Nominations 2022 Faculty of Medicine Awards

To all faculty and staff,

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Faculty of Medicine Awards.

This suite of Faculty of Medicine awards was recently refreshed in 2021 and includes several new awards which were launched last year with much success. These awards provide an expanded opportunity to acknowledge outstanding faculty and staff members who demonstrate exceptional contributions to the Faculty, and who are also dedicated to advancing our values and our vision of transforming health for everyone.

Please review the awards and nominations guidelines carefully and submit your nominations by Friday, June 10th. Recipients will be announced this summer, and the awards will be presented at our annual reception in the fall.


Dermot Kelleher, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci, FCAHS, FRCPC, AGAF
Professor, Department of Medicine
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice-President, Health
The University of British Columbia

Award Categories

For information on each award category and to download a nomination form, click on the links listed below.

*New award launched in 2021

Skin Color Bias & Health Outcomes

“In this research note, we use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to determine whether darker skin tone predicts hypertension among siblings using a family fixed-effects analytic strategy. We find that even after we account for common family background and home environment, body mass index, age, sex, and outdoor activity, darker skin color significantly predicts hypertension incidence among siblings. In a supplementary analysis using newly released genetic data from Add Health, we find no evidence that our results are biased by genetic pleiotropy, whereby differences in alleles among siblings relate to coloration and directly to cardiovascular health simultaneously. These results add to the extant evidence on color biases that are distinct from those based on race alone and that will likely only heighten in importance in an increasingly multiracial environment as categorization becomes more complex.”

More on New Evidence of Skin Color Bias and Health Outcomes Using Sibling Difference Models: A Research Note via Demography.

In-office Anaphylaxis Preparedness

“Although anaphylaxis management recommendations depend on practice resources and proximity to emergency services, key components for medical clinics include a highly visible anaphylaxis protocol, regular rehearsals, appropriately maintained supplies, and a treatment log to record events.[3,19]

Clinic staff should be familiar with an anaphylaxis management protocol that is tailored to their office and incorporates input from staff members across multiple disciplines.[20] This protocol should feature flow charts for initial management of respiratory distress and hypotension/shock, and should include drug dosages, supplemental oxygen and intravenous fluid recommendations, and contact information for emergency medical services.[7] The importance of a protocolized approach to anaphylaxis care cannot be overstated because the rapidly evolving nature of anaphylaxis does not afford the time to look up information or recall memorized algorithms.[6] In one pediatric emergency department, implementing an anaphylaxis protocol enhanced anaphylaxis management by improving the rates of epinephrine administration and appropriate observation, and by reducing the rate of corticosteroid monotherapy.[21]

Guidelines strongly recommend regular anaphylaxis rehearsals; however, they do not specify the content or frequency of those events, but rather defer this to the discretion of the attending physician.[3,7,19] At the least, medical professionals should be able to quickly locate and assemble necessary supplies for administration, and roles for calling emergency services and treatment logging should be established.[3,19] Readily available supplies should be maintained, and their contents and expiry dates should be regularly documented.[3] Recommended anaphylaxis supplies are provided in the Box. Treatment logs should be readily accessible for documenting clinical events, vital signs, and medications/treatments administered.[7]”

More on In situ simulation training for in-office anaphylaxis preparedness via BCMJ.