New health restrictions announced for eastern Fraser Valley

“Regional health restrictions will be introduced in the eastern Fraser Valley as the area deals with a spike in cases of COVID-19 and low vaccination rates, health officials announced Tuesday.

The province said private gatherings are now limited to five additional people or one additional household, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people — unless ‘all of the participants are fully vaccinated.’

The new regional public health order covers Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Mission and Agassiz-Harrison.

Anyone who is eligible for immunization and has not yet received their first and/or second dose can do so by booking an appointment online, calling 1-833-838-2323, or registering in person at a Service B.C. location.”

Learn more about “New health restrictions announced for eastern Fraser Valley amid low vaccination rates” via CBC.

Chemotherapy Drug & Hearing Loss

“Cisplatin is a life-saving treatment for many children with cancer, but the study published today in Cancer shows that the hearing of very young children is impacted early during treatment and is affected to a greater extent than that of older children.

‘This is significant as even a moderate loss of hearing can impact social development in children, particularly when it occurs during a peak time of language acquisition,’ said the study’s senior author Dr. Bruce Carleton, professor at UBC’s faculty of medicine’s department of pediatrics and an investigator and director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme at BC Children’s Hospital.

Previous studies have shown up to 60 per cent of children treated with cisplatin suffer from hearing loss and 40 per cent of those children will need hearing aids.”

Learn more on “Chemotherapy drug puts young children with cancer at high risk of hearing loss” via UBC Medicine.

Site Administrator Award 2020-2021

Congratulations to our own Ann Douglas for receiving the Site Administrator Award for 2020-2021!

Since starting at the Abbotsford Site in 2016, Ann has mentored many new administrators. In the area of leadership, Ann represented the FP administrators as part of the Coordinators Advisory Group, bringing site experience and perspective to the PGME level. Ann asks thoughtful questions at monthly administrator meetings and through the Listserv, propelling conversation forward, offering solutions, and answering other administrators’ questions in a thorough and straightforward manner.

Professionally, Ann brings thoughtfulness and a healthy dose of humour and perspective to every situation. Quotes from those who nominated her included, “Ann is helpful, receptive to new ideas, and asks smart questions. She is tuned in to the finer details of our program. This highlights her commitment.” and “I trust that her knowledge and experience with our program will come through as a voice for all staff and she is able to advocate for us.”  

We love you Ann! Thank you for all you do for our site and for the program at large.

(FYI…bet you didn’t know that Ann is also an accomplished writer. Read her latest piece “Instead of baking, we passed the pandemic by making moonshine” recently published in The Globe and Mail.)

UBC Resident Talent Night

You’re invited to the 14th Annual Resident Talent Night! This annual event taking place on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021! 

Resident Talent Night celebrates the resident community’s many talents beyond medicine. Keep reading to learn more about the event details and ways to get involved! 

When: Tuesday, September 21st 2021 at 7 pm
Where: Resident Talent Night is going virtual! 

Fellow residents will host this fun evening as live emcees, while performances and art will be pre-recorded, submitted in advance, and shown throughout the evening.  A Zoom link will be provided closer to the date.

We are welcoming all submissions of talent and artwork!

Performances can be pre-recorded and submitted in advance or performed live, and artwork can be submitted in advance and displayed virtually on the evening of the Talent Night. If you are interested in performing or submitting your artwork, please reach out to and we’ll get back to you with more details on submissions.

We recognize that you may have questions or concerns about recording performances or performing via Zoom. Please do let us know if there are any questions that the Virtual Events Producer Eduardo Ottoni can answer to help you feel more comfortable with our virtual format. 

Please RSVP!

AMEE: Developing a Teacher Identity

This journal club explores the area of developing a teacher identity in the university and hospital context. Which factors and processes support or hinder developing a teacher identity in this context? How does a teacher identity develop in the context of the norms and values of institutions in which teachers work?

When? Friday Oct 8th, 2021 from 3 pm until 4 pm UK time (GMT+1)
Who is presenting?  Prof Diana Dolmans & Prof Lia Fluit 
Who should attend? Anyone with a passion for and/or interest in Faculty Development

Theme: We will explore the area of developing a teacher identity in the university or hospital context which is not a smooth process given that teachers often struggle with many pressures related to teaching, clinical duties and research. How can we as faculty developers empower teachers to develop a teacher identity aimed at professional growth of teachers? 

Articles:  We have selected two open source articles for you to read prior to the event:

  1. SVan Lankveld, T., Schoonenboom, J., Volman, M., Croiset, G., & Beishuizen, J. (2017). Developing a teacher identity in the university context: A systematic review of the literature. Higher Education Research & Development, 36(2), 325-342. 
  2. Cantillon, P., D’Eath, M., De Grave, W., & Dornan, T. (2016). How do clinicians become teachers? A communities of practice perspective. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 21(5), 991-1008.

