Indigenous Health Professions Education: Call for Research Proposals


This call for proposals announces the availability of funding to support projects that will promote further development of research in Indigenous Health Professions Education (IHPE) at The University of British Columbia (UBC). We are looking for researchers who are interested in exploring the education experiences of Indigenous Students in health professional programs during their admissions and training processes as well as those of Indigenous health professionals in practice.  That is, the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) wishes to engage with interested parties to further society’s knowledge of the role of education practices on the experiences and needs of Indigenous health professional learners and/or practitioners. 


CHES is seeking to work with Indigenous UBC Students and/or Faculty to lead or co-lead research that addresses a scholarly issue in Indigenous education of relevance to the health professions.   Areas of research might focus on undergraduate or postgraduate education, interprofessional education, continuous professional development or the practice experience of Indigenous providers.  Examples of eligible topics include Indigenous student experiences with the curriculum (formal, informal, and hidden), student affairs/support, the pre-admission process, the admission process, the learning environment (cultural safety), and experiences of diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, Indigenous faculty experiences navigating traditional systems or Indigenous practitioner experiences (e.g., Continuing Professional Development) will also be of interest and eligible. Funding is not intended to support program development, program evaluation, or program delivery.

For more information click here.

A Better Way: 3D-Printer Creates Cheesecake

“This cake was 3D printed using seven simple ingredients blended into pastes. The result was a layered flavour that ‘hits you in different waves’, says Jonathan Blutinger at Columbia University in New York.

Blutinger and his colleagues grabbed seven ingredients from local grocery stores: graham crackers, peanut butter, strawberry jam, Nutella, banana puree, cherry syrup and frosting.

They put anything not already in a paste form into a food processor. That allowed a 3D printer to build up the cake by depositing the seven paste-like food ingredients in layers – a process resembling how people might squeeze out a tube of frosting.”

Footage: Jonathan Blutinger / Columbia Engineering

I wonder what the application of this technology could be in a hospital setting. More on “Understanding hospital staffs’ perspectives on what leads to quality food provision in Ontario hospitals” via J. Hum. Nutr. Diet.


Alpha-9 Theranostics: Cancer Radiotherapies

“Alpha-9’s radiopharmaceuticals are designed to treat a range of solid and hematologic cancers such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, leukemia and lymphoma. According to Dr. David Hirsch, chief executive officer of Alpha-9, the $75 million in Series B financing will enable the company to bring its first five treatments into clinical trials with patients over the next two years.

‘Thanks to the cutting-edge research at UBC, these radiotherapies have tremendous potential to address a wide range of cancers,’ says Dr. Hirsch. ‘In the coming years, we plan to progress multiple treatments into first-in-human clinical trials, harnessing the potential of radiopharmaceuticals to realize more effective treatments for people living with cancer.’”

Learn more on UBC biotech spin-off raises $75M to bring cancer treatments to patients via UBC Faculty of Medicine

CAME Webinar: Focusing on Goals & Feedback

The Office of Faculty Development and the Centre for Health Education Scholarship are pleased to co-facilitate the CAME Webinar Series at UBC. Designed to bring practical, evidence and experience-based advice to Canadian health educators, the webinars offer the opportunity to engage online with an expert and with colleagues in a live discussion on a key topic in health professions education. *Please note that while these sessions are free to attend, registration is required. See registration link below.

Focusing on goal co-construction in feedback and coaching
Presenter: Dr. Laura Farrell, University of British Columbia
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Time: 12:00 to 1:00pm PDT
You need to be affiliated with UBC to register. Click here to register.

The CAME Webinar Series is an accredited activity. For more details, or to inquire about a webinar recording, please click here.

International Women’s Day

In honour of International Women’s Day and the 2023 theme #EmbraceEquity, meet some of the outstanding women in the UBC Faculty of Medicine who are transforming health for everyone.

“Decades ago as a UBC PhD student, Dr. Neeru Gupta trained with internationally-renowned scientist Dr. Stephen Drance, who became a mentor for her as she pursued a career in ophthalmology. Following years of training across Canada and the United States, and after building an accomplished career in glaucoma research, Dr. Gupta has returned to UBC to take on the same leadership role her mentor previously held.

As the new Head of UBC’s Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Dr. Gupta brings a wealth of experience to the role. Most recently, she served as a professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences and Chief of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Toronto, as well as the Dorothy Pitts Chair in Ophthalmology at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is currently President of the International Council of Ophthalmology, and President of the World Glaucoma Association.

