Invitation to Teach UBC MEDD 421 Psychiatric Clinical Skills

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 (VFMP) to Mr. Nick Geers at clinical.skills@ubc.ca.

These sessions will be with a group of 6-7 students, a standardized patient interview conducted in-person at DHCC for the first two sessions and a psychiatric in/out patient for the final session (TBD). The MD Undergraduate Education Office will contact you once they have clarity regarding the in/out patient session. Each week, the interview will be divided between two students, with each student interviewing for 20 minutes, for a total of 40 minutes of interview time.

 

 

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

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on being awarded a significant $2.34 million CIHR project grant, 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 compound derived from cannibis sativa, which has been shown by preliminary studies to have significant therapeutic potential in a number of conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety and schizophrenia, as well as antidepressant effects with few adverse effects in bipolar depressed patients. As the principal investigator, Dr. Yatham will be joined by 16 co-investigators – many of whom are members of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) network – to further test the efficacy of cannabidiol as a treatment for the depressive phases of bipolar disorder.

Congratulations to Dr. Yatham on receiving this landmark CIHR project grant!

Read more detailed information about this project on the CIHR Funding Decisions page.

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 for the first round has concluded, I am delighted to share that our proposal in the area of translational neuropsychiatric research, with a focus on the sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury, was among the six selected for funding in the category of Translational Science and Medicine. This funding will contribute to the salary and benefits for a new academic tenure-track position in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. In a highly competitive process, our proposal was selected by the adjudication panel not only on the merits of the research plan, but also on the basis of the world-class facilities and infrastructure we have in place to support a new junior faculty position, our strong mentorship plan, and the promise of many partnership opportunities that will arise from this recruitment.

Our success in obtaining this critical funding signifies yet another important milestone in realizing our strategic priority to expand research capacity and facilitate innovative translational research that contributes to improvements in clinical care, as delineated in our UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

The search and recruitment process for the position will begin in the near future, with the desired start date aimed for late 2021 or early 2022.  I look forward to providing you with further news and updates as we move ahead with our recruitment process.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

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 her life, we will deeply miss her caring, kind, and wonderfully positive presence, the calm and peaceful energy she brought to every situation and interaction, and the amazing support she provided to her colleagues and all faculty, staff, and learners across the Department.

Julia joined the Department in March 2015, and as the Educational Technologist, she has been responsible for coordinating and overseeing the delivery of the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) introduced in the summer of 2015, as well as the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program (PSIP) launched in 2018. Her key responsibilities included developing a variety of teaching and presentation materials for course instructors, preparing program assessment and educational analytic evaluation tools, and ensuring smooth delivery of the curricula as well as an engaging and enriching classroom experience for all students enrolled in these programs.  As both the VSP and PSIP were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, Julia redirected her focus to provide essential support to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Programs, which was very much appreciated especially during critical transition periods within our Education staff. In her role, and particularly during the challenges of the pandemic, Julia has shown exceptional adaptability and resourcefulness, complementing the consistently outstanding level of dedication, initiative and service she has demonstrated over these last six years.

Pending Julia’s retirement, we anticipate further developments and announcements coming in the near future with regard to the vacancy. On behalf of the entire Department, I wish to thank Julia for the many significant and valuable contributions she has made to the Psychiatry Administration team and to the rest of our staff, faculty and learners. Please join me in congratulating Julia and wishing her much enjoyment, health and relaxation as she settles into her much deserved retirement!

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

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 dates for each of the mock exams and have created a survey for you to fill out to put down your availability.  Please note that you can check off as many days (mornings and/or afternoons) as you would like.

Our Mock OSCE days are broken into two sessions: AM (7:30am-12:30pm) & PM (12:30pm-5:30pm) and you can sign up for either session and/or both. All eligible faculty are paid (you must have an active UBC Faculty appointment) and we provide breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day.

If you are interested in being an examiner, please take a moment to complete the following survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VEq3lzTbOKSbb0

It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to complete and we really appreciate you taking the time to do so, not to mention helping our residents prepare for their exams.  Once we know everyone’s availability, we will start to create the schedules and confirm with you as soon as possible.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks and have a great day!

Sincerely,

 

Ahsan Sahibzada  (He, Him, His)
Senior Program Assistant, Postgraduate
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Diamond Health Care Centre | Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Traditional Territory
2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 ext. 68372
ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca
https://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca

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, opioid use disorders in youth, treatment-resistant schizophrenia, eating disorders, ADHD, and other important topics in psychopharmacology.

Registration now open!

Sept 24 (Fri) | 0800–1600 Pacific Time
Target Audience: psychiatrists, family physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, residents & students.
Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

 

 

 

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 to improve understanding of what users with bipolar disorder are looking for in a mental health app, how they interact with such an intervention over time, and what factors influence quality of life outcomes. In order to benefit the lives of users with bipolar disorder, such apps must not only be effective, but must also be appealing, usable, and engaging, and this program of research will contribute to the design, evaluation, and iteration of a novel smartphone app to optimize quality of life in bipolar disorder.

Congratulations to Dr. Morton on this outstanding achievement!

Read more about her research project, which is featured in a UBC Postdoctoral Fellows Spotlight story.

 

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 resident representative from each year.  As we transition to CBD, we will need to make additional changes to the curriculum, especially with the Royal College exams moving from PGY5 to PGY4. We have two meetings per year and occasionally, work on some projects is required. Dinner is provided for the meetings.  Interest in education is a must!

Regards,

 

Dr. Joanne Sinai
joanne.sinai@ubc.ca

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 the committee.  He brought much experience, particularly around the workings of Atheneum, the older system where the academic material was posted.  I immensely valued his input at committee meetings. He is leaving a large empty seat.  We will be sending out an email for expressions of interest shortly.

Thanks again Dr. Randhawa for all your years of service!

Regards,

Dr. Joanne Sinai

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 to her husband Craig, and he told me that they were holding hands as she passed peacefully. She was surrounded by her loving and close family in her last days. He expressed gratitude for all the expressions of love that were received over the months since Megan’s cancer diagnosis.

As most of you know, Dr. Megan Roberts had to leave her position for medical reasons last summer. She was an integral member of the RCH and UBC Departments of Psychiatry. She was a Consultation Liaison psychiatrist. She won many awards for teaching and education. She held leadership roles as the Regional Division Head for Adult Psychiatry, Regional Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Lead, and Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Director for RCH. She played a key role in the development and growth of the Fraser track psychiatry residency program.

Megan had a profound positive impact on so many people. She was a devoted mother and wife, dedicated physician, an inspiring leader, a mentor, a teacher. She was a loyal and beloved friend to so many of us. She was a clear thinker, an eloquent speaker, and she always led by example and excellence in all that she undertook. She was amazing on so many levels, and had so many gifts that she shared with us. There will never be another like her. We lost her much too soon. We miss her greatly.

Megan’s family plans to hold a Celebration of Life later in the year, with a date to be set.

Should friends and colleagues desire, a remembrance contribution can be made to the Megan Roberts Honorary Scholarship Fund, administered by the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. It was Megan’s wish that any memorial contribution be made to this scholarship fund focused on medical education and leadership, two areas which Megan was very passionate about. The link is below:

https://rchfoundation.com/featured-campaigns-in-celebration-of-megan-lees-roberts/

Megan‘s life philosophy, eloquence, and love for her family comes through clearly in this podcast that she helped produce recently. It is profoundly beautiful, and classic Megan Roberts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/talk-dying-to-me/id1540581552?i=1000509234350

Our thoughts and prayers are with Megan and her family.

Best,

Anson

 

Anson Koo, MD, FRCPC
Associate Head, UBC Dept. of Psychiatry
Regional Dept. Head/Program Medical Director
Fraser Health Authority
Mental Health and Psychiatry Program

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 and staff have transitioned to remote working, which has resulted in an increased reliance on email and other means of electronic communication. As UBC plans for a return to campus, we would now like to remind you of the requirement to keep data safe by using UBC email systems for work purposes.

Under the “data residency requirements” of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), UBC is required to ensure that personal information in its custody or under its control is stored and accessed in Canada. For this reason, Information Security Standard U3 (Transmission and Sharing of UBC Electronic Information) restricts the use of email accounts hosted outside Canada (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, iCloud) for work purposes, as many work emails contain personal information, such as information about students or personnel information about UBC faculty and staff.

While use of a Canadian-hosted email account (e.g. Shaw) does not contravene the data residency requirements of the FIPPA, such non-UBC email systems must not be used because they do not comply with UBC’s security and records management standards. Also, the use of external email accounts is not consistent with the security measures we have in place to protect students, faculty, staff and our computer systems.

UBC makes an exception for faculty or staff members who also work at another Canadian public sector institution, such as a university or health authority. If you fall into this category, it is acceptable for you to use your other account for UBC work purposes, as long as doing so is consistent with the other institution’s email policy.

For more information

  • Access a fact sheet to learn more about the privacy of our email systems at hxxps://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2015/05/Fact-Sheet-Privacy-of-Email-Systems.pdf
  • Visit hxxps://privacymatters.ubc.ca/

Please note: For added security, we have changed the above links to include an hxxps:// prefix. Simply copy and paste the URL into a web browser and replace hxxps:// with https://. Together we can keep our information secure.

We appreciate your support in sharing the responsibility of protecting the data of our community and our UBC systems.

Hubert Lai, Q.C.
University Counsel

Jennifer Burns
Associate Vice-President, Information Technology
Chief Information Officer

 

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. The student is eligible if she is enrolled in an accredited master’s-level degree at a university or a post-graduate certificate at a college.

This $15K, six-month-term studentship is part of MHRC’s 2021-2022 Studentship Cycle, where students share their time between academic institutions and community service providers, tying together their research with the needs of the end-users — the community and people with lived experience.

The proposed research project must align with one (or both) of the two project themes and, if selected, will be undertaken under the joint supervision of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the student’s academic supervisor:

  1. Transportation for women and violence against women
  2. Online hate and how it affects women

If you are eligible, please carefully read the attached Call for Applications and apply at www.mhrc.ca/studentships by July 30, 2021!

 

 

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 through this link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4scxVXQAVZx0i2

 

Career Planning Café:

The “virtual cup of coffee” is now expanded into “Career Planning Café”. It offers students a chance to meet with preceptors and learn in a casual environment. Basically students gather in informal groups of up to 7 or 8 students who meet virtually with various preceptors to learn more about the field. More information is on the Qualtrics link provided above. Preceptors are welcome to sign in if they are interested and can let faculty at their sites know about this.

 

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 environment at VGH with a short survey.

During the UBC 2020 Royal College Accreditation, the VGH learning environment was flagged as a concern on multiple program reports as well as the PGME Institutional report.  This survey seeks to better understand the scope and impact of the issues affecting residents and faculty who work at VGH.  The survey was developed with input from the VGH Learning Environment working group (which has multiple stakeholders including leadership from the hospital, education, clinical, allied health, PGME, as well as residents).  Results will be shared with stakeholders and programs.  Ongoing collaboration amongst all stakeholders will be key in developing action items and recommendations to realize improvements.

We greatly value your input and expect the survey to take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until July 30, 2021.

Survey link:

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eysJmEiut1M2bUW

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

 

Sonia Butterworth BSc MD FRCSC
Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education Clinical Professor,
Department of Surgery Faculty of Medicine | University of British Columbia

Ravi S. Sidhu MD MEd FRCSC
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education Associate Professor,
Department of Surgery Faculty of Medicine | University of British Columbia

 

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 to apply. Funding may be used to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with meetings, accessing specialized equipment, or other partnership activities.

The application deadline is August 5, 2021 with additional application rounds every three months as public health orders allow.

Further details on this program are available at https://research.ubc.ca/vpri-competitions-initiatives/collaborative-research-mobility-awards/ubc-vancouver-okanagan

Please direct any questions about the CRMA program to me (Stacey.herzer@ubc.ca).

Best,

Stacey

 

Stacey Herzer, Ph.D.
Manager, Internal Research Competitions
Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Ancestral, Traditional, and Unceded Territory of the  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)
Walter C. Koerner Library | Suite 580

1958 Main Mall |Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tel: 604-827-2379 | Email: stacey.herzer@ubc.ca

https://research.ubc.ca

 

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 for the day, it is important to secure them.

In February 2016 Psychiatry IT offered automatic computer locking, to the clients that we directly support.  Some work units accepted the offer and since then their computers have locked after 10 minutes of inactivity, but many do not.

UBC computer security standard now requires screen locking be enabled on virtually all desktop, laptop and server computers.  Psychiatry IT will be enabling this, on Friday July 2, on all computers that we support.

If you support your own computer, that is used for UBC business, please setup automatic locking.  Instructions:

Sincerely,

Psychiatry IT

psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

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 ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca. As we welcome Ahsan to our team, we will be saying farewell to Ms. MJ Alarcon on June 30. MJ was brought on board from Hiring Solutions in August 2020, and had since been providing excellent coverage as the Interim Program Assistant, PGE. We would like to thank MJ for her valuable contributions, and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Additionally, we are very pleased to welcome Ms. Stephanie Milne to our Administrative team as the new Executive Coordinator for the Head’s Office. Stephanie started in her new role on June 21, and will be providing confidential and complex administrative and secretarial support to the Department Head, Director of Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and the Mood Disorders Directors in the Department of Psychiatry. Stephanie may be reached at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca, and all inquiries and requests to the Head’s Office will be handled by her.  With Stephanie stepping into this new role, at this time we would like to say thank you and best wishes to Ms. Valentina Favero from Hiring Solutions, who has done an amazing job as the Head’s Interim Assistant and whose last day will be July 9.

On behalf of the entire Department, please join me in once again thanking MJ and Valentina, and also welcoming Ahsan and Stephanie to their respective new roles in the Department!

Sincerely,

Vicky

 

Vicky Yau  (She, Her, Hers)
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7314 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

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 scheme, there is a strong desire on the part of various medical advisory and regulatory organizations to bring post-residency medical education in line with this initiative, so that in future there is an increased focus on improving competency and performance. For those of you who have not already read the key documents, we direct you to https://www.cpdcoalition.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/FMEC-CPD_Synthesized_EN_WEB.pdf and https://fmrac.ca/physician-continuous-quality-improvement/.

Currently, the committee is at the stage of gathering information, and we think it would be helpful to collect information/data of BC psychiatrists’ current experience of CPD and to understand your views on how this might be improved. We ask you to take a few minutes to complete this short survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_abipWYisvGBAvwq. The survey will remain open until July 16, 2021. We anticipate that a more detailed survey will be developed for your in-depth feedback in the near future.

Should you have questions or encounter any issues with the survey, please reach out to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Anthony Bailey, Director, CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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 advance the health and well-being of people who use substances and are involved in the criminal justice system. The CIHR reviewers noted that she has received numerous awards in last 10 years, many of which are among Canada’s most prestigious research agencies, including Killam and CIHR (Banting Doctoral Award).

Additionally, Dr. Palis has an impressive publication record at this early stage of her academic career, which includes 15 journal articles (7 as 1st author), 38 Presentations, 1 report and 1 clinical guideline in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health. The reviewers also noted her active mentorship of junior trainees/students, her instrumental role in obtaining five research grants, and her excellent research environment which has strong potential for establishing Dr. Palis as an independent investigator.

Dr. Palis holds a PhD from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, where her research examined health and substance use trajectories among people receiving injectable opioid agonist treatment. Her postdoctoral research is supported by a Marshall Fellowship through UBC’s Institute of Mental Health and uses linked administrative health and corrections data derived from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Provincial Overdose Cohort to examine trends of overdose and recidivism among people with criminal justice system involvement in BC.

Congratulations to Dr. Palis on this outstanding achievement!

Read more about Dr. Palis’ research project here.

 

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!

 

ABOUT THE CPA PAUL PATTERSON INNOVATION IN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP AWARD

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.

 

 

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 age-associated decline in MRI metrics of brain health among precariously housed individuals compared to the general population” at our Virtual Research Day on June 3rd.

As a Friedman Scholar, Jacob will be offered a unique training opportunity at Harvard in the lab of Dr. Michael Fox, where he will pursue research in lesion and atrophy network mapping of traumatic brain injury and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Congratulations to Jacob on this outstanding achievement!

 

ABOUT THE FRIEDMAN AWARD FOR SCHOLARS IN HEALTH

The Friedman Award for Scholars in Health supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students or medical residents working in the broad area of health, to bring new perspectives to their education and further their career.

The award is named after two of the earliest faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sydney Friedman and his wife Dr. Constance Livingstone-Friedman believed that well-rounded and transformative education includes learning from different perspectives and cultures, and they wished to support such learning among UBC graduate students and medical residents.

Friedman Scholars receive funding for six or more months of study outside western Canada. Destinations for this year’s award winners include Harvard University, Stanford University, Institut de Recherche en Infectiologie de Montpellier (IRIM), and Maxima Medical Center, Eindhoven, among others.

Sixteen graduate students and medical residents doing research in the field of health have received this year’s Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. Winners range from a variety of programs, including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Experimental Medicine and Kinesiology.

 

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.

 

 

Drs. Kamyar Keramatian, Erin Michalak and Lakshmi Yatham

Evaluation of a novel psychoeducational intervention for individuals at high risk for bipolar disorder: A feasibility study. 

Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a lifelong psychiatric condition which is usually not diagnosed until later in life. Existing intervention programs focus on intervening after the diagnosis of BD and have been shown to have less than ideal outcomes for most patients. The team has recently developed a telehealth-based group psychoeducational program for individuals at high risk for bipolar disorder. This Kickstart Grant will be used to conduct a pilot study to examine whether this program can be feasibly implemented to increase knowledge of BD, reduce self-stigma and improve help-seeking.

 

 

Drs. Anthony Phillips and Terrance SnutchAssessment of novel drugs for attenuation of opioid withdrawal-induced hyperalgesia.

The opioid epidemic is a major health crisis around the world as well as in British Columbia. One of the challenges is that stopping the use of opioids triggers withdrawal, which serves as a major deterrent to seeking treatment and contributes to relapse. Studies have shown that withdrawal from opioids is associated with increased sensitivity to painful stimuli, which is known as opioid withdrawal-induced hyperaglesia. This Kickstart grant will be used to study novel drugs that could help manage opioid withdrawal-induced hyperalgesia which would provide a gateway to effectively treat opioid use disorder.

Read the DMCBH News Release here.

 

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 the past year. Although we were not able to present the awards in person, we wish to nevertheless recognize and thank all the awardees for their tremendous hard work and dedication.

The 2021 award recipients are recognized in the following award categories:

Clinical Faculty Teaching & Research Awards

UBC Psychiatry Undergraduate Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award

Dr. Cameron Anderson
Dr. James Chin
Dr. Rainer Persaud
Dr. Barinder Singh

UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in Postgraduate Education

BCCH – Dr. Andrea Chapman
VGH – Dr. Summer Telio
SPH – Dr. Leona Adams
UBCH – Dr. Edwin Tam
MSJ – Dr. David Ward
RH – Dr. Kenneth Heng
RCH – Dr. Jane Yoo
SMH – Dr. Lindsay Bishop
BH – Dr. Jerome Lee
PAH – Dr. Doug Maskall
Victoria – Dr. Ashley Jewett
Community Psychiatry – Dr. Danielle Chin

Translation Research into Clinical Excellence in Psychiatry Settings (TRICEPS) Award

Dr. Trevor Hurwitz

 

Resident Teaching & Research Awards

George A. Davidson Scholarship Award

Dr. Julie Leising, PGY4

 CanMEDS Awards:

1st place – Dr. Lingsa Jia, PGY5
2nd place – Dr. Martina Scholtens, PGY3
3rd place – Dr. Harrison Lee, PGY3 & Dr. Raman Srivastava, PGY5
4th place – Dr. Jennifer Clune, PYG3 & Dr. Evelyn Zastepa, PGY2

Resident Undergraduate Teaching Awards:

Vancouver Track – Dr. Shandel Riedlinger, PGY 2
Fraser Track – Dr. Jessica Chin, PGY2
Vancouver Island – Dr. Robert Nathan, PGY2
Prince George – Dr. Christine Kennedy, PGY3

Significant Contribution to Research Award

Dr. John-Jose Nunez, PGY4

 The Emily Ellingsen Prize for Significant Contribution to the UBC Psychiatry Residency Program

Dr. Paige Zhang, PGY4

Significant Leadership Award

Dr. John-Jose Nunez, PGY4

 Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award

Dr. Valerie Nicholls, PGY4

Providence Health Care, Department of Psychiatry Awards:

Dr. Brian Morris Memorial AwardDr. Connor McLean, PGY2
Dr. Maria Corral AwardDr. Julie Leising, PGY4
Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award Dr. Brian Cho, PGY5

All of our 2021 award recipients will be posted on our Department Awards & Honors web page soon. Please join us in once again congratulating each of our resident and clinical faculty awardees for their outstanding contributions over the past year!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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 Canada’s Long-Term Care workforce to strive towards the safety and well-being for all.

HSO received over 250 applications for their National Long-Term Care Services Standard Technical Committee, and Dr. Ward was among 32 members selected from 11 of Canada’s provinces and territories, joining a diverse range of personal and professional perspectives, with research and practical expertise in fields including policy, dementia, mental health, palliative care, ethics, nutrition, rehabilitation and infection prevention and control.

Congratulations on this significant appointment, Dr. Ward!

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 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.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

View the Strategic Plan Overview Video

View the Strategic Plan in Issuu

 

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 to thank everyone who prepared and submitted their electronic research posters for the virtual poster gallery.  This year, despite not having the option to present in a physical space, the virtual format allowed the posters to be viewed by wide audiences from across BC and beyond.   For those who were not able to attend the event, the posters will remain accessible on our website, and recordings of the presentations will also be posted online soon.

At this time, we ask all attendees to please complete the online Research Day Evaluation and Feedback Form by Friday June 11, 2021. Your suggestions and feedback will help us to improve on our future Research Day events, and also plan other engagements to promote and showcase the excellent work being done by faculty, residents, students and trainees across the Department and beyond.

Finally, we would like to congratulate once again the following trainees, who were announced as our 2021 Research Day Lightning Talk & ePoster People’s Choice Award winners yesterday:

Lightning Talk, First Set: Laura Jones, Help-Seeking Behaviours Amongst B.C. University Students With Suicidal Plan and Intent

Lightning Talk, Second Set: Clara Westwell-Roper, Celecoxib versus placebo as an adjunct to treatment-as-usual in children and youth with obsessive- compulsive disorder: A single-site randomized quadruple-blind phase II study

Basic Science Poster (Tie): Judy Cheng, Behaviour Characterization of the 10-month-old Q175/B6 Huntington’s Disease Mouse Model  and  Wissam Nassrallah, Calcium Handling in Striatal Neurons in Huntington Disease

Translational Research Poster: Gayatri Saraf, Positron Emission Tomography Study of Dopamine Transporter Availability in Current and Recently Remitted Mania

Clinical Research Poster: Andy Man Yeung Tai, The Application of Machine Learning and Predictive Modelling to Understand Risk of Overdose (A preliminary model)

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Tim Murphy, Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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!
R
egistration to view the film also begins on June 10. Please check back and click here at that time.

Film Description

Vancouver premiere! Researching caregiving solutions for his own ailing mother led Belgian filmmaker Kristof Bilsen to Baan Kamlangchay, a residential facility in northern Thailand providing affordable 24-hour care to Europeans with Alzheimer’s disease. Working there is Pomm, a mother of three young children whose heartfelt bonds with the elderly women in her care obscure a difficult truth: living at the facility separates her from her own family, who live many hours away. (Pomm’s video diaries of her infrequent trips to visit her kids are heartbreaking.) Intertwined with Pomm’s story is that of Maya, a 57-year-old Swiss woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Unable to properly care for her, Maya’s husband and three daughters have made the difficult decision to take her to Baan Kamlangchay (for ​“a holiday,” they will tell her). The dramatic convergence of these two narrative strands illuminates with great poignancy how the economics of inequality shape our lives as much as the ravages of time and disease.

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health in presenting “Frames of Mind,” a monthly event utilizing film to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

Virtual access to a film is provided for seven days, at the conclusion of which we present an online seminar featuring conversations with special guests and an audience Q&A via Zoom.

 

Free Live Q&A, Wednesday June 16, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST

Register for a free ticket to watch the film and receive an invite to the free live Zoom Q&A with Dr. Elisabeth Drance, a geriatric psychiatrist with the Dementia Caregiver Resilience Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital; Dr. Lillian Hung, Registered Nurse and Assistant Professor, UBC School of Nursing; Peter McKnight, attorney, ethicist and journalist; and Dr. MaryLou Harrigan, health care consultant and educator.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Speaker Bios

Biographies of Speakers:

Dr. Elisabeth Drance is a geriatric psychiatrist who has been involved with the Dementia Caregiver Resilience Clinic at St Paul’s Hospital since its inception in 2017. She is an advocate for culture change in long-term residential care from an institutional to a person/family/relationship-centered model of care.

Dr. Lillian Hung is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UBC and President of the Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia. Her research investigates how technology and environment impact the care experiences of persons with dementia.

Peter McKnight is a lawyer, ethicist, and journalist, a faculty affiliate at Neuroethics Canada (an interdisciplinary research group in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine), and a former adjunct professor in SFU’s School of Criminology. He speaks frequently on issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and medicine.

Dr. MaryLou Harrigan is an educator, consultant, and researcher in health care, all supporting a continuous dialogue on aging. Her work includes the development of educational programs and publications in the areas of quality improvement, elder care dynamics, dementia, and ethics.

 

Co -sponsored by:

      and Providence Health Care

 

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 the fields of drug discovery, genomics, imaging, omics, cognitive neuroscience, digital and clinical phenotyping, e-mental health and virtual care, and how artificial intelligence can leverage such advances to aid personalized treatment of people with mental disorders and addictions.

Register Now!

Visit the page WCSBP web page for more details.

 

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 health systems research arising globally.

In his inaugural editorial, Dr. Vigo discusses his plans for the IJMHS to bridge the “knowledge to action” gap by encouraging translational research and implementation science through new areas of focus. He states, “We are at the gates of an unfamiliar world, where mental health has captured the attention of anyone who has been listening to the public conversation about societal priorities. Grass-roots advocates, people with lived experience, their families, public figures in all walks of life—from artists to sports people—have come out through traditional and new media platforms to publicly acknowledge their own mental health struggles and demand adequate funding for mental health research and services.”

Congratulations to Dr. Vigo on this significant new role!

Read the entire  IJMHS press release here.

 

 

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 from Sept 6, 2021 until Dec 31, 2021.

Advance Booking Information:

  • Sessions considered for Round 1 advance booking are FoM undergraduate, graduate, health professional programs, postdoctoral training, and continuing professional development education sessions such as lectures, labs, exams, academic half days and academic rounds, along with FoM governance committee activities.
    • For all other activities in support of FoM Education, Research, Organization program planning, seminars, colloquia, symposia, tutorials, and business operations such as general meeting requests, workshops and departmental events, they can be submitted beginning July 19, 2021.
    • All FoM academic learning spaces will be available for general booking on August 9, 2021 for the Fall window between Sept 6, 2021 until Dec 31, 2021.
  • The RC Team will only accept advance booking submissions using the Advance Booking Template.
  • When booking physical spaces, consider booking only spaces that you absolutely need for your event.
    • When possible, please consider hosting a virtual only event if physical rooms are not required.  Virtual only requests can be scheduled for the full academic year between July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Please visit our Advance Booking website for more information. Please contact us at fom.resourcecoordination@ubc.ca if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

Jing Jing
Team Lead, Resource Coordination
Faculty of Medicine | Digital Solutions
The University of British Columbia | Diamond Health Care Centre | Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Traditional Territory

2775 Laurel Street (11th floor) | Vancouver British Columbia | V5Z 1M9 Canada
Phone: 604-561-9417
jing.jing@ubc.ca|fom.resourcecoordination@ubc.ca
https://facilities.med.ubc.ca/room-booking/

 

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 this exciting and rewarding career path!

