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.

Previously the Postgraduate Psychiatry Director at uOttawa, Dr. Dagg was instrumental in developing new training initiatives to enrich psychiatry education.  Partnering with the new Northern Ontario School of Medicine, he developed resident training positions in rural communities to increase residents’ exposure to and interest in underserved areas. He also co-established a resident research mentorship program, which received the American College of Psychiatrists’ Creativity in Psychiatric Education Award. Dr. Dagg was later appointed as Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Education, and under his leadership, the residency programs at uOttawa saw a number of important enhancements.

When Dr. Dagg joined UBC Psychiatry in 2005, he brought a strong leadership presence to the Interior Health Authority (IHA). In addition to developing a still-active program that prepares UBC residents and IMGs for the Royal College OSCE exam in psychiatry, as a departmental Associate Head he is now providing strategic direction to expand resident training capacity to the BC Interior. Recently, he collaborated with other IHA leaders to develop and implement physician wellness program in IHA during COVID using the Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes (ECHO) platform, building on work he presented originally in Australia at the Tri-Nations Alliance International Medical Symposium in 2018.

Dr. Dagg has made notable contributions nationally, having chaired the COPE group comprised of residency program directors from across Canada, and also having served as vice-chair of the Royal College Psychiatry Examination Board, during which the board designed and implemented the OSCE portion of the exam. He continues to make significant contributions to the Royal College, improving psychiatry training and assessment standards in Canada.  He has used his experience in diverse centers to advocate for residency education that meets the needs of Canadians, regardless of where they live. His expertise in accreditation, particularly at the institutional level, resulted in his chairing accreditation surveys across Canada as well as providing consultations globally. For his outstanding lifelong contribution to medical education, the Royal College awarded him with the prestigious Duncan Graham Award in 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Dagg on this most recent and significant national recognition!



This award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Paul Patterson, who was a child and adolescent subspecialist with a strong interest in the education of the general psychiatrist. He was a mentor who practiced community-based care and was an early advocate of reciprocal education and practice at the family medicine-psychiatry interface. Dr. Patterson led and contributed to a broad range of CPA educational initiatives with wisdom, creativity and a warm, gentle sense of humour.

This award is presented annually to a psychiatric educator who, in responding to change or leading in new directions, makes a significant innovative contribution to undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing professional, or public education.