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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 […]