Lab2Launch

“Applications are now open for entrepreneurship@UBC’s Lab2Launch venture building program, designed for UBC scientists and researchers looking to mobilize innovation into viable startup companies that can thrive.

The Lab2Launch venture building program is for UBC researchers and scientists who are focused on the development of a scientific or technological innovation which is unique, proprietary and difficult to reproduce, propelling them through venture creation, team building, investment and growth. The program provides research-led and high-potential ventures with the industry expertise, practical business training and deep mentorship to develop discoveries into viable ventures.”

How to Apply

Apply by August 10 at entrepreneurship.ubc.ca/lab2launch.

Would be great to get our MDs involved!!

Stanford Med: Dr. Anthony Fauci

“The people right now getting infected during this surge are young people, about a decade and a half younger, than the group that got infected in the first couple of months in the outbreak. We’ve got to convince them that just because they get infected, and the likelihood that they’re not gonna get seriously ill, doesn’t mean that their infection is not a very important part of the propagation of the outbreak. So you’ve got to think not only out of your vacuum, and think of not only your personal responsibilities, but your societal responsibilities.” ~ Dr. Anthony Fauci

Stanford Medicine’s Dean Lloyd Minor and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and member of the White House coronavirus task force, discuss COVID-19’s recent resurgence, tracking and testing efforts, and our path to overcoming the pandemic. Recorded July 13, 2020.

AMEE: Spring Webinar Series

The next AMEE presentation in the Spring Webinar series will be presented by:

Claire MacRae
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 1400 hrs UK (GMT+1).

As of 2019, the AMEE webinar series will be entirely free. Please register here.

“Most people who work with medical educators will be familiar with complaints that the role of the teacher is not valued as highly as other roles such as a clinician, researcher, or manager, and the teachers frequently report feeling that their efforts go unrecognised and unrewarded. A typical first response is to introduce annual ‘teaching awards’ which often have a disappointing impact, despite initially positive feedback.

The aim of the webinar is to open up a discussion about: what constitutes ‘recognition’; what we are trying to achieve through recognition schemes; who should be recognised and why; and, perhaps most importantly, how we could get better at recognising teaching.”

All You Need Is Love

“The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with frontline healthcare workers with a rendition of ‘All You Need is Love’. Dr. Holden Chow, violinist, family physician, and Co-Medical Director of the Abbotsford COVID Assessment Unit explains how he became involved.” Watch here!

Congratulations to our Co-Site Director, Dr. Holden Chow, for his recent appearance on Global News! Learn more on the Abbotsford Division of Family Practice COVID-19 Response Centre and how to self-assess for the virus.

Improving LGBTQ Health & Well-Being

“The social stigma, discrimination, and denial of rights faced by LGBTQ individuals have been associated with health disparities such as higher rates of substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and suicide. LGBTQ youth are more likely to be homeless and to attempt suicide, while LGBTQ older adults may experience isolation and a lack of social services and culturally competent providers. To make matters worse, experiencing intolerance, bias, or discrimination from health care providers may cause LGBTQ patients to delay care or avoid it altogether.

By addressing LGBTQ health needs and working to eliminate disparities, nurses can help reduce disease transmission and progression; increase mental health, physical well-being, and longevity; and decrease health care costs. The following list includes free educational resources and reports related to the care of LGBTQ individuals, plus resources nurses can share with patients and their families.”

More here on Improving LGBTQ Health & Well-Being: Free, evidence-based resources for health care providers, individuals, and families (June 2020) by Dr. Tracy Ortelli via Nursing Resources.

Gender Employment Gap Among Parents

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As the Canadian economy re-opens, men are returning to work more quickly than women.

“’By this point it’s become clear that the pandemic is not the ‘great equalizer,’ said sociology professor Sylvia Fuller, who conducted the study along with UBC colleague Yue Qian. ‘Yes, we’re all living with the threat of sickness and with fallout in terms of change to our daily lives, but just as some people have proved to be more vulnerable to getting really sick, some groups are more vulnerable economically and socially as a result of the pandemic. What we’re seeing here is mothers rather than fathers having their employment really dramatically impacted.’
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The data points to the importance of a robust and well-funded public child care sector, Fuller said, and other policy measures that will help less educated mothers return to the labour market.

‘If this persists as the economy opens up, if parents are still facing a summer with limited child care available, summer camps being closed, and uncertainty with schooling in the fall, then there’s a real danger that the pandemic will open up fault lines in men’s and women’s employment that will increase inequalities for a long time to come,’ said Fuller.”

More here on Gender employment gap among parents increases over first three months of pandemic via UBC News.

Statement on International Pride Month

EbyB94RWsAICdGI.jpeg“Pride in our diversity – diversity that makes UBC such an incredible place to live, work, and learn – is something to celebrate and honour all year-long. But Pride is also a recognition of a long-standing fight for equality and justice, and an opportunity to reflect on and consider what each of us can do individually, and institutionally, to be inclusive – so that we all feel welcome and can fully access, participate, and thrive in all aspects of university life.”

Read more here on UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono’s Statement on International Pride Month.

Site Awards for 2019-2020

Congratulations to the recipients of our Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Site Awards for 2019-20!

Peter Grantham Resident Teaching Award
Awarded to a first year resident who has demonstrated interest and excellence in teaching.
Awarded to: Dr. Monika Wojtera

Site Medical Education Awards: Peer Selected
Chosen by their peers, these awards recognize faculty in their work as clinical or academic teachers, scholarly faculty, leaders, mentors or coaches.
Awarded to: Dr. Iris Liu and Dr. Jacqueline Ashby