 

 

 

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, 2021 to June 30, 2024.

As the new Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for Psychiatry, Dr. Tham will fulfill an essential function as the key liaison between the Department and UBC FoM Clinical Faculty Affairs. He will be responsible for advocating for the broad interests of our clinical faculty across the province, identifying and bringing forward key issues at bimonthly Clinical Faculty Advisory Council meetings, as well as developing and recommending actions to address these issues. He will also play an instrumental role in promoting and facilitating career development initiatives and opportunities for clinical faculty. In this new capacity, Dr. Tham will join various departmental committees, including our Executive, Advisory, and Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committees.

As a Clinical Associate Professor who has been a member of the Department since 2003, Dr. Tham has been actively teaching medical students and residents in psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation medicine, as well as clinical fellows over the years. He is also engaged in various research programs, and presents regularly at grand rounds and national conferences on an annual basis. Dr. Tham is a specialist in neuropsychiatry, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and neurostimulation, and is currently the ECT Coordinator at UBC Hospital, the Physician Lead in the Alder Unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and is also the Associate Medical Manager for the BC Neuropsychiatry Program.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Dr. Tham to this important new role in the Department, and in once again thanking the outgoing Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative Dr. Marilyn Champagne for her dedication and many valuable contributions over the last three years.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head, Clinical Affairs and Partnerships, UBC Department of Psychiatry

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 platform on September 23rd, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 PM PT. The awards ceremony is their moment to recognize and reflect on the significant achievements in BC’s life sciences sector.

You will have the opportunity to submit nominations with a deadline of June 2, 2021 at 5PM PT. Submitting a nomination will be a quick and easy process with a limit of 500 words.

Award Categories:

  • Milton Wong Award for Leadership
  • Deal of the Year Award
  • Strategic Life Sciences Partner of the Year Award
  • Medical/Digital Technology Company of the Year Award
  • Life Sciences Company of the Year Award
  • Dr. Don Rix Award for Achievement in Life Sciences
  • Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year Award
  • Genome British Columbia Award for Scientific Excellence
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Aubrey J. Tingle Prize

Please visit the awards page on the Life Sciences BC website to review award criteria and submit your nominations.

Regards,

 

Bryan Wong
Grant Applications Officer & Database Analyst
Faculty of Medicine | Office of Research
University of British Columbia
604-822-7207 | bryan.wong@ubc.ca

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 in leadership roles, want to enhance their leadership skills, and are seeking opportunities for personal and professional growth. The program was created to support emerging leaders by building skills that will prepare them for future leadership roles and providing opportunities for networking.

The program includes 5 modules that will be offered between September 2021 and January 2022. All modules for the first cohort will be conducted virtually.  Detailed program information is attached and also available online.

  • Applications for the September 2021 – January 2022 cohort are now being accepted.
  • Approximately 15 spots are available, with every effort to ensure diversity and enhance learning outcomes.
  • Interested applicants are required to commit to the full program and complete the application form.
  • The deadline for application is June 30, 2021 at 4:30pm.
  • Applicants will be notified by the end of July.
  • If there are a substantial number of applicants that cannot be accommodated in September, a January cohort will be offered to accommodate interested participants.

We take this opportunity to note that there are additional FoM leadership programs and workshops for faculty members, depending on their individual professional development pathway. One such program is the Educators Leadership Program (ELP), hosted and developed by the Centre for Health Education Scholarship which is also launching in the Fall. This program aims to support current and future health professions education leaders throughout the Faculty of Medicine – building a community of educators with the ability to examine their own leadership and educational practices.

We highly recommend that faculty members consider program offerings according to their developmental goals. For more information on other offerings, please go here.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Christine Speers, Organizational Development Manager, christine.speers@ubc.ca.

Thank you,

 

Christine Speers, Organizational Development Manager
Sandy Liu, Director, Human Resources
Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Managing Director
Chris Lovato, Vice-Dean, Academic

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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. Cary Cuncic, shortlisted candidate for the Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Fraser search.

The community forum will take place on:

  • Tuesday June 1st, 2021 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm

If you are unable to participate, we encourage you to watch the event recordings and submit your feedback online. The recordings for each event will be released by email shortly after the event date.

Online feedback can be submitted via Qualtrics. The link for online feedback will be shared with the recording.

Zoom Meeting Details

Meeting ID: 98682 897021

Passcode: 897021

How to Join a Zoom Meeting From a Personal Device:
Step 1: Open https://ubc.zoom.us/ and click on ‘Join a Meeting’.
Step 2: Enter the Meeting ID 98682 897021 then click ‘Join.’
Step 3: If you have the Zoom client click ‘Open Zoom Meetings.’
If you do not have the Zoom client click ‘join from your browser.’
Step 4: Enter the 897021 in the passcode field then click ‘Join Meeting.’
How to Join a Zoom Meeting using your Telephone (Long distance charges may apply):
Step 1: Dial +1 778 907 2071 and follow the prompts.
Important: You will need the Meeting ID 98682 897021 and passcode 897021 to join via Telephone.

 

Sincerely,

Roger Y.M. Wong, CM, BMSc, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FCAHS
Vice Dean, Education
Clinical Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia
eadean.meded@ubc.ca
http://www.med.ubc.ca/

 

 

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 not seem to be vulnerable to this, but if you are still using an older macOS version (e.g. Mojave, High Sierra or Sierra) you should update to the latest version available from Apple.

Sincerely,

 

UBC  Psychiatry IT
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

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 job opportunity!

We are seeking psychiatrists to work 1-2 days per week in a well established Reproductive Mental Health Program with excellent support staff based at BC Women’s Hospital.

Please send your CV and cover letter outlining your interest to dryan@cw.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

Deirdre Ryan, MB, FRCPC,
Psychiatrist, Medical Director,
Reproductive Mental Health Program,
BC Children’s Hospital

 

 

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 and emerging technologies to advance patient outcomes and enhance patient-practitioner connectedness in the era of COVID-19.

 

Dr. Lam’s study titled SCANme-D: A feasibility study of an artificial intelligence-enhanced mobile app for depression screening in medical specialty clinics aims to support the creation and examination of an easy-to-use mobile app called SCANme-D (Screening Care App for NCDs in Medical Environments – Depression) to support medical specialists in efficiently screening patients for depression using patient-centred, AI-powered technology. The app will engage patients in recognizing depressive symptoms by utilizing natural language voice and text journaling, providing validated screening questionnaires and education based on individual needs and supporting a personalized care pathway for further assessment and treatment.

 

 

Dr. Menon’s project titled Virtual reality-based psychotherapy for persistent auditory hallucinations will evaluate the efficacy of a virtual reality-based avatar therapy. Avatar therapy is a recently developed, innovative approach to treating auditory hallucinations. It is a therapist-assisted, digital intervention in which therapists facilitate a conversation between patients who are experiencing persistent persecutory auditory hallucinations and an animated avatar.

 

 

To read more about these cutting edge research projects, or to learn more about the award, visit the VCHRI New Release page.

 

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 created to honour the remarkable accomplishments of the late Glenda MacQueen, and support the early-stage development of women who will lead the future of academic psychiatry.

CIHR-INMHA will be the source of funding for the award, which will have a value of $100,000 for one year for one awardee, launched annually for a period of up to five years. The funds for the award are to be used specifically for career development activities, as proposed in the awardee’s successful application. Applications are due online no later than Jul. 4, 2021. The successful applicant will be announced at the CPA’s annual conference in October 2021, or at the CPA’s AGM.

For more information, please go to https://www.cpa-apc.org/macqueen-cda/

 

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 Gairdner Science Week virtual events in October. Four investigators will be chosen to give 15 minute talks in association with the Laureate Lectures on October 28, 2021 and to participate in a networking session with the 2021 laureates. The talks will be broadcast live and recorded for YouTube distribution globally.

This call is open to all faculty and researchers working in Canada at the Assistant Professor or equivalent rank. Submissions are due on August 1, 2021. Further details and the submission portal can be found at http://bit.ly/gairdnereci

We are excited for the opportunity to connect with and highlight outstanding Early Career Investigators and ask that you share this call and the attached competition poster with any groups or members of your network/institution who may be interested.

With thanks,

 

Janet Rossant CC PhD FRS FRSC
President and Scientific Director
The Gairdner Foundation
MaRS Centre, Heritage Building
101 College Street, Suite 335
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7
Phone: (416) 902 0750
Executive coordinator: Sarah Devonshire
sarah@gairdner.org
www.gairdner.org

 

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 computers on UBC networks, including UBC Wireless, home computers and other locations.

Note: Remote connection to UBC computers from hospital computers may not be possible due to hospital network security restrictions.

Preparation at the office

  1. Request approval for remote access to your office computer from your supervisor.
  2. When in your office, note your computer’s asset number from its label, and contact Psychiatry.IT@ubc.ca with your:
    • Computer asset number
    • Logon account name
  3. Leave your office computer running.

Psychiatry IT will set it up and provide you with further instructions.

 

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 and describe what you need to know for the Foundations Stage of training in CBD for the incoming PGY2 cohort.

This webinar is for all faculty, but particularly for those who will be supervising the incoming PGY2 residents.

CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY2 Supervisors – PGY2’s in Foundations Stage

Date: Monday, June 14, 2021
Time: 5:00pm – 6:15pm
Location: Zoom (Details to come)
Workshop Theme: This workshop focuses on the PGY2 Foundations stage of residency training. Discussion will include:

  • Foundations Stage Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA’s) #2-5
  • Competencies and Training Experiences required for PGY2 residents in the new model
  • Implementation of a new PGY2 STACER
  • Financial compensation model
  • Question & Answer Period

Please register through the link by Friday, June 11th: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ph0AennDX0WdQG

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, FRCPC
Interim Program Director, Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program
Competence By Design (CBD) Faculty Lead, Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program
Chair and Member of the Scientific Planning Committee
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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 of Psychiatry will be Friday May 21. We are thrilled for her as she embarks on this exciting new career opportunity, however we will deeply miss her positive energy, her wonderful work ethic, and the outstanding support she provided to her colleagues and all faculty, staff, and students across the Department.

Amity first joined the Department as a Finance Assistant in February 2012, then transitioned to the role of HR Assistant in December 2013. As the HR Assistant, Amity provided superb administrative and human resources support to staff, students and fellows, and was the deserving recipient of a Staff Service Award in both 2014 and 2017.  In 2018, she was promoted to the position of Assistant HR Manager, and in this role, she assumed a higher level of responsibility in overseeing HR processes for all Department members, including the faculty portfolio in 2019.  During her nine years as a core member of our Psychiatry Administrative team, Amity built a high degree of trust with everyone she interacted with, fostered a friendly, cooperative and inclusive work environment, and formed great relationships with her co-workers, Department members, as well as with colleagues from external units across the Faculty of Medicine.

Upon Amity’s departure, we wish to also announce the exciting news that our current HR Assistant, Bree Wilson, has been promoted to the position of Assistant HR Manager effective June 1, 2021. Since joining the Department in 2019, Bree has continued to build a strong foundation of knowledge in Department administrative policies and procedures, and has proven to be an excellent candidate for this role. She will be assuming all duties and responsibilities previously overseen by Amity, and may continue to be reached at bree.wilson@ubc.ca.  While we are recruiting for the HR Assistant role, Tanvi Chawla has been assigned to us from Hiring Solutions as the interim HR Assistant, and she can be reached at psychiatry.hr@ubc.ca.

In addition to the updates on the HR team, we wish to warmly welcome to our Psychiatry Education team Richa Sharma, who started as our new UGE Program Assistant on May 3. She can be reached at Richas.Sharma@ubc.ca. We are also excited to announce that Niki Ward will be joining our Education team as our SSP Education Coordinator. Niki will begin in her role on May 27 and she could be reached at Niki.Ward@ubc.ca. Meanwhile, please continue to submit inquiries to edu-prog.assistant@ubc.ca for any Psychiatry SSP matters until May 26.

On behalf of the entire Department, I wish to thank Amity for all her hard work, dedication, and for the many significant and valuable contributions she has made to our Department over the last nine years. Please join me in congratulating and sending our best wishes to Amity in her new position! Please also join me in congratulating Bree on her promotion to Assistant HR Manager, and welcoming Richa and Niki to their new roles in the Department!

Sincerely,

Vicky

 

Vicky Yau  (She, Her, Hers)
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7314 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

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 Program Director, Dr. Riar will be responsible for the overall conduct and evaluation of the Postgraduate Forensic Subspecialty Program, working in close collaboration with the Division Head to ensure that the Program fulfills the objectives of the subspecialty as per the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and continues to fully meet the RCPSC standards of accreditation.  His chief duties will include overseeing regular review and updating of the Program’s overall goals of training based on the CanMEDs competencies, ensuring that the Program and its training sites offer a high quality experience in forensic subspecialty education, implementing CBD curriculum, and facilitating further development of training venues across BC to reflect the diversity of the province.

Dr. Riar is a Clinical Professor who has been a member of the UBC Department of Psychiatry’s clinical faculty since 1995.  He brings extensive clinical and administrative leadership experience to this role, having served as the Regional Clinical Director for Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services (YFPS) from 1992 to 2006 prior to moving into his current role as Provincial Clinical Director for YFPS. Dr. Riar has spent over three decades working in the criminal and civil forensic field, and maintains an active practice with the Broadway Forensic Group, Vancouver General Hospital, and the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine.

In addition to the appointment of Dr. Riar, we are excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Barinder Singh to the newly created role of Forensic Subspecialty Associate Program Director for a three-year term, from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2024.

In this role, Dr. Singh will support the new Program Director in carrying out duties to ensure the Subspecialty training program not only meets the Royal College standards and objectives of training, but also aligns with provincial priorities for forensic psychiatry care. Her range of duties and responsibilities will include assisting with program development, review, and quality oversight, as well as research development, curriculum review and coordination, faculty development with respect to CBD, and leading meetings relevant to the operation of the program, as needed.

Dr. Singh has demonstrated a strong interest in postgraduate education since joining the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor in 2016. She was most recently appointed as the PGY6 Site Director at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, and additionally, has served as the Interim Medical Director for the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital since August 2020. Dr. Singh holds a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard and, with her unique research background and qualifications, will prove to be an asset in strengthening the research component of the Forensic Subspecialty Program.

Finally, as the recruitment process for the Associate Program Director – Vancouver position has also concluded, we are very pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Heng has been appointed to provide coverage in this role for a one-year term from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

As the Associate Program Director – Vancouver, Dr. Heng will work in close collaboration with the Postgraduate Program Director to ensure the Vancouver Track training program is of the highest quality, provides a rich and diverse clinical/educational experience, and meets the Royal College standards and objectives of training while respecting the collective agreement between PARBC and HEABC. He will also work closely with health authority leadership, as well as liaise with the Oversight Directors, Vancouver Track Site Directors, preceptors, hospital staff, and other educational leaders and stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of the PGE Vancouver Program.

Dr. Heng has been a Clinical Instructor in the Department since 2014, and has also served as the Discipline Specific Site Leader (DSSL) at Richmond Hospital since 2016. As the DSSL, he will continue to be responsible for implementing and overseeing the academic requirements for Postgraduate Psychiatry Education at this residency training site.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Dr. Heng to his new leadership role in the PGE Vancouver Program, as well as Dr. Riar and Dr. Singh to their respective new leadership roles in the Postgraduate Forensic Subspecialty Program. We also wish to thank the outgoing Program Director Dr. Todd Tomita for his dedicated service over the last five years, and for continuing to provide support to Dr. Riar and Dr. Singh as they assume their new positions.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

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 – a partnership of organizations that share a common interest in supporting healthy child development in the province.

We encourage you to visit https://www.feelingsfirst.ca/ to learn more about this amazing initiative, and to help share news about Feelings First on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media!

 

 

 

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 international effort is being coordinated by the Asian American Psychological Association and the Division of South Asian Americans to enlist mental health care professionals who are able to provide volunteer psychological first aid to doctors, nurses, hospital & crematorium staff, police, army personnel, and anyone else currently working in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis in India. Please reach out and offer your services if you can!

 

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 passion and enthusiasm in guiding and facilitating the careers of junior researchers and academics through teaching, research supervision, the provision of direct support and advice, and demonstrating their skills through their work. The award was presented to Dr. Yatham at the virtual ISBD 2021 Global Annual Conference taking place from May 13 – May 15.

Congratulations on receiving this significant recognition, Dr. Yatham!

 

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 be sure to register for your free virtual ticket today!

See the Event Poster

 

 

 

 

 

In March 2020, Canada declared COVID-19 a public health emergency. Since then, Canadians have fervently been doing their part to reduce the spread of the virus. Amid the chaos of COVID-19, the opioid overdose crisis is still ongoing, yet efforts to address this devastating situation are often overshadowed.

In 2016, Canada declared opioid-related overdoses and deaths a national public health emergency. Since then, there have been more than 17,000 opioid-related deaths in Canada and now, individuals who use drugs are at the intersection of two public health emergencies. Overdose-related deaths have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with 1,735 deaths since March 2020. In 2020 the BC Emergency Services responded to 27,067 calls due to an overdose leading to 1,724 deaths, an average of five lives lost to overdose each day. Further, over 300 youth die tragically each year in British Columbia alone, due to this preventable cause. As we head into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and the sixth year of the opioid overdose pandemic, we are already on our way to setting new records for overdose deaths in 2021.

The opioid overdose crisis requires urgent attention. We cannot wait any longer, immediate action is needed. We want to raise awareness to the overdose crisis and to generate a consensus on the necessary initiatives to ensure that no more lives are needlessly lost to this hidden pandemic; we implore you to support us in this effort.   — Dr. Michael Krausz

 

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 receive a confirmation email containing the Panopto Event Link and other information.

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Things to remember:

  • Be sure to save the confirmation email with the Panopto Event Link.
  • Attendees can join the event at 8:30am
  • Attendees can use the Panopto Event Link to join at any point should they need to exit, then rejoin, the live stream.
  • Please use Slido Event Code #80996 to submit your questions for the Q&A sessions, and to vote for your favourite ePosters and Lightning Talks.

 

RESEARCH DAY EVENT PROGRAM

The 2021 Research Day Event Program lists all of our presenters, including selected Lightning Talk speakers, as well as all ePoster presentations. Please review the Program to ensure your talk and/or ePoster presentation is listed correctly.

Click on the image below to view and download the Event Program (updated versions will be uploaded to the 2021 Research Day webpage).

 

If you have questions regarding submission of your ePoster, or for general inquiries regarding the 2021 Virtual Research Day, please contact Margaret Koshi, Manager of Communications and Partnerships, at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

 

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 environmental factors. She explains that everyone has varying degrees of genetic vulnerability to mental illness, which goes into the “jar” first, followed by environmental factors and external stressors. When these proverbial ‘jars’ fill up and overflow, people enter a period of poor mental health.

Dr. Austin points out that people can cope with a ‘full jar’ by adding  ‘rings’ or ‘protective factors’ to make our jars taller, such as getting better sleep, nutrition and exercise, seeking out good social support networks, and finding ways to manage stress.

Read the entire article here!

 

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 below.  The evening will be emceed by Drs. Cam Anderson and Janel Casey and will consist of speeches from myself, Dr. Sadrehashemi and Dr. Yatham.  These will then be followed by tributes to each graduating class member by either a mentor or their Associate Program Director with the virtual handing out of certificates. Each grad will be welcome to say a few words at that time.

We kindly request your attendance at this auspicious event and we ask that you please RSVP by Monday, June 14th here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDHQ83JCRI9UP2K.

For the graduating residents, if there are other guests who you would like to attend, please send this invite and zoom link as necessary.

In keeping with the celebratory nature of the event, we do ask all participants to dress for the occasion.

Saturday, June 19th Zoom Event Details

Start Time: 6:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/

Meeting ID: 96254 992493

Passcode: 992493

Thank you to all, and congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Best regards,

Irfan

 

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Acting Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

 

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 for (or self-nominations) from any qualified academic or clinical faculty members and staff who wish to be considered for any one of these awards.

At this initial stage, the only required document is the Nominee’s CV. Please submit your nomination or self-nomination at this link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5hzj9hrYvRtkxcF by 4:30pm on Friday June 4, 2021.

Once all nominations and self-nominations have been submitted by the Department deadline, they will be reviewed by a subcommittee who will make a recommendation to the Department Head. The Department Head will then submit Department nominee(s) for each award to the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to the Dean’s Office submission deadline of June 25, 2021, the Psychiatry administration office will work directly with the Department Nominees in obtaining additional documentation (ie. evaluation forms, reference letters etc.) to complete the nomination package to be submitted.

 

The Award Categories are as follows:

Award Category Award Description
   Applegarth Staff Service Award Recognizing outstanding contributions by UBC staff members to the Faculty of Medicine. The awards consist of a plaque and $500 each to three Faculty of Medicine employees – one to a secretarial/clerical support staff recipient, one to a management/professional recipient and one to a non-union technician or research assistant recipient.
   New: Dean’s Staff Awards
Honouring exceptional staff contribution in specific areas that are important to the Faculty of Medicine. All nominees should have demonstrated a strong commitment to living the Faculty of Medicine values of respect, integrity, compassion, collaboration, and equity. The awards consist of a plaque and $300 for each individual/team recipient. Three categories are available:

  • Leadership (for individuals)
  • Respectful Environment, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (for individuals or teams)
  • Creativity/Innovation (for individuals or teams)
   Award for Excellence in Mentoring Early Career Faculty Recognizes faculty members who have formally been identified as mentors and who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers.  Up to three $1,000 cash awards are available.​
   Refreshed: Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Recognizes Clinical Faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in clinical teaching. Each distributed region will be represented. Six awards are available. Each award consists of a financial prize of $1,000.
   New: Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Leadership/Service Recognizes Clinical Faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in leadership or service with the Faculty of Medicine. Two awards available: one for early career (up to 10 years) and one for mid/late career (beyond 10 years). Each award consists of a financial prize of $1,000.​
   New: Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentorship Recognizes Clinical Faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in mentorship within their position with the Faculty of Medicine. Two awards available – intended for mid/ate career (10 years +). Each award consists of a financial prize of $1000.​
   New: Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (Clinical or Applied) Recognizes Clinical Faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in research within their clinical faculty position with the Faculty of Medicine. Two awards available: one for early career (up to 10 years) and one for mid/late career (beyond 10 years). Each award consists of a financial prize of $1000.​
   New: Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Recognizes Clinical Faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the area of EDI through research, teaching or service with the Faculty of Medicine. Two awards available: one for early career (up to 10 years) and one for mid/late career (beyond 10 years)Each award consists of a financial prize of $1000.​
   Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award Recognizes extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine who have had sustained distinguished careers at UBC in the areas of research, teaching and/or service.
   Distinguished Service to CME-CPD Award Recognition of substantial long term contributions to Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine, presented annually to any individual affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine.  Award recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000.
   Innovation in CME-CPD Award Recognition of outstanding innovation and/or creativity with original work in the area of CME/CPD programming, presented ​to any individual, a group or an organization or a specific Continuing Medical Education/ Continuing Professional Development program affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine.  Award recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000.

 

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Vicky

 

Vicky Yau  (She, Her, Hers)
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7314 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

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 their research projects into layman’s terms for the public, and also encourage you to follow their group on Twitter and  Facebook.

 

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
Passcode: 512130
Join Zoom meeting: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68845071924

 

 

 

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 sure to register in order to access:

  • The Panopto Live Stream event link
  • The Slido Event Code to submit your questions for the Q & A sessions, and to vote for your favourite Lightning Talks and Posters
  • The Event Program and ePoster list
  • Link to add the event to your Outlook calendar

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

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 among vulnerable populations, where socio-economic and cultural factors compromise health and create barriers. The  book covers a diverse range of factors contributing to health inequality amongst the country’s most vulnerable youth populations, including, mental health challenges, low income and refugee status. 

Stay tuned for a rounds to be presented on this topic by Dr. Westwell-Roper and Dr. Stewart in the near future. Congratulations to them both on this accomplishment!

 

 

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 highly respected psychiatrist and researcher who specialized in the areas of adolescent group therapy, ADHD in children, child psychopharmacology, health delivery and patient compliance. Prior to his retirement in 2003, was also a beloved teacher who was actively engaged in both our undergraduate and postgraduate programs, particularly in small group teaching and problem based learning. His significant contributions to teaching were recognized by the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which presented him the Excellence in Education Award in 2012.  Additionally, Dr. Fine provided dedicated leadership to the Department’s Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, serving as the Division Head for 16 years from 1976 to 1992.

Dr. Fine was born in South Africa, completing his medical degree and psychiatry residency at the University of Cape Town before going on to pursue further child and adolescent psychiatry training at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England.  Prior to joining our faculty at UBC, Dr. Fine completed a Teaching and Research Fellowship at Harvard and at Massachusetts General Hospital, and following this, held an appointment as a Lecturer at McMaster University.

We join his countless former students and colleagues in celebrating Dr. Fine’s life and many achievements.  At the same time, we wish send our deepest sympathies to his loving wife, Rosalie, and to the rest of the Fine family.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

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 at BC Children’s Hospital and the broader psychiatric community, and a cherished colleague and friend to many.

Dr. Garland served as the clinical head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital for many years, and was an active member of our clinical faculty for nearly three decades before retiring in 2016. She was granted the designation of emeritus the following year in recognition of her exemplary contributions and years of service to the Department, the Faculty of Medicine, and the University.  Dr. Garland was a dedicated and passionate instructor who had been actively engaged in teaching for our undergraduate and postgraduate education programs throughout her career. By all accounts, she was a superb mentor and role model to countless students, residents and junior colleagues. Over the years, Dr. Garland would receive numerous teaching excellence awards, and a great many learners would describe in their evaluations her extraordinary patience and support, her vast skill, wisdom and expertise, the wonderful care she provided to patients and their families, and the immense influence she would have in shaping their training and future careers.

In addition to her teaching activities, Dr. Garland was dedicated to her research, focusing on the areas of childhood depression and anxiety disorders, as well as psychoeducation and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat mood and anxiety disorders in children. Notably, she was instrumental in establishing the Taming Worry Dragons program, for which she developed an evaluation study for a new parent training module, and also contributed significantly to the development of innovative teaching materials for children and families on managing anxiety and depression.

Despite the demands of her teaching and research activities, Dr. Garland enthusiastically served on numerous committees in the UBC Psychiatry Child & Adolescent division, and also held positions in various bodies, including as chair of the BC Medical Association GPAC Module Development Committee, chair of the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Guidelines Update Committee, and as a member of the VCH Regional Steering Committee on e-mental health.  Following retirement, Dr. Garland maintained strong connections to the Department and the Hospital, often volunteering her time to provide junior colleagues with perspectives and practical assistance with curriculum, academic writing and research program development.

Clearly, the loss of Dr. Garland will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege to train and work alongside her.  We may find some comfort in knowing that her legacy lives on in countless students and mentees who will follow in her example of true integrity, empathy and generosity of spirit. On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I send my deepest condolences to her family during this most difficult time.

If you wish to share a memory or send a message of condolence to the Garland family, please visit Dr. Garland’s Memorial Page here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/vancouver-bc/elspeth-garland-10167995

Sincerely,

 

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

 

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 from 5 minutes to several hours. You may also need to activate and prepare a space to move the files to.

 

Psychiatry IT recommends moving your files to UBC OneDrive, which has 1Tb of space per student/staff/faculty member. Other options and links to instructions can be found on https://it.ubc.ca/news/workspace-20-end-life-october-29-2021

If you have any questions, please contact UBC Psychiatry IT at psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

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 for the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health. Her expertise is in global mental health in the Asia-Pacific, with a focus on the implementation and scale-up of community-based depression care. Dr. Murphy is interested in research to address a critical gap in care for people living with mental illness, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, predominantly through the adaptation and scale-up of evidence-based practice. She is currently a co-investigator on various studies in China and Vietnam, and has worked and published in the area of equitable and ethical global health research partnerships. She also has an interest in enhancing meaningful stakeholder engagement in global mental health.