Now, as Dr. Gupta settles back in at UBC, she is looking forward to building on the department’s strengths to ensure B.C. has the highest quality eye care and advances translational research that will prevent vision loss across the province and beyond.”

Read One-on-One with Neeru Gupta via UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

AI Reads Doctor’s Notes

“A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that predicts cancer patient survival more accurately and with more readily available data than previous tools.

The model uses natural language processing (NLP) – a branch of AI that understands complex human language – to analyze oncologist notes following a patient’s initial consultation visit, which is the first step in the cancer journey after diagnosis. By identifying characteristics unique to each patient, the model was shown to predict six-month, 36-month and 60-month survival with greater than 80 per cent accuracy. The findings were published today in JAMA Network Open.

‘Predicting cancer survival is an important factor that can be used to improve cancer care,’ said lead author Dr. John-Jose Nunez, a psychiatrist and clinical research fellow with the UBC Mood Disorders Centre and BC Cancer. ‘It might suggest health providers make an earlier referral to support services or offer a more aggressive treatment option upfront. Our hope is that a tool like this could be used to personalize and optimize the care a patient receives right away, giving them the best outcome possible.'”

Learn more on AI predicts cancer patient survival by reading doctor’s notes via UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Organoid Intelligence

“A ‘biocomputer’ powered by human brain cells could be developed within our lifetime, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers who expect such technology to exponentially expand the capabilities of modern computing and create novel fields of study.

The team outlines their plan for ‘organoid intelligence’ today in the journal Frontiers in Science.

‘Computing and artificial intelligence have been driving the technology revolution, but they are reaching a ceiling,’ said Thomas Hartung, a professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Whiting School of Engineering who is spearheading the work. ‘Biocomputing is an enormous effort of compacting computational power and increasing its efficiency to push past our current technological limits.'”

More on Could future computers run on human brain cells? via Johns Hopkins University.

Upcoming: Organoid Intelligence (O.I.) Webinar
Thursday, March 9, 2023 
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
via Johns Hopkins University
Register for free here:

Save the Date: Okanagan Orchards

We’re excited to announce that Okanagan Orchards is back, live, and in-person on Saturday, May 27th at the Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort! This is the annual Family Practice Postgraduate faculty development and appreciation event.

We will have a morning of workshops, followed by some options for outdoor activities in the afternoon (wine touring, cycling, paddle boarding, hiking), and will wrap up with an appreciation dinner in the evening. It’s a great opportunity for some networking and support, and we have a lot of fun too!

A $300 travel reimbursement will be available to eligible out-of-town preceptors needing to travel a distance of more than one hour.

There are a limited number of guest rooms held at Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, so booking early is recommended.

This event is open to all preceptors and clinical faculty from across our beautiful province. Feel free to share this event with colleagues at your site. Stay tuned for further details, including an agenda and registration link.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Larissa McLean, BA, MHA 
Manager, Rural Education & Initiatives
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Family Practice, Postgraduate Program 
The University of British Columbia 

Pseudocowpox Lesions

“A 21-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with a 2-week history of lesions on her left hand. As a student in an agriculture program, she had had ungloved contact with goats and the mouth of a baby calf during a farm practicum 1 week before presentation. The animals had no evidence of disease. The patient reported no history of symptomatic herpes infections, recent travel or chronic illnesses. She had 2 discreet, nonpainful, well-circumscribed lesions on the dorsum of her left second and third fingers, each measuring less than 1 cm in diameter (Figure 1). She had a small, tender, left epitrochlear lymph node, and mild swelling and tenderness of the left wrist.”

Learn more on Pseudocowpox Lesions in an Agricultural Student via CMAJ.

Canadian-born doctors who can’t work in Canada

“I didn’t even try to come home. I just knew how hard it would be,” Brennan told CBC News.

“We had someone from the B.C. residency program come to Australia and they basically said, ‘Don’t come back.’ The statistically low match rate means even some of the top students don’t get through. So I said, ‘Why bother?’

“It’s really sad because I went to medical school thinking I’d just come back to Canada. I think that’s what all of us thought. Going to school in Australia — it’s a way to be a doctor, but it’s not actually a way to be a doctor in Canada.”

While he was reluctant to leave Canada, his mum and sister in Vancouver and his dad in Calgary, Brennan turned to the U.S., where international medical graduates are more than twice as likely to land a residency.

“They have enough spots to accommodate every single American student and a ton of internationals,” he said. “They’ve got it figured out.”

Read more on Meet the Canadian-born doctors who can’t work in Canada via CBC.