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Wishing a Fond Farewell and Best Wishes to Interim Head’s Assistant, Lilla Berry!

    Dear Department Members, We wish to inform you that our Interim Head’s Assistant, Lilla Berry, has decided to move back to Australia, and her last day with us is Monday, November 30th. Lilla was assigned to our Department by Hiring Solutions, and has been providing fantastic administrative support to the Head and the […]

Clinical Faculty: Reminder to Submit Invoice for UGME On Call Payments – Deadline Thu Dec 31, 2020

Clinical Faculty: Reminder to Submit Invoice for UGME On Call Payments – Deadline Thu Dec 31, 2020

  Please note these payments are NOT processed through the Department of Psychiatry.   Dear Clinical Faculty, This is a friendly reminder regarding UGME On Call Teaching Payments. Information on how to submit an invoice to the FoM for on call payments can be found here – see the “On Call Payments” subsection (screenshot below), […]

Clinical Faculty: Submit Your 2020-21 Postgrad CTwPC Invoices (PGY2-6) – All Invoices Due Wed Mar 31, 2021

  Please reply to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with inquiries.    Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, We apologize for the delay in releasing the new forms. You may now submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the 2020-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. […]

Remote Working – Reimbursement for Certain Office Equipment

    Dear Eligible Staff and Faculty, As UBC follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, I would like to provide an update on the status of remote work arrangements and one-time financial assistance for certain office equipment. Although UBC has introduced a COVID-19 safety planning process for the gradual resumption of activity on […]

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, Both Named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate in 2020!

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, Both Named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate in 2020!

    Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, both of whom are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2020 by Clarivate Analytics! Each year, Clarivate identifies the world’s most influential researchers across 21 research fields who have demonstrated significant impact through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Dr. […]

Inviting Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director

    Dear Colleagues, Further to the announcement that Dr. Andrea Chapman will be stepping down from her role as Program Director for the Postgraduate Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program on December 31, 2020, we would like to invite expressions of interest in this role from faculty members in the Department. The position […]

Presenters Needed for VGH & UBC Hospitals Psychiatry Educational Rounds

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Diane Fredrikson, Rounds Coordinator, VCH Department of Psychiatry**   Dear Colleagues, The academic year is now underway and we are in need of presenters for Department of Psychiatry Educational Rounds.  If you would like to present, or know of someone you would like to recommend as a speaker, please […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Compatibility Issues with MacOS Big Sur

  On November 12, 2020, Apple released macOS 11.0, Big Sur. Mac users should note that upgrading to Big Sur can cause compatibility issues with your current Apps. We recommend confirming with App vendors that your Apps are compatible with Big Sur, before upgrading. In particular the current version of Cisco AnyConnect is not compatible […]

A Global Survey To Understand The Impact Of Covid-19 On Mental And Physical Health And Functioning

A Global Survey To Understand The Impact Of Covid-19 On Mental And Physical Health And Functioning

  ***Shared on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have an unprecedented impact on mental and physical health of the population. To understand its full impact, a large global most comprehensive survey, supported by many national and international scientific associations has been […]

YOU ARE INVITED: Register for the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference on December 9-10, 2020

YOU ARE INVITED: Register for the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference on December 9-10, 2020

  The Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Research Group in the UBC Department of Psychiatry is hosting the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference on December 9-10! It’s free to register and join this virtual conference, which  will provide a good overview of the core elements of virtual mental health care given by international colleagues. […]

The Next Physician Appreciation Networking Lunch is on Tuesday November 17!

The Next Physician Appreciation Networking Lunch is on Tuesday November 17!

  Everybody’s safety is paramount to us. The UBC lunch is a grab-and-go lunch with prepackaged meals. It provides the VPSA an opportunity to connect with members about their activities and initiatives. We want to recognize that we are holding the lunch in compliance with the requirements set out by the provincial government.   The […]

UBC Indigenous Research Project: Participants Needed

  *** Shared on behalf of Dr. Tal Jarus  – for more information or to volunteer for the study, please email alicia.ditty@alumni.ubc.ca directly ***   Dear members of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, We would like to invite your students, staff, and academic and clinical faculty to participate in a study that investigates the barriers and facilitators […]

Message from UBC IT: Important Security Updates for all Apple Products

  Security vulnerabilities are actively being exploited by criminals.  The vulnerabilities allow the criminals to install and run any Apps, on your Apple Products, from the internet.  That means they can fully control your Apple devices, including deleting, modifying or encrypting your files.  The primary targets will be government and institutional devices. Updates are available […]

URGENT: Tutors Needed for Undergrad Year 2 Psychiatry Clinical Skills Sessions

  **Sent on behalf of Amanda JS Jones, Manager, VFMP Clinical Skills Years 1 & 2 and Manager, Clinical Experiences Years 1 & 2**   Dear faculty, We are most urgently in need of psychiatrists to teach our Year 2 medical students this term. Provincial Psychiatry tutors will be welcome, as the sessions will be done […]

Call Out for Nominations for APT Committee Membership

    Dear Faculty Members, As membership renewal in the Departmental Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee (APTC) is implemented regularly, the Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from faculty members to fill the following vacancy in the APTC, effective September 1, 2020. The Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from faculty members to […]

Workday Support for PIs & Their Research Groups

    Dear Department Members, Workday is now live! To log in to Workday, please visit the IRP website and click on the Workday link that is published on the homepage. To help PIs & their research group with Workday (ie. to set up tasks/approval delegation, answer inquiries on approval processes/delegation, etc.), I am providing […]

Announcing the 2020/2021 IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows

Announcing the 2020/2021 IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents, Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the selection process for the IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program for 2020/2021 has recently been completed. The program attracted fifty-eight (58) applications in total, and the reviewers were very impressed with the quality and caliber of the project proposals. With […]

Get Ready for Workday!

    Dear Department Members, The Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) is completing the final steps to prepare the UBC community for the launch of Workday on Monday, November 2, 2020. The success of this implementation is a shared responsibility that requires strong collaboration across the community to build our understanding of the changes and accelerate […]

In the Vancouver Sun: A New Proposal by Dr. Bill MacEwan and the BCS Urges Government Action to Address Overdose & Mental Health Crisis in the DTES

In the Vancouver Sun: A New Proposal by Dr. Bill MacEwan and the BCS Urges Government Action to Address Overdose & Mental Health Crisis in the DTES

  Update: Catch Dr. Bill MacEwan’s October 30th radio interview on CBC’s The Current, where he speaks to host Matt Galloway about the comprehensive new plan he has presented to provincial leaders to address the dire addictions and mental health crises in the Downtown Eastside.   In a Vancouver Sun article last July, Dr. Bill […]

Fraudulent Workday Email – DO NOT OPEN LINKS OR PROVIDE YOUR CREDENTIALS!

Fraudulent Workday Email – DO NOT OPEN LINKS OR PROVIDE YOUR CREDENTIALS!

    Dear Department Members, We are aware that a fraudulent email referring to Workday and resembling the one shown below has been sent from “ubc.svcs[at]ubc-university.services” to faculty, staff and other members of the Department. DO NOT RESPOND TO OR CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS EMAIL – PLEASE JUST DELETE THE EMAIL. […]

CBD Resources: Coaching to Competence and Recorded CBD Webinars

CBD Resources: Coaching to Competence and Recorded CBD Webinars

  ***Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   Dear Faculty, We want to highlight two Competence by Design (CBD) resources that you may find highly useful: Coaching to Competence – Royal College As Competence by Design rolls out, you are/will be taking on the role as […]

MEMORANDUM: Clinical Faculty UGME/PGME Teaching & Committee Payment Processes

    Dear Clinical Faculty members, For those of you who provide UGME & PGME didactic and/or clinical teaching, and/or participate in Department committees, you might have received an email from UBC Finance Operations regarding how to submit your invoices. Please note that the current FoM or departmental processes for your teaching and committee payment […]

Inviting Your Feedback: Please Complete the Research Day Attendee Feedback Survey

    Dear students, residents, staff, and faculty, We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on October 15th, 2020! At this time, we invite all attendees to complete the Online Research Day Attendee Feedback Survey (https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7ly8v8gQ5XcunX). This is your opportunity to provide anonymous feedback regarding the […]

Previous Recipients of the Dennis Harris Memorial Prize in Psychiatry

Listed below are third year medical students who have been recognized for academic excellence in psychiatry.   2019: Kevin Shopsowitz 2018: Edward Mason  

BCPA Members and Non-member Psychiatrists are Invited to the 2020 BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM

BCPA Members and Non-member Psychiatrists are Invited to the 2020 BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM

  BCPA members, psychiatrists, residents and students are invited to attend this year’s BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM virtual online conference on Saturday November 21, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm (PST). Visit the Event web page to view Registration details!  

