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Need for STACER examiners

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program**   Dear Clinical Faculty, As many of you are aware, the Royal College requires that the PGY4/5s successfully complete 2 STACERs (Structured Assessments of Clinical Evaluation Report) which include a 50 minute psychiatric assessment, presentation of the case, formulation, differential diagnosis […]

Registration Open: Inaugural Conference for the REMAP-Digital Research Cluster on October 26, 2021

Registration Open: Inaugural Conference for the REMAP-Digital Research Cluster on October 26, 2021

    Registration is now open for students, faculty, practitioners, and members of the community to participate in the Inaugural Conference for the Research on Mental Health Equity and Digital Health in the Asia Pacific cluster (REMAP-Digital), led by Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, on Tuesday October 26, 2021! This […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: UBC FASmail Deleted Folders Will Be Emptied After 90 Days

  Dear Department members, Please note that, beginning on October 4, 2021, UBC FASmail deleted folders, junk mail and RSS feeds will be permanently emptied after 90 days. Please do not depend on them as a filing system. UBC IT has implemented this change to comply with UBC records management policies and to reduce digital […]

Strategic Plan in Action: Residency Training Expansion in Fraser and Interior Health

Strategic Plan in Action: Residency Training Expansion in Fraser and Interior Health

    Dear Colleagues, Over the last several months, the UBC Department of Psychiatry had been working closely with the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Education and the Health Authorities’ Regional Heads to develop a joint proposal to the Ministry of Health for the expansion of resident training positions in BC. The key objective of this proposal […]

The REMAP-Digital Cluster Invites ePoster Abstracts for Their Upcoming Conference

The REMAP-Digital Cluster Invites ePoster Abstracts for Their Upcoming Conference

    The Research on Mental Health Equity and Digital Health in the Asia Pacific cluster (REMAP-Digital), led by Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, invites Department members to submit abstracts for the ePoster presentation for the upcoming inaugural Conference of REMAP-Digital on October 26, 2021! Specific guidelines regarding your abstract […]

Congratulations to Dr. Caroline Gosselin, Recipient of the 2021 Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching from the VMDAS Association!

Congratulations to Dr. Caroline Gosselin, Recipient of the 2021 Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching from the VMDAS Association!

  We wish to congratulate Clinical Professor Dr. Caroline Gosselin, who has received the 2021 Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff Association (VMDAS). As is a long-standing clinical faculty member in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Gosselin has made many significant contributions to teaching and […]

PGE Update Regarding Protected Time for Psychotherapy Training

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, and Dr. Michelle van den Engh, Associate Program Director, Resident Psychotherapy Training ***   Dear Colleagues, The UBC Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to developing highly skilled psychiatrists who are able to practice a variety of psychotherapies with patients who suffer from […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Athanasios (Thanasis) Zis, Professor Emeritus and Former Head

In Memoriam: Dr. Athanasios (Thanasis) Zis, Professor Emeritus and Former Head

      Dear Colleagues, It is with profound sadness that I share the news that Dr. Athanasios (Thanasis) Zis passed away on Wednesday September 1, 2021, surrounded by his family. As many of you are aware, Dr. Zis served as the Head of the UBC Department of Psychiatry from 1997 to 2006, and as […]

Departure of Dr. Sara Junaid as IMG Oversight Director & Invitation of Expressions of Interest for the Role

Departure of Dr. Sara Junaid as IMG Oversight Director & Invitation of Expressions of Interest for the Role

      Dear Colleagues, We wish to share with you that Dr. Sara Junaid has decided to step down as International Medical Graduate (IMG) Oversight Director as of September 30, 2021, after having served in this role since 2017.  As the IMG Oversight Director, Dr. Junaid provided exceptional support and mentorship to our IMG […]

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Among Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research!

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Among Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research!

  Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, named one of Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research! Dr. Vanderwal is among 20 outstanding awardees announced this year, and will be the recipient of a major grant to support her project titled “Functional Hyperalignment in Pediatric fMRI,” which focuses on improving how one of the […]

Congratulations to Mr. Caden Poh, Recipient of the President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement!

Congratulations to Mr. Caden Poh, Recipient of the President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement!

    The Department is delighted to share that CREST.BD Research Coordinator Mr. Caden Poh has received this year’s President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement! Caden is being recognized for his dedication and hard work in reducing barriers to information and healthcare for people living with bipolar disorder through creative use of social media, advertising, […]

Call for Health Researchers: Help Increase Diversity in Health Research in BC!

Call for Health Researchers: Help Increase Diversity in Health Research in BC!

    As part of a study led by principal investigator Dr. Erin Michalak and supported by the BC Support Unit, BC health researchers are invited to participate in a survey to test six online educational modules using the Tapestry Tool – a novel interactive e-learning platform. The purpose of this study is to evaluate […]

August 2021 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

    Hello from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! We’re pleased to provide you with our Summer 2021 quarterly update. Residents, for your information if you’re submitting either your project abstract or your final report, the Fall committee meeting dates are October 5th 2021 (*note change of date) and November 25th 2021 . […]

Memo from Psychiatry IT: WiFi in Detwiller Pavilion

  Some department members located in Detwiller Pavilion at Point Grey campus have noticed weak UBC WiFi signals. UBC Secure WiFi has no access points in Detwiller Pavilion. The signal strength is poor because you are connecting to another building’s WiFi. Instead, please use UBC Eduroam, which is available in both hospital and university buildings, […]

UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Updates – August 2021

    Dear Department members, I am pleased to share some exciting staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Administration and Education teams. Firstly, please join me in welcoming Ms. Eva Angelopoulos, who started as our new Senior Education Programs Manager on August 9.  As a member of our Administrative team and working closely with the […]

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Recipient of JELF Funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)!

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Recipient of JELF Funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)!

  Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, who has been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) to support her infrastructure project titled “Naturalistic Neuroimaging of Child Psychiatric Disorders.” Hers is one of seven UBC-led projects to be selected in the June 2021 competition. Dr. Vanderwal is a […]

PGME Spotlight on Dr. Leona Adams

PGME Spotlight on Dr. Leona Adams

  Clinical Assistant Professor and newly appointed Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Co-Faculty Lead Dr. Leona Adams is profiled the current issue of the UBC FoM PGME newsletter! This month’s PGME Spotlight describes Dr. Adams’ amazing work using communication as a key tool to care for her patients as an Emergency Psychiatrist, and also as […]

Call for Tutors: Year 2 Psychiatry Interviewing (VFMP): Sessions run Wed Sept 1 to Fri Dec 3, 2021

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, Help prepare our medical students for their psychiatry clerkship – sign up for the Year 2 Psychiatry Interviewing Clinical Skills sessions running Wed Sept 1 to Fri Dec 3, 2021 at VFMP […]

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo, Recipient of a 2021 FoM Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Early Career

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo, Recipient of a 2021 FoM Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Early Career

  We are thrilled to share that Dr. Daniel Vigo has received a 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of Overall Excellence – Early Career! This annual award recognizes faculty at the Assistant Professor level who have made outstanding contributions in research, education, and service, areas in which Dr. Vigo has […]