 

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.

  1. 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 psychiatry residency (research track) and her 5-year postdoc research fellowship in our department and will be a real asset to our committee. Welcome Verena!
  2. Residents, if you’re submitting either your project abstract or your final report, the next scheduled meetings of the committee are June 17th and September 16th 2021. The committee requires one week in advance of the meeting to conduct a thorough review of all the documents, so the deadlines for submissions for the next committee meetings are June 10th and September 9th 2021.
  3. Residents, as part of Accreditation Standards, we are required to collect all your publication and presentation records annually. These records are also used to help inform decisions about the department’s annual resident research awards. If you would like to be considered for an 2020- 21 resident research award, please complete the online form by April 30th: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56np2HzhDInHQ0Z
  4. You can find copies of all relevant documentation relating to scholarly activity on the department website: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/postgraduate-education- scholarly-activity/scholarlyactivity-project/ – new amongst these is a ‘Tips for Constructing Your Scholarly Activity Abstract’ guidance document produced by committee member Dr. Donna Lang.

If you have questions or need support relating to scholarly activity please contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity, via erin.michalak@ubc.ca or contact your regional committee lead (see below) directly.

The Research and Scholarly Activity Committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training objectives for research and scholarly activity. Specific responsibilities include the identification, development, enhancement, promotion, monitoring and evaluation of resident scholarly activity projects, and ensuring that objectives relating to research and scholarly activity are integrated throughout our educational program. The committee meets quarterly, at which time resident submissions of their project abstract submissions and final scholarly activity reports are reviewed.

 

 

 

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 incoming residents will be a great addition to our program.  Please feel free to contact me at Irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca should you have any questions.

Best regards,

 

Irfan

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Interim Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

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 Form by Sunday May 16th, 2021 (11:59 PST).

 

 

ePOSTER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Your electronic poster must be in PowerPoint, for presentation on the online poster gallery and voting
  • Please submit your ePoster using the Online ePoster Submission Form, uploading it as a single PowerPoint file by May 16th.
  • If you have a brief audio file you would like to include, please embed this into your ePoster. Further information and instructions regarding audio files are posted on the 2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day web page.

 

ABSTRACTS DUE SUNDAY APRIL 25, 2021

This a reminder for all faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Virtual Research Day to submit their abstracts using the Online Abstract Submission Form by Sunday April 25th, 2021 (11:59 PST).

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Go to the Online Abstract Submission Form and upload a copy of your abstract as a single PDF file by Sunday April 25th.
  • Your abstract must include a descriptive title, and all authors and their affiliated institutions
  • The body of your abstract should not exceed 300 words, and should include:
    • Research Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

 

LIGHTNING TALK PRESENTATIONS

  • Lighting Talk Presentations are short 5-minute presentations (usually 3.5 minutes of speaking, plus 1.5 minutes for questions).
  • Please indicate on the Abstract Submission Form if, in addition to presenting an ePoster, you wish to be considered to present a Lightning Talk during our Virtual Research Day.
  • If selected for a Lightning Talk Presentation, the presenter must also prepare a brief PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 4 slides (1 cover + 3 presentation slides). Please submit Lightning Talk slides to margaret.koshi@ubc.ca by May 16th.

 

GENERAL ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

Stay tuned for the online Attendee Registration Form coming in early May!

If you have questions regarding submission of your abstract or ePoster, or for general inquiries regarding the 2021 Virtual Research Day, please contact Margaret Koshi, Manager of Communications and Partnerships, at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

 

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 DRI landscape, regardless of discipline, level of engagement with DRI tools or research experience. We encourage the attendance of the broader research community, including:

  • Researchers
  • Senior Administration of academic and research institutions (e.g., Vice-Presidents Research, Chief Information Officers, Chief Librarians, etc. )
  • Research Support Staff
  • Research Administration Staff
  • Librarians
  • Infrastructure providers
  • Service providers
  • Funders

Each session will be 60 minutes long and feature one of four themes: Awareness and Accessibility, Governance and Policy, Operations and Support, designed around the preliminary findings of the Needs Assessment consultations to date. The initial findings of each theme will be briefly presented followed by a moderated breakout session.

Learn more and sign up here: https://engagedri.ca/canadian-digital-research-infrastructure-needs-assessment/virtual-town-halls

 

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, and the Department wishes to thank her for all her valuable contributions over the last three years.

The Department is now inviting expressions of interest from clinical faculty to fill the vacancy for the role of Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for Psychiatry. This role will be for a three-year term from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.

The Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative serves as the crucial link between UBC Psychiatry and the Clinical Faculty Affairs office, and will participate in the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Advisory Council (formerly Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee), an advisory group consisting of representatives from each department with the Faculty of Medicine, as well in other committees within the Department.

 

General Responsibilities include:

    • Representing the interests of Clinical Faculty across the province.
    • Serving as liaison between the Department and Clinical Faculty Affairs office.
    • Working to foster and promote career development initiatives and opportunities for Clinical Faculty.
    • Identifying issues of concern to Clinical Faculty, and developing and recommending actions to address them.
    • Supporting the interprofessional mandate of the Faculty of Medicine by hearing and considering perspectives from all Faculty of Medicine programs.

Specific Responsibilities include:

    • Presenting important issues and concerns of the Department to the Director of Clinical Affairs at Clinical Faculty Advisory Council meetings.
    • Communicating information on relevant Faculty of Medicine initiatives to Clinical Faculty members in the Department.
    • Discussing academic and administrative changes arising in the Faculty of Medicine, considering the potential impacts of them on Clinical Faculty, and gathering input from Clinical Faculty regarding that potential impact.
    • Chairing the Annual Departmental Clinical Faculty Business Meeting in June.
    • Participating on the following committees:

Within the Faculty of Medicine:

    • Clinical Faculty Advisory Council; meets approx. every two months or at the call of the chair**

Within the Department:

    • Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (CFAPC); meets 2-3 times per year between September and June to review and discuss case files**
    • Head’s Executive Committee; meets monthly on Thursdays 8.00am (usually September through June)**
    • Head’s Advisory Committee; meets monthly on Thursdays following Executive meeting (usually September through June)**
    • Faculty Awards Committee; meets twice annually, or as needed**
    • Any other Department Committee as needed**

 

**Eligible for compensation as per the Clinical Faculty Compensation Terms for Standing Committees and Search Committees for Senior Leadership.

Time Commitment:

Typically 12-15 hours per month (fewer in July and August)

 

If you are interested, please email to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration (vicky.yau@ubc.ca) a brief statement of interest and a biographical summary by April 30, 2021. If there are two or more interested faculty members, then an election will be held.

Information on the Clinical Faculty Advisory Council can be found at http://www.med.ubc.ca/clinical-faculty/advisory-council/. The Terms of Reference for the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Advisory Council can be found at https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/AboutUs/AdminAndGoverningBodies/Committees/Pages/Clinical-Faculty-Advisory-Council.aspx.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head, Clinical Affairs and Partnerships, UBC Department of 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 the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health. She spent over 15 years as a professor of Indigenous health studies in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) in Regina. Through her role as Scientific Director of CIHR-IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada.

Dr. McIlduff is a Research Fellow at Canada Foundation for Innovation funded Morning Star Lodge, an Indigenous community-based health resarch lab in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2020, she was the recipient of an award from AGE-WELL and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), which supports her research on technology and telehealth services to promote a healthy lifestyle among older Indigenous people.

Stay tuned for further announcements about our Virtual Research Day presenters – coming soon!

 

 

 

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 mental health, and Indigenous and/or rural health services research. This position will primarily be based at the distributed Northern Medical Program (NMP) site in Prince George, BC, at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), one of the UBC Faculty of Medicine affiliated institutions.

For further details about this position and application guidelines, please see the full job posting here.

 

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) competencies of practicing psychiatrists in Canada: A needs assessment study,” the results of which will inform the development of Continuing Professional Development training and educational initiatives.

UBC Psychiatry clinical faculty members working within Vancouver Coastal Health are invited to participate in this survey. There are no risks foreseen from participation in this project, and there are no specific exclusion criteria. Your participation will involve answering some questions about the education on IDD, level of experience with IDD, and knowledge and attitudes on IDD. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and will be conducted electronically via RedCAP. With regard to benefits, there will be no direct compensation for participants, however, results from this study will inform further curriculum development for CPD modules.

For those who are interested, please complete the survey here: https://is.gd/IDDpsychiatry

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thakur via email at anupam.thakur@camh.ca or (416) 535-8501 ext: 37724.

 

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 of the first e-mental health services in Egypt, an significant undertaking for a country with a population of 100.4 million people and only about 600 trained psychiatrists and 2000 psychologists.

The seeds of this partnership between the WHO, the Egyptian government, and UBC Department of Psychiatry were first sown in 2019 through a research collaboration established between UBC Psychiatry and Tanta University. Tanta’s Dr. Mostafa Kamel, who will now serve as the local project lead in Egypt, had completed part of his PhD training at UBC Psychiatry as a visiting international research student under Dr. Krausz’s supervision.

This collaboration signifies an important milestone for UBC Psychiatry with respect to strengthening our global partnerships, which is among the Department’s key strategic objectives for the next four years.

 

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 the next several decades to teaching and mentoring countless students, residents and junior colleagues. As a renowned forensic psychistrist, Dr. Vallance provided expert opinions for thousands of criminal and personal injury cases over the course of his 50+ year career. He also served in a number of prominent roles, including as the Clinical Director for UBC Psychiatry, as Chairman of the Forensic Psychiatric Commission, and as a lay bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia, attaining the status of life bencher.

The UBC Department of Psychiatry sends its heartfelt condolences to Dr. Vallance’s family, and to his many friends and colleagues. If you wish to share your message of condolence or remembrance, please do so in Dr. Vallance’s Guestbook here.

 

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 on understanding epigenetic mechanisms of transcriptional regulation involved in brain plasticity and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her lab combines experimental and computational approaches to understand how epigenetic mechanisms regulate gene expression across our lifespan, specifically focusing on mechanisms of epigenetic regulation in multiple brain cell populations across normal brain and immune system development and in rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Stay tuned for further announcements about our Virtual Research Day presenters – coming soon!

Read about Dr. Ciernia’s exciting work in her recent Research in Focus interview by UBC Today.

 

 

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

 

Dr. Daniel Vigo, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry

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, which will receive $3.26M over 36 months to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to screen university students for substance use and mental health disorders, with a focus on opioid, alcohol and cannabis use. The ultimate goal of this project will be to integrate evidence-based tools and interventions rationally into a University-wide stepped-care model, in close collaboration with students, providers, and University leadership.

The investigators on this project belong to UBC’s Department of Psychiatry, SPPH, and CHEOS (D. Vigo, C. Richardson, A. Gadermann, M. Krausz, and P. Halli), SFU (H. Xie, K. Pendakur), CAMH and the University of Toronto (B. Rush and J. Rehm), McMaster University (J. Gillet and M. Young) and the WHO-Harvard Medical School World Mental Health Survey Initiative (R. Kessler, R. Auerbach, and R. Bruffaerts). Together, this team represents by and large the most experienced global collaboration on psychiatric epidemiology, bringing together innovative research teams based at the top Canadian, US, and European universities.

Congratulations on this fantastic news, Dr. Vigo!

Read the Government of Canada’s news release here.

 

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

 

Dr. Anthony Phillips, Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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. Tony Phillips.

The feature on this paper, which was published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, includes a brief interview with Dr. Phillips, who describes the significance of the findings as well as the next steps for the CIHR-funded study.

Read the entire Science in Vancouver feature here.

 

 

 

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 attend the Webinar conference.  I am letting you know that they have protected time to attend given the importance of the topic and so, please excuse them from their clinical duties for that block of time.

I would also encourage as many of you to attend as the issues are so salient in our current climate. The information is as noted below:

The national cultural psychiatry day webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 10:30AM PST – 1:30PM PST.  The topic will be on racialized identities, racism, and disparities in psychiatry. For faculty and residents who are interested in attending, they can complete the following RSVP form. The zoom link will be forwarded to them prior to the event. The pre-webinar lived experience videos can be viewed 1-2 weeks prior to the conference day on the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) website (https://psychiatryandculture.org).

RSVP form for UBC: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNtqPRsE2YWmxExu9kzCk5ezzAmyYMCYI-nsXoHNv4kvTXaw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for your consideration of this matter and best regards,

 

Irfan

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

 

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 accepting clinical teaching invoices.

For those who have NOT already submitted their CTwPC invoices, please complete and submit the survey below by no later than end of Sunday, April 11, 2021 (no extensions) if you have supervised/taught UBC PGY2-6 Psychiatry residents between April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 and would like to receive a stipend for teaching. Please note this survey is NOT for PGY1 residents, fellows or visiting resident electives.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26tbSyjyFtucdjo

Thank you,

 

Education Office
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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

 

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 Professor of Psychiatry at Deakin University, who states, “Lakshmi Yatham has made many tremendous contributions to the field of bipolar disorder, including advancing understanding of the neurobiology, improving treatments and promoting guideline-based clinical care.”

Congratulations to Dr. Yatham on this significant recognition!

Read Dr. Yatham’s profile in The Lancet Psychiatry here

 

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 exciting and innovative research taking place across Department and beyond.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

At this time, we invite faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Virtual Research Day to submit their abstracts using the Online Abstract Submission Form by Sunday April 25th, 2021 (11:59 PST).

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Go to the Online Abstract Submission Form and upload a copy of your abstract as a single PDF file by Sunday April 25th.
  • Your abstract must include a descriptive title, and all authors and their affiliated institutions
  • The body of your abstract should not exceed 300 words, and should include:
    • Research Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

ELECTRONIC POSTERS

Participants must also submit their electronic posters in PowerPoint using the Online ePoster Submission Form by Sunday May 16th, 2021 (11:59 PST).

ePoster Submission Guidelines

  • Your electronic poster must be in PowerPoint, for presentation on the online poster gallery and voting
  • Please submit your ePoster using the Online ePoster Submission Form, uploading it as a single PowerPoint file by May 16th.
  • If you have a brief audio file you would like to include, please embed this into your ePoster. Further information and instructions regarding audio files are posted on the 2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day web page.

LIGHTNING TALK PRESENTATIONS

  • Lighting Talk Presentations are short 5-minute presentations (usually 3.5 minutes of speaking, plus 1.5 minutes for questions).
  • Please indicate on the Abstract Submission Form if, in addition to presenting an ePoster, you wish to be considered to present a Lightning Talk during our Virtual Research Day.
  • If selected for a Lightning Talk Presentation, the presenter must also prepare a brief PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 4 slides (1 cover + 3 presentation slides). Please submit Lightning Talk slides to margaret.koshi@ubc.ca by May 16th.

GENERAL ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

Stay tuned for the online Attendee Registration Form coming in early April!

If you have questions regarding submission of your abstract or ePoster, or for general inquiries regarding the 2021 Virtual Research Day, please contact Margaret Koshi, Manager of Communications and Partnerships, at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

 

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: NSERC will publicly announce recipients of the 2020 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

See below for a listing of award programs released in the previous round, with new competitions added. Please visit the major external award deadline page for the latest competition updates. Listings can be filtered by discipline and the deadlines are updated frequently.  Note: Departments, divisions, institutes, schools, and faculties are encouraged to consider a greater inclusion of equity and diversity in their nomination strategies.

 

MAJOR EXTERNAL AWARD DEADLINES:

APRIL

Arthur B. McDonald Fellowships (formally E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Read more
April 1, 2021 (Preliminary Selection Deadline)
June 7, 2021  (Sponsor Deadline now posted)

Synergy Award for Innovation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Read more
April 15, 2021

AAAS Fellowship
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council Read more
Apr 28, 2021

 

JUNE

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Read more
June 14, 2021

Holberg Memorial International Prize
Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund Read more
June 15, 2021

Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
BBVA Foundation Read more
June 30, 2021

Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences Read more
E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund/NRC
June 30, 2021 (anticipated deadline)

Canada Council for the Arts – Killam Research Prize
Canada Council for the Arts Read more
June 30, 2021

Order of Canada
Governor General of Canada Read more
Open throughout the year

 

NOMINATION TRACKING: If you are planning to submit a nomination for one of the major external awards on the deadline list, please advise brenda.carrier@ubc.ca so nomination activity can be effectively and confidentially recorded.

AWARD DOCUMENT LIBRARY: Campus wide-login required: https://vpri.share.ubc.ca/awards

QUESTIONS? brenda.carrier@ubc.ca

 

Kind regards, Brenda

Brenda Carrier
Manager, Faculty Awards & Prizes | Office of Research Prizes & Awards
The University of British Columbia – VP Research and Innovation
Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Phone 604 822 6010

brenda.carrier@ubc.ca

https://research.ubc.ca/research-excellence/awards-honours

 

 

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 updates for, but they generally support the three most recent versions.  The most recent versions are currently Big Sur, Catalina and Mojave.  It is not safe and is against UBC policy to use an older version of macOS, like High Sierra, Sierra or El Capitan.  If you can not upgrade to one of the three most recent versions, you will need to replace your computer with a newer model.

Microsoft publishes their support lifecycle, which includes Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.  Us Windows Update to install them.  It is not safe and is against UBC policy to use an older version of Windows, like Windows XP, 7 or 8.0

If you are not supported by Psychiatry IT, it is up to you to keep apps/software from other companies up to date.  Of particular importance are web browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox, which have “critical” rated security updates many times per year.  The default settings for Chrome will cause it to update on its own, provided you quit and restart it regularly.  You can check for updates in both Chrome and Firefox, through their Help/About menus.

Below are a few of the most common security updates, from the past few weeks, that you may need to install to keep your computer secure.  You can often download updates using the apps help menu.  Please contact psychiatry.it@ubc.ca, if you would like an updated list, at any point.

Release Date Patch Description Platform Vendor
Mar 24, 2021 Update for Microsoft Teams 1.4.00.7174 Windows Microsoft
Mar 24, 2021 Opera Stable (75.0.3969.93) Windows Opera
Mar 24, 2021 Mozilla Thunderbird (78.9.0) Windows Mozilla
Mar 24, 2021 Evernote 10 (10.10.5) Windows Evernote Corporation
Mar 24, 2021 Cisco Webex Meetings (41.3.5.8) Windows Cisco Systems, Inc.
Mar 24, 2021 Box Tools (4.14.0.877) Windows Box Inc
Mar 24, 2021 Zoom for MAC 5.6.0.536 Mac Zoom
Mar 24, 2021 Mozilla Firefox For Mac (87.0) Mac Mozilla
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A New Study Led by Dr. Daniel Vigo Examines Association Between Social Proximity to COVID-19 and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

 

Dr. Daniel Vigo, Assistant Professor, UBC Psychiatry

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 time as COVID-19 cases increased.

Dr. Vigo’s team found that knowing somebody in Vancouver with COVID-19 was the key factor associated with increased levels of anxiety. Interestingly, much of this increase was driven by male students. Being acquainted with somebody who had COVID-19 didn’t seem to make nearly as much difference for female students, although they did start out with more anxiety symptoms than men.

“Anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorders are generally more prevalent in women, but it appears they respond with less anxiety when an increase in stressors occurs,” said Dr. Vigo. “The level of anxiety moved much more in men than in women, which potentially indicates a more resilient response among women to unexpected stresses.”

 

Read the entire UBC News article here

 

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

 

Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Psychiatry

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 disorders (AD). To do this, Dr. Fairbrother and her team will conduct a large scale study of pregnant and postpartum people in which the screening accuracy of a broad range of perinatal AD self report measures are assessed. This will be the first comprehensive study of prenatal AD screening tools in which gold standard methodology is employed. Congratulations on this wonderful news, Nichole!
 
 

UBC News has also featured Dr. Fairbrother’s recently published study on the high prevalence of OCD among women in the perinatal period.  Read the UBC News article here.

 

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 to create research capacity in mental health.

The IMH, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry, is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for Fellowship awards, which will be supported by the Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health. Please see the Application Guidelines for more detailed information regarding the requirements and criteria for this award. This year, in accordance with the original award funding plan, the program will fund stipends of $75,000 for up to five Fellows. The duration of funding is for one year only, however Fellows may have an opportunity to apply for a one-year extension of funding in the following year. Current Fellows in their first year of funding in 2020-2021 may apply for an extension in 2021-2022 for a second and final year of funding.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, and I would like to ask that this information be circulated widely.

Applicants must submit their applications online at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2cowRkRmDyApu2q by Friday April 30, 2021 (11:59 pm PST).

If you have questions or require further information regarding these awards, please contact Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

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

 

Dr. Soma Ganesan, Clinical Professor

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 a pillar and champion of Canadian Cross-Cultural Psychiatry for over three decades. He was highly influential in transforming mental health for immigrants and refugees in BC, developing a cross-cultural psychiatry program in Vancouver thirty years ago, when very few culturally-relevant mental health services were available for our increasingly diverse populations.  Also appointed to the Canadian Task Force on Mental Health of Refugees and Immigrants by the Government of Canada, he contributed to an impactful report that resulted in the redefinition of family class of immigrants under Canadian immigration law, and ultimately led to improved services for immigrants and refugees with mental illness.  Later, with funding from the Ministry of Health, he conducted an in-depth review of mental health needs for immigrants in BC, which resulted in a report titled “Culture and Health 2000.”

His tireless advocacy continues to this day, reaching many platforms and creating positive impact in the lives of immigrants and refugees needing mental health support. Dr. Ganesan has been actively engaged with MOSAIC BC, a non-profit offering a range of services for immigrant families, and has co-founded VAST, a non-profit group dedicated to refugees and immigrants traumatized by political violence and torture. He has received numerous other awards recognizing not only his professional achievements, but also his many humanitarian and service contributions.

Congratulations again on this well-deserved recognition, Dr. Ganesan!

See the full list of 2020 Doctors of BC Award Winners here

 

 

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 departments. We would kindly ask you to please complete the survey before the deadline for completion of March 15th.

Clinical Faculty Awards survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bQIHDCkU9q2wn2e

Sincerely,

 

Marilyn Champagne, MDCM, FRCPC
Clinical Faculty Representative for UBC Psychiatry
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Educator Fellow, CHES, UBC                                          
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, ECMHP, VCH

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.

  1. In Outlook, click on the Home button, then click on the Add-ins (click Store in older versions of Outlook)
  2. This will open another window featuring all add-ins that you can install.   You may need to login with your UBC email alias (e.g. first.last@ubc.ca) and CWL password.  Click on All, then write Microsoft Teams in the Search
  3. To make sure you installed it, go to File, then Manage Add-ins or Manage Apps and you will find it in the list.

 

Psychiatry IT
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

 

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 continued success for all of our residents.

Due to COVID-19, we will be conducting all our Mock OSCE’s virtually through Zoom this academic year, and all of the dates have been confirmed.

Our Mock OSCE days are broken into two sessions: AM (8:30am-12:30pm) & PM (12:30pm-4:30pm) and you can sign up for either session or both. We are currently in high need of examiners for the AM sessions.

All eligible clinical faculty are paid the hourly rate (you must have an active UBC faculty appointment).

Below are the upcoming mock OSCE dates:

  • Thursday, April 1, 2020
  • Thursday, April 15, 2020

If you are interested in being an examiner, please take a moment to complete the following survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cD8XnDFp1Rdkm57 by Friday, March 12th, and we will reach out to you thereafter for final confirmation.

If you have any questions, please reach out to MJ Alarcon at psych.pge@ubc.ca.  Thank you very much for helping to prepare our residents!

 

Sincerely,

MJ Alarcon (she/her)
Interim Program Assistant, PGE
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
Room 11163, 11th Floor, Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68372 | Fax 604 875 5438
psych.pge@ubc.ca

 

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 is designed to recognize a teacher or educator who is actively involved in Undergraduate Medical Education, and demonstrates enthusiasm, creativity and innovation to inspire learners in Psychiatry.

ELIGIBILITY:

The candidate must be within their first 10 years of practice and have a Faculty Appointment at one of the 17 Canadian medical schools, at the level of Assistant Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor, or lower.

The candidate should demonstrate innovation in and/or dedication to Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry in one or more of the following areas:

  • Curriculum development
  • Teaching effectiveness
  • Mentorship
  • Promotion of psychiatry
  • Leadership,
  • Educational scholarship
  • Dedication to undergraduate teaching
  • Commitment to educational excellence/professional development

Favorable consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate innovation and excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry particularly at provincial and national levels. Receipt of local and/or departmental award(s) will also be viewed favorably.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Application packages are welcome to be submitted in either English or in French
  • The Application package cannot be more than ten (10) pages, excluding the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
  • There is a maximum of one applicant per Canadian medical school. Prior unsuccessful nominees are welcome to re-apply.

SUBMISSION PACKAGES MUST INCLUDE:

  1. A personal statement from the candidate (not more than 2 pages; 12 point font) outlining the relevant highlights of their academic activities and involvement in education that is the focus of the award topic.
  2. Nomination letter from a Faculty member in a leadership position (Departmental Chair or designate, or Faculty member in an undergraduate leadership position).
  3. Two (2) letters of reference [one (1) may be from a medical student, if appropriate].
  4. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.

DEADLINE:

Nomination packages must be submitted to Dr. Kathryn Fung, (kathryn.fung@vch.ca) by email, no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5:00 PM (Local Time). Paper submissions will not be accepted. Late submissions will not be considered.

PRIZE:

The Award recipient will be notified by e-mail and will receive a Certificate of Recognition from COUPE and the letter will be copied to the Chair of the Department and to the Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education of the recipient’s Department/University.

The Award recipient will be invited to attend the COUPE Fall Meeting (usually held in conjunction with the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) Annual Meeting (typically held in September/October each year), to receive from the Committee formal acknowledgement of their Award. As well, an announcement will be made at the CPA Annual Meeting.

 

 

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 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, totals more than $518 million and will support 102 projects at 60 universities, colleges and research hospitals across the country. This infrastructure funding is a major investment in innovative, world-class research to benefit all Canadians, and aims to maintain Canada’s position at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation by supporting our nation’s leading researchers.

Congratulations to Dr. Murphy on this significant award!

Read the UBC Faculty of Medicine new release here.

 

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, and Institutes as partners.

As the UBC Department of Psychiatry is eligible to submit up to three applications for internal or external Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 Chairs, we are inviting formal expressions of interest from eligible faculty members from the four federally designated groups, namely women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities/members of groups that are racially categorized. Please note that only applicants belonging to any of the four federally designated groups are eligible for this competition.

In addition to meeting the criteria outlined above, faculty must be full-time and tenure-stream to be eligible for an internal chair position. All other candidates, including partner track and clinical faculty, are welcome to apply and will be considered together with the external chairs. Tier 1 Chairs are seven-year positions, renewable once, intended for experienced researchers who are world leaders in their fields, while Tier 2 Chairs are five-year positions, renewable once, intended for exceptional emerging scholars who have the potential to lead in their fields. Full details can be found here: https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/Research/FundingOpportunities/Pages/2021-CRC-Competition.aspx

Eligible faculty are asked to submit their formal expressions of interest to Dr. Sophia Frangou (sophia.frangou@ubc.ca) by Monday March 29th. You must include:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest describing your qualifications and research plans for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Chair
  • A document describing how your area of research aligns with the Departmental as well as Faculty of Medicine priorities as reflected in the strategic plans

Applications will undergo a review and adjudication process by the departmental Executive Committee, in accordance with the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) guidelines for recruiting and nominating CRCs, and selection criteria will include strategic alignment with departmental priorities as identified in the current strategic plan.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research & International Affairs, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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 the complex needs of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Overview of the agenda

The B.C. Concurrent Disorders Conference includes a full program of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and 14 workshops covering a variety of subjects. The agenda is made up of a diverse group of national and international speakers with a common focus on collaborating to improve care for people who live with complex concurrent disorders.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Integrated models of care in concurrent disorders
  • The role of patients and families in co-designing care
  • Person-centred and recovery-oriented care
  • Therapeutic and relational security
  • The role of trauma and adverse childhood events in mental illness and addiction
  • Building capacity care and treatment of concurrent disorders

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Brian Rush, Scientist Emeritus, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Michael Farrell, Professor and Director University of New South Wales; National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Tickets are limited. Register now!