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Free Virtual Screening Oct 29 to Nov 4 and Webinar Q&A on Wed Nov 4th @ 7–8:30 pm PST

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:   Foster USA 2019 Mark Jonathan Harris 112 Minutes Free Virtual Streaming from Thursday, October 29 – Wednesday November 4, 2020 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!   “…an intimate, intensely dramatic film that holds us in its grip like a page-turning novel. Except […]

Important Workday Information for Academic Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Dear Department members, As you are aware, on November 2 UBC’s Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) is launching Workday, the University’s new HR and finance system. Workday is a modern, cloud-based system that will enable standardized HR and finance processes, online approvals and workflow, and better access to real-time data without the need for VPN. This […]

Important Workday Information for Clinical Faculty

  Dear Department Clinical Faculty members, As you are aware, on November 2 UBC will transition to a new HR and Finance system called Workday. Workday is a cloud-based system that will enable better access to real-time data without the need for VPN. It is an intuitive system, and while there will be a period […]

Congratulations to our 2020 Award Recipients in the MD Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychiatry Programs!

    **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UGE Program Director, and Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, We are delighted to announce the list of MD undergraduate students and residents who have received awards this fall in recognition for outstanding performance […]

Update on Invitation for Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Program Director

    Dear Colleagues, The search process to fill the position of Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) Director in the UBC Department of Psychiatry is well underway, and as previously stated, we will continue to accept applications from faculty members for the role until the vacancy is filled. Further, we wish to share with you an […]

CME Accredited Opioid Course for Specialists

CME Accredited Opioid Course for Specialists

  ***Shared on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   Dear Faculty, I would like to bring your to attention a FREE online course that I developed with funding from Health Canada to improve opioid prescribing by specialists. This course is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and […]

Register for the UBC Advanced Research Computing Cloud Computing Fall Training

  ***Sent on behalf of UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC)*** ​Interested in using public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS)? Want to learn how they can support your research?   UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is hosting the UBC ARC Cloud Computing Research Fall Training from October 19 – November 3, 2020. This […]

Raise Your Faculty or Staff Profile at UBC!

  There are a couple of ways you can raise your faculty or staff profile at UBC via the UBC Today website. You are invited to explore opportunities to share your work and connect with others across the university and beyond.   RESEARCH IN FOCUS Research in focus is a brand new feature that provides bite-sized, […]

MEMORANDUM: Departure of Dr. Andrea Chapman as Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program Director

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Dr. Andrea Chapman has decided to step down from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective December 31, 2020. Dr. Chapman has […]

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Ward, Recipient of the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award!

  The Department congratulates Dr. Carol Ward, who has been honored with the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry! Dr. Ward, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department and a geriatric psychiatrist in Kamloops, was given this award in recognition for her exemplary […]

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Jehannine Austin’s 2nd Paper on Polygenic Risk Scores in Psychiatry Published in JAMA Psychiatry

  Following her first paper on Polygenic Risk Scores in psychiatry published in JAMA Psychiatry, Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a second paper titled “Could Polygenic Risk Scores Be Useful in Psychiatry?“, along with Dr. Graham Murray, Dr. Tian Lin, Dr. John J. McGrath, Dr. Ian B. Hickie, and Dr. Naomi Wray. This narrative review […]

Announcement of Faculty Promotions in 2020

Announcement of Faculty Promotions in 2020

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, I am delighted to announce that the following faculty members have received promotions, effective July 1, 2020, following the 2019-2020 review process for clinical and academic faculty: Dr. William Panenka, promoted to Associate Professor (Partner) Dr. Andrea Chapman, promoted to Clinical Professor Dr. Ingrid Sochting, promoted to […]

Urgent Message Re: Use of Email, Privacy and Security

  **This message is sent on behalf of Dr. Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean, UGME**   Dear UBC Fa​culty, In this virtual environment, now more than ever we are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We would like to remind you that University (UBC, UNBC or UVIC) or Health Authority email addresses should be used for all UBC-related correspondence, especially when communicating […]

Thank You to Everyone for a Great Virtual Research Day!

Thank You to Everyone for a Great Virtual Research Day!

  Thank you to everyone for making our 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day a success! The online event was joined by more than 150 participants from near and far, who watched, listened and engaged with our presenters, and also voted for their favourite lighting talk presentations and posters. The winners in each category are […]

Save the Date: PGME and The Office of Faculty Development present CLINICAL TEACHING IN VIRTUAL SETTINGS

  ** Sent on behalf of the Office of Faculty Development – fac.dev@ubc.ca **   Dear PGME Programs, We invite all postgraduate faculty who are or will be teaching clinically in virtual settings, to join us for an evening of interaction and discussion with colleagues and a panel with experience in this area. SAVE THE […]

Developing UBC Guidelines to Increase Diversity in Conference Panels and Keynote Speakers

  *** Sent on behalf of Naznin Virji-Babul, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, UBCV ***   Developing UBC guidelines from the Provost’s office to increase diversity in conference panels and keynote speakers:  Call for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students We are inviting UBCV and UBCO faculty members, post-doctoral […]

Pandemic Psychiatry: We’re all in This Together – Please fill out this short anonymous survey!

  ***Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Director, Curriculum, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   This year for our Education Day on November 5th, Dr. Shakeri and I are going to do an afternoon seminar on this theme. To gather information that we’ll use in the seminar, we are surveying residents and faculty anonymously […]

UBC Psychiatry IT Bulletin: FASmail Generic Account Sent Mail Folder

  If you use a FASmail Generic account, we recommend that you access it using web-mail at https://mail.ubc.ca, rather than through Microsoft Outlook. If you access your FASmail Generic account through Outlook, your copy of sent mail might only be found in the FASmail User account and will therefore not be accessible to other users […]

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham Discusses the ‘Parallel Pandemic’ and the Promise of Virtual Care in a New Vancouver Sun Article

  In a new article in the Vancouver Sun, titled “Mental health challenges expected to increase during the first full winter of COVID-19,” Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham describes the potential of a wide-scale ‘parallel epidemic’ of mental problems triggered by viral outbreaks, a topic of focus in a recent editorial he co-wrote with Dr. […]

PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment: Availability Survey

  *** Sent on behalf of Linda Chang, Education Coordinator, Postgraduate, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***   Hi everyone, We are continuing to recruit examiners for our 2020-21 Mock OSCEs.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success […]

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 for Passing the Royal College Exam!

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry** Dear Faculty, We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our 2020 grads this year for successfully passing their Royal College Exam. We are so proud of them and hope they enjoy this incredible moment. Sincerely, Dr. Irfan […]

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Recipients of a CIHR Grant to Support COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Research!

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Recipients of a CIHR Grant to Support COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Research!

      Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, who are among the grant recipients from a $10.2M investment by the CIHR, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and other provincial partners to support research addressing the mental health and substance use challenges facing Canadians, which have increased during the COVID-19 […]

2020 UBC PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH DAY UPDATE: Abstract Booklet, Research Day Q&As, ePoster Gallery and Awards

    Dear Department Members, 2020 UBC PSYCHIATRY VIRTUAL RESEARCH DAY ABSTRACT BOOKLET All of the abstracts submitted are now available for viewing in the 2020 Psychiatry Virtual Research Day Abstract Booklet which is now posted on the Research Day web page.  For those who submitted an abstract, please download the booklet and review your […]

In Memoriam: Corinne Carpenter

In Memoriam: Corinne Carpenter

    Dear Department Members, With permission from the Carpenter family, we share with you the heartbreaking news that Corinne Carpenter passed away on Friday September 11, 2020 following complications from a brief illness. As many of you know, Corinne was the Administrative Coordinator of the UBC Psychiatry Administration team from 2010 to 2019. In […]

COVID-19: Dr. Steven Taylor’s Article in The Independent Anticipates Surge in Online Panic Buying as the Threat of a Second Lockdown Looms

  In a new article in The Independent, Dr. Steven Taylor discusses the phenomenon of “panic buying” at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and anticipates that, as the threat of a second lockdown looms, this behaviour will likely been seen again, but this time it will go digital.  Individuals will likely resort to online […]

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Jehannine Austin’s Paper on the Basic Science and Clinical Application of Polygenic Risk Scores (PRS) Published in JAMA Psychiatry

  Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a new paper titled “From Basic Science to Clinical Application of Polygenic Risk Scores: A Primer” in JAMA Psychiatry. The study, led by Dr. Naomi R. Wray, reviews the underlying basic science of polygenic risk scores (PRS), which are predictors of the genetic susceptibilities of individuals to diseases, and […]

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Daniel Vigo and Laura Jones are Lead Authors on WHO/PAHO Country Level Reports on the Burden of Mental Illness in the Americas

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Daniel Vigo and Laura Jones are Lead Authors on WHO/PAHO Country Level Reports on the Burden of Mental Illness in the Americas

  Dr. Daniel Vigo and medical student/research assistant Laura Jones are the lead authors on a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), titled The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Region of the Americas, 2018. This report aims to improve the assessment of mental health needs […]

Congratulations to Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez – Recipient of Two CIHR Grants in the Spring 2020 Competition!

