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 from across the Department, achieving an aspirational yet practical Plan which embodies our collective mission and mandate, provides a blueprint of our strategic direction, and outlines concrete plans for execution over the next four years.
Despite the many disruptions and delays due to COVID-19, I am also pleased to share that, pending release of the Strategic Plan, the Department has already made excellent progress on numerous fronts with regard to the strategic objectives set out in each of the pillars of Research, Education, People and Partnerships. I was proud to share with you some of these exciting updates at our Research Day yesterday.
As I have stated time and again, completing this endeavour would not have been possible without the commitment and engagement of Department members from the Vancouver centre as well as all of our distributed sites across the province. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the many faculty, staff, students and residents who took time out of their busy schedules to share their ideas and concerns, and to participate in the dialogue that ultimately shaped our Strategic Plan. Your input in this process has been indispensable, and I wish to thank each and every one of you for your contribution.
Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)