World Kindness Day Tomorrow!

Michiko-Maruyama-Spirit-of-The-Heart“There are so many ways to foster kindness to ourselves and to others. In the workplace, at school and at home, being compassionate leads to better outcomes. In medicine, the technology may be getting better but you can never replicate the kindness of a supportive caregiver. The connection between mental health and physical health is so critical.” ~ Dr. Kelli Harding

More on Why Being Kind Could Help You Live Longer via BBC.

Heads up that The Kindness Youth Patrol in BC will be spreading random acts of kindness tomorrow!

“Created in 2015 by Clinical Psychologists Dr. Carla Fry and Dr. Lisa Ferrari from Vancouver Psychology Centre and Clinically Happy, they believed the movement could jump-start the generation’s belief in the power of a kind word or gesture. ‘We started it to show kids that kindness has its own rewards and that there is real value in being nice to other people,’ says Dr. Carla Fry. ‘In our work we have found that a smile, a kind word, holding the door for someone, all those things go a long way in boosting the mood of the giver, the receiver, and the observer.’

More on This youth patrol spreads random acts of kindness across Metro Vancouver via VancouverIsAwesome.

#RandomActsOfKindness #KindnessRevolution

SOO Video Observation Reminder

Greetings Residents!

Just a reminder that Residents are required to record a video observation this Wednesday evening during our SOO prep. Please remember to bring your own devices.

During Academic Half Day, Residents will then have a series of options regarding reviewing the observations conducted. UBC’s Department of Family Practice provides an evaluation form that we recommend using to assist in the assessment process. Please contact Dr. Liu or Dr. Chow with any questions.

Warm regards,


The Knowledge Project

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Unpack a series of topics via The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish. Really enjoyed Episode 57: Decoding Difficult Conversations with Sheila HeenTwo time NY Times best selling author, consultant, and lecturer at Harvard Law School, Sheila Heen makes the tough talks easier by breaking down the three layers that make up every difficult conversation.

Thanks Mark for sharing!

~ Jacqueline

#CommunicationSkills #HowDoWeContributeToTheProblem #DescartesError #EmotionalFootprint #DifficultConversations

Google Health Unit

“Google made much ado of its recently created Health unit, but it didn’t offer much insight into what that division would actually… well, do. Now, however, it’s considerably clearer. Google Health lead David Feinberg and CNBC sources have outlined some of the ideas his team has, and they revolve around (surprise!) search for both you and your doctor. Feinberg envisions a search bar that would help doctors search medical records like they do the web. A doctor could search for “87” to find an 87-year-old patient instead of using the patient’s name, as an example.

An insider also claimed that Google is considering a Flights-style dedicated search experience for health. You could research conditions without wading through the regular web to find trustworthy info.”

More on Google wants to give doctors web-like searches for medical records via Engadget.

Cyber Patients

CyberPatient-Platform-360x220.jpg“Many of our existing training options, like simulation mannequins and standardized patients, come with a big price tag. And while nothing can beat the experience of training in a real-life setting, the beauty of CyberPatient is that it allows students to overcome some of their nervousness and learn from their mistakes before ever meeting a real patient,” says Dr. Qayumi. “Essentially, it’s helping bridge the gap between theory and practice in medical education.”

In an effort to see his vision fulfilled and transform health for everyone, Dr. Qayumi will be offering CyberPatient to developing nations of the world for free through IHI’s non-profit affiliate, CanHealth International.

“I know how difficult it can be for people in some countries to reach the level of education that we all enjoy here. It’s my duty to make a difference to human beings around the world and I’m very fortunate that UBC has inspired me and supported me along the way,” says Dr. Qayumi.

More on Cyber patients are training the world’s future doctors via UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Know Your Ecology

“Scientists at the University of British Columbia are getting a rare glimpse into the underwater behaviour of northern and southern resident killer whales off the B.C. coast, with the help of aerial drones. The unique footage, filmed in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, will help researchers determine if endangered southern residents are getting enough of their preferred prey, Chinook salmon, to meet their nutritional needs. The insights will inform conservation and recovery efforts for the population that has dwindled to under 75 individuals. The footage in this video shows pods of northern resident killer whales, filmed in the Johnstone Strait off the north east coast of Vancouver Island, and off Calvert Island, on B.C.’s central coast.”

Learn more on Aerial drones offer new perspective on resident killer whale behaviour via UBC.

#ScienceHealthTechnology #WeShareThisSpace #KnowYourNeighbours #ClimateChange

Peer Observation Project Dinner Tonight

Dole-Gourmet-PizzaReminder that our Peer Observation Project Dinner is tonight! We’d like to begin this second phase with a focus on Shared Goals & Action Planning. Our agenda is to share the summary of the team’s concerns, challenges, and ideas that were raised during collabour first gathering. We’ll also collect your feedback on the observation template that was forwarded and determine how we can modify it to best address your needs. Then we’ll learn how you’d like to partner up. (Please see Peer Observation Template & Role Description)

Peer Observation Project Phase II: Shared Goals & Action Planning Gathering
Where: In the comfort of your home! Tele/videoconference. We’ll send you the link and instructions via email.
Time: 19:00 – 19:45
Date: November 5, 2019

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

We look forward to connecting with you soon!

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