Congratulations to Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez – Recipient of Two CIHR Grants in the Spring 2020 Competition!

  The Department congratulates Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, who has been awarded two project grants from the recent CIHR Spring 2020 Competition. Dr. Vila-Rodriguez is the Principal Investigator on the following funded projects: Neuro-cardiac predictors of treatment response to rTMS in depression: a mechanistic study using interleaved TMS-fMRI and Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) […]

Congratulations to 2020 FoM Award Recipients, Mr. Caden Poh and Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy!

Congratulations to 2020 FoM Award Recipients, Mr. Caden Poh and Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy!

  The Department congratulates Mr. Caden Poh, Research Coordinator within the CREST-BD network, and Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Clinical Associate Professor and Division Head & Subspecialty Program Director for Geriatric Psychiatry, both of whom have received Faculty of Medicine Awards for 2020!   Mr. Caden Poh received the Applegarth Staff Service Award in recognition for his […]

Protecting UBC’s Information Security: Precautionary Phishing Measures

    As a public institution with a significant research focus, UBC has seen an increase in cyberattacks. As you know, we are also about to implement a new enterprise system, Workday, which is likely to generate targeted phishing campaigns with the aim of tricking unsuspecting faculty and staff into providing their credentials. “Phishing” refers […]

Inviting All Faculty: Competence by Design (CBD) Psychiatry – What you need to know for the coming year, WEBINAR PART 2

Inviting All Faculty: Competence by Design (CBD) Psychiatry – What you need to know for the coming year, WEBINAR PART 2

    ***Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Postgraduate Program Director***   Dear Faculty, You are receiving this email because you attended or watched Part 1 of the faculty development webinar, Competence by Design (CBD) Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year, that took place in June, or have been/may soon be completing EPA […]

Remote connection is suddenly not working

There is an issue with UBC networking which cause everyone cannot remotely connecting to their office computers in all our Psychiatry sites. We have contacted MedIT/UBC IT to look into this for us, and hopefully we will be able to connect to our office desktop soon. 16:45PT, September 29, 2020 – RESOLVED: Various Building Network […]

Call Out for an Expert for Documentary on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

  A local film making team is seeking experts on premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) to interview for a documentary. They are in the development phase of their project, and would like to connect with expert clinicians and researchers from diverse backgrounds who are willing to share their experiences and expertise  to inform their research and […]

URGENT: Tutors Needed for Undergrad Year 2 Psychiatry Clinical Skills Sessions

  **Sent on behalf of Amanda JS Jones, Manager, VFMP Clinical Skills Years 1 & 2 and Manager, Clinical Experiences Years 1 & 2**   Dear All, We are most urgently in need of Psychiatric faculty and residents to teach our Year 2 medical students this term. The first two sessions involve interviewing a standardized […]

Dr. Yatham Discusses the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 in the Latest Issue of FoM Pathways

  Read the Fall 2020 issue of FoM Pathways, which features Dr. Lakshmi Yatham in an article titled “The Psychological Toll of the Pandemic.” Here, Dr. Yatham discusses the potential mental health impact of COVID-19, the reimagining and expansion of mental health support services, and how best to combat stress and anxiety as society adapts […]

Invitation for Department-wide Review of the Draft Strategic Plan for 2020-2025

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, As you are aware, the Department has been engaged in developing a strategic plan that focused on the four pillars of Research, Education, People and Partnerships to identify the strategic direction and priorities for the Department over the next five years.  Although our integrative strategic planning process […]

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Miller on the Recent Publication of Her Book!

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Miller on the Recent Publication of Her Book!

  The Department congratulates Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Ashley Miller on the recent publication of her book, titled What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers. Co-authored with clinical psychologist Dr. Adele Lafrance, this step-by-step guide is suitable for parents, grandparents and other caregivers of children […]

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, Inducted to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences!

    Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Professor and Department Head, and Dr. Raymond Lam, Professor and Associate Head of Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, who have been inducted as Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences! The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes individuals whose leadership and distinctive competencies have led to remarkable […]

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on October 15th, 2020!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on October 15th, 2020!

    Dear Department Members, REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day If you are planning to attend our online UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday October 15th, be sure to register by completing the Online Registration Form. Upon completing and submitting the online form, you will receive a confirmation email containing […]

Faculty Opportunity: Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and the Lady Davis Institute/Jewish General Hospital, McGill University

Faculty Opportunity: Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and the Lady Davis Institute/Jewish General Hospital, McGill University

  The Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute/Jewish General Hospital are currently inviting applications for an Assistant Professor (Research) in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind-Body Regulation. Please see the advertisement for additional details about the position.  

The Next Physician Appreciation Networking Lunch is on Tuesday September 22, 12-1pm!

The Next Physician Appreciation Networking Lunch is on Tuesday September 22, 12-1pm!

  The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch. The next UBCH Physician Networking Lunch will be held at 12-1pm on Tuesday September […]

Essential Entrada and Competence by Design (CBD) Resources and Links

Essential Entrada and Competence by Design (CBD) Resources and Links

  *** Sent on Behalf of the Psychiatry Education Office Team***   Dear Faculty, Many of you have requested information about Competence by Design (CBD) and Entrada. This message contains the essential Entrada and CBD information and links. (Clicking on the hyperlink below will take you to that section of the email.) Accessing Entrada Psychiatry […]

Invitation to Virtual Psychiatry Graduation Ceremony – Class of 2020

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear Faculty, Due to the challenges with holding in-person events this year, we postponed the 2020 graduation usually held in June in the hopes that the situation would allow for at least a small in-person celebration in the […]

September 2020 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

  Hello again from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We’re pleased to provide you with an update on our committee’s work to support residents’ research and scholarly activity endeavours. This committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training objectives for research and scholarly activity. Specific responsibilities include […]

Internal Cut-Over Deadlines for Finance and HR Items

  Dear Department members, As UBC is changing its HR & Finance systems to Workday effective November 2nd, UBC has announced some cut-over deadlines in preparation for the system transition. Below are the Department internal cut-over dates that I would like to bring to your attention. The deadlines below are for items to be processed […]

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Steinberg on the Publication of his New Book!

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Steinberg on the Publication of his New Book!

  The Department congratulates Clinical Professor Dr. Paul Steinberg on the publication of his new book, titled Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytical Thought to Contemporary Medical Care. As described by Routledge Publishing, “This book shows how contemporary psychoanalytic thinking can be applied in the everyday practice of medicine to enhance the practice of family medicine […]

Watch the New Promotional Video for the UBC Psychiatry Child & Adolescent Subspecialty Program

Watch the New Promotional Video for the UBC Psychiatry Child & Adolescent Subspecialty Program

    The UBC Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Subspecialty Program has developed a fantastic video clip showcasing the program’s many strengths and highlights. CAP Program Director Dr. Andrea Chapman is joined by Dr. Julia Gibson, Dr. Ashey Miller, Dr. Evelyn Stewart and Dr. Charles Ho, all of whom share their unique insights about the benefits […]

REMINDER: Submit Your ePoster for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day by Monday October 5th!

REMINDER: Submit Your ePoster for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day by Monday October 5th!

    All faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day must submit their electronic posters in PowerPoint format by Monday Octber 5th. Visit the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day web page for submission guidelines, ePoster templates and other important information.    

COVID-19 — Required Use of Non-Medical Masks at UBC, Effective September 16

COVID-19 — Required Use of Non-Medical Masks at UBC, Effective September 16

    UBC is implementing a new measure to help limit COVID-19. Effective Wednesday, September 16, 2020, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors on our campuses. This amends the previous policy which strongly recommended the use of non-medical masks in these settings. The health and safety […]

BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM: Registration Now Open

BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM: Registration Now Open

  BCPA members, psychiatrists, residents and students are invited to attend this year’s BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM virtual online conference on Saturday November 21, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Visit the Event web page to view the Agenda and Registration details!    