Dr. Lynn Raymond Receives Major CIHR Project Grant in the Spring 2021 Competition

Dr. Lynn Raymond Receives Major CIHR Project Grant in the Spring 2021 Competition

  Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Raymond on being awarded a major CIHR project grant in the Spring 2021 competition! As the principal investigator on this 5-year funded project titled “Role of altered endoplasmic reticulum calcium regulation and the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor signaling in cortico-striatal synaptic dysfunction: Opportunities for therapy in prodromal Huntington disease,” Dr. Raymond […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Using Personal Computers & Apple Product Security Vulnerabilities

  Security Requirements When Using Personal Computers for UBC Business UBC policies require that personal computers used for UBC business be secured to UBC standards. Those standards are: If you are working on a public internet connection (e.g. coffee shop), you must make a UBC VPN connection, even if you aren’t trying to connect to […]

Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (KARF) Announcement

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Research ***    Dear faculty, The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) is launching an internal selection process to nominate candidates for the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (KARF), offered by the UBC VP Research & Innovation. Nominations for individuals from one of the federally designated groups […]

Information for Students Invited to Participate in Mental Health and Substance Use Survey by the Mental Health Systems and Services Lab

Information for Students Invited to Participate in Mental Health and Substance Use Survey by the Mental Health Systems and Services Lab

  Dr. Daniel Vigo’s Mental Health Systems and Services Lab is currently leading the Student e-Mental Health Project, a 4-year Health Canada funded project in collaboration with different universities across Canada, including McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and Simon Fraser University, as well as Harvard University in the US. This weekly mental health and […]

Invitation to Teach UBC MEDD 421 Psychiatric Clinical Skills

  ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   If you are a faculty member who is interested in teaching UBC MEDD 421 Psychiatric Clinical Skills, you are encouraged to sign up by completing and submitting the UBC MEDD 421 Psychiatric Clinical Skills Sign-Up Sheet 2021-2022 […]

MEMORANDUM: Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry

MEMORANDUM: Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry

    Dear Colleagues, As the UBC Department of Psychiatry is seeking to fill the vacancy for the role of Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry, I am inviting members of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry to submit your expressions of interest in this key leadership role. Reporting to the Department Head, the Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry […]

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Awarded UBC’s Largest Ever CIHR Project Grant!

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Awarded UBC’s Largest Ever CIHR Project Grant!

  Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on being awarded a significant CIHR project grant, which happens to be the largest project grant ever to be awarded to a UBC investigator by CIHR! This five-year grant will fund a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial for cannabidiol adjunctive therapy for acute bipolar depression. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a […]

Academic Renewal Funding for New Faculty Position in Translational Medicine

    Dear Colleagues, Earlier this year, the Department of Psychiatry submitted a proposal for the first round of the Faculty of Medicine Academic Renewal Program intended to support the recruitment of talented junior faculty in the areas of Translational Science and Medicine, Data Science, and Virtual/Rural and Remote Health. Now that the selection process […]

Announcing the Retirement of Ms. Julia Lew, Educational Technologist

    Dear Department members, It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Ms. Julia Lew, Educational Technologist in the Department of Psychiatry, will be retiring from UBC as of July 31, 2021. While we could not be happier for Julia and send her our hearty congratulations as she begins this new chapter in […]

PGE 2021-22 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Hi everyone, I hope this email finds you well.  We are starting to recruit examiners for our 2021-22 Mock OSCE’s. The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams. We already know the […]

UBC CPD: Registration Now Open for the 15th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference on Friday September 24th

  ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Anthony Bailey, CPD Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   You are invited to attend the 15th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference, which will be hosted virtually once again this year. An incredible group of international and local experts will be joining to discuss topics such as bipolar disorder, […]

Congratulations to Dr. Emma Morton, Recipient of the CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship!

Congratulations to Dr. Emma Morton, Recipient of the CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship!

  Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Dr. Emma Morton, who has been awarded the prestigious CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2020-2021! Dr. Morton is a member of the CREST.BD research team led by Dr. Erin Michalak. Her research project, titled “Towards a future optimising quality of life in bipolar disorder: A focus on digital health,” aims […]

Join the Postgraduate Education Curriculum Committee

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Program Director, Curriculum **   Dear Faculty, At this time, I would like to invite any interested faculty to apply to join our Postgraduate Education Curriculum committee.  You would join me, Dr. Jenny Barley (PGY1 rep), Dr. Michelle van den Engh (psychotherapy rep) and a […]

Dr. Ram Randhawa’s Retirement from Curriculum Committee

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Program Director, Curriculum **   Dear Faculty: I would like to thank Dr. Ram Randhawa for his work on the Curriculum Committee.  He is stepping down after sixteen years!  When I became Associate Director, Curriculum in 2017, Ram was a welcome face to have on […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Megan Roberts, Clinical Associate Professor

In Memoriam: Dr. Megan Roberts, Clinical Associate Professor

    *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head of Clinical Affairs & Partnerships, and a close personal friend and colleague of Dr. Megan Roberts ***   Dear Colleagues, I am very sad to inform you that Dr. Megan Roberts passed away in the early morning of Tuesday June 29. I spoke […]

Reminder of the Requirement to Use UBC Email Systems

  ** Shared on behalf of Hubert Lai, Q.C., University Counsel and Jennifer Burns, Associate Vice-President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer **   At UBC, we all have a shared responsibility to protect the personal information of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community. Over the last year, many faculty […]

Now Open for Applications: 2021 Indigenous Studentship for the Advancement of Women

Now Open for Applications: 2021 Indigenous Studentship for the Advancement of Women

  ** Shared on behalf of Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) and the Canadian Women’s Foundation **     MHRC is proud to partner with the Canadian Women’s Foundation on a funding opportunity for a woman-identifying Indigenous student to work directly with the Foundation on a mental health research project relevant to the needs of Canadian women. […]

UBC Faculty of Medicine Shadowing and Career Planning Cafe

  ** Forwarded on behalf of the UBC FoM MD Undergraduate Program **   Shadowing for Year 1 and Year 2 students: Faculty of Medicine has approved for Year 1 and Year 2 students to begin shadowing again. If any preceptor is interested for students to contact them for shadowing experience they can sign up […]

VGH Learning Environment Joint Survey

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Sonia Butterworth, Assistant Dean, PGME, UBC & Dr. Ravi Sidhu, Associate Dean, PGME, UBC **   Hi to all, As we wrap up this academic year and look ahead to the next, the PGME Office, in collaboration with VGH leadership, is seeking your input on the work and learning […]

Launch of UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA): Apply for Funding to Support Research Collaborations

  **Message forwarded on behalf of Dr. Rob McMaster, Vice Dean Research, Faculty of Medicine, UBC** The UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA) program is now open again. It provides up to $5000 to support new or existing research partnerships between UBC researchers in the Okanagan and Vancouver. Faculty members from all disciplines are invited […]

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Screen Lock Enablement

  Most of the Department’s computers contain or can access personal information (PI) and some also contain personal health information (PHI).  Many of our computers also contain financial and other sensitive information.  All of this needs to be kept confidential.  When we leave our running computers unattended, whether going for a coffee or finishing work […]

UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Updates – June 2021

    Dear Department members, I am pleased to share some exciting staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Administration and Education teams. Firstly, please join me in warmly welcoming Mr. Ahsan Sahibzada, who started as our new Senior Program Assistant for the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program on June 14. Ahsan may be reached by email at […]

CPD Survey Invitation: Psychiatrists’ Current Experience of CPD & CME

    Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to let you know that the Department of Psychiatry has recently constituted a CPD Advisory Committee to advise the department on how to improve the effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education (CME). As our current PGY1 Residents in Psychiatry are already following the new Competence by Design (CBD) training […]

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Palis, Recipient of a CIHR Fellowship and Ranked in the Top 1% of Applicants!