 

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.

Some of you may have already participated in this survey, which was deployed last August for faculty and staff in Vancouver, as well as for faculty and staff in the Okanagan in January. We would like to understand what changes may have occurred to your experience since we last surveyed. We are now inviting all faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver to take part, and share how COVID-19 has impacted your experience of working remotely or on campus.

You can access the survey at https://hr.ubc.ca/workplace-surveys. The survey will take about five minutes to complete and responses will be confidential. The deadline is 4pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Whether you have completed a survey in recent months, or are sharing your feedback for the first time, we want to hear from you. Your comments will inform ongoing discussions about what the UBC workplace might look like in the future, as we continue to support the gradual resumption of activity on our campuses.

 

Marcia Buchholz
Vice-President, Human Resources

 

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 enable UBC faculty to host an innovative and interdisciplinary research forum and graduate course focused around a theme of general interest and importance. It must include a series of invited scholars (preferably from both within and outside the academy) and public events, and incorporate various aspects of public scholarship (creating and circulating knowledge for and with those outside the academy). The purpose of the Killam Connection program is to provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to engage with leading scholars on matters of importance, and for students to gain experience developing and possibly implementing scholarly projects aimed at a public impact beyond academy. The course should be available to students in one of the following terms: January 2022, or September 2022.

All faculty members are invited and encouraged to apply. The first step of applications is to submit a Letter of Intent to the attention of Dr. Serbulent Turan, Public Scholarship Coordinator, at serbulent.turan(at)ubc.ca. The letter should be no longer than 3 pages and should include a broad description of the course and its potential appeal and benefit to graduate students from diverse disciplines; a list of potential public speakers and public events; and ideas about the public scholarship component including scholarly products by students. The deadline for the letter of intent for 2021-2022 Killam Connection projects is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Further details on the program, eligibility and assessment criteria, potential ideas for public scholarship components, previous winners and links to their courses can be found on the Killam Connection Program website: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/killam-connection. Questions may also be addressed to Dr. Turan.

Best wishes,

 

Serbulent Turan, PhD
Public Scholarship Coordinator | https://www.grad.ubc.ca/psi
Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies | The University of British Columbia
201-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 2472 | serbulent.turan@ubc.ca

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

 

Dr. Biju Mathew, Clinical Professor

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 of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2019.

The MP stated in his address, “Maple Ridge’s Dr. Biju Mathew’s book on Anand Kumar and the Super 30 is an inspiration for a blockbuster film starring Hrithik Roshan…  Dr. Mathew was also a catalyst in expanding psychiatric services at Ridge Meadows Hospital to 22 beds… In addition, Dr. Mathew has helped establish our local Youth Wellness Centre, or the Foundry. This has been key to helping our youth who struggle with mental health and addiction challenges. Thank you Biju, for all you’ve done and continue to do.”

Congratulations to Dr. Mathew on this very well-deserved recognition!

Watch MP Marc Dalton’s address to Dr. Mathew here

 

 

 

 

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 a post-COVID Asia-Pacific within the context of an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)-informed framework.

To advance towards this, the cluster will meet four goals:

  1. Establish a centre of excellence in equity-oriented mental health research focused on the Asia-Pacific region by convening a cluster of multidisciplinary researchers and engaged stakeholders at UBC, throughout Canada and internationally.
  2. Pursue strategic funding opportunities to ensure growth and sustainability in various priority areas.
  3. Develop and implement an innovative KE platform.
  4. Significantly advance knowledge and best practice on an EDI centered approach to global mental health (GMH) in the context of COVID-19, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.

Congratulations again to Dr. Lam, Dr. Murphy and Dr. Michalak on this fantastic news!

 

ABOUT THE GRANTS FOR CATALYZING RESEARCH CLUSTERS (GCRC)

The Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition was jointly created by the Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice-President, Academic to enable the formation and growth of interdisciplinary research excellence clusters. A research excellence cluster is defined as a network of researchers spanning multiple disciplines at UBC who form and nurture interdisciplinary teams that foster partnerships and collaborations, develop new research questions/directions/themes in research creation, address key societal and cultural problems, and work together to solve challenges that transcend traditional boundaries.

These awards are specifically targeted at catalyzing advanced research initiatives with the expectation that awards will be used to enable the cluster to have more significant impact than otherwise possible.

 

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 tenure).

For further details about this position and application guidelines, please visit the UBC Psychiatry Employment Opportunities page.

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 day in the Department of Psychiatry will be February 24. While we will miss the dedication and work ethic she brought to the Psychiatry Education team, we are thrilled for her as she embarks on an exciting new career opportunity.
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Paola joined the Department as the Senior Education Programs Manager in 2018, and in this role, has been supervising our Psychiatry Education team located at VGH Diamond Health Centre, as well as overseeing the day-to-day administrative functions of the Psychiatry MD Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs. Last summer, Paola played a vital role in supporting our residents, faculty and staff as the Psychiatry Postgraduate Specialty Program saw the launch of Competence By Design (CBD) on July 1, 2020. As well, Paola has been instrumental in ensuring continuity and the smooth running of our educations programs throughout the many recent changes in staffing, organization and leadership in the Education Office. As a valuable member of our Psychiatry Administrative team, Paola has formed very productive relationships with many Department members, as well as with colleagues from external units across the Faculty of Medicine.
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Upon Paola’s departure, we will be initiating a recruitment process to fill this vacancy in the very near future. In the meantime, please direct any questions regarding the UGE program to uge.assistant@ubc.ca, the PGE program to linda.chang@ubc.ca, and Subspecialties to edu-prog.assistant@ubc.ca. For any complex or organizational/operational matters, please feel free to contact me at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.
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On behalf of the entire Department, I wish to thank Paola for her all hard work, and for the many significant and valuable contributions she has made to the Department over the last three years. Please join me in congratulating her and wishing her all the best in her new position!
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Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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 logging into the system will be required to update their password to meet the new password criteria. Please follow the onscreen instructions. Once a new password is set you will be logged into your eDossier.

The new password requirement states that the password must be between 8 and 64 characters, and use more than 3 unique characters.  If your password already matches the criteria, you can use the same password when prompted to reset.

You can also refer to the password reset instructions in the One45 MedNet FAQs for any future access issues.

Please contact me at fomeas.support@ubc.ca should you encounter any difficulties or have any concerns.

 

 

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 University Health Network of Toronto, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Themed “Virtual Care in Times of Crisis and Beyond,” this online conference will address the significance of web-based resources, e-mental health, and virtual care for vulnerable populations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will explore  the advantages and pitfalls of these relatively new approaches to healthcare and support.

Don’t forget to register and get important event information here!

 

 

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 password are required. If you do not yet have a CWL and password, please contact our HR team at psychiatry.hr@ubc.ca. If you need support accessing your tax slips, please review the following knowledge base articles:

For additional information about your 2020 T4 slip, your T4s from previous years, T4 for UBC former employees, and other inquiries, please visit the UBC Finance website.

 

 

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 award will enable Dr. Keramatian to make inroads into a clinically significant area focused on early identification strategies to reduce undiagnosed bipolar disorder and its serious medical and psychosocial consequences. Under the mentorship of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Dr. Keramatian will pursue a project that will aim to develop and assess a novel manual-based group psychoeducational intervention — delivered in a telehealth format — designed for individuals at high risk for bipolar disorder.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Keramatian on this significant achievement!

 

 

 

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 how providers of medical care can enrich their practice using psychoanalytic ideas and techniques. He provides insight on, among many other topics, how clinicians’ awareness of their own feelings can aid in the diagnostic process, and how a psychoanalytic approach can enrich patient interview.

Be sure to catch Dr. Steinberg’s February 11th New Books in Medicine podcast interview here!

 

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 renowned and highly respected figure in the field of comparative cultural psychiatry. Alongside his wife, Clinical Professor Emerita Dr. Louise Jilek-Aall, he conducted ethno-psychiatric investigations in East Africa, Haiti, South America, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Western Canada, and published three books as well as over 100 articles and book chapters in English, French, Spanish and German.  He also gave numerous invited lectures at universities and institutes in North America, Europe, Asia, South Pacific and South America. Furthermore, Dr. Jilek was devoted to working with First Nations Mental Health, providing extensive psychiatric consultation to indigenous populations in the Fraser Valley and on the Pacific Northwest Coast over the course of his career.

Dr. Jilek was born in Austria on November 25, 1930, and obtained his medical degree from the University of Innsbruck in 1954. He went on to obtain two additional Master’s degrees — a M.Sc. in Social Psychiatry from McGill University and an M.A. in Social Anthropology from UBC. Dr. Jilek is survived by his wife, his daughter, and many nieces and nephews, to whom we send our deepest condolences.

If you wish to send a message to Dr. Jilek’s family, please do so by visiting Dr. Jilek’s public memorial page here.

 

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 in 1967.

In addition to her extensive research and teaching activities, Dr. Penfold served as the Division Head of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, was a prominent Child & Adolescent psychiatrist at BC Children’s Hospital, wrote two professional books and numerous journal articles, and was the inaugural chair of Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Furthermore, as a vocal feminist and a passionate advocate for victims of abuse by doctors and therapists, Dr. Penfold touched countless lives with her tireless devotion to these issues. After her retirement at age 78, she continued to volunteer for the Therapy Abuse Link Line and also lecture at a number of public engagements.

Born on February 11, 1936 in Wells-next-the-Sea, England, Dr. Penfold was one of a handful of women to obtain her medical degree in the Class of 1960 from St. Mary’s Medical School in London. She then went on to complete her psychiatry residency at both the University of Western Ontario and UBC, then completed a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington in 1967 before returning to Vancouver to join our faculty. She is survived by her three children, Robert, Mary, and Paul Stephenson, to whom we send our sincere condolences.

If you wish to send a message to Dr. Penfold’s family, please do so by visiting her public memorial page here.

 

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

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

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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 the 17 Canadian faculties of medicine.

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We are delighted to share that the overall findings in the report were highly favourable for the UBC Psychiatry UGME program, and complement broader efforts by the Faculty of Medicine and the University to create safer, more inclusive learning environments for students during training. In light of these findings, we wish to take this opportunity to commend all our faculty members who helped contribute to the very positive learning experience in Psychiatry reported by UBC’s graduating medical students.

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While the 35% response rate for the UBC Class of 2020 was lower compared to previous years likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey revealed consistently high scores for Psychiatry in all key areas of evaluation. Students scored our preceptors highly in clinical, large group, and small group teaching sessions across all teaching sites (VFMP, SMP, NMP, and IMP). Notably, over 90% of graduates rated their experience in the Psychiatry UGME program as “Good,” “Very Good,” or “Excellent.” As well, over 90% of graduates agreed or strongly agreed that they had an appropriate level of responsibility, and similar numbers reported being observed while taking a history and doing a mental status examination.

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Furthermore, UBC graduating medical students did not raise any concerns about mistreatment on their psychiatry rotations, and respondents expressed a high level of satisfaction in how student safety and patient safety were maintained in the program. With regard to Psychiatry electives, 95% to 100% of the graduating class perceived the quality of teaching, constructive feedback, and balance of clinical and study time to be either “Good,” “Very Good,” or “Excellent.”

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The strong data presented in the 2019-2020 UGME Learning Environment Report reflects very positively on our outstanding teaching faculty and residents, and on the quality of the undergraduate education program in Psychiatry as a whole.

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We wish to once again thank our dedicated Department members for their ongoing commitment and hard work in bringing exceptional psychiatry education to UBC medical students year after year.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head
Dr. Raymond Lam, Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Education
Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Education Program Director

 

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 Department faculty members, and I would encourage you to take the time to review this and let us know what you think.  We are seeking your input before we embark on any changes to the way this funding is used, so please send your feedback by Tuesday March 9th to Bree Wilson at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Paul Dagg
Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD
Clinical Professor
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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, Clinical Assistant Professor

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 path to recovery. Crux has since won the 2021 Best Canadian Film Award in the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.
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Be sure to catch this outstanding documentary during its run from February 19 to 28, 2021, by obtaining your VIMFF Virtual Movie Ticket HERE. As well, on Friday February 19th from 6-7pm you are invited to join Dr. Froese and other panelists in a discussion on the positive effects of the great outdoors on mental health. Please REGISTER HERE in order to join this panel discussion via Zoom.

 

 

 

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

 

Dr. Louis I. Woolf, Professor Emeritus, pictured far left receiving an award in 2019 from Dr. Rodney Howell, president of the International Society for Neonatal Screening, and Dr. Graham Sinclair, Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Pathology

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.
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Dr. Woolf first joined UBC in 1968 as a part of a research group in neurochemistry and neurophysiology in the Division of Neurological Sciences, then moved to the Department of Psychiatry in 1973 where he remained until his retirement in 1984. Leading a research program investigating inborn errors of metabolism, Dr. Woolf was at the forefront of and played an intrinsic role in the development and adoption of neonatal screening, opening a new path in public health and preventive medicine. Long after his retirement in 2019, he and John Adams of CANPKU published a paper on the early history of PKU screening (https://www.mdpi.com/2409-515X/6/3/59). The editor of that journal exclaimed that Dr. Woolf must have achieved some kind of record having published an original paper in a scientific journal at the age of 100.
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Prior to his arrival at UBC, Dr. Woolf taught at Brighton Polytechnic, then held a research post at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, where he developed the diet that treats phenylketonuria (PKU). In 1958, Dr. Woolf moved to the MRC Population Genetics Unit at Oxford, and then to the Department of the Regius Professor of Medicine, also at Oxford. It was there that he and others first introduced and developed the screening program that detected PKU in newborns, enabling early treatment. This has since been expanded to screen for several other inborn errors of metabolism, and is in use today for newborns in most countries.
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Louis Isaac Woolf was born in London, England in April 1919, the third child of six. He went to Grocers’ School in Hackney, London (Now Hackney Downs Grammar School), and then to University College London, where he studied Chemistry. During WWII, UCL was evacuated to Aberystwyth in Wales, and it was there that he finished his degree as well as his Ph.D. In 1943 he married Frances Richards, whom he met at Aberystwyth, and in 1944 their only child, Lesley, was born. He is survived by Lesley and by her two sons, Benjamin and Oliver, and his two great-grandchildren, Graham and Willow.
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If any Department members have sentiments or a message they wish to share with Dr. Woolf’s family, please send them to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca, and she will be happy to relay the message on your behalf.

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 starting March 24th, 2021 and ending May 5th, 2021.

Dates: March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5th (Wednesdays)
Time: 12pm-1pm
Where: Zoom (links to be provided to registrants prior to each session)
Cost: $60 for Physicians, $30 for other Health Professionals (cost is for the entire series)
Registration is required; click here for registration link: https://events.eply.com/rmhseries2021please register by March 19, 2021

This activity has been accredited for up to 7 MOC Section 1 credits

 

TOPIC & SPEAKER SCHEDULE

Date Title Presenters
March 24th Snapshots of current research of the BC Reproductive Mental Health program: Perinatal Mental Health Research Part I Dr. Catriona Hippman &
Dr. Katarina Tabi
March 31st Depressive and Anxiety Disorders in Pregnancy and Postpartum Dr. Tricia Bowering
April 7th Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Why is Treatment Important? Dr. Barbara Shulman
April 14th Psychopharmacological Treatment of Perinatal Depression, Anxiety and ADHD Dr. Shari Lusskin
April 21st Bipolar Disorders and Psychotic Illnesses in the Perinatal Period Dr. Deirdre Ryan
April 28th Bipolar Disorders and Psychotic Illnesses in the Perinatal Period Dr. Erin Smith
May 5th Hope for the Future: Perinatal Mental Health Research Part II

Dr. Vivian Polak &
Dr. Dawn Kingston

 

GLOBAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of common mental health
    conditions in pregnancy and postpartum
  • Outline why treatment of mental health conditions in the
    perinatal period is so important for families
  • Describe pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatmen
    options
    Presented

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 testimonies from DMCBH researchers Jennifer Ferris, PhD Candidate, and Jonathan Doucette, PhD Candidate, on how Sockeye has helped expedite their research.  The presentation will conclude with a demonstration on the application process, use of MATLAB on Sockeye, and introduction to ARC staff available for consults and assistance.

 

All Attendees Welcome

When: Friday February 19, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm PST
Connect on Zoom: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/168788388?pwd=UGhGdFN2THB0empjRlVRUGs1b3MvZz09
Meeting ID: 168 788 388
Passcode: 778293

 

Details

UBC ARC Sockeye is a high-performance computing platform available to UBC researchers across all disciplines. With nearly 16,000 CPU cores and 200 GPUs, Sockeye is deigned to significantly increase UBC’s computing capacity and supplement resources available on national platforms.

UBC ARC Chinook is a new object storage platform, available to all UBC researchers. With an initial 5 PB of storage, it has been designed to increase storage capacity to meet the immediate needs of UBC researchers.

 

Speaker(s) Bio:

Jonathan Doucette: Jon is a PhD student in the Department of Physics & Astronomy studying MRI physics under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Rauscher. Jon’s work focuses on investigating brain tissue microstructure through MRI signal simulations, as well as accelerating MRI post-processing algorithms using Bayesian deep learning.

Jennifer Ferris: Jenn is a PhD Candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences, working under the supervision of Dr. Lara Boyd. Her research employs multimodal neuroimaging to study brain damage related to stroke and cerebral small vessel disease.

Questions email/contact: arc.support@ubc.ca 

 

 

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 Singer

Register here for your Free Virtual Ticket: The movie will be streaming from Thursday Feb­ru­ary 11 – 18, 2021

 

Riv­et­ing … Deserves its place along­side oth­er sem­i­nal doc­u­men­taries such as How to Sur­vive a Plague, The Cel­lu­loid Clos­et, Before Stonewall, and The Times of Har­vey Milk.

– James Kleinmann, The Queer Review

 

Film Description

This provocative documentary highlights a previously underappreciated activist campaign in the struggle to achieve normality for the LGBTQ community. For years, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM) listed homosexuality as a mental illness. The personal and professional implications for homosexuals could be devastating: the loss of family and friends or one’s job; the risk of coercive interventions such as aversion therapy or forced heterosexual marriage. In 1973, the APA’s Board of Directors finally voted to remove homosexuality from the DSM. All those “suffering” from homosexuality were thereby “cured” — hence the title of this important film. Five years in the making, and incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material, Cured sheds new light on a pivotal victory that was far from inevitable, while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBTQ equality.

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health in presenting “Frames of Mind,” a monthly event utilizing film to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

Virtual access to a film is provided for seven days, at the conclusion of which we present an online seminar featuring conversations with special guests and an audience Q&A via Zoom.

 

Free Live Q&A

Wednesday February 17, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST

Join The Cinematheque for a live Zoom Q&A with Cured co-director Bennett Singer and film subject Dr. Richard Pillard, who will be joined by Dr. Chris Booth and Dr. Albina Veltman. Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Join the Zoom here at 7:00 pm PST on February 17.

Biographies of speakers:

Bennett Singer, the co-director of Cured, has been making social-issue documentaries for more than twenty years. His work includes Brother Outsider, an award-winning portrait of the gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Dr. Richard Pillard is a psychiatrist based in Boston. He was the first openly gay psychiatrist in the U.S., and an adviser on the effort to get the APA to change the DSM classification of homosexuality.

Dr. Chris Booth is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Clinical Instructor with UBC Department of Psychiatry. His private practice focuses on gender-questioning and transgender youths and their families.

Dr. Albina Veltman is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University. Her clinical work focuses on traditionally marginalized populations, including those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

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 about the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program, or have questions regarding the CaRMS process or application instructions. In addition, you will find our newest CaRMS Promotional Video posted here—filmed, edited, and produced by our own residents!

We want to give a special thank-you to all the residents who created and participated in the promo video and to those who volunteered to share their story and experience in the “Resident Testimonial” section. We are so pleased to have the energy and enthusiasm of our residents shine through in these pieces.

Please feel free to share this with any students that you may know of who may be interested in applying to our program.

Lastly, if you have any suggestions on content to add or change, please send them to linda.chang@ubc.ca.

Thank you,

 

UBC Psychiatry Education Team

 

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 a world-renowned expert and author on the psychology of pandemics, and these interviews add to a long list of news stories and articles to which he has contributed over the last year.   He recently presented an invited seminar on this topic for the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and was also featured in a profile by the Canadian Psychological Association.

 

 

Don’t miss the articles and stories below:

TIME: We May Never Eliminate COVID-19. But We Can Learn to Live With It
The Guardian: ‘Pandemic burnout’ on rise as latest Covid lockdowns take toll
CBC Radio: How has the stress from a difficult year changed your brain and what can you do about it?
CBC News: Anxious, tired and looking to the future: British Columbians mark one year of COVID in our midst
Global News: Uncertainty and fear remain on the one year anniversary of B.C.’s first COVID-19 case

 

 

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 this feedback and as part of a broader initiative toward improved efficiency in our administrative and HR processes, we have taken steps create a new streamlined Clinical Faculty Annual Report Form.

The new report is now in an online format, eliminating the need to submit paper or electronic copies by mail, email or fax. The form no longer requires you to re-enter detailed undergraduate or Department-paid postgraduate teaching hours, as this information will now be pulled from the Teaching Tracking and Payment System (TTPS) and other payment records. However, the form still allows any teaching hours or activities not paid by the UBC Department of Psychiatry, or other activities not captured in the questions, to be entered or uploaded.

Please click on this link to access the new online Clinical Faculty Annual Report Form: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eeuG1F1JwQsaygK
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We ask that you please complete and submit the online form by Wednesday March 31, 2021 (11:59pm PST). As well, we welcome any suggestions you might have on improving the report form, and therefore encourage you to provide your feedback in the survey at the end of the form. Should you have any questions or concerns, or have any issues completing or submitting the online form, please don’t hesitate to contact Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head, Clinical Affairs and Partnerships, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Ms. Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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 through the new CBD curriculum, we are sending a call-out to any Royal College-certified faculty members who may be interested in serving as an Academic Advisor (AA) to our residents.

Faculty members who serve as AAs will each be assigned one Psychiatry resident (or up to a maximum of three, at the AAs request) for whom they will be responsible for coaching and guiding through part or all of the resident’s training in the CBD curriculum. The AA role will involve meeting with assigned resident(s) on a quarterly basis and communicating at regular intervals, conducting progress reviews, guiding the creation and implementation of individualized learning plans, and facilitating residents’ learning by encouraging self-reflection and a growth mindset.Specific responsibilities of the AA will include:

    • Reviewing individual resident’s electronic portfolios
    • Guiding the assigned resident(s) in creating their own learning plans that should be shared by residents with supervisors in upcoming rotations or alternative learning experiences. These learning plans should document areas of strengths and weaknesses and identify priority areas/skills/competencies residents should focus upon
    • Giving guidance on the implementation of remediation/modified learning plans
    • Participating in faculty development and staying up to date with CBD developments, especially in regard to the AA role

In addition to 2-3 hours of training, the annual time commitment for activities pertaining to the AA role is approximately 8 hours per resident, which will be compensable for Clinical or non-GFT Faculty at the UBC rate for physicians. These hours will count towards minimum annual teaching hours required to maintain a clinical faculty appointment with the Department, and will form part of the file for promotion reviews. As AAs will play a very important mentoring role in helping our residents achieve their training goals within the CBD framework, we encourage eligible faculty members with a strong interest in education and CBD to consider this rewarding opportunity.

If you are interested in serving as an Academic Advisor (AA) to a Psychiatry resident, or have any specific questions about the role, please contact Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, at irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca.  Please note that the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program will enlist faculty members on an ongoing basis until all our residents have been assigned an AA.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

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 for a clinical experience or a short research project/activity. Most of these students may be in isolation or awaiting test results and thus not able to participate in person until cleared.

If you are a faculty member (an MD with a clinical faculty appointment, or academic GFT faculty) working anywhere in BC and are interested in supervising a student virtually on an as-needed basis, we invite you to add your name to our “Virtual Preceptor Database” by completing an online sign-up form (link below).

As situations will arise on short-notice, we will contact you by phone and email so you can accept or decline at that time. We are also able to speak to you prior to taking on a student if you have any questions.

Helpful Information

  • Sessions must be virtual.
  • We are not recruiting preceptors for regular ongoing schedules, but on an as-needed
  • Your commitment of time is up to you – you let us know your availability through the online form.
  • For virtual clinical care sessions:
    • You will supervise one or two (your choice) undergraduate medical students per session based on your availability.
    • A session is a block of time (morning or afternoon); a full day comprises two sessions (morning session and afternoon session).
    • Eligible faculty will be paid a rate of $91.80/session for one student, and $112.21/session for two or more students (Teaching with Patient Care rates) through the Teaching and Tracking Payment System (TTPS).
  • For supervision of a 2-week research project/activity, eligible faculty will be paid a rate of $275.40 (3 units) for the 2-week period (Teaching without Patient Care, research elective rate) through TTPS.

Database sign-up form: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2t2rNG1nFfTtIwK

Please email uge.assistant@ubc.ca if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Kathryn Fung, MD FRCPC
UBC Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Education

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 people of authority, such as heads, deans, directors, VPs, and even the UBC President. These emails generally lead to a gift card scam, wire transfer scam, or another similar type of scam.

Gift Card scam: If the recipient replies to the email, the sender proceeds to ask the recipient to buy some gift cards (iTunes, Steam, Amazon, etc), scratch the back of the cards, and then send the codes on the back of the cards over to the sender.

Wire Transfer Scam: These emails are more targeted, usually to someone in a finance role. The sender attempts to get the recipient to arrange a fraudulent wire transfer.

How to spot CEO Fraud:

  • The sender email address looks suspicious.
  • The sender claims to be unavailable to discuss the request via phone or in person.
  • The sender asks to make a purchase for them (usually gift cards).
  • The request for the task is urgent.
  • The recipient is asked to pay out of pocket and is promised to be reimbursed for the purchase later.

As a rule of thumb, if you receive any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary requests by email from fellow Department or UBC members, do not reply to the email. Instead, please bring this to my attention, or email Colin Bryant at psychiatry.it@ubc.ca as soon as possible.

If you have responded to this email and have concerns, please advise security@ubc.ca as soon as possible.

If you think you may have submitted personal information or your UBC CWL/login account credentials to any an illegitimate party, please go to myAccount to change your password immediately. As well, forward a copy of the email including full headers to security@ubc.ca, and advise of the possible breach of your account.

Sincerely,

 

Margaret Koshi
Manager, Communications and Partnerships
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia
Phone 604 822 2142 | Fax 604 822 7756
margaret.koshi@ubc.ca

 

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 be found on https://it.ubc.ca/services/email-voice-internet/wireless-internet-access.

Psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

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 their potential to make further contributions in their fields through the 2020 Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research and the Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes.

Zoom Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/63401180512?pwd=eVFCNmd0N2p1NWUxSW9VUUJtRURyUT09

 

2020 UBC FACULTY OF MEDICINE NATIONAL RESEARCH AWARDS WINNERS

Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research: Dr. Nada Jabado

Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize: Dr. Salim Yusuf

Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize: Dr. Molly Shoichet and Dr. Peter St George-Hyslop

 

More information about the awards can be found at the link below:
https://www.med.ubc.ca/news/ubc-recognizes-four-of-canadas-top-health-researchers/

 

 

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 he has provided to the Program over the last five years, we fully support his decision to step down in order to pursue other career aspirations. His resignation will be effective as soon as a new Program Head can be identified.

