    UBC’s Faculty of Medicine was recently honoured to receive the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation award for Community-Service Learning for our ‘Aboriginal Community as Teacher’ program.  The Division of Health Care Communication in partnership with Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (Xyolhemeylh), developed a unique educational model — a variation on community based education. UBC students learn alongside Aboriginal youth at summer camps led by Elders, youth workers and cultural leaders. With the community as teacher, UBC students learn cultural safety and about developing culturally-appropriate relationships.

    Camps are held on the Chehalis Indian Reserve, in a Longhouse or outdoors and provide a learning environment unlike classrooms and clinics. Over 3 to 4 days UBC medical students experience the lifestyles of the Sto:lo people while learning about themselves and the First Nations community.  The intention is for students to develop an appreciation for and understanding of the Aboriginal way of life.  Ideally, medical students will, in turn, bring this knowledge to their future professional practice allowing them to effectively work with communities towards the improvement of health.

    University of British Columbia — The Aboriginal Community as Teacher from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation on Vimeo.

    Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching

    Throughout his career at UBC, Dr. Wadsworth has had a profound influence on a generation of medical students, residents and fellows.  He has guided his trainees toward mastering new clinical insight and skill, and he showed them how to put their patients first.  He is a warm and approachable teacher, as well as a gentle and supportive mentor and a life‐long inspiration to clinical excellence.

    His legion of former trainees, now leading clinical divisions and training programs across Canada and around the world, now approach their most challenging cases by asking, “What would Louis do?”

    How long have you been teaching with the Faculty of Medicine?

    Teaching at UBC for 34 years, prior to that 3 years teaching at U of A.

    What do you enjoy the most about Medical Education?

    Most enjoy trying to excite the trainees about the wonderful aspects of the knowledge and making them understand that a knowledge of pathophysiological mechanisms underpins retention of the knowledge.

    What has been your best experience as an educator?

    My most rewarding experience as an educator is seeing persons that I have taught rise to prominence in medical practice and in the academic world.


    In honor of their 200th anniversary, The New England Journal of Medicine hosted an essay contest.

    The topic posed to writers, was framed as follows:

    In the last twenty years, there have been profound changes in how information is communicated.  The internet and social networking have enabled everything from romance to revolution.  In the healing arts, this change has transformed how the public accesses and uses health-related information. What used to rest solely in the hands of medical professionals now is easily accessible to the public. This paradigm shift brings with it benefits and challenges.

    As future members of the medical profession and current users of these communications tools, students and residents are uniquely poised to apply and evaluate the impact of these evolving methods of information exchange on the art and science of medicine.

    Essay Question: How can we harness this technology to improve health?

    Two UBC Faculty of Medicine Students, Shazeen Suleyman and Hans Wu, were winners in the competition.  Their essays can be found here.

    Congratulations Shazeen and Hans!

    Award for excellence in clinical teaching

    Dr. Chan is an enthusiastic, kind and eager teacher who always finds the time to answer the questions of all the trainees that rotate through his clinic. He is able to skillfully translate those clinical questions into the creation and dissemination of knowledge through his committed mentorship to trainees on various research projects.  2011 marked the launch of the first UBC Clinical Immunology and Allergy Fellowship program, which Dr. Chan worked tirelessly to create.

    Dr. Chan is not only exceptional at teaching trainees, he skillfully educates families and gives them confidence in managing their health.

     How long have you been teaching with the Faculty of Medicine?

    Over 7 years.

    What do you enjoy the most about Medical Education?

    Teaching those who are very interested and motivated to learn.

    What has been your best experience as an educator?

    Establishing the first Royal College fellowship training program in Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy west of Manitoba.

    Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

    Dr. Travlos has been an outstanding clinical teacher in the UBC Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) in the Department of Medicine for over fifteen years. His teaching is appreciated and admired by all levels of learners including medical students, residents, local and national colleagues, and allied health professionals.

    The specialty of PM&R locally and nationally would not be the same without his educational contributions.

    How long have you been teaching with the Faculty of Medicine?

    I have been teaching with the Faculty of Medicine since I completed my Specialty Training and Royal College Fellowship Degree in 1993.

    What do you enjoy the most about Medical Education?

    The thing I enjoy most about medical education is watching the students grow and evolve in their abilities.  I enjoy seeing the students progress from their initial inexperience to the development of significant skills and abilities with their own insights and understanding of issues.  I enjoy listening to them and how they learn to see things and what their ideas are on the same subject.  This adds fresh views to my own views and helps me to learn.  This in turn helps me to be a better teacher.

    What has been your best experience as an educator?

    I cannot say that there is one best experience that I have had as an educator.  There are many experiences that result in my overall enjoyment of this activity (for example) seeing students develop new abilities and new levels of functioning.

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