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Palis, Recipient of a CIHR Fellowship and Ranked in the Top 1% of Applicants!

  Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow and 2020/2021 IMH Marshall Award recipient Dr. Heather Palis, who was not only successful in the recent CIHR Fellowship competition, but also ranked in the top 1% of the national applicant pool. Supervised by Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite (SPPH) and Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Dr. Palis is currently engaged in studies to […]

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Dagg, Recipient of the CPA 2021 Paul Patterson Innovation in Education Leadership Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Dagg, Recipient of the CPA 2021 Paul Patterson Innovation in Education Leadership Award!

  The Department is thrilled to share the news that Clinical Professor and Associate Head Dr. Paul Dagg has received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s 2021 Paul Patterson Innovation in Education Leadership Award, in recognition for his steadfast dedication to educational innovation and excellence in psychiatric education within the Department, at UBC, and all across Canada. […]

Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs, Recipient of a 2021 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health!

Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs, Recipient of a 2021 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health!

  Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs on being awarded a 2021 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health! A doctoral student in Experimental Medicine who is currently supervised by Dr. Will Panenka and Dr. Bill Honer, Jacob is also the recipient of a prestigious Killam Doctoral Scholarship in 2020-2021. He recently presented a lightning talk on “Differential […]

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Recpients of the 2021 DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant!

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Recpients of the 2021 DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant!

  Congratulations to the following faculty members who were awarded the the 2021 Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant! This grant is intended to help kick-start new research collaborations, directions, and technological developments, supporting new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.     […]

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards!

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, Further to the announcement of the 2021 awardees of the Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards at Research Day last week, we wish to again extend a warm congratulations the deserving residents and clinical faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the our Education Programs over […]

Dr. Carol Ward Appointed as Geriatric Psychiatric Consultant for National Long-Term Care Services Standards with the Health Standards Organization (HSO)

Dr. Carol Ward Appointed as Geriatric Psychiatric Consultant for National Long-Term Care Services Standards with the Health Standards Organization (HSO)

  Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Carol Ward on her appointment as the Geriatric Psychiatric Consultant for National Long-Term Care Services Standards with the Health Standards Organization (HSO). This appointment is in collaboration of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to meet the needs of residents, families and […]

Release of Finalized Department Strategic Plan for 2020-2025

Release of Finalized Department Strategic Plan for 2020-2025

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, Upon completion of the last phase of Department-wide review and consultation, I am delighted to announce the release of the finalized UBC Department of Psychiatry Strategic Plan for 2020-2025.  With this finalized Strategic Plan, I believe we have succeeded in implementing the diverse and candid feedback gathered […]

2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day Evaluation & Feedback

2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day Evaluation & Feedback

    Dear colleagues, We wish to thank everyone who participated in the 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day yesterday, and also express our gratitude to all of the outstanding presenters and Lightning Talk speakers for their engaging presentations and hard work in helping to make our virtual Research Day a success. Additionally, we wish […]

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series, Virtual Screening June 10-16 & & Webinar Q&A on Wed June 16th @ 7–8:30 pm PST

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series, Virtual Screening June 10-16 & & Webinar Q&A on Wed June 16th @ 7–8:30 pm PST

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:   Watch the film trailer here Free Virtual Screening of Mother (2019) June 10 through June 16 Live Webinar Q&A on June 16 7:00-830pm PST Belgium/Netherlands 2019 / Director: Kristof Bilsen / 82 min FREE virtual screening now live! Registration to view the film also […]

The 15th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry is Taking Place Virtually on June 28 – 30, 2021 – REGISTER NOW!

The 15th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry is Taking Place Virtually on June 28 – 30, 2021 – REGISTER NOW!

    You are invited to attend the 15th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, taking place virtually from 28th to 30th June 2021. “Precision Psychiatry in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies” is the major theme of this Congress, which will feature plenaries, symposia, workshops and posters that will highlight the advances in […]

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo, Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Systems (IJMHS)!

  The Department congratulates Dr. Daniel Vigo on his new appointment as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Systems (IJMHS)! The IJMHS aims to contribute to democratizing mental health services by guiding the critical research programs that will inform the decision-making process required, and continues to be a leading source for mental […]

Advance Booking for UBC FoM Curriculum / Teaching Sessions 2021-2022 – Fall Window

  *** Sent on behalf of the FoM Reseource Coordination Team ***   Dear Colleagues: The Resource Coordination Team is accepting advance booking requests for UBC FoM curriculum/teaching sessions for the fall window of academic year 2021-2022 from May 24, 2021 until June 18, 2021(extended from June 11th). This window is inclusive of events occurring […]

Please Share: Students Interested in Psychiatry are Invited to the UBC PSIP Psychiatry Careers Night on June 10th, 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom!

Please Share: Students Interested in Psychiatry are Invited to the UBC PSIP Psychiatry Careers Night on June 10th, 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom!

  Are you a student interested in a career in psychiatry? Do you know any students who might be interested? If so, please share and register for the UBC PSIP Psychiatry Careers Night on Thursday June 10th, 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom. RSVP at: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eqVTb4u1DTAVu74 A panel of psychiatrists will answer all your burning questions about […]

Announcement of New Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for Psychiatry, Dr. Joseph Tham

Announcement of New Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for Psychiatry, Dr. Joseph Tham

    Dear colleagues, Following the recent call for expressions of interest in the role of Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for the Department of Psychiatry, we are delighted to announce that the sole nominee, Dr. Joseph Tham, has been elected by acclamation to this role and will serve for a three-year term from July 1, […]

Life Sciences BC Awards – Nominations are Now Open

  *** Sent on behalf of Brian Wong, Grant Applications Officer & Database Analyst, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***   Dear Faculty, Life Sciences BC is very excited to announce the opening of the nomination process for the 23rd Annual Life Sciences BC Awards presented by FARRIS, which will be held virtually on the Zoom […]

Launch of FoM Faculty Emerging Leaders Program (FELP)

Launch of FoM Faculty Emerging Leaders Program (FELP)

  *** Forwarded on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office ***   Dear Department Faculty, We are pleased to launch a call for applications for the first cohort of the new Faculty Emerging Leaders Program (FELP) in the Faculty of Medicine. The FELP is intended for academic and clinical faculty who are interested […]

