UBC Health Awards and Scholarships Competition Open Until November 10th

UBC Health Awards and Scholarships Competition Open Until November 10th

** Sent on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President, Health **

 

The competition for the 2022 UBC Health Awards and Scholarships is now open until November 10, 2022. The awards are open to faculty, health educators, professionals, and community partners in health who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health education and practice. The scholarships are open to current UBC students in any health or human services degree program.

Through these awards and scholarships, UBC Health recognizes the academic and research excellence of faculty and students from various health disciplines at UBC and the achievements of health educators, professionals, and community partners across British Columbia.

For more information about the awards/scholarships and how to apply, visit https://health.ubc.ca/news-events/stories/awardscompetition2022.

NEW PUBLICATION: Woodward Lab Publishes New Findings in a Hallucinations-fMRI Study

 

In a recent study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin Open, Dr. Todd Woodward and his research team developed a new method that can provide proof of whether fMRI can detect hallucinations, that is, by showing that there is a difference in duration of blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal response for short vs. long hallucinations events. This type of proof is common in working memory: longer hemodynamic responses (HDRs) are present for longer durations of maintaining information.

Using this criterion, they showed longer HDRs when hearing longer radio talk phrases vs shorter, but no such network or effect was present for short vs. long hallucinations. This led to the conclusion that there was no proof that the hallucinating brain can be detected by fMRI. It was concluded from this that past fMRI reports of brain activity for hallucinations may have been reporting brain activity in the response network, because the hallucinating participants must use a motor response to indicate to the experimenter that the hallucination is present, and this may have been mistakenly reverse-inferred to be the hallucination-producing brain areas. Correspondingly, the response network was clearly detected in this study, and past “hallucinating brain” coordinates from fMRI meta-analyses fit well with the response network pattern.

Dr. Woodward’s research team includes UBC Psychiatry faculty and trainees at the C&W site: Karanvir Gill, Chantal Percival, Dr. Meighen Roes, Leo Arreaza, Abhijit Chinchani, Dr. Nicole Sanford, Dr. Walter Sena, and Dr. Mahesh Menon.


 

As director of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia (CNoS) Laboratory, Dr. Todd Woodward’s research program is focused on two main areas of research: cognitive neuropsychiatry and functional neuroimaging. The objective of his cognitive neuropsychiatry research is to identify the cognitive operations underlying the primary symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. This is being explored by way of originally designed cognitive paradigms for memory confidence, source monitoring, reasoning, and semantic association. The objectives of his functional neuroimaging research are to gain a functional and anatomical understanding of the cognitive systems involved in psychosis and schizophrenia, and to develop new multivariate methods for analyzing fMRI data, with applications to integrating information from fMRI, EEG and MEG.

OSCE Examiner Recruitment 2022-2023

** Sent on behalf of the Provincial Learner Assessment Team (PLAT) **

 

We are recruiting Physician Examiners to participate in Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE’s) for this academic year. As an physician examiner, you will observe students and candidates interacting with a Standardized Patient in a clinical encounter and record their performance according to specific rating guidelines. Training will be provided before each exam.

Some quick facts for your information:

  • UBC OSCEs can be examined by those with a Clinical Faculty designation or are residents in year 2 or above
  • Medical Council of Canada exams usually accept Residents year 4 and above
  • All exams are eligible for CPD credits
  • Eligible payments are paid through TTP at $91.80 per hour for faculty and $60 for residents

This is an excellent opportunity for you to be involved in ensuring excellence in the assessment of future physicians and contribute to medical education.

The application is now open and welcome you to apply. For more detail information, exam dates and how to apply visit: med.ubc.ca/physician-examiners.

Questions? Email exam.recruit@ubc.ca

Warm regards,

 

Jennifer Wong
Team Lead, Examination Site Administrator
UGME Provincial Learner Assessment Team (PLAT)
Jennifer.wong@ubc.ca | 604-875-4111 ext 23000

 

I gratefully acknowledge that the land on which I work is in the traditional, unceded, and occupied  territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

 

SAVE THE DATE: Psychiatry Graduation Gala | Friday June 23, 2023

** Sent on behalf of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Team **

 

Dear Faculty,

Please save the date on your calendar and join us on celebrating the Postgraduate Psychiatry Grad Gala 2023. 

Date:                                   Friday, June 23, 2023
Address:                            Shaughnessy Restaurant, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BC
Invitation Poster:             https://www.canva.com/design/DAFESxCoD5c/xOf-h7AgCDWeAqbUy6VcUw/edit?utm_content=DAFESxCoD5c&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link2&utm_source=sharebutton

Please stay tuned for more detailed invite coming in 2023.

Sincerely,

 

Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Team

Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
11th Floor, Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/ | http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/

 

We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we work is in the traditional, unceded, and occupied  territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Murphy and Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Awarded Funding from the BC Knowledge Development Fund

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Murphy (iMAP in vivo Mesoscale Assessment of neuroProjectomes) and Dr. Tamara Vanderwal (Naturalistic Neuroimaging of Child Psychiatric Disorders), who have each been awarded funding from the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) to support their respective research projects. They join a list of recipients at UBC (Vancouver) leading a total of 55 projects and funded by a total of $17.3 million.  

The BCKDF’s investment in research infrastructure and innovation aims to attract and retain world-class talent, develop new jobs and companies, and support the advancement of research and technology in a variety of sectors across BC, including health and life sciences.  

Congratulations again to Dr. Murphy and Dr. Vanderwal on this fantastic news!

Read the UBC announcement here.

Read the provincial announcement here.

Fraudulent Email Alert

 

Dear Department Members,

We are aware that an unusual email resembling the one below from a fraudulent Gmail account, posing as the Department Head’s email, has been circulating to our Department members.  This email has been reported to UBC IT Security and has since been blocked from reaching UBC email accounts. If you have received this email, DO NOT RESPOND and simply delete this email.

Such emails are referred to as “CEO frauds” and, unfortunately, are becoming exceedingly common. If you receive any such unusual or suspicious emails in future, as advised before, please forward the email to margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.  Please be aware that any such requests for favours or solicitations for money transfers will NOT be coming from Dr. Yatham, and are most certainly fraudulent.  

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Apple Product Security Updates

 

Dear Department Members,

There are several serious security vulnerabilities affecting a range of Apple products including laptops/desktops (macOS), tablets and phones (iOS). iOS users should go to Settings > General > Software Update and upgrade to either iOS 15.7 or iOS 16. macOS Big Sur users should update to 11.7. macOS Monterey users should update to 12.6.

Computers using of earlier versions of macOS (e.g. High Sierra or Mojave) no longer meet UBC policy for conducting UBC business and should receive operating system upgrades or be or replaced immediately. Catalina will also fall into the obsolete category, before the end of 2022, once Ventura (macOS 13) is released.

Sincerely,

 

UBC Psychiatry IT
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Butler, Recipient of a MSHRBC 2022 Research Trainee Award!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Butler, who has received a 2022 Research Trainee Award from Michael Smith Health Research BC (MSHRBC)!

The award will support her study, titled Transforming prisons and improving health outcomes for people who use drugs: An evaluation of BC’s prison-based therapeutic community, which aims to identify the therapeutic communities (TCs)-related mechanisms of change associated with health and criminal justice outcomes, and will involve three main components: a survey with TC clients, interviews with TC and correctional staff, and linked administrative data analyses. This study has the potential to identify promising approaches to supporting people with substance use disorders (SUD) who experience incarceration, and will add meaningfully to the policy initiatives in BC focused on reducing overdose and increasing access to SUD care.

Dr. Butler recently completed her PhD in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a postdoctoral trainee under the supervision of Dr. Tonia Nicholls.

Read her full bio here.

Read the full MSHRBC announcement here.

Congratulations to Dr. Randall White and Dr. Harish Neelakant, Recipients of VCH Vancouver Community of Care VMDAS Awards!

 

The Department warmly congratulates Clinical Professor Dr. Randall White and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Harish Neelakant, each of whom has received an award from the VCH Vancouver Community of Care Medical, Dental & Allied Staff Association (VDMAS)! Both recipients were honoured at the awards ceremony, which took place on September 12, 2022.

 

Dr. White is the recipient of this year’s Special Service Award, which adds to the many accolades he has received over the years in recognition of his significant contributions to not only service, but also teaching and clinical excellence.  A member of our Department since 2007, he actively participates in supervising medical students and residents, and delivers academic day seminars and other lectures on a wide range of topics. He is also the Medical Director of Community Mental Health in Vancouver, and the clinical director of the BC Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital.

 

Dr. Neelakant is the recipient of the 2022 Community Excellence Award in recognition for his outstanding dedication to serving the community. As Team Physician Lead at Raven Song Mental Health, he has led a number of new service innovations at this site. He was first appointed in the Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor in 2014, and was promoted to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor in 2017.

 

 

Congratulations once again to both Dr. White and Dr. Neelakant on this wonderful recognition!

Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth on Monday September 19 | Federal Holiday for Residents

 

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

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

Monday September 19, 2022 has been declared a holiday by the Federal and Provincial governments. We have received notification from our PGME office that as health authority employees, it will be a holiday for residents and they do not need to attend work that day.

If you are currently supervising a resident, please liaise with them to see if they will be on service or not, in order to make patient care planning decisions. Each resident may have particular circumstances that require them to attend or not and we ask that this decision be resident driven and respected.

Thank you for understanding in this unusual situation.

Best regards,
Irfan

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, MD, FRCPC
Program Director, UBC Psychiatry PGE Program

 

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | Wednesday September 21 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

 

 

The Raft (Flotten)

Sweden/Denmark/USA/Germany 2018
Director: Marcus Lindeen
97min DCP
Sunday August 14th @ 7:00pm, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St)

 

Get Your Tickets Now!

 

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Film Description

The top-prize winner at Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX in 2018, Marcus Lindeen’s engrossing documentary recounts the baffling 1973 Acali Experiment, in which 11 perfect strangers drifted across the Atlantic on a cramped, motorless raft as part of a ​“scientific” study on the origins of violence and aggression. Conceived and conducted by radical Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, the controversial social experiment tasked ten volunteers—six women, four men, from diverse ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds—to float from the Canary Islands to the Americas on a vessel designed for minimal privacy and maximal sexual temptation; i.e., the perfect kindling for conflict!

Lindeen’s film has the boat replicated on a soundstage and the surviving participants reflecting on their 101-day stint aboard the ​“sex raft” (so-called by scandal-stoking tabloids) and their near-murderous relationship with Genovés, the reckless puppet master who took things dangerously too far.
 

The surprisingly short leap from radical academic study to lurid exploitation is navigated with wit, sensitivity, and rueful social awareness in Swedish director Lindeen’s gripping debut feature.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

Sensitive and spellbinding … A bizarre, captivating, and borderline unbelievable memory play that only supports a hypothesis Genovés wasn’t prepared to consider: We are blind to the world as it is when we only saw the world as we are.” — David Ehrlich, IndieWire

 

Post-screening Discussion:

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Jennifer Gibson and Dr. William H. McKellin.

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

About the Panel:

Dr. Jennifer Gibson is a clinician working in health care as an ethicist. Her PhD work focused on ethical issues with end-of-life care in hospitals.

Dr. William H. McKellin is the Associate Chair of the UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board, and an Assistant Professor and medical and social anthropologist within UBC’s Department of Anthropology.

 

Request for Faculty to Join the Resident Wellness Committee

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Kenneth Heng, Chair, Resident Wellness Committee & Associate Program Director – Vancouver, and Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

The Post Graduate Education Program in Psychiatry is adding additional members to the Resident Wellness Committee. While the committee may solicit experiences from residents, the role of the committee members is not to provide personalized support for individual residents, but to help develop program-wide policies that aim to improve resident wellness. In the two years since the committee’s formation, it has had significant impact in adding meaningful change to the program and we hope to continue in that tradition. The committee is typically comprised of 3 faculty members and up to 5 resident members.

We are looking for two additional faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry who are interested in joining this Committee. Meetings typically occur every two months where the majority of the work is completed. Meeting time is compensated at the PGE rate.

If you are interested in joining, please feel free to contact Dr. Kenneth Heng (kenneth.heng@vch.ca) along with your short statement of interest by September 30, 2022.

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Dr. Kenneth Heng, MD, FRCPC
Chair, Resident Wellness Committee
Associate Program Director, Vancouver Track

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, MD, FRCPC
Program Director, UBC Psychiatry PGE Program

 

We humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that we live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

Submit a Proposal for the Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards

 

** Shared on behalf of UBC Health and the Office of the Vice President, Health **

 

 

UBC Health invites faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan to submit a proposal for the Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards by October 14, 2022.

UBC Health is offering up to $25,000 to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research.

In addition to the general, open call for HIFI, UBC Health is inviting applications that focus on initiatives which promote diversity and inclusion and have the potential to impact health equity across individuals, communities, and societies.

For more information on the call for proposal, visit the UBC Health website at https://health.ubc.ca/interdisciplinary-health-research/health-innovation-funding-investment-hifi-awards.

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Encryption of USB External Drives and USB Sticks

 

USB storage devices, like USB sticks and external USB hard drives, are easier to lose or steal than it is to break into OneDrive. It is good practice to encrypt USB storage devices and it is UBC policy: https://cio.ubc.ca/information-security-standards/U5

It is quick and easy to do on macOS and business versions of Windows. Please follow these instructions.

Sincerely,

UBC Psychiatry IT
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Request for Expressions of Interest for Resident Consultation Group Facilitator Role

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, and Dr. Kenneth Heng, Associate Program Director – Vancouver, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **

 

Dear Faculty,

The UBC Post Graduate Education Program in Psychiatry, informed by the results of the last Psychiatry Resident Wellness Survey, is planning on implementing a new program in the near future to help strengthen resident wellness. We are seeking interested faculty to help in the role of a Resident Consultation Group Facilitator.

This resident consultation group will be a purposeful, monthly meeting for residents facilitated by a psychiatrist who is at arm’s length from the education program. This group’s purpose is to allow for discussion of any topic that occupies the resident’s mind related to clinical experiences. It is a meant to be a safe space, and confidentiality with usual limits is key.

The pilot format will be a closed group with 10 resident participants and one staff. It will initially be held virtually, with the opportunity to transition to in-person in the future. Sessions will be held monthly on Thursday afternoons from 4-5pm, to coincide with resident flex time in their academic day curriculum.

The program is seeking a psychiatrist who is not currently a member of the Post Graduate Education Committee or one of its subcommittees, and who is not currently involved in the broader Post Graduate Medical Education office, to help facilitate this group. The first group will be scheduled to run for 6 months as a trial, and if successful, can be extended beyond this. Candidates ideally would have some experience in group therapy dynamics. This will be renumerated at the Post Graduate Education hourly rate.

If you are interested in this role, please send an expression of interest and short summary of yourself to Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director (irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca) and Dr. Ken Heng, Resident Wellness Committee Lead and Associate Program Director for the Vancouver Track (kenneth.heng@vch.ca), by ­­­September 30, 2022.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

 

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Ken Heng, MD, FRCPC

 

We humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that we live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 

Fraudulent Email Alert

 

If you have recently received an unusual or suspicious email, such as the ones below sent from Dr. Yatham’s UBC email (l.yatham@ubc.ca) or a variation of it (ie. l.yatham@ubc.in.net), DO NOT RESPOND to this email and please send the original as an attachment to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.  Please be aware that any such requests or solicitations for money transfers will NOT be coming from Dr. Yatham, and are most certainly fraudulent.

 

In Memoriam: Dr. Patrick L. McGeer

 

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

 

Dear Colleagues,

With profound sadness, I share the news that Dr. Patrick McGeer passed away on Monday August 29, 2022 at the age of 95. As a pioneering researcher within the international neuroscience community, Dr. McGeer leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of achievement and impact.  Indeed, the loss of Dr. McGeer will be deeply felt amongst his wide circles of colleagues and friends in academia and beyond.

Joining UBC Psychiatry as an academic faculty member in 1960, Dr. McGeer’s long and remarkable career with the Department spanned over half a century. He was instrumental in establishing neuroscience – still a fledgling field in the ‘60s – as a formal program of research and study at UBC, and played an essential role in founding the UBC Division of Neuroscience, serving as its Head for nearly 20 years. As a visionary and highly prolific scientist, Dr. McGeer made numerous seminal contributions that opened new channels for investigation in various burgeoning research areas, particularly in the study of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. He achieved many notable ‘firsts’ alongside his wife Dr. Edith McGeer, such as introducing the concept of using neurotransmitter synthetic enzymes as markers for biochemical neuroanatomy and biochemical pathology, and pioneering the concept of neuroinflammation as a contributor to neurodegeneration, particularly in Alzheimer’s disease. Though he retired from his formal academic position in 1992, Dr. McGeer maintained his active research program and a high level of productivity, as evidenced by the publication of hundreds of peer-reviewed papers in the years thereafter. Notably, in 2012 he and Edith founded Aurin Biotech, a company dedicated to the development of novel agents to fill the need for safe, effective and orally available therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease.

It is difficult to fathom, as such, that Dr. McGeer was able to achieve many other significant and diverse endeavours which extended beyond his scholarly career. Prior to obtaining his PhD in Chemistry at Princeton and MD at UBC, he played for the Canadian national basketball team at the 1948 Olympic Games. In the early 1950s he worked for DuPont Chemical, where he helped to develop Teflon, and in the 1960s, Dr. McGeer embarked on a political career, being elected as the Liberal candidate in Point Grey in 1962, and becoming the provincial Liberal leader in 1968. Prior to stepping away from public life in the 1980s, Dr. McGeer held several cabinet posts within the Social Credit Party, and as minister of successive portfolios of Education; Education, Science & Technology; Universities, Science & Communications; and International Trade, he facilitated efforts to make our province a major centre for research and development, creating the Open Learning Institute of BC to provide skills training and university courses through distance education. His other notable roles included serving as president and chairman of the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) and chairman of the BC Research Council. Throughout these years, Dr. McGeer maintained his research pursuits, producing over 150 papers and authoring the first edition of Molecular Biology of the Mammalian Brain with Edith and his mentor, the esteemed Nobel laureate Sir John Eccles.

Over his expansive career, Dr. McGeer was the deserving recipient of a long list of awards and accolades. They included honorary degrees from various institutions, the Medal of Service from the Cam Coady Foundation, the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry Prize from the University of Toronto, a UBC FoM Lifetime Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science Council of BC, the Henry Wisniewski Prize from the Alzheimer’s Association, induction to the Order of BC and the Order of Canada, and fellowships to the National Academy of Inventors and the Royal Society of Canada. These honours aptly recognize the distinguished achievements of a brilliant man with broad interests and versatile talent, whose unparalleled career lasted nearly six decades and bridged across the realms of medical science, business and politics.

I join his countless colleagues, peers, mentees and friends who share in a deep sense of loss with the passing of Dr. McGeer. On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I send my sincerest condolences to his wife Edith, his children, and the rest of the McGeer family during this most difficult time.

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

 

Announcements:

https://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca/news/in-memoriam-dr-pat-mcgeer-1927-2022/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pat-mcgeer-obituary-1.6567330

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/social-credit-kingmaker-pat-mcgeer-dies-at-95

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-cabinet-minister-brain-scientist-athlete-pat-mcgeer-dies-at-95-1.6050606

UBC CPD: Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference 2022 | Registration Open

** Shared on behalf of Dr. Randall White , UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

 

We’re pleased to announce this year’s 16th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference will be returning to in person learning at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver, BC, on Friday, Sep.23, and Thursday, Sep. 22 for a pre-conference workshop.

Can’t make it in person? Register for the virtual option to participate online with access to all Friday’s plenary lectures and two workshops from each concurrent breakout session.

