R1 vs. R2 Volleyball Tourney 2018

What a year! We successfully graduated our R2s and welcomed a stunning, brilliant bunch of new learners and Primary Preceptors! We launched a series of new initiatives aimed at recognizing the fantastic work of our Preceptors, Specialists, and Residents. Our crew also won some serious hardware!

Our Team! Thank you to all our Preceptors including Drs. Vaish, Bhargavan, Liu, Loewen, Husband, De Klerk, Dau, Barnsdale, Hughes, Moodley, Rahal, Ross, Patel, Kornelsen, Danescu, Smith, Pomeroy, Chow, Meloche, Gosal, Ching, Egolf, Sidhu, Boparai, Cook, Culkin, and Purewal. A big thank you to our Faculty & Specialty Rotation Leads including Drs. Fernandez, Leung, Liu, Luu, Elmayergi, Chang, Yao, Chum, Wong, Cooper, Driedger, Mitchinson, Sinha, Khan, Khattak, Walker, Brown, Gill, Markanday, Chang, Hewes, McLean, Golshan, Meylnchuk, Tuffnell, Poon, Peters, Grant, Tregoning, Goswami, Shone, Hartl, Punanbolam, and Watt! Big shout out to our Preceptors’ office staff that help us in coordinating our learners. We appreciate all you invest in us!

Thank you to our recently retired Primary Preceptor, Dr. Don Ross, for supporting our program and Residents! We will miss you!

Primary Preceptor Dr. Don Ross with his slice of R2 Dr. Brian Baker. 2016.

On Curriculum! ARHCC Cardiologist and UBC Preceptor Dr. Nader Elmayergi, and contributing authors Dr. Perminder Bains (Medical Director, Heart Failure) and Dr. Osama Gusbi (Medical Director, Cardiodiagnostics), released Cardiology Primer 2.0! This primer is one of the top downloads on our site in 2018!

On Recognition! In October, our Site Director Dr. Chow and Program Staff Ann Douglas & Susan Hart, designed and hosted our first “Lunch with Us!” to acknowledge our hospital-based Physicians and Preceptors that support our Residents throughout their two-year journey. Thank you to everyone that attended!

On Research! Facilitated by Dr. Iris Liu and her office staff Sherry Ehrenberg, the UBC crew hosted our first Resident Research Evening designed to disseminate and share our Residents’ research with the broader community. It also provides an opportunity for Faculty, Preceptors, Specialists, Medical Office Staff, and Fraser Health members to network, collaborate, and build upon the ideas and insights emerging from our Residents’ work. It was such a success that UBC’s Family Practice Program has adopted the model site-wide! We thank all that participated in the event and look forward to you joining us next year!

On Awards! Dr. Chelsea Wiksyk won the 2018 Coach’s Award, Lloyd Jones Collins Research Award, and the BC College of Family Physicians Award: Favourite Presentation for her scholar project “Poems from Across the Room: Viewing the Patient and Physician Side-by-Side”. Dr. Daniel Metcalf took home the Peter Grantham Resident Teaching Award for our Abbotsford-Mission site! Dr. Alex Enns won the Coach’s Award for her leadership and creativity. Our Dr. Elizabeth Watt was nominated for the YWCA’s 2018 Women of Distinction Award! Drs. Ryan Punambolam (Neurology) and Miguel Fernandez (Anesthesia) won the Preceptor Teaching Awards! And finally, our Site Director, Dr. Holden Chow won the 2018 Coach’s Award and was honoured by the BC College of Family Physicians with the College Coin!

On Design! This year, we test piloted Design Thinking and took our Residents on a field trip to Holmberg House Hospice to expose them to end-of-life care that is both patient and family-centred. We invited celebrity Chef Michael Smith and IKONA CEO Tim Fitzpatrick to share their experiences and thoughts on physicians’ roles in educating and empowering patients. We also dug a little deeper into Preceptors’ perspectives on Residents’ transition to practice (Part I and Part 2).

Chef Michael Smith and Residents
Academic Half Day with Chef Michael Smith & our UBC Residents

On Events! Although Dr. Bruce Griffioen’s R2s were unable to clinch the Third Annual R1 vs R2 Volleyball Tourney (second year in a row R2s were defeated…yikes!), he did win the 2018 Field Note Limerick Contest! I gotta tell you, my arms and ego are still recovering from Dr. Metcalf’s 150km serve. Puttin’ my money on the R2s this year!

Game of Throws 2nd Annual Dodgeball Tourney 2018 was captured by the UBC Family Practice Chilliwack Residents Team “You Dodge Hard, We Dodge Ken Harder”?! What?!

Chilliwack Winning Team
UBC Family Practice Chilliwack Residents win the coveted Golden Bedpan Award

Chilliwack’s win, in part, was due to Drs. Chow & Ashby’s required presence at Stanford University’s MedX. Next year, we will lei you to rest and reclaim what is rightfully ours. Thank you to Dr. Aaron Shokar for joining the ARHCC ER team and representing the Abbotsford Residents! Register soon for next year’s event.

Lastly, we welcomed three little additions to the team including Jane (Dr. Friderichs), Colby (Dr. Enns), and Leo (Dr. Parton)! Congratulations!

We look forward to 2019! On rotation and on the court!

Onward & Upward,


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