Scheduling Update: Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Fraser Community Forum on June 1st, 2021

  *** Message sent on behalf of Dr. Roger Wong, Chair, Advisory Search Committee for Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Fraser, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***   Dear Colleagues, We would like to provide a scheduling update on the upcoming community forum event taking place on Tuesday, June 1st for the community to engage with Dr. […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: MacOS Big Sur Screenshot Hack

  There is an Apple security vulnerability that allows hackers to take secret screenshots of MacBooks and iMacs, using macOS Big Sur. This is not just a warning. The vulnerability is being exploited now. Please make sure you have updated Big Sur to version 11.4, which blocks this security vulnerability. Earlier versions of macOS do […]

Opportunity Available for P/T Psychiatrist BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Reproductive Mental Health

  *** Sent at the Request of Dr. Deirdre Ryan, Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Reproductive Mental Health Program, BC Children’s Hospital ***   Dear colleagues, Are you a psychiatrist looking to join a great team of perinatal specialists in Vancouver? Do you know any qualified colleagues who might be interested? Please share with them this excellent […]

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Mahesh Menon, Who Have Each Received a 2021 VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Mahesh Menon, Who Have Each Received a 2021 VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award!

  Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Mahesh Menon, who have each received a 2021 Innovation and Translational Research Award from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) for their respective research projects! This award supports innovative research from concept to application, and this year’s recipients are recognized for their use of groundbreaking techniques […]

CIHR and the CPA Launch the Glenda MacQueen Career Development Award for Women in Psychiatry

CIHR and the CPA Launch the Glenda MacQueen Career Development Award for Women in Psychiatry

  *** Sent on behalf of the Canadian Psychiatry Association and CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction ***   The CPA and the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) have announced the launch of the Glenda M. MacQueen Memorial Career Development Award for Women in Psychiatry. This annual award was […]

Call for Submissions: Gairdner Early Career Investigator Competition

Call for Submissions: Gairdner Early Career Investigator Competition

  *** Forwarded on Behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Research, Office of Research ***   Dear Gairdner friends and partners, As part of the 2021 Gairdner Awards celebrations, we are inviting early career investigators across Canada to submit a two minute video for an opportunity to present their research as part of the […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Connecting to Your Office Computer From Elsewhere

  If you are a Department member who has a Psychiatry IT-supported Windows computer on the Psychiatry wired network, did you know you connect to it from many other locations, and work on it as if you are sitting in front of it?  It is possible to connect to Psychiatry IT-supported Windows computers from other […]

Save the Date: CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY2 Supervisors – PGY2s in the Foundations Stage on Monday June 14, 2021

  *** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***   Dear Faculty, Please join us for an online webinar on Monday June 14, 2021 titled “CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY2 Supervisors – PGY2’s in the Foundations Stage”. The webinar’s goal is to help you prepare for […]

Departure of Ms. Amity Chiang as the Assistant Human Resources Manager, and Other Staffing Updates

    Dear Department members, It is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of Amity Chiang from her position as the Assistant Human Resources Manager in the UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office, as she has accepted a new position as an HR Coordinator at UBC Library. Amity’s last working day in the Department […]

Appointments of Dr. Kulwant Riar, Dr. Barinder Singh, and Dr. Kenneth Heng to PGE Leadership Roles

Appointments of Dr. Kulwant Riar, Dr. Barinder Singh, and Dr. Kenneth Heng to PGE Leadership Roles

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, The recruitment process for the position of Postgraduate Forensic Subspecialty Program Director has recently concluded and we are delighted to announce that Dr. Kulwant Riar has been appointed to this role for a three-year term, from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2024. As the Forensic Subspecialty […]

Help Promote the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance’s Feelings First Campaign!

Help Promote the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance’s Feelings First Campaign!

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry is pleased to be a participating organization in the Feelings First Campaign! Feelings First is a campaign to introduce important concepts around Social and Emotional Development in the early years, to parents and caregivers across British Columbia. It is brought to you by the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance […]

Call for Volunteers to Provide Psychological Support to Front-line COVID-19 workers in India

Call for Volunteers to Provide Psychological Support to Front-line COVID-19 workers in India

    If you are a mental health care provider who speaks Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Marwari, Odia (Oriya), Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu, and wishes to assist front-line workers grappling with the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis in India, you are encouraged to contact indearinfo@gmail.com for information on how you can help! This […]

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Recipient of the 2021 ISBD Robert Post Mentorship Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Recipient of the 2021 ISBD Robert Post Mentorship Award!

  Congratulations to our Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on receiving the 2021 Robert Post Mentorship Award from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD)! This award, named in honor of Professor Robert Post, recognizes outstanding ISBD members who have followed Dr. Post’s example and lifelong commitment to mentoring, and who have shown a similar […]

You Are Invited By Dr. Michael Krausz to Attend the Let’s Talk Overdose Conference

You Are Invited By Dr. Michael Krausz to Attend the Let’s Talk Overdose Conference

  You are invited to join Dr. Michael Krausz and other researchers, clinicians, policy makers, people with lived/living experience, and youth from all over the world for a full-day virtual conference on the overdose crisis and how to stop it. The virtual Let’s Talk Overdose Conference will take place on Wednesday June 23, 2021,  so […]

REGISTRATION OPEN! 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3rd, 2021

REGISTRATION OPEN! 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3rd, 2021

    Dear Department Faculty, Staff, Students, and Residents,   RESEARCH DAY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! If you are planning to attend our online UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3rd, be sure to register by completing the Online Registration Form by Monday May 31! Upon completing and submitting the online form, you will […]

Dr. Jehannine Austin Speaks to Harper’s Bazaar About a Simple Analogy That Can Change How We Think About Mental Health

Dr. Jehannine Austin Speaks to Harper’s Bazaar About a Simple Analogy That Can Change How We Think About Mental Health

  Last month, Dr. Jehannine Austin was featured in a Harper’s Bazaar article, where she spoke with writer Sally Newall about a simple analogy that could provide us all with a new perspective on mental health. Here, Dr. Austin discusses a ‘mental illness jar’ that every person has, which is filled with both genetic and […]

Invitation to PGE Graduation Ceremony for Class of 2021 – RSVP by June 14

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director**   Dear Grads, Faculty and invited guests, I am thrilled to announce the virtual Graduation Ceremony for the Psychiatry Class of 2021! The ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 by Zoom. The festivities will start at 6:00 PST at the link […]

Nominations Invited for FoM Awards – Deadline Friday June 4, 2021

    Dear UBC Psychiatry Department Members, Following the Dean’s Call for Nominations for the 2021 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards on May 3, 2021, 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 […]

The BRAIN Lab Invites You to Follow Their BRAIN Blog

The BRAIN Lab Invites You to Follow Their BRAIN Blog

      The Behavioral Reward Affect + Impulsivity Neuroscience (BRAIN) Lab, led by Dr. Christian Schütz, focuses on the psycho-neuro-biological mechanisms underlying cognitive, affective, and stress-associated aspects of decision-making and impulsivity—specifically related to substance use disorders and concurrent mental disorders. Now, the group invites you to visit their new BRAIN Blog focused on translating […]

Don’t Miss Dr. Daniel Vigo’s SBME Special Lecture on May 13th, 2021 at 11am – 12pm!