We have an incredible group of international and local experts joining us to discuss topics such as:

  • treatment updates on depression
  • schizophrenia treatment updates
  • managing adverse sexual effects of antidepressants
  • treatment of adult ADHD
  • new technologies for home-based medication adherence and management
  • pharmacogenetic testing for treatment planning of mood disorders
  • psychiatric prescribing in pediatric autism
  • examining the public supply of addictive drugs
  • and more!

We look forward to welcoming you back in person this fall!

Registration now open!

 Sept 23 (Thurs)-  Sept 24 (Fri) |  Thurs 1300-1600, Fri 0730- 1600  Pacific Time

Target Audience: psychiatrists, family physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, residents & students.
5.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 (Fri) + 3.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 (Thurs)
Course Webpage | Registration Form 

 

CREST.BD Launches Study to Evaluate New Bipolar Disorder App

 

Dr. Erin Michalak and the CREST.BD research network has just launched a research study evaluating the impact of a new app for bipolar disorder – PolarUs. The research team is now welcoming people with bipolar disorder in the US and Canada to participate.

The first of its kind, the PolarUs app helps people with bipolar disorder to measure and monitor their quality of life and apply science-based self-management strategies, with the goal of guiding them towards health and quality of life. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and philanthropic support from the Daymark Foundation, PolarUs represents the culmination of a decade of work by CREST.BD.

Study registration link / learn more: crestbd.ca/polarus-app-study

 

 

Patients may be eligible to participate in the study if they:

  • Have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  • Live in North America
  • Are over age 18
  • Have regular access to a smartphone (iOS 13/Android 10 or later)
  • Are able to speak, read and write in English

Patients who are currently experiencing psychosis or active suicidal ideation may not be eligible to join this pilot study.

 

Additional details on the PolarUs app study can also be found on the study consent form and on www.PolarUs.app.

PLEASE REVIEW- Your Listing in the 2023/2024 UBC Academic Calendar

 

*** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry HR Team ***

Dear Faculty members,

In anticipation of the publication of the 2023/2024 UBC Academic Calendar in which your name and credentials will be listed, we ask that you please review the attached FoM Psychiatry Academic Staff List to ensure that your listing is correct.  Please search for your surname by using the “Ctrl-F” search function.

2023-2024 Academic Calendar List – Psychiatry – For Circulation

If your listing is incorrect or incomplete, please notify me at bree.wilson@ubc.ca  by Tuesday August 23, 2022 and provide your full credentials, including your degrees, educational institutions, and professional designations such as FRCPC, RPsych, etc.  As well, please notify me as soon as possible if your name is missing entirely or if you are listed under the incorrect category/rank.

Note:  Abbreviations of the academic institutions listed may be adjusted per international naming conventions by the Academic Calendar coordination team prior to publication.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Bree Wilson (She, Her, Hers)
Assistant Human Resources Manager
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Room 2C1, 2255 Wesbrook Mall Detwiller Pavilion, UBC Hospital | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7315 | Fax 604 822 7756
bree.wilson@ubc.ca
https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/

UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025 |Transforming Mental Health Care Through Innovation & Leadership

 

I respectfully acknowledge the land on which I live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

 

A Message from Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Frames of Mind Series Director

 

** Shared on behalf of Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor and Series Director for the Frames of Mind Monthly Mental Health Film Series **

 

Thanks to all those who joined us this past Sunday at the Cinematheque theatre to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Frames of Mind Mental Health film series! It was a romp – free film screenings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film… as well as great food from Potluck Catering, the DTES social enterprise, rousing live entertainment provided by Land of Deborah, and Sarah Jickling and her Good Bad Luck, and an end-of-evening thoughtful post-screening discussion courtesy of Dr. Bill MacEwan, Jonathan Morris and Tamar Hanstke.

The excellent weather and turnout helped make the day even more special and there’s no doubt Ken Kesey, Randall P McMurphy and even Jack Nicholson himself would have enjoyed the revelry!

Join us this Fall  as we return to screenings the third Wednesday of every month at the Cinematheque theatre. And thank you to the Dept of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health for supporting the series all these years.

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Windows 8.1 End of Life

 

Dear Department Members,

UBC Information Security Standard U77 says;
“The Device must run a version of its operating system for which security updates continue to be produced and are available. If this is not possible, see the Vulnerability Management standard for compensating controls. If the Device is University-owned, software updates must not be impeded, and no unauthorized changes may be made to the Device.”

After January 10, Microsoft will no longer be providing updates to protect Windows 8.1 against hackers. This leaves computers using Windows 8.1 very vulnerable to attacks from the internet and somewhat vulnerable, to attacks from insertion of infected media, like USB memory sticks. Please make sure to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11, before January 2023.

Sincerely,

Psychiatry Information Technology
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca / 604-827-5695

Improvements to VFMP Clinical Skills Psychiatry Sessions | Sign Up

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear all,

We are pleased to let you know that for this year, there have been improvements made to the VFMP Clinical Skills psychiatry sessions based on tutor feedback. These include:

  • Use of pre-work to better prepare students for two interview sessions, which now only involve standardized patients.
  • No need for tutors to recruit a real patient.
  • Remuneration to cover marking time.

We hope these changes will make it easier for you to find the time to help!

 

Details:

This is a 3-part series where students will practice their interviewing skills, learn to recognize common signs and symptoms of mental illness, and practice conducting a psychiatric mental status examination (MSE).

Session 1 will be pre-work with modules/reading so students are better prepared for the Standardized Patient sessions.

We only require tutors for Sessions 2 & 3, which will be held in-person at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre (DHCC). These two tutor-led sessions involve students interviewing a standardized patient (SP):

  • Session 2:  SP Daniela (Anxiety)
  • Session 3:  SP Ada (Depression)

WHAT’S INVOLVED

  • 3.5 hours per session
  • 6-8 students per group/tutor
  • Sessions run on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (1:00 – 4:30 p.m.). Dates are in the attached sign-up sheet.
  • Ideally, the same tutor will teach both sessions. However, sessions may be shared between two tutors.

Session 1:

  • Students will review teaching modules on their own, to prepare for Sessions 2 & 3.

Sessions 2 & 3:

  • Students will practice/observe psychiatric interviewing with a standardized patient (SP).
  • Cases have already been developed to facilitate interviewing, conducting a MSE, and completing a biopsychosocial formulation and empathy checklist.

Assessment:

  • Students will submit a 2- to 3-page case report after each session.
  • Tutors provide formative feedback on the case reports in both sessions.
  • Tutors complete a summative workplace-based assessment (WBA) after the last session, evaluating the students’ performance (i.e., whether they meet the learning objectives).

Remuneration:

  • The two tutor-led sessions will be remunerated at approximately $90/hour.
  • In total, tutors will be paid for 4 hours each session (3.5 for teaching and 0.5 for marking).

SIGN-UP

The VFMP sign-up sheet may be downloaded here. Please submit via email to Nick Geers on clinical.skills@ubc.caYou will receive a confirmation by email. Additional materials, including the tutor guide which outlines the session objectives and other information, will be sent in advance of the sessions.

We thank you in advance for signing up. These sessions are highly valued by the students and are seen by clinicians as a critical part of this early stage of medical education. Early exposure to psychiatry in clerkship can result in increased interest in psychiatry as a profession.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Kathryn Fung
Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
UBC Department of Psychiatry

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Kiri Simms, Clinical Instructor

 

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Dr. Kiri Simms passed away on August 3, 2022.  Dr. Simms had been a Victoria-based emergency psychiatrist since 2006, joining the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor in 2013. In addition to her various clinical roles with Island Health, she was appointed as Lead Psychiatrist at Homewood Ravensview in 2019. Prior to joining the Vancouver Island medical community, she practiced at the Centre Hospitalier Fleury and the Douglas Mental Health University institute in Montreal.

As a valued UBC Psychiatry member, Dr. Simms made important contributions to our psychiatry medical education program on the Island, particularly through her supervision of countless medical students and residents on the Emergency Psychiatry rotation. Their experiences with Dr. Simms have always been exceedingly positive, and she was consistently praised for her enthusiasm and engaging teaching style, her brilliant knowledge and insight, and her ability to create a safe and supportive environment for learners.  Her expertise spanned a wide range of areas, including crisis intervention, PTSD, addictions, neuropsychiatry, and the study of the classification of mental disorders, which was widely recognized and highly regarded by her peers.

The passing of Dr. Simms is a significant loss to the Department, and to the mental health care community in Victoria and beyond. She was an outstanding clinician who will be remembered for her tireless dedication to her profession, and for her genuine care, warmth and generosity toward her many colleagues, patients, mentees and students. Our sincerest condolences go to the family and loved ones of Dr. Simms during this difficult time.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC on Sunday September 25, 2022, at 2:00pm.

If you wish to send a message of remembrance in honour of Dr. Simms, please do so by visiting her memorial page here.

2022 UBC Department of Psychiatry Undergraduate Student Awards Winners

 

*** Sent on behalf of the Undergraduate Education Team, UBC Psychiatry ***

 

The Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Program would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2022 UBC Psychiatry Student Awards:

 

Annette E. Hacking Memorial Award in Medicine
Awarded to an M.D. student with an aptitude for and an interest in mental health. Adjudication is based on leadership skills, commitment to community service and demonstrated social conscience.

Recipient: Mirna Hennawy, SMP

 

Andrew Neil McTaggart Memorial Prize in Psychiatry
Awarded to an M.D. student who demonstrated interest and academic achievement in the study of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Recipient: Jenny Shang, VFMP

 

Kristin Sivertz Memorial Prize in Medicine
Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year M.D. student who demonstrated the core competencies of an exceptional physician early in their medical training.

Recipient: Mariam Manna, VFMP

 

Jay C. Cheng Memorial Prize
Awarded to a 4th year M.D. student who demonstrated academic excellence in Psychiatry.

Recipient: Jake Johnston, IMP

 

Dennis Harris Memorial Prize in Psychiatry
Awarded to a 3rd year M.D. student who excels in Psychiatry.

Recipient: Lance Shaver, IMP

 

View all our Department award recipients here!

Clinical Faculty Annual Report for 2021/2022 | Promotions | Higher-Rank Reappointments

 

*** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry HR Team ***

 

Dear Department Clinical Faculty Members,

 

Clinical Faculty Annual Report for 2021/2022

The Online Clinical Faculty Annual Report Form for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 is now live, and as such we ask that you please complete and submit the form by the deadline of December 31, 2022. Please click on this link to access the online form: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RaXPKRfSAvtlhI.

If you were appointed to the Department after July 1, 2021, you are not required to submit an Annual Report until Fall 2023. For all other clinical faculty, please note that submission of the Clinical Faculty Annual Report is a condition for an ongoing clinical faculty appointment in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. If you have any questions or require guidance on completing the Annual Report, please contact Bree Wilson, Assistant HR Manager, at bree.wilson@ubc.ca.

 

Promotions & Higher Rank Reappointments

As noted in the memorandum on June 23, two review cycles will be implemented each year for both promotions and initial higher-rank reappointments. To reflect this, the deadline for promotion applications for the Fall 2022 review cycle will be September 15, 2022. If you are interested in submitting a promotion application package for either the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 cycles, please contact Bree Wilson (bree.wilson@ubc.ca) for further instructions and guidance.

For clinical faculty members who were appointed at a higher rank and whose initial term has an end date of June 30, 2023, you will be contacted individually by our HR team in January 2023 regarding your reappointment review package, which will be due on March 15, 2023 for the Spring 2023 review cycle.

Should you have any questions or require further information regarding promotions or initial higher-rank reappointment processes, please feel free to reach out to Bree Wilson (bree.wilson@ubc.ca).

 

Sincerely,

Your HR Team
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia

August 2022 Update: 2022-2023 Research and Scholarly Activity Committee Meeting Dates

 

Happy summer from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! As a reminder and update, the dates of the committee’s quarterly meeting dates for 2022-23 are as follows:

  • September 22nd 2022 (submission deadline Sept 15th)
  • November 17th 2022 (submission deadline Nov 10th)
  • February 23rd 2023 (submission deadline Feb 16th)
  • April 27th 2023 (submission deadline Apr 20th)
  • September 14th 2023 (submission deadline Sept 7th)
  • November 16th 2023 (submission deadline Nov 9th)

**Please note that the committee requires submissions of abstracts/final reports to be made one week in advance of the meeting to enable a thorough review of all the documents, thank you.

A reminder 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/scholarlyactivity-project/

If you have questions or need support relating to scholarly activity please contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Research and 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.

PGE 2022-23 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment – Availability Survey

 

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

 

Dear Faculty Members,

I hope this email finds you well.  We are starting to recruit examiners for our 2022-23 Mock OSCE’s. The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams. We have finalized the dates for each of the mock exams and have created a survey for you to put down your availability. Please check off as many days (mornings and/or afternoons) as you would like.

Our Mock OSCE days are broken into two sessions: AM (8:15am-12:30pm) & PM (12:30pm-4:30pm) and you can sign up for either session and/or both. All eligible faculty are paid (you must have an active UBC Faculty appointment). All Mock OSCE exams will be over Zoom.

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_b8gWyDqvbz9E5g2

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, I 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!

Regards,

Ahsan Sahibzada (He, Him, His)
Senior Program Assistant, Postgraduate
UBC Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry

 

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A Message from the FoM Co-Leads on Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

 

Dr. Leona Adams and Dr. Rebecca Howse, FoM Postgraduate Faculty Associate Co-Leads for Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, share an important statement to PGY1 residents who have started the ‘new year,’ and invite them to participate in a survey which aims to gather information on diversity within  this cohort. All residents, fellows and faculty members are also encouraged to take a moment to read and reflect upon the message.

Knowing our body of residents and fellows better will, in future years, help guide our review of the effectiveness of recommendations we have provided to programs on how to make their selection processes more equitable. We will also be able to advocate more effectively for resources for residents of historically
excluded backgrounds.

Call Out for Mentors: FoM Staff Mentorship Program

 

*** Shared on behalf of the UBC Faculty Of Medicine Dean’s Office ***

 

Good morning colleagues,

In September 2022,  the Faculty of Medicine is aiming to launch a pilot of the Staff Mentorship Program.  For the pilot year, we are hoping to get about 10-15 mentorship pairings.

We are working to gather a list of staff who are interested to serve as a mentors for other staff members across the FoM. We would like to ask you to consider supporting a FoM colleague in navigating their career path and development.  The benefits of being a mentor include:

  • a sense of pride in developing others and contributing to their growth;
  • an opportunity to disseminate expertise and skills;
  • the opportunity for you to develop and enhance leadership skills.

During this pilot year, the program will require a 10 month commitment. It will run from November 2022 to August 2023 this year.  Applications for mentees will be accepted between September 12 to October 10, 2022.

During the program, each mentor/mentee pair will be asked to:

  • Attend a virtual kick-off session with everyone paired in the program
  • Meet together at least once a month in the way that best suits you as a pair (e.g. in-person, Zoom, telephone, etc.)
  • Attend a virtual wrap-up session at the end of the formal program to share experiences and outcomes

We also ask for a commitment to engage fully in the program by:

  • Making an effort to be an active contributor
  • Maintaining confidentiality throughout the program (anything shared by participants must remain confidential, both during the program and afterwards)
  • Actively listening and providing constructive feedback
  • Sharing knowledge, insights, and resources where possible

If you interested to be a mentor and support a colleague in their career development, please submit mentor application here, by September 30, 2022 end of day.

For more information on mentoring or FoM’s mentoring framework see the resources here.

Thank you for considering this request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at sandy.liu@ubc.ca or Christine Speers at christine.speers@ubc.ca.

 

Best wishes,

Sandy Liu  CPHR (She, Her, Hers)
Director, Human Resources
Faculty of Medicine | Dean’s Office Faculty Affairs
MS Teams or Zoom | 604.827.2387 | sandy.liu@ubc.ca | https://www.med.ubc.ca/
Scheduling contact: med.financehr.assistant@ubc.ca
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
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Announcing the Stimulus Grants Initiative and Call for Applications

 

 

Dear Faculty, Trainees and Residents,

I am pleased to announce that the UBC Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the UBC Institute of Mental Health (UBC IMH) and BC Children’s Hospital, has launched the Stimulus Grants Initiative, which aims to increase research capacity and support for clinicians at any stage and for junior academics who wish to undertake:

(a) Small, self-contained studies without other funding

(b) Pilot studies towards the pursuit of more comprehensive initiatives and/or grant applications

The Stimulus Grant Initiative comprises three streams: The Stimulus-Clinician Grant, the Stimulus-Junior Academic Grant, and the Stimulus-Child & Youth Mental Health Grant.

Applications to each stream will be assessed separately based on criteria that embrace equity, diversity and inclusion, in addition to scientific merit. The Stimulus-Child & Youth Mental Health Grant is sponsored by the BC Children’s Hospital Chair in Pediatric Mental Health, and proposed projects should focus on topics relevant for child and youth mental health.

For those of you who are interested in learning more about the Stimulus Grants, your eligibility to apply, and other important considerations, I will be hosting a Zoom Information Session on Wednesday August 10 at 11:00am. Please feel free to join in on this date at the meeting link below:

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4855663023?pwd=a3Q4QkdtTWxMWHpPSXJnT0sxc2NXQT09

Meeting ID: 485 566 3023

Meeting Passcode: 759801

If you are unable attend the Information Session, you can find further details about the Stimulus Grants, including application and proposal forms with instructions, on the UBC Psychiatry website at: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/research/stimulus-grants-initiative/

Please note that principal applicants must submit their complete application packages to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca by the deadline of October 1, 2022 (5:00pm PST). Should you have any specific questions about the Stimulus Grants, please feel free to contact me at sophia.frangou@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sophia Frangou, MD, PhD, FRCPsych
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health
University of British Columbia

Announcement of the 2022/2023 IMH Marshall Fellows

 

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

I am delighted to share that, following the thorough review and consideration of all the outstanding project proposals submitted by PhD and MD applicants this year, the selection process for the 2022/2023 IMH Marshall Fellows Program has been completed. Six highly innovative proposals have been recommended for funding by the Chairs of the Committee, and as the Fellowship Program was originally developed to also support the training of clinician scientist psychiatrists, three of the six fellowships have been awarded to MDs.

As the decisions have now been finalized, it is with great pleasure that I announce the 2022/2023 cohort of the IMH Marshall Fellows Program. Please join me in warmly congratulating the following awardees, listed in alphabetical order:

 

IMH Marshall Fellowship Awardees & Research Titles

Thomas Chao, PhD: Changes in Stress-related Biomarkers and Cognitive Functioning as Predictors of Outcome in Patients with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Alok Kulkarni, MD: Minocycline for preventing the onset of hypo / manic episodes in people at high-risk for Bipolar Disorder: A Proof-of-Concept Feasibility Trial

Kirsten Marchand, PhD: Investigating what matters to youth: A mixed-methods study of youth-centred opioid treatments and their outcomes

John-Jose Nunez, MD: Combining Objective Behavioral Data Recorded by Smartphones with Clinical Data to Predict Recurrence in Major Depressive Disorder

Megan Rowland, PhD: Investigating the Role of Baf53b in Regulating Parvalbumin Neuronal Gene Expression and Autism Behaviours Across Development

Walter Sena, MD: An fMRI-Based Neurocognitive Assessment Battery

 

I encourage you to visit the IMH Marshall Fellows web page (https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/imh/marshall-fellows/) to learn more about each of our awardees and the exciting research they will be pursuing. In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to sharing further news and updates on our Fellows and the progress they are making in their respective projects.

On behalf of the Institute of Mental Health and the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I wish each of our 2022/2023 IMH Marshall 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

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

Don’t Miss this Year’s Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference on Friday September 23!

