Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative Grant

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC is launching another round of applications for the Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative Grant.

The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative (RGHPI) is a new program providing funding to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees committed to rural service, and lower resource communities in BC, Canada, and in developing countries. The goals of this initiative are to enhance capacity for generalism in rural BC; to foster reciprocal learning in diverse health systems and community contexts; and to demonstrate how global health (local and international) community partnerships can heighten awareness, create innovative solutions to address healthcare challenges, and lead to improved health outcomes, especially for underserved, marginalized, and indigenous populations.

The next deadline is October 31, 2018.

Application details can be found here.

Eligible applicants

  • BC physicians with experience practicing rural medicine, extensive connections to rural communities, and a demonstrated interest in global health.
  • BC medical trainees (resident or medical student) with a demonstrated interest in rural medicine and global health.

Happy, Healthy Neighbourhoods

Greetings Residents!

UBC’s Phase 3 of the Stadium Neighbourhood public consultation is launching soon!

I encourage you all to share your expertise and contribute to this dialogue as the communities we design, build, and nurture influence our health and wellbeing. Safety, walkability, mobility, accessibility, economic health, green space, and inclusiveness are just some of the needs and desires that people identify as important characteristics of their neighbourhoods. Implementing these features into the built environment is a challenge and requires intention and collaboration. So take part in this opportunity and lend your voice!



More from UBC below:

Provide your feedback on the Plan Options for the new neighbourhood to be located near the Thunderbird Stadium. The consultation will be running from October 1-21.

You can provide your input online or in person from October 1 to 21.

Online survey:

Survey will open from October 1-21

Public Open Houses:

October 3, 10am – noon, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd

October 10, 4pm-7pm, Wesbrook Community Centre, 3335 Webber Lane

Building Happier, Healthier Communities: We are hosting two events with Happy City around the theme Building Happier, Healthier Communities. You are invited to take part in this important discussion on how we can build happiness and wellbeing into UBC’s neighbourhoods.

Public Talk: Join Happy City author Charles Montgomery for an evening of fascinating science and stories of transformation from cities around the world. Register here.
October 4, 5:30pm to 8pm, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd

Workshop: Roll up your sleeves for a half day workshop on how to design happiness into Stadium Neighbourhood. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Campus and Community Planning and the Happy City team. Register here.
October 13, 12pm to 4pm, BC Hydro Theatre, CIRS Building, 2260 West Mall

To register for both of these events or to learn more click here.

Design Thinking Lecture Series: Virtual Reality & Patient Education

IKONA Co-Founder & CEO Tim Fitzpatrick

Join us for our next Design Thinking session with IKONA Co-Founder & CEO Tim Fitzpatrick! Tim will be leading a conversation on improving patient education; provider training using immersive media; and why virtual and augmented reality have the power to transform the patient experience and improve outcomes.

Academic Half Day
ARHCC Baker 103 Conference Room
Thursday, October 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.



Resident Talent Night & Wellness Workshop

Greetings Residents!

The 11th Annual Resident Talent Night is September 27, 2018! Resident Talent Night celebrates the resident community’s many talents beyond medicine, including musicians, spoken word poets, singer-songwriters, dancers, martial artists, magicians, acrobats, comedians, and more. It’s also a chance to showcase resident photography, painting and drawing submissions through an art exhibit. Learn more here!

We have also scheduled a Wellness Workshop this Thursday from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. with UBC Resident Wellness Counsellor, Elizabeth Sabine. This session is focused on Resident Resiliency.

Residents may book a confidential counselling appointment on Thursday with Elizabeth. If you are interested, please contact her at

Learn more about the UBC’s Resident Wellness Services and Resources.

AHD: Design Thinking Lecture Series with Celebrity Chef Michael Smith

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A big thank you to celebrity chef Michael Smith for visiting the UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program! We greatly appreciated his time and insight as a champion for public health.

Our Resident, Dr. John Stimson, explained how Michael “educated us on the ground level problems facing dietary counselling of patients, namely the battle against commercial food. Food that is designed to be alluring to the taste buds, refined, and saturated with preservatives and sugar. Food that is cheap at the till but costly to the healthcare system. People are often left confused with what they should eat, constantly inundated with complicated diets or cure all food fads. He stressed that homemade meals can be accessible, affordable, and achievable for all citizens in the country, and that physicians are vital to promote this change.”

We also grabbed a signed copy of Michael’s new book! You’re welcome to check it out at our site’s little library!

I hope that his visit inspires us all to embrace healthier eating habits and to enjoy cooking!



UBC Rural Academic Learning Log

Greetings Residents!

As many of you prepare for your rural rotations, we’d like to remind you to please complete the UBC Rural Academic Learning Log. The log is designed to help you keep track of your educational activities and academic teaching while you are on your journey.

Click here to download the log and instructions. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you!