UPDATE: Deadline for Abstracts Has Been EXTENDED to Friday September 18, 2020

UPDATE: Deadline for Abstracts Has Been EXTENDED to Friday September 18, 2020

  Dear Department Members, Due to overwhelming requests, the abstract submission deadline has been extended by an additional week to Friday September 18th.  We ask faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day to please submit their abstracts using the online Abstract Submission Form by the closing date […]

You Are Invited: Dr. Steven Taylor to Speak with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Terence Tam on “The Art of Living in the Time of COVID” on Oct 1 at 7:00-8:30pm

You Are Invited: Dr. Steven Taylor to Speak with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Terence Tam on “The Art of Living in the Time of COVID” on Oct 1 at 7:00-8:30pm

  You are invited to the 15th Annual Lafayette Health Awareness Series, a webinar developed by the University of Victoria’s Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health and the Lafeyette String Quartet, and hosted by CBC journalist and Chancellor of the University of Victoria, Shelagh Roger, OC. In this webinar, UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Steven Taylor, […]

MEMO: Invitation of Application for Membership to the UBC IMH

  MEMORANDUM   Dear Department Members, As the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has initiated steps to formalize its process for membership, I would like to invite Department members to apply for IMH membership by completing and submitting the brief application form. Membership to the IMH provides a number of important benefits, including access […]

UPDATE: UGE Students – Restricted Activities, Objectives, Assessments, Virtual Care Teaching Resources

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry**   Thank you for welcoming the Class of 2021 students back to their rotations in July and August 2020; they have completed their Year 3 rotations on August 30, 2020. Beginning August 31, 2020, the Class of 2022 students […]

PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment – Availability Survey

  *** Sent on behalf of Linda Chang, Education Coordinator, Postgraduate, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***   Hi everyone, We are starting to recruit examiners for our 2020-21 Mock OSCEs.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success […]

Workday Training: Essential for all UBC Psychiatry Department Members

Workday Training: Essential for all UBC Psychiatry Department Members

  UBC is currently offering a number of online, self-serve training courses and webinars to help prepare you for the transition to Workday. It is essential that all UBC Psychiatry faculty, staff, and students participate in Workday training in order to gain a working knowledge of fundamental day-to-day tasks in the new system. Visit our […]

Previous Recipients of the BCPA Resident Advocacy Award

Listed below are residents, one junior resident (PGY-2 or -3) and one senior resident (PGY-4 or -5), who have been recognized in previous years by the British Columbia Psychiatric Association (BCPA) for achievement in advocacy work for our patients and/or the profession.   2019:   Raman Srivastava (Junior Resident) and Nicholas Ainsworth (Senior Resident) 2018: […]

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day

  Further information and updates on the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day and be found on HERE!   Dear Department Members, Following the postponement of the originally-scheduled Research Day due to COVID-19 disruptions, we are looking forward to the upcoming 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day to be held online via Zoom on Thursday […]

Fraudulent Phishing Email – DO NOT OPEN LINKS

Fraudulent Phishing Email – DO NOT OPEN LINKS

  *** Sent on behalf of UBC Psychiatry IT ***   Dear Department Members, We are aware of fraudulent emails (resembling the one shown below) being sent recently to Department staff and faculty from “ubc.svcs[at]ubc-university.services”. DO NOT RESPOND TO OR CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS EMAIL – PLEASE JUST DELETE THE EMAIL. […]

MEMO: Update on Invitation for Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Program Director

  MEMORANDUM   Dear Colleagues, As you are aware, we recently invited expressions of interest from faculty members for the role of Program Director for the Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) in the UBC Department of Psychiatry.  We wish to share with you an update that the Department will continue to accept written expressions of interest […]

MEMO: Inviting Expressions of Interest for the Role of Associate Program Director, Prince George Track

    MEMORANDUM Dear Colleagues, We would like to share with you the news that Dr. Rachel Boulding will be stepping down from her role as Associate Program Director of the Prince George Track as of September 30, 2020.  We sincerely thank her for all her exemplary work and the tremendous support she provided to our […]

Upcoming Workshop: Dr. David Kealy to Present on “Becoming a More Effective Therapist” on Sept 22 @ 3:00pm

Upcoming Workshop: Dr. David Kealy to Present on “Becoming a More Effective Therapist” on Sept 22 @ 3:00pm

  The Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Intervention (SEPI) will be hosting a webinar on “Becoming a More Effective Therapist: Using Reliable, Personalized Case Formulations,” and Dr. David Kealy will be a co-presenter alongside Dr. George Silberschatz to speak on this topic. The workshop will cover the major theoretical assumptions informing the Plan-Formulation Method, […]

The Right Psych: A New Podcast Geared Toward Medical Students Interested in Psychiatry!

The Right Psych: A New Podcast Geared Toward Medical Students Interested in Psychiatry!

  Do you know any medicals students who are curious about a career in psychiatry? If so, encourage them to tune into The Right Psych, a new podcast series hosted by UBC medical students and developed in collaboration with the UBC Department of Psychiatry as part of the Summer Immersion Program. This series hosts psychiatrists […]

Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Emma Morton Publish a Study Validating the Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder (QoL.BD) Scale in French

  Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Emma Morton have published a new study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry which validates the Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder (QoL.BD) Scale in the French language. The English-language version of the QoL.BD Scale was developed by Dr. Michalak and her team as the the first quality of […]

Staffing Update in the UBC Psychiatry Education Group

  *** Sent on behalf of Paola Martens, Senior Education Programs Manager**   Hi everyone, I would like to update you on some recent staffing changes. I would like to welcome MJ Alarcon to the Psychiatry Education Team, who started last week on Wed Aug 12, 2020. She is filling the role previously held by […]

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Project Advisory Group – Psychiatry Rep

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry** Dear Faculty, A directive in recent years in medical education from the Royal College is focussed on improving how we train our residents in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.  To this end, the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Project Advisory Group has […]

Mandatory Passcodes for Zoom Meetings on August 31, 2020

Mandatory Passcodes for Zoom Meetings on August 31, 2020

  Beginning August 31st, 2020, UBC will require all new Zoom meetings to have a passcode enabled for increased security. Any new meetings that you create as of August 31st will have a passcode automatically enabled and generated. Any meetings that were created before August 31st will not be affected by this change. Beginning September […]

Message from UBC Psychiatry IT: Home Office Ergonomics

Message from UBC Psychiatry IT: Home Office Ergonomics

    Many of us have tried to make our office work environment ergonomic, but now that many of us are working from home, we need to make sure we are still taking care of ourselves. Human Resources has prepared a guide and webinar on the ergonomics of working from home and is offering virtual assessments. […]

MEMO: Inviting Expressions of Interest for the Role of Associate Program Director, Vancouver Island Track

  MEMORANDUM Dear colleagues, We wish to thank Dr. Wei-Yi Song for his exemplary work as the Associate Program Director for the Vancouver Island track of our UBC Psychiatry Residency training program.  Dr. Song stepped down from this position in March 2020, and Dr. Alison Gregson has graciously stepped in as Interim Associate Program Director […]

Workday Goes Live on November 2, 2020!

Workday Goes Live on November 2, 2020!

    On November 2, 2020, UBC will transition to Workday as the core enterprise system to replace UBC’s Student Information System (SIS), Human Resource Management System (HRMS), and Financial Management System (FMS). This transition is central to the Integrated Renewal Program (IRP), a business process transformation that will modernize and simplify student, HR and […]

You Are Invited: Upcoming Virtual Workshop on “Clinical Teaching in Virtual Settings – Tips, Tricks, Learning from Each Other”

  **Sent on behalf of the UBC Office of Faculty Development & Educational Support**   Dear Department Faculty, Clinical preceptors are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual workshop titled “Clinical Teaching in Virtual Settings – Tips, Tricks, Learning from Each Other” to be offered on Tuesday August 25, 2020 from 7:00-8:30pm. ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP: In […]

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Elected Vice-President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics!

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Elected Vice-President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics!

  Dr. Jehannine Austin has been elected as Vice-President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG). The ISPG is worldwide society of professionals committed to the advancement of research and education in the field of psychiatric genetics. This new leadership role follows Dr. Austin’s previous role as President of the National Society of Genetic […]

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: A Spotlight on Dr. Adele Diamond

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: A Spotlight on Dr. Adele Diamond

  This week’s DMCBH COVID-19 series features UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Adele Diamond, whose research in early childhood development focuses on the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that takes the longest to mature over a person’s lifetime. In the article, she emphasizes that stress brought on by COVID-19 can have lasting deleterious […]

A New Wellness Centre for Mental Health and Substance Use Now Open at Royal Columbian Hospital

A New Wellness Centre for Mental Health and Substance Use Now Open at Royal Columbian Hospital

  The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre at Royal Columbian Hospital opened its doors on July 13, 2020, and will expand Fraser Health’s clinical training capacity for UBC Psychiatry residents and medical students, as well as psychologists, nursing students, and other health professionals. In its first phase of operation, the Centre will […]

Physician Networking Lunches and Free Coffee on Wednesday for Physicians at UBC Hospital!

Physician Networking Lunches and Free Coffee on Wednesday for Physicians at UBC Hospital!