Dr. Tomita has played an integral role in the Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program. Among his many responsibilities, he has facilitated regular review and updating of the overall goals of training based on the CanMEDs competencies, and has overseen the delivery of forensic subspecialty education at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital training site in Port Coquitlam, as well as the six regional forensic clinics in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, and Prince George. In addition to providing strong support to our PGY6 fellows and the enrichment of their training experience, he has strongly advocated on behalf of forensic psychiatry subspecialty education, the Program, and the Department at local and national meetings.

Please join us in expressing our sincere gratitude to Dr. Tomita for his hard work in supporting forensic subspecialty psychiatry education across the province. We wish him the very best in his future endeavours, and look forward to continuing to support him in his clinical faculty appointment within the Department.

 

Invitation for Expressions of Interest in the Role of Postgraduate Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director

As Dr. Tomita prepares to transition out of this role, at this time we are inviting expressions of interest from our faculty in order to fill this vacancy. The Postgraduate Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director will report to the Department Head, the Associate Head, PGE & CPD, and the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. Please see the  job description for a detailed outline of responsibilities for this role.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your formal expression of interest by email, with “Postgraduate Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director” in the subject line, along with your CV to Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca by Friday February 12th, 2021. You can also email Vicky should you have any specific questions regarding this position.

 

Invitation for Expressions of Interest in the Role of Vancouver Track Associate Program Director

Further to the recent announcement of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai’s reappointment as the interim Postgraduate Program Director for a further two-year term from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022, we wish to invite expressions of interest from faculty to fill his previous role as the Vancouver Track Associate Program Director for the Postgraduate Psychiatry Program.

The Vancouver Track Associate Program Director is responsible to and will work in close collaboration with the Postgraduate Program Director to ensure the Vancouver Track training program is of the highest quality, provides an ongoing rich and diverse clinical & educational experience, and meets the Royal College standards and objectives of training while respecting the collective agreement between PARBC and HEABC. The Vancouver Track Associate Program Director is expected to work closely with health authority leadership, as well as liaise with the Oversight Directors, Vancouver Track Site Directors, preceptors, hospital staff, other educational leaders and stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of the program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. Please see the job description for a detailed outline of responsibilities for this role.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your formal expression of interest by email, with “Vancouver Track Associate Program Director” in the subject line, along with your CV to Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca by Friday February 12th, 2021. You can also email Vicky should you have any specific questions regarding this position.

 

Invitation for Expressions of Interest in the Role of Competence By Design (CBD) Lead

We are excited announce the new role of Competence By Design (CBD) Lead in the Postgraduate Psychiatry Program, and wish to invite expressions of interest from faculty to fill this position. As well, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, who has agreed to assume many of the responsibilities of this role on a temporary and informal basis until a successful candidate is identified.

The CBD Lead will report to and work in close collaboration with the Postgraduate Program Director to support the training and engagement of residents and faculty with respect to CBD and Competency Based Medical Education (CBME). With a strong understanding of the core components of CBD and CBME, the CBD Lead will serve as a Change Leader for the CBD Program, and will conduct ongoing evaluation and quality improvement of the CBD program as it evolves. Please see the  job description for a detailed outline of responsibilities for this role.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your formal expression of interest by email, with “CBD Lead” in the subject line, along with your CV to Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca by Friday February 12th, 2021. You can also email Vicky should you have any specific questions regarding this position.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, PGE & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

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 forTeaching and Learning in CBD,” the latest webinar in the Royal College CBD Webinar Series, to be held online on Monday February 8, 2021 from 10:00am to 11:00am PST.

 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will:

  1. Describe the impact of CBD on your daily work as a teacher
  2. Integrate observations of resident performance into clinical supervision
  3. Identify 1-2 entrustable professional activities (EPAs) that you supervise

 

Presenter:

Jolanta Karpinski, MD, MMed, FRCPC
Associate Director, Specialties Unit, Office of Specialty Education

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator:

Linda Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, MACP, FRCP (London)
Professor of Medicine, McGill University

 

 

 

 

 

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 the pandemic.

Participation involves a 45-minute virtual session between students and clinicians over Zoom. Physicians will speak with a group of students, between 3 to max 8, and no preparation on the part of the physician is required. Student Affairs organizes the sessions and sets up the times directly with the faculty member.

There is high demand for these sessions, and students rate the program highly as providing information to help guide their career planning process. Physicians at the sessions are able to speak frankly and share pros and cons of their profession in a non-clinical setting.

The attached invite provides more details, and a link to the sign-up form. Questions may be directed to Students Affairs (robin.ryan@ubc.ca).

Thank you,

 

Kathryn Fung, MD FRCPC
UBC Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Education

 

 

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 Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Foundry BC, BC Children’s Hospital, Innerchange Foundation, and the World Psychiatric Association, this event aims to raise awareness and understanding about this important facet of the overdose crisis.  In addition to a lecture by Dr. Michael Krausz, keynote presentations include talks by Dr. Rachel Alinsky of Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Ian Hickie of the University of Sydney.

Be sure to register for the event today, and don’t forget to sign up for any workshops you wish to attend!

 

 

 

 

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 their training and positions these investigators to launch successful research careers. To date, over 100 mentees from across Canada have participated in the program.

Junior investigators are supported with:

  • Mentorship from experienced and funded researchers in small group settings.
  • Plenary sessions on career development and grantsmanship.
  • Networking and the potential of collaborative research projects across various psychiatry departments in Canada.
  • Information about various aspects of the research process.

Eligible candidates will hold a medical degree and be current members of the CPA, or will apply to become a member upon acceptance to the colloquium. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are training in Canada. The JIRC will be held in October 2021. For more information, contact:

Rob Cornforth, Manager, Communications
613-234-2815, ext 237
rcornforth@cpa-apc.org

 

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

 

Dr. Randall White, Clinical Professor

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, scientific and scholarly publications, and clinical excellence. The status of Distinguished Fellow is the highest honour conferred by the APA upon its members.

Dr. White is the Medical Director of Community Mental Health in Vancouver, and the clinical director of the BC Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital.  His clinical and research interests lie in the management of treatment-resistant psychotic disorders. Dr. White was first appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 2007, and was promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor in 2016.  As a member of our clinical faculty, he has contributed extensively to both teaching and service activities, through which he has made a significant and positive impact on our undergraduate and postgraduate Psychiatry education programs. Annually, he actively participates in supervising medical students and residents, and delivers academic day seminars and other lectures on a wide range of topics such as Psychosis Clinical Decision Making, Preparation for Medical Practice, Psychotic Disorders in DSM 5, and Treatment Resistant Psychosis.  As well, he has served as co-chair of an annual psychopharmacology conference, has produced CME for UBC CPD and Medscape.com, and is the recipient of a number of teaching awards and honours.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. White on this outstanding distinction!

 

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

 

Dr. Adele Diamond, Professor

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 last year.

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. For a limited time, Annual Reviews is making all the most downloaded papers available for free download.

 

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 is programmed to be harmful. When you choose to run a program, you are making a decision to turn over control of your computer to it. Once a program is running, it can do anything, up to the limits of what you yourself can do on the computer. It could monitor your keystrokes and send them to a website. It could open every document on the computer, and change the word “will” to “will not” in all of them. It could install a virus. It could create a “back door” that lets someone remotely control your computer. Or it could just reformat or encrypt your hard drive.

That is why it is important to never run, or even download, a program from an untrusted source and by “source,” we mean the person who wrote it, not the person who gave it to you.

There is a nice analogy between running a program and eating a sandwich. If a stranger walked up to you and handed you a sandwich, would you eat it? Probably not. How about if your best friend gave you a sandwich? Maybe you would, maybe you would not it depends on whether they made it or found it lying in the street. Apply the same critical thought to a program that you would to a sandwich, and you will usually be safe.

 

Psychiatry.IT@ubc.ca

604-827-5695

 

Appointment of Dr. Jennifer Russel as Postgraduate CAP Subspecialty Program Director

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues,

As the recruitment process for the position of Postgraduate Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program Director has concluded, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Jennifer Russel has been appointed to this role for a three-year term, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

In this role, Dr. Russel will be responsible for the overall conduct and evaluation of the Postgraduate CAP Subspecialty Program, ensuring that it continues to fully meet the RCPSC standards of accreditation.  Her duties will include facilitating regular review and updating of the Program’s overall goals of training based on the CanMEDs competencies, maintaining the high quality of CAP subspecialty education within Vancouver and at our distributed training sites, and overseeing the successful implementation of Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) into the CAP Subspecialty Program as of July 1, 2021.

Dr. Russel joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 2011, and was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in 2015.  She is currently the Clinical Director for the Compass Program at BC Children’s Hospital, and was previously the Medical Director for the BCCH Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit. In 2020, Dr. Russel was named a Physician Changemaker by the Canadian Medical Association.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Dr. Russel to this important leadership role. As well, we wish to thank the outgoing Program Director Dr. Andrea Chapman for her many years of dedicated service, and for providing support to Dr. Russel as she prepares to move into this position in the New Year.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, PGE & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

Happy Holidays and See You All in 2021!

 

Wishing you all a safe and festive holiday season, and all the best in the New Year!

Please note that the UBC Psychiatry Administration Office will be closed as of noon on Thursday December 24, and will reopen on Monday January 4, 2021.

 

Year End Message from the Department Head

 

 

Year End Message
From the Department Head

December 17, 2020

 

Dear colleagues, staff, students and residents,

As I reflect upon the year, I am truly grateful to all of you for your tremendous contributions over these last twelve months. Suffice to say, 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact not only the functioning of the Department and the University, but virtually every aspect of our daily lives. I would like to commend all of you for your resilience and flexibility during these uncertain and trying times. Your tireless efforts have ensured the excellence and continuity of our education programs, our research activities, and our administrative operations, despite the many sweeping measures implemented to keep our communities safe. Given the unprecedented hurdles we have overcome, I am especially proud to share the highlights of our accomplishments this year, as well the many individual achievements by our Department members in 2020.
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Although the pandemic caused some delay to our timelines, we recently completed the final Department-wide consultation on the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, titled Transforming Mental Health Care Through Innovation & Leadership, and I’m delighted to inform you that the finalized Strategic Plan is being prepared for release in the New Year. Because of your honest and candid feedback, I believe we have achieved an inspired and inclusive Plan that strongly represents our collective mission and strategic priorities for the years ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to review, reflect upon, and provide your input on the proposals set forth in the Plan. Your engagement in this process has proved invaluable.
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While the Strategic Plan is pending release, we have nevertheless stayed focused on our clear objectives with regard to the strategic pillars of Research, Education, People and Partnerships, and have made very good progress on all fronts. I am very pleased to report that, as of December 2020, our total research grant funding stands at approximately $11 million, signifying an increase of approximately $1M since 2019. In light of the significant disruptions to national funding competitions due to COVID-19, I would like to congratulate all our successful grant recipients, including Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, Dr. Bill Honer and Dr. Daniel Vigo, who obtained CIHR research funding, as well as Dr. Jehannine Austin, who received a grant from Genome BC. Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Dr. Sophia Frangou, who has been leading the Department’s coordinated strategy to facilitate research on COVID-19 and mental health.
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With regards to educational programs, as a testament to the excellence of our postgraduate education program, it has achieved full accreditation status and the pass rate of our residents was once again 100% this year. In July, Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi stepped down as PGE Program Director after serving in this role for many years and doing an outstanding job. I am grateful to Dr. Irfan Khanbhai for stepping into the role of Interim PGE Program Director, and under his competent leadership, we saw the successful 2020 launch and implementation of Competence By Design (CBD) in postgraduate psychiatry education. I would also like to thank Dr. Andrea Chapman, who after many years of exemplary service as the Program Director for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program, has decided to step down from this role as of December 31. We will be announcing shortly the new director for this program. Additionally, I wish to thank both Dr. Wei-Yi Song and Dr. Rachel Boulding for serving admirably in their roles as the Associate Program Directors for the residency programs for VIHA and Northern Health, respectively. As they have stepped down this year, we are pleased to have appointed our new Associate Program Directors, Dr. Alison Gregson for VIHA and Dr. Dmitri Zanozin for Northern Health.  Finally, I would also like to thank both Dr. Kathryn Fung and Dr. Clare Beasley for their continued excellence in leadership and support to our Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Program.
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This year, we welcomed 33 new members to our clinical faculty, and the Department is currently in the process of recruiting for a new CRC Tier 2 faculty position, as well as two new Professors (Partner) from South Korea who will support research and clinical work at Lion’s Gate Hospital. The Department is actively pursuing other opportunities, including a new full-time faculty position in Northern BC, in order to build research capacity beyond the Vancouver epicentre and within our distributed sites across the province. Additionally, I am pleased to share that the development of the new graduate program in Translational Psychiatry is well underway, which will further support the training of clinician scientists in psychiatry.
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There have been a number of other important accomplishments to note this year. Last March, very soon after a Provincial State of Emergency was declared in BC, the Department responded swiftly to address the potential surge in demand for mental health services amongst the general population as well as frontline health workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department, in collaboration with the Physician Health Program, sent a call-out to our faculty should auxiliary mental health services be needed in a coordinated emergency response. I was moved by the overwhelming number of Department members who heeded the call, and I want to personally thank each of you for stepping up and offering your assistance. The Department continues to build strong collaborative relationships with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the BC Psychiatric Association, as well as with the Ministries of Health and Mental Health to influence and support mental health policy and the standards of psychiatric practice.
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Over the summer, the Department and the IMH completed its review and selection process for the 2020-2021 IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program, announcing in October the list of 20 outstanding awardees for the coming year. As well, this fall the Department held its first virtual Research Day via Zoom, which was a great success thanks to the hard work of our organizers and presenters.  While social distancing measures kept us from gathering in person, on a positive note, the lack of the usual physical space and geographical limitations allowed us to showcase a record number of posters online, and also welcome registrants from all over the province.
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In 2020 we saw a total of 13 promotions granted to our clinical faculty members, as well as a promotion for Dr. Will Panenka to the rank of Associate Professor (Partner). I wish to also send my congratulations and well wishes to Dr. Stephen Kline and Dr. Rosemary Basson, both of whom provided many years of dedicated service to the Department before opting for retirement in 2020. Many other staff and faculty members were deserving of significant honours, awards, and recognition, including the following:

  • Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow named Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association
  • Verena Langheimer recognized as a Physician Culture Changer by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students
  • Carol Ward awarded the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Soma Ganesan and Dr. Wei-Yi Song designated as Fellows of the Canadian Psychiatric Association
  • Lynn Raymond appointed Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
  • Steven Taylor appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on COVID-19
  • Jacob Stubbs awarded the 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship
  • Caden Poh awarded the FoM Applegarth Staff Service Award, and Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy awarded the FoM Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching, VFMP
  • Sophia Frangou awarded the 2020 Teaching Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam named among the global Highly Cited Researchers for 2020 by Clarivate Analytics
  • Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam elected as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

(Please accept my apologies if I have missed any other members’ major achievements).
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As well, this year we were all saddened to learn about the passing of Ms. Corinne Carpenter, who was a member of our Psychiatry administration team for many years until 2019. We also mourned the loss of our dear colleague and friend, the preeminent researcher and Professor at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary, Dr. Glenda MacQueen.
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In closing, I wish to once again thank all of you for your incredible contributions over the course of the year. I especially want to thank each of our Associate Heads, Dr. Sophia Frangou, Dr. Anson Koo, Dr. Raymond Lam, and Dr. Paul Dagg, for the significant roles they have played in supporting the Department and its strategic objectives.  The last twelve months have not been easy, but as the COVID-19 vaccine holds promise in stemming the pandemic in Canada and around the world, I am optimistic for brighter days ahead.  In my role as your Department Head, I look forward to working with you all as we achieve our lofty goals for 2021, and in the meantime, I will be counting on each of you for your continued support and perseverance.

I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Reappointment of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai as Interim PGE Program Director

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

As you are aware, over the last few months a diligent search process was carried out in order to fill the position of Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) Director in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. Although the position received a great deal of interest, unfortunately the search did not result in identifying an ideal candidate for this role.

In light of this, and in order to ensure that the Program continues to function efficiently, we have appointed Dr. Irfan Khanbhai as the interim Program Director for a further two-year term, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

On behalf of the Department, we express our sincerest thanks to Dr. Khanbhai, whose exceptional support and leadership to the PGE Program have been invaluable, especially given the many adjustments and uncertainties we have faced this past year.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, PGE & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

To Clinical Faculty: Competency on Foundation Stage EPAs

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, Department of Psychiatry**

 

Dear Clinical Faculty involved in teaching our PGY1s,

First of all, I wanted to thank you all for your efforts and dedication to all our residents and especially to our PGY1 cohort. It is with our PGY1s that you are having to learn some of the new CBD curriculum and complete work based assessments to help the residents achieve competency and achievement with their Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).

The PGY1s are now in their Foundations Stage of the CBD curriculum and either have or will be approaching you about doing assessments with these EPAs.  Please feel free to complete these assessments, but our Competence Committee has given guidance that you should be considering the resident entrustable (score 5/5) if they are at the level of a competent PGY2 resident.  As per usual, all written and verbal feedback should be specific and actionable so that the resident will be aware of their strengths and limitations and can work on them accordingly.

If you need any further information on CBD, the EPAs, the new training requirements document or wish to watch any of the workshops that I conducted earlier in the year, then please log into Entrada, go to your dashboard, ensure the left side bar is open and you will see a link to Psychiatry CBD Resources.

Thanks for your support and best regards,

 

Irfan

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Acting Program Director
CBD Lead
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Erroneous Workday Notification – “Verify Life Insurance Beneficiary”

 

 

Dear Department members,

Please see the IRP memo below regarding an erroneous Workday task to “Verify Life Insurance Beneficiary,” sent to UBC employees. As noted, this task has now been removed from inboxes, however if you changed your beneficiary on December 11 as a response to the requested task, please reverse this change in Workday.

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7313 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

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On Friday, many employees received a task in their Workday Inbox requesting a review of their benefits. The requested task was: “Verify Life Insurance Beneficiary.” This task was initiated in error.

This task has now been removed from inboxes. If you changed your beneficiary on December 11 as a response to the requested task, please reverse this change in Workday.

Please see Workday this Week for more info: https://ubc.service-now.com/selfservice?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0017265&sys_kb_id=e19619d11b0d2c9027278556cc4bcb80&spa=1

Please contact the FoM Workday Learning Rovers for assistance if needed: ubcenrl-ml-cep4rovers@mail.ubc.ca

Thank you,

 

Gabe

Gabriel Rose  MA, PMP, Prosci (He, Him, His)
Special Projects Manager
FoM Change Management Lead, IRP
UBC Faculty of Medicine | Special Projects Management Team
Phone 604 827 5012 | Cell 604 842 3951
Email gabriel.rose@ubc.ca

 

YOU ARE INVITED: Clinical Trials BC Conference, “The Modernization of Clinical Trials” on January 26-28, 2021

 

 

Clinical Trials BC, part of the BC Academic Health Science Network, invites you to a virtual conference titled The Modernization of Clinical Trials. The conference will showcase regulatory renewal, new innovations in trial approaches and design, diversity of populations and teams, current topics, and leadership.

This free event will be held virtually on January 26-28, 2021, and more than 150 attendees have already registered! This three-day conference offers keynote lectures, an exhibition hall and forums designed to stimulate engagement and planning through moderated panel discussions.

The keynote speaker, Allan Hackshaw, is a Professor of Epidemiology & Medical Statistics at University College London, and Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre.

Access the Event Program, visit the website for more information, and be sure to REGISTER soon!

 

 

 

UBC Neuropsychiatry Program Annual Activity Report for 2020

 

The UBC Neuropsychiatry Program, headed by Program Director Dr. Trevor Hurwitz, has released its Annual Activity Report for 2020. The report lists all of its scholarly and research activities this year, including publications, manuscripts currently under review, and current grants held by Program members.

Access the 2020 UBC Neuropsychiatry Program Annual Activity Report here

Faculty of Medicine News: Spotlight on Dr. Adele Diamond

 

This week, UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Adele Diamond is featured in the Faculty of Medicine News, where she discusses her recent study published in Cerebral Cortex that reveals the harmful impact of stress on our executive functions such as self-control, focused attention, working memory and problem solving.

The research, led by Diamond Lab members Shahab Zareyan and Haolu Zhang, found that when study subjects (140 young adults) were placed under mild social evaluative stress while performing cognitive tests, including Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices which assesses reasoning (arguably a higher-order executive function skill), the team observed notable impairment to their subjects’ executive functions. Interestingly, other studies have shown that, when placed under stress, a subset of people with a specific form of a gene will show an improvement in executive function, however Dr. Diamond emphasizes that this positive effect occurs only if the stress is extremely mild. Her most recent findings show that, for most of us, we need reduce our stress to perform our best.

Read the entire Faculty of Medicine News article here

 

More news on Dr. Adele Diamond:

  • Recently voted Super Duper Neuroscientist for 2020 by students in the Neurscience Program
  • Interviews by CBC Radio at 4:20pm, On the Coast at 5:20pm, and CTV News at 6:00pm on Friday December 18.
  • Gave invited talks on December 10 at the Brazilian Symposium on Neuroscience (online) and on December 12 at the Los Angeles County Dept of Mental Health – UCLA Early Childhood Fellowship
  • Dr. Diamond’s PhD student, Rena Del Pieve Gobbi, is profiled on the UBC Public Scholars Initiative webpage

  • Recent publications:

Paoletti, P. & Diamond, A. (2020). The science of education for peace: Tools to sow peace in and around us [24-page Booklet]. Assisi, Italy: Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti.

Diamond, A. (2020). Executive functions. In J.L. Michaud, C. Bulteau, D. Cohen, & A. Gallagher (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 173, 225-240. Amsterdam: Elsevier. ISBN:978-0444641502

  • New paper accepted for publication:

Ling, D. S., Wong, C. D., & Diamond, A. (in press, 2020). Children only 3 years old can succeed at conditional “if, then” reasoning much earlier than anyone had thought possible.  Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, xx. (Special section on Psychology and Neuropsychology of Perception, Action, and Cognition in Early Life)   doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.571891 [Epub 24 Nov. 2020 ahead of print].

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Kline and Dr. Rosemary Basson on Their Retirement in 2020!

 

The Department would like to congratulate and send our best wishes to Dr. Stephen Kline and Dr. Rosemary Basson, two long-serving Department members who have decided to retire from their UBC clinical faculty appointments in 2020.

 

Clinical Professor Dr. Stephen Kline joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1988, and for the past thirty-two years, has taught and supervised medical students and residents at St. Paul’s Hospital. There, he held the position of  the Head of Psychiatry from 1988 to 1999, and following this, he served as the Medical Director for VIHA Mental Health and Substance Use before returning to St. Paul’s. He has a made a number of notable contributions provincially and nationally, including leading provincial legislation on Substitute Decision Making in BC, and sitting on the Council of the Royal College Of Physicians and Surgeons, also serving as chair of both the Royal College Committee on Specialties and the Committee on Health and Public Policy. As well, he served as a longstanding member of the Accreditation Committee and spent many years chairing and participating in accreditation surveys for the Royal College. Dr. Kline areas of expertise include psychoanalysis, mental health law, and psychosomatics, and he has published extensively on these and a range of other subjects.

 

Since joining the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1988, Clinical Professor Dr. Rosemary Basson has played a pivotal role in the Sexual Medicine Program, serving as the Program Director for many years.  She was instrumental in developing the program, integrating it into undergraduate medical education in Psychiatry, Family Practice, Anatomy, Physiology, and Neurophysiology, and was also extensively involved in teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and CME levels. Dr. Basson has published 100 peer-reviewed papers, and her publications include a series in The Lancet on sexual dysfunction subsequent to illness, an NEJM review on clinical aspects of women’s sexual dysfunction, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ series on sexual dysfunction, as well as online reviews for the BMJ ‘Point of Care’ and BMJ Best Practice. Most recently, she was a co-investigator on two significant CIHR-funded studies led by Dr. Lori Brotto. In 2020, Dr. Basson was awarded the University of Minnesota Medical School Distinguished Sexual Health and Gender Revolutionary Award.

 

Our sincere thanks to both Dr. Kline and Dr. Basson for their many years of dedicated service to the Department, and we wish them all the best in retirement!

 

Undergrad Year 3 and 4 Students – Virtual Home Office Visit Guidelines

 

*** Shared on Behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office Team ***

 

Dear Faculty,

Please see below an important message from UGME Task Force.

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Good afternoon Year 3/4 Program Administrators,

Please see the info below in the Key Messages from UGME Task Force and distribute to your preceptors.

Virtual Home Office Visit Guidelines

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, safety plans must be in place for all workspaces including all UBC learning spaces. A clinical preceptor’s home office is unfortunately not considered a UBC learning space at this time. Therefore, students should not be working from a preceptor’s home office to complete virtual patient visits. Students who are having difficulty doing virtual visits remotely with their preceptor are asked to contact the appropriate program assistants for further support.

 

With warm regards,

Clinical Education Administration Team
Years 3& 4 | Vancouver Fraser Medical Program
The University of British Columbia | Faculty of Medicine
2775 Laurel St | Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

 

Fraudulent Phishing Email – DO NOT OPEN LINKS

 

 

Dear Department Members,

We are aware of fraudulent emails (resembling the one shown below) being sent to Department staff and faculty from “Workday <notification[at]ubc.lol>”. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON OR PROVIDE YOUR CREDENTIALS TO ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS EMAIL.  Such emails are credentials phishing attempts used to gain access to your CWL username and/or passwords.

If you think you may have submitted your UBC CWL or login account credentials to an illegitimate site, please go to myAccount to change your password immediately. As well, forward a copy of the email including full headers to security@ubc.ca, and advise of the possible breach of your account.

 

Sincerely,

Margaret

Margaret Koshi
Manager, Communications and Partnerships
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia
Phone 604 822 2142 | Fax 604 822 7756
margaret.koshi@ubc.ca

 

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Reasons to Alert UBC IT Security

 

 

Dear Department Members,

With a recent influx of fraudulent emails and phishing attempts to UBC faculty and staff, it is important to keep in mind the following situations where you should email security@ubc.ca:

Please report:

  • If you see evidence of a computer attack or breach.
  • If you see suspicious activity.
  • If you have unexplained outages.
  • If you suspect a potential compromise.
  • If you have a lost or stolen computer, or other device, with UBC information on it.
  • Any potential breach of privacy.
  • Any form of digital harassment.
  • If you receive a phishing e-mail.
  • Even if you are unsure, it is always best to report.

 

Sincerely,

UBC Psychiatry IT

psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

UBC Language Sciences: Spotlight on Dr. Todd Woodward

 

Dr. Todd Woodward, UBC Psychiatry Professor

UBC Language Sciences’ news story this month features UBC Psychiatry Professor, Dr. Todd Woodward. Here, he discusses his research with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data to determine networks in the brain and also predict the cognitive processes involved.

 

Read Looking at Brain Images to Read Minds: Using fMRI Data to Predict Cognitive Processes” here.

 

 

December 2020 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

 

 

Hello again from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!

We’re pleased to provide you with an update on our committee’s work to support residents’ research and scholarly activity endeavours. This committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training objectives for research and scholarly activity. Specific responsibilities include the identification, development, enhancement, promotion, monitoring and evaluation of resident scholarly activity projects, and ensuring that objectives relating to research and scholarly activity are integrated throughout our educational program.

The committee meets quarterly, at which time resident submissions of their project abstract submissions and final scholarly activity reports are reviewed. Residents, for your information if you’re submitting either your project abstract or your final report, the next scheduled meetings are on February 2 2021 and April 20 2021.

The committee requires one week in advance of the meeting to conduct a thorough review of all the documents, so the deadlines for submissions for Spring 2021 are:

  • January 26, 2021
  • April 13, 2021

Please know that you can find copies of all relevant documentation relating to scholarly activity on the department website here:

https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/postgraduate-education-scholarly-activity/scholarly-activity-project/

If you have questions or need support relating to scholarly activity please contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity, via erin.michalak@ubc.ca or contact your regional committee lead (see below) directly.

