It is with immense gratitude and pride that I reflect upon 2022 and the many notable achievements we have realized over the past year. Though COVID-19 remains a fact of life for the foreseeable future, we have resumed our work with renewed energy and momentum, undertaking and seeing to completion many of the goals we established in 2021 with the release of the Department’s Strategic Plan. Despite the restrictions that remained in place through early 2022, impacting travel and in-person activities, we nevertheless succeeded in fulfilling a number of crucial objectives with regard to our education programs, research activities, and other areas of strategic priority, and our accomplishments are in no small measure due to your hard work and dedication.
A particular highlight of 2022 has been the remarkable outcome of the numerous discussions and productive negotiations we have steered with and alongside our strategic partners, including the Faculty of Medicine, the Health Authorities, the Ministries of Health and Mental Health & Addictions, and various foundations and donors. As a result of our determined efforts to engage our partners and advocate for increased support to enhance our psychiatry training and research capacity, our Department has attained a number of important milestones this year, including the expansion of our residency program, securing funding to recruit for several new academic faculty positions, and a number of other developments which I am proud to celebrate and share with you in this UBC Department of Psychiatry 2022 Year End Newsletter.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your countless contributions and hard work, not only over these last twelve months but over the last four years since I stepped into my role as Head. I remain indebted to all of our outstanding Department members, including our four Associate Heads and the Members of the Department Executive, without whom our achievements thus far would not have been possible. As we enter the New Year with a fresh set of goals for the Department, I look forward to working together to achieve our shared vision for the Department and will be calling upon each of you for your ongoing engagement and steadfast support.
I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!
Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry
The UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).