B.C. Heat Wave

Cooling centres open:
Municipalities and districts across the province have opened cooling centres for those who don’t have air conditioning. 

The City of Vancouver has several open at community centres across the city

The City of Abbotsford said its cooling centres would run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on days when the temperature exceeds 32 C or 30 C for consecutive days.  

These include: 

  • Heritage Alliance Church at 3440 Mt. Lehman Road.
  • Cascade Community Church at 35190 Delair Road.
  • The Abbotsford, Clearbrook and Mount Lehman libraries. 
  • The Reach Gallery Museum.  

On Sunday, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations centre said it has opened several cooling centres across the region, including:

  • Parkinson Activity Centre, Kelowna.
  • Rutland Activity Centre, Kelowna.
  • Lakeview Heights Baptist Church, West Kelowna. 
  • Peachland Community Centre, Peachland.

More on B.C. heat wave shatters Canadian record for highest temperature ever recorded via CBC.

Shifting Focus: Snapshots of Resilience

‘Shifting Focus’ participants (clockwise from top left): Rickie, Richard, Jason, Patrick, Giuseppe, Robert.

“How do you move forward after being released from prison?

Called Trauma at the Root, the participatory project is a collaboration between UBC’s Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) and John Howard Society of Canada that is exploring new ways to foster resilience among men who have been incarcerated.

‘Research shows that incarcerated men often have some form of trauma in their backgrounds,’ said Dr. Chris Richardson, principal investigator on the project. ‘Incarceration itself is also emerging as a recognized form of trauma, with impacts on physical and mental health–especially with respect to how men learn to manage stress. Add in the stigma that can be associated with incarceration and a feeling that, as a man, one can’t ask for help—these are difficult things for anyone to overcome.’

The Trauma at the Root project is exploring the idea that increasing awareness of trauma and its effects can help men develop skills to manage traumatic stress and promote improved self-care. The project is fostering resilience in men by engaging them in strengths-based activities that connect them with peers and allow them to discover their own interests and abilities.”

“Photos help you actually focus on some of the things you have to change around you. You tend to look for things that are positive in the city, in a world that’s pretty well negative.”

To learn more about the Shifting Focus and Trauma at the Root projects, contact Kate Roth and Chris Richardson at the CCPHE (ccphe@spph.ubc.ca).

To learn more about community-based research related to the Downtown Eastside, contact Heather Holroyd at the UBC Learning Exchange (heather.holroyd@ubc.ca).

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: https://keltymentalhealth.ca
Balanced View BC: https://balancedviewbc.ca
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: https://www.emotionfocusedfamilytherapy.org
Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders Program: https://mh.providencehealthcare.org/programs/provincial-adult-tertiary-eating-disorders-program
The Looking Glass Foundation: https://www.lookingglassbc.com/residential-care
Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise: http://www.raceconnect.ca

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.