 

 

NEW PUBLICATION: The Phillips Lab’s Study Unravels the Effects of Heantos-4 on Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Exciting findings from the Phillips Lab hold promise for new non-opioid therapeutics for symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

 

Dr. Tony Phillips,UBC Psychiatry Professor

Earlier this month, a research team led by Dr. Tony Phillips published their paper titled “Neural bases for attenuation of morphine withdrawal by Heantos-4: role of l-tetrahydropalmatine” in the Nature-affiliated journal, Scientific Reports.

The study conducted by Dr. Phillips’ lab, which includes Soyon Ahn, Maya Nesbit, Haiyan Zou, Giada Vacca, and Peter Axerio-Cilies of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, as well as Tran Van Sung of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, addresses the use of Heantos-4, a botanical formulation that greatly diminishes gastrointestinal distress and other physiological signs of distress during voluntary withdrawal from dependence on opioids.

 

“Collectively, our novel findings provide a firm biological foundation that supports the use of Heantos-4 as a non-opioid option for aiding the critical detoxification phase of journey to manage the ravages of opioid use disorder.”Dr. Tony Phillips

 

Heantos-4 is approved for use in Vietnam as a supplement and, to date, has been used safely by over 10,000 individuals in Vietnam to successfully transition through the drug detoxification phase, which serves as the principal barrier to overcoming chronic opioid use. Despite these promising clinical findings, little is known about the effects of Heantos-4 on brain function, including possible mechanisms of action. The Phillips Lab’s research fills this important gap by confirming that Heantos-4 reverses a state of suppressed dopamine function induced by the opioid antagonist naloxone in morphine dependent rats. Furthermore, this biochemical effect is accompanied by a reduction of opioid withdrawal signs.

A particularly novel finding identifies a single molecular constituent of the Heantos-4 formulation called l-tedtrahydropalmatine (l-THP) in both blood and brain following oral administration of this botanical formulation. The study shows that l-THP is effective in reversing the suppression of dopamine function in brain, while also reducing withdrawal signs induced by naloxone.

Dr. Phillips and his team are now working closely with Dr. Michael Krausz, UBC Psychiatry Professor and LEEF Chair in Addiction, to conduct clinical studies with Heantos-4 in BC in 2021.

 

Access the article HERE

 

 

PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment: Availability Survey

 

*** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office Team ***
 

Dear Faculty,

We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our February 18, March 11, 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 continued success for all of our residents.

Due to COVID-19, we will be conducting all our Mock OSCE’s virtually through Zoom this academic year, and all of the dates have been confirmed.

Our Mock OSCE days are broken into two sessions: AM (8:30am-12:30pm) & PM (12:30pm-4:30pm) and you can sign up for either session or both.  All eligible clinical faculty are paid the hourly rate (you must have an active UBC faculty appointment).

Below are the upcoming mock OSCE dates:

  • Thursday, February 18, 2020
  • Thursday, March 11, 2020
  • Thursday, April 1, 2020
  • Thursday, April 15, 2020

If you are interested in being an examiner, please take a moment to complete the following survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cD8XnDFp1Rdkm57 by Wednesday, December 16th, and we will reach out to you thereafter to confirm.

If you have any questions, please reach out to MJ Alarcon at psych.pge@ubc.ca.  Thank you very much for helping to prepare our residents!

Sincerely,

 

MJ Alarcon (she/her)
Interim Program Assistant, PGE
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
Room 11163, 11th Floor, Diamond Health Care Centre
2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68372 | Fax 604 875 5438
psych.pge@ubc.ca

 

Undergrad Medical Students – Daily confirmation of a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 now required

 

*** Shared on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office Team ***

 

Dear Faculty,

Please see the important update below from the UBC UGME Office.

Thank you

 

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Good afternoon everyone,

Update on Self-assessment Requirements

In recent weeks, the BC Provincial Government has introduced a number of Public Health Orders related to reducing COVID-19 transmission.

Faculty, staff and students at UBC Vancouver received a UBC Broadcast on November 10, 2020 with information about the Public Health Orders — as they related to the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions. Faculty, staff and students at UBC Okanagan received a message on November 24, 2020, with further details — once the restrictions became provincewide. UBC has now provided an additional update, which applies to all faculty, staff and students at UBC (regardless of campus location). For more information and FAQs, visit Safety & Risk Services.

Students attending clinics/wards or classes, now need to directly confirm to their preceptor/UBC representative daily that they have completed a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 at the start of their teaching session. This confirmation can be verbal and does not require documentation. Please use the BC self-assessment tool at https://bc.thrive.health/. Anyone experiencing symptoms must follow the guidance provided in the self-assessment tool.

Please distribute the information to your preceptors and DSSLs.

Warm regards,

 

Clinical Education Admin Team
Years 3 & 4 | Vancouver Fraser Medical Program
The University of British Columbia | Faculty of Medicine
2775 Laurel St | Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

 

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: UBC Microsoft Teams

 

All active UBC employees and students now have access to UBC Microsoft Teams. You can activate your UBC Microsoft Teams account on portal.office.com, with your first.last@ubc.ca and CWL password. You should then be able to use all of the Teams Collaboration mode features, including 1Tb of UBC FoIPP act compliant OneDrive, through your web browser or directly through Windows File Explorer, Office and other apps.

Later you may want to switch to Teams Only mode and install the Teams app, for full instant messaging, video conferencing and simultaneous editing of documents.

https://it.ubc.ca/services/email-voice-internet/microsoft-teams

psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

You Are Invited: BCCHR 5th Annual Brain, Behaviour & Development Research Day

 

 

You are invited to the 5th Brain, Behaviour & Development 5th Annual Research Day!

Event website: https://www.bcchr.ca/BBD-research-day

 

The BCCHR Brain, Behaviour & Development Theme is pleased to announce that the BB&D’s 5th Annual Research Day will be taking place virtually on Friday January 22nd, 2021. Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to share this invitation with your staff, trainees and colleagues at UBC and other institutions.

This year, a great half-day is planned that will include International Guest Speaker Dr. Danny Pine, a BB&D Theme Townhall, lightning talks and a virtual poster gallery. This is a great opportunity to virtually connect with others and learn about various ongoing and developing projects and collaborations. 2020 has been hard, but we want to be able to share the wins with all of you!

How: To RSVP, please register at https://rc.bcchr.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=3HP7DWTJHN

When: 8:45am – 12:45pm on January 22nd, 2020

Where: Zoom (upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom meeting details and the Slido event link)

The keynote talk title, finalized schedule, abstract booklet and virtual poster gallery will be uploaded to https://www.bcchr.ca/BBD-research-day. Please bookmark this page and check back closer to the event day.

 

Open Call for Abstracts

We invite all members and trainees to submit your abstracts. As there is no physical space limitations this year, we are happy to accept all abstracts for the virtual poster gallery. All abstract submissions will also be considered for lightning talks.

How: To submit an abstract, please visit https://rc.bcchr.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=EJ49MDW3H7

More information on submission guidelines and deadlines is available in the same link.

When: Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, December 18th, 2020

 

Keynote Guest Speaker

Dr. Daniel Pine, M.D.

NIH Distinguished Investigator

“Advancing Psychiatric Care through Clinical Neuroscience: Lessons from Research on Anxiety”

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Pine is Chief, Emotion and Development Branch in the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program.  Dr. Pine moved to this position in 2000, after 10 years of training, teaching, and research at Columbia University.  Since graduating from medical school at the University of Chicago, Dr. Pine has been engaged continuously in research on pediatric mental disorders, as reflected in more than 600 peer-reviewed papers.  Currently, his group examines the degree to which pediatric mood and anxiety disorders are associated with perturbed neural circuitry function.   Dr. Pine served as the Chair of the Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Disorders Work Group for the DSM-5 Task Force, and President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry.  He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Distinguished Investigator indicating stature as among the 1-2% most impactful National Institute of Health intramural scientists, and has received many other awards.

 

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BB&D Admin Team

BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
BB&D on the hub | bb&d@bcchr.ca

 

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Virtual Screening Dec 8 to Dec 14 and Webinar Q&A on Mon Dec 14th @ 7–8:30 pm PST

 

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:

Dirty God

Netherlands/Great Britain/Belgium/Ireland 2019
Sacha Polak
105 Minutes

Virtual Streaming from Tuesday, December 8 – Monday December 14, 2020

PRE-ORDER  NOW OPEN!

 

An unflinching exploration of beauty, identity, sex, and self in the wake of a life-changing event … Knight brings a raw vulnerability that Polak captures with a clear-eyed respect and intimacy.

Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

 

Vancouver Premiere! The opening film of last year’s IFF Rotterdam, and screened in the main competition at Sundance (the first Dutch film to do so), Sacha Polak’s English-language debut is a revelation. Dirty God begins in the burn unit of a London Hospital, as Jade (astonishing newcomer Vicky Knight), a young single mom, is released after months of recuperation from the effects of an acid attack by her ex-boyfriend. Returning to the Hackney council estate flat she shares with her mother, Jade is greeted with tears and screams of “monster” by her two-year-old daughter. So begins Jade’s journey, as she struggles to reconcile her outward appearance with her desperate desire for things to return to the way they once were. In her dramatic debut, Knight, herself badly burned in a fire at age eight, brings an intensity and flinty stoicism informed by personal experience to the lead role.

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health in presenting “Frames of Mind,” a monthly event utilizing film to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

Virtual access to a film is provided for seven days, at the conclusion of which we present an online seminar featuring conversations with special guests and an audience Q&A via Zoom.

 

Free Live Q&A

December 14th (Monday) 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST

Purchase a ticket to watch the film and receive an invite to a free live Zoom Q&A with Dr. Stephen Anderson and Dr. Anthony Papp from the BC Professional Firefighters’ Provincial Burn Unit at VGH; and Alim Somji and Anita Zvonar, two Canadians with lived experience of facial differences who are working and thriving in their communities.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

 

To stream this film & attend the Q&A:

Click on the “Stream” button above.
This will take you to the distributor website, where you can pre-order the film.
Purchase a virtual ticket for $7.99 USD (plus tax).
The film will be available to stream December 8–14.
You will also receive a link to the live Zoom Q&A on December 14.
This film is only available to watch in Canada.

 

An extraordinarily intimate and closely focused character study. In a frank but sensitive way, Polak delves into areas that most other filmmakers would be far too timid to go near.

          – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

 

Biographies of speakers:

Dr. Stephen Anderson has been the psychiatrist for the BC Professional Firefighters’ Provincial Burn Unit at Vancouver General Hospital for over twenty years, and is also a Clinical Professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Anthony Papp is a Royal College board certified plastic surgeon and the Medical Director for the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Unit at VGH. He received his medical training in Finland before moving to Canada in 2007.

Alim Somji, a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, is based in Edmonton, where he is the Executive Vice President of the Jaffer Group. He was born with a lymphangioma on his right cheek and suffered facial paralysis from a failed surgery at 9 months old.

Anita Zvonar is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Image Arts Program and a professional photographer based in Toronto. At age 18, Anita suffered a severe car accident, resulting in years of reconstructive plastic surgery. She is a longtime volunteer with AboutFace, a charity supporting those with facial differences.

 

Wishing a Fond Farewell and Best Wishes to Interim Head’s Assistant, Lilla Berry!

 

 

Dear Department Members,

We wish to inform you that our Interim Head’s Assistant, Lilla Berry, has decided to move back to Australia, and her last day with us is Monday, November 30th. Lilla was assigned to our Department by Hiring Solutions, and has been providing fantastic administrative support to the Head and the Department since January. We will all miss her very much, but understand her wishes to be close to her family back home. On behalf of Lakshmi and the Department Administrative Team, we thank her for her hard work and wish her safe travels and all the best in the future!

Our HR Assistant, Bree Wilson, will be providing temporary coverage for this vacancy, so please contact to her at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca for any matters related to the Head’s Office.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

 

Amity

Amity Chiang, CPHR Candidate
Assistant Human Resources Manager
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
amity.chiang@ubc.ca

 

 

Clinical Faculty: Reminder to Submit Invoice for UGME On Call Payments – Deadline Thu Dec 31, 2020

 

Please note these payments are NOT processed through the Department of Psychiatry.

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

This is a friendly reminder regarding UGME On Call Teaching Payments.

Information on how to submit an invoice to the FoM for on call payments can be found here – see the “On Call Payments” subsection (screenshot below), including an invoice template (submission instructions on 2nd page). Additional details on the call stipend can also be found in the UBC FoM Clinical Faculty Compensation Terms (see item 3f on page 3). Note the deadline is Thursday, December 31, 2020. You must hold an active clinical faculty appointment in order to be eligible to receive payment.

Please direct your questions to the contacts listed on the second page of the invoice template. These payments are NOT processed through the Department of Psychiatry.

Kind regards,

Paola

Paola Martens

Senior Education Programs Manager
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
Room 11167, 11th Floor, Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68092 | Fax 604 875 5438
paola.martens@ubc.ca
http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/ | http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/

Clinical Faculty: Submit Your 2020-21 Postgrad CTwPC Invoices (PGY2-6) – All Invoices Due Wed Mar 31, 2021

 

Please send inquiries to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca

 

Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty,

 

This is a reminder to submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the 2020-21 fiscal year (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. Note that PGY1 teaching is paid by the PGY1 program, and fellow and visiting resident teaching is NOT eligible.

You may submit your invoices monthly, quarterly or annually. The deadline for all invoices covering the 2020-21 fiscal year is Wednesday, March 31, 2021. All payments will be processed during fiscal year-end (March 31, 2021).

  • Eligibility Description (attached) – Please ensure you have read and followed the CTwPC Eligibility Description before submitting your invoice.
  • Online Submission Form (link corrected)  – The 2020-21 secure online submission form is live. The form allows for up to 150 entries and a partially completed form will automatically be saved on the computer you are using once you click the “Next” button on the first page. You can return at a later time to that same computer to complete your invoice form. When you submit your form, you will receive a confirmation by email with a copy of your submission for your records.
  • Invoice TemplatesExcel and Word versions are also attached.

Invoices may be submitted to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca or by fax to 604-875-5438.

Thank you for your continued mentorship and teaching of our residents. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Education Office
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Remote Working – Reimbursement for Certain Office Equipment

 

 

Dear Eligible Staff and Faculty,

As UBC follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, I would like to provide an update on the status of remote work arrangements and one-time financial assistance for certain office equipment.

Although UBC has introduced a COVID-19 safety planning process for the gradual resumption of activity on our campuses, many faculty and staff continue to work remotely – and will do so for the foreseeable future. Remote working may have meant that some faculty and staff needed to purchase office equipment, in order to have a productive and ergonomically satisfactory remote working space.

In light of these circumstances, UBC will provide financial assistance for certain office equipment in the form of a reimbursement of up to $400 – available on a one-time basis.

This reimbursement is for eligible faculty and staff who, at some point between March 16, 2020 and December 4, 2020, were required to purchase personal computer and/or home office equipment to enable them to effectively work from home due to the impact of COVID-19.

Eligibility criteria for UBC employees are as follows:
    •  Full-time faculty or staff who are currently working; and
    • Part-time or term faculty (salaried clinical faculty, postdocs, research associates) and staff who are currently working a minimum of 0.5 FTE (50% or 17.5 hours/week)
    • Please note that partner faculty, residents or student employees are not eligible.
Any of the following items purchased between March 16, 2020 and December 4, 2020 for the main purpose of working from home are eligible for the reimbursement:
    • Monitor
    • Chair
    • Desk
    • Monitor riser
    • Laptop stand
  • Standing desk topper
  • Mouse and/or keyboard
  • Headphones
  • Adapters or cords to connect the above items to a laptop computer
To request reimbursement, faculty and staff should submit an expense claim within Workday. The reimbursement process is as follows: 
    • Eligible employees will submit their receipts using the standard Workday expense module process. The claim will automatically go to their manager for approval.
    • Employees must assign the expenses to program PM010430 and cost centre CC00711, otherwise the amount will be expensed to the employee’s default cost centre.
    • All expenses must be submitted by December 4, 2020.

Please note that items for which you have already received a reimbursement are not eligible to be claimed for reimbursement again.

For further full details about eligible items and the reimbursement process, visit:

https://finance.ubc.ca/payroll/your-taxes/claiming-employment-expenses

Please note: The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) considers personal computer and home office equipment to be capital in nature, and a reimbursement for such items would normally be taxable. However, in the context of COVID-19, the CRA has made an exception for the 2020 tax year, allowing reimbursements for personal computer equipment and home office equipment to be granted on a tax-free basis, provided the equipment is needed in order to perform duties of employment at home.

Sincerely,

Vicky

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7313 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, Both Named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate in 2020!

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, both of whom are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2020 by Clarivate Analytics!

Each year, Clarivate identifies the world’s most influential researchers across 21 research fields who have demonstrated significant impact through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Dr. Yatham and Dr. Lam are among an exclusive group of international researchers whose publications rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index. They are joined by fewer than 170 other pioneering researchers in psychiatry and psychology to make this list, and are among 32 UBC academics identified as Highly-Cited Researchers this year.

The 2020 list includes a total of 6,167, or about 0.1%, of the world’s researchers, and include 195 from Canada.

Congratulations to Dr. Yatham and Dr. Lam on this outstanding distinction!

 

Inviting Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

Further to the announcement that Dr. Andrea Chapman will be stepping down from her role as Program Director for the Postgraduate Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program on December 31, 2020, we would like to invite expressions of interest in this role from faculty members in the Department. The position will be for a three-year term, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

The PGE CAP Subspecialty Program Director will report to the Department Head, the Associate Head, PGE & CPD, and the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. Please see the attached detailed description of responsibilities for this role.

If you are interested in this position, please submit by email your formal expression of interest along with your CV to Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca preferably by Monday November 30th, 2020. Please note that the Department may extend the application period for this role until the vacancy is filled.

Should you have any specific questions regarding this position, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Vicky.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, PGE & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Presenters Needed for VGH & UBC Hospitals Psychiatry Educational Rounds

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Diane Fredrikson, Rounds Coordinator, VCH Department of Psychiatry**

 

Dear Colleagues,

The academic year is now underway and we are in need of presenters for Department of Psychiatry Educational Rounds.  If you would like to present, or know of someone you would like to recommend as a speaker, please contact me at Diane.Fredrikson@vch.ca.

We are particularly keen to schedule presentations for 2021 right now.

Remember, the success of Educational Rounds depends on the participation of departmental members.

Regards,

 

Diane Fredrikson
Rounds Coordinator
VGH Department of Psychiatry

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Compatibility Issues with MacOS Big Sur

 

On November 12, 2020, Apple released macOS 11.0, Big Sur. Mac users should note that upgrading to Big Sur can cause compatibility issues with your current Apps. We recommend confirming with App vendors that your Apps are compatible with Big Sur, before upgrading.

In particular the current version of Cisco AnyConnect is not compatible with Big Sur. Please download and install the newest version of Cisco AnyConnect from the IT website at https://it.ubc.ca/services/email-voice-internet/myvpn/manually-configuring-anyconnect-45-mac-os-x.

We don’t know if Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is compatible with Big Sur, but it is no longer receiving security updates from Microsoft, so you should not be using it anyway. Please upgrade to Office 2019 or Office 365.

Thanks,

UBC Psychiatry IT

A Global Survey To Understand The Impact Of Covid-19 On Mental And Physical Health And Functioning

 

***Shared on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry***

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have an unprecedented impact on mental and physical health of the population. To understand its full impact, a large global most comprehensive survey, supported by many national and international scientific associations has been launched in countries around the world.

The objective of the Collaborative Outcome study on Health and Functioning during Infection Times (COH-FIT) is to measure well-being, functioning, mental/physical health, healthcare/access to care, and the emerging role of telemedicine. It is an online anonymous survey (www.coh-fit.com), designed for adults, adolescents, and children from age 6, in the general population.

Over 200 researchers, from all continents, have already collected more than 107,000 responses from over 140 countries around the globe. COH-FIT is collecting data on  people from all socioeconomic, ethnic and racial backgrounds, as the survey is accessible in 31 different languages. COH-FIT has been running since April 2020, and will continue collecting data until the pandemic is declared over by WHO, as well as 6, and 12 months afterward. The generated local and global evidence will provide guidance to welfare and healthcare stakeholders, making possible evidence-based governance in the immediate future.

Please click  www.coh-fit.com to complete the survey. Every response counts.

 

YOU ARE INVITED: Register for the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference on December 9-10, 2020

 

The Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Research Group in the UBC Department of Psychiatry is hosting the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference on December 9-10!

It’s free to register and join this virtual conference, which  will provide a good overview of the core elements of virtual mental health care given by international colleagues. From online prevention to psychotherapy and from risk assessment and management to virtual clinics. In workshops, you will get the opportunity to learn more about ongoing projects in detail with the opportunity for exchange and networking.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, The University of British Columbia Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Research Group, and the World Psychiatric Association section for informatics and telemedicine have brought together a significant group of pioneers in this field with the aim of broadening the efforts of mental health and substance use care.

As well, abstract, ePoster, and Lightning Talk submissions are open to everyone.

Learn more about the conference, download the preliminary event program, and register here!

 

 

The Next Physician Appreciation Networking Lunch is on Tuesday November 17!

 

Everybody’s safety is paramount to us. The UBC lunch is a grab-and-go lunch with prepackaged meals. It provides the VPSA an opportunity to connect with members about their activities and initiatives.

We want to recognize that we are holding the lunch in compliance with the requirements set out by the provincial government.

 

The UBC lunch is a grab-and-go lunch with prepackaged meals. It provides the VPSA an opportunity to connect with members about our activities and initiatives.

The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Tuesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch. Residents and medical students are also welcome to attend!

The next UBCH Physician Networking Lunch will be held at 12-1pm on Tuesday November 17, 2020 at the Koerner Lecture Theatre in UBC Hospital.

Please RSVP in advance to vpsalunch@gmail.com if you would like to join!

 

UBC Indigenous Research Project: Participants Needed

 

*** Shared on behalf of Dr. Tal Jarus  – for more information or to volunteer for the study, please email alicia.ditty@alumni.ubc.ca directly ***

 

Dear members of the UBC Department of Psychiatry,

We would like to invite your students, staff, and academic and clinical faculty to participate in a study that investigates the barriers and facilitators of Indigenous students, academic and clinical faculty, and staff in the health and human service professions. Please see the attached the letter of invitation and consent form.

We would appreciate your assistance in recruiting individuals who self-identify as an Indigenous student, staff, or academic and clinical faculty member who has at least 1 year of experience in a health and human service profession. Our goal is to better understand those barriers and facilitators by hosting a sharing circle. The sharing circle will last approximately 1-1.5 hours and will be held remotely using Zoom in accordance to provincial guidelines due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Who is eligible to participate?

Students, academic and clinical faculty, and staff who self-identify as Indigenous (Non-status, Status, Inuit, Metis), and:

  • Have at least 1 year of experience working in health and human services
  • Are from one of the following programs: Audiology, Genetics Counselling, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Psychology, Educational and Counselling Psychology & Special Education, Teacher Education, Dietetics, Law, Pharmacy, Speech and Language Pathology, Kinesiology, and Social Work.
  • Are 19 years of age or older

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you!

On behalf of our research team,

Dr. Tal Jarus
Professor
UBC Department of Occupational Science
& Occupational Therapy

 

Message from UBC IT: Important Security Updates for all Apple Products

 

Security vulnerabilities are actively being exploited by criminals.  The vulnerabilities allow the criminals to install and run any Apps, on your Apple Products, from the internet.  That means they can fully control your Apple devices, including deleting, modifying or encrypting your files.  The primary targets will be government and institutional devices.

Updates are available from Apple and once updated your version should be one of the following;

  • iOS 12.4.9 (older iPhones)
  • iOS 14.2 (newer iPhones)
  • iPadOS 14.2 (newer iPads)
  • watchOS 5.3.9, 6.2.9, 7.1 (watches)
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.7 (supplemental update)
  • tvOS 14.2 (Apple TV)

If after updating, your devices operating system is not one of those listed above, you may need to purchase a new device to replace your obsolete model.

More details are available at hxxps://thehackernews.com/2020/11/update-your-ios-devices-now-3-actively.html

Psychiatry.IT@ubc.ca

URGENT: Tutors Needed for Undergrad Year 2 Psychiatry Clinical Skills Sessions

 

**Sent on behalf of Amanda JS Jones, Manager, VFMP Clinical Skills Years 1 & 2 and Manager, Clinical Experiences Years 1 & 2**

 

Dear faculty,

We are most urgently in need of psychiatrists to teach our Year 2 medical students this term. Provincial Psychiatry tutors will be welcome, as the sessions will be done virtually.

The first two sessions involve interviewing a standardized patient, while the last session involves recruiting a psychiatric out patient to be interviewed by our students.

  • Week 1   SP Daniela (Anxiety)
  • Week 2   SP Ada (Depression)
  • Week 3   Psychiatric patient recruited by psychiatrist. For those of you who need assistance to identify suitable psychiatric patients, our distributed site partners have kindly offered some of their suitable psychiatric patients.

To ensure the safety of all, we are planning to implement these sessions online in Zoom, with a group of 6-7 students, a standardized patient or a psychiatric patient. Each week, two students will interview for 20 minutes each of the 40 minute interview. All sessions times are 3.5hrs in duration.

Morning times: 8AM-11:30AM / 8:30AM-12PM

Afternoon times: 1-4:30 PM

 

Available dates are as follows:

4 more tutors needed:

  • Tuesday mornings: Nov 10, Nov 17, Nov 24
  • Wednesday afternoons: Nov 4, Nov 18, Nov 25
  • Thursday mornings: Nov 5, Nov 19, Nov 26
  • Friday afternoons: Nov 6, Nov 20, Nov 27
  • Tuesday mornings: Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 1
  • Thursday mornings: Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3
  • Friday afternoons: Nov 27  (only one date available – Dr Kortney Witt is teaching Nov 20 and Dec 4)

Please call or email me to sign up to teach. Many thanks for your kind consideration.

Cheers,

Amanda

 

AMANDA JS JONES, BSc
Manager, VFMP Clinical Skills Years 1 & 2
UBC Faculty of Medicine | VFMP Undergraduate Office
2109-2775 Laurel St GLDHCC
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

 

Call Out for Nominations for APT Committee Membership

 

 

Dear Faculty Members,

As membership renewal in the Departmental Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee (APTC) is implemented regularly, the Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from faculty members to fill the following vacancy in the APTC, effective September 1, 2020.

The Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from faculty members to fill the following vacancy:

  • Vacancy for one (1) Professor for a 3-year term from September 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

The current voting members of the APTC are:

Professors:

  • Jehannine Austin
  • Michael Krausz
  • Erin Michalak
  • Timothy Murphy
  • Steven Taylor

Associate Professors:

  • Clare Beasley

Assistant Professor:

  • Trisha Chakrabarty
  • David Kealy
  • Fidel Vila-Rodriguez
  • Daniel Vigo

Partner Appointees:

  • Tamara Vanderwal, Assistant Professor, Partner
  • William Panenka, Associate Professor, Partner

The current non-voting (ex officio) members are:

  • Lakshmi Yatham, Chair
  • Raymond Lam, Professor, Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Sophia Frangou, Professor, Associate Head, Research & International Affairs

Please submit your nomination or self-nomination for the above vacancy by Friday November 27, 11:30pm here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87ISwBf1fupjc5n. An election, if needed, will be held after the nomination period has closed.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at amity.chiang@ubc.ca.

Thank you,

 

Amity

Amity Chiang, CPHR Candidate
Assistant Human Resources Manager
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
amity.chiang@ubc.ca.

 

Workday Support for PIs & Their Research Groups

 

 

Dear Department Members,

Workday is now live! To log in to Workday, please visit the IRP website and click on the Workday link that is published on the homepage.

To help PIs & their research group with Workday (ie. to set up tasks/approval delegation, answer inquiries on approval processes/delegation, etc.), I am providing a Zoom drop-in specifically for PIs & their support staff. Please share this information with your group. If the Zoom drop-in dates/times don’t work for you, please feel free to reach out to me to schedule for a meeting.