Don’t Miss Dr. Daniel Vigo’s SBME Special Lecture on May 13th, 2021 at 11am – 12pm!

    You are invited to attend the School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) virtual Special Lecture by Dr. Daniel Vigo, who will present on “The mental health related burden in Canadian youth and  university students” on Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 11am-12pm. For details on this lecture, please visit: https://www.bme.ubc.ca/events/event/sbme-mental-health-dr-daniel-vigo/ Meeting ID: 688 4507 1924 […]

STAY TUNED: Registration for Our 2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day Opens Tuesday May 11!

STAY TUNED: Registration for Our 2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day Opens Tuesday May 11!

    General attendee registration for our 2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day opens on Tuesday, May 11! The registration link will be circulated internally to Department members only, so we ask that you please share this widely across your external networks! Be on the look out for the email on Tuesday May 11th, and be […]

Chapter Co-authored by Dr. Clara Westwell-Roper and Dr. Evelyn Stewart in a New Book on Childhood Health Inequities

Chapter Co-authored by Dr. Clara Westwell-Roper and Dr. Evelyn Stewart in a New Book on Childhood Health Inequities

                  UBC psychiatry resident Dr. Clara Westwell-Roper and Dr. Evelyn Stewart have co-authored a book chapter on “Health Inequities Facing Children Vulnerable to Mental Health Challenge,” now included in the newly published book titled Supporting Children and Their Families Facing Health Inequities in Canada. Their chapter contributes to a broader analysis of disparities […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Stuart Fine, Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam: Dr. Stuart Fine, Professor Emeritus

      Dear Colleagues, We are very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Stuart Fine, Professor Emeritus, on December 26, 2020. Dr. Fine joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1971, where he would serve as a valued member of our academic faculty for the next thirty-two years.  He was a […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Jane Garland, Clinical Professor Emerita

In Memoriam: Dr. Jane Garland, Clinical Professor Emerita

      Dear Colleagues, It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Dr. Jane Garland, Clinical Professor Emerita, on Sunday April 25, 2021. Dr. Garland was a long-serving member of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, a brilliant and compassionate psychiatrist, a pillar within the Mental Health Program […]

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Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: UBC Workspace 2.0 to be Decommissioned

  UBC Workspace 2.0 will be decommissioned in Fall 2021, so if you have files in UBC Workspace, you will need to move them somewhere else or they will be deleted on October 29, 2021. Depending on how many files you have and how many people you might share the files with, it could take […]

Dr. Jill Murphy to Present at UBC Psychiatry’s 2021 Virtual Research Day

Dr. Jill Murphy to Present at UBC Psychiatry’s 2021 Virtual Research Day

  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jill Murphy, will join our panel speakers to present on “Advancing Post-COVID19 Mental Health Equity in Asia-Pacific” at our Department’s 2021 Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3, 2021! Dr. Murphy is a Research Associate in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and is the Strategic Initiatives Director […]

April 2021 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

April 2021 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

    Hello from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! We’re pleased to provide you with our Spring 2021 quarterly update; we have four updates for you. We have welcomed a new ‘at large’ new committee member – Dr. Verena Langheimer is a psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC Dr. Langheimer undertook her […]

2021 Psychiatry CaRMS Match Result

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program ***   Dear Faculty and Residents, We are thrilled to inform you that we have done very well in our virtual CaRMS match!  We have matched all our positions in each track, and I feel that the new […]

Submit Your ePoster for the 2021 Psychiatry Research Day Virtual Poster Gallery by May 16th!

Submit Your ePoster for the 2021 Psychiatry Research Day Virtual Poster Gallery by May 16th!

  Dear Department Faculty, Students, Staff and Residents, As you may have already submitted your abstract, or are planning to do so by the deadline of Sunday April 25th, this is a reminder that your electronic posters for the 2021 Research Day Virtual Poster Gallery must be submitted in PowerPoint using the Online ePoster Submission […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: NDRIO Virtual Town Halls May 2021

  The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is hosting a series of eight Virtual Town Halls between May 4 and May 7 to share and validate key findings from the Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure Needs Assessment process. The Virtual Town Halls will be of great interest to researchers and other stakeholders of the Canadian […]

Invitation for Expressions of Interest in Role of Department Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative

    Dear Colleagues, We are writing today to let you know that the term of the current Department of Psychiatry representative, Dr. Marilyn Champagne, on the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Advisory Council will end as of June 30, 2021. Dr. Champagne has been an outstanding representative and advocate for clinical faculty in Psychiatry, […]

Guest Speakers Dr. Carrie Bourassa and Dr. Cari McIlduff to Present at UBC Psychiatry’s 2021 Virtual Research Day

  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Carrie Bourassa and Dr. Cari McIlduff, will join our panel speakers to present on “Understanding traditional medicine’s role in Indigenous mental health” at our Department’s 2021 Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3, 2021! Dr. Bourassa is Professor in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at […]

FACULTY CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Northern Medical Program

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry invites applications for a full-time academic faculty position  in the Northern Medical Program at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track). The ideal candidate will be a clinician scientist with expertise in the area of child and youth Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) issues, Psychiatric epidemiology and population […]

VCH Clinical Faculty Invited to Participate in Survey on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) competencies

  Dr Anupam Thakur, a psychiatrist and chair of the Developmental Disability division of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, is leading a study aimed at surveying the education and level of experience on Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD), and knowledge and attitudes on IDD of practicing psychiatrists. The study is titled “Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) […]

Dr. Michael Krausz Invited by WHO to Chair International Advisory Board for E-Mental Health Strategy in Egypt

Dr. Michael Krausz Invited by WHO to Chair International Advisory Board for E-Mental Health Strategy in Egypt

  Dr. Michael Krausz has been invited by the World Health Organization and the Egypt Ministry of Health and Population to chair an international advisory board for the development of a new e-mental health strategy for Egypt. Dr. Krausz will also help oversee a project to develop and implement the strategy to support the establishment […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Maelor Vallance, Clinical Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam: Dr. Maelor Vallance, Clinical Professor Emeritus

  The Department is very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Maelor Vallance, Clinical Professor Emeritus, on April 10, 2021. Upon moving to Vancouver from Scotland in 1965, Dr. Vallance accepted a position at Riverview Hospital and was subsequently appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry. As a clinical faculty member, he dedicated […]

Guest Speaker Dr. Annie Ciernia to Present at UBC Psychiatry’s 2021 Virtual Research Day

Guest Speaker Dr. Annie Ciernia to Present at UBC Psychiatry’s 2021 Virtual Research Day

  We are pleased to share that Dr. Annie Ciernia, Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will join our panel speakers and will present on “The role of neuroinflammation in development and mental health” at our Department’s 2021 Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3, 2021! Dr. Ciernia’s research focuses […]