 

*** Shared on behalf of the Division of Continuing Professional Development, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***

 

The conference organizers, including members of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, invite you this year’s Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference on Friday, Sept 23, 2022. This annual event is taking place both virtually and in-person at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in downtown Vancouver, BC. A renowned group of international and local experts have been invited to discuss a range of psychiatric disorders and psychopharmacology topics, including:

    • treatment updates on depression
    • pharmacogenetic testing for treatment of mood disorders
    • managing antidepressant induced sexual side effects
    • schizophrenia treatment updates
    • treatment of adult ADHD: stimulant use and psychosis
    • successful management of clozapine in the community
    • antipsychotic related movement disorders
    • psychiatric prescribing in pediatric autism
    • new technologies for home-based medication adherence and management
    • examining the public supply of addictive drugs

In addition, a half-day pre-conference workshop will be available:

Understanding Concurrent Disorders to Improve Treatment Outcomes: A Focus on Practical Care
Sept 22
(Thu) | 1300–1600 PDT | Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Vancouver BC (in-person only)

This workshop will use clinical cases to discuss practical treatment approaches for individuals with concurrent disorders. We will deliberate on diagnostic issues and psychopathology, focus on treatment approaches and integration of interventions and discuss progress and treatment outcomes. This workshop is designed to be interactive, allowing plenty of time for discussion and questions. Spaces for this workshop fill up fast, so register early!

Accredited for 3.0 MOC Section 1 / Mainpro+ credits

CONFERENCE DETAILS:

Sept 23 (Fri) | 0820–1600 PDT | Vancouver, BC or Virtually
Audience: psychiatrists, family physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, residents and students

Cost: $299 ($109 for residents & students) | Register by July 29th to take advantage of the Super Early Bird rate of $259 ($99 for residents & students)

Accredited for 5.5 MOC Section 1 / Mainpro+ credits
Click here for more information and to register

Congratulations to Department Members Awarded CIHR Project Grants in the Spring 2022 Competition!

As the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the results of its Spring 2022 project grant competition, we would like to congratulate the following UBC Psychiatry faculty members who were awarded project grants for their respective projects:

 

They are among UBC researchers leading 47 projects that have been awarded a total $38.3 million in funding in this CIHR competition!

Read the full UBC announcement.

 

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF FRAMES OF MIND | Sunday August 14, 2022 | The Cinemateque

 

Dear Department Members,

Although it’s come and gone, September 2021 marked the beginning of the twentieth year of the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series as a monthly event at The Cinematheque. We’re understandably proud of this achievement, and would like to thank our presenting partners, The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health at the UBC Department of Psychiatry, as well as our many speakers and co-sponsors over the years, too many to count here. A big thank you as well to you, our audience, for your continued commitment to attending our events. We wouldn’t be here without you!

To commemorate this occasion and mark our twentieth year, we’ve organized a special celebration on Sunday August 14th at the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St). Please join us for a free screening of one of the most influential and impactful films ever made about psychiatry – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at 3:00pm which will be followed by a complimentary reception and live entertainment, including a performance by Canadian singer and mental health advocate, Sarah Jickling.

At 7:00pm, we will host a second free screening of Completely Cuckoo, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, followed by a post-screening discussion with Dr. Bill MacEwan (Clinical Professor, UBC Psychiatry), Jonathan Morris (CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division), and Tamar Hanstke (UBC M.A. Student in Cinema and Media Studies).

Both screenings, the reception and entertainment will be free, so we anticipate “sold-out” events. Tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis to the general public, however as a small gesture of thanks to the Department, we’ve set aside 50 tickets for each screening for UBC Psychiatry Faculty & Staff. If you wish to attend either or both screenings, please contact Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca to request a complimentary reserved ticket. **There is a maximum of two free tickets per screening, and ticketholders must arrive within 15 minutes prior to the screening, otherwise their tickets will be released to the public.

I look forward to seeing some familiar faces at this event, and hope you will continue your support of Frames of Mind by joining us at future screenings in the months to come, which are part of a year-long retrospective of our best films over the last ten years.

Sincerely,

Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Series Director

Caroline Coutts, Series Programmer

 

A Message from the Honourable Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

A Message from the Mayor Kennedy Stewart, City of Vancouver

 

FIRST SCREENING (3:00PM)

Sunday August 14th @ 3:00pm, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street)

Get Your Free Tickets!

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The greatest anti-establishment film ever made… I must’ve seen this dozens of times, and each time my heart breaks, soars, and fills with anger. The film is cinematic perfection, through and through.” — Alex Saveliev, Film Threat

 

“With One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Forman takes his rightful place as one of our most creative young directors. His casting is inspired, his sense of milieu is assured, and he could probably wring Academy Award performances from a stone.” — Arthur Knight, The Hollywood Reporter

Film Description

Since its release almost 50 years, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has gone on to reach iconic significance in the American film canon and consistently rates a place on both critical and audience “Best of” lists. It also remains one of the most influential and impactful films ever made about psychiatry – one whose themes are personified onscreen in the monumental war of wills between irrepressible rule-breaker (and malingering convict) Randal P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) and steely, by-the-book authoritarian Head Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

Filmed on an empty ward at the (then operational) Oregon State Mental Hospital, with the blessing of the institution’s superintendent Dr. Dean Brooks (who made it a condition that 79 patients were hired to work on the production and who himself was later cast as Dr. Spivey in the film), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s depiction of mental health ‘treatment’ as coercive and punitive helped foment the anti-psychiatry and deinstitutionalization movements of the time and contributed to negative assessments of psychiatry that remain to this day.

Post-screening Reception:

Please stay after the film for a complimentary reception and live entertainment! Performers will include Sarah Jickling and Her Good Bad Luck. Check back here for updates!

 

SECOND SCREENING (7:00PM)

Sunday August 14th @ 7:00pm, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St)

Get Your Free Tickets!

A select number of tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 2:30 pm on Sunday, August 14.

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From the moment we’re born we’re enjoined to become part of the system and what are we on this earth for except to invent ourselves, and McMurphy … understands that better than anybody.” — Bo Boldman, Screenwriter, in Completely Cuckoo

 

“Somebody who might have just walked in might have had a difficult time discerning who were the inmates and who were the actors. It was kind of a close call there once and a while.” — Christopher Lloyd, Actor, in Completely Cuckoo

 

Film Description

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, tracing the truly Byzantine path from Ken Kesey’s international best-selling 1962 novel (written while he was working in the psychiatric ward of a California veterans’ hospital) to a 1963 Broadway play starring Kirk Douglas, to finally, the 1975 film that would sweep that year’s Academy Awards. Along the way intriguing details are revealed on the writing process (Kesey was initially hired, and then fired, as the screenwriter), casting (Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando were both offered, and turned down, the role of McMurphy), and production (the actors lived at the hospital for the ten weeks of filming and were encouraged to stay in character at all times).

Featuring insightful interviews with producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz, director Miloš Forman, author Ken Kesey, screenwriter Bo Goldman, hospital superintendent Dr. Dean Brooks, and many of the actors including Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and Vincent Schiavelli (alas, Jack’s a no-show).

Post-screening Discussion:

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Bill MacEwan, Jonathan Morris, Tamar Hanstke, and others to be confirmed.

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

About the Panel:

Dr. Bill MacEwan graduated from UBC in medicine and completed his specialty training in psychiatry at UBC in 1987. Early in his career, he worked at the now-closed Riverview Hospital, the province’s largest long-term care psychiatric facility; for the last 19 years, his clinical activities have included work in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC, where his clinical and research interests have always focused on psychosis.

Jonathan Morris is the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division. He has over twenty years’ experience in community-based mental health and addictions services, policy, and advocacy. Previously, he worked for the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions as Senior Director of Policy and Legislation, responsible for providing advice on a range of complex policy and legislative initiatives, while leading several transformational mental health and addictions programs.

Tamar Hanstke is an M.A. student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her wide range of research interests include mental health representations in film and television. She recently won the Film Studies Association of Canada’s student essay prize.

 

Celebrating 20 Years!

Along with a year-long retrospective of our best films of the last ten years (currently playing at The Cinematheque), we’ve organized this special Sunday August 14th celebration to mark our twentieth year – all offered completely free of charge. We hope you can join us.

 

 

New Educational Modules for Health Researchers Looking to Engage with More Diverse Communities – Available Now!

 

 

The Methods for Supporting Diverse Patient Engagement in a Diverse World project, led by Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Steven J. Barnes, has now released their educational modules for health researchers!

Funded by the BC SUPPORT Unit, the modules were co-created by patient partners and academic researchers and are displayed using the Tapestry Tool. The first module is a primer for engaging diverse people in research. Additional modules highlight different methods for authentically engaging with members of LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, disabled, rural and remote, and immigrant, refugee, racialized, and ethnocultural communities.

View the educational modules here! Have your own resources and knowledge to share? Submit your content here.

UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Update | July 2022

 

 

Dear Department members,

I wish to share with you a staffing update within our UBC Psychiatry Administration Office. Our HR team has recently expanded to include an additional HR Assistant, and I am delighted to announce that Ms. Leah Ranada has accepted and assumed this new role as of July 4.

As most of you are aware, Leah has been a member of the Department since 2015 as the Assistant to Dr. Anthony Bailey, who retired as of June 30. In her new role, Leah will be situated in the main Administration Office and will assuming some of the tasks handled by our other HR Assistant, Mr. Fergus Killeen, who will be taking on some additional responsibilities:

  • Leah’s portfolio will include all HR processes for Student, Staff, and Volunteers, so please direct your requests and inquiries regarding these matters to Leah at leah.ranada@ubc.ca.
  • Fergus’ portfolio will focus on HR processes for Term Faculty Appointments, including Fellows and Research Associates, as well as Workday processes for Clinical Faculty, so please reach out to Fergus at fergus.killeen@ubc.ca regarding these matters.  For inquiries regarding Clinical Faculty appointments, reappointments and promotions, please continue to reach out to the Assistant HR Manager, Bree Wilson, at bree.wilson@ubc.ca.

We are thrilled to welcome Leah as a valuable addition to our busy HR team, as her administrative strengths and interpersonal skills will transfer very well as she continues providing excellent support to our Department and its members. Please join me in warmly congratulating Leah as she steps into this new role!

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

The B.R.A.I.N. Lab Seeking Eligible Participants for a Cannabis Research Study

 

The Behavioral Reward Affect + Impulsivity Neuroscience (B.R.A.I.N.) Lab, led by Dr. Christian Schütz, is currently seeking eligible participants for an MRI study (Cannabis and Polysubstance Use: Response Inhibition and Stress Exposure) investigating the short-term effects of cannabis consumption.

The study involves taking cannabis oil during three sessions and completing MRI scans, computer tasks, questionnaires, and biological samples. Participants will attend five in-person sessions and complete a daily survey at home for approximately 24 hours, and will receive a paid honorarium and an image of their brain for their participation.

Those interested in participating may contact the B.R.A.I.N. Lab at brainlab.cannabis@ubc.ca or by phone at 604-827-4287.

 

Congratulations to the Inaugural Recipients of the Dr. Megan Roberts Honorary Scholarship!

 

In honouring the legacy of Dr. Megan Roberts and her extraordinary impact on psychiatry residents, physician colleagues and patients, the Dr. Megan Roberts Honorary Scholarship has been established to recognize Royal Columbian Hospital residents who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, collaboration and mentorship, all qualities which were embodied by Dr. Roberts throughout her life and career as a brilliant clinician, outstanding leader, and beloved teacher, mentor and colleague.

In July 2022, two Fraser Track residents were announced as the inaugural recipients of the award. Congratulations to Dr. Andrew McDonald and Dr. Kelly Zerr!

 

 

Dr. Andrew McDonald is a PGY-1 Fraser Track psychiatry resident. He was ultimately inspired to pursue a career in psychiatry after spending nights volunteering with the Fraser Health Crisis Line, seeing firsthand how ubiquitous the need for more mental health workers and addressment truly was. Looking forward, Andrew hopes to always keep earning that trust from future patients in his psychiatry residency.

 

 

 

Dr. Kelly Zerr is a PGY3 Fraser Track psychiatry resident. Her interest in psychiatry was sparked through volunteering at an outdoor camp for disadvantaged youth and leading arts and crafts at a Psychiatric Unit. Kelly is incredibly honored to have known Dr. Roberts and be a recipient of the Dr. Megan Roberts Honorary Scholarship. She extends many thanks to Dr. Robert’s family and the staff of Royal Columbian Hospital.

 

Read the full RCH Announcement here.

FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | In-person Screening on Wednesday July 13 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

 

 

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

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Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque!

Celebrating 20 years!

We’re sure you’ll agree, nothing beats the fulsome experience of watching a film in a theatre and discussing it afterwards live and in person.

Please note our new, permanent start time of 7:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Series Director
Caroline Coutts, Series Programmer

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Cured

USA (2020)
80min
Directors: Patrick Sammon, Bennett Singer
Wednesday, July 13 @ 7:00 pm

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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

 

Watch the film trailer here

CURED – Trailer from Cured Documentary on Vimeo.

 

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 Trustees 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. Since its release, Cured has attracted nearly two million viewers from across the globe

Post-screening discussion:

Post-screening discussion with Patrick Sammon, co-director and co-producer of Cured. Patrick has a mix of experience in filmmaking, broadcast journalism, and LGBTQ political advocacy. Frames of Mind is delighted to welcome Patrick, a resident of Washington, D.C., to Vancouver for this in-person Q&A.

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

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam, Recipient of the 2022 FoM Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Senior Faculty!

 

 

The Department warmly congratulates Professor and Associate Head of UGE & Graduate Education, Dr. Raymond Lam, who has received the 2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Senior Faculty!

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

Dr. Lam joins 16 other faculty members across FoM departments and units who are recognized by the Faculty of Medicine for their exceptional work, and who are dedicated to advancing both the Faculty’s values and vision of transforming health for everyone.

Congratulations once again to Dr. Lam on this wonderful recognition!

Read the full FoM announcement here.

SAVE THE DATE: UBC Psychiatry Annual General Meeting | Thursday October 20, 2022 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm

 

The UBC Psychiatry Annual General Meeting will take place this year on Thursday October 20, 2022 from 3:30pm-4:30pm, and all members of the Department are welcome to attend. The location/format and agenda will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, please save the date in your calendars!

Open Call for Applications: MATRIX-N Cluster 2022/23 Junior Scholars Program

 

 

The Multidisciplinary Alliance for Translational Research and Innovation in Neuropsychiatry (UBC MATRIX-N) Research Excellence Cluster (PIs: Drs. Anthony Phillips, Tamara Vanderwal, and Michael Krausz) is inviting applications for three paid, part-time positions available to UBC graduate students to support translational research and innovation in neuropsychiatry and the MATRIX-N Cluster.

In line with the cluster’s strong commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and attracting and fostering outstanding talents, these positions are specifically targeted to applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

MATRIX-N (Multidisciplinary Alliance for Translational Research and Innovation in Neuropsychiatry) is an emerging UBC Research Excellence Cluster that seeks to bridge gaps between research, clinical practice, and patient needs to facilitate innovative solutions to global mental health challenges. The cluster will create new multidisciplinary collaborations between foundational and clinical researchers to increase the translational power of neuropsychiatry research into novel pharmacotherapies and ensure more cost-effective, clinically relevant drug development processes.

Description:

Three 2022/23 MATRIX-N Cluster Junior Scholars will be selected to work closely with the cluster coordinator, under the co-supervision of cluster faculty leads (Dr. Anthony Phillips, Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, and Dr. Michael Krausz), to advance MATRIX-N cluster activities, while simultaneously conducting their thesis research. Successful candidates will have a choice to assist with one of three general cluster activities: 1) Project management (administrative duties, collaborative research projects, community outreach), 2) Science communication (cluster website, social media, science illustration/data visualization), 3) Drug Development (regulatory issues, academic and industry partnerships, commercialization). All will participate in the planning of the first annual MATRIX-N cluster online conference, where they will have their own research showcased.

Eligibility:

    • MSc or PhD student under the supervision of a UBC faculty member for the 22/23 academic year – Conducts translational, foundational or clinical research related to novel therapeutic options in neuropsychiatry and innovative solutions to global challenges around mental health and substance use disorders
    • Member of underrepresented group(s) (e.g., in terms of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, etc.); Indigenous applicants strongly encouraged to apply
    • Able to commit to an 8-month part-time position (Sept 2022 – Apr 2023, 32 weeks, 5h/week).

Compensation:

$5000 stipend for an 8-month part-time position (Sept 2022 – Apr 2023, 32 weeks, 5h/week), plus mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities.

How to apply:

Submit your application package by July 31, 2022 to lily.aleksandrova@ubc.ca:

    • Statement of interest (1 page max): discuss the relevance of your work to translational, foundational or clinical research into novel therapeutic options in neuropsychiatry; highlight skills and experience relevant to the position; specify interest(s) in the three general cluster activities listed above)
    • EDI statement (1 page max): discuss your self-identified status as a member of an underrepresented group, and/or your commitment to EDI issues in science/research
    • Academic CV (3 pages max)
    • Letter of recommendation from academic supervisor (1 page max)

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Recipients of 2022 NSERC Discovery Grants!

 

On June 23, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced an investment of more than $500 million through its Discovery research programs in order to generate world-firsts in knowledge, train the next generation of scientists, and expand the frontiers of science and engineering.

We would like to congratulate the following UBC Psychiatry faculty members, who are among the 135 UBC researchers awarded a combined total of $28.1m over five years through the NSERC Discovery Grants program .

 

 

Dr. Timothy Murphy: Tools for assessing shared sensory experience in interacting mice

 

 

Dr. Paul Pavlidis: Neuroinformatics for genomics and anatomy

 

 

Dr. Lynn RaymondInvestigating corticostriatal synaptic plasticity in motor learning

 

The NSERC Discovery Grants program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances.

Congratulations once again to Drs. Murphy, Pavlidis and Raymond on this receiving this significant grant!

 

Read the full UBC Announcement here

 

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Recipients of 2022 DMCBH Kickstart Grants!

 

 

Recipients of the 2022 Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Kickstart Grants were announced this week, which include UBC Psychiatry faculty members, Dr. Christian Schütz, Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty and Dr. Jeremy Seamans! These grants are intended to encourage research that demonstrates new collaborations, directions, and technological developments, supporting new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.

Congratulations to Drs. Schütz, Chakrabarty, and Seamans, and their respective teams on this achievement!

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Drs. Christian Schütz, Trisha Chakrabarty and Dongwook Yoon:
Advanced Virtual Application for Treatment And Rehabilitation (AVATAR) of Patients with Severe Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

People with concurrent disorders (PCD; i.e. co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders) constitute one of the most vulnerable and hard to reach patient groups. With the increasing interest in virtualized therapy, avatar-assisted therapy (AAT) is a promising and cost-effective way of expanding treatment access for PCD. AAT has been shown to enhance mental health and substance use treatment outcomes. The “avatars” (or user-controlled virtual characters) act like social buffers that foster interest, acceptance, and mutual peer support, softening barriers to treatment engagement (such as social stigma and anxiety) with the promise to make treatments for PCD like group therapy more effective. This project aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of this approach for this specific patient group and can also provide useful data on future virtual mental health platform technologies.

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Drs. Manu Madhav and Jeremy Seamans:
Decoding the neural basis of contextual action in navigation

Neural representations are the combined activity states of populations of neurons. Representations in various regions of the brain such as hippocampus and associational cortices can encode sensorimotor or cognitive variables such as space, time, attention, contexts or actions. This project will focus on navigation (i.e. “actions in context”) to investigate both how the hippocampal formation represents task-relevant variables and how the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) modulates the actions associated with these variables when faced with a continuously changing context. Dr. Madhav’s expertise in large experimental apparatuses and closed-loop behavioural and neural manipulation will be leveraged alongside Dr. Seamans’ expertise in cortical recordings and statistical ‘big-data’ analyses to quantify the role of the hippocampus and ACC.

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Read the full DMCBH Announcement here.

