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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 […]

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Free Virtual Screening June 18-24 and Webinar on Wed June 24 @ 7-8pm

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Free Virtual Screening June 18-24 and Webinar on Wed June 24 @ 7-8pm

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:   Obedience Thursday, June 18 – Wednesday June 24, 2020 USA 1965 Stanley Milgram 45 min Stanley Milgram (1933-1984), an American social psychologist, remains best known for his landmark 1961 “Obedience to Authority” experiment, which exposed the unsettling extent to which ordinary citizens will […]

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

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Raymond on her Appointment as the Director of DMCBH!

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Raymond on her Appointment as the Director of DMCBH!

  The Department congratulates Dr. Lynn Raymond, who has been appointed as the Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), effective March 1, 2020. In this role, she will lead the Centre into its next phase of growth by supporting and enhancing foundational, translational and clinical research that will lead to improved […]

Please Participate: Survey on the Clinical Faculty Promotion Process

  **** Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative for UBC Psychiatry ****   Dear Department Clinical Faculty, In an effort by the FoM Clinical Faculty Affairs Office to improve the clinical faculty promotion process and identify the barriers, you are strongly encouraged to complete this Survey by replying with your existing […]

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

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

    Dear Department Members, We have had a busy few months in the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We are pleased to share that all departmental scholarly activity procedural, policy and support documents are now fully reviewed and updated. New amongst the resources provided for residents and faculty is a copy of a […]

Save the Date: Psychiatry Graduation Gala on Saturday, June 20, 2020

  **** Sent on behalf of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Team ****   Dear Faculty, Please save the date on your calendar and join us on celebrating the Postgraduate Psychiatry Grad Gala 2020.   Date:                      Saturday, June 20, 2020 Address:               Vancouver Convention Centre                                Level 2, […]

Postponed: UBC Psychiatry Research Day

Postponed: UBC Psychiatry Research Day

  Given the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 outbreak for the weeks and months to come, the Department has made the decision to postpone Research Day, which had been planned for Thursday May 28, 2020.  Department members will be notified in the near future as soon as a new date for Research Day has been […]

Call for Nominations: 2020 COUPE Early Educator Award

  ****Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director and COUPE Representative****   2020 COUPE EARLY EDUCATOR AWARD   PURPOSE: The Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) is proud to announce the creation of our first COUPE Early Educator Award. This award is designed to recognize a teacher who is actively involved […]

Report on Phishing Attacks

Report on Phishing Attacks

  *** Forwarded on behalf of the UBC Faculty of Medicine***

Request for Psychiatrists to Participate in the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program (Mon. June 8 to Wed. June 10)

  Dear Faculty, After two successful years, the Department of Psychiatry 3rd annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place Mon, June 8 – Wed, June 10, 2020. The 3-day program provides an opportunity for 1st Year undergraduate medical students to explore the field of psychiatry as a potential career option through engagement with psychiatrists and psychiatry residents. […]

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, named Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association!

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, named Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association!

    The Department would like to congratulate our clinical faculty members Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, both of whom were recognized as Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association. CMA’s Physician Changemakers are outstanding physicians who are “developing innovative technologies and programs, influencing public health policy and using their voices to advocate […]

Call for Applications: UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021

Call for Applications: UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021

  Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the call for applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021. The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) established the Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health to support the training of young investigators in […]

Dr. Steven Vincent’s Retirement Reception on February 12, 2020

Dr. Steven Vincent’s Retirement Reception on February 12, 2020

Thanks to all who came by last Wednesday to congratulate Dr. Steven Vincent on his retirement. Here are some lovely photos from the reception! The entire album can be viewed on the UBC Psychiatry Flickr page here.    

Call for Nominations for the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards – Department Internal Process

  Dear UBC Psychiatry Faculty Members, Following the Dean’s Call for Nominations for the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards on January 22, 2020, I wish to announce that the Department will carry out an internal nomination and selection process for the Award Categories listed below. Hence, at this initial stage we invite nominations for […]

CTV News: Dr. Raymond Lam Discusses His Meta-Analysis Published in CJP, Revealing Potential Benefits of Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

CTV News: Dr. Raymond Lam Discusses His Meta-Analysis Published in CJP, Revealing Potential Benefits of Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

  CTV covered a recent UBC News piece on Dr. Raymond Lam and his meta-analysis titled “Light Therapy for Patients With Bipolar Depression: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials” which was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.  It is the first meta-analysis of light therapy for bipolar depression to be published […]

Fall 2019 CIHR Project Grant Recipients in UBC Psychiatry: Congratulations to Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother!

Fall 2019 CIHR Project Grant Recipients in UBC Psychiatry: Congratulations to Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother!

  The Department congratulates three of its faculty members, Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who were awarded funding through the highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant competition for Fall 2019. Dr. Honer and Dr. Panenka were awarded a full project grant totaling $1,235,475 for their project […]

Clinical Faculty: Submit your 2019-20 Postgrad CTwPC invoices (PGY2-6) – All invoices due Tuesday March 31, 2020!

***** Sent on behalf of Paola Martens, Senior Education Programs Manager *****   Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the new 2019-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. […]

Note from Psychiatry IT: Do You Need an Email Account for Your Program or Research Project?