  The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch. The next UBCH Physician Networking Lunch will be held at 12-1pm on Wednesday August […]

Previous Recipients of the Kristin Sivertz Memorial Prize in Medicine

Listed below are third or fourth year medical students who, on recommendation by the Faculty of Medicine, were previously recognized for demonstrating development of the core competencies of an exceptional physician early in their medical training.   2019:   Rachel Houlton 2018:   Erin (Margaret) Sachs 2017:   Jordan Gibson 2016:   Roxanne Mitchell 2015:   Cory Weissman 2014:   Krista Schultz  

Previous Recipients of the Jay C. Cheng Memorial Prize

Listed below are fourth year medical students who, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine, were previously recognized for demonstrating academic excellence in psychiatry.   2019:   Joshua Koehn 2018:   Forson Chan 2017:   N/A 2016:   Jenny Chu 2015:   Joel Fox 2014:   Jennifer Rurak 2013:   N/A 2012:   N/A 2011:   Sheena Manning  

Previous Recipients of the Cynthia J. Horner Memorial Prize

Listed below are medical students who were previously recognized for excelling in psychiatry.   2019:   N/A 2018:   Christopher Lachowski 2017:   Christine Kennedy 2016:   Benjamin Sheppard 2015:   Roxanne Mitchell 2014:   Laura Haley 2013:   Krista Schultz 2012:   Ashley Jewett

Previous Recipients of the Andrew Neil McTaggart Memorial Prize in Psychiatry

Listed below are medical students who were previously recognized for their demonstrated interest and academic achievement in the study of child and adolescent psychiatry.   2019:   Sabine Lague 2018:   Shandel (Dawn) Riedlinger 2017:   Dianne Semeniuk 2016:   Jennifer Clune 2015:   Martha Balicki 2014:   Sara Chater 2013:   Krista Schultz 2012:   N/A 2011:   Margaret Wong  

Previous Recipients of the Annette E. Hacking Memorial Award in Medicine

Listed below are students who were previously recognized for their aptitude for and interest in a career in mental health.   2019:   Kirsten Bock 2018:   Luckshi Rajendran 2017:   Woongbi (Mary) Choi 2016:   Gurinder Singh Grewal 2015:   Rebecca Schonnop 2014:   David Sanders 2013:   Farrah Issa 2012:   N/A 2011:   Devina Wadhwa 2010:   Mohit Singh    

Previous Recipients of the Staff Service Award

Listed below are staff members in the CUPE 2950 Clerical Staff, Management & Professional (M & P), and Research Technician categories who were previously recognized for their outstanding service to the Department. 2019 Research Tech:   Mr. Caden Poh 2018 CUPE 2950:   Ms. Linda Chang M & P:   Ms. Nazlin Walji Research Tech:   Mr. Rolan Batallones […]

Previous Recipients of the Dr. Maria Corral Award

Listed below are residents who were previously recognized by Providence Health Care for demonstrating excellence in medical student teaching.   2019:   Dr. Benedict Darren 2018:   Dr. Lingsa Jia 2017:   Dr. Melissa Bota 2016:   Dr. Julie Davison 2015:   N/A 2014:   Dr. Mohit Singh 2013:   Dr. Priyanka Halli and Dr. Ataa Azarbar (Co-recipients)    

Previous Recipients of the Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award

Listed below are residents who were previously recognized by Providence Health Care for demonstrating excellence in consultation liaison psychiatry.   2019:   Dr. Danny Lee 2018:   Dr. Rachel Rothbart 2017:   N/A 2016:   Dr. Julius Elefante 2015:   Dr. Petra Stephen 2014:   Dr. Rob Lacroix 2013:   Dr. Alan Bates 2012:   Dr. Alison Gregson 2011:   Dr. Carl Weibe  

Recipients of the Dr. Brian Morris Memorial Award

Listed below are residents who were previously recognized by Providence Health Care for displaying exemplary compassion and empathy combined with clinical excellence.   2019:   Dr. Paige Zhang 2018:   Dr. Melissa Bota 2017:   Dr. Julius Elefante 2016:   Dr. Evan Woldum 2015:   Dr. Pouya Rezazadeh-Azar 2014:   Dr. Sheila Kegel 2013:   Dr. Ilana Shawn and Dr. Kathryn Wynn […]

You Are Invited: Upcoming Virtual Workshop on “Coaching Cases Virtually for Clinical Reasoning”

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, and the UBC Office of Faculty Development & Educational Support**   Dear Department Faculty, You are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual workshop titled “Coaching Cases Virtually for Clinical Reasoning” to be offered on Wednesday July 29, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:15pm. […]

Dr. Steven Taylor’s Study on COVID Stress Syndrome Featured in Psychology Today

Dr. Steven Taylor’s Study on COVID Stress Syndrome Featured in Psychology Today

  A recent study on COVID Stress Syndrome (CSS) led by Dr. Steven Taylor has been featured in the latest issue of Psychology Today. This study looks at important correlations of CSS with demographics, depression, anxiety, and other factors, and is an extension of a previously published model of COVID Stress Syndrome (S. Taylor, C.A.Landry, […]

SAVE THE DATE: UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday October 15, 2020

SAVE THE DATE: UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday October 15, 2020

    Following the postponement of the originally-planned Research Day due to the disruptions of COVID-19, the Department is excited to announce that a Virtual Research Day will be held on Thursday October 15, 2020. Be sure to save the date in your calendars, and stay tuned for more information and details to come!

DMCBH: New Funding Opportunity For Graduate Students and Postdocs!

  On Wednesday July 15, DMCBH announced the launch of the DMCBH Endowment Awards, which will provide additional support to graduate students and postdocs. In order to be eligible, students and postdocs must be supervised by full DMCBH members, and students must also be part of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. You can find more […]

Staffing Update in the UBC Psychiatry Education Group

  As you may be aware, Brianne Colon, Interim Program Assistant, PGE + UGE Y4, will be leaving the UBC Psychiatry Education Group to accept a new permanent job opportunity.  Please join us in congratulating Brianne on her new position in the Faculty of Arts, and in thanking her for all her hard work over […]

A New Paper by Dr. Paul Pavlidis and Former Student Marjan Farahbod Featured on the Cover of Genome Research

A New Paper by Dr. Paul Pavlidis and Former Student Marjan Farahbod Featured on the Cover of Genome Research

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Pavlidis who, along with his former student Marjan Farahbod, has published a paper now featured on the cover of the latest issue of Genome Research! Click on the links to read the abstract and the paper titled “Untangling the effects of cellular composition on coexpression analysis.”

Congratulations to Additional Department Members Who Have Been Recognized for Teaching Awards!

  Following our recent announcement of the recipients of Department teaching and research awards for 2020, we would like to add to this list and congratulate Dr. Todd Tomita, recipient of the UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Awards For Excellence in Postgraduate Forensic Subspecialty Clinical Teaching, and also Dr. Akber Mithani, who received the Residency Site […]

Resident Wellness Subcommittee: Inviting Expressions of Interest

  **Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director**   Dear Department Faculty, We are establishing a Resident Wellness Subcommittee as part of our program, and I am asking for faculty to contact me at irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca if this is an area of interest for you and you would like greater involvement with our […]

Clinical Faculty Recognition Survey & Survey Response on the Clinical Faculty Promotion Process

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative, UBC Psychiatry**   Dear Department Clinical Faculty, I would like to thank you for your enthusiastic response to my previous survey request regarding barriers to clinical faculty promotion. In summary: -62% said you do not know when/if you are eligible for promotion -62% said that converting your […]

Congratulations to Dr. Verena Langheimer, Nominated as a CFMS Culture Changer in Canadian Medical Education!

Congratulations to Dr. Verena Langheimer, Nominated as a CFMS Culture Changer in Canadian Medical Education!

  The Department congratulates Dr. Verena Langheimer, who has been recognized by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) as a “Culture Changer,” a physician who is contributing to a positive learning environment in medical education in Canada. As part of the inaugural campaign to recognize “Culture Changers” across the country, this past spring the […]

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: New Study by Drs. Raymond Lam, Jill Murphy and Erin Michalak Looks at Mental Health Needs of High-Risk Groups Across the APEC Region

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: New Study by Drs. Raymond Lam, Jill Murphy and Erin Michalak Looks at Mental Health Needs of High-Risk Groups Across the APEC Region

  This week’s DMCBH COVID-19 Series features a new project by UBC Psychiatry  members Dr. Raymond Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy and Dr. Erin Michalak, who received a CIHR grant to first assess the mental health needs of high-risk groups in the context of COVID-19, then determine how to provide digital mental health care to these […]

Congratulations to Dr. Sophia Frangou, Recipient of the SOBP Teaching Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Sophia Frangou, Recipient of the SOBP Teaching Award!

