500 Women in Medicine


“Women have represented roughly half of medical school matriculants for the last 20 years but account for only 22 percent of full professors, and 16 percent of deans and department chairs in U.S. medical schools.

Research across science and medicine shows that women continue to be underrepresented in visible roles. Robyn Klein questioned this discrepancy when she saw that only 13 women were chosen out of 85 invited conference speakers at a neuroimmunology conference. She was told there just weren’t enough highly qualified women in the field. In response, Klein gathered data showing that men and women in neuroimmunology publish at equal rates in high impact journals.

The mission of 500 Women in Medicine is to serve society by making medical knowledge and expertise more collaborative, accessible and inclusive. We strive to unite and connect women physicians across the country and around the world, empower women physicians to grow to their full potential in the field of medicine, and to create a platform promoting visibility for women physicians.”

More on Amplifying the Voices of Women in MedicineThe field has plenty of talented women, but to reach leadership roles they must have visible and recognizable roles within medicine and in the public (2018) by Dr. Kate Gerull via Scientific American.

“Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.”
Geri Weitzman, PhD

UBC Earth Day 2019

On April 22, 1970, millions of people across the United States took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Earth Day is now a global event each year, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries taking part. Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has chosen the theme for 2019 of ‘Protect our Species‘.

Campaign goals

The Protect our Species campaign is designed to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

How much do you know about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon? Take the Earth Day quiz and find out.

Visit UBC Sustainability to learn more about the UBC Earth Week events!

#UBCSustainability #UBCClimateActionPlan

Addressing Children’s Complex Needs

“In British Columbia the current system of care for children with neurodevelopmental disorders does not appear to recognize there are two distinct patient populations: in one the children have few comorbidities and need limited specialized intervention and support, while in the other the children have significant mental health comorbidities and sometimes extremely challenging behaviors that require intervention for which funding is not readily available. Where this second population is concerned, vigorous family advocacy is required to access services and family breakdown can result. The Child and Youth with Special Needs division of the MCFD operates on an underlying assumption that parents are able and willing to take on a case manager role to access appropriate resources. This role is usually not appropriate for parents whose children have a dual diagnosis and require guidance and additional support to access specialized services.

BC needs policies and practices that recognize and address the complex needs of children with a dual diagnosis.”

Falling Through the Cracks: How Service Gaps Leave Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Mental Health Difficulties Without the Care they Need by Erika Ono, MSW, RSW Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC Tamara Salih, MD, FRCPC via BCMJ.

ICRE 2019: Call for Resident Survival Stories

Share your Resident Survival Stories at ICRE 2019

Are you a resident with an interesting story to share about surviving and thriving through training? Does your experience lend itself to a unique learning opportunity for fellow residents? If so, we want to hear from you!

International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) 2019 planning committee is currently looking for participants to lead a practical discussion during this year’s Resident Survival Stories panel session, which will highlight both the challenges and triumphs experienced by residents.

The session will serve as an opportunity to share best practices and hear examples of successful navigation in the area of Diversity – Training in a world of differences: How it affects Residency Training

Deadline for submissions is May 20, 2019.

Candidates with stand-out stories will be invited to Ottawa to serve as panelists during the September 26-28 conference.

Click here for more information, and to access the submission site.

Pub & Papers 2019: Scholar & Preceptor Appreciation

Join our UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program as we recognize our Residents’ scholarly achievements and celebrate our Preceptors who have contributed to our Residents’ journey! This informal evening is an opportunity for our Residents to share their research with our surrounding community and for our program to continue to network, collaborate, and build upon the ideas and insights emerging from our Residents’ work.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Location: Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre
Learning Centre Conference Rooms 3A & 3B
32900 Marshall Road, Abbotsford
Time: Dinner (alcohol-free) begins at 7:00 p.m. / Presentations from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
RSVP here!
Peruse the Agenda & Scholar Project Summaries here
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jacqueline.ashby@ubc.ca.