TO REGISTER: Click here: Select ‘Communities’, then Faculty Development, and then follow the instructions to register for the 3rd Journal Club for 2021.

Although this event is free you will still be required to go through the checkout. 

WHRI Wellness Exchange

Join us September 23rd at 5pm PST for the next @WomensResearch Wellness Exchange! This is a FREE event, delivering the latest in research and resources to you virtually.

Our event will feature presentations led by Drs. Sarah Munro, Roopan Gill, Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, and Patti Janssen, and will be emceed by the amazing Shirley Weir. You don’t want to miss out on this fun and informative evening!

To attend the event, please register via Eventbrite. Zoom details will be sent to all registered guests on the day of the event, and will allow you to engage directly with the presenters. Register now.

How to ease back-to-school stress for school-age kids

“Heading back to school can be stressful for children even when there’s no global pandemic to worry about.

Now, this ‘return to normalcy’ after COVID-19 lockdowns makes it more important than ever to pay attention to children’s mental health, says Dr. Tyler Black, assistant clinical professor at UBC faculty of medicine’s department of psychiatry.

Dr. Black explains why parents of school-aged children and educators need to consider a gentle approach to easing kids back to class, or as he advises: “less homework and more leeway.”

Many have looked forward to the start of a full-time, in-person school year as something of a return to normalcy. What do you think it’s likely to do for children’s mental health?

It’s hard to say one thing because it’s different for everyone. The unconventional schooling of the past year and a half worked well for some children and not for others. Some kids and families benefited from less in-person school during the pandemic—working well with technology and avoiding things like bullying and those types of things—while others really struggled with the changes, missing socializing, sporting events and more.”

Read more of Dr. Black’s interview on How to Ease Back-to-School Stress for School-Age Kids at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

Launching UBC’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program

As you know, UBC is requiring COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Starting today, September 7, all students, faculty and staff must complete an online, confidential declaration of your vaccination status. As part of the process, you are asked to disclose your vaccination status as follows:

  1. Visit, log in to the disclosure site and complete the process as outlined. It includes questions about your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please note: you will require your CWL.
  2. If you indicate that you are fully vaccinated, you will receive further communication outlining how to verify your vaccination status with the appropriate documentation.
  3. If you indicate that you are not fully vaccinated, or you choose not to disclose your status, you will receive further communication about UBC’s Rapid Testing Program and the next steps you need to follow.

All UBC students, faculty and staff are asked to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration by September 10, 2021. A series of FAQs have been posted to help answer any questions you may have about the program.

To be exempt from UBC’s Rapid Testing Program, you will need to disclose your status (as per the process above) and verify your vaccination status at a later date. Audits will be conducted as part of the program, and students, faculty and staff will need to provide additional information if requested.

Those students, faculty and staff who disclose that they are not fully vaccinated, or who choose not to disclose their status, are required to take part in COVID-19 rapid testing. The details and frequency of the testing program are currently being finalized. More details will be shared as they become available.

We are happy to welcome you to campus and wish you a successful start to the new academic year.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Blocking CMA Diversity

“Debate over diversity and democratic processes dominated the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) annual general meeting held virtually on August 22.

A small group of doctors defeated two motions aimed at boosting the inclusion of underrepresented groups in CMA leadership, and disputes cast a shadow over the ratification of the organization’s first Indigenous president-elect, Dr. Alika Lafontaine.

The first motion proposed to allow all members to vote to select the CMA president-elect nominee. Historically, doctors in each Canadian jurisdiction have taken turns selecting a nominee in a local vote.

The second motion proposed to replace elections for CMA board and committee positions with a search committee that would recommend candidates based on an ‘evolving set of skills and diversity attributes.’ CMA had planned to appoint an inaugural search committee comprised of three board members, three physician ‘members-at-large,’ and one non-physician with experience in governance for an initial one-year term.

While most physicians at the meeting supported the leadership overhaul, the motions failed to win the two-thirds majority required to pass.

CMA Vice-Chair Dr. Carl Nohr presented the motions as part of an ‘intentional plan to diversify our leadership.’ To date, most CMA presidents have been white men, notably including the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

‘While diversity and equity may happen by chance, they usually do not,’ Nohr explained. ‘Democracy always allows the majority to rule but… if we wish to reflect diversity in leadership, we must design a governance model that intentionally lifts up minorities.'”

Read more via Minority of doctors block CMA diversity overhaul via CMAJ.