CHES Celebration of Scholarship Day 2019


The Centre for Health Education Scholarship will host the CHES Celebration of Scholarship on Wednesday, October 2, at The University of British Columbia’s Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This event is an opportunity for the CHES community to showcase and share their work and celebrate the accomplishments of the health professions education scholarship network.

View the 2019 CHES Celebration of Scholarship learning objectives.

We have several members from the Department of Family Practice presenting :)! Learn more.

Outbreak of Lung Disease

“CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use.

  • There are over 380* possible cases of lung illness reported from 36 states and 1 U.S. territory. Six deaths have been reported from 6 states.
  • All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.
  • Most patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC. Many patients have reported using THC and nicotine. Some have reported the use of e-cigarette products containing only nicotine.”

More on Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping via CDC.


“Today, the care of the heart has become less the province of philosophers, who dwell upon the heart’s metaphorical meanings, and more the domain of doctors like me, wielding technologies that even a century ago, because of the heart’s exalted status in human culture, were considered taboo. In the process, the heart has been transformed from an almost supernatural object imbued with metaphor and meaning into a machine that can be manipulated and controlled. But this is the key point: these manipulations, we now understand, must be complemented by attention to the emotional life that the heart, for thousands of years, was believed to contain.

And yet, medicine today continues to conceptualize the heart as a machine. This conceptualization has had great benefits. Cardiology, my field, is undoubtedly one of the greatest scientific success stories of the past 100 years. Stents, pacemakers, defibrillators, coronary bypass surgery, heart transplants — all these things were developed or invented after World War II.

However, it’s possible that we are approaching the limits of what scientific medicine can do to combat heart disease. Indeed, the rate of decline of cardiovascular mortality has slowed significantly in the past decade. We will need to shift to a new paradigm to continue to make the kind of progress to which we have become accustomed. In this paradigm, psychosocial factors will need to be front and center in how we think about heart problems.”

More on How Your Emotions Change the Shape of Your Heart by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar via TEDSummit2019.

Measles Vaccination

“Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing, as well as respiratory secretions. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against measles.

Government has approved the Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation requiring parents or guardians to report the vaccination status of their school-age children. This regulation came into effect on July 1, 2019, and public health units will begin implementation of the regulation in September of 2019. Read more about the Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation on ImmunizeBC. ”

Learn more on Measles information for British Columbians (Aug 2019) via BC Centre for Disease Control.

Faculty Development Breakfast

Scones, cream, and jam. Photo credit.

Faculty Development Breakfast: Clinical Education Transformation Project (CETP)
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, October 4th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

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

A big thank you to the Abbotsford Division for hosting!

I will be offering a similar session in Mission in November. Stay tuned!