  The Department congratulates Dr. Sophia Frangou, recipient of the 2020 Teaching Award from the Society of Biological Society (SOBP)! The SOBP Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teachers and their endeavours to advance educational excellence in fields that investigate the nature, causes, mechanisms and treatments of disorders of thought, emotion or behavior. Each year, it honours […]

UBC Psychiatry COVID-19 Return to Work (Phase 1) Resumption Plan

  The approved UBC Psychiatry COVID-19 Return to Work (Phase 1) Resumption Plan is now available on the Research page of UBC Department of Psychiatry website. This resumption plan provides guidance related to the phased-in resumption of on-site activities of the Department. Please note that this document will be updated as new information becomes available.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2020 Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards

MEMORANDUM **Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, I am delighted to announce and extend my warmest congratulations to the recipients of the Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards for 2020, each of whom are deserving of recognition for […]

June 2020 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

June 2020 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

    Hello again from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We’re pleased to provide you with an update on our committee’s work to support residents’ research and scholarly activity endeavours. You’ll likely remember that the Research and Scholarly Activity Committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training […]

Fraudulent Emails with Sender Display Name “Lakshmi Yatham” – DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS!

Fraudulent Emails with Sender Display Name “Lakshmi Yatham” – DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS!

  We are aware of a recent influx in odd and unusual email requests to Department members that show the sender display name as “Lakshmi Yatham,” as shown in the image below. Please DO NOT respond to such emails, as they are likely fraudulent phishing emails which originate from unknown external email accounts. In future, […]

Announcement of Appointment of Dr. Daniel Vigo, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

MEMORANDUM **Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Daniel Vigo has been jointly appointed in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) as a tenure […]

Psychiatry Competence By Design (CBD) Launching July 2, 2020 – Access to Entrada

  **Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director**   Dear Faculty, The incoming PGY1 psychiatry residents, who will be the first Competence By Design (CBD) cohort, will be starting on July 2, 2020! To prepare for this, below are important details for anyone who may work with these residents this coming […]

SESSION INVITATION: Virtual Teaching in Clinical Environments – Tips and Tricks on Monday June 29 @ 7:00-8:30pm

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kiran Veerapen, Assistant Dean, Faculty Development** EVENT INVITATION: Virtual Teaching in Clinical Environments: Tips and Tricks (See Session Information Flyer)Monday June 29th 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom This session is for preceptors in all clinical settings who are looking for support as they consider teaching in this new virtual environment. The session […]

Integrated Renewal Program (IRP): Change Readiness Survey

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Integrated Renewal Program Team**   As you’re probably aware, UBC has continued on an Integrated Renewal Program (IRP), which will transform our HR, Finance and Student systems and processes.  As we approach November 2020, we are once again seeking your feedback in a final readiness survey, to […]

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: Dr. Terry Snutch Leads Canadian Researchers in Sequencing Virus Genome

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: Dr. Terry Snutch Leads Canadian Researchers in Sequencing Virus Genome

  Dr. Terry Snutch, who is jointly appointed in the UBC Departments of Zoology and Psychiatry, is featured in the DMCBH COVID Series this week. The article highlights Dr. Snutch’s leading role in the COVID-19 viral genome sequencing component of a $40 million federally funded Genome Canada genomics project. The project aims to first sequence […]

You Are Invited: Premiere of Health & Home, a Documentary On Housing During the Opioid Crisis, July 6, 2020 @ 5:30-6:30

You Are Invited: Premiere of Health & Home, a Documentary On Housing During the Opioid Crisis, July 6, 2020 @ 5:30-6:30

  ON MONDAY JULY 6, 2020, 5:30-6:30 YOU ARE INVITED to the virtual premiere and panel discussion of Health & Home, a new documentary on housing during the opioid crisis.  This documentary was directed by James Wong, a graduate student in the Addictions and Concurrent Disorders (ACD) Research Group led by Dr. Michael Krausz.   […]

An Important Reminder from Psychiatry IT Regarding the Use of Personal Email for UBC Business

  A reminder that personal email accounts should not be used for official University business.  Use your UBC email account. The UBC Privacy Matters site states: “Under the “data residency requirements” of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), UBC is required to ensure that personal information in its custody or under […]

Tell CREST.BD How to Build an App for People with Bipolar Disorder

Tell CREST.BD How to Build an App for People with Bipolar Disorder

  Dr. Erin Michalak and her CREST.BD team are asking for your input on a brief survey about apps for bipolar disorder. There are two versions of the survey, one designed for healthcare providers (only takes 5 minutes!) and one designed for people living with BD (takes 10-15 minutes, more prizes!). She’d be very grateful […]

In a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed, Dr. Bill MacEwan Calls for Coordinated Action to Address the DTES Health Crisis

In a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed, Dr. Bill MacEwan Calls for Coordinated Action to Address the DTES Health Crisis

  Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, a more pervasive health crisis resulting from addictions, mental illness, infections disease and homelessness continues to take a heavy toll on marginalized populations in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). In a recent Op-Ed in the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Bill MacEwan, Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, along with […]

Update on Interim PGE Program Director, Dr. Irfan Khanbhai

    Dear Colleagues, Following the recent invitation for expressions of interest from Department faculty members regarding the role of PGE Program Director, we wish to share that the Interim PGE Program Director, Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, will continue in this interim role until a new PGE Program Director has been recruited.  Additionally, Dr. Khanbhai has […]

A New Article by Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Vigo Published in JAMA Psychiatry

A New Article by Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Vigo Published in JAMA Psychiatry

  The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has brought to light the unpreparedness of health systems to cope with a global pandemic in both industrialized and developing nations alike. In a new Viewpoint article published in JAMA Psychiatry, UBC Psychiatry Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Vigo, along with Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft of King’s College London, and […]

Inviting Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Program Director

    Dear Colleagues, Further to the announcement that Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi will be stepping down from her role as Program Director for the Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) in the Department of Psychiatry on June 30, 2020, we are seeking expressions of interest from faculty members in the Department for this role for a three-year […]

UPDATE: UGE Students Returning to Clinical Rotations July 6, 2020

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry**   Dear faculty and residents, The UBC Department of Psychiatry is looking forward to welcoming back medical students to their clinical rotations on July 6, 2020. This message is for Clinical Faculty and residents is intended to highlight some […]

Inclusivity in the Learning Environment

  **Sent on behalf of Office of Faculty Development**    Dear Faculty and Staff Leads, Re:  Inclusivity in the Learning Environment The Office of Faculty Development, has developed a module, titled Inclusivity in the Learning Environment to help you promote an inclusive environment within your unique contexts. This module is informed by the Faculty of […]

Workshop Invite: Taking Your Academic Half Day Virtual

  **Sent on behalf of the UBC Office of Faculty Development**   Dear Faculty, The Office of Faculty Development would like to invite you to a workshop on the best practices for presenting and engaging learners in virtual academic half-days. Taking your academic half-day virtual Date:                      June 24, 2020 Time:                     12:00-1:15pm Facilitators:         […]

Psychiatry Careers Night for Medical Students, Thursday June 11th 6:30-8pm!

  While the Summer Immersion Program has been cancelled for 2020, the Department is pleased to host a virtual Psychiatry Careers Night for Medical Students on Thursday June 11th from 6:30-8pm! A live Zoom panel of two clinical faculty psychiatrists, Dr. Marilyn Champagne and Dr. Jennifer Comeau, along with a UBC Psychiatry resident, will talk […]

Dr. Steven Taylor’s The Psychology of Pandemics Has Been Published in German

  Dr. Steven Taylor’s timely book The Psychology of Pandemics was published mere months before the global COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been published in German – congratulations, Dr. Taylor! Th Psychology of Pandemics explores the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection, as well as the associated emotional distress and social disruption […]

PLEASE REGISTER: Researchers Workday Demo Event – Topics for PIs and Research Staff

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Rob McMaster, Interim Executive Associate Dean, Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine**   UBC is moving to a new system and associated processes for HR and Finance in November 2020. Modernizing and simplifying processes and bringing them into an intuitive, integrated system called Workday will improve researchers’ access to real-time […]

Stage 1 of Research Resumption

    **Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham (Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry), Dr. Sophia Frangou (Associate Head, Research and International Affairs), and Ms. Vicky Yau (Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry)**   Dear Department Members, Further to the UBC broadcast message on May 12 regarding plans for the phased […]

Important Message from UBC IT

Spike in Fake Termination Phishing Emails and Meeting Invites UBC Cybersecurity would like to share a notification, posted by FBI, alerting users that cyber criminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 pandemic to target teleworking employees through fake termination phishing emails and meeting invites.   Summary In response to the recent increase in teleworking (working from […]

