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, safety and well-being is our top priority.

The Faculty of Medicine continues to be engaged and involved in discussions with the wider university, our partners, B.C.’s health authorities and the BC Centre for Disease Control regarding the evolving situation.

It is extremely important that we all do our best to slow the number of new cases and spread of the virus to protect our communities. Consistent with the public health practice of social distancing as an effective strategy to combat further spread, we have taken a number of immediate actions. These include:

  • limiting clinical exposure for medical and health profession students
  • asking researchers to investigate how protocols involving human participants can be adapted to reduce or eliminate in-person contact, especially with vulnerable populations
  • implementing operational contingency planning in our administrative units
  • Moving educational delivery to online modalities

I also want to emphasize that maintaining academic continuity to ensure ongoing education and learning is a priority. As such, we have actively begun to transition to the online delivery of courses as announced by UBC.

We are following the situation closely and will adapt our approach as new information about COVID-19 in B.C. becomes available.

As this is a quickly evolving situation, I expect you are receiving updates from a wide variety of sources specific to your work setting and location in B.C. I encourage you to also familiarize yourself with the below resources for the latest guidance, information and FAQs from UBC.

In closing, I would like to take time to recognize and thank the many members of our Faculty of Medicine community who are not only on the front lines of this outbreak at clinics and hospitals across B.C., but who are working to accelerate research to combat COVID-19 and save lives — here and around the world. I would also like to thank the entire educational community who are working so hard to support our students and plan for the transition to online delivery.


Dermot Kelleher, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci, FCAHS, FRCPC, AGAF
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice-President, Health
The University of British Columbia

Resources for Faculty of Medicine students and learners

The Faculty of Medicine has convened a COVID-19 Advisory Working Group (EADE-COVID-AWG) to develop recommendations in consideration of the safety and wellness of students, learners and patients, as well as the continuity of the learning experience.

Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for information and FAQs on everything from clinical rotations to travel for academic activities.

Resources for Research

All research being conducted by faculty, medical residents and students at Faculty of Medicine sites — both on and off UBC Vancouver (Point Grey campus) — must follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by UBC, their local university and the health authority in which they are working.

More information and FAQs will be posted to the Faculty of Medicine website shortly.

Resources from UBC

Continue to stay up-to-date by visiting the information page and FAQs available on There you’ll find resources on everything from travel guides to canceling research-related travel and business. You’ll also find information on continuity planning, guidance for managers and supervisors, and a variety of mental health supports and resources.

Teaching hospitals information

Faculty and staff working in locations such as the teaching hospitals should follow UBC’s advised protocols as well as the other organizations’ protocols. If the protocols are differing, please contact your HR Advisor or Faculty Relations.