Pub & Papers 2019!

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This is going to be fun! Join our UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program as we recognize our Residents’ scholarly achievements and celebrate our Preceptors who have contributed to our Residents’ journey! This informal evening 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 our Residents’ work.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Location: Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre
Learning Centre Conference Rooms 3A & 3B
32900 Marshall Road, Abbotsford
Time: Dinner (alcohol-free) begins at 7:00 p.m. / Presentations from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
RSVP here!

Peruse the Agenda & Scholar Project Summaries here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Timing May Mean Everything

“Among a network of 33 primary care practices, ordering of breast and colorectal cancer screening rates decreased as the clinic day progressed, most notably toward the end of the morning and afternoon shifts. A 1-year follow-up found that completion of these cancer screening tests had similar patterns. To our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind to demonstrate that primary care clinic appointment time is associated with both ordering and completion of screening for breast and colorectal cancer.”

Learn more on Association of Primary Care Clinic Appointment Time With Clinician Ordering and Patient Completion of Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening (2019) by Hsiang, Mehta, & Small via JAMA. Listen to the CBC 8-minute podcast Goldman Column: Time of Day and Treatment.

#WhatTimeIsIt #EarlyBirds #CancerScreening #FatigueBias #TakeABreakAndRejuvenate

Meaningful Connections Through Giving

“We’re used to thinking about giving as something we should do. And it is. But in thinking about it this way, we’re missing out on one of the best parts of being human: that we have evolved to find joy in helping others.Let’s stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation nand start thinking of it as a source of pleasure.”

Congratulations to UBC’s Dr. Elizabeth Dunn on her inspiring TEDTalk. (Already hit 1,000,000 views 🙂
Learn more about the Canadian programs she highlights including Group of Five and Plenty of Plates!
#UBCWomen #ElizabethDunn #GoCanada

Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience

“There is a growing body of evidence on the efficacy of VR for empathy. Fernanda Herrera just published a large-scale, longitudinal set of studies. People who went through ‘Becoming Homeless’ in immersive VR were more likely to sign a petition supporting affordable housing compared to control conditions. Moreover, effectiveness of VR outpaced controls even when looking two months after the experience.” Interview with Jeremy Bailenson, Director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

In the midst of conducting research on the topic of simulation and empathy, I came across Stanford University’s Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience. This immersive virtual reality experience engages the participant in better understanding some of the challenges and choices one is confronted with when addressing unemployment, eviction, and finding a safe shelter. What moved me most were the narratives and voices of my surrounding bus riders.

For those who don’t have a VR headset, watch the video posted above to get a sense of “Becoming Homeless” via desktop.

To learn more, listen to the podcast ‘Becoming Homeless’: Stanford’s Empathy Experiment in Embodied Perspective-Taking and check out Building long-term empathy: A large-scale comparison of traditional and virtual reality perspective-taking (2018) by Fernanda Herrera, Jeremy Bailenson, Erika Weisz, Elise Ogle, & Jamil Zaki.

Warm regards,


#StanfordUniversity #VirtualHumanInteractionLab #BecomingHomeless #BuildingEmpathyAndAdvocacy

This Changed My Practice

“It’s not survival of the fittest, but survival of the nurtured.” 

Attachment Researcher, Dr. Louis Cozolino

Have you taken a peek at the UBC FoM’s This Changed My Practice Series on “The Myth of the ‘Manipulative Personality Disorder’: Taking the Blame Out of the Illness” (May 8, 2019) by Dr. Joanna Cheek? Many pearls embedded in that piece about targeting specific symptoms, exploring the patient’s psychosocial story, focusing on collaborative problem solving, setting healthy boundaries, as well as seeking to understand your own emotional reaction as a clinician. “Not only is compassion and empathy central to providing effective care for the patient (Gilbert, 2010), it is also central to the well-being of the doctor.” Learn more here.

#UBCFacultyOfMedicine #ThisChangedMyPractice #Nurture #RethinkingDarwin

Developing Competency & Confidence in Care

“Confidence is recognized as one of the most influential factors to affect performance. Individual, leader, and team confidence play essential roles in achieving success and the absence of confidence has been connected with failure. While confidence is not a substitute for competency, it creates trusting relationships, empowerment, and resiliency to persevere when challenges arise.

Our study revealed that organizations with higher confidence performed higher than organizations with lower confidence. In every organization, the workforce rated the experience lower than patients; however, hospitals with higher degrees of confidence in the patient experience had better performance outcomes for the patient experience.

There are four sources recognized as creating efficacy and confidence that we can cultivate to develop patient experience competencies: personal accomplishments, vicarious experience, verbal persuasion of encouragement, and psychological states of positive expectancy.

For healthcare leaders to be successful in the present and future it is not a matter of hope to deliver a better experience but cultivating competencies and building demonstrable confidence in the quality of the patient experience provided.”

Read more on Exploring Workforce Confidence and Patient Experiences: A Quantitative Analysis (2018) by Katie M. Owens and Stephanie Keller via Patient Experience Journal.

#CompetenceAndConfidenceInCare #IdeasGrowOutOfOtherIdeas