 

Date
Nov 9, Nov 10 & Nov 12
Time Open between 10 am to 12 pm
Join Zoom Meeting
https://ubc.zoom.us/j/5832784969?pwd=ZXpZaG1sRit4OVZYbGMxWUhVVHk2UT09
Meeting ID:  583 278 4969
Passcode:  318276
Please note that Zoom’s waiting room feature will be enabled, allowing me to admit one person to the conversation at a time.

 

In addition to the specific PI & Research Group Zoom drop-in, the Department will also be providing an open Zoom drop-in to all Department members. Please watch for further communications about the Department-wide Zoom drop-in.

To help guide you through Workday, please find attached the Department Workday Common Tasks & Approval Instructions Guide on:

  • Workday Support Key Resources
  • Common Tasks –  Finance
  • Common Tasks – HR
  • Approval Process
  • Approval Instructions
  • Workday Research Grant info
  • Common Tasks Summary – Finance & HR (this is a summary sheet)

The Workday Delegation Cheat Sheet has also been prepared as a quick reference to guide you through the delegation process.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

 

Vicky

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7313 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

Announcing the 2020/2021 IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows

 

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the selection process for the IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program for 2020/2021 has recently been completed. The program attracted fifty-eight (58) applications in total, and the reviewers were very impressed with the quality and caliber of the project proposals. With only five (5) Fellow awards and fifteen (15) Scholar awards that could be offered this year, the selection process was not an easy one given the highly competitive pool of applicants.

Now that the selection process is complete, I am delighted to announce the 2020/2021 cohort of the IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program.  Please join me in warmly congratulating the following awardees, listed in alphabetical order:

 

IMH Marshall Fellowship Awardees & Research Titles

Dr. Ruiyang Ge, Association between brain function and autonomic nervous system in response to therapeutic brain stimulation on treatment-resistant depression: a concurrent TMS-fMRI-ECG study

Dr. Heather Palis, Reincarceration and overdose among people with psychiatric disorders: Longitudinal trends across health care reform and contamination of the illicit drug supply in British Columbia

Dr. Nicole Sanford, Brain health: A novel target for mental health

Dr. Gayatri Saraf, Multimodal imaging to assess neurite density and neuroinflammation in Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Melissa Woodward, The Age of Fentanyl – Overdose, Hypoxia, and Microvascular Damage

 

IMH Marshall Scholarship Awardees & Research Titles

Ms. Ashley Battaglini, Intra- and Interpersonal Emotion Regulation in Major Depressive Disorder

Ms. Ariana Cahn, Quantification of volumetric brain changes in bipolar disorder patients following first episode mania: A prospective study

Ms. Mallory Flynn, Estimating the True Incidence of Accidental Illicit Drug Overdose

Mr. Tony Fong, High throughput platform to assess and manipulate cortical circuits in mouse models of depression

Ms. Allison Giesbrecht, Understanding the Healthcare Access Experiences of Mental Health and Substance Use High Users of Healthcare

Mr. Tristan Hynes, Toward a precision treatment for addiction: focus on dopamine circuits and sex

Ms. Bonnie Lee, The impact of motherhood and APOEε4 genotype on the aging brain

Ms. Daphne Ling, Impact of Skills-Training on Executive Functions and the Prefrontal-Parietal and Prefrontal-Striatal Network in Children with ADHD: An fMRI Study

Ms. Melanie Lysenko-Martin, Neural and Behavioral Substrates of THC-Induced Impairments in Decision Making

Mr. Alexander Morin, Integrating transcription factor binding and perturbation data to understand gene regulation in the brain

Ms. Rae Morris, Mental health service provision with adults with autism spectrum disorder: An interpretive description study

Ms. Maya Nesbit, Preclinical study of d-govadine and its effects on prefrontal cortical mechanisms of cognition

Ms. Shawna Narayan, Exploring cultural responsiveness in e-mental health resources for depression and anxiety (CREDA)

Mr. Boaz Saffer, Identifying the Neurocognitive Mechanisms for Suicidal Behaviours in Emerging Adults

Mr. Jean Westenberg, Rapid micro-induction of buprenorphine/naloxone for treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

 

In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to sharing further news and updates on each of the awardees and their respective research projects.

On behalf of the Institute of Mental Health and the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I wish each of our 2020/2021 IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows much success as they gain valuable experience that will both accelerate their learning and serve as an important foundation for their future pursuits in translational mental health research.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

 

 

Get Ready for Workday!

 

 

Dear Department Members,

The Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) is completing the final steps to prepare the UBC community for the launch of Workday on Monday, November 2, 2020. The success of this implementation is a shared responsibility that requires strong collaboration across the community to build our understanding of the changes and accelerate Workday adoption.

Getting started with Workday

To access Workday on November 2, you will need to visit the IRP website and click on the Workday link that will be published on the homepage. The link to Workday will be available as soon as the system is live on Monday.

To help guide you through Workday, please bookmark the following resources that will help you and your team prepare for Workday and access support:

  • Resources and materials to help navigate your first week using Workday can be found on the IRP Workday Go-Live page.
    • The Workday Go-Live Checklist shares important tasks to completed in the first week. Please use this checklist to learn how to login and update profile information.
  • The FoM’s MedNet page outlines support available to the FoM community.
  • UBC Office hours will be available for live support with our Learning Rovers and refresher training sessions.
  • Visit UBC’s self-service portal to access support on Workday questions, issues and requests.

If you have any questions or are unsure of who to reach out to, please contact Amity Chiang at amity.chiang@ubc.ca, and she will help to triage your inquiries & requests.

Sincerely,

 

Vicky

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7313 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

In the Vancouver Sun: A New Proposal by Dr. Bill MacEwan and the BCS Urges Government Action to Address Overdose & Mental Health Crisis in the DTES

 

Update: Catch Dr. Bill MacEwan’s October 30th radio interview on CBC’s The Current, where he speaks to host Matt Galloway about the comprehensive new plan he has presented to provincial leaders to address the dire addictions and mental health crises in the Downtown Eastside.

 

Pictured: Dr. Bill MacEwan, Clinical Professor Photo Credit: Jason Payne /PNG

In a Vancouver Sun article last July, Dr. Bill MacEwan detailed a new plan calling for action by civic governments to address the urgent addictions and mental health crises in the Downtown Eastside, much like the response orchestrated the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in BC. Titled “Right to Health and Housing,” the plan was being developed by Dr. MacEwan and the nonprofit Building Community Society (BCS), which includes  former B.C. premier and Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt, as well as other influential members with decades of experience in the Downtown Eastside.

Now that the plan has been finalized, a new article in the Vancouver Sun outlines BCS’s campaign to garner and solidify support from BC political leadership. Dr. MacEwan describes how plan was sent to the leaders of the main political parties, as well as candidates in six key Vancouver ridings, in hopes that whichever government is elected in will not only embrace its proposals, but also invest in and launch a coordinated effort to respond to the ‘other’ health emergency playing out in the Downtown Eastside, which has largely been overshadowed by COVID-19.  The plan involves the creation of a new secretariat position to analyze services and oversee an operations centre that would include outreach teams, in-patient mental health treatment, drug rehabilitation, and homes for the hardest-to-house. The plan would also focus on 300 precariously-housed people with severe mental health and addictions, with the goal to “…walk with them every step of the way along a continuum of care toward a life free from the pain and indignity.”

Read the entire October 23rd Vancouver Sun article here.

 

 

Fraudulent Workday Email – DO NOT OPEN LINKS OR PROVIDE YOUR CREDENTIALS!

 

 

Dear Department Members,

We are aware that a fraudulent email referring to Workday and resembling the one shown below has been sent from “ubc.svcs[at]ubc-university.services” to faculty, staff and other members of the Department. DO NOT RESPOND TO OR CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS EMAIL – PLEASE JUST DELETE THE EMAIL.  These emails are credentials phishing attempts used to gain access to your CWL username and/or passwords.

If you think you may have submitted your UBC CWL or login account credentials to this or another illegitimate email, go to myAccount to change your password immediately. Also, please forward a copy of the email including full headers to security@ubc.ca, and advise of the possible breach of your account.

Sincerely,

 

Margaret

Margaret Koshi
Manager, Communications and Partnerships
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia
Phone 604 822 2142 | Fax 604 822 7756
margaret.koshi@ubc.ca

 

CBD Resources: Coaching to Competence and Recorded CBD Webinars

 

***Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry***

 

Dear Faculty,

We want to highlight two Competence by Design (CBD) resources that you may find highly useful:

Coaching to Competence – Royal College

As Competence by Design rolls out, you are/will be taking on the role as teacher and coach to residents. The Royal College offers five short interactive online activities to practice applying the RX-OCR coaching process. The activities are short and eligible for Section 3 MOC credits. Please read the Royal College notice below for more information and links.

Recorded CBD Psychiatry Webinars

The recordings of our two faculty development webinars, CBD Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year, Parts 1 and 2 are posted on our ‘Psychiatry CBD Resources’ community website on Entrada: https://entrada.med.ubc.ca/community/psychiatrycbd

Together, both webinars are eligible for 3.0 MOC Section 1 credits. The website also contains links to more CBD resources. You will need your CWL name and password to log in.

*************

Royal College Notice

Dear colleague,

As a teacher and coach, do you think residents find your feedback helpful? Quality feedback has a significant impact on learner development.  When done well, it is not only helpful and instructive in the moment, but it encourages good communication practices and contributes to a positive culture in the learning environment.  When done infrequently or poorly, residents can feel disengaged, disempowered and pressured.  Can you spare 10 minutes to hone your skills?

As Competence by Design (CBD) rolls out across Canada, residents and faculty tell us there is still a significant need for knowledge and skill development around the concept of coaching.  To this end, a small group of educators and physicians have developed a new resource to help fill the gap: “Coaching to Competence” consists of five short interactive online activities that allow you to practice applying the RX-OCR coaching process.  All activities are now available!

As part of our suite of virtual teaching resources, these quick activities are meant to help you develop coaching skills and knowledge through practice, reflection and other learning opportunities.

BONUS: Earn Section 3 MOC credits for each of the five activities!

Access the RX-OCR activities here: http://www.royalcollege.ca/mssites/rxocr/en/story.html

And be sure to bookmark the RX-OCR Toolkit, which includes:

  • Tips for applying each element in the RX-OCR process
  • Glossary of terms related to coaching
  • Recommended resources, and more.

Please feel free to share the information widely within your program.

And let us know if you find these modules helpful – your feedback is always helpful as we continue to refine CBD faculty development resources.

Regards,

Jason Frank, MD MA (Ed.) FRCPC FAOA (hon)
Director, Specialty Education, Strategy & Program, Standards
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Denyse Richardson, BScPT MD Med FRCPC
Physiatrist, Brain and Spinal Cord, UHN – Toronto Rehab
Clinician Educator, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Associate Professor, Clinician Educator,
University of Toronto

 

***

 

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Acting Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

MEMORANDUM: Clinical Faculty UGME/PGME Teaching & Committee Payment Processes

 

 

Dear Clinical Faculty members,

For those of you who provide UGME & PGME didactic and/or clinical teaching, and/or participate in Department committees, you might have received an email from UBC Finance Operations regarding how to submit your invoices. Please note that the current FoM or departmental processes for your teaching and committee payment will remain the same once Workday goes live on Nov 2, 2020.

UGME – Payment for Didactic / Clinical Teaching

Payment managed by FoM Teaching Tracking & Payment System (TTPS); current processes for UGE didactic & clinical teaching payment will remain the same.

PGME – Payment for Didactic / Clinical Teaching, Mock OSCE & Other Related Teaching Activities

The current Departmental process for PGME teaching payment will remain the same. Please continue to submit your invoice(s) the Department PGME team, and the Department Finance team will prepare and process your remuneration using Workday.

Committee Payment

The current Department process will remain the same. You are not required to submit invoices for compensable Committee activities. Committee payments will continue to be prepared and processed by the Department Finance team once a year at fiscal year end.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely,

 

Vicky

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7313 | Fax 604 822 7756
vicky.yau@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

Inviting Your Feedback: Please Complete the Research Day Attendee Feedback Survey

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff, and faculty,

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on October 15th, 2020!

At this time, we invite all attendees to complete the Online Research Day Attendee Feedback Survey (https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7ly8v8gQ5XcunX). This is your opportunity to provide anonymous feedback regarding the content and format of the event as a whole, and to also share with the organizers your commentary and suggestions.

We ask that you please complete this survey by Sunday November 8th.

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, as it will help us to improve on our future Research Day events, and also plan other engagements to promote and showcase the excellent work being done by our faculty, residents, students and trainees across the Department.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Sincerely,

 

Margaret

Margaret Koshi
Manager, Communications and Partnerships
Faculty of Medicine| Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia
Room 2875, 2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC, V6T 2A1
Phone 604 822 2142 | Fax 604 822 7756
margaret.koshi@ubc.ca

 

 

BCPA Members and Non-member Psychiatrists are Invited to the 2020 BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM

 

BCPA members, psychiatrists, residents and students are invited to attend this year’s BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM virtual online conference on Saturday November 21, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm (PST).

Visit the Event web page to view Registration details!

 

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Free Virtual Screening Oct 29 to Nov 4 and Webinar Q&A on Wed Nov 4th @ 7–8:30 pm PST

 

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:

 

Foster

USA 2019
Mark Jonathan Harris
112 Minutes

Free Virtual Streaming from Thursday, October 29 – Wednesday November 4, 2020

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 

“…an intimate, intensely dramatic film that holds us in its grip like a page-turning novel. Except it’s all true.” Kenneth Turan, LA Times

A revealing first-hand look at the foster care system in the United States, as experienced by children and youth within the system, and by those working tirelessly to support them. The latest collaboration between director Mark Jonathan Harris and producer Deborah Oppenhemier (their Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, won an Academy Award in 2000), Foster is an unforgettable journey into the inner workings of The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the largest foster care system in the country. Here we meet Dasani, a whip-smart 16-year-old at a crossroads; Mary, just aged out of foster care and struggling to achieve independence; and Chris and Raeanne, a young couple struggling with addiction and trying to regain custody of their newborn daughter. Taking two years to research and negotiate access (each child needed approximately 35 different people to sign off on the filming) and two more years to shoot, Foster explores a complex subject with both a critical and compassionate eye.

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health in presenting “Frames of Mind,” a monthly event utilizing film to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Seven day virtual access to a film will conclude with an online seminar featuring conversations with special guests and an audience Q&A over zoom.

Free Live Q&A
November 4th (Wednesday) 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT

Register to watch the film and receive an invite to a free live Zoom Q&A with Foster director Mark Jonathan Harris, producer Deborah Oppenhemier and film subject Jessica Chandler, who will be joined by local advocate Katherine McParland and Vancouver-based filmmaker Bruce Spangler.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

To stream this film & register for the Q&A:
Click on the “Stream” button above.
Register for your free virtual ticket, which will include the password required to stream the film and a link to the live Zoom Q&A.
This program is free to watch. (Donations gratefully accepted.)
Cinematheque membership is not required.

Co-sponsored by A Way Home Kamloops

 

Biographies of speakers:

Mark Jonathan Harris is an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker. Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are The Long Way Home, Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary in 1997; Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, his second Academy Award-winning film as a director, and one selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry; and 2017’s Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine. Mark teaches filmmaking at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where he is a Distinguished Professor.

Deborah Oppenhemier is an Academy Award-winning producer who made her feature film debut with the Oscar-winning documentary, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport. A prolific producer for cable and network television, Deborah conceived and led U.S. strategic activities for the full run of Downton Abbey, the highest-rated PBS drama ever; and also served as executive vice president in charge of Carnival Films’ Los Angeles office, guiding development for the international and domestic marketplace. Since 1994, she has mentored a former foster youth who served a tour of duty in Iraq and concluded active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2011.

Jessica Chandler is feature subject in Foster. As a former foster child (from age 12 to 18), a young single mother and now a social worker herself, she brings a unique perspective as both a former client and an advocate in the system. A graduate of the MSW program at Cal State Northridge, Jessica’s graduate school internship was with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the place she has now worked as a Children’s Social Worker for the past six years. In addition to her work at DCFS, Jessica has been and continues to be an advocate on the local and national stage for children and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Katherine McParland grew up in the foster care system in British Columbia and has experienced extensive periods of homelessness. She is the founder and Executive Director of A Way Home Kamloops, a non-profit community-based organization with a mission to develop a provincial plan to end youth homelessness by ensuring every youth has access to safe housing and the supports needed to sustain it. Katherine is on the federal government’s Advisory Committee on Homelessness, co-chairs the BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, and is a graduate of the Masters of Social Work Leadership program at the University of Calgary.

Bruce Spangler is a filmmaker, composer, teacher, and former B.C. Child Protection Social Worker. A graduate of Simon Fraser’s University Film Program, Bruce was a child protection social worker for five years prior to his filmmaking career. His debut feature film Protection, a fictional story about one child abuse investigation based on his own experiences as a front line investigator, has played at festivals around the world (including at Frames of Mind in March, 2004), and has won several awards, including Best Canadian Independent Feature from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Registration details to come!

 

Important Workday Information for Academic Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

 

 

Dear Department members,

As you are aware, on November 2 UBC’s Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) is launching Workday, the University’s new HR and finance system. Workday is a modern, cloud-based system that will enable standardized HR and finance processes, online approvals and workflow, and better access to real-time data without the need for VPN. This will be a significant transition for us and for the University as a whole.

The IRP website’s toolkits page (https://irp.ubc.ca/resources/toolkits) has some great resources, including top 5 change impacts for faculty, staff, and managers (both faculty and staff who have direct reports). These toolkits also have recommended training.

 

PREPARING FOR WORKDAY: CWL

A CWL log-in name and password is required for Workday training resources, including Quick Reference Guides, and for access to the Workday platform once it goes live on November 2, 2020. All Department members are strongly encouraged to check their CWL registration status, and to sign up for their CWL here if they have not yet done so. You will need your UBC ID and CWL Sign-up PIN for this.

If you require your UBC ID and CWL Sign-up PIN, please contact the HR Team via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm to 4pm.

 

Zoom Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/98297165270pwd=bUtRWXFYWmkxSGlXYW43Nkl4eUk5QT09
Meeting ID: 982 9716 5270
Passcode: 393181
One-tap Mobile:+16473752970,,98297165270#,,,,,,0#,,393181# Canada
+16473752971,,98297165270#,,,,,,0#,,393181# Canada

Please note that Zoom’s waiting room feature will be enabled, allowing us to admit one person to the conversation at a time. Alternatively, you can contact Bree Wilson, HR Assistant, at bree.wilson@ubc.ca with your request for your UBC ID and CWL Sign-up PIN.

 

WORKDAY TRAINING

UBC has created a robust self-serve training program to support the transition to Workday. The Workday Basics course gives Department members an overview of basic functionality, including navigating the home page, using your Workday inbox and notifications, using the search bar, and more. For those with research grants and/or direct reports, additional training material is available. Please access the full list of self-serve training resources here: https://wpl.ubc.ca/?query=WY.

 

WORKDAY FUNDAMENTALS FOR EVERYONE

The following table lists common activities that all department members will need to perform in Workday, along with instructions.

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

View and update personal information

View clinical faculty appointment details

Refer to the following Quick Reference Guides for instructions on updating:

Log into Workday with your CWL

Confirm or change the email address used for Teaching Tracking & Payment System (TTPS) payment notifications for teaching in the MD Undergraduate (UGME) Program Log into Workday and view/update your primary email address in your profile (see Update contact information)

 

WORKDAY FOR ACADEMIC FACULTY & FELLOWS

The following table lists common activities that faculty and fellows will need to perform in Workday, along with instructions.

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

(Click on linked tasks to view the Quick Reference Guides)

View/update payroll info and provincial & federal tax election

Perform Task Delegation & Expense Delegation

Claim basic travel and out-of-pocket expenses

Expensing to a PD Fund

UBC Credit Card Reconciliation

Perform other finance-related operations

Enroll in Workday for Faculty & Workday Finance 101 – Foundations

** For claiming more complex expenses, reconciling Visa card expenses, foreign currency expenses, international travel, per diems, delegating expenses, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 201 – Intermediate

** For advanced actions such as purchase requisitions, supplier accounts, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 301 – Advanced

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

Track Time, Approve Time Entry and Enter Absences on behalf of your reports

Review/approve Absences and Expenses

Perform Task Delegation & Expense Delegation

Enroll in Workday for Managers training

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

Add additional grant managers or signatories

Generate/ view grant related reports, including research grant dashboards and custom reports

Enroll in Workday Grant Manager/PI Resources

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

 

WORKDAY FOR SALARIED STAFF

The following table lists common activities that salaried staff will need to perform in Workday, along with instructions.

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

(Click on linked tasks to view the Quick Reference Guides)

View/update payroll info and provincial & federal tax election

View/update benefits enrollment, beneficiaries, and dependents

View Professional Development (PD) Fund

Request, view and manage your time off and long-term absences

Enroll in Workday HR 101 for Salaried Staff training

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

Claim basic travel and out-of-pocket expenses

Expensing to a PD Fund

Perform other finance-related operations

Enroll in Workday Finance 101 – Foundations training

** For claiming more complex expenses, reconciling Visa card expenses, foreign currency expenses, international travel, per diems, delegating expenses, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 201 – Intermediate

** For advanced actions such as purchase requisitions, supplier accounts, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 301 – Advanced

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

 

WORKDAY FOR HOURLY STAFF & STUDENT EMPLOYEES

The following table lists common activities that hourly staff and student employees will need to perform in Workday, along with instructions.

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

(Click on linked tasks to view the Quick Reference Guides)

View/update payroll info and provincial & federal tax election

Entering/tracking time

Request, view and manage your time off and long-term absences

Enroll in Workday HR 101 for Hourly Staff & Student Employees training

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

Claim basic travel and out-of-pocket expenses

Expensing to a PD Fund

Perform other finance-related operations

Enroll in Workday Finance 101 – Foundations

** For claiming more complex expenses, reconciling Visa card expenses, foreign currency expenses, international travel, per diems, delegating expenses, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 201 – Intermediate

** For advanced actions such as purchase requisitions, supplier accounts, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 301 – Advanced

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

 

WORKDAY FOR MANAGERS WITH DIRECT REPORTS

The following table lists common activities that hourly staff and student employees will need to perform in Workday, along with instructions.

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

(Click on linked tasks to view the Quick Reference Guides)

Track Time, Approve Time Entry and Enter Absences on behalf of your reports

Review/approve Absences and Expenses

Perform Task Delegation & Expense Delegation

Enroll in Workday for Managers training

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

 

After go-live, support will be available through the Integrated Service Centre (ISC). You can learn more through these three short videos:

 

You can also review the ISC Support Cheat Sheet to see where to access support.

 

If you have any questions or are unsure of who to reach out to, please contact Amity Chiang at amity.chiang@ubc.ca. Amity will help to triage inquiries & requests.

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Important Workday Information for Clinical Faculty

 

Dear Department Clinical Faculty members,

As you are aware, on November 2 UBC will transition to a new HR and Finance system called Workday. Workday is a cloud-based system that will enable better access to real-time data without the need for VPN. It is an intuitive system, and while there will be a period of adjustment, your colleagues in departments and across the University have been working to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

 

PREPARING FOR WORKDAY: CWL

A CWL log-in name and password is required for Workday training resources, including Quick Reference Guides, and for access to the Workday platform once it goes live on November 2, 2020. All Department members are strongly encouraged to check their CWL registration status, and to sign up for their CWL here if they have not yet done so. You will need your UBC ID and CWL Sign-up PIN for this.

If you require your UBC ID and CWL Sign-up PIN, please contact the HR Team via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm to 4pm.

Zoom Link:    https://ubc.zoom.us/j/98297165270pwd=bUtRWXFYWmkxSGlXYW43Nkl4eUk5QT09
Meeting ID:            982 9716 5270
Passcode:                393181
One-tap Mobile:+16473752970,,98297165270#,,,,,,0#,,393181# Canada
+16473752971,,98297165270#,,,,,,0#,,393181# CanadaPlease note that Zoom’s waiting room feature will be enabled, allowing us to admit one person to the conversation at a time. Alternatively, you can contact Bree Wilson, HR Assistant, at bree.wilson@ubc.ca with your request for your UBC ID and CWL Sign-up PIN.

 

WORKDAY TRAINING FOR CLINICAL FACULTY

UBC has created a robust training program to support the transition to Workday. For most clinical faculty, training requirements are minimal and related to managing your personal information as a clinical faculty member. For those with research grants, administrative roles, and/or direct reports, additional training material is available.

The Workday Basics course gives an overview of basic functionality, including navigating the home page, using your Workday inbox and notifications, using the search bar, and more.

 

WORKDAY FUNDAMENTALS FOR CLINICAL FACULTY

The following tables lists common activities that clinical faculty may need to do, both within and not within Workday, along with instructions for each. Please note that Workday will be used to manage information related to your unsalaried clinical faculty appointment. You will not see your teaching payment details in Workday.

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

View and update personal information

View clinical faculty appointment details

Refer to the following Quick Reference Guides for instructions on updating:

Log into Workday with your CWL

Confirm or change the email address used for Teaching Tracking & Payment System (TTPS) payment notifications for teaching in the MD Undergraduate (UGME) Program Log into Workday and view/update your primary email address in your profile (see Update contact information)

 

NON-WORKDAY ACTIVITIES INSTRUCTIONS
View your payee details, including: Corporation name, business number, GST status, payee mailing address Log into TTPS** with your CWL. If you do not have an active TTPS profile, contact Amity Chiang at amity.chiang@ubc.ca
Update any of the above payee details, or validate your direct deposit details Contact Amity at amity.chiang@ubc.ca
View MD UGME quarterly teaching payment statements, history, and details Log into TTPS with your CWL
Postgraduate (PGME) teaching and payment information

Continue to send invoices to Psychiatry PGME team at psych.pge@ubc.ca

For payment status & processing inquiries, contact Finance/Admin support at psychiatry.financeasst@ubc.ca

**Please note: TTPS will be unavailable from October 16 until November 13 to prepare for Workday launch on November 2 and ensure all profiles are complete. For more information on TTPS, please refer to the Clinical Faculty TTPS Quick Guide and the FAQs page.

 

CLINICAL FACULTY WITH PAID ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

For clinical faculty members who also hold an administrative appointments (e.g., Site Director, Program Director, Associate Dean), the following table lists common activities and instructions in Workday for this group:

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

(Click on linked tasks to view the Quick Reference Guides)

View/update payroll info and provincial / federal tax election

Claim basic travel and out-of-pocket expenses

Perform other finance-related operations

Enroll in Workday for Faculty & Workday Finance 101 – Foundations

** For claiming more complex expenses, reconciling Visa card expenses, foreign currency expenses, international travel, per diems, delegating expenses, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 201 – Intermediate

** For advanced actions such as purchase requisitions, supplier accounts, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 301 – Advanced

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

 

CLINICAL FACULTY WITH RESEARCH GRANTS

For clinical faculty who hold research grants, the following table lists common activities and instructions for this group:

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

(Click on linked tasks to view the Quick Reference Guides)

Add additional grant managers or signatories

Generate/ view grant related reports, including research grant dashboards and custom reports

Enroll in Workday Grant Manager/PI Resources

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

Claim basic travel and out-of-pocket expenses

Perform other finance-related operations

Enroll in Workday Finance 101 – Foundations

** For claiming more complex expenses, reconciling Visa card expenses, foreign currency expenses, international travel, per diems, delegating expenses, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 201 – Intermediate

** For advanced actions such as purchase requisitions, supplier accounts, etc., enroll in Workday Finance 301 – Advanced

Log into Workday to perform these tasks

 

CLINICAL FACULTY WITH DIRECT REPORTS

For clinical faculty who have people reporting to them, the following table lists common activities and instructions for this group:

USE WORKDAY TO: INSTRUCTIONS

(Click on linked tasks to view the Quick Reference Guides)

Track Time, Approve Time Entry and Enter Absences on behalf of your reports

Review/approve Absences and Expenses

Perform Task Delegation and Expense Delegation

Enroll in Workday for Managers training

§  Log into Workday to perform these tasks

 

If you have any questions or are unsure of who to reach out to, please contact Amity Chiang at amity.chiang@ubc.ca. Amity will help to triage inquiries & requests.

