Faculty Development Breakfast in Mission

coffee_espresso_americano-1506643140-2377Faculty Development Breakfast: Clinical Education Transformation Project
Over the past year, Dr. Christie Newton and I have spoken to 80+ (preceptors, residents, staff) on the current status of our clinical education paradigm and how we can improve the experience for residents, preceptors, and patients. In this session, I’ll share our findings and recommendations. Residents are invited.

Date/Time: Friday, November 8th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Location: Mission Division of Family Practice
Facilitator: Jacqueline Ashby, Ed.D.
Please RSVP for breakfast catering.

A big thank you to the Mission Division for hosting!


Wow! This year’s FMF in Vancouver was such a blast. Thank you to all our family docs that posed and chatted with me. Congratulations to Dr. Jennafer Wilson who won the CFPC Indigenous Resident Leadership Award and Dr. Jeff Kornelsen who recently received the BCCCFP Exceptional Teacher Honor. It was wonderful to reconnect with our faculty and especially former Residents Drs. Hsu and Wright. We miss you both.

With all of us attending so many different sessions, I’d like to ask the Residents and Preceptors to forward me 3-5 educational pearls that you gathered over the past 4 days and I’ll compile your thoughts and share them with the team.

Big hug!



“The global market for Crispr gene-editing products as medicine, to develop new crops (such as spicy tomatoes or long-life mushrooms) and other uses is predicted to be $5.3bn by 2025. Continued advances in Crispr precision and ease of use, like the just reported prime editing approach, are likely to make that number even higher. Crispr gene editing has the potential to treat a myriad of monogenic diseases from sickle cell anaemia to muscular dystrophy and cancer. Parents may one day be able to genetically customise their children’s health, physical features and abilities. Crispr will be the genetic scissors that tailor the human gene pool.”

More on Gene editing like Crispr is too important to be left to scientists alone via The Guardian.

Finding a Cure for Cancer

“Probably the best advice I received was from my PhD advisor. He simply stressed that you should always do quality work and keep in mind that society is what makes it possible for us to have all this fun in the lab. At some point, you need to think about how you can repay that debt.” Dr. Jim Allison

More on Meet the Carousing, Harmonica-Playing Texan Who Won a Nobel for his Cancer Breakthrough via Wired.

#JimAllison #Immunotherapy #Breakthrough

Ten Articles of Interest: Medical Education

CHES recently distributed a collection of medical education article abstracts to members! “We thank Dr. Gisèle Bourgeois-Law who has created these summaries for the education community at the Island Medical Program. While these articles have a medical education focus, we are using this opportunity to explore the value of such an initiative to our larger CHES community. Article themes include topics such as: feedback and mindfulness, those by local/BC educators, those relevant to a distributed medical program, and those with new ideas. Our aim is to include a variety of quantitative and qualitative research articles, review articles, and concept articles, some of which contain an interesting editorial or commentary. This summary is not meant to be comprehensive, nor to include everything of potential interest.”

If you would like to nominate an article for future inclusion or have any questions, please email us at ches.communications@ubc.ca.

Drone-Equipped Hospitals

drone-powered-hospital-leo-a-daly_dezeen_2364_col_7-1704x959.jpg“Architecture and engineering firm Leo A Daly has proposed building ‘drone-powered’ hospitals in hurricane-prone areas, which could continue operating even when roads are closed or destroyed.

Egea points out that, with roads made unusable by the hurricane, staff, family members and suppliers couldn’t always reach hospitals, in some cases leaving patients cut off from care, medication, food and air conditioning.

‘When barges finally began entering the port with supplies, there were still cases where they were unable to get those supplies to those who needed it, including the elderly and critical patients who can’t move from those facilities,’ he said.

‘I thought, why couldn’t we bypass all that and have whatever is in the barges taken directly to the hospitals, and directly to patients?'”

More on Drone-equipped hospitals could be resilient to disasters via dezeen.

#Innovation #Drone #Hospitals

The Architecture of Habits

 “All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.” ― James Clear