Congratulations to Dr. Tammy Vanderwal and Team, Awarded the 2022 UBC HIFI Award!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Tammy Vanderwal, who alongside her multidisciplinary team of researchers and trainees from UBC Psychology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Audiology and Speech Sciences, and Computer Science, has been awarded the UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Award for their project titled, “Catalyzing Multimodal Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Research on Children’s Brain Health and Development.”

The HIFI awards support cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and are granted to faculty members collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research.

Congratulations once again to Dr. Vanderwal and team on this fantastic news!

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Cancel Old Accounts

 

Don’t let personnel issues become security issues: Terminate computer access before you end a contract or give notice of termination of employment.

A situation in LA in 2006 illustrates the point: The Department of Transportation terminated the contracts of the two transportation engineers, but did not revoke computer access beforehand.  Shortly before a labour union strike in August 2006, they allegedly disconnected traffic signals at four busy intersections.

Subsequently, these disgruntled employees were accused of unauthorized access to a computer, identity theft and unauthorized disruption or denial of computer services. However, if their access were revoked in a timely manner, LA would have avoided the risk to the public.

The lesson: Dangers imposed on the public based on such acts can be significant even IF there were no accidents as a result.

P.S. It took the city days to get the traffic control system back to normal.

Invitation to Join the Clinical Faculty Mentoring Program 2022-23

 

 

Dear colleagues,

I wish to share with you a valuable opportunity that is available to any UBC Psychiatry clinical faculty who are interested in either mentoring learners or junior colleagues, or receiving support from an experienced clinical faculty colleague. The UBC Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with UBC Faculty Affairs and UBC CPD, will be delivering a formal Clinical Faculty Mentoring Program to support the career goals of clinical faculty in the areas of administration and teaching, and enhance clinical faculty engagement and professional development within the Faculty of Medicine.

There is no cost to participate in this program, and the time commitment is approximately 13-15 hours over eight months (including a minimum of 6 mentoring meetings). As well, mentoring pairs will be able to negotiate virtually all aspects of the relationship, including the frequency, length, and format of meetings and scope of the relationship. Further details about the program, including application instructions for both mentors and mentees, may be found here: https://ubccpd.ca/clinical-faculty-mentoring.

If you already have someone in mind as a mentor, please submit a mentee application and also encourage your mentor to submit their application in order to be matched to you within the program. The deadline for submitting your application is August 1, 2022. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact UBC CPD Education Manager, Allison Macbeth, at cf.mentoring@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N Yatham MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

New Submission Schedule for Clinical Faculty Promotion & Higher-Rank Initial Reappointment Packages

 

** Sent on behalf of the HR Administration Team, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

We are pleased to share that, as of Fall 2022, we will be implementing two review cycles over the course of the year (Fall and Spring) for promotion application packages, as well as initial reappointment packages for those who were appointed at a higher rank, both of which require review by Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (CFAPC). To reflect this, the application package submission deadlines will now be on September 15 and March 15 of each year (formerly once a year on October 1).

If you submit your package by September 15, your review will occur in the Fall cycle of the same year, and if you submit after September 15 but by March 15 the following year, your review will occur in the Spring cycle. This is reflected in the schedule for 2022-2023, detailed below:

Fall 2022 Schedule
Clinical Faculty submission deadline Thursday September 15th, 2022
CFAPC Review October / November 2022
FoM & UBC Provost Approvals November / December 2022

 

Spring 2023 Schedule
Clinical Faculty submission deadline Wednesday March 15th, 2023
CFAPC Review April / May 2023
FoM & UBC Provost Approvals May / June 2023

 

Please feel free to reach out to Bree Wilson, Assistant HR Manager, at bree.wilson@ubc.ca should you have any questions regarding clinical faculty promotion or reappointment processes, or visit the UBC Clinical Faculty HR web page at https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/administration/human-resources/clinical-faculty-information/ for additional information and resources.

 

Sincerely,

 

HR Administration Team
UBC Department of Psychiatry

UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025 |Transforming Mental Health Care Through Innovation & Leadership

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office at the UBC Vancouver Campus respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2022 UBC Psychiatry Resident & Clinical Faculty Teaching Awards

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues,

We wish to extend a warm congratulations to the deserving residents and clinical faculty who were recognized for their outstanding contributions to our Education Programs over the past year. The following residents were presented with awards at the 2022 Research Day on Thursday June 9, and the clinical faculty members below were also presented with awards at the Clinical Faculty Annual Dinner which took place later that evening.

These 2022 award recipients have been recognized in the following award categories:

 

Resident Awards

George A. Davidson Scholarship Award – Dr. Haroon Ahmad

 

CanMEDS Awards:

1st place – Dr. Randi George

2nd place – Dr. Stephen Bennett

3rd place – Dr. Oshin Maheshwari

 

Resident Undergraduate Teaching Awards:

Vancouver Track – Dr. Jerome Satkunam

Fraser Track – Dr. Irtiza Oyon

Vancouver Island – Dr. Sarah Belanger

Prince George – Dr. Caroline Dance

 

Significant Contribution to Research Award – Dr. Clara Westwell-Roper

 

The Emily Ellingsen Prize for Significant Contribution to the UBC Psychiatry Residency Program – Dr. Randi George

 

Island Medical Program Emily Ellingsen Resident Award – Dr. Hannah Burton

 

Significant Leadership Award – Dr.  Clara Westwell-Roper

 

Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award – Dr. Roxanne Mitchell

 

Providence Health Care, Department of Psychiatry Awards:

Dr. Brian Morris Memorial Award – Dr. Paige Zhang

Dr. Maria Corral Award – Dr. Alana Meikle

Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award – Dr. Marya Aman

 

UBC Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Award

Dr. Johannes Louw

Dr. Ashley Jewett

Dr. Janel Casey

Dr. Arvind Kang         

Dr. Ryan Knebel

Dr. Johannes Giede (posthumous)

 

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

BCCH – Dr. Andrea Chapman

VGH – Dr. Cameron Anderson

SPH – Dr. Julius Elefante

UBCH – Dr. Edwin Tam

MSJ – Dr. David Ward

RH – Dr. Michael Shabbits

RCH – Dr. Jaeyun (Jane) Yoo

SMH – Dr. Lindsay Bishop

BH – Dr. Lingsa Jia

Victoria – Dr. Michelle van den Engh

Prince George – Dr. Faiza Jabbar

Community Psychiatry – Dr. Nathan Unger

 

UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Subspecialty Clinical Teaching

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Ms. Victoria Hurst-Martin

Geriatric Psychiatry – Dr. Bryan Chow

 

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

Dr. Wei-Yi Song

Dr. Megan Roberts (posthumous)

 

Our 2022 award recipients have been listed on our Department Awards & Honors web page.   We sincerely thank all of our resident and clinical faculty awardees for their tremendous hard work and dedication over the past year. Please join us in once again congratulating each of them for their well-earned recognition.

Sincerely,

 

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

New Community/Grassroots Group for Trans and Gender Diverse Faculty at UBC

 

** Shared on behalf of Dr. Jehannine Austin, Professor, UBC Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics **

 

Hello,

My name is Jehannine Austin and I am an agender professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics.

I have started an informal group for trans and gender diverse faculty at UBC for mutual support/building a sense of community etc.

If you are trans/gender diverse and you’d like to join our group, you can email me at Jehannine.austin@ubc.ca

Given the vulnerability around these issues, I want anyone interested to know that safety is a top priority and so no names or contact information will be shared with other group members without explicit permission.

Jehannine

 

Jehannine C. Austin PhD FCAHS CGC
Professor, UBC Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics
Executive Director BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute
Pronouns: they/them
@J9_Austin
https://www.bcchr.ca/TPGG

Congratulations to Dr. Emma Morton, Recipient of the 2022 ISBD Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award!

 

The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Emma Morton, who has received the prestigious Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award for her contribution to bipolar disorder research — specifically for her publication “Supporting Wellness”: A depression and bipolar support alliance mixed-methods investigation of lived experience perspectives and priorities for mood disorder treatment — from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD)!

Dr. Morton is a postdoctoral fellow and a member of the CREST.BD research team led by Dr. Erin Michalak. Her research seeks to optimize the measurement and treatment of outcomes valued by patients living with mood disorders, with particular interest in the quality of life (QoL) of people living with bipolar disorder.  Her publication was selected among other submissions that were evaluated by an international scientific panel under the auspices of the ISBD, and judged on originality of the content, significance of findings reported, and the author’s potential for long term contributions to the field of bipolar disorder. Dr. Morton was presented with the award at the 2022 ISBD Experience Virtual Conference on June 10-12, 2022.

Please join us in once again congratulating Dr. Morton on this significant recognition!

 

More about the Award:

The Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award is named in honour of ISBD founding member Dr. Samuel Gershon, an early pioneer of lithium research who introduced lithium to the US from Australia, a founding member of the ISBD and its first elected president, and an Editor-in-Chief of Bipolar Disorders, the official Society journal. In an ongoing effort to recognize the outstanding work of future leaders in the field, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders offers the Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award to up to four young investigators for their original research publication submissions.

 

Inviting Feedback from Attendees of 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day

 

If you attended our 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day on Thursday June 9 (in-person/virtually), we would really appreciate your thoughts and feedback regarding the event.

We ask that you please complete the brief online Research Day Evaluation and Feedback Form by Monday June 27, 2022. Your responses will be kept confidential and only aggregate information will be reviewed by the organizers, which will help them 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.

Many thanks in advance for your participation!

 

PGY2 STACER exam

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **

 

Dear PGY2 Supervisors,

This is a friendly reminder that the new requirement of completion of a STACER for our PGY2 residents needs to occur by the end of this academic year.  Please work with your resident to ensure that this is completed in a timely way if it has not been already. The STACER Process Guidelines will guide you through the form, if needed.

Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns and I will be happy to support you in whatever way I can.

Thanks for your continued support of residency education and best regards,

Irfan

 

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

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 

Many Thanks to All the Clinical Faculty Who Attended the Annual Dinner Yesterday Evening!

 

It was wonderful to welcome all of our clinical faculty members who attended the Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner, held once again in-person yesterday evening after a two-year hiatus!  It was a great opportunity to recognize and show appreciation for all our clinical faculty members and their many valuable contributions to the Department, and also celebrate the awardees of various UBC Psychiatry teaching and research awards, which will be formally announced in the coming weeks.

 

 

You can view the rest of the photos from the event HERE!

Thank you to Everyone Who Participated in our 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day!

We wish to thank everyone who participated in our 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day yesterday, either in person or virtually, 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 Research Day a success!

 

 

Additionally, we would like to thank everyone who presented in-person posters and electronic research posters for the virtual poster gallery.  The ePosters will remain accessible on our website, and recordings of the presentations will also be posted online soon.

A feedback survey will be sent out shortly, and we hope 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 participants, who were announced as our 2022 Research Day Lightning Talk & Poster  Award winners yesterday:


Lightning Talk – First Set Award

JOHN-JOSE NUNEZ: Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Which Cancer Patients Will Need to See Psychiatry Based On Their Initial Oncologist Consultation

 

Lightning Talk – Second Set Award

JUDY CHENG: Age-specific motor and cognitive deficits in the Q175/B6 mouse model of Huntington’s disease

 

Zeldowicz Poster Award in the CLINICAL RESEARCH category

PRISCILLA PAZ: Opioid Use Among Canadian University Students

 

Zeldowicz Poster Award in the BASIC SCIENCE / TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH category

LAURA JONES: Student E-Mental Health Survey, Risk Mitigation Protocol Update: Identification of University Students at Increased Risk of Suicide

Thanks again to everyone who joined our 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day, and we hope to see you all again at next year’s event!

You can view all the 2022 Research Day photos HERE!  If you have additional photos of the event that you would like to add to the album, please send them to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Summer Telio, Recipient of the 2022 Douglas Levin Essay Prize from the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society!

 

Congratulations to Clinical Instructor Dr. Summer Telio, who has been awarded the 2022 Douglas Levin Essay Prize by the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (CPS)!

Named in memory of Douglas Levin, a long-time revered director of training for the CPS, this award is presented biennially in recognition of the top paper submitted over a two-year period.

Congratulations once again to Dr. Telio on this wonderful recognition!

Resident Attendance Guideline for Supervisors

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

It has been brought to my attention that there are ongoing questions from supervisors around resident attendance on clinical rotations, especially given protected time for the myriad of requirements from the Royal College which can end up causing fragmentation of said rotations.

You should be aware that the PGME standard guideline is that the resident has to have attended at least 75% of the clinical rotation in order for you as the supervisor to have enough clinical time with the resident to properly evaluate them in all of the CanMEDs roles.  If this is becoming a concern, it is best identified early and communication occur with the resident and their track Associate Program Director so that solutions can be found.  It is also important to note that the 75% number is a guideline and may differ from resident to resident depending on their attaining competencies.  If, when nearing the end of a rotation, you do not feel that you have enough information to gauge an adequate evaluation, then feel free to reach out to the Associate Program Director and myself, so that we, in collaboration with the resident, can come up with an appropriate plan of action.

I want to thank you again for all that you do in your support of our residents and the Education Program especially in this time of transition to the new CBD curriculum.

If there are any questions, then please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

 

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

 

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 

Our ePoster Gallery is Live! | View the Full Event Program | 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day

 

The 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day is one week away, and our ePoster Gallery is now live and online! We would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who prepared and submitted ePosters this year – a total of 43 ePosters in the Basic Science/Translational Research and Clinical Research categories!

The full Research Day Event Program is also posted online, and each ePoster is linked and viewable once you download the PDF!

 

VIEW THE

ePOSTER GALLERY

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VIEW THE


EVENT PROGRAM
 

 

 

FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | In-person Screening on Wednesday June 15 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

 

 

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

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Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque!

Celebrating 20 years!

We’re sure you’ll agree, nothing beats the fulsome experience of watching a film in a theatre and discussing it afterwards live and in person.

Please note our new, permanent start time of 7:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Series Director
Caroline Coutts, Series Programmer

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The Listeners
USA (2016)
Director: Bob Hurst 65min DCP
Wednesday, June 15 @ 7:00 pm

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Film Description

An engrossing look behind the scenes at Headquarters, a 24–7 suicide prevention crisis centre in Lawrence, Kansas, where more than twenty-thousand calls a year are answered by trained volunteers. ​

“We all learn how to talk—we don’t learn how to listen,” says one of the interview subjects in this affecting documentary, as we follow 11 young trainees working their way through a rigorous 11-week training session which incorporates intense role-play scenarios covering just about every imaginable crisis. Learning how to listen with empathy and without judgement, and resisting the urge to offer a ​“quick fix” to the problem, are skills that prove difficult for some trainees to master. But many graduate to the phones, where they join others like themselves: everyday people on the front lines of suicide prevention. As a testament to its value, the film has been endorsed by The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of 24–7 crisis centres in the United States.

Post-screening discussion:

Biographies of Speakers:

Alain Bedard-Gibson is Manager of Training & Quality Assurance at the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia (Crisis Centre). He has spent the last ten years in the mental health and suicide prevention field, with a particular focus on training the Volunteer Crisis Services Responders.

Mark Sheehan is Manager of Community Learning & Engagement at the Crisis Centre. A former Volunteer Crisis Service Responder, he has a passion for promoting positive mental health practices and for helping to build capacity, suicide awareness, and safety within communities.

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

Co-sponsored by the
Co-sponsored by the Crisis Centre.

 

 

 

A Statement on the Shootings in Buffalo, by Dr. Leona Adams

 

As the Postgraduate Faculty Associate Co-Lead for Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Dr. Leona Adams has written a personal statement published in the PGME Hub Newsletter, in which she reflects upon the shootings that occurred in Buffalo, NY on May 14, where Black people were targeted by hate-driven violence.

 

Speaker Spotlight | UBC Psychiatry Research Day: Dr. Jessica Rosin and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez

 

We are excited to share that Dr. Jessica Rosin and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez will each be presenting during the afternoon session at our Research Day on Thursday June 9, 2022. Dr. Rosin’s talk will be on “Fetal microglia mediate sex-specific neurodevelopmental responses to maternal stress” from 1:30pm to 2:00pm, and Dr. Vila-Rodriguez will present on “Concurrent TMS-fMRI as a tool to interrogate the mechanism of action of rTMS in depression” from 2:00pm to 2:30pm.

 

Dr. Jessica Rosin joined the UBC Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences as an Assistant Professor in July 2021, arriving from the University of Calgary where she was a member of the research team headed by Dr. Deborah Kurrasch. Notably,  Dr. Rosin was the first researcher to show that the embryonic hypothalamus is comprised of a heterogeneous population of microglia that are altered in a sexually dimorphic manner following gestational stress. Her lab is currently focused on examining immune regulation of developmental programs and how gestational perturbations such as maternal stress impact fetal development.

 

Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and director of the Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies (NINET) Laboratory and Schizophrenia Program. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Vila-Rodriguez has a strong interest in conducting translational research that bridges the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders with the clinical applications of this knowledge. His clinical practice is actively focused in those most severely afflicted by such conditions, and his research interests are directed at finding novel therapeutic interventions within NINET that can help mitigate the suffering of those with severe and refractory forms of psychosis and depression. His laboratory actively investigates on all forms of NINET and uses a varied number of neurophysiological tools to research on biomarkers. The NINET Laboratory is the only centre in Canada to host both simultaneous TMS-fMRI and tDCS-fMRI capability.

 

View the 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day Event Agenda for the full list of speakers and Lightning Talk presenters !

New Competence-By-Design (CBD) Academic Day Curriculum – Letter to Faculty

 

**Sent on behalf of the PGE Psychiatry Curriculum Committee**

 

Dear Faculty Members,

It is with great excitement that we are announcing the redesigned Psychiatry PGE Academic Day schedules. They take into account the requirements of the Royal College CBD curriculum. Please see attached the letter describing these changes in detail.

We are including the 2022-2023 schedules below.  As the PGY4’s and PGY5’s will still be under the old curriculum, their schedules have not changed much.

AD Schedule PGY1 2022-2023
AD Schedule PGY2 2022-2023
AD Schedule PGY3 2022-2023
AD Schedule PGY4 2022-2023
AD Schedule PGY5 2022-2023

Ahsan Sahibzada will be emailing in the coming weeks to confirm your individual seminars, to ensure that everyone knows of changes to scheduling and to ensure we can problem solve if presenters are not available.

If you have any questions about the updated curriculum, please email Ahsan at ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca.

Regards,

 

Joanne Sinai, Associate Director, Curriculum

Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director

Charles Ho, CBD Lead

Michelle van den Engh, Associate Director, Psychotherapy

Jaeyun Yoo, CBD Lead, Psychotherapy

 

Sent by:

Ahsan Sahibzada (He, Him, His)
Senior Program Assistant, Postgraduate
UBC Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry

 

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

Congratulations to Dr. Emma Morton, Recipient of the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award!

 

Congratulations to CREST.BD member Dr. Emma Morton, who has just been awarded the 2021-2022 Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award! This prestigious award is granted each year by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in recognition of researchers whose work expands knowledge of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. Morton was presented with the award at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, May 2022.

Dr. Morton is a postdoctoral fellow and a member of the CREST.BD research team led by Dr. Erin Michalak. Her research seeks to optimize the measurement and treatment of outcomes valued by patients living with mood disorders, with particular interest in the quality of life (QoL) of people living with bipolar disorder.

Read CREST-BD’s full announcement of Dr. Morton’s award here.

 

ALSO: Watch the video below to learn more about how CREST-BD is shaping science and society for people living with bipolar disorder and their new PolarUs app!

 

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Ralph Shulman, Professor Emeritus

 

The Department is deeply saddened to learn the news that Professor Emeritus Dr. Ralph Shulman passed away on May 5, 2022 at the age of 93.

Dr. Shulman was born in Glasgow and studied internal medicine prior to pursuing formal training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Upon completion, he was appointed to a Lecturer position at the University of Glasgow, where he remained until 1967 when he relocated to Vancouver to accept a position with the Mental Health Service at Riverview Hospital.

