Congratulations to 2022 FoM Award Recipients Dr. Arvind Kang, Dr. Raymond Lam, and Dr. Carol Ward!

The Department congratulates Dr. Arvind Kang, Dr. Raymond Lam, and Dr. Carol Ward, all of whom have received Faculty of Medicine Awards for 2022!

Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Arvind Kang is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, in recognition of her significant contribution to both undergraduate and postgraduate education in Psychiatry.

Dr. Kang is a psychiatrist and clinical manager for geriatric psychiatry at Lions Gate Hospital and North Shore Older Adult Mental Health, and has held a clinical faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry since 1997. She has also served as the Discipline Specific Site Leader (DSSL) for Lion’s Gate Hospital since 2012. She was promoted to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor in 1999, and to her current rank of Clinical Associate Professor in 2004. This award adds to numerous other accolades received by Dr. Kang, including the UBC Psychiatry Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2021-2022, as well as the Healthcare Hero Award from the Lion’s Gate Hospital Foundation in 2022.

Professor and Associate Head, UGE & Graduate Education, Dr. Raymond Lam is the recipient of the Award for Overall Excellence – Senior Faculty, in recognition for his exceptional work in advancing the Faculty’s values and vision of transforming health.

Over the past year, Dr. Lam has made many outstanding contributions in the areas of research, education and service. They include his various global mental health initiatives, including a new, multidisciplinary research cluster themed Research on Equity in Mental health in the Asia Pacific, Digital (REMAP-D) that focuses on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion issues in digital health technology for the Asia-Pacific region, as well as his role in leading a number of important strategic initiatives, including the development of a new Master’s of Health Science program in Translational Psychiatry jointly with the UBC School of Population and Public Health.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Carol Ward is the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to CME/CPD, in recognition for her substantial long term contributions to Continuing Professional Development / Continuing Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine​.

Dr. Ward was appointed to the UBC Psychiatry in 2006, and over the years has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to educational innovation and excellence that has culminated in an exemplary record of impact in professional psychiatric education here at UBC and across the Province. She currently serves as the Co-Lead on Project ECHO Mental Health & Substance Use in Interior Health (IH), which is the first ECHO in BC. She has helped to lead a pilot project which delivered nine sessions focusing on mental health issues across the lifespan to 36 Primary Care Providers (PCPs) working in wildfire affected areas.

Dr. Ward has made many other significant and notable contributions to CPD and CME over the years. Among those, she contributed to the development of the Island Health LTC Pre-printed orders (PPOs) Antipsychotics-For Dementia with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). These PPOs are used by physicians working in LTC to guide the initiation, titration and tapering of anti-psychotics for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia with the goal of reducing inappropriate antipsychotic use. Additionally, Dr. Ward created the BC BPSD algorithm for IH with colleague E. Antifeau and in collaboration with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, as part of an education strategy to reduce the use of inappropriate antipsychotic use in older adults with dementia.

Congratulations again to the three deserving awardees on this wonderful recognition by the Faculty of Medicine!