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Congratulations to our 2020 Award Recipients in the MD Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychiatry Programs!

 

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UGE Program Director, and Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry**

 

Dear students, residents, staff and faculty,

We are delighted to announce the list of MD undergraduate students and residents who have received awards this fall in recognition for outstanding performance in their Psychiatry training in 2020:

 

MD Undergraduate Award Recipients

Kenneth (Royce) Holmes (Year 3, VFMP), recipient of the Annette E. Hacking Memorial Award in Medicine in recognition for his leadership skills, commitment to community service, demonstrated social conscience, and interest in mental health.

Andre Azzam (Year 4), recipient of the Andrew Neil McTaggart Memorial Prize in Psychiatry in recognition for his demonstrated interest and academic achievement in the study of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Andrea Jones (Year 4), recipient of the Kristin Sivertz Memorial Prize in Medicine, who as a 4th year medical student has demonstrated development of the core competencies of an exceptional physician early in her medical training.

Eugenia Todorova (Year 4), recipient of the Jay C. Cheng Memorial Prize, who as a 4th year medical student has demonstrated academic excellence in Psychiatry.

Allen Zhang (Year 3, VFMP), recipient of the Dennis Harris Memorial Prize in Psychiatry, who as a 3rd year medical student has demonstrated academic excellence in Psychiatry.

Marco Arimare (Year 4), recipient of the Katie and Frank Chang Memorial Prize in Brain Health, who as a graduating medical student has demonstrated a strong academic record, and plans to pursue brain health as a part of their postgraduate training.

 

Residents

In recognition for their achievement in advocacy work for patients and/or the profession of psychiatry, the recipients of the BCPA Resident Advocacy Award 2020 are:

Rebecca Zivanovic (Junior Resident)

Amanda Degenhardt (Senior Resident)

Please join us in warmly congratulating all of our deserving MD undergraduate and postgraduate award recipients for 2020!

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Kathryn Fung, UGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Update on Invitation for Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Program Director

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The search process to fill the position of Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) Director in the UBC Department of Psychiatry is well underway, and as previously stated, we will continue to accept applications from faculty members for the role until the vacancy is filled.

Further, we wish to share with you an update that the Department will consider the possibility of job sharing for this role. The PGE Program Director or Co-Directors will serve for a three-year term beginning on a date to be mutually agreed, and will report to the Department Head and the Associate Head, PGE & CPD.  Please see the detailed description of responsibilities for this role.

If you are interested in this position, or interested in this position in a shared capacity, you are welcome to submit your written expression of interest and CV by email to Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Should you have any specific questions regarding this role, please don’t hesitate to contact Vicky.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, PGE & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

CME Accredited Opioid Course for Specialists

 

***Shared on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry***

 

Dear Faculty,

I would like to bring your to attention a FREE online course that I developed with funding from Health Canada to improve opioid prescribing by specialists.

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Section 3, Specialists 3 credits/hour) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (Main Pro+ Family Physicians 1 credit/hour).

The Online Opioid Self-Assessment Program is easily accessible, highly interactive and uses assessment as a technique for knowledge exchange and guideline implementation using the most up-to-date tools and resources. In order to facilitate active learning, a variety of techniques are employed, including videos, case presentations and an assortment of question types to keep you engaged and apply it in practice. In the past year, we have had 500 participants enroll in the course, with many medical and nurse practitioner students completing the course with great feedback.

I developed this interactive course with other colleagues in physiatry, family medicine and addictions medicine at University Health Network. This course is based on the updated 2017 Canadian Opioid Guideline.

www.opioidassessment.ca

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

 

Andrea

Dr. Andrea D. Furlan MD PhD
Physiatrist and Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehab – University Health Network
ECHO Ontario Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Cochrane Back and Neck Group  Coordinating Editor
550 University Ave, Room 7-141-1
Toronto ON M5G 2A2
Phone: 416-597-3422 x 4607  Fax: 416-516-6596
andrea.furlan@uhn.ca
http://twitter.com/adfurlan
www.opioidmanager.com
www.echoOntario.ca

KITE

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

www.kite-uhn.ca

 

Register for the UBC Advanced Research Computing Cloud Computing Fall Training

 

​Interested in using public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS)? Want to learn how they can support your research?

 

UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is hosting the UBC ARC Cloud Computing Research Fall Training from October 19 – November 3, 2020. This year, the program will be offered virtually in the form of a series of webinars and hands-on online workshops. The Cloud Computing Fall Training sessions are free and open to faculty, staff, students, and interested members of the public. Registration will be limited in courses where hands-on training is provided.

Courses will explore introductory and advanced topics in cloud computing on Microsoft Azure and AWS platforms. Sessions will introduce cloud concepts and services, including: creating, securing, and maintaining virtual machines, machine learning and high-performance computing, storage options, and cost-optimization best practices.

As part of the AWS sessions, you will be able to learn about RONIN, a user-friendly web and desktop application that allows researchers to navigate the AWS computing infrastructure with confidence and ease. UBC is the first university in North America to offer this platform, and ARC is thrilled to be able to incorporate this into the Fall training.

View the full schedule on the ARC website.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW >

ARC is a dedicated service under the VPRI for researchers across all disciplines working on questions that have large data and computational needs. ARC offers training to all faculties across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses on high performance computing, research data management, and digital research.

For more information and questions regarding the 2020 UBC ARC Cloud Computing Fall Training sessions, please email arc.support@ubc.ca 

 

Raise Your Faculty or Staff Profile at UBC!

 

There are a couple of ways you can raise your faculty or staff profile at UBC via the UBC Today website. You are invited to explore opportunities to share your work and connect with others across the university and beyond.

 

RESEARCH IN FOCUS
Research in focus is a brand new feature that provides bite-sized, easy to read accounts of the research happening at the university, directly from the researchers conducting it.

 

30-SECOND BIO
The 30-second bio form has been revamped, to allow faculty and staff to pick questions from a list of options. The new format allows for more personalization and will ensure profiles remain fresh and interesting.

 

Questions? Email the UBC Internal Communications team.

 

 

MEMORANDUM: Departure of Dr. Andrea Chapman as Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program Director

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and faculty,

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Dr. Andrea Chapman has decided to step down from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective December 31, 2020. Dr. Chapman has done an outstanding job as the CAP Program Director since 2013, and while we will miss her competent leadership in this role, we respectfully support her decision to pursue other career aspirations.

Since her appointment as the inaugural Program Director of the newly established CAP Subspecialty Program at UBC in 2013, Dr. Chapman has played a fundamental role in developing the program to ensure it has continually met and exceeded its objectives per the accreditation standards of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) each year. Among her many responsibilities, she has facilitated regular review and updating of the overall goals of training based on the CanMEDs competencies, overseen the development and implementation of CAP subspecialty training sites not only in the Lower Mainland but also in Victoria and Prince George, liaised with the Royal College and advocated on behalf of the Program and the Department at local and national meetings, and maintained the overall high quality of CAP subspecialty psychiatry education across the province.

In addition to fulfilling these duties admirably, Dr. Chapman has been an outstanding advocate for our CAP subspecialty residents, working tirelessly to enrich their learning opportunities and ensure they are well supported in all aspects of their training. With her genuine warmth and enthusiasm, she has built strong and positive relationships with each resident and her many colleagues who contribute to and support the Program. Her exemplary guidance, supervision and mentorship have not gone unnoticed, as Dr. Chapman has received numerous Department awards over the years, including a total of three awards this year for excellence in undergraduate education, postgraduate education, and translational research.

The strengths and successes of our CAP Subspecialty Program are largely due to Dr. Chapman’s remarkable leadership, dedication and hard work. Hence, on behalf of the entire UBC Department of Psychiatry, we wish to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Chapman for her many contributions serving as the CAP Subspecialty Program Director over these past seven years.  We very much look forward to continuing to work with and support Dr. Chapman within her appointment as a newly promoted Clinical Professor in the Department.

As Dr. Chapman transitions out of this role, the Department will soon be initiating a formal search and selection process to fill this vacancy.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Ward, Recipient of the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Carol Ward, who has been honored with the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry!

Dr. Ward, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department and a geriatric psychiatrist in Kamloops, was given this award in recognition for her exemplary efforts in building a community of practice in seniors’ mental healthcare. She has been noted for her many contributions to the field of geriatric mental health and addictions, including her role in the development and implementation of communities of integrated practice teams that model person-centered care, which have had a positive impact locally, nationally, internationally, and across the continuum of care.

Congratulations once again on this significant recognition, Dr. Ward!

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Jehannine Austin’s 2nd Paper on Polygenic Risk Scores in Psychiatry Published in JAMA Psychiatry

 

Following her first paper on Polygenic Risk Scores in psychiatry published in JAMA Psychiatry, Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a second paper titled “Could Polygenic Risk Scores Be Useful in Psychiatry?“, along with Dr. Graham Murray, Dr. Tian Lin, Dr. John J. McGrath, Dr. Ian B. Hickie, and Dr. Naomi Wray.

This narrative review describes current and potential future use of polygenic risk scores in psychiatric clinical practice, with a focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in schizophrenia and depression. The review also explores vital questions with regard to PRS in psychiatry, including its potential use in screening for risk of mental health disorders, and whether psychiatric PRS can help in making a diagnosis or clinical decisions.

 

Announcement of Faculty Promotions in 2020

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and faculty,

I am delighted to announce that the following faculty members have received promotions, effective July 1, 2020, following the 2019-2020 review process for clinical and academic faculty:

Dr. William Panenka, promoted to Associate Professor (Partner)
Dr. Andrea Chapman, promoted to Clinical Professor
Dr. Ingrid Sochting, promoted to Clinical Professor
Dr. Michael Wilkins-Ho, promoted to Clinical Professor
Dr. Faiza Jabbar, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Nickie Mathew, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Ashley Miller, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Joanne Sinai, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Andrew Kolchak, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Paul Blackburn, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Shari Bozorg, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Russet Killough, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Verena Langheimer, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Shilpa Shete, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor

Each faculty member listed above has made unique and outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and administrative or service activities within the Department.

Please join me in warmly congratulating all our faculty for their well-deserved promotion!

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Urgent Message Re: Use of Email, Privacy and Security

 

**This message is sent on behalf of Dr. Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean, UGME**

 

Dear UBC Fa​culty,

In this virtual environment, now more than ever we are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We would like to remind you that University (UBC, UNBC or UVIC) or Health Authority email addresses should be used for all UBC-related correspondence, especially when communicating sensitive information such as grades, professionalism, etc.

For more information, here are some resources from the UBC Office of the CIO Information Security, Policy, Standards and Resources FAQ: https://cio.ubc.ca/information-security/information-security-policy-standards-and-resources.

From the FAQs (within the above website):

Q15: Why can’t Gmail be used for work purposes?

Like many organizations, UBC requires work to be conducted using business email systems such as FASmail. Gmail and other services that are hosted in the “cloud” are not suitable for work purposes for the following reasons:

  1. Privacy: The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires Personal Information to be stored and accessed in Canada. Since Gmail is hosted outside Canada, it should not be used by UBC faculty or staff to transmit Personal Information.
  2. Security: UBC has an obligation to ensure that Medium, High or Very High-Risk Information is reasonably secure from unauthorized use or disclosure. It cannot guarantee the safety of the information if it is stored in a personal email account on Gmail.
  3. Records management:UBC’s Records Management Policy requires staff and faculty members to manage and preserve records of value, which includes email messages. Emails that are stored on external email accounts may not be preserved as required under that policy

The following has also just been published today in Times Higher Education:  “Hackers have had more opportunities to target members of the postsecondary community due to the increased use of personal devices and unencrypted internet connections during the move to remote working”. 

Therefore, in addition to using only university or health authority emails for UBC communication, I would ask all of you to please encrypt your devices, if you have no already done so.  Also please share this communication within your respective teams and committees.

Best, Cheryl

Dr. Cheryl L. Holmes MD, FRCPC, MHPE
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
Clinical Professor and Head Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia
I acknowledge that I live and work on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.

If you do not yet have a UBC FASMail account and would like one set up, please contact Bree Wilson, HR Assistant, at bree.wilson@ubc.ca.

 

Thank You to Everyone for a Great Virtual Research Day!

 

Thank you to everyone for making our 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day a success!

The online event was joined by more than 150 participants from near and far, who watched, listened and engaged with our presenters, and also voted for their favourite lighting talk presentations and posters. The winners in each category are as follows:

 

Lightning Talk – First Set Winner: CATRIONA HIPPMAN
Lightning talk – Second Set Winner:  SHAWNA NARAYAN
Basic Science Research Poster Winner: NICOLE SANFORD
Translational Research Poster Winner: KARANVIR GILL
Clinical Research Poster Winner: KATARINA TABI

 

We once again thank everyone for their enthusiastic presence and their contribution to our Virtual Research Day!

 

Save the Date: PGME and The Office of Faculty Development present CLINICAL TEACHING IN VIRTUAL SETTINGS

 

** Sent on behalf of the Office of Faculty Development – fac.dev@ubc.ca **

 

Dear PGME Programs,

We invite all postgraduate faculty who are or will be teaching clinically in virtual settings, to join us for an evening of interaction and discussion with colleagues and a panel with experience in this area.

SAVE THE DATE: Clinical Teaching in Virtual Settings – PGME

DATE: Thursday October22, 7:00PM-8:30PM

LOCATION: Zoom

REGISTER HERE!

Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
  • Reflect on their role as preceptors during the transition from in-person to virtual clinical teaching
  • Optimize their teaching approach to the virtual clinical environment
  • Identify potential opportunities, challenges and resources as they navigate virtual clinical teaching environments
  • Create a network of preceptors who teach in virtual clinical environment

Panelists:

  • Dr. Krystine Sambor, Medical Director of the North Shore Medical Group, Peer Mentor with the Doctors Technology Office, Faculty Development Lead Coastal Residency
  • Dr. Adrian Yee, Director of Curriculum, MD Undergraduate Program, Hematologist, Victoria
  • Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo, Ophthalmology Lead, MD Undergraduate Program (Y1/2), UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Brent Ohata, Rheumatologist, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. John Pawlovich, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice; e-Health theme lead, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Kelly Saran, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Renée Janssen, Clinical Instructor, Division of General Internal Medicine, St. Paul’s Hospital

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits.

If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to contact the Office of Faculty Development: fac.dev@ubc.ca

Kind regards,

 

Sonia Butterworth BSc MD FRCSC
Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine | University of British Columbia

Dr. Kiran Veerapen, MD, PHD
Assistant Dean of Faculty Development,
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

 

Developing UBC Guidelines to Increase Diversity in Conference Panels and Keynote Speakers

 

*** Sent on behalf of Naznin Virji-Babul, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, UBCV ***

 

Developing UBC guidelines from the Provost’s office to increase diversity in conference panels and keynote speakers:  Call for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students

We are inviting UBCV and UBCO faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to join a small committee to develop guidelines and best practices related to conferences organized by UBC community members.

There has been increasing concern about the lack of diverse representation among invited and keynote speakers and panelists at conferences and meetings. While in principle it is accepted by many that diversity enhances quality and innovation, contributions from historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized groups are often discounted or ignored. The result is that these groups are often underrepresented at conferences.

Two of the key goals of UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan are Systems Change and Accountability. In order to actively address these goals, the Provost’s office is developing guidelines and best practices for action. We would like to develop a UBC-wide set of guidelines for use by all members of the UBC community, in order to increase diversity in conference panelists and speakers. These guidelines will in no way infringe upon the academic freedom of those organizing the conferences. We are aiming for several meetings to discuss the focus and guidelines with a draft ready for distribution and comments by December 15, 2020.

We are requesting participation from UBCV and UBCO interested in addressing this issue. Please send an email by October 15, 2020 to Naznin Virji-Babul (Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, UBCV) to indicate your interest in participating in this initiative.

With best wishes,

Naznin Virji-Babul (Associate Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, nvb31@mail.ubc.ca)

Asmin Chen (Project Manager, Equity and Inclusion Office, asmin.chen@ubc.ca)

Greg Martin (Professor, Dept of Mathematics, gerg@math@ubc.ca)

Pandemic Psychiatry: We’re all in This Together – Please fill out this short anonymous survey!

 

***Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Director, Curriculum, UBC Department of Psychiatry***

 

This year for our Education Day on November 5th, Dr. Shakeri and I are going to do an afternoon seminar on this theme.

To gather information that we’ll use in the seminar, we are surveying residents and faculty anonymously to get a sense of the experiences and themes.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YbOJE9BD6iaz0p

This anonymous survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.  Please complete this survey latest by Friday, October 16, 2020.

We’re excited to hear everyone’s experiences in this challenging time!

Best regards,

Joanne Sinai
Associate Director, Curriculum

 

UBC Psychiatry IT Bulletin: FASmail Generic Account Sent Mail Folder

 

If you use a FASmail Generic account, we recommend that you access it using web-mail at https://mail.ubc.ca, rather than through Microsoft Outlook. If you access your FASmail Generic account through Outlook, your copy of sent mail might only be found in the FASmail User account and will therefore not be accessible to other users of the Generic account.

More details are available at http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/administration/information-technology/accounts/e-mail/

Psychiatry.IT@ubc.ca

 

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham Discusses the ‘Parallel Pandemic’ and the Promise of Virtual Care in a New Vancouver Sun Article

 

In a new article in the Vancouver Sun, titled “Mental health challenges expected to increase during the first full winter of COVID-19,” Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham describes the potential of a wide-scale ‘parallel epidemic’ of mental problems triggered by viral outbreaks, a topic of focus in a recent editorial he co-wrote with Dr. Daniel Vigo in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry based on scenarios playing out in China, as well as in Italy, Spain and other countries.

Meanwhile, with the shift to virtual care to protect people from COVID-19 transmission, rates of virtual care had increased to 90 per cent in some centres in April and May. Dr. Yatham predicts that as many as 30 per cent of mental health care visits will be virtual after the pandemic. He emphasizes, however, that “[n]o one size fits all. Clearly, Some people need to be seen in person even when the pandemic is over. But there are other people who could be managed through virtual care.”

Read the entire Vancouver Sun article here.

Read “Will we ever shake hands again?” here

 

 

 

 

 

PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment: Availability Survey

 

*** Sent on behalf of Linda Chang, Education Coordinator, Postgraduate, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***

 

Hi everyone,

We are continuing to recruit examiners for our 2020-21 Mock OSCEs.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success for all of our residents.

Due to COVID-19, we will be conducting all our Mock OSCE’s virtually through Zoom this academic year, and all of the dates have been confirmed.

Our Mock OSCE days are broken into two sessions: AM (8:30am-12:30pm) & PM (12:30pm-4:30pm) and you can sign up for either session or both.  All eligible clinical faculty are paid the hourly rate (you must have an active UBC faculty appointment).

Below are the upcoming mock OSCE dates:

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021

If you are interested in being an examiner, please take a moment to complete the following survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cD8XnDFp1Rdkm57 by Friday October 23rd, and we will reach out to you shortly thereafter to confirm.

If you have any questions, please reach out to MJ Alarcon at psych.pge@ubc.ca.  Thank you very much for helping to prepare our residents!

Sincerely,

Linda Chang
Education Coordinator, Postgraduate
Faculty of Medicine | Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | DHCC Room 11169
2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68102 | Fax 604 875 5438
linda.chang@ubc.ca
http://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 for Passing the Royal College Exam!

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry**

Dear Faculty,

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our 2020 grads this year for successfully passing their Royal College Exam. We are so proud of them and hope they enjoy this incredible moment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Acting Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Former Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

****************

Dear Faculty,

This is a reminder that you are invited to attend the virtual graduation ceremony for the Psychiatry class of 2020!

The ceremonies will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020 by Zoom, and festivities will start at 6:00 PST at the link below.  The evening will consist of speeches from myself, Dr. Yatham, and then tributes to each graduating class member by either mentors or Associate Program Directors with the virtual handing out of certificates. Each grad is welcome to say a few words at that time.

We kindly request your attendance at this auspicious event and we ask that you please RSVP by Monday, October 12th here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_em5L34BVDy7aYER. For the grads, if there are others whom you would like attend, please send this invite and zoom link as necessary.

In keeping with the celebratory nature of the event, we do ask participants to dress for the occasion.

Saturday, October 17th Zoom Event Detail

Start Time: 6:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/ or join through the Zoom desktop app and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode

Meeting ID: 91037 579420

Passcode: 579420

Thank you to all, and congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Best regards,

Irfan

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Acting Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Recipients of a CIHR Grant to Support COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Research!

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, who are among the grant recipients from a $10.2M investment by the CIHR, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and other provincial partners to support research addressing the mental health and substance use challenges facing Canadians, which have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funded project, led by Dr. Vigo and Dr. Yatham (with co- investigators Dr. Michael Krausz, Dr. Raymond Ng, and Dr. Joseph Puyat), will apply machine learning methods (Artificial Intelligence) to health service utilization data in order to identify patient cohorts that are at increased risk of developing COVID-19-related adverse mental health outcomes, and aims to facilitate access to effective treatments.

Read the CIHR news release here.

 

 

 

 

 

2020 UBC PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH DAY UPDATE: Abstract Booklet, Research Day Q&As, ePoster Gallery and Awards

 

 

Dear Department Members,

2020 UBC PSYCHIATRY VIRTUAL RESEARCH DAY ABSTRACT BOOKLET

All of the abstracts submitted are now available for viewing in the 2020 Psychiatry Virtual Research Day Abstract Booklet which is now posted on the Research Day web page.  For those who submitted an abstract, please download the booklet and review your abstract for any errors, typos, etc. If you notice an error, please contact Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.  Updated versions of the booklet will be posted to the webpage.

RESEARCH DAY Q&As

During the talks, attendees can submit their questions to presenters using Slido!

After you login to the Zoom webinar on October 15th:

  • Go to https://www.sli.do/ in another window or on your smartphone and enter Event Code #80995
  • Click on the “Q&A” icon and submit your questions during the talk
  • The moderator will administer submitted questions to the presenter following the talks, as time permits
  • During the Lightning Talks, please identify the speaker to whom your question is addressed

EPOSTER GALLERY

The ePoster Gallery will be posted to the Department website and will be open for viewing on Tuesday October 13.

LIGHTNING TALK AND POSTER AWARDS

We invite attendees to submit their picks for the best Lightning Talk and ePosters using Slido!

The ePoster top three finalists will be selected by the judges in the categories of Basic Science, Translational, and Clinical Research, and attendees are encouraged submit their votes on Research Day.

After the Lightning Talk Speakers and ePoster Gallery Viewing on October 15th:

  • Go to https://www.sli.do/ in another window or on your smartphone and enter Event Code #80995
  • Click on the “Polls” icon and submit your votes

REMINDER TO REGISTER AS AN ATTENDEE

If you plan to attend our 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day for the full or partial day, please ensure that you register for the event at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0CUmr3RXK8HsQhTRegistration is required for access to the Zoom link and Passcode to log-in to the event on October 15th!

 

 

In Memoriam: Corinne Carpenter

 

 

Dear Department Members,

With permission from the Carpenter family, we share with you the heartbreaking news that Corinne Carpenter passed away on Friday September 11, 2020 following complications from a brief illness.

As many of you know, Corinne was the Administrative Coordinator of the UBC Psychiatry Administration team from 2010 to 2019. In her role, Corinne was the primary point of contact in the Head’s Office and the organizer for our annual Department events, such as Research Day, the Festive Winter Celebration, and the Clinical Faculty Appreciation Business Dinner. For the many faculty members, students and staff who had the pleasure of interacting with Corinne, she will be remembered as a very friendly and personable individual who was always eager to offer her help and assistance.

For those of us who worked closely with Corinne on a daily basis, she was our dear colleague and friend.  We will remember her genuinely caring nature, her kindness and generosity of spirit, her warm smile and boisterous laughter, and her wonderful and sometimes irreverent sense of humor. To anyone in need, Corinne would always be the first to spring to action to offer her support in the form of wisdom, advice, treats, an Advil, a funny note, or a sympathetic ear.  Those who knew her personally were aware that her children, Alexandra (Missy) and James, were her pride and joy, and the centre of her world.  We send to them, as well as to the rest of her family and many friends, our heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time.  Please know that we share in your grief, but will do our best to honour your wish – to hold in our hearts our many fond and joyful memories of Corinne with a smile rather than tears.

Due to COVID-19, a small, private Celebration of Life was held. In Corinne’s memory, her family asks that you consider donating blood, registering as an organ donor, or making a donation to Foundry BC.

If you have a message to share with Corinne’s family, please send them here, or feel free to contact to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca, and she will be glad to relay your message, photos or other mementos to the Carpenter family.

Sincerely,

The UBC Psychiatry Administration Team

 

 

COVID-19: Dr. Steven Taylor’s Article in The Independent Anticipates Surge in Online Panic Buying as the Threat of a Second Lockdown Looms

 

In a new article in The Independent, Dr. Steven Taylor discusses the phenomenon of “panic buying” at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and anticipates that, as the threat of a second lockdown looms, this behaviour will likely been seen again, but this time it will go digital.  Individuals will likely resort to online purchases due to the ease, convenience, and anonymity it provides, and in order to avoid the public shaming that occurred as panicked shoppers over-purchased items such as toilet paper during the first lockdown.

Dr. Taylor will be presenting on “The Psychology of COVID-19” at our Virtual Research Day on October 15th.

Read Dr. Taylor’s Independent article here

Watch Dr. Taylor’s recent TED Talk here

 

 

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Jehannine Austin’s Paper on the Basic Science and Clinical Application of Polygenic Risk Scores (PRS) Published in JAMA Psychiatry

 

Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a new paper titled “From Basic Science to Clinical Application of Polygenic Risk Scores: A Primer” in JAMA Psychiatry. The study, led by Dr. Naomi R. Wray, reviews the underlying basic science of polygenic risk scores (PRS), which are predictors of the genetic susceptibilities of individuals to diseases, and provides a foundation for understanding the potential clinical utility and limitations of PRS.

Read the JAMA Psychiatry publication here

 

 

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Daniel Vigo and Laura Jones are Lead Authors on WHO/PAHO Country Level Reports on the Burden of Mental Illness in the Americas

 

Dr. Daniel Vigo and medical student/research assistant Laura Jones are the lead authors on a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), titled The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Region of the Americas, 2018.

This report aims to improve the assessment of mental health needs in the Americas by providing an updated and nuanced picture of 1) the disability resulting from mental, substance use, and specific neurological disorders, plus self-harm, alone and in combination with premature mortality, 2) the imbalance between mental health spending and its related disease burden, and 3) the inadequate allocation of the meager mental health spending by countries of the Region.

Click on the image below to access the publication:

Visit the WHO/PAHO site to read more about its mental health action plan

Congratulations to Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez – Recipient of Two CIHR Grants in the Spring 2020 Competition!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, who has been awarded two project grants from the recent CIHR Spring 2020 Competition.

Dr. Vila-Rodriguez is the Principal Investigator on the following funded projects: Neuro-cardiac predictors of treatment response to rTMS in depression: a mechanistic study using interleaved TMS-fMRI and Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) vs. intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation TMS effectiveness in depression and suicidal ideation: a randomized non-inferiority trial. In total, twenty-two research projects led by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated health authority research centres were awarded $15 million from the Canadian Institute of Health Research Project Grant Spring 2020 competition. The Project Grant program supports researchers in building and conducting health-related research and knowledge translation projects, covering all areas of health.

Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Fidel!

See the list of Faculty of Medicine CIHR Spring 2020 Project Grant Recipients here.