Dr. Shulman was appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1968, and for the next 26 years served as a valued member of our faculty until his retirement in 1994.  He was a highly regarded consultation-liaison psychiatrist and researcher, whose areas of expertise included the psychiatric correlates of physical disease (eg. B12 deficiency), biological markers for mental illness, psychosocial aspects of medical illness, and psychiatric aspects of pain.  Over the course of his UBC career, he supervised and mentored countless residents in the VGH Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service, which he founded and served as Director, and also served as the Residency Program Director at VGH for over ten years. In later years, he moved over to UBC Hospital as well as Acute Psychiatry at St Paul’s Hospital, working at both sites while also maintaining a busy private practice.

At this time, we wish to send our deepest sympathies to Dr. Shulman’s wife, his daughter Dr. Barbara Shulman who is a UBC Psychiatry clinical faculty member, and to the rest of his family. He will be very much missed by his many friends and colleagues in the Department and the broader mental health community.

Internet Explorer 11 Retirement

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, often known as IE, will be retired on June 15. At that point, one of two things will happen;

  • Web sites and links that normally opened with IE will open in Microsoft Edge and may or may not work as expected.
  • The site will simply not work.

If you normally open any web sites or links in Internet Explorer, please test that they will open in Microsoft Edge now so that you have a couple of weeks to work out the issue if they won’t work properly.

Inviting Expressions of Interest | Emergency Psychiatry Oversight Co-Directors

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **

 

Dear Faculty,

Our residency training program has transitioned to the new Competence By Design (CBD) curriculum over the last 2 years.  One of the changes that is occurring for the PGY4 year is that Emergency Psychiatry will become a new core rotation starting in July 2023.  Consequently, the Postgraduate Education Program is looking for expressions of interest for ideally 2 new Emergency Psychiatry Oversight Co-Directors.

We would like to have two faculty members, each from a different track who have experience working in ER Psychiatry, to work in tandem with myself in the setup and then maintenance of the Program’s ER Psychiatry Core rotations.  The set-up phase will involve our working to establish:

  • Core ER Psychiatry Rotation goals and objectives in compliance with RC EPA’s and training requirements,
  • Supervisor and Resident responsibilities consistent with the other core rotations,
  • Adequate and equivalent rotations in each Program track,
  • Help oversee the implementation of the rotations.

Once implementation has occurred, then the role would be the same as the other Oversight Directors as described by this role description link: https://med-fom-psychiatry.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2022/05/PGE-Oversight-Director-for-Emergency-Psychiatry.docx

The term will be a total of 3 or 4 years (renewable) and will be compensated at the level of all other Oversight Directors.

If you are interested, then please email to irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca, a brief description of yourself and any information you would like to provide regarding your interest in the role.  The deadline will be June 17, 2022.  Thereafter, we will meet with all interested candidates to assess for suitability for the role.

Thank you for your consideration and best regards,

Dr. Khanbhai

 

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

 

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 

Thanks to Everyone Who Joined in the Retirement Celebration Dinner for Dr. Tony Bailey and Dr. Paul Dagg!

 

We wish to thank everyone who attended the Retirement Celebration Dinner for Dr. Tony Bailey and Dr. Paul Dagg on Friday May 13. It was a wonderful evening and a rare in-person opportunity to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions and many career accomplishments of our esteemed honorees.

 

More photos of the event can be viewed and downloaded here!

Dr. Jehannine Austin and Collaborators Develop New Video on Simulation Model of Treatments for Major Depression (SiMMDep)

 

Dr. Jehannine Austin and collaborators from UBC School of Population and Public Health, Genome BC and Genome Canada have developed a new video titled Simulation Model of Treatments for Major Depression (SiMMDep): Pharmacogenomic Testing and Beyond. SiMMDep is a model the team has developed to analyze the costs and benefits of pharmacogenomic testing for major depression treatment. The flexible model structure can be adapted to explore other clinical practice treatment decisions and policy.

Learn more about it by watching the primer video here:

 

 

 

Speaker Spotlight | UBC Psychiatry Research Day: Dr. Christian Schütz, Professor (Partner)

 

We are excited to share that Dr. Christian Schütz, Professor (Partner) in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, will be presenting on “Addiction: A Disorder of Decision Making?” at our Research Day on Thursday June 9, 2022. His talk will be at 10:30 to 11:30am, following the first set of Lightning Talks. The full Event Program is being finalized and will be available soon.

Dr. Schütz leads the BRAIN Lab, where his research team investigates the psycho-neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognitive, affective, and stress-associated aspects of decision-making and impulsivity, specifically related to substance use disorders and concurrent mental disorders.

Stay tuned for announcements about our other Research Day presenters — coming soon!

Congratulations to Ms. Leah Ranada, Winner of the 2022 IPPY Gold Medal for her Debut Novel The Cine Star Salon!

 

The Department warmly congratulates Ms. Leah Ranada, whose debut novel The Cine Star Salon, published in 2021, has been awarded the 2022 Independent Publishers IPPY Gold Medal Book Award for Multicultural Fiction! Leah is the Assistant to Dr. Anthony Bailey and has been a member of our UBC Psychiatry Administration Team since 2015.

The tale centres around the life of Sophia, a Philippine-born salon owner in Vancouver who is called back to Manila to help save her aunt’s Cine Star Salon, the place where she first felt the call to become a hairstylist and salon owner.  However, Sophia worries that this might reopen old wounds and threaten the bright future she has planned. Leah’s debut novel explores themes around the immigrant experience, including family connections and friendships, loyalty, and the importance of women’s work. It is now available for purchase at Chapters Indigo and Massy Books.

Please join us in congratulating Leah on this outstanding accomplishment, and wish her the very best in her future endeavours as a published and award-winning novelist! 

 

From Vancouver to Manila, with a cast of vibrant characters, Sophia’s story pulled me in close–an intimate behind the scenes look at the beauty salon and working women. This is also a tale of immigration, and family drama; the ones we are born into and the ones we create. Wry and clear-eyed this powerful debut by Leah Ranada is an important new work in the literary scene. — Hiromi Goto, author of Shadow Life and Chorus of Mushrooms

A stunning debut. Renada’s writing crackles with energy and humour. Memorable characters and a clever, tender-hearted prose examines the stigma of “women’s work,” The Cine Star Salon will speak across generations, so tell your mother and your sister and your sister’s friends.Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings

This book will attract readers for various reasons, but particularly for its validation of what is often dismissed as ‘women’s work.’ Here, hairdressing is not to be dismissed as ‘mere vanity,’ it’s the balance between appearance and truth; and gossip is not irrelevance, it’s connection.Bill New, The BC Review

 

 

 

Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The “IPPY” Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and appropriate for the North American market.

Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez and His Team Publish New Study Mapping Brain Changes During rTMS Treatment for Depression

 

Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez performs rTMS on a study participant.

Although rTMS has proven to be an effective treatment for depression, the underlying mechanisms of how rTMS affects the brain are not well understood. Now, in a new study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez and his team have, for the first time, mapped the changes occurring in the brain during rTMS treatment in patients with depression.

By delivering one round of rTMS to patients while measuring brain activity inside a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, the team was able to examine the areas of the brain being activated in real time. The team found that by stimulating the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex, several other regions of the brain involved in multiple functions, from managing emotional responses to memory and motor control, were also activated.

The participants then underwent another four weeks of rTMS treatment and the team assessed whether the activated regions were associated with patients having fewer symptoms of depression when their treatment ended.

“We found that regions of the brain that were activated during the concurrent rTMS-fMRI were significantly related to good outcomes… By demonstrating this principle and identifying regions of the brain that are activated by rTMS, we can now try to understand whether this pattern can be used as a biomarker” says Dr. Vila-Rodriguez.

With this new map of how rTMS stimulates different areas of the brain, Dr. Vila-Rodriguez hopes the findings could be used to determine how well a patient is responding to rTMS treatments.

Read the full FoM News article here

 

PLEASE RSVP | UBC Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Annual Dinner | Thursday June 9 @ 5:00pm | The Arbutus Club

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor & Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear Clinical Faculty Members,

After a two-year hiatus, the UBC Department of Psychiatry is delighted to once again invite clinical faculty members to attend the Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner, to be held in-person on Thursday June 9, 2022 at 5:00pm (after the Research Day event). Hosted at The Arbutus Club this year (2001 Nanton Ave, Vancouver BC), the dinner will be an opportunity to recognize and show appreciation for all our clinical faculty members and their many valuable contributions to the Department.

To all clinical faculty members who wish to attend, we ask that you please confirm your attendance by RSVPing here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cGSJduvtVzOzFWe. Please kindly RSVP by the deadline of Sunday May 29, 2022 in order to be added to the Guest List.

**Please also note that all guests must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Anyone experiencing symptoms or feeling unwell should not attend.

Should you have any questions regarding the venue or event details, please feel free to reach out to Shaelynn Perreault at psychiatry.headassist@ubc.ca.

 

Junior Colleague Recommendations for ISBD 2022 Meeting

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor & Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear Faculty,

The International Society for Bipolar Disorders will be hosting the 2022 ISBD Experience (virtual) on June 10-12, 2022, which will include two events focused on mentoring and resource development.

As such, we ask that you please share details about this virtual conference with your postdoctoral fellows, residents and trainees. If you know any young investigators or residents who are interested in bipolar disorders and would like to participate in this event, please provide their name and your recommendation to Ms. Shaelynn Perreault at psychiatry.headassist@ubc.ca. The Administration team will be able to provide any additional information required for the registration process.

Full details for the meeting are available on the conference website at www.isbd2022.org.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham
Professor & Head
UBC Department of Psychiatry

Request for Clinical Faculty to Participate in Interviews | Welcoming New Clinical Faculty

 

** Sent on Behalf of the UBC Office of Faculty Development **

 

Dear Clinical Faculty Members,

We are inviting clinical faculty to participate in an interview about their onboarding experiences with becoming clinical faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. The interviews are part of a project titled Welcoming New Clinical Faculty: A pilot of resources to build clarity and connection. This project addresses the support needs of clinical faculty identified in an earlier project. Both projects have been funded by the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), and further the Faculty of Medicine’s strategic goals and vision.

The interview will include questions about your experiences with the onboarding and initial support you received when you were first appointed to your clinical faculty role, and your ongoing needs for information about teaching, preferences for accessing information and training for your role as teachers. In addition, we will ask your opinions preferred ways to engage with peers and administration within the Faculty of Medicine.

Findings from the interviews will go towards further development of online learning resources as well as designing and implementing engagement strategies for clinical faculty in the Faculty of Medicine.

We are recruiting clinical faculty members appointed in teaching roles that involve patient care who have been in the role for less than 1 year, 1-5 years, or over 5 years. Interviews will be for approximately one hour to be scheduled in the month of May over Zoom. For your participation you will receive a giftbox from the UBC bookstore.

If you would like to participate in an interview please contact Morgan Reedy (Project Coordinator) at morgan.reedy@ubc.ca for more details.

Thank you for your interest in participating in our project!

We look forward to hearing from you,

The project team:
Dr. Kiran Veerapen
Dr. Clarissa Wallace
Dr. Linlea Armstrong
Dr. Heather Buckley
Erica Amari
Morgan Reedy

 

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Do Not Trust Links Sent in Email Messages

 

Dear Department Members,

A common fraud called “phishing” sends messages that appear to be from a bank, shop or auction, giving a link to a fake website and ask you to follow that link and confirm your account details. Don’t trust these links – fraudsters may use your account details to make purchases or transfer money out of the account. These fake sites can be hard to spot, so no reputable organization will send a message requesting your confidential information.

When you use an on-line account, type the website address you have been given from a trustworthy place (from your bank statement, for example) into the browser directly so that you know you are going to the correct place. You can always save it as a bookmark/favourite.

Sincerely,

Psychiatry Information Technology
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca / 604-827-5695

FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | In-person Screening on Wednesday May 18 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

 

 

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

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Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque!

We missed you too! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over two years since our last in-cinema presentation. We’ve offered a few films online since that time, but as we’re sure you’ll agree, nothing beats the fulsome experience of watching a film in a theatre and discussing it afterwards live and in person.

Although it’s come and gone, September 2021 marked the beginning of our twentieth year as a monthly series here at The Cinematheque. To mark our return to the theatre, we’re going to start off by replaying a few of our favourites from the last ten years, starting with 15 Reasons to Live, by Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig, on April 27, and (then resuming our regular third Wednesday of the month) the heart-warming documentary Autism in Love on May 18.

Please note our new, permanent start time of 7:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Series Director
Caroline Coutts, Series Programmer

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Autism in Love
USA (2016)
Director: Matt Fuller 75 DCP
Wednesday, May 18 7:00 pm

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Film Description

In my twenty-six years on this earth I have never seen a film that treated autism with the same level of respect and dignity as Matt Fuller’s Autism in Love.

Nathanael Hood (film critic and person with ASD), Screen Comment

 

Bracingly intimate … Raises questions about love and life that strike a universal chord.

Emily Shire, Daily Beast

Finding and maintaining romantic relationships can be challenging for anyone, but for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, impairments in social interaction and difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication can make it next to impossible. Or so you might think before watching Matt Fuller’s hopeful and affecting documentary on four adults with ASD (all admittedly on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum). Lindsey and Dave, both in their early thirties, are contemplating marriage after a ten-year relationship that began when they met at an autism conference. Middle-aged Stephen is trying to cope with his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Lenny, a socially isolated 22-year-old living with his mom, is desperately searching (so far unsuccessfully) for a girlfriend. Their stories—profound, hopeful, sometimes heartbreaking—provide a new and necessary perspective on what is without a doubt a universal human need.

 

Post-screening discussion:

Biographies of Speakers:

Dr. Grace Iarocci is a professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University, Director of Clinical Training and Director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab. She is also a practicing psychologist in B.C. who specializes in diagnosis and assessment of autism and other developmental disabilities.

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

Co-sponsored by ACT – Autism Community Training

RSVP BY MAY 29, 2022 | PGE Psychiatry Grad Gala on Saturday June 18, 2022

 

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

 

Dear Faculty,

We welcome you to join the celebration with the Class of 2022 Psychiatry graduates.  You can attend the event in-person or virtually.

Please RSVP latest by Sunday, May 29th via this link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9RAbWA54R6ix1eC

EVENT INFO (In-Person)

Venue: Jack Poole Hall – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (6163 University Blvd, Vancouver)

Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Time: Reception at 5:30 PM; Dinner at 6:30pm

Ticket Price (In-person):

  • Grad – Free
  • Residents – $50
  • Grad’s guests – $100
  • Faculty, Allied Staff, Other Guests – $120

Payment Method: All payments must be made latest by Saturday, June 18th. We only accept CASH or CHEQUE (no debit or credit card transaction available).

Please make cheque payable to UBC Department of Psychiatry.

  • Option 1: Mail the cheque to Room 11169, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC, V5Z 1M9, attention to Linda Chang.
  • Option 2: A check-in table will be set up at the room entrance where you can drop off the payment to one of the Education staff.

EVENT INFO (Virtual)
Zoom Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/
Zoom ID: 92951 513299
Passcode: 513299
Reimbursements (Residents and education staff only): $30/person

If you have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact me at linda.chang@ubc.ca. In my absence (between May 23-June 3), please contact Eva Angelopoulos at eva.angelopoulos@ubc.ca.

Thank you,

Linda

 

Linda Chang (She, Her, Hers)
Manager, PGME Programs
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Diamond Health Care Centre | Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Traditional Territory
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

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 

SAVE THE DATE: UBC Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Annual Dinner on Thursday June 9 @ 5:00pm

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear Clinical Faculty Members,

After a two-year hiatus, the UBC Department of Psychiatry is delighted to once again invite clinical faculty members to attend the Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner, to be held in-person on Thursday June 9, 2022 at 5:00pm (after the Research Day event). Hosted at The Arbutus Club this year (2001 Nanton Ave, Vancouver, BC), the dinner will be an opportunity to recognize and show appreciation to all our clinical faculty members and their many valuable contributions to the Department.

At this time, we ask that you please save the date in your calendars if you wish to attend. Further details about the dinner will be shared next week, in addition to an RSVP request.

 

UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Update – April 2022

 

 

Dear Department members,

I wish to share with you a staffing update within our UBC Psychiatry Administration Office. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Shaelynn Perreault, who started in her position on April 19 as the new Executive Coordinator for the Office of the Department Head and IMH Director.  Shaelynn brings to this role her previous experience as a Client Experience Coordinator for a physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinic, as well as a background in facilitating educational and physical activities programs for youth and families.  We are confident that her proven skills in organization, coordination and providing administrative support in a busy environment will be a great asset to the UBC Psychiatry Administration Office.

I would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Ms. Leah Ranada, who has been providing excellent coverage and support to the Head over the last few months while we were recruiting for this position. Leah will continue to provide back-up support for the next couple of weeks as Shaelynn settles into her new role.

Shaelynn will be situated in the Head’s Office on the 2nd Floor at UBC Hospital, Detwiller Pavilion (UBC Campus), and may be reached by phone (604-822-7310) or email at psyt.headassist@ubc.ca.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Shaelynn to her new role as a member of our UBC Psychiatry Administration team!

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

Please RSVP | Retirement Celebration Dinner for Dr. A. Bailey and Dr. P. Dagg | Friday May 13 @ 5:30pm

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear Department Members,

Further to the Save the Date memo sent out last week, we now invite Department members to please RSVP by May 6, 2022 if they wish to attend the Retirement Celebration Dinner in honour of Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor and Dr. Paul Dagg, Clinical Professor & Associate Head, PGE & CPD. Please RSVP at: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cJavEOsgAzNyhWS

The event will be held on Friday May 13, 2022 at 5:30pm at the University Golf Club (5185 University Blvd, Vancouver BC). Please note that this is a private function open to UBC Department of Psychiatry members only.

Once you have RSVP’d, your name will be added to the Guest List.  Again, please RSVP by Friday May 6th at the very latest.

Please also remember to save the date in your Outlook calendars. If you have any questions regarding the event, feel free to reach out Shaelynn Perreault at psychiatry.headassist@ubc.ca.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Retirement Celebration Dinner for Dr. Anthony Bailey and Dr. Paul Dagg on Friday May 13, 2022

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor & Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear Department Members,

A Celebration Dinner will be held on the evening of Friday May 13, 2022 in honour of Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor and Dr. Paul Dagg, Clinical Professor & Associate Head, PGE & CPD, both of whom will be retiring from UBC this summer.

At this time, we ask that you please save the date in your calendars if you wish to attend. Further details about the dinner will be shared next week, in addition to an RSVP request.

 

NEW PUBLICATION: An fMRI Study by the Woodward Lab Reveals New Findings About Delusion-Associated Brain Activity Under Weak Evidence in People with Schizophrenia

 

Dr. Todd Woodward, Professor

New findings published earlier this month (Functional brain networks underlying probabilistic reasoning and delusions in schizophrenia, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging) by Dr. Todd Woodward and his research team reveal that, in people with schizophrenia experiencing delusions, these delusions manifest in fMRI as reduced activity in an early visual attentional process whereby weak evidence is incorrectly stamped as conclusive — short-circuiting the search for evidence.  Dr. Woodward states, “Multiple generations of committed lab members contributed to this work.”

Delusions in schizophrenia are false beliefs that are assigned certainty and not afforded the scrutiny that normally gives rise to doubt, even under conditions of weak evidence. In this current fMRI study, Dr. Woodward’s team identified activity in a brain network involved in gathering information under conditions of weak versus strong evidence to observe impairment in delusions in schizophrenia. The spatiotemporal features suggested involvement in early visual attention, and activation showed no difference between weak- and strong-match conditions for patients experiencing delusions. These results suggest that activity in this brain network, which is normally strongly elicited under conditions of weak evidence, is reduced for people with schizophrenia experiencing delusions.

