Reality Check: Actions & Values

Demonstrators carrying placards with several hashtag slogans via သူထွန်း – Own work.

“The internet did not come down with [COVID-19]. There was a military coup where I am living and almost 200 protestors have been shot [as of] now. The regime has decided to shut off all communications by tomorrow.”

The student then writes to the instructor again, this time to confirm if they should be worried about missing the test.

“Of course you should. The next time you miss something, it’s over,” the instructor responds. 

“By the way, your remarks (both related to this course and to your home country) made me wonder how you understand reality,” he continues. “People don’t get shot for just protesting, but for a lot deeper reasons.”

More on Instructor’s exchange with student in Myanmar disregards school values, says York University via CBC News.

#YorkUniversity #SupportOurLearners #MyanmarProtest #MilkTeaAlliance

Paying it Forward

When UBC’s Dr. Glenn Regehr was awarded the 2020 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education, he immediately informed the faculty of medicine’s Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) – his academic home for the past 12 years – that he was donating the entire cash award associated with the Prize to the Centre.

At his request, the resulting fund of €75,000 will be dedicated to supporting the travel of visitors to CHES who could not otherwise afford to engage with the CHES community of scholars in person.

“I honestly don’t see this as an individual award for me. As much as anything it’s a nod to the culture of supportive collaboration and interaction that we have developed in health professions education,” said Dr. Regehr, a professor in the department of surgery and associate director, research of CHES. “My goal is always to look for opportunities to continue that spirit of building community and supporting junior colleagues in developing that broad culture of collaboration.”

Read more on Dr. Glenn Regehr gives back to UBC’s faculty of medicine via UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Canadian Women Physicians’ Day 2021

Today is the first ever Canadian Women Physicians’ Day!
March 11 was chosen to honour Dr. Jennie Trout, the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.
“It was her own battle with ‘nervous disorders’ shortly after her marriage, which made Jennie decide to practice medicine.  In 1871, she passed her matriculation exam and studied the University of Toronto.  Jennie Trout and Emily Jennings Stowe were the first women admitted to the Toronto School of Medicine, by special arrangement.  However, Emily refused to sit her exams in protest of the university’s demeaning treatment of the two women.”
Remember the women who paved the way.
Celebrate and thank those who are making a difference today. #WomenDocsCAN

Tissue Series

“The pieces that comprise Lisa Nilsson’s ‘Tissue Series’ are made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed by a technique of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was said to have been first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time. Lisa finds quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross-section.”

Learn more MEDinART: Where MEDicine and ART collide

International Women’s Day 2021: UBC Events

March 8, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

Women’s Brain Health Conference—Symposium 4: Sex Hormones and Metabolic Regulation

This symposium is part of the Women’s Brain Health Virtual Conference Series, which brings attention to the brain health issues women face and encourages the medical, scientific and commercial communities to address them. Hear from three renowned speakers who will discuss pertinent topics related to sex hormones, metabolic regulation and women’s health. Dr. Elizabeth Rideout will chair the event and facilitate conversation.

March 8, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Women’s Health Seminar Series—Hormones, Brain and Social Cognition

Women’s Health Research Cluster is proud to host Dr. Elena Choleris, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program, University of Guelph. This seminar will focus on in various regulatory and modulatory aspects of social behavior.

March 8–19, 2021 | N/A

“Who Run the World?” Charity Run-a-thon

Join UBC Women Empowerment Club and The Dream Charity in “Who Run the World?” Charity Run-a-thon, an opportunity to collect proceeds for Plan International’s “Girls Get Equal Campaign” all while staying active this March.  Participants will pledge to run as many kilometers as they can, in return for monetary donations from their friends and family!

Events are being held all week! Learn more here.

