New! Cardiology Primer: Update 3.0

A big thank you to our ARHCC Cardiologist and UBC Preceptor, Dr. Nader Elmayergi, and his contributing authors Dr. Bains (Medical Director, Heart Failure), Dr. Gusbi (Medical Director, Cardiodiagnostics), and Dr. Rezazadeh (Electrophysiology & Pacemaker Clinic Director) for our newly updated Cardiology Primer 3.0!

The primer is also conveniently located under Residents for those interested in downloading the guide.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.



Eating Disorder Resources

Thank you to Elspeth Humphreys & Dr. Anthony Oshun for joining us at our academic half day to discuss the topic of eating disorders. Following their presentation, they shared the following resources:

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre:
Balanced View BC:
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy:
Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders Program:
The Looking Glass Foundation:
Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise:

Learn more about their team here at “The Fraser Health Eating Disorders Programs team, North Delta Mental Health Office, joined together to improve client outcomes through an innovative new family therapy approach” via Fraser Health.

Asia Pacific Women in Leadership Mentoring Program

The Asia Pacific Women in Leadership Mentoring Program provides international and intercultural opportunities for the empowerment, professional growth and development of aspiring women leaders. Two mentors (one senior academic leader and one senior administrative leader), and two mentees (aspiring women leaders) will be chosen to participate. Mentees should identify as women. Mentor applications are open to all genders.

Through this is a year-long program, mentees and mentors will be matched from the 15 member institutions within the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

Apply to be a mentee or mentor by June 30, 2021.

Attend the Launch of the Faculty of Medicine’s Response to the TRC’s Calls to Action

Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, and Santa J. Ono, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, invite you to join us as we formally launch and reflect upon the Faculty of Medicine’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action at a virtual event on June 25, 2021.

The program will feature guest speakers including Musqueam and Syilx Elders, The Honourable Steven Point (xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl) and other Indigenous leaders, as well as a panel discussion with members of the Indigenous student, faculty, staff and alumni communities.

Friday June 25, 2021 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm 
RSVP now.

Scholar Day 2021: Jackpot June Recap!

Thank you to our UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice residents, faculty, staff, preceptors, and Mission & Abbotsford Divisions of Family Practice for joining us last Thursday for our Scholar Day! This engagement is an opportunity for our residents to share their research with our surrounding community and for our program to continue to network, collaborate, and build upon the ideas and insights emerging from their work. For a recap of the projects, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Monika Wojtera for winning Scholar Day’s Best Presentation “But Mom, It’s Better Than Smoking: A Review and Update on Vaping” on the topic of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and how they continue to increase in popularity, particularly among adolescents. Her project summarized the current knowledge on e-cigarettes, focusing on the distinctions between vapes containing nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabinoids, and flavouring. Also congratulations to Ashan, Tony, Andrea, and the Abbotsford Division of Family Practice for cleaning up at the roulette and trivia tables. Tony was definitely The Voice during our karaoke session of Hound Dog! I know what crew I’m bringing to Vegas next time!

And a very special thank you to Elvis, Bébé Cirque, & Lion Gage for providing our amazing halftime show! We’re a very cool family.

UBC Resident Parent Guide

“This guide has been put together by resident parents for resident parents. We are a team of UBC Family Medicine residents who have come together through our shared experience of navigating the challenges of residency with little ones. We know time is incredibly precious to resident parents who strive to be not only the best doctor for their patients, but also the best parent for their families. For this reason, we have done our best to compile all the pertinent information available to us as resident parents into one unified resource. A ‘one-stop shop’ of sorts.” 

Visit here.

Collecting Race-based Data During the Pandemic

“When it comes to health-care in Canada, the federal government doesn’t collect race-based data at all. With people of colour in the UK and the U.S. dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates, health equity advocates are sounding the alarm: without this data, it’s nearly impossible to know who the pandemic is hurting most and how to help them.”
Video on Why collecting race-based data during the coronavirus pandemic is a matter of life and death via Global News.

“But where defunding the police is an option, defunding health care is decidedly not. Nor, says Dr. Suzanne Shoush, does adding more Black, Indigenous and other racialized health-care providers solve the problem on its own — you have to change the system.”
More on Canadian health care isn’t immune to racism, experts say. Here’s why via Global News.

UBC Honorary Degree Recipient: Dr. Elder Roberta Price

Congratulations to our own Dr. Elder Roberta Price! For over 30 years, Elder Roberta Price has actively shared her leadership, wisdom and teachings at UBC and throughout the Lower Mainland to assist both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to achieve improved outcomes in health care. A member of the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw and Cowichan Nations, she has been instrumental in helping to create shared spaces for both Indigenous and Western approaches to healing and health. Her ongoing involvement and leadership in research projects have been key to the continued work of decolonizing health care and creating cultural safety and equity for Indigenous patients.

Learn more about her contributions here.

Scholar Day 2021: Jackpot June!

Scholar Day: Jackpot June 2021
Thursday, June 10
0900 – 1115 

Join our UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program as we recognize our Residents’ scholarly achievements.

This engagement is an opportunity for our Residents to share their research with our surrounding community and for our program to continue to network, collaborate, and build upon the ideas and insights emerging from their work.

Scholar Day 2021 is CPD accredited. Certification statement: The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.75 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID#: 194630-002


“The oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve is a vital tool for comprehending how blood transports and releases oxygen. Oxygen is carried throughout the body primarily by a protein molecule, hemoglobin, which is present inside red blood cells. Oxygen can also be carried throughout the body by dissolving in blood plasma, but this dissolved portion only constitutes a small portion of the total amount of oxygen transported in the bloodstream. Only 2% of oxygen in the bloodstream is dissolved directly in the plasma component of blood compared to 98% of oxygen in the protein-bound state to hemoglobin.[1]

It is important to note the difference between oxygen saturation (SaO2)which is the percentage of hemoglobin bound to oxygen and partial pressure of oxygen in the blood (PaO2) which is the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood. The oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve helps describe the relationship between these two important concepts.”

More on the Physiology, Oxygen Transport And Carbon Dioxide Dissociation Curve (2020) via StatPearls.