This was the first study to examine task-based functional network activity in patients with schizophrenia experiencing and not experiencing delusions during a single-trial probabilistic reasoning task. Among the four networks identified, a visual attention network appears to play an important role in delusions. The brain networks associated with delusions/certainty/doubt are candidate targets for non-invasive neuromodulation/neurostimulation treatments such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). If such an approach is to be effective in the future, it should be combined with medication and treatments that target cognitive biases, such as metacognitive training or cognitive behavioural therapy, adding to the increasing options for treatments for people with schizophrenia.

 

As director of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia (CNoS) Laboratory, Dr. Todd Woodward’s research program is focused on two main areas of research: cognitive neuropsychiatry and functional neuroimaging. The objective of his cognitive neuropsychiatry research is to identify the cognitive operations underlying the primary symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. This is being explored by way of originally designed cognitive paradigms for memory confidence, source monitoring, reasoning, and semantic association. The objectives of his functional neuroimaging research are to gain a functional and anatomical understanding of the cognitive systems involved in psychosis and schizophrenia, and to develop new multivariate methods for analyzing fMRI data, with applications to integrating information from fMRI, EEG and MEG. His lab provides two applications for download, free of charge. One is called metacognitive training (MCT), which is a group-based program that uses research-based examples to increase awareness of the cognitive biases that may underlie delusions, and training patients to counter these biases. The other is called fMRI-CPCA, which is a multivariate analysis method for imaging networks of brain activity.

2022 Psychiatry CaRMS Match Result

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***

 

Dear Faculty,

We are thrilled to inform you that we have done very well in our virtual CaRMS match! We have matched all our Canadian medical graduate positions, and I feel that the new incoming residents will be a great addition to our program and I am excited to have them join our psychiatry family.

There are two IMG spots that are unmatched, and we will be going through the second iteration to have them filled. This allows us to interview not just other potential IMG candidates, but also opens our process up to candidates who are wanting to transfer from other programs as well as practicing clinicians who want to retrain in psychiatry.

Please feel free to contact me at Irfan.Khanbhai@ubc.ca with any questions.

 

Best regards,

Irfan

 

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

 

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

 

Message from the Department Research and Scholarly Activity Committee: Annual Resident Publication and Presentation Record (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

 

 

As part of the Accreditation Standards, the Program is required to collect all your publication and presentation records annually.  These records are also used to help inform decisions about annual resident research awards. Your publication and presentation record may include:

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Non peer-reviewed Publications (e.g., commentaries, book chapters)
  • Presentations (e.g., oral or poster conference presentation, grand rounds)

If you would like to be considered for a 2022 resident research award, please complete this form by April 19th, 2022

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3EmpfpILknVMNYq

Erin E. Michalak
Professor | Mood Disorders Centre I Department of Psychiatry
CRESTBD Founder and Director
Patient Engagement Methods Cluster Lead I BC SUPPORT Unit
University of British Columbia | Rm #216, 420-5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC  | V6T 1Z3  | Canada
tel: 604 827 3393
web: www.crestbd.ca – www.bdwellness.comwww.bdqol.com
twitter: @erin_michalak – @CREST_BD

 

** 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.

 

Congratulations to Dr. David Kealy, Promoted to the Rank of Associate Professor with Tenure!

 

The Department warmly congratulates Dr. David Kealy on his promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure, effective July 1, 2021.

Dr. Kealy was first appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor in 2012, was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in 2015, then in the same year, was appointed to a full-time academic faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track).

An investigator in the UBC Psychotherapy Program, Dr. Kealy currently leads studies focusing on four intersecting areas: psychotherapy and outcomes of psychotherapeutic treatment, identity-related phenomena such as pathological narcissism and other personality disorders, the role of trauma in relation to personality health, and understanding the needs and treatment implications of distinct populations, such as individuals with social barriers or trauma histories. In 2019, his significant contributions to psychotherapy were recognized by the Western Psychological Association, which awarded him with the Enrico E. Jones Award for his excellence in early career scholarship and research in clinical psychology with applications to psychotherapy. Dr. Kealy also received the 2019 Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) Marvin R. Goldfried New Researcher Award, which recognizes early career researchers whose body of work is considered outstanding with regard to quality, quantity, and connection to psychotherapy integration.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Kealy contributes significantly to all levels of teaching in the Department and the Faculty of Medicine. His demonstrated excellence in supervising and mentoring students has been recognized on numerous occasions, most recently in 2020 with the UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Annual Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching.  Dr. Kealy is also a keen participant in various committees within the Department, serving on the Psychotherapy Program Committee, the Merit Review Committee, and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee. Externally, he has maintained an active involvement in various local, national and international professional organizations, including serving as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for the British Columbia College of Social Workers, and as an Executive Board Member and Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation.

Please join us in warmly congratulating Dr. Kealy on his very well deserved promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure!

 

EXTENSION OF APPLICATION DEADLINE for the 2022-2023 UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellow Program in Mental Health – Monday April 18, 2022

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

I wish to share that the application deadline for the 2022-2023 UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health has been extended to Monday April 18, 2022. This is to accommodate those who had missed the original application deadline, or were interested but could not apply due to time constraints.

We ask all Faculty to please encourage and support qualified applicants in their application, and also circulate information about the Fellowship widely across your networks.

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 six Fellows. Since the Fellowship Program was originally developed to support the training of clinician scientist psychiatrists, a minimum of three (3) awards will be allocated to MDs.  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 2021-2022 may apply for an extension in 2022-2023 for a second and final year of funding.

Applicants must submit their applications online at: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3w7tNHxdZph31Y2 by Monday April 18, 2022 (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

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office at the UBC Vancouver Campus respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

 

SAVE THE DATE: Psychiatry Graduation Gala – Saturday, June 18, 2022

 

**Sent on behalf of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Team **

 

Dear Faculty,

Please save the date on your calendar and join us on celebrating the Postgraduate Psychiatry Grad Gala 2022.

Date:                   Saturday, June 18, 2022

Address:             Jack Poole Hall – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard. Vancouver, BC

Attendance:      In-person or virtual

More detailed invite will follow in the next few weeks.

Sincerely,

 

Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Team

Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
11th Floor, Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/ | http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/

Introductory Resource & Scenario Library for Teaching at UGME and PGME

 

*** Sent on behalf of the UBC Faculty Development Office ***

 

Dear Faculty,

As promised during the Learning Environment meetings, we are delighted to share new resources by the Office of Faculty Development to address the needs of new clinical faculty, in particular, to provide new resources for Faculty Development in the clinical environment.

1. Introductory Resource:

This Introductory Resource focuses on the need for onboarding new clinical faculty, however, experienced faculty may also find it informative.

    •  You can access all the following additional resources here: https://facdev.med.ubc.ca/welcome-to-the-faculty-of-medicine/
      • Links to role-based training modules for teaching without patient care (e.g. small group facilitation, lectures, etc.)
      • Links to resources for creating an inclusive environment
      • An overview of the curriculum, assessment, and feedback to teachers:
      • Links to important administrative information

 

2. Scenario Library for Teaching

You can visit the Scenario Library for Teaching at https://facdev.med.ubc.ca/scenario-library/ for more information. To download the scenarios, which are housed in Teams, you will need to email fac.dev@ubc.ca. The Office of Faculty Development will provide you with access.

The Office of Faculty Development will continue to update the site as they receive feedback on it.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

 

Best Regards,

Anmol Mishra(He, Him, His)
Interim Team Lead, Undergraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine | UGME
The University of British Columbia
Email: ugme.coord@ubc.ca
http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca

 

CREST.BD Hosts the Largest Q&A Event on Bipolar Disorder Ever Held!

 

On World Bipolar Day (March 30), the CREST.BD Bipolar Disorder Research Network led by Dr. Erin Michalak hosted their fourth annual large-scale “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit. The panelists on this AMA featured 44 bipolar disorder experts and researchers from around the world, including eight members of our department:

  • Dr. Chris Gorman
  • Dr. Erin Michalak
  • Dr. Emma Morton
  • Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez
  • Dr. Ivan Torres
  • Dr. Kamyar Keramatian
  • Dr. Rob Tarzwell
  • Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty

This AMA received tremendous engagement, generating over 2.6 million total views, 5,100 upvotes, 2,300 comments, and over 600 questions – making it the biggest Q&A event on bipolar disorder ever held. View the full AMA on Reddit here: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/tsalxc/we_are_bipolar_disorder_experts_amp_scientists_in/

More info about the CREST.BD World Bipolar Day AMA event: crestbd.ca/AMA-2022

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day | In Person on Thursday June 9, 2022 @ UBC LSC

 

Dear Department Members,

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you are planning to attend the 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day either in person or via Zoom on Thursday June 9th, be sure to register by completing the online Attendee Registration Form by Sunday May 15th, 2022! Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Slido Event Code for voting (and Q&A, if attending virtually).

*Please note that in-person attendees must pre-order their lunch option by May 15th using the Attendee Registration Form. Those who do not register will not be guaranteed to receive lunch.

** Unfortunately, lunch will only be provided for in-person attendees. The event cannot cover lunch for those attending via Zoom.

SUBMIT ePOSTERS by MAY 15!

  • Everyone who has submitted an abstract will be eligible to present a poster on our Online ePoster Gallery (unless otherwise notified).
  • Please submit your ePoster in Powerpoint format using the Online ePoster Submission Form by Sunday May 15th, 2022 (11:59pm).
  • See ePoster Submission Guidelines on the UBC Psychiatry Research Day Page.

**IN-PERSON POSTER / LIGHTNING TALK PRESENTATIONS:

The Research Day co-chairs will review the submitted abstracts, make the selections for Lightning Talk Presentations and In-Person Poster Presentations, and notify the individuals selected in early May.

If your abstract is selected for an In-Person Poster Presentation:

    • You must attend Research Day in person and also prepare a poster within the dimensions of a standard research poster (UBC horizontal poster template is 48″ x 36″)
    • If you would like to be considered for an In-Person Poster Presentation, please indicate as such in the Abstract Submission Form.

If your abstract is selected for a Lighting Talk Presentation:

    • You must attend in person and prepare a short 5-minute PowerPoint presentation (usually 3.5 minutes of speaking plus 1.5 minutes for questions) with 4 slides maximum (1 cover slide + 3 presentation slides).
    • If you would like to be considered for a Lightning Talk Presentation, please indicate as such on the Abstract Submission Form.
    • Those selected for a Lightning Talk Presentation may also submit an ePoster if they choose, or may opt out.

ABOUT 2022 UBC PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH DAY

WHEN: Thursday June 9, 2022 from 8:45am to 4:00pm

WHERE: West Atrium / Lecture Theatre 1 at UBC Life Sciences Centre (2350 Health Sciences Mall on UBC Campus)

FORMAT: In-Person (Zoom option available)

Those who are in remote locations and/or are not able to join in person will now be able to attend all presentations virtually via Zoom. Please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Open https://ubc.zoom.us/ and click on ‘Join a Meeting’.
Step 2: Enter the Zoom Meeting ID 96335 219366 then click ‘Join.’
Step 3: If you have the Zoom client click ‘Open Zoom Meetings,’ otherwise, click ‘join from your browser.’
Step 4: Enter the 219366 in the passcode field then click ‘Join Meeting.’

If you have questions regarding General Attendee Registration or submission of your abstract / ePoster, or general inquiries regarding the 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day, please contact Margaret Koshi, Manager of Communications and Partnerships, at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

Announcement of Dr. Jordan Cohen as New Associate Head, PGE & CPD

 

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, Fellows, Students and Residents,

In anticipation of Dr. Paul Dagg’s retirement this summer, a formal announcement of which will be forthcoming, I am writing to share with you that Dr. Jordan Cohen has been appointed as the incoming Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & Continuing Professional Development, effective April 1, 2022.

In his new role as Associate Head, Dr. Cohen will be providing strategic oversight for the development and implementation of postgraduate psychiatry education and the Competence By Design curriculum, as well as leadership in the development of CPD initiatives for the Department. Importantly, he will continue the excellent work undertaken by Dr. Dagg in paving the way for the expansion of the residency program to the Southern Medical Program, as well as leading efforts to ensure PGE curricula meet cultural competencies and reflect the unique needs of Indigenous and other underrepresented communities.

Appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Associate Professor in 2016, Dr. Cohen was previously a clinical faculty member in Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. There, he served in a number of key leadership roles, including as the Director of Student Affairs for the Cumming School of Medicine, then as the Postgraduate Psychiatry Program Director for a seven-year term. Soon after his arrival at UBC, Dr. Cohen was appointed as the PGE Discipline Specific Site Leader (DSSL) at Lion’s Gate Hospital, a role in which he has been instrumental in supporting residents in their rotations at this site, and from which he will be stepping down as of March 31 in order to assume his new responsibilities as Associate Head. Given Dr. Cohen’s strong background in postgraduate education, administration and leadership, I have no doubt he will be a strong asset to our Department’s executive team.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Cohen to his new role as the Associate Head for Postgraduate Education and Continuing Professional Development. I look forward to working closely with him as we pursue a number of exciting developments in these areas, and continue on the course of achieving our strategic objectives for the Department in the long term.

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

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

RESPONSE DUE SUN, APR 10, 2022 – Have you Taught UBC Psychiatry Residents between Apr 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022?

 

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

 

Dear Faculty,

The clinical teaching with patient care (CTwPC) invoice forms for Apr 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022 were due as of 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 10, 2022 (no extensions) if you have supervised/taught UBC PGY1-6 Psychiatry residents between April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 and would like to receive a stipend for teaching.

Please note this survey is NOT for fellows or visiting resident elective teachings.

 

Thank you,

UBC Department of Psychiatry

Save the Date: CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY3 Supervisors – PGY3’s in the Core Stage

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Charles Ho, Competence By Design (CBD) Lead, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program***

 

Dear Faculty,

Please join us for an online webinar titled “CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY3 Supervisors – PGY3’s in the Core Stage”. The webinar’s goal is to help you prepare for and describe what you need to know for the Core Stage of training in CBD for the incoming PGY3 cohort.

This webinar is for all faculty, but particularly for those who will be supervising the incoming PGY3 residents.

CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY3 Supervisors – PGY3’s in Foundations Stage

Date: Monday, May 9, 2022

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Zoom (Details to come)

Workshop Theme: This workshop focuses on the PGY3 Core stage of residency training. Discussion will include:

  • Core Stage Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA’s) #1-10
  • Competencies and Training Experiences required for PGY3 residents in the new model
  • A simulated experience on filling out an EPA assessment
  • Question & Answer Period

Please register through the link by Friday, April 29th: CBD Psychiatry Workshop Sign Up Link

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Charles Ho, FRCPC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Competence By Design (CBD) Faculty Lead, Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program
Chair and Member of the Scientific Planning Committee
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry, located at the Vancouver UBC Campus, respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsay Bishop, Recipient of the Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching!

 

The Department warmly congratulates Clinical Instructor Dr. Lindsay Bishop on receiving the Resident Doctors of BC Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching! The award recognizes a physician clinical educator who has made outstanding contributions to residents’ medical education, and has created a safe learning environment that encourages self-inquiry, supports adult learning, and fosters within learners a desire to achieve their highest potential.

Dr. Lindsay Bishop is currently practicing at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Surrey Older Adult Community Mental Health Team, where she is actively involved in supervising and providing didactic teaching to both medical students and residents. Among PGY-5’s, her rotation is known for being an excellent exam preparation opportunity, with dedicated teaching time and OSCE practice. Within the program, a worksheet that she has created on case formulation has been widely circulated and is heavily used as a resource for the Royal College exam.

Her nominator’s write, “For many psychiatry residents, their rotations with Dr. Bishop stand out as one of the best learning experiences in their medical careers. She is widely known by a variety of superlatives and as a supportive and caring preceptor who is highly dedicated to resident education and wellness.

Congratulations to Dr. Bishop on this outstanding recognition!

Read the full announcement of Dr. Bishop’s award here.

 

 

 

CPD for Faculty: The Role of the Medical Expert in Estate Litigation

 

Interested faculty are invited to enroll in the Royal College-accredited workshop The Role of the Medical Expert in Estate Litigation on Thursday June 23rd and Friday June 24th. This 2-day course will serve as a valuable resource in enabling medical experts to help the courts make their determinations in cases of disputed capacity and allegations of undue influence related to estate litigation. The target audience for this workshop are psychiatrists (general and geriatric), neurologists, geriatricians, and elderly primary care physicians.

Delivered by experienced clinicians, estate litigators and a superior court judge, the workshop will explore the following themes:

  • Introduction to estate litigation and related matters
  • An approach to the retrospective and contemporaneous assessment of testamentary and related capacities
  • Crafting the opinion – a deeper dive into preparing reports and testifying in court
  • Structuring reports with case examples (interactive)
  • Giving evidence in court (role play and observation feedback)

Please see the Event poster, and visit the Workshop webpage for more information about the course and how to register.

FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series Returns to In-person Screenings! Wednesday April 27 @ 7:00pm at The Cinematheque

 

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

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Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque!

We missed you too! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over two years since our last in-cinema presentation. We’ve offered a few films online since that time, but as we’re sure you’ll agree, nothing beats the fulsome experience of watching a film in a theatre and discussing it afterwards live and in person.

Although it’s come and gone, September 2021 marked the beginning of our twentieth year as a monthly series here at The Cinematheque. To mark our return to the theatre, we’re going to start off by replaying a few of our favourites from the last ten years, starting with 15 Reasons to Live, by Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig, on April 27, and (then resuming our regular third Wednesday of the month) the heart-warming documentary Autism in Love on May 18. 

Please note our new, permanent start time of 7:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Series Director
Caroline Coutts, Series Programmer

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15 Reasons to Live
Canada (2013)
Director: Alan Zweig 83min DCP
Wednesday,  April 27 7:00 pm

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Watch the film trailer here

 

 

Film Description

A heart-warming argument in favour of striving to find happiness in life.

Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail

 

The film truly prevails as a harrowing testament to human resilience. Just be prepared to bring the waterworks.

Jordan Smith, Ion Cinema

Having weathered a lengthy episode of depression, Toronto author Ray Robertson was inspired to write a book that explored two of life’s most central and enduring questions: ​“What makes human beings happy?” and ​“What makes life worth living?” The resulting memoir, Why Not? 15 Reasons to Live, is Robertson’s enumeration of what brought him meaning and happiness: Love, Solitude, Critical Mind, Art, Individuality, Home, Work, Humour, Friendship, Intoxication, Praise, Meaning, The Body, Duty, and Death. A chance meeting between Robertson and acclaimed documentary maker Alan Zweig (HurtHopeCoppers, and the 2021 VIFF selection Records, his eleventh feature doc) set the stage for a cinematic interpretation. Using the same chapter headings as Robertson, but introducing his own cast of unique characters, Zweig brings each reason to life with poignancy, grace, and compassion. Interspersed with these real-life stories are two personal tales of Zweig’s own, told with emotionally evocative animation.

 

Post-screening discussion:

Biographies of Speakers:

Dr. Rene Weideman is a registered psychologist in private practice and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. His main area of practice is adult individual psychotherapy.

Alan Zweig is a Toronto documentary filmmaker known for creating intimate portraits of a wide range of human subjects. His films have screened internationally and won top prizes at Hot Docs, TIFF, and the Canadian Screen Awards.

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

Request for Faculty to Record and Share Their Planetary Health Pledge for WHO World Health Day on April 7th

 

*** Sent on behalf of Clinical Professor Dr. Bob Stowe and Doctors for Planetary Health (BC) ***

 

Dear Faculty Members,

Doctors for Planetary Health – West Coast have joined a global campaign by the Planetary Health Alliance and other organizations to get as many health professionals as possible to video themselves taking a planetary health pledge on or before WHO World Health Day on April 7th, and share it on their social media sites.