Dr. Daniel Vigo’s Student E-Mental Health Project Funded by Federal Government’s Substance Use Initiative

Dr. Daniel Vigo’s Student E-Mental Health Project Funded by Federal Government’s Substance Use Initiative

  On Friday April 9, the Government of Canada announced nearly $16.5 million in funding for 11 BC-based projects being carried out to address the overdose crisis and substance use-related harms affecting communities across our province. Selected as one of the funded projects is the Student E-Mental Health Project led by PI Dr. Daniel Vigo, […]

New Publication by Dr. Anthony Phillips’ Research Group Featured in Science in Vancouver

New Publication by Dr. Anthony Phillips’ Research Group Featured in Science in Vancouver

    The website and newsletter Science in Vancouver regularly highlights new publications of importance in the life sciences, and recently, it selected and featured a paper titled “Disruption of long-term depression potentiates latent inhibition: Key role for central nucleus of the amygdala” (Ashby D.M., et al.) published by the research team led by Dr. […]

REGISTER NOW: Cultural Psychiatry Webinar on Wednesday April 28, 2021

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program *** Dear Clinical Faculty and Residents, We had been planning a Cultural Psychiatry Day for residents and found out that the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture will be presenting a national webinar around the same time.  As a result, we have cancelled our educational day and have asked that residents […]

RESPONSE DUE by Sun, Apr 11, 2021 – Have You Taught UBC Psychiatry Residents between Apr 1, 2020 to Mar 31, 2021?

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office *** Please reply to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with inquiries.    Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, As you may know, clinical teaching with patient care (CTwPC) forms for Apr 1, 2020 to Mar 31, 2021 were due on March 31st, 2021. At this point, we are NO LONGER […]

Call for Abstracts for 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day

Call for Abstracts for 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day

  The Department invites faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work at our Virtual Research Day to submit their abstracts using the Online Abstract Submission Form by Sunday April 25th, 2021 (11:59 PST). Don’t forget that electronic posters are due on Sunday May 16th! Find more information here.    

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham Profiled in the Lancet Psychiatry

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham Profiled in the Lancet Psychiatry

  The Lancet journals regularly publish profiles of leaders across many areas of health and medicine, and in the April issue of The Lancet Psychiatry, the focus is on Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and his impactful work unravelling the biology of bipolar disorder. The feature includes a quote from Dr. Michael Berk, Alfred Deakin […]

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day is on THURSDAY JUNE 3, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day is on THURSDAY JUNE 3, 2021

  Dear Department Members, We are pleased to announce that our 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day will be held online on Thursday June 3, 2021!   With physical distancing measures still in effect due to COVID-19, this year’s Virtual Research Day event will once again bring Department members together online to showcase all the […]

Award Updates & Major External Award Deadlines

*** Forwarded on Behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Office of Research ***   Good morning everyone, UPDATES: March 30: Recipients of the 2020 Faculty Research Awards competitions will be announced June 2021: The Royal Society of Canada will release embargoed notifications to successful candidates nominated in the FRSC & College programs Fall 2021: […]

Memo From UBC Psychiatry IT: Recent Security Updates for Mac and Windows Computers

  Both Apple and Microsoft have built in systems that prompt you to install functional and security updates for the operating system and some of their other apps.  Neither operating system will update apps/software from other companies. Apple does not have an official policy about how many versions of their operating system they supply security […]

A New Study Led by Dr. Daniel Vigo Examines Association Between Social Proximity to COVID-19 and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

A New Study Led by Dr. Daniel Vigo Examines Association Between Social Proximity to COVID-19 and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

  This week, UBC News featured a new study led by Dr. Daniel Vigo, which examined the association between social proximity to COVID-19 and symptoms of anxiety and depression in university students. Now published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, this was the first study to track the association week-by-week over an extended period of […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, Recipient of a CIHR Project Grant in the Fall 2020 Competition!

  Congratulations to Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who has been awarded a CIHR project grant from the Fall 2020 Competition! Dr. Fairbrother is the principal investigator on the funded project titled Perinatal Anxiety Disorders Screening Study. The objective of this study will be to identify the most effective tool to screen for perinatal anxiety and anxiety-related […]

Call for Applications for the 2021-2022 UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health

Call for Applications for the 2021-2022 UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health

    Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the call for applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2021-2022. The Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health was established in 2019 by the IMH to support the training of young investigators in translational research in order […]

Congratulations to Dr. Soma Ganesan, Recipient of the 2020 Doctors of BC Silver Medal of Service Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Soma Ganesan, Recipient of the 2020 Doctors of BC Silver Medal of Service Award!

  The Department wishes to congratulate Dr. Soma Ganesan, who was recently awarded the 2020 Doctors of BC Silver Medal of Service Award! This award recognizes physicians who have made outstanding contributions to medicine and/or the improvement of British Columbians’ welfare. A long-serving Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Ganesan has been […]

Clinical Faculty Awards Survey

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative for UBC Psychiatry ***   Dear Department Clinical Faculty, The following survey was developed with input from the Recognition Subcommittee and from the FoM EDI Office in order to further assess how the Clinical Faculty Awards can better serve clinical faculty across all […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Microsoft Teams Outlook Add-in

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Microsoft Teams Outlook Add-in

  If you use Microsoft Teams and have Outlook 2013 or later, Microsoft offers a useful add-in that allows you to schedule Teams meetings, from your Outlook calendar. In Outlook, click on the Home button, then click on the Add-ins (click Store in older versions of Outlook) This will open another window featuring all add-ins […]

Examiners Needed: PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCEs on April 1 & 15

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Team ***   Hi everyone, We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our April 1, & April 15 2020 mock exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the […]

2021 COUPE Early Undergraduate Educator Award

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Education**   2021 COUPE Early Undergraduate Educator Award Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Information Manual PURPOSE: The Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) is proud to award, on an annual basis, the COUPE Early Undergraduate Educator Award. First established in 2019, this Award […]

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Murphy, Awarded $2.3M through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation!

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Murphy, Awarded $2.3M through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation!

