It’s On! Resiraptors vs. Precipitators Volleyball Tourney 2018!

Dr. Jody Ching warming up with fellow Preceptor, Dr. Trent Loewen, for the 1st Annual Resiraptors vs. Precipitators Volleyball Tourney!

Join us for the Second Annual Resiraptors vs. Precipitators Volleyball Tourney 2018! Admittedly, I’m a bit nervous about this year’s showdown. Our incoming cohort though are strategic and we’ve got some height on our side. For those needing a recap of 2016, the Preceptors were victorious; however, that was after senior administration conveniently modified the rules during play. Not happening this year :).

Be there:

Saturday, August 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mission Springs Pub (sandcourts in the back) Mission, B.C.

Residents, Preceptors, and your families are invited!



Event: Outside & Unplugged


“Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.” ~  Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH)

Canadian physicians, moms, and BC Parks are joining forces to support the growing movement acknowledging the benefits of outdoor play! The Outside & Unplugged walks is a recent initiative that encourages families to get outside and connect with each other. Over 100 physicians have volunteered to lead these walks in their communities. The event takes place on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10 am at 100 participating BC Parks.

Register to lead a walk at

Read more on physicians’ support of this initiative: “Healthy-By-Nature with Outside-and-Unplugged Walks!” via BC Medical Journal.

Please see below additional resources and ideas to peruse through:



Limerick Winner! Dr. Bruce Griffioen!

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Griffioen! Although he and his fellow R2s succumbed to the R1s during our recent volleyball match, Dr. Griffioen came back from defeat and prevailed with the power of his pen! As winner of the 2018 Field Note Limerick Contest, Bruce will receive the newly released bestseller “105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia”!

Now for the winning limerick:

There’s a great program in Abby and Mission,
Where you can learn to be a physician,
You start young and naive,
But then when you leave,
You’ve made a triumphant transition.

As an R1 you’re slow and so pensive,
Your SOAP notes are very extensive,
You scour UptoDate
About methotrexate
And the dose of each antihypertensive.

You gain confidence as an R2,
Patients actually start to trust you,
You can do an excision,
Without supervision,
And wait the whole day to review.

You’ve been given a solid foundation,
To start in this hallowed vocation,
So give recognition,
To every physician,
That contributed to your graduation!

~ Dr. Bruce Griffioen

Team 2020!

Welcoming our new R1s! Drs. Lydia Hansma, Jeff Van Huizen, Kathleen Ennis, Rylan Duivestein, John Stimson, Danae Tracey, John Dickinson, and Michelle Hanbidge. On the left, Site Coordinator Ann Douglas!

Team 2020 made it through Orientation Week! We’re so excited to welcome this fantastic bunch! Our new R1s experienced a packed agenda that included meeting our Mayor of Abbotsford to learning more about Abbotsford-Mission site’s unique context and landscape.

We ended the week with our reflective walk up to Mission’s Westminster Abbey. Reflective walks are an opportunity to quiet the mind and to exercise the ability to be present in one’s immediate surroundings. Following our silent hike up the mountain, each team member received a notebook and was asked to free write for 15-20 minutes. We then reconvened and headed down the mountain for lunch!

Thank you to all that gave their time and energy to greet our Residents and welcome them to our community. We also thank our Residents for selecting our site and allowing us to be a part of their learning journey over the next two years.