Brief Survey on Technology and Measurement in Mental Health Care

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Raymond Lam, Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Depression Research**   Dear psychiatrist colleagues, Dr. Bennett Cheung (PGY2 resident) and I are conducting a brief online survey of psychiatrists’ views on the use of technology and measurement in mental health care. We’d appreciate it if you would spend a few […]

Faculty Development Session: Competence By Design (CBD)

  **Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director** Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year – Part 1 Dear Faculty, The Royal College has set July 2, 2020 for all the Psychiatry Specialty training programs across the country to launch the new curriculum Competence By Design (CBD).  In preparation […]

Psychiatry IT System Outage

Psychiatry IT suffered an outage of our support ticket system, between Friday evening (May 15) and Tuesday afternoon.  If you were expecting a response from us, but have not received it, please send us another e-mail to psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Free Virtual Screening May 14-20 and Webinar on Wed May 20 @ 7:30pm

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Free Virtual Screening May 14-20 and Webinar on Wed May 20 @ 7:30pm

  Stretch Marks USA 2018 Gregory Rocco 92min Screening Dates May 14 (Thursday) – May 20 (Wednesday) Free Live Q&A May 20 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm PDT The Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series presents a free virtual screening of the beautifully raw film Stretch Marks, online at The Cinematheque May 14–20. Plus, […]

Save the Date: BCCHR COVID-19 Seminar Series on Wednesday, May 13th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm

  Connect: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/91975852513 Meeting ID: 919 7585 2513   BCCHR’s new COVID-19 Seminar Series features emerging research related to COVID-19 from BCCHR and UBC. These virtual Institute-wide talks are not theme specific and are created by the BCCHR community for the BCCHR community. May 13th Presenters: Quynh Doan, Associate Professor in the UBC Department of […]

Frames of Mind: Alive and Well – A Message from Series Director, Dr. Harry Karlinsky

Frames of Mind: Alive and Well – A Message from Series Director, Dr. Harry Karlinsky

    Dear Friends of Frames of Mind, When we launched the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series in partnership with the Cinematheque back in September 2002, our goal – as a public education program of the UBC Dept of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health – was to promote awareness and education […]

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on CTV News to Discuss a New Collaboration Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Frontline Physicians

  This week, Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Andrew Clarke, Executive Director of the Physician Health Program, spoke with CTV News about the collaboration between UBC Psychiatry and the Physician Health Program, a service funded by Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health, to increase capacity and support by providing virtual mental […]

Congratulations to Dr. Gabrielle Bosse-Chartier on Her Acceptance in the UBC Clinical Investigator Program!

  The Department congratulates Psychiatry PGY-4 resident Dr. Gabrielle Bosse-Chartier on her acceptance in the UBC Clinical Investigator Program. The UBC Clinical Investigator Program provides a unique for opportunity for residents gain valuable research experience, and aims to encourage young physicians to pursue careers as clinician-scientists. We would also like to recognize Dr. David Kealy, […]

Read a Recent Vancouver Sun Op-Ed by Dr. Anthony Bailey on COVID-19 and Special Needs Education

Read a Recent Vancouver Sun Op-Ed by Dr. Anthony Bailey on COVID-19 and Special Needs Education

  In a recent op-ed printed in the Vancouver Sun, UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Anthony Bailey and Dr. Grace Iarocci of Simon Fraser University weighed in on the absence of educational provisions for children with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. He and Dr. Iarocci write, “[T]he lack of guidance by the education ministry on […]

Alert from Psychiatry IT: Fake Zoom “HR Meeting” Emails

  Criminals are taking advantage of people’s COVID-19 financial concerns by sending fake urgent Zoom meeting requests to UBC faculty and staff.  The fake e-mail makes it appear you are about to miss your last chance for a performance review meeting with HR staff, before potential termination. If you click the link, a very real […]

The Department COVID-19 Research Strategy Page Has Been Set Up!

    The UBC Psychiatry website now has a page dedicated to the Department COVID-19 Research Strategy, and will be updated on a regular basis. Here, you will find a listing of COVID-19 studies on mental health being led by PIs in our Department, as well as a listing of similar-themed projects being done in […]

Department Response to COVID-19

Department Response to COVID-19

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry shares a deep concern about the COVID-19 pandemic and its mental health impact on our local communities, Canada and rest of the world. Our thoughts go out to all of those who have been affected by the spread of this virus. We are focusing our research resources towards evaluating […]

Psychiatry Space Review

  Dear Department Members, Over the next several months, the UBC Department of Psychiatry will be working in collaboration with UBC Facilities and UBC Faculty of Medicine to conduct a review of the Department of Psychiatry administrative and research spaces on the UBC Vancouver Campus and Diamond Health Care Centre sites. This collaborative review will […]

COVID-19 Research Strategy

  Dear Department Faculty, Residents, Fellows, and Graduate Students, As UBC researchers across all units and disciplines refocus their efforts to address COVID-19, the Department of Psychiatry has also embarked on a coordinated strategy to facilitate research on COVID-19 and mental health. To advance this initiative, a COVID-19 special interest group has been set up […]

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in the UGE Committee Retreat on Sunday March 8, 2020!

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in the UGE Committee Retreat on Sunday March 8, 2020!

    The Department would like sincerely thank all those who took time out of their weekend to attend the Undergraduate Education Committee Retreat on Sunday March 8, 2020.  The retreat (which took place before social distancing measures were in place) provided an excellent opportunity for committee members from all across the province to engage […]

Departmental COVID-19 Research Strategy

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, Research & International Affairs**   Dear Colleagues, A meeting was held today to discuss the development of the Departmental COVID-19 Research Strategy. At this preliminary stage, we are exploring various project ideas, mapping out priority areas for collaboration, identifying targeted grants and other […]

FLEX Project Supervisor Opportunities

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Clare Beasley** FLEX (Flexible and Enhanced Learning) is a series of courses occurring in Years 1, 2 and 4 of the UBC medical undergraduate program. FLEX offers undergraduate medical students exciting opportunities to pursue a variety of scholarly activities and projects.   Dear colleagues, Given the current situation, all […]

User Survey on Neuroimaging in Psychiatry

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, Research and International Affairs**   Dear Colleagues, This email is intended for colleagues that have an interest in neuroimaging regardless of whether they are doing such research right now.  Please use the link provided below to complete this 5-minute survey aiming to assess […]

RESPONSE DUE by 4:30pm, Fri Apr 10, 2020 – UBC Psychiatry Teaching of Residents between Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020

  Dear faculty, As you may know, clinical teaching with patient care forms for Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020 were due on March 31st, 2020. At this point, we are NO LONGER accepting clinical teaching invoices. For those who have NOT already submitted their invoices, please complete and submit the survey below by […]

A Message from Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi, PGE Program Director

  Dear Residents and Faculty, I have had the privilege of being involved with the Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program since 2007. First as Site Director for VGH, then Associate Program Director in 2012 and Program Director since 2013. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the last 7 years and […]

An Insightful Piece by Dr. Steven Taylor this Week in The Guardian

  Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor has written an essay, which appeared this week in The Guardian, pondering the future implications and long-term psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the possibility that life may never fully return to ‘normal.’ He writes: “Even before the outbreak, people were already working from home, shopping online, and […]

Departure of Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi as Postgraduate Program Director

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, It is with mixed feelings that we announce the resignation of Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Specialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective June 30, 2020. The Program and the Department will miss her outstanding leadership, […]

Announcement of Changes in Department Executive Leadership

    Dear Colleagues, I am writing to share with you the news that Dr. Lynn Raymond will be stepping down from her role as the Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, in the Department of Psychiatry.  As you are aware, Dr. Raymond recently accepted the position of Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre […]

Extension of Application Period for UBC IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021

    Dear Colleagues, Given the significant disruptions to research and other activities across UBC due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department will extend the application deadline for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021, from March 31, 2020 to the new deadline of May […]

Undergrad Update: Years 3 and 4 Clerkships

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Education**   Dear Year 3 and 4 clerkship supervisors: Thank you all for your work at this challenging time. As you are aware, on March 14, 2020, the UBC Faculty of Medicine placed an immediate hold on the Year 3 clinical clerkship and […]

Postponement of Postgraduate Psychiatry Graduation Gala and PGY1-2 Welcome Reception

  ** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Program Director, UBC Postgraduate Psychiatry **   Hello Faculty, I am sad to say that given the current events regarding COVID-19, in discussion with the PGY5’s, we have decided to postpone their Graduation Gala.  It was scheduled to happen in June 2020, but we likely […]

Please Beware of Fraudulent Email

  Many of you may have received an email from “Lakshmi Yatham”  with an unusual request (ie.  e-transfers etc.). Please be aware that this is a fraudulent email from an unknown Gmail account, so please refrain from opening or responding to this email. As a rule of thumb, if you receive any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary […]

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Recipient of $1.5M in Funding to Explore Pharmacogenomic Testing in Clinical Settings

