UBC Site Diversity

20190815_182225.jpgOne of the perks of UBC’s Family Practice Residency program is our site diversity. Over the two year period, residents have this unique opportunity to situate themselves in rural, suburban, and urban environments to learn how medicine is practiced in these communities. Dr. Christie Newton and I shared two wonderful evenings with our Terrace & Prince George Family Practice Residency Program preceptors, residents, and staff examining UBC’s clinical placement model. Thank you to all that welcomed us to your sites and shared your thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

Learn more about Terrace and Prince George!

Warm regards,


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Diversity, Inclusion, & Ending All-Male Panels

“As editors and journals we are just one part of an ecosystem that includes academic institutions and research funders where unacceptable gender bias is well documented, and of a broader society that disadvantages certain groups to create an uneven and unfair playing field. But we are committed to be the change we want to see, and to play our part in helping to ensure diversity and inclusion in health research and publishing. We encourage other publishers, journals, and members of the science community to contribute to these pledges.”

More on The Lancet Group’s commitments to gender equity and diversity (2019)


Silent Genome Project

Dr. Laura Arbour is leading the Silent Genome project to improve access to genetic care for Indigenous populations.

“With $10.4 million in federal funding from Genome Canada, Dr. Arbour and fellow UBC researchers Dr. Nadine Caron in Prince George and Dr. Wyeth Wasserman in Vancouver have partnered with Indigenous organizations and communities across the country to lead the Silent Genome Project and create the first Indigenous DNA reference library.

‘The library will change things,’ says Dr. Arbour. ‘It will open the doors for better diagnosis and treatment, which is an important step in ensuring that Indigenous communities have the same access to genetic health care that other populations have.’

The team will not only build the library, but will also develop standards for Indigenous oversight about how the data will be used and protected.

‘It will provide best practices and guidelines for future genomic projects to make sure that Indigenous populations stay included and involved even after the project ends,’ she says.”

More on Bridging the Gap via UBC’s Faculty of Medicine Pathways.

Partnering with Patients

Shout out to our local Family Physician Dr. Lawrence Yang (@GatewayMedic) for launching his first #FTSintheFonda with guest Jana Buhlmann (@baldgrrl)! Jana is a Patient and Caregiver Advocate in BC. 

So many pearls packed in this car ride but I especially appreciate the dialogue on patients conducting their own research and how greater access to information has changed the dynamic between physicians and patients. Can we build a trusted source of online resources that empowers physicians, patients, and their caregivers? 

Thank you Lawrence and Jana for sharing your courageous conversation with the world.

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Friday Link Pack

Kwéleches, hello and welcome!

It’s Friday! Hope you are well! Had to share the image above. Kathrin Swoboda took home the Audubon Photography Awards grand prize for capturing the red-wing blackbird’s song. Read the article here. (A big thank you to David Isaac for sharing this!)

Looking for support, advice, and coaching on your clinical teaching? Check out our Peer Observation Project and sign up to participate!

Children are headed back to school soon! Vaccination schedule via Healthlink BC.

“Are People Doing The Best They Can?” a conversation between Russell Brand & Brené Brown.

CAME Foundation Health Professions Education Grants application is now open! These grants support new and innovative scholarly projects in Health Professions Education that are not part of larger, formalized and funded education research programs. Apply here!

How to Design a Meeting that Doesn’t Suck via IDEO.

FMF registration is now open! If you’re presenting, let me know!

Cooking With Your Doctor: The New Culinary Medicine via NPR.

2019 CHES Celebration of Scholarship registration is open and free! Register here.

In reviewing the Annals of Family Medicine, these two articles caught my attention:

  • Family Physician Perceptions of Their Role in Managing the Opioid Crisis: Learn more.
  • Association Between Primary Care Practitioner Empathy and Risk of Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality Among Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: A Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study: Learn more.

Want more family doctors? Change how they work and get paid, says B.C. researcher via CBC.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC) and the Harm Reduction Nurses Association (HRNA) call for the decriminalization of people who use drugs in B.C. via NNPBC.

CrossFit: dangerous fad or fitness panacea? The AMSSM talks safety via BMJ.

Association of ideal cardiovascular health at age 50 with incidence of dementia via BMJ.

Demystifying Heart Failure: Clearing up misconceptions via Stanford Medicine.

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” ~ Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Have a fantastic weekend!

Warm regards,


Genomic Medicine

An example of a protein structure determined by the Midwest Center for Structural Genomics via Matt HowardArgonne’s Midwest Center for Structural Genomics deposits 1,000th protein structure

“Just published: A new 5-paper Series, with contributions from The National Institutes of Health focuses on the exciting and maturing area of genomic medicine, encompassing the use of individuals’ genetic information to guide clinical treatment.”

Family medicine residences may want to check out the article on Family health history: underused for actionable risk assessment by Ginsburg, Wu, and Orlando via The Lancet.

Learn more here: The Lancet: Genomic Medicine