  Do you need a common e-mail address for your UBC Psychiatry program or research project?  FASmail Generic accounts can be setup for your UBC Psychiatry program and research projects, at no cost.  They can only be accessed by one or more specified FASmail User account holders.  For more information, please contact psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, 2020 Recipient of an Honorary Degree from Swarthmore College

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, 2020 Recipient of an Honorary Degree from Swarthmore College

  The Department congratulates Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, a 2020 recipient of an honorary degree from Swarthmore College. Swarthmore College confers honorary degrees each year to alumni who have had distinguished careers in their professions and have made significant contributions to society. The announcement made by Swarthmore states, “Dr. Diamond’s work has fundamentally changed the […]

DMCBH Scientists, including UBC Psychiatry Faculty, Among Top 100,000 Cited Researchers Worldwide

  This week, an article in DMCBH News & Events discusses a new database published in PLOS Biology which lists the top 100,000 cited researchers worldwide in all fields of science. Among these top-cited researchers, DMCBH scientists are very well represented and include UBC Department of Psychiatry members Dr. Ann Marie Craig, Dr. Adele Diamond, […]

Dr. Steven Taylor Interviewed by CTV, CBC, Huffington Post and National Post For His Expert Take on Reactions to 2019-nCoV in Canada and Abroad

Dr. Steven Taylor Interviewed by CTV, CBC, Huffington Post and National Post For His Expert Take on Reactions to 2019-nCoV in Canada and Abroad

    Dr. Steven Taylor, Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, was interviewed this week by CTV News, CBC Vancouver, and Huffington Post for his expert take on the public’s response to new cases of 2019-nCoV in Canada. Dr. Taylor, a clinical psychologist and researcher in health anxiety, OCD and panic disorders, has recently […]

CBC Interviews Dr. Diane McIntosh on Depression and Tackling the Stigma and Misunderstanding that Persist

CBC Interviews Dr. Diane McIntosh on Depression and Tackling the Stigma and Misunderstanding that Persist

  Dr. Diane McIntosh, Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and author of This is Depression: a Comprehensive, Compassionate Guide, was recently interviewed by CBC in an article titled “A Psychiatrist Tackles 7 Dangerous Myths About Depression.” Here, she dispels several of the commonly-held misconceptions about depressions, and offers straightforward information and […]

Important Updates from UBC Psychiatry IT: January 2020

Windows 7 End of Life (Jan 14, 2020) Windows 7 was introduced in July 2009.  After more than 10 years, Microsoft will no longer be providing updates to protect it against hackers.  This leaves it very vulnerable to attacks from the internet and somewhat vulnerable, to attacks from insertion of infected media, like USB memory […]

Faculty Career Opportunity: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder

Faculty Career Opportunity: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) invite applications from clinician scientists for a CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder. The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with […]

You Are Invited: Afternoon Tea Reception to Honour the Retirement of Dr. Steven Vincent – Please RSVP!

You Are Invited: Afternoon Tea Reception to Honour the Retirement of Dr. Steven Vincent – Please RSVP!

  Dear Department Members, Please join us in celebrating our long-serving faculty member, Dr. Steven Vincent, who recently retired on December 31, 2019 after 36 years with the UBC Department of Psychiatry. An afternoon tea reception will be hosted by Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on Wednesday February 12, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30pm in […]

Pilot of New Tool for Undergrad Year 3: WBA Direct Observation #3 Differential Diagnosis

Pilot of New Tool for Undergrad Year 3: WBA Direct Observation #3 Differential Diagnosis

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Clerkship Director ***   Dear Clinical Faculty, Beginning Monday, January 20, 2020, the Undergraduate Year 3 Rotational Clerkship program is piloting an updated WBA form for Direct Observation #3 (DO #3) – Differential Diagnosis for students rotating through Psychiatry. This will be integrated […]

PGE Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment: Thursdays, Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9 & May 14, 2020

  Hi everyone, Happy New Year!  We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our February 13, March 12, April 9, & May 14 2020 mock exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we are proud to say that last year’s PGY5’s achieved […]

Reminder: 2020 Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program Applications Now Open!

Reminder: 2020 Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program Applications Now Open!

The next Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place from Monday – Wednesday, June 8-10, 2020. Online applications will be open from January 2 – 31, 2020. To apply, please click the 2020 Online Application Form. For more information, please contact Julia Lew at julia.lew@ubc.ca.

UBC Psychiatry Administration Staffing Announcement

  Dear Department Members, I am writing to let you know that Rachel Schweikert, Administrative Assistant to the Department Head and Mood Disorders Program, has had to leave her position effective December 23rd, 2019 due to unexpected circumstances. Rachel expressed her regrets about having to leave for home without the opportunity for a proper farewell […]

Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Newly Appointed to a Senior Leadership Role within Island Health

Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Newly Appointed to a Senior Leadership Role within Island Health

  The Department congratulates Dr. Wei-Yi Song on his appointment as Department Head and Island Medical Director for Psychiatry and Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) within Island Health, effective January 1, 2020.  In this role, Dr. Song will be responsible for ensuring high quality mental health and substance-related medical services across Island Health. His […]