  Congratulations to Dr. Tim Murphy, who has been awarded $2.3 million through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for his project titled “iMAP in vivo Mesoscale Assessment of neuroProjectomes.”  His project is one of five CFI-funded projects led by UBC Faculty of Medicine researchers, totaling $8 million. The funding, announced on March 3, 2021 […]

MEMORANDUM: Invitation of Expressions of Interest for the 2021 Canada Research Chair Competition – Deadline Monday March 29th

    Dear Colleagues, The Faculty of Medicine has launched the 2021 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Competition for up to four Tier 1 and up to three Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs in any field of research aligned to the Faculty of Medicine strategic plan, through a competition open to FoM Departments, Schools with Centres, […]

YOU ARE INVITED: BC Concurrent Disorders Conference on March 12, 2021

  Don’t forget to register for the B.C. Concurrent Disorders Conference on Friday March 12, 2021, hosted by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services with the support of partners, including the UBC Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Group. This free, one-day virtual event is dedicated to health professionals interested in learning how to best treat […]

Reminder: Share Your Feedback in the Workplace Preferences Survey by March 3rd

  *** Sent on behalf of Marcia Buchholz, Vice-President, UBC Human Resources ***   Dear UBC Community, As COVID-19 continues to impact the way we teach, perform research, and work, we would like to invite faculty and staff to share your feedback on working at UBC over the past year in the Workplace Preferences Survey. […]

Killam Connection Competition for Faculty

  *** Sent on behalf of the Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ***   Dear Faculty, The Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies invites faculty members to submit a proposal for the Killam Connection Program. The Killam Connection program provides up to $25,000 to […]

Dr. Biju Mathew Honoured by MP Marc Dalton for his Contributions to Culture and Community

Dr. Biju Mathew Honoured by MP Marc Dalton for his Contributions to Culture and Community

  On February 22, 2021, Clinical Professor Dr. Biju Mathew was honoured by MP Marc Dalton in the Parliament of Canada for his significant contributions to youth mental health in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, as well as for his acclaimed book, Super 30: Changing the World 30 Students at a Time, which became one […]

Congratulations to Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy and Dr. Erin Michalak, Funded in the 2021/2022 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition!

Congratulations to Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy and Dr. Erin Michalak, Funded in the 2021/2022 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition!

      Congratulations to Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, whose research cluster has been selected for funding in the 2021/2022 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition.  This grant will support their emerging Asia-Pacific Equity research excellence cluster, focused on significantly advancing mental health research and knowledge exchange (KE) in […]

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 […]

MEMORANDUM: Departure of Ms. Paola Martens as the Senior Education Programs Manager, UBC Department of Psychiatry

MEMORANDUM: Departure of Ms. Paola Martens as the Senior Education Programs Manager, UBC Department of Psychiatry

    Dear Department members, * It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Ms. Paola Martens will be leaving her position as the Senior Education Programs Manager in the UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office, as she has accepted a new position in the UBC Faculty of Medicine PGME Office. Paola’s last working […]

REMINDER: All One45 Users Must Reset Password as of February 23, 2021

  On February 23rd, 2021 (between 8-10am PT) One45 users will be prompted to reset their passwords after they log into One45. This will include ALL user types (students, residents, faculty and administrators). A message will be posted on the One45 login screen until March 9th, 2021 that reads: IMPORTANT: Starting Feb 23rd, 2021 anyone […]

YOU ARE INVITED: 10th Annual E-Mental Health Conference on March 3-4, 2021

YOU ARE INVITED: 10th Annual E-Mental Health Conference on March 3-4, 2021

  You are invited to join fellow students and colleagues in the healthcare professions to discuss the future of e-mental healthcare from different perspectives at the 10th Annual E-Mental Health Conference on March 3-4! This event is co-hosted by the UBC Addictions and Concurrent Disorders (ACD) Group led by Dr. Michael Krausz, along with the […]

T4/T4A Tax Slips Now Available for Faculty and Staff

  UBC faculty and staff can now access their payroll-related 2020 T4 and T4A tax slips for personal income tax returns through Workday. UBC issues tax slips online as PDFs that are identical to the printed form, and are accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) when filing your taxes. An active CWL ID and […]

Congratulations to Dr. Kam Keramatian, Recipient of the 2021 VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Investigator Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Kam Keramatian, Recipient of the 2021 VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Investigator Award!

  Congratulations to Dr. Kam Keramatian, Clinical Assistant Professor and consultant psychiatrist with the UBC Mood Disorders Centre, who has received the 2021 VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Investigator Award! The VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Investigator Award is a salary award that supports outstanding and promising clinician investigators as they build their early research careers. This […]

Dr. Paul Steinberg Discusses His Recently Published Book in a Podcast Interview for New Books in Medicine

Dr. Paul Steinberg Discusses His Recently Published Book in a Podcast Interview for New Books in Medicine

  Last week, Clinical Professor Dr. Paul Steinberg discussed his latest book, titled Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Medical Care, in a podcast interview with the program New Books in Medicine. Speaking with host and medical student at the University of Chicago, Alec Kacew, Dr. Steinberg offers his thoughts and guidance on […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Wolfgang Jilek, Clinical Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam: Dr. Wolfgang Jilek, Clinical Professor Emeritus

  We are very saddened to share the news that Dr. Wolfgang Jilek, Clinical Professor Emeritus, passed away on January 15, 2021.  Dr. Jilek joined the clinical faculty of the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1974, where he was very active in teaching, supervision and mentorship until his retirement in 1995. Dr. Jilek was a […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Sue Penfold, Professor Emerita

In Memoriam: Dr. Sue Penfold, Professor Emerita

  It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Dr. Sue Penfold, Professor Emerita, passed away on February 7, 2021.  Dr. Penfold first joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a resident in 1963, then notably became one of the department’s first female academic psychiatrists to be appointed to a full-faculty position […]

Highly Positive Learning Experience in Psychiatry Placements – 2019-2020 UGME Learning Environment Report

    Dear Colleagues, * The Department recently obtained the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Learning Environment Report prepared by the UBC Faculty of Medicine UGME Committee, which captures survey data from the 2020 Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Graduation Questionnaire on the educational experiences of students graduating from MD programs at […]

Request for Faculty Feedback on Changes to the Postgraduate Clinical Teaching Budget

    Dear colleagues, Attached is a briefing note outlining a proposed change to how the Department allocates funding from the Faculty of Medicine for clinical teaching of residents by Department members. The note also lays out the rationale for this proposed change. We are now sending out this briefing note for consultation with all […]

Dr. Colleen Froese Interviewed for a New Award-Winning Documentary – Join Her and Other Panelists in a Discussion on Friday Feb 19 @ 6-7pm

Dr. Colleen Froese Interviewed for a New Award-Winning Documentary – Join Her and Other Panelists in a Discussion on Friday Feb 19 @ 6-7pm

  Last year, Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Colleen Froese was interviewed during the making of a mental health-themed documentary titled Crux. The film tells the story of a young man struggling with mental illness and addiction in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose passion for rock climbing has given him hope, purpose and a […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Louis I. Woolf, Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam: Dr. Louis I. Woolf, Professor Emeritus

  We have learned from the family of Dr. Louis I. Woolf, Professor Emeritus in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, that sadly, he passed away on Sunday January 7, 2021 at the age of 101. * Dr. Woolf first joined UBC in 1968 as a part of a research group in neurochemistry and neurophysiology in […]

Join in the Reproductive Mental Health Web Series: 2021 Update on Common Mental Health Conditions in Pregnancy and Postpartum

  Physicians and other health care professionals who work with pregnant and postpartum women are invited to join a 7-part webinar series titled 2021 Update on Common Mental Health Conditions in Pregnancy and Postpartum, hosted by the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program. The webinar series will be via Zoom for 7 Wednesdays in a row […]

DMCBH and UBC ARC Invite You to the UBC Digital Research Infrastructure Showcase on Fri Feb 19 @ 12:30pm

DMCBH and UBC ARC Invite You to the UBC Digital Research Infrastructure Showcase on Fri Feb 19 @ 12:30pm

    UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC), in partnership with Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), invite you to their showcase of the UBC ARC digital research infrastructure Sockeye and Chinook on Friday February 19, 2021, at 12:30pm. This talk will provide an introduction to UBC ARC services, including the high-performance computing system and object storage platform, as well as firsthand […]

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series, Virtual Screening Feb 11–18 & Webinar Q&A on Wed Feb 17th @ 7–8:30 pm PST

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series, Virtual Screening Feb 11–18 & Webinar Q&A on Wed Feb 17th @ 7–8:30 pm PST

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present: As part of the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series, The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry, present a free virtual screening of Cured. Watch the movie trailer here! Cured USA 2020 Patrick Sammon, Bennett […]

Announcing the New UBC Psychiatry CaRMS Information Page!