Gender Differences in Patients With COVID-19

Public Data Set of COVID-19

In the deceased patients, fever (86.5%) and cough (67.6%) were common, while diarrhea was uncommon (18.9%).The median period from symptom onset to death was 13 days (ranging of IQR 11 to 18 days). Of these deceased patients, 64.9% had at least one underlying disorder (i.e., hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) (Table 2). The deceased patients were significantly older [median (IQR), 70.3 (65–81) years] and had a higher percentage of ≥65 years (83.8%), in comparison to those who survived [47 (35–57) years old and 13.2% ≥65 years]. COVID-19 was diagnosed at all ages. There were 30 (2.9%) pediatric patients (<14 years) in the group of patients who survived. None of the 37 deceased cases were pediatric patients (Table 2 and Figure 2A). Ages were comparable between men and women in both patients who deceased and survived (Figure 2B). Of the 37 deceased patients, 70.3% were men and 29.7% were woman. The number of men was 2.4 times that of women in the deceased patients. While men and women had the same susceptibility, men were more prone to dying (χ2 test, P = 0.016) (Figure 2C).

More on Gender Differences in Patients With COVID-19: Focus on Severity and Mortality via Frontiers in Public Health.

Brain Injury & Intimate Partner Violence

The term intimate partner violence (IPV) describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. IPV is also known as domestic abuse or gender-based violence, and is a major public health concern that destroys lives, devastates families, and affects communities around the world.

One in three women will experience intimate partner violence. Most will also suffer a brain injury. When you consider most physical abuse involves blows to the head, face, and neck, and strangulation, it’s not surprising. But while sports concussion dominates news headlines, little attention is paid to how common brain injury is among survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research) works to change that through a unique, multi-disciplinary research collaboration between University of British Columbia – Okanagan and Kelowna Women’s Shelter.

In Canada alone, it’s estimated 230,000 women between 20 and 54 will experience severe violence at the hands of an intimate partner every year.

The federal Department of Justice estimates the annual costs associated with IPV exceed $7.4B.

Learn more about the Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research (SOAR Project).

Misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly all Canadians saw COVID-19 misinformation online

During the pandemic, nine in ten Canadians (90%) used online sources to find information about COVID-19. The three main sources were online newspapers or news sites (63%), social media posts from news organizations or magazines (35%), and social media posts from other users or influencers (30%).

During the first few months of this health crisis, 96% of Canadians who used the Internet to find information saw COVID-19 information that they suspected was misleading, false or inaccurate. In addition, regardless of gender, nearly two in five Canadians (40%) reported believing that the information they saw related to COVID-19 was true, then later realized that it was not.

Only one in five Canadians always checked the accuracy of online COVID-19 information

The survey found that many Canadians were not in a regular habit of checking the accuracy of information they found online, with only 21% reporting they always check the accuracy and 37% saying they often check. However roughly 36% of Canadians reported that they only sometimes (24%) or rarely (12%) checked the accuracy of COVID-19 information they found online, which facilitates the sharing of potentially misleading, false or inaccurate information.

Half of Canadians shared COVID-19 information they found online without knowing whether it was accurate

During the first few months of the pandemic, just over half of all Canadians (53%) had shared COVID-19 information they found online without knowing if it was accurate (22% always, often or sometimes shared, and 31% rarely shared), while the other half (47%) never shared unverified information.  Information-sharing habits did not vary by gender, but differences were observed depending on the age group and education level of respondents.

More on Misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic via Statistics Canada.

Stop the spread of misinformation by determining its accuracy prior to sharing it with others.
#COVID19 #WearAMask #GetVaccinated

Canadian Surveillance of COVID-19 in Pregnancy

“Globally, there are limited data on COVID-19 in pregnancy to inform recommendations for pregnant women and their care providers. This national surveillance project serves to better our understanding of the epidemiology and outcomes associated with COVID-19 in pregnancy and to thereby provide critical data to inform recommendations for pregnant women and their infants. A national approach, with regional leadership across Canada, is in progress with provincial/territorial data collection being combined for a national dataset of cases of COVID-19 in pregnancy. This project also lays the foundation for additional COVID-19 research through the establishment of a biospecimen repository from COVID-19 affected mother-infant pairs.”

More on Canadian Surveillance of COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Epidemiology, Maternal and Infant Outcomes via UBC Faculty of Medicine Reproductive Infectious Diseases Program.