“SimWars, originally developed by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), is a clinical performance competition which specifically utilizes healthcare simulation technologies and processes to provide teams standardized opportunities to showcase their clinical abilities.

Twenty-two healthcare professionals are in position and at their stations and await the arrival of the competitors. This senior team includes doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics, over 20 volunteers and staff from four gracious sponsors. The first group of five students competing in SimWars await their instructions. Suddenly, a trainer appears and says: ‘Code Blue. Arrest team upstairs to Room One.’ The five students with various experience ranging from first year students to seniors, dressed in color-coded scrubs, race up the stairs to begin their first of three test scenarios.”

More on SimWars Medical Simulation Competition Expands Across Ireland via Healthy Simulation.

Interested UBC learners? I am! If you want to arrange something like this contact me at Let’s see what we can do.

Warm regards,


Sounds & Science

“Sounds and Science: Vienna Meets Vancouver” is part of the President’s Concert Series, to be held Nov. 30, 2019 on UBC campus. The event is modeled on a successful concert series launched in Austria in 2014, in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna.

‘Basic research tends to always stay within its own box, yet research is telling the most beautiful stories,’ says Dr. Josef Penninger, director of UBC’s Life Sciences Institute, a professor of medical genetics and a Canada 150 Chair. ‘With this concert, we are bringing science out of the ivory tower, using the music of great composers such as Mozart, Schubert or Strauss to transport stories of discovery and insight into the major diseases that affected the composers themselves, and continue to have a significant impact on our society.'”

More on ‘Sounds and Science’ unites music with scientific research from Vienna to Vancouver via UBC Medicine.

Birth Control Options Out of Reach

“The findings, published today in CMAJ Open, suggest that young, low-income women may not be able to afford accessing the full range of contraceptives available in Canada. Improving access to affordable contraception may decrease the number of young women at risk of unintended pregnancy due to financial barriers, the researchers say.

‘We know that access to contraceptives is something that benefits public health by allowing people to plan pregnancies and plan their families according to their life circumstances,’ said Elizabeth Nethery, lead author of the study and a PhD student in the UBC faculty of medicine’s school of population and public health. ‘But our research shows that there may be cost barriers that could be potentially improved when it comes to contraceptive care in Canada.'”

More on Birth control options out of reach for many low-income women via UBC Medicine.

Male Bias in Medical Trials

Photograph: ilbusca/Getty Images

“In 1985, a report by the US Public Health Service Task Force on Women’s Health warned that ‘the historical lack of research focus on women’s health concerns has compromised the quality of health information available to women as well as the health care they receive’.

The campaign drew attention to some of the absurdities that resulted from this male bias, which Maya Dusenbery has summarised in her 2018 book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed and Sick. She notes that, in the early 60s: ‘Observing that women tended to have lower rates of heart disease until their oestrogen levels dropped after menopause, researchers conducted the first trial to look at whether supplementation with the hormone was an effective preventive treatment. The study enrolled 8,341 men and no women … And a National Institutes of Health-supported pilot study from Rockefeller University that looked at how obesity affected breast and uterine cancer didn’t enrol a single woman.’

And that’s not all.”

More on The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women’s health via The Guardian.

Artifishal: The Fight to Save Wild Salmon

“We’ve been relying on those same runs of fish, those wild fish, since the beginning of time. When your health is their health, you’re married in that way. And I think that union creates the sacredness. To have that relationship with a single species is real special.

…If we let those runs go, then they are gone, and I do not think that we as people who are on this planet now should be okay with allowing salmon to go extinct on our watch.”

~ Amy Cordalis, Yurok Tribal Attorney

#SaveBCWildSalmon #RemoveTheFishFarmsFromClayoquotSound #OurHealthIsConnected

More on Conservation groups sound alarm over another sea lice outbreak in Clayoquot Sound via CBC.

More on Fish farm caused Atlantic salmon spill near San Juans, then tried to hide how bad it was, state says via Seattle Times.

Writing an Abstract

Hello Residents!

For those of you preparing your abstracts, I understand some of the confusion about writing a summary for a project that is still in progress.

Therefore, what I suggest is preparing a brief 250-word paragraph that encompasses the essence of the project. This should include the following:

1. Introduce the topic.
2. Indicate the gap in the literature and empirical research.
3. State the methodological approach. For #1-3, use the content from your project proposal and literature review.
4. Briefly summarize results. If your data has yet to be analyzed, then indicate that. If you are in the throes of conducting the analysis right now, then write something like “The preliminary results show….” By stating this, you’re indicating to the reader that you’re in the early stages of figuring out what the data means and its significance to your overall study.
5. Pithy conclusion. Finalize the abstract with a general statement about your findings, any recommendations, and what contributions you think the study has made to the topic of interest.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions and remember that the final abstract to the program is due December 13th so you still have a month to finish up!

Warm regards,


Scholar Project Timeline & Abstract Drafts Due

Greetings Residents!

Reminder that your Scholar Project draft abstracts are due tomorrow November 15th. Please forward them to Dr. Liu and me for review and input. Dr. Liu also shared Dr. Rita McCracken’s Scholar Project Manuscript Format Overview. Please download as a reference. A reminder of the additional deadlines:

  • Draft abstract due to site faculty: November 15, 2019
  • Final abstract due to Program Office: December 13, 2019
  • Final manuscript due to Program Office: February 28, 2020
  • Remediation work, if necessary: March 2 – May 31, 2020
  • Deadline to apply for Lloyd Jones Collins Award: March 31, 2020
  • Presentations due to Program Office: June 12, 2020
  • Central Lloyd Jones Collins Scholarship Day: June 19, 2020

Warm regards,


Suggested Reading: November

learner.jpegModel from Cultural Historical Activity Theory (see reference below). Super fond of it!

Centre for Health Education and Scholarship members recommended the articles below:

Interprofessional Education in Radiation Oncology Winter Ian P, Ingledew Paris Ann, Golden Daniel W. Journal Of The American College Of Radiology. 2019;16(7):964-971.

Build Insight, Change Thinking, Inform Action: Considerations for Increasing the Number of Indigenous Students in Canadian Physical Therapy Programmes Commentary Murphy S. Physiotherapy Canada. 2019;71(3):270-270

Cultural Historical Activity Theory: The Role of Tools and Tensions in Medical Education Larsen Douglas P, Nimmon Laura, Varpio Lara. Academic Medicine. 2019;94(8):1255-1255.