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If you are a doctor, nurse or other health professional, join us around the world — take the pledge for planetary health on or before THURSDAY, APRIL 7.

1. Videotape yourself or a group taking the pledge.
2. Post your video to your social media sites (see sample explanatory text to accompany the video below)

THE PLEDGE*

I, as a physician [nurse/other health professional category], solemnly pledge to work to protect the health of people, their communities, and the planet.

I pledge to maintain the utmost respect for human life and the diversity of life on Earth, and for the natural systems which support all life. 

I pledge to advocate for equity and justice by actively addressing environmental, social, and structural determinants of health, envisioning a transition to a society that places the wellbeing of all persons, in balance with nature, at its heart.

I pledge to address the climate and ecological crisis in my actions at home, in my community, and in my profession, to protect the planet and all of its lifeforms for current and future generations.

*This pledge, proposed by Doctors for Planetary Health – West Coast, is a shortened and adapted version of one proposed in the November 2020 Lancet article, A pledge for planetary health to unite health professionals in the Anthropocene). It is suited to social media posting, as it can be recited in about 45 seconds.

 

ABOUT THE PLEDGE

On or before  on April 7, 2022, take the pledge. If you are a doctor or other health professional, pledge to advocate not only for your patients’ health, but also for that of their communities, and the planet.

Together, our chorus will reverberate in the corridors of power, when critical decisions are made that will determine the fate of our fragile planet for current and future generations.

SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POST: I’m one of a growing number of health professionals across the globe who is pledging to protect the health of people, our communities, & the planet. Follow us to support our efforts. [add your handle/hashtag here] @WCDrs4PH #PlanetaryHealthPledge #HealthierTomorrow #ClimateJustice #OneHealth #ActNow

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Many thanks in advance,

 

Dr. Bob Stowe (on behalf of Doctors for Planetary Health – West Coast)
Clinical Professor
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Dr. Robert (Bob) Stowe is a behavioural neurologist, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at UBC. His parents were the founders of Greenpeace, and his family home served as the organization’s first meeting place and office. He has been active in raising awareness about the negative climate and health impacts of large fossil fuel extraction projects, as well as the mental health impacts of climate change.

ABOUT WHO WORLD HEALTH DAY: An editorial and call to emergency action published recently in the Lancet, NEJM, and over 225 more of the world’s leading medical journals bluntly stated, “The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C and to restore nature”. It emphasized our responsibility to educate others about health risks of the crisis, and hold our leaders to account.

In keeping with this dire warning and call to action, the theme of this year’s WHO World Health Day (April 7, 2022) is Our Planet, Our Health.

 

Invitation to Competence By Design Town Hall with Dr. Jason Frank – Tuesday, April 5, 2022

 

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

 

Dear Faculty,

PGME is pleased to invite you to a Competency By Design Town Hall by Dr. Jason Frank, MD, MA(Ed), FRCPC, on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Dr. Frank is the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Director of Specialty Education and an expert of CBD/CBME in Canada.

 

https://ubc.zoom.us/

Meeting ID: 91770392007

Passcode: 392007

 

We look forward to your participation.

Warm regards,

 

UBC Postgraduate Medical Education Dean’s Office
The University of British Columbia | Faculty of Medicine | Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Traditional Territory
City Square, 200-555 West 12th Ave | Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 3X7
T: 604.675.3781 | F: 604.675.3779
pgme.cmbe@ubc.ca
http://www.med.ubc.ca/postgrad

 

We are grateful to live, learn, and share within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Do Not Trust Links Sent in Email Messages

 

A common fraud called “phishing” sends messages that appear to be from a bank, shop or auction, giving a link to a fake website and asking you to follow that link and confirm your account details. The fraudsters then use your account details to buy stuff or transfer money out of the account. These fake sites can be hard to spot, so no reputable organization will send a message requesting your confidential information.

Don’t trust these links – instead, when you use an on-line account, type the website address you have been given from a trustworthy place (from your bank statement, for example) into the browser directly so that you know you are going to the correct place. You can always save it as a bookmark/favourite.

 

Sincerely,

Psychiatry Information Technology

Psychiatry.IT@@ubc.ca 604-827-5695

Urgent Requirement for PGE Mock OSCE Examiner on April 7, 2022

 

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

 

Dear Faculty Members,

We are urgently looking for Mock OSCE examiners for our April 7th, 2022 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.

You will be examining PGY5s on 1 case. We are looking for examiners during the morning session, i.e. 8:30am – 12:30pm and during the afternoon session, i.e. 12:30pm – 4:30pm. It’d be great if you could be an examiner for the full day.

Mock OSCE will be conducted virtually through Zoom.

All examiners are eligible for payment at the rate of $91.8 per hour. If you are interested in being an examiner on Thursday, April 7th, 2022, please email me at ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca.

Regards,

Ahsan

 

Ahsan Sahibzada (He, Him, His)
Senior Program Assistant, Postgraduate
UBC Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry

UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Updates – March 2022

 

 

Dear Department members,

I wish to share with you some staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Education Office. First, we are delighted to welcome Ms. Kyna Ng, who started on March 14 in her position as the new Education Coordinator for the Subspecialty Postgraduate Training Programs (SSP). Kyna brings to this role her previous experience as an Interview Liaison for the UBC Engineering Co-Op Program, and prior to this, as a Project Analyst for the UBC Integrated Renewal Program.  We are confident that her strong background in organization, coordination and providing administrative support in busy settings will prove valuable in her new role in the Department.

Kyna will be situated in the Education Office on the 11th Floor at the Diamond Centre at VGH campus, and may be reached by email at kyna.ng@ubc.ca.

Additionally, I would also like to share that Ms. Linda Chang has recently been promoted to the role of PGE Program Manager, having provided excellent support to the Postgraduate Program for a number of years in her previous role as the PGE Education Coordinator.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Kyna as a new member of our UBC Psychiatry Administration team, and also congratulating Linda in her new role!

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office situated at UBC Vancouver Campus respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

CSCI/CIHR Resident Research Prize Manuscript UBC Competition 2022

*** Shared on behalf of the UBC FoM Clinician Investigator and Transition into Practice Programs ***

 

Each year, the Canadian Society of Clinical Investigation (CSCI) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) co-sponsor an annual Resident Research Manuscript Prize Award program. This prize is awarded each year for the best first author published research manuscript conducted during an RCPSC residency training program at each Canadian medical school.

The CSCI prize consists of:
• $1,000 per resident in each medical school
• A complimentary CSCI membership for two years
• A certificate signed by the CIHR and CSCI presidents

Eligibility:
• All residents in RCPSC programs are eligible to apply.
• Current CIP residents must submit their applications through their respective home departments and will be considered with other residents and/or fellows in their respective departments.

Please review the Application Guidelines & Other Important Information and download the Senior Author Evaluation Form here.

Congratulations to the Department Members Funded in the 2022/2023 Research Excellence Clusters Competition!

 

UBC’s Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation recently announced 40 emerging and established research excellence clusters that will be supported with funding in 2022/23. Of these clusters, four are being led by the following UBC Department of Psychiatry members:

 

Emerging Clusters

Cluster Lead: Dr. Jennifer Coelho
BC Pediatric Eating Disorders (BC-PED)

The BC Pediatric Eating Disorders Cluster (BC-PED) brings together clinicians, researchers, and community partners to establish a provincial network focused on research on eating disorders in children and youth. Cluster goals include engaging in provincial and national initiatives to improve care for eating disorders.

 

Cluster Lead: Dr. Raymond Lam
Advancing Mental Health Equity in a post-COVID-19 Asia-Pacific

This emerging research cluster positions UBC as a centre of excellence in equity-oriented global mental health research focused on the Asia-Pacific region. The cluster brings together interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders at UBC, in Canada, and internationally to collaborate on community-engaged research, innovative approaches to knowledge exchange and advancing best practices for equitable mental health, including via the use of digital technologies.

 

Cluster Lead: Dr. Anthony Phillips
MATRIX-N: Multidisciplinary Alliance for Translational Research and Innovation in Neuropsychiatry

MATRIX-N seeks to bridge gaps between research, clinical practice, and patient needs to facilitate innovative solutions to global mental health challenges. The cluster will create new multidisciplinary collaborations between foundational and clinical researchers to increase the translational power of neuropsychiatry research into novel pharmacotherapies and ensure more cost-effective, clinically-relevant drug development processes.

Established Clusters

Cluster Lead: Dr. Timothy Murphy
Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Research Excellence Cluster

The Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease cluster seeks mechanistic insight into normal and dysfunctional brain circuits across illnesses and injuries. We accelerate these insights by strengthening the collaborative research environment: through local and international workshops and courses, all faculty, staff, and trainees gain access to infrastructure and technology training in addressing questions around brain circuit function by embracing modern data-driven methodologies.

 

Congratulations to the Cluster Leads and their teams on this exciting news!

 

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. Learn more here.

 

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Residents Dr. Vivian Tsang and Dr. Kirsten Roche, Recipients of the Doctors of BC Changemaker Award!

 

The Department warmly congratulates UBC Psychiatry residents Dr. Kirsten Roche and Dr. Vivian Tsang, who have each received the 2021 Changemaker Award from Doctors of BC. This award honours residents and medical students who are making a real impact in the lives of patients, the profession, and the healthcare system as a whole. Dr. Roche and Dr. Tsang will join other award winners who will be recognized at the annual Doctors of BC  Awards Event in May 2022.

 

Dr. Kirsten Roche, a UBC Psychiatry resident in the Vancouver Island Track, is advocating for those who are at risk, have been affected by, or victimized by human trafficking.  She founded the first UBC chapter of the Canadian Alliance of Medical Students Against Human Trafficking (CAMSAHT), and in early 2021, became Co-President of CAMSAHT National, supporting and establishing chapters across Canada, and continuing her leadership and hard work in this complex area.

 

Dr. Vivian Tsang is a UBC Psychiatry Research Track resident who co-founded the BC COVID-19 medical student response team, which organized more than 800 medical students in community and para-clinical roles across the province – contributing a collective 40,000 hours of work. Dr. Tsang has also written harm reduction policies with the BCCDC and tackled the stigma preventing people who use drugs from seeking care, demonstrating both outstanding leadership and advocacy for equitable healthcare access in our province.

 

The Doctors of BC Changemaker Award recognizes outstanding residents and medical students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication in advancing the policies, views, and goals of Doctors of BC, a resident organization, or student organization, through grassroots advocacy efforts. Read more about it here.

 

Request for Psychiatrists to Participate in the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program (June 6 -7)

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Clare Beasley and the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program ***

 

Dear Faculty,

After two successful years, the Department of Psychiatry 3rd annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place Mon, June 6 – Tues, June 7, 2022. The 2-day program provides an opportunity for 1st Year undergraduate medical students to explore the field of psychiatry as a potential career option through engagement with psychiatrists and psychiatry residents. Each day consists of half-day interactive talks, and half-day clinical shadowing (observership) placements.

Shadowing

The purpose of shadowing is for students to meet and observe psychiatrists at work in a broad range of subspecialties and settings. Shadowing sessions take place in the afternoon and should last 2 to 3 hours.

Locations

Site Talks location Shadowing
Vancouver Diamond Health Care Centre within Metro Vancouver
Victoria* Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria
Kelowna* n/a* n/a*
Prince George* University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George

*Insufficient student numbers to run the Kelowna program at this year. While it is anticipated that the program will be run in Prince George and Victoria , this is dependent on final student numbers.

Remuneration

Talks – $91.80/hour (pro-rated)
Shadowing Supervision – $91.80/session with 1 student; $112.21/session with 2 students

Sign Up

You can sign up to be a speaker and/or a shadowing supervisor here 2022 PSIP Faculty Sign Up.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Clare Beasley (clare.beasley@ubc.ca) or Amit Natt (amit.natt@ubc.ca).

 

Best regards,

Clare Beasley

Call for Applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2022-2023

 

 

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 2022-2023. 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 (attached) 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 six Fellows. Since the Fellowship Program was originally developed to support the training of clinician scientist psychiatrists, a minimum of three (3) awards will be allocated to MDs.  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 2021-2022 may apply for an extension in 2022-2023 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_3w7tNHxdZph31Y2 by Thursday March 31, 2022 (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

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office at the UBC Vancouver Campus respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

 

Request to Clinical Faculty Who Run Resident Electives

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

Many of you provide very valuable clinical teaching in the form of Electives for our PGY4’s and 5’s.  I wanted to thank you for your continued commitment to our Program and our Residents.

Given that each site where electives are done across the province have varying setup requirements and EHR platforms, the Program is asking that once the incoming resident makes contact, that the primary supervisor of each elective/rotation be able to guide them in obtaining site and EHR access prior to the rotation start date, so that they are ready for clinical work on day one.  It is our hope that this would help facilitate a more successful rotation for all.

Thanks you for your help in this and please feel free to contact the Program for any support that you may need.

Best regards,

Irfan

 

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

 

I humbly acknowledge, with gratitude, that I live, work, and play as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Theft of your Computer

 

Theft of your Computer

What if your computer was stolen?

Departmental computers have been stolen from locked offices and from trunks of cars.  Please think about the physical security of your computer and what it would mean to you, if it was stolen.  Could thieves put the hard drive in another computer and read your private files?  Do you have a backup of your files?

To learn more about how to safeguard your computer, contact Psychiatry Information Technology at psychiatry.it@ubc.ca or 604-827-5695.

The Next Physician Networking Lunch is on Tuesday March 15!

 

*** Sent on behalf of the Vancouver Physician Staff Association ***

 

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 March 15, 2022 in the Bernstein Room at UBC Hospital (Koerner Pavilion, MF 460B). Future dates will be April 19 and May 17.

 


 

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Christine Tipper

 

*** Shared on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Department Head, at the request of the Family ***

 

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Christine Tipper, former investigator with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and BC Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.

Christine was working to improve brain imaging technology to support neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. Her goal was to develop new interventions to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by these conditions. Her work made brain imaging more accessible and less scary and in her words: “Most kids find it quite enjoyable – it’s like a little head massage. When you’re done, you just take off the cap and you’ve got beach hair for the rest of the day!”

Christine will be remembered by her colleagues as a brilliant and passionate researcher, wonderful friend and collaborator, and a warm-hearted mentor. She was also an outdoorsy nature lover who enjoyed hiking, rollerblading, snowshoeing, camping and yoga.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Christine’s family and loved ones.

 

In memoriam donations can be made in recognition of her research program focus at:

BRITISH COLUMBIA AUTISM FOUNDATION
Registered Name: BRITISH COLUMBIA AUTISM FOUNDATION
Business No: 892778366RR0001
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/british-columbia-autism-foundation/?mprompt=1

Congratulations to the Department Members Awarded a CIHR Project Grant in the Fall 2021 Competition!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Clare Beasley, Dr. Raymond Lam, Dr. Tim Murphy, and Dr. Terry Snutch, each of whom are recipients of a major project grant through the CIHR Fall 2021 competition! Their projects are among the 61 UBC-led projects that were selected for funding totaling $36 million.

 

Dr. Clare Beasley’s project (Association between Complement C4 and Synaptic Pathology in Schizophrenia) will explore a specific variation in the gene for complement C4, which recent advances reveal is linked to an increased risk of developing schizophrenia. The study will characterize alterations in complement C4 in postmortem brain tissue from individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, and determine whether these alterations might lead to abnormal synaptic connections in this disorder. The results will provide a greater understanding of the biological mechanisms by which complement C4 increases risk of schizophrenia, with the potential to assist the development of novel therapies for treating individuals with this disorder.

 

As studies show that 70% of people being treated for major depressive disorder tend to abandon medications after only 3 months of treatment, with high risk of relapse and problems in social and work functioning, Dr. Raymond Lam’s feasibility study (Light and Ion Maintenance In Treatment of Depression (LIMIT-D) Trial: Feasibility Study) will test two non-medication treatments, light therapy and negative ion therapy, to determine if they can substitute for antidepressants to prevent relapse. The results of the feasibility study will provide valuable information for the full trial that may involve more than 300 participants.

 

Human stroke treatment are means of rehabilitation that engage surviving brain circuits to compensate for damage due to stroke, however these approaches still require optimisation in animal models. Dr. Tim Murphy’s project (3-dimensional representation of mouse movement and rapid interaction with cortical brain activity to describe and shape behavior to improve outcome from stroke: insights from real and synthetic data approaches) will investigate how computer science methods, including computer vision and machine learning, can be employed with the use of a synthetic animated mouse and representing mouse movements within 3D to more carefully evaluate stroke disease progression and recovery, simulating aspects of mouse behaviour that would otherwise be difficult to observe in nature.

 

Dr. Terry Snutch’s project (Design and Preclinical Development of First-in-Class Selective T-type Calcium Channel Blockers for Chronic Pain) will combine state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, high resolution microscopy and focused drug screening to design and develop a second-generation drug that only targets the single intended protein out of a class of protein involved in nerve cell excitability. This addresses the drawback of a novel non-opioid analgesic previously developed by Dr. Snutch’s team, which interacts with multiple related protein family members of the same class. This renewed effort promises to introduce a novel non-addictive drug to treat chronic pain patients without the previous off-target liabilities.

 

Read the full UBC Announcement here

 

Feedback Requested on Department Divisional Restructure

 

 

Dear Department members,

In late 2021 the Department Advisory Committee held a full-day meeting to discuss, among other issues of strategic importance, a proposal to review and refresh the Department’s current divisional structure in order to more accurately reflect the organizational function and accountabilities of our divisions, as well as our programs.

The discussions, led by Associate Heads Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Sophia Frangou, resulted in a consensus on the criteria for the divisions and programs comprising the refreshed divisional structure, which will include a new reporting structure between these groups.  The following Divisions have been proposed based on the criteria discussed, each of which will be provided with administrative support and will retain a Division Head who will receive a small stipend:

  • Neuroscience & Translational Psychiatry Division
  • Child & Youth Mental Health Division
  • Forensic Psychiatry Division
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Division
  • Substance Use & Concurrent Disorders Division
  • Adult Psychiatry & Mental Health Services Division

Currently, all existing programs are under review, and new programs as well as a new reporting structure to divisions will be proposed and shared pending further discussion and consultation.

At this time, we are soliciting Department-wide input and feedback regarding the proposed Divisions above, which will guide the overall restructure of our Divisions and Programs. We ask that you please forward your comments to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca by February 18, 2022.

We thank you in advance for your engagement, as your feedback will be valuable in informing our discussions as we move forward with this important process.

 

Sincerely,

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

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry situated at UBC Vancouver Campus respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

 

Congratulations to Dr. Adele Diamond, Recipient of the Flux 2022 Huttenlocher Award!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Adele Diamond, recipient of the Flux Society’s 2022 Huttenlocher Award!

This award recognizes Dr. Diamond’s transformative contributions to developmental cognitive neuroscience, which have had significant impact not only on international medical guidelines for the treatment of diseases to improve the lives of millions of children, but also on educational practice worldwide.

The Flux Society also acknowledges Dr. Diamond’s innovative and groundbreaking work in demonstrating one of the first links between cognitive development and brain function, identifying the biological mechanism causing executive function deficits in children treated for PKU – changing our fundamental thinking about stress. As this year’s award winner, Dr. Diamond will present as the Huttenlocher Lecturer at the 2022 Flux Congress.

Congratulations to Dr. Diamond on this well-deserved recognition!

 

More about Dr. Adele Diamond:

Dr. Diamond is the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She helped found the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, and for forty years, has been focused on the rigorous study of executive functions (EFs) in children.  Dr. Diamond’s studies show how EFs, such as focused attention, creative problem-solving, self-control, and working memory, are affected by genes, neurochemistry, and other biological factors as well as by environmental ones.

Dr. Diamond is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, was named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century,” and was listed as one of the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today. Her other awards include an Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society plus two honorary degrees. She has given 600 invited addresses in over 40 countries across 6 continents, including at the White House and to the Dalai Lama.