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Recipient of $1.5M in Funding to Explore Pharmacogenomic Testing in Clinical Settings

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Jehannine Austin, along with project co-lead Dr. Stirling Bryan, Professor in UBC SPPH, is the recipient of $1.5 million in funding from Genome BC, Genome Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), to investigate if pharmacogenomic testing should be routinely used in BC for people with depression. […]

Song Lab and CSU Researchers Identify Gene that Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Song Lab and CSU Researchers Identify Gene that Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Weihong Song and his lab, along with researchers from the Central South University (CSU) in China, have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, led by Dr. Xinxin Liao by who completed a joint PhD at UBC and CSU, the […]

UBC Broadcast: Remote Work Arrangements and On-campus Research Curtailment – Extended to End of April

  As you know, on March 16, UBC embarked on a three-week pilot for Remote Work Arrangements for faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and student employees who are able to work remotely. On March 19, the university also announced it was curtailing on-campus research activities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. This curtailment was […]

Research Ideas in the Context of COVID-19

  This message is being sent on behalf of Dr. Kim McGrail and is intended for wide distribution – please feel free to share with your BC-based academic colleagues. **** Dear BC Research Community: Many of you have been in contact with PopData and other research-supporting groups to ask how to fast-track research related to […]

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, Each Recipients of the 2020 P2P Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, Each Recipients of the 2020 P2P Award!

    The Department congratulates Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, recipients of the BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit’s  2020 P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards, designed to build and strengthen capacity for patient-oriented research in BC. Dr. Lam and Dr. Vila-Rodriguez, with their respective Patient Co-Leads and […]

A New Study by MacVicar Lab’s Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier Shows Microglia Still Function in Glucose-Limited Environment

A New Study by MacVicar Lab’s Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier Shows Microglia Still Function in Glucose-Limited Environment

  A new study published in Nature Communications, led by UBC Psychiatry Research Associate Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier in Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab, is one of the first to look at immunometabolism in the brain. The team studied the metabolic plasticity of microglia, the immune cells of the brain which act as the main line of […]

Remembering Dr. Glenda MacQueen, Our Cherished Friend and Colleague

Remembering Dr. Glenda MacQueen, Our Cherished Friend and Colleague

  Dear colleagues, We are all shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the passing of Professor Glenda MacQueen on Friday March 27, 2020. Dr. MacQueen was a distinguished researcher and educator, a beacon and a true leader in Canadian psychiatry, and a close associate and mentor to many students and colleagues in psychiatry across […]

Message from UBC Psychiatry IT: Increase in Fraudulent Emails to UBC Faculty and Staff

  Please be aware that currently there are three dangerous e-mails being circulated to UBC members. CRA refund (phishing – an attempt to get your credit card information) “Request for commercial debt collection” (ransomware – makes all files on your computer unreadable) Offers for face masks and thermometers (keylogger – steals all text that you […]

COVID-19 Impact on UBC Faculty and Staff

  *** Sent on behalf of Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***   Dear Colleagues, A decision has been made that all public sector employees will continue to be paid for all of March and April.  That does not mean that layoffs are necessarily coming after that time, but […]

Important Building Access Information for UBC Hospital

DetwillerSent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***** Updated on Wednesday March 25, 2020 ***** Dear Department Members at the UBC Hospital Site, Following the email circulated on Monday March 23rd regarding controlled access to the four buildings at UBC Hospital (including DMCBH) as a protective measure against the […]

Psychological First Aid Virtual Training with Dr. Claire Sira, March 26 @ 3:30 – 5:30pm

  ***** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Brad Hallam ***** Please note this invite is for Psychologists and Psychiatrists only. Please ignore this invite if you are neither. We apologize if this is a duplicate invite as this has also been sent too Richmond MH & A Physicians, PHC MHP Physicians, […]

Curtailment of Research Activities on UBC Campus

    Dear colleagues, Following the March 19th UBC Broadcast email regarding the university-wide order for researchers to curtail all non-critical research activities on campus and to implement plans to operate remotely by the end of day on Tuesday March 24th, I want to ensure that our UBC Psychiatry research community stays well informed regarding […]

Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs, Winner of a 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship!

Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs, Winner of a 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship!

  The Department congratulates Jacob Stubbs (Supervisor: Dr. Will Panenka) on receiving a 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship! Killam Doctoral Scholarships are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency and Affiliated Fellowship competition. Way to go, Jacob!

Dr. Steven Taylor Appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on COVID-19

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor has been appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on COVID-19 as an advisor on risk and behavioural sciences. This expert panel will advise the Chief Science Advisor of Canada (CSA) on the latest scientific developments relevant to COVID-19, and this information will assist the CSA in […]

Call Out for Psychiatrists to Address Potential Surge in Demand for Mental Health Services

    Dear colleagues, In the wake of the current public health emergency unfolding in BC, the Department is working with the Regional Psychiatry Heads of Health Authorities to plan for a coordinated emergency response by our mental health practitioners to a potential surge in demand for mental health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Updates on UBC Psychiatry Administrative Operations

  ******* Sent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry *******   Dear Department members, As you are aware, the bulk of UBC Psychiatry administrative operations are now being conducted remotely and online, however we remain fully functioning at this time and do not anticipate undue delays with regard to […]

COVID-19: Memo to the Department

COVID-19: Memo to the Department

Dear Department members, As you are aware, the Government of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have announced a number of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. The purpose of this memo is to provide you with a summary of the impact of these measures […]

COVID-19 and Faculty of Medicine Preparedness

COVID-19 and Faculty of Medicine Preparedness

  A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC. Dear Colleagues, The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern, both within Canada and across the world. I wish to reassure all of you — our students, learners, staff and faculty based around the province — that your health, […]

UBC Announcement of Transition to Online Classes

Transition to online classes at UBC As you know, governments and institutions around the world are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation continues to evolve and it has become an unprecedented scenario for the university. Today I am announcing the transition to online classes effective Monday March 16, 2020 […]

A Message from UBC IT: 500 GB SATA Hard Drives Available

  Psychiatry IT has about 10 used 500Gb SATA hard drives available.  They are mostly 7200rpm, 16Mb cache, Western Digital models.  Please email Psychiatry.it@ubc.ca to let us know if you would like one or more for your UBC work.    

COVID-19 – Information for Managers and Supervisors

  Information for managers and supervisors Guidance has been posted to the Human Resources website, with FAQs for managers and supervisors, related to employee illness and concerns related to COVID-19. You can view the information at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/covid-19/.   Faculty and staff travel guide A guide has been developed with a summary of key travel guidance, […]

COVID-19 – Updated Guidance Regarding Events and Travel

COVID-19 – Updated Guidance Regarding Events and Travel

  An Important UBC Broadcast on Friday March 13, 2020 As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern within our community. This is also reflected in the fast-changing nature of the situation, and the response from the BC Provincial Government. Events with more than 250 people in attendance Yesterday, the Office of the […]

Postgraduate Education Program Accreditation 2020 Results

Postgraduate Education Program Accreditation 2020 Results

    MEMO   Date:         March 13, 2020 To:             Department Faculty Members and Residents From:        Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry   Re:        Postgraduate […]

Cancellation of All Rounds and Other Events due to COVID-19 Guidance on Large Gatherings

  Due to health concerns surrounding group gatherings and COVID-19, please note the cancellation of all rounds, including the following:   The March 16, 2020 Brain Awareness Week Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture, Dr. Nir Lipsman, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future time.   The April 7, 2020 Regional Psychiatry Grand Rounds […]

In New Interviews with BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, Dr. Steven Taylor Discusses “Panic Buying” Behaviours in Response to COVID-19

In New Interviews with BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, Dr. Steven Taylor Discusses “Panic Buying” Behaviours in Response to COVID-19

  Various media outlets, including the BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, have sought UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor’s perspectives on widespread “panic-buying” behaviours observed in Canada, the U.S. and around the world in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases.  As an expert and author on the psychology of pandemics, Dr. […]

Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and Heads Up Guys team member Joshua Beharry interviewed by CBC News

Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and Heads Up Guys team member Joshua Beharry interviewed by CBC News

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and his research technician Joshua Beharry were recently interviewed by CBC News about Heads Up Guys, an initiative founded by Dr. Ogrodniczuk and intended to reach out to men with depression and other mental health challenges. Heads Up Guys aims to provide information, remove stigma,  encourage men to […]

Dr. Brian MacVicar & His New Study Featured in this Week’s DMCHB News

Dr. Brian MacVicar & His New Study Featured in this Week’s DMCHB News

    UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Brian MacVicar and his colleagues discuss their exciting new study which focuses on the meninges, a highly specialized component of the brain that is not yet well understood by neuroscientists. Read the full DMCBH story here