Research-Based Theatre Symposium

Research-Based Theatre: Practice, Possibilities, and Assessment Symposium
May 29-31, 2019

Over the course of three days on the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey Campus, the Research-Based Theatre, Practice, Possibilities, and Assessment Symposium will offer participants the opportunity to explore practice and possibilities for strengthening and clearly articulating how to effectively assess Research-Based Theatre (RBT) projects. RBT projects are often cross-disciplinary in nature and combine diverse research methods call for new assessment approaches that can be used in support of funding applications and community partnerships. The symposium will consist of a number of interactive, collaborative sessions exploring RBT assessment, and feature four RBT projects from UBC Research Based Theatre Collaborative: Water in Rural and Indigenous Communities; Disabilities in the Health Professions; Student to Student Abuse in Residential Schools; and Veterans Recovering from Trauma.

UBC’s Research based Theatre (RBT) piece, “Alone in the Ring”, depicting the experiences of students and clinicians with disabilities from the health professions, is now finalized.

We will be performing the play, with all whistles and blowers, props and staging, in two separate events:

May 30th, 11am-12pm, Rm 4202, AMS Nest, Point Gray Campus – please register via this link  – you can state that you are coming only to our performance (this is a 3 day event…)

June 2nd, 7-9:30 pm, as part of a performance panel at the CDSA conference, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre 6163 University Blvd. Point Gray Campus

We would love to have you join us in one (or both) of those events and to hear your impressions.


Tal Jarus, PhD, FCAOT, Reg. OT
Professor  |  Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Teaching Tip

While children and adults share many learning characteristics, adults are unique in a number of ways. Adults typically take training by choice and usually need to fit their learning around other life responsibilities (work, family responsibilities, etc), As such, they prefer efficient, practical learning experiences that help them solve real-world problems. Adult learners bring a wide range of experience to their learning and appreciate when this experience is recognized and utilized. They usually want to be actively involved in their learning, with opportunities for input, choice, and self-direction being valued attributes. Interestingly, adults can be surprisingly tender learners who benefit from the establishment of a safe learning environment where risk-taking is encouraged, feedback is offered sensitively, and mistakes are not overly punished. Adults also appreciate learning from peers, often in informal settings where they can interact socially.

With those facts in mind, preceptors of adult learners can maximize their impacts by considering and addressing the following key questions:3c1ad6b3-239e-446b-b65a-078f5b58954e.jpgThank you to UBC’s Teaching & Learning Strategist, Bill Upward, for the Teaching Tip! Learn more in the Spring 2019 Preceptor Newsletter!

Designing Emergency Preparedness

Summer is fast approaching and wildfires are popping up throughout our provinces. Now is the time to prepare for an emergency response. IDEO assembled a simple guide to help in the process:

“Just like buying life insurance, or saving for a rainy day, a future emergency is an abstraction that’s hard to connect to our day-to-day priorities. And unlike seeing everyone else’s trash cans line the curb once a week, preparedness doesn’t have any visible prompts to encourage all of us to get with the program.
Here are a few simple steps to get you started—collaboratively—in just a week. Share this with your family, your roommate, your colleagues, or your book club.
1. Now: Follow Local Alerts. Follow local emergency alerts from the Fire Department and/or your local Department of Emergency Management. (Further info at BC Emergency Info and receive emergency notifications, BC Government News, and BCPrepared). FireSmart Canada also provides a Last Minute Wildlife Checklistchecklist.jpeg

2. Tomorrow: Copy Your Documents: Take a photo of or scan your driver’s license, passport, lease/ownership documents, social security card, and other important documents.
3. This weekend: Gather Your Stuff. Print out a list of essentials, useful stuff, and personal items to get started.
4. Next week: Make a Plan. Use a form to help you facilitate the conversation, pick a meeting spot, and collect phone numbers on paper.

More on A designer’s guide to emergency preparedness via IDEO. Image above via B.C. lends first responders to Alberta to help with wildfires burning out of control.

