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 will begin their Year 3 clinical rotations. Please refer to the June 12, 2020 e-mail  titled “UPDATE: UGE Students Returning to Clinical Rotations July 6, 2020” for a refresher on Direct Observations, PPE, and allowed patient experiences. Below are additional updates.


Update on Restricted Activities

An update relating to their clinical experiences is that students are now allowed to provide patient care in long-term care facilities with appropriate PPE (surgical mask + eye protection). They are still not allowed to participate in aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMP) on psychiatry or in the care of COVID-pending/COVID-positive patients.


Updated Year 3 Psychiatry Objectives for C2022

For the Class of 2022, the Undergraduate Psychiatry Education Committee (UGEC) has simplified the academic learning objectives; faculty are encouraged to review these prior to working with the new cohort of students.

Also attached, are the revised pocket cards with the Must-See and Must-Dos for the Class of 2020, which can also be found online here.


New Summative Comments on Year 3 End-of-Rotation Assessments

The other change that has occurred for the Class of 2022 is the addition of summative comments on the Medical Student Performance Record (MSPR). The MSPR summative narrative is the ONLY part of the core clerkship end-of-rotation assessment that appears on the student’s final transcript for residency applications (other than the notation that the student met competencies overall). These comments will have a direct impact on student CaRMS residency applications and thus are high stakes for students. Attached are some guidelines to help you divide your comments into formative versus summative when completing the Year 3 End-of-Rotation Assessment form.


Integrating Teaching with Virtual Care – Resources

Some clinical faculty have reached out for guidance on how to integrate teaching with virtual patient care. In the past few months, there have been some excellent sessions hosted by the Faculty of Medicine Faculty Development Office. Their website (https://facdev.med.ubc.ca/) has many tips and suggestions.

In the interim, the UGEC has developed psychiatry-specific virtual care infographics to help preceptors teach in various settings: one-to-one, small groups, and large groups. I would like to thank Dr. Kelly Saran and Dr. Claire Docherty for their work in leading the creation of these infographics. I hope these will be a useful addition to your clinical practice. These will also be posted on Canvas for easy reference; Canvas is where you can find all the current psychiatry-specific teaching resources for working with medical students. Please email psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with your CWL username for access.

Please contact Dr. Kathryn Fung (Kathryn.fung@vch.ca), Undergraduate Psychiatry Program Director, or Ms. Paola Martens (paola.martens@ubc.ca), Senior Education Programs Manager, if you have any further questions.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of UBC’s medical students.



Dr. Kathryn Fung
Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
UBC Department of Psychiatry