Resident Research Day! Save the Date & Register Now!

The UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Resident Research Day is a new initiative designed to disseminate and share our Residents’ research with the broader community.

It also provides an opportunity for Faculty, Preceptors, Specialists, and Fraser Health members to network, collaborate, and build upon the ideas and insights emerging from our Residents’ work.

Location: Abbotsford Division of Family Practice
202-2600 Gladys Avenue
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch and beverages provided.

Please register here:

We look forward to your participation!

New Site Skin & Academic Half Day Preparation

Hi All!

I spent a few weeks over the holiday revitalizing our website. For starters, I found a new skin that appears far more professional. The font is quite legible. I’ve also updated the display for smaller devices making the site user-friendly.

I’ve added new content such as “Academic Half Day: Preparation” and “Academic Half Day: Teaching Procedural & Technical Skills” to help guide those of you leading sessions.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas! This is your site and I want it to meet your needs.



Recommended Reading

Greetings All!

Hope you are well! Over the last year you’ve shared with me some of your favourite reads. I’ve compiled a list and am now sharing your suggestions with the group.

Since establishing a relationship with our hospital librarians, I’ve been able to order your recommendations so that your colleagues may pick them up and enjoy! I’ve also updated our Resources & Recommended Reading page to reflect these additions:
Please feel free to forward me any further requests.

Patterson K, Grenny J, McMillan R, Switzler A. (2002). Crucial conversations: Tools for talking when stakes are high. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Neighbour R. The Inner Consultation: How to Develop an Effective and Intuitive Consulting Style. 2nd edition. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press; 2004.

Nguyen, V. T. (2015). The sympathizer. New York: Grove Press.

Humanitarian Action
Orbinski, J. (2008). An imperfect offering: Humanitarian action for the 21st century. Toronto: Doubleday Canada.

Innovation & Business
Friedman, T. L. (2016). Thank you for being late: An optimist’s guide to thriving in the age of accelerations. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux .

Godin, S. (2008). Tribes: We need you to lead us. New York: Portfolio.

Heath, C., & Heath, D. (2007). Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die. New York: Random House.

Lencioni, P. (2002). The five dysfunctions of a team: A leadership fable. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Sinek, S. (2011). Start with why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action. New York: Portfolio / Penguin.

Sinek, S. (2014). Leaders eat last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t. New York, New York: Portfolio/Penguin.

Late Stage and End-of-Life
Butler, K. (2013). Knocking on heaven’s door: The path to a better way of life. New York: Scribner.

Gawande, A. (2014). Being mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end (First edition.). New York: Metropolitan Books.

Kalanithi, P. (2016). When breath becomes air (First edition.). New York: Random House.

Self Improvement
Duhigg, C. (2012). The power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business. New York: Random House.

Groopman, J. (2007). How doctors think. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Heath, C., & Heath, D. (2010). Switch: How to change things when change is hard. Toronto: Random House Canada.

Kabat-Zinn J. Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Bantam; 2013.

Sandberg, S. (2013). Lean in: Women, work, and the will to lead (First edition.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.


Wednesday Soccer Nites & The Importance of Play


We’re going to start up Wednesday Soccer Nites beginning January 18, 2017!
I’ll be out at Rotary Stadium from 1800-1900 with a bright yellow soccer ball. Every Wednesday. Rain, snow, or shine. Remember the retreat? A typhoon didn’t stop us! 🙂

It’s important to take the time to get outdoors and play! For children and adults, play gives us permission to explore our potential. It ignites the cerebellum and exercises our prefrontal cortex and hippocampus (regions “playing” an important role in our context-dependent memory!).

Some physicians, esp in Peds, are prescribing outdoor activity and play. Learn more at the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). Here’s the prescription pad!

Additional resources on the topic:
Stuart Brown’s TED Talk. “Research shows play is not just joyful and energizing — it’s deeply involved with human development and intelligence.”
Stanford University: Surgical residents play hooky to keep healthy!

See you out there!


Faculty Development Breakfasts: 2017 Schedule & Registration


Happy New Year!! How are you all?! I hope well and thriving!

We’re going to hit this year flying because I have plans! Big plans! One of my goals in 2017 is to have all preceptors satisfy the requirements for UBC’s Faculty Development Clinical Teaching Certificate. The year is scheduled to cover the core topics; however, if you’d prefer to accelerate, I’d be more than happy to deliver one-on-one sessions. Contact me directly to arrange this.

To register for the faculty breakfasts, please click on the doodle link under each heading. We need the count for our catering. All sessions are scheduled at the Abbotsford Division of Family Practice (big thank you to the staff there for taking such great care of us!).

Planning for Learning
Friday, February 3 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Learn more & register here:
This session focuses on the importance of setting learners up for success by properly orienting them to a new learning setting and creating customized learning plans that address their learning gaps.

Observation and Feedback
Friday, March 31 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Learn more & register here:
This session focuses on the importance of direct observations and the delivery of efficient and effective feedback to learners.

Writing Field Notes
Friday, May 26 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Learn more & register here:
In this session, participants clarify the purpose and use of field notes, critique and rank field note samples in terms of effectiveness, and practice writing field notes to provided clinical video scenarios.

Learner-Centered Teaching
Friday, September 29 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Learn more & register here:
This session focuses on the use of learner-centered teaching techniques that actively engage the learner and promote deeper learning and skill development.

Performance Assessment
Friday, December 1 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Learn more & register here:
This session focuses on pulling together assessment data collected on a learner to complete a summative assessment that denotes achievement to date and also provides effective narrative feedback for future development.

Cheers and I look forward to seeing those beautiful faces soon!