Interested in how to prepare your clinic? Review of emergency preparedness in the office setting: How best to prepare based on your practice and patient demographic characteristics (April 2019) and Are you ready for an office code blue?: Online video to prepare for office emergencies by Dr. Simon Moore of UBC’s Department of Family Practice.

Food as Medicine


“What they have here, they call it … [a] health-care system, but it’s basically a sickness care model.” ~ Dr. Shobha Rayapudi
The Rayapudis found that 80 per cent of the diseases they were seeing in patients were related to diet and lifestyle — and changing these two factors was more effective and safe than treating chronic diseases with drugs and surgery.
Changing eating habits requires three ingredients, said Shobha. If one ingredient is missing, “the change is not going to happen in a sustainable manner. First, you have to have the knowledge, like why certain foods are harmful.…Similarly, you have to have the skills of how you can put that knowledge into place. And the third one is you have to have the support.”

More on Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got ‘hooked’ on plant-based eating via CBC Radio White Coat, Black Art.

Coach’s Award 2019

20190523_155308_HDR_resized.jpgImparting knowledge is only lighting other men’s candles at our lamp without depriving ourselves of any flame. ~ Jane Porter

It’s that time of year where I reflect on our team and those individuals who have demonstrated perseverance in honing their teaching skills. These are educators who exemplify excellence, honesty, and authenticity in their work. They greatly value the discipline and practice of education by establishing meaningful and supportive relationships with our learners, faculty, and staff. This year I’d like to acknowledge Dr. Nader Elmayergi, Dr. Shavinder Gill, Dr. Jeff Kornelsen, and Dr. Iris Liu.

Dr. Nader Elmayergi, Cardiologist: Dr. Elmayergi spearheaded the development of our Cardiology Primer that has been locally and globally accessed and shared. In 2018, he encouraged his colleagues to contribute to the work and updated the Primer with two additional co-authors, Dr. Perminder Bains (Medical Director, Heart Failure) and Dr. Osama Gusbi (Medical Director, Cardiodiagnostics). Dr. Elmayergi strives to improve his inventions while igniting others to do the same. He recently joined our Faculty as our EBM Lead and Specialist Liaison.

Dr. Shavinder Gil, Internist: Dr. Gill is one of the most dedicated individuals to teaching and learning. He invests hours in designing new pathways and approaches to sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. Dr. Gill contributes to our academic half day sessions and frequently extends himself to our residents who may want to learn more about internal medicine. He provides us with refreshing ideas and opportunities that allow our site to explore how we can improve our Family Physician Residency Program.

Dr. Jeff Kornelsen, Family Physician: Dr. Kornelsen is a continual source of inspiration and innovation. It was through his desire to improve upon his own teaching that we developed a novel method of providing preceptors access to timely feedback via video observation. This resulted in our recent Faculty Development Initiative Grant award allowing the Department of Family Practice to further pursue the concept. Dr. Kornelsen also serves as a primary preceptor and advocate for women’s maternity care.

Dr. Iris Liu, Family Physician: Dr. Liu, a graduate of the Abbotsford-Mission program, has supported and served as our Faculty Lead for Scholarship and Behavioural Medicine for the past two years. In addition to juggling these two massive portfolios, she has championed the development of our academic events including our Resident Research Evening. Dr. Liu is also a primary preceptor and regularly teaches in our academic half day sessions. She’s nurtured the success of this site through her care and creativity.

Thank you to all of our Family Physician and Specialist preceptors. We exist and persist because of your energy and investment.

I’ll be handing out your medals and a bottle of the best darn root beer this side of Regina at our Pub & Papers evening!

Warm regards,


Sympathy: The Gut & Brain Connection

“So it does make sense that when our body and our brain are putting together this feeling of, ‘How am I, as a whole body, doing?’ that the gut has something to contribute to this process. And it also makes sense that people who have conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease have a higher risk of having anxiety or depression. I think this is good information to share, because many people will think, ‘I have this gut thing, and maybe I also have this mental health thing.’ And maybe–because science is not clear on that right now–it’s really just that the brain is feeling sympathy with their gut.”

Dr. Guilia Enders author of Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ (2015)