Bridging the 6-foot Gap

“It was during the pandemic that I had my first opportunity to meet with a patient approaching end of life. In September 2020, I enrolled in the UBC Legacy Project, where medical students partner with a person who has a life-limiting condition to support them in creating a project to leave with their loved ones. I had been reading about how the coronavirus complicated the grieving process for patients and their families; if there was some way I could help, I wanted to try. So there I was, an inexperienced 22-year-old medical student, donned in PPE, entering a hospice for the first time.”

Read more on Bridging the 6-foot Gap: A medical student’s experience using stories to connect with palliative care patients during the coronavirus pandemic via the BCMJ.

Global Health Lecture series by Dr. Reza Eshaghian

Hello Family Practice Residents,

The Enhanced Skills Global Health program is putting on a series of 4 talks by Dr. Reza Eshaghian. We would like to open up these talks to any Family Practice R1s or R2s who are interested in attending. Please note that these talks are optional and would be additional to any existing academic sessions you have scheduled within your programs.

Global Health Lecture series by Dr. Reza Eshaghian
Dr. Eshaghian is a Clinical Associate at Vancouver General Hospital. He received his MD at University of Western Ontario in 2010 and completed a Rural Family Medicine Residency in Prince Albert Saskatchewan in 2012. After practicing emergency medicine for 4 years, he successfully challenged the CCFP Certificate of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine in 2016. He is licensed in Family Practice with Added Competence in Emergency Medicine with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. He locums in the emergency departments at Richmond and Delta Hospitals and rural communities across British Columbia. Dr. Eshaghian has completed an internship with the World Health Organization (European Office) in 2009, a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) in 2013 and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene with the University of Alabama in 2016. Dr. Eshaghian has worked extensively oversees practicing primary care and emergency medicine in low resource settings. He spends 2 to 5 months yearly (for the last 7 years) with Doctors without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières. He has been to Ethiopia (twice), South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen and recently returned from Syria. 

The following article ‘We live in one world‘: Vancouver doctor highlights plight of kids in Syrian detention camps was published recently in The Vancouver Sun regarding his time in Syria.

ALL SESSIONS WILL BE VIA ZOOM Titles and dates of seminar series (all from 7-8:30pm):
October 26:  Principles and history of humanitarian relief (Part 1 of 2)
November 4: Structure of humanitarian relief response (Part 2 of 2)
November 8: Severe Acute Malnutrition in low-resource setting
November 10: Infectious Disease in low-resource setting 
If you are interested in attending any or all of these sessions, please RSVP

Lindsay Gowland (She, Her, Hers)
Manager, Enhanced Skills Program
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Family Practice
The University of British Columbia | Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Traditional Territory

Cutting Edge Speaker Series: Place & Learning in Context

“‘Context matters in medical education’ – is often invoked to defend educational innovation and research that might be seen as lacking transferability and generalisability. Yet context itself and how it works is rarely the subject of research and scholarship. Context does matter; distributed medical education, transnational medical programs and the ongoing disruption to traditional models of clinical placements are all opportunities to advance scholarship that is contextualised to place.

Recent thinking by Bates and colleagues have sought to unpack what context means, using selection and CBME as exemplars of contextualisation. This presentation draws upon critical theories of place from different disciplines to question discourses of deficit and standardisation, explore our recent research findings, and invite discussion on how place and context is experienced in learning and teaching medicine.”

Presenters: Wendy Hu, MBBS, PhD, FRACGP & Tagrid Yassine, MEd, BA, Organisational Learning
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm PT
For connection details, please email

Movember! Resident-Led Fundraising Initiative

This “Movember” consider joining the UBC Family Medicine Movember team!

What is Movember? The aim of the Movember initiative is to raise funds and awareness for mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.  Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world. They are a transparent organization and have plenty more information available on their website.

How do I get involved? Sign up using the link below, and get your co-residents and preceptors to do the same!  Then, throughout the month of November commit to moving (“Move”mber) by walking or running 60km. As another option, you can commit to growing a moustache for the 30 days of November. The idea behind the increase in physical activity and/or the moustache is that they provide opportunities to engage in important conversations about men’s health with those around you, and thus help you raise funds!

Use this link to donate or to join our team. You can also search “UBC Family Medicine” on the Movember website!

Warm regards,

Dr. Justin Dhinsa
Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program

CHES Events: Cutting Edge Speaker Series

“As an educator, I want to believe that knowledge equals actions for a more just society, but has our understanding of the deadly impacts of structural oppression translated into the structural change needed?

In this talk, I will talk about what it means to move from episodic reactions that garner largescale attention (e.g. the murder of George Floyd) to a long-term commitment to addressing systemic oppression. The latter requires understanding of different historical, geopolitical and economic forms of structural oppression and how they are both dissimilar and interconnected (e.g. the role of eugenics in reinforcing racism and ableism). What does it mean to go beyond a checklist to transforming what and who we value and based on this how we structure and govern health care? Throughout the presentation, I will introduce examples of organizations that have stimulated structural change grounded in anti-oppressive practices. I will then open up a conversation about ways we can think about and galvanize structural change in health professions education.”

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Stack
Department of Educational Studies, UBC
Title: We Just Didn’t Know! Going Beyond Reactive Calls for Justice to Structural Transformation 
Date: October 12, 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Registration is free. Learn more here.

Physician Well-being During COVID-19

“I think we have a primary obligation to care and be present for our patients, or any other professional works that we’re engaged in, and we have an ethical responsibility to…be altruistic, to put the needs of those we serve ahead of our own needs” (Chami, 2017).

“It has been eighteen months since COVID-19 emerged in Canada. The trajectory of the pandemic has placed a strain on our citizens’ mental health, particularly our frontline workers. While physician well-being has been a longstanding concern, the global pandemic has magnified the daily challenges that clinicians so bravely navigate to safeguard the health of their patients.

Expectedly, there has been ample conversation about how physicians can take care of themselves during this unprecedented time in medicine. This piece will discuss burnout and moral injury, and highlight the resources and tools available for supporting healthcare workers through these experiences.”

More on Physician Well-being During COVID-19 — Burnout and Moral Injury via UBC CPD.

Virtual Simulated Office Oral (SOO)

The College of Family Physicians of Canada announced that the simulated office oral (SOO) component of the Certification Examination in Family Medicine will be administered virtually beginning in November 2021 for those repeating the SOO and in spring 2022 for those taking it for the first time.

For more information about that announcement please visit the full information release and refer to the frequently asked questions section on their website.