Announcing the New UBC Psychiatry CaRMS Information Page!

  **Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Team**   Dear Department Members, We are excited to announce that the UBC Psychiatry CaRMS Information Page is now live on the UBC Psychiatry Department website! This CaRMS information page will serve as an additional resource for any interested applicants who would like to learn more […]

Dr. Steven Taylor Discusses the Psychology of Pandemics with TIME, The Guardian, CBC Radio, and Other Outlets

Dr. Steven Taylor Discusses the Psychology of Pandemics with TIME, The Guardian, CBC Radio, and Other Outlets

  In interviews this week with numerous news and media outlets, Dr. Steven Taylor shared his perspectives on how people are coping with COVID-19 after having endured the pandemic for nearly a year. He also discusses the many uncertainties felt even as vaccination programs ramp up in Canada and around the world. Dr. Taylor is […]

Release of the New Streamlined Online Clinical Faculty Annual Report Form

    Dear colleagues, As you will recall, last winter we carried out an integrative strategic planning process which involved department-wide consultation on a wide range of issues and priorities. During this time, many clinical faculty members expressed a desire for more efficient and streamlined processes for appointment, reappointment, and promotion. Thus, in response to […]

Call for Faculty to Take on Academic Advisor (AA) Role to Mentor Residents in the New CBD Curriculum

    Dear colleagues, Firstly, we would like to thank our faculty and staff who have been providing exceptional support to our first Competence By Design (CBD) cohort of PGY1 residents over the last several months. As the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program is preparing to implement individualized, one-to-one coaching for our residents as they progress […]

Call For Virtual Preceptors for Undergraduate Medical Students

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Medical Education**   Dear Faculty, In large part due to the pandemic, our undergraduate medical education program (UGE) has encountered situations in which we are in need of preceptors willing and able to supervise Year 3 or Year 4 undergraduate medical students virtually […]

Fraudulent Email Alert – DO NOT RESPOND TO OR ENGAGE

    Dear Department Members, We are aware of fraudulent emails being sent to Department members from from the email address lakshmi.yatham.ubc.ca[at]gmail.com which is an unknown Gmail account. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO, ENGAGE WITH, OR SEND PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIS EMAIL. Such emails are referred to as “CEO frauds” and are designed to impersonate […]

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Decommissioning of UBC Secure WiFi in UBC Hospital on March 2

  PHSA will be discontinuing UBC Secure WiFi, in the UBC Hospital complex (Detwiller, Koerner and Purdy), on March 2, 2021.  Eduroam WiFi will remain available and offers the same service.  If you use WiFi at UBC Hospital, please make sure you are using Eduroam, rather than UBC Secure. Instructions for connection to Eduroam can […]

Save the Date: 2020 National Research Award Celebration on Tuesday, March 9th 2021, 4-5pm

Save the Date: 2020 National Research Award Celebration on Tuesday, March 9th 2021, 4-5pm

    On Tuesday March 9th 2021 from 4:00– 5:00pm, you are invited to join in celebrating the achievements of the recipients of the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine National Research Awards! The four awardees are among Canada’s leading scientists in heart, brain and cancer research, are being recognized for their scientific accomplishments, and for […]

INVITATION FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST in PGE Leadership Roles & Resignation of Dr. Todd Tomita as Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director

    Dear Colleagues, It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Dr. Todd Tomita has decided to step down as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, after having served in this role since 2015. While we will miss the competent leadership and support […]

Register for the Royal College Competence By Design (CBD) Webinar, “Teaching and Learning in CBD”

Register for the Royal College Competence By Design (CBD) Webinar, “Teaching and Learning in CBD”

  *** Shared on behalf of the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program Directors – Drs. Irfan Khanbhai, Jennifer Russel, Ashok Krishnamoorthy and Todd Tomita ***     If you are a faculty member seeking to gain more knowledge and insight into Competence by Design (CBD), be sure to REGISTER for “Teaching and Learning in CBD,” the latest […]

Faculty Members Invited to Participate in the Virtual Cup of Coffee Program!

Faculty Members Invited to Participate in the Virtual Cup of Coffee Program!

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Medical Education ***   Dear Faculty, Please find attached an invitation to the participate in the Virtual Cup of Coffee Program, created by Student Affairs as a way for students to connect with clinicians without shadowing, as shadowing was cancelled due to […]

YOU ARE INVITED: High-Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth Virtual Conference on Monday January 25, 2021

YOU ARE INVITED: High-Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth Virtual Conference on Monday January 25, 2021

  Join fellow researchers, students and health care professionals for the High-Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth Virtual Conference on Monday January 25, 2021 from 9:00am to 3:40pm, and participate in important and eye-opening discussions on high-risk substance use among youth. Hosted by the Addictions & Concurrent Disorders Research Group, in collaboration with the […]

CPA Junior Investigator Research Colloquium: Submission Deadline is March 1, 2021

CPA Junior Investigator Research Colloquium: Submission Deadline is March 1, 2021

    Are you a resident or early-career psychiatrist who is interested in a research career in psychiatry, or do you know one who might be? The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is now accepting applications for the Junior Investigator Research Colloquium (JIRC). The JIRC provides mentorship to young Canadian psychiatrists in the early phases of […]

Congratulations to Dr. Randall White, Recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association!

Congratulations to Dr. Randall White, Recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association!

  The Department congratulates Dr. Randall White, who will be awarded the status of Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2021. As the sole recipient of this distinction for Western Canada, Dr. Randall is being recognized for his significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in a range of areas, including administration, teaching, […]

Congratulations to Dr. Adele Diamond, Author of One of 2020 Top 10 Most Downloaded Articles in Annual Reviews!

  Congratulations to Dr. Adele Diamond, whose article on Executive Functions originally published in the Annual Review of Psychology in 2013, was named among the Top 10 Most Downloaded Articles in 2020 by Annual Reviews. Dr. Diamond’s article was one of a handful of articles across 51 disciplines that attracted the most attention from readers […]

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT

  Would you eat a sandwich… from a stranger? If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it is not your computer any more. It is an unfortunate fact of computers that when a computer program runs, it will do what it is programmed to do, even if it […]

Previous Recipients of the Katie and Frank Chang Memorial Prize in Brain Health

Listed below are medical students who were previously recognized for excelling in psychiatry.   2020: Marco Arimare