 

More about the Huttenlocher Award:

This award was established in honor of Peter Huttenlocher’s (1931-2013) pioneering work on brain maturation and as such commemorates a senior scientist who has made outstanding and significant contributions to the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, and whose work will inspire future generations of researchers through unique insights about developmental cognitive neuroscience.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo, Awarded $1.28M in Additional Funding for his Student E-Mental Health (SEMH) Project!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo, whose Student E-Mental Health (SEMH) Project has received an additional $1.28M in funding from Health Canada to scale up the project and expand its scope, bringing the total investment from the Government of Canada to $4.54M.

With this additional funding, the Mental Health Systems and Services Lab led by Dr. Vigo will expand its program, fostering engagement with high priority groups (Indigenous, International, and 2SLGBTQIA+ students) to co-develop tailored e-interventions through targeted Minder modules, as well as harnessing their online trend study to conduct a mixed methods analysis of pathways of care for university students across Canada.

Additionally, in partnership with UBC’s Data Science Institute, his lab will use artificial intelligence to understand students’ mental health and substance use needs with the goal of developing personalized interventions, and incorporate their e-tools into the health system and increase the ability to scale-up services nationally.

Congratulations to Dr. Vigo and his team on this outstanding news!

 

About the Student E-Mental Health (SEMH) Project:

This project is a multi-site, national program that aims to gauge the need for mental health and substance use services in university students, develop and evaluate a suite of innovative e-interventions, such as the Minder app, and integrate these tools with existing University health services and resources. This network currently includes four Canadian post-secondary institutions (University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, and McMaster University), with a fifth institution, the University of Manitoba, coming online in 2022.

This groundbreaking network was initially awarded $3.26M to accomplish the aims set out above, and has already reached more than 25,000 University students across Canada with their online screening tools, matching those with the highest need for services with local student mental health services in a timely manner. Additionally, they have co-developed with students a beta version of the Minder app, which is now being piloted through a randomized controlled trial.

 

PGE Mock OSCE Examiner Urgent Requirement for February 3, 2022

 

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

 

Hello,

We are urgently looking for Mock OSCE examiners for our February 3rd, 2022 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.

You will be examining PGY5s on 1 case. We are looking for 2 examiners during the morning session, i.e. 8:30am – 12:30pm and possibly 2 examiners during the afternoon session, i.e. 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Mock OSCE will be conducted virtually through Zoom.

All examiners are eligible for payment at the rate of $91.80 per hour.

If you are interested in being an examiner on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022, please email me at ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca.

Regards,

Ahsan

 

Ahsan Sahibzada (He, Him, His)
Senior Program Assistant, Postgraduate
UBC Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry

 

In Memoriam: Clinical Professor Emerita Dr. Louise Jilek-Aall

 

We are deeply saddened to learn of passing of Dr. Louise Jilak-Aall on January 4, 2022. Dr. Jilek-Aall was a Clinical Professor Emerita who had first joined the Department in 1975, serving as a member of our clinical faculty until her retirement many years later.

Born in 1931 in Oslo, Norway, Dr. Jilek-Aall completed her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Zurich, then obtained a Diploma of Tropical Medicine from the Swiss Tropical Institute, followed by a Diploma in Psychiatry from McGill, Montreal, then a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from UBC.

Dr. Jilek-Aall’s life was one of many richly diverse experiences and notable accomplishments. Alongside her mentor, the Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, she gained extensive medical experience in tropical Africa in the 1960s, serving with the United Nations forces and the International Red Cross during the Congo civil war.  With a clinical research focus on epilepsy, Dr. Jilek-Aall founded the Mahenge Epilepsy Clinic in Tanzania, to which she continued to provide consultation and support through the decades.

In addition to her epilepsy research, she collaborated with her late husband, Clinical Professor Emeritus Dr. Wolfgang Jilek, in transcultural-psychiatric investigations in East Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, and among North American indigenous and ethnic populations. As a volunteer psychiatrist, she also worked in UN-supervised refugee camps in Thailand. In recognition of her many significant contributions, she was the recipient of the Genri Dunant Medal and Citation of the League of Red Cross Societies for distinguished service, as well as the Ambassador Award of the International League Against Epilepsy.

Dr. Jilek-Aall published two books, Call Mama Doctor, and Working with Dr. Schwietzer, in addition to numerous articles and chapters in scientific journals and books. She was a prolific lecturer who presented at numerous universities and institutes across North America, Mexico, South America, Europe, Japan and Africa.

We wish to  send our sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Jilek-Aall. Please visit her memorial page to read more about Dr. Jilek-Aall’s extraordinary life and achievements.

 

Dr. Paul Dagg Appointed to the ABHS and Royal College Steering Committee

 

Clinical Professor and Associate Head of PGE and CPD Dr. Paul Dagg has recently been appointed to a new steering committee that will oversee the collaboration between the Arab Board of Health Specialization (ABHS) and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, in order to support the ABHS’s capacity building in faculty development, assessment, accreditation and continuing professional development. The ABHS is a pan-Arab organization currently working with 22 countries to enhance medical training and improve health services across the Arab world.

Dr. Dagg is one of four Royal College members who have been appointed to this Committee, and will be involved in joint initiatives with the the Royal College and the ABHS to promote the quality of health care within its member nations.

The Arab Board of Health Specialization is responsible for establishing a certification procedure for each medical specialty, organizing teaching and training sessions for the resident physicians and coordinating with teaching institutions in the Arab World, promoting the acquisition of continuous medical education and expertise. Visit https://arab-board.org/ (Arabic language) to learn more.

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty, Recipient of a Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Award!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty, whose team has been awarded a UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Award!

The proposal submitted by Dr. Chakrabarty and her colleagues Dr. Rebecca Todd, Dr. Stan Floresco, and Dr. Luke Clark from the Department of Psychology, as well as graduate students Cecilia Yu, Ryan Tomm and Alexander Terpstra, was among the nine selected from over 40 applications.  This UBC Health-funded award will support the team’s project, titled “Reward and Avoidance in Major Depressive Disorder: Developing Predictive Markers of Treatment Response.”

Congratulations to Dr. Chakrabarty and her team on this fantastic news!

 

The HIFI Awards catalyze cross-faculty and cross-campus collaboration at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, enabling health researchers to undertake innovative activities that have the potential to create change. Grants are awarded to develop, undertake, or translate innovative health-related research.

Read the FoM Announcement here.

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: ARC Sockeye Workshop – Essential Skills

 

*** Sent on behalf of the UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Service ***

 

Dear Sockeye users,

We are excited to invite you to Advanced Research Computing’s (ARC) Sockeye Workshop – Essential Skills. In this two-day workshop, we will be sharing best practices and how to troubleshoot using UBC ARC Sockeye. This workshop is aimed at users with some familiarity with navigating the Sockeye system and running jobs.
 

When:

February 1, 10-11am
February 2, 10-11am

Attendees should attend both days.

Where:

Virtually on zoom.
Link provided to those who register.

Workshop outline:

Section 1: Sockeye system overview and key concepts

Section 2: Installing custom libraries or packages as a non-root user

Section 3: Job submission best practices

Section 4: Job monitoring and resource management

 
 
If you are interested in it, please register: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8BK3AXGnZXj43k. If you have any questions, please contact arc.support@ubc.ca.

Hope to see you there!

 

Thank-you,

Elizabeth Kinney  JD, LLM
Manager, Research Specialists
Advanced Research Computing | Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
112A 2386 East Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z3 Canada
Phone 604 827 4826
em.kinney@ubc.ca
http://www.arc.ubc.ca

 

Recruiting Graduate Students for SUSxGSS Mentorship Program

 

*** Sent on behalf of the UBC Science Undergraduate Society ***

 

Dear Graduate Students,

We invite you to participate in the SUSxGSS Mentorship Program, an initiative of the UBC Science Undergraduate Society that allows undergraduate students to sign up to be paired with either an upper year undergraduate or graduate mentor to provide them with guidance. Our aim is to provide mentors an opportunity to share their valuable experiences and knowledge in their pursuit of higher education to support their mentee both academically and professionally. We anticipate the launch of the mentorship program within the next few weeks.

Please apply at this link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bg7R40bTpwLDJVs. Our application period is currently open and will close on Friday, January 28th.

We believe your leadership and mentorship skills will greatly support undergraduate students at this time, especially with the many adjustments and challenges due to the transition into online learning.

Cheers,

Britney Ng
Mentorship Coordinator
UBC Science Undergraduate Society
mentorship@sus.ubc.ca | sus.ubc.ca

 

In Fond Memory of Dr. Sadi Bayrakal

 

The Department is very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Sadi Bayrakal on Thursday January 6, 2022 at the age of 94.

Dr. Bayrakal was a prominent child and adolescent psychiatrist whose career spanned over many decades in various settings across Canada. He ultimately settled in Vancouver, where he served as Head of the VGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit for over ten years before relocating to Vancouver Island to wind down into private practice prior to his retirement.

For his many friends and colleagues in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, the family invites you to leave a message of remembrance on Dr. Bayrakal’s public memorial page, and also to make a donation in lieu of flowers to https://kidshelpphone.ca/ in support and recognition of Dr. Bayakal’s lifetime dedication to youth mental health.

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Managing Email

 

UBC email is a robust and flexible system, however Psychiatry IT has been noticing a tendency for Department members to overload it by using it as a filing system. The result is often lost and slow email, something that none of us have much tolerance for. Simply buying more email storage does nothing to reduce the overload problem, and it often makes the problem worse because you are not forced to clean-up your inbox. You probably can’t avoid deferring a few emails, but if you always try for closure, your inbox will stay more manageable. Some messages are easier to deal with than others, but the best way to keep your inbox under control is to deal with messages as you read them. Whether you reply, delegate, or delete, try to deal with each one.

Don’t forget to save any attachments before deleting the email. You can also tackle the total size of your email storage by sorting your inbox by size (click at the top of the size column), then work on the largest of them, which are typically those with attachments. If you need to save email as backup or for legal reasons, save it to a hard drive, then delete it from your email account.

Psychiatry Information Technology
604-827-5695
Psychiatry.IT@@ubc.ca

 

 

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

 

The Department congratulates Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Barbara Kane, who has earned the distinction of Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The status of Distinguished Fellow is the highest honour conferred by the APA to its members, and Dr. Kane is very deserving given her significant contributions to psychiatry in a range of areas, including administration, teaching, community involvement, and clinical excellence.

Dr. Kane is a long-standing member of the UBC Department of Psychiatry and has served on our Executive Committee leadership team since 2019.  She is currently the Medical Lead for the Northern Health Mental Health Program, and prior to this role, served for a number of years as the Department Head of Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC), where she is currently a Consulting Psychiatrist.  Additionally, she  is a representative for the BC Psychiatric Association Northern Region, and also serves as an Examiner for Psychiatry for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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

 

UPDATE: VCH Has Declared COVID-19 Outbreak at Detwiller Pavilion To Be Over

 

 

 

January 5, 2022

Dear all department members concerned,

Further to my email on January 3 (below) regarding the COVID-19 outbreak within Detwiller Pavilion at UBC Hospital (http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/vancouver-coastal-health-declares-covid-19-outbreak-at-detwiller-pavillion-2021-12-29), I am writing to inform you that as of today Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Detwiller Pavilion to be over.

Following this update from VCH, all infection control measures that were implemented in response to this outbreak have been lifted, and as such Department members may now gain entry to and resume their normal work activities at Detwiller Pavilion under the existing COVID-19 safety protocols.

Thank you all for your cooperation over these last couple of days. Should you have any questions or additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 

January 3, 2022

Dear all department members concerned,

I am writing to inform you that on December 29, 2021 Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the BC Psychosis Program located within Detwiller Pavilion at UBC Hospital (http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/vancouver-coastal-health-declares-covid-19-outbreak-at-detwiller-pavillion-2021-12-29).

As VCH has implemented strict infection prevention and control protocols in response to this outbreak at Detwiller Pavilion, we ask all UBC Psychiatry faculty, staff, fellows, students and other Department members who work primarily in the offices and research spaces within Detwiller Pavilion to please work remotely until VCH declares the COVID-19 outbreak in the facility to be over, and outbreak control measures are lifted.

Again, please note that this remote work guidance will apply only to Department members whose primary work space is situated at Detwiller Pavilion.

For the time being, I ask all Department members to please follow VCH protocols and avoid accessing or entering any areas within Detwiller Pavilion. I will keep you all apprised as soon as we receive any news or updates on the status of the outbreak, and when we may expect to return from remote to in-person work at Detwiller Pavilion once VCH lifts the current outbreak control measures.

Thank you for your cooperation and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

In Memoriam: Dr. Johannes Giede

 

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

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the untimely passing of Dr. Johannes Giede on Friday December 17, 2021. Dr. Giede was an outstanding psychiatrist, a passionate teacher, and a leader within both the Northern Medical Program (NMP) and the broader Northern BC communities which he served with tremendous dedication and generosity. Needless to say, the unexpected loss of Dr. Giede will be profoundly felt by many across the province.

A long-standing member of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Giede had obtained his MD at UBC in 1988 before completing his Family Medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, then returning to UBC to complete his Psychiatry residency in 1999. He was appointed to the clinical faculty of the Department of Family Practice in 2002, where he remained until 2006, when he transferred to the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Giede had been actively involved in the Northern Medical Program since its inception in 2004, and as an enthusiastic teacher deeply invested in supporting the training of students and residents, he received numerous awards for his contributions to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Additionally, he played a pivotal leadership role within our education programs, serving as the UGE Distributed Site Specific Leader (DSSL) for NMP prior to his most recent appointment as the PGE Associate Program Director for NMP from 2017 to 2021. Dr. Giede held various other key leadership roles within the hospital, including as Head of Psychiatry, Clinical Director for Adolescent Psychiatry, and Clinical Director for the Adult Psychiatry Unit at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC). For over 20 years, he maintained a busy practice treating adult and adolescent patients in Prince George, while also providing outreach to underserved northern communities in Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Quesnel.

Dr. Giede’s passing is a significant loss to his many colleagues, friends, students, and patients, as well as the northern communities to which Dr. Giede belonged and was very much devoted. Our thoughts are above all with his family and loved ones to whom, on behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I send my heartfelt condolences.

A livestream memorial service will be held on Saturday January 15, 2022 at 2:00pm through https://www.westwoodchurch.bc.ca/ .

If you wish to leave a message of remembrance or condolence to the Giede family, you are invited to do so on Dr. Giede’s memorial page here.

Additionally, we ask that you consider making a donation to “Spirit of the North,” a project honouring Dr. Giede’s legacy and dedication. At the family’s request, memorial tributes are being accepted that will further his passion for mental health and wellness at UHNBC. Donations can be: made online https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12869 or mailed to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, 1475 Edmonton Street, Prince George, BC V2M 152.

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 Appointment of Dr. Emlene Murphy as Forensic Division Head

 

 

Dear students, fellows, residents, staff and colleagues,

As the search and selection process for the role of Head, Division of Forensic Psychiatry in the UBC Department of Psychiatry has concluded, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Emlene Murphy has been appointed to this role for a two-year term, effective January 1, 2022.

As the new Forensic Division Head, Dr. Murphy will provide overall direction and leadership to the Division and its members, overseeing the development and implementation of academic goals and long-range plans with regard to PGE specialty and PGE subspecialty Forensic education, as well as the Division’s research activities and other initiatives, in order to meet the strategic objectives of the Division, the Department, and the Faculty of Medicine. Her key responsibilities will involve liaising and collaborating with fellow Division members, educational leaders within the Department and the Faculty of Medicine, as well as physician and operational leadership at affiliated hospitals and clinics to ensure the Division meets its academic mandate while bringing effective co-ordination of responsibilities between the UBC Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry teaching sites across the province.

As a Clinical Professor and a member of the Department for over 35 years, Dr. Murphy has been actively engaged with the Division of Forensic Psychiatry since its inception. She brings to this new position her wealth of clinical and administrative leadership experience, having previously served as both the Director of Clinical Services for the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (FPSC), as well as the Regional Clinical Director for the Youth Forensic Psychiatric Service (YFPS). Dr. Murphy has sat on numerous executive boards and committees within the Department, the FPSC and YFPS, and various professional bodies at the provincial and national levels. Within her various capacities, she has played an integral role in developing clinical guidelines and standards in BC, including reporting processes to the Courts, the BC Review Board and other legal tribunals. Dr. Murphy continues to be among the province’s leading forensic psychiatric experts and maintains an active practice at the Youth Forensic Psychiatric Service. Additionally, she was qualified as an addictions medicine specialist by the American Board of Addictions Medicine in 2009.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Murphy to this integral role in the Division. Her appointment is extremely opportune and timely, in light of the upcoming Forensic Accreditation Review scheduled for 2022. I very much look forward to working with and supporting Dr. Murphy as she moves into this key leadership position in the New Year.

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

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please Participate in the Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool (ISAT)

 

*** DEADLINE EXTENDED ***

Thank you to all who participated in the Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool (ISAT), which was circulated in late December and through January. For those who have not yet had the opportunity, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday March 15, 2022, so we kindly ask that you complete the survey here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_71dOEUoVGAwvuBw.

On behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Department Head, we thank you for taking the time to reflect upon and share your assessment of our Department’s practices, processes and policies in relation to EDI. Broad participation in the ISAT will be essential in identifying areas of opportunity, growth and improvement, and informing future discussions, priority setting, and decision making processes to advance EDI across the Department.

 

 

Dear Department members,

As part of the UBC Inclusion Action Plan (IAP) and the broader Shaping UBC’s Next Century: 2018-2028 Strategic Plan, the Faculty of Medicine has launched an initiative to support and lead FoM departments, divisions and other units in the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and in creating and sustaining respectful learning and work environments across our communities.  These objectives clearly align with the Department’s own priorities to advance EDI, as stated in the UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and as such the Department is fully committed to participating and engaging meaningfully in the IAP and the FoM initiative.

As a crucial first step, the UBC Department of Psychiatry is asking all faculty, staff, fellows, students, and residents to please participate in the Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool (ISAT): https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_71dOEUoVGAwvuBw  

Developed by UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office, the ISAT consists of a series of topic statements to encourage your reflection and assessment of our Department’s practices, processes and policies in relation to EDI. Your responses and feedback will be valuable in identifying areas of opportunity, growth and improvement, and informing our future discussions, priority setting, and decision making processes to advance EDI across the Department.

We hope each of you will take the time to participate in the ISAT by the deadline of Monday January 31, 2022, as it is an opportunity to share your perspectives and contribute to a very important and necessary dialogue regarding equity, diversity, respectful environments and inclusion.  Completion of the survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes, and your responses will be gathered anonymously. As a token of our appreciation, those who complete the survey by Friday December 31, 2021 will be eligible to enter into a draw for a $25 Starbucks gift card (your survey responses will remain anonymous).

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the ISAT, please don’t hesitate to reach out to 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

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry respectfully acknowledges the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh).

 

2021 in Review: Don’t Miss the UBC Department of Psychiatry Annual Newsletter!

 

Dear colleagues, staff, students, and residents,

As we approach the end of 2021, I would like to express my deep gratitude to all of you for your support and for working extremely hard to achieve the many high goals we set for the Department this year. Throughout the year, all of you in your various roles in supporting the Department have demonstrated a great deal of resilience and adaptability to overcome the many persistent disruptions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and for your collective efforts, I sincerely thank you. Because of your dedication to the continuity and success of our research activities, education programs, and administrative operations, we have many proud accomplishments to note and I am delighted to capture the highlights here in the UBC Department of Psychiatry 2021 Year End Newsletter.

READ THE NEWSLETTER IN ISSUU 

A particular milestone was the release of the 2020-2025 UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan last June, which has served as the foundation for developing our strategic objectives and plans for execution for the immediate future and the years ahead.  In the last 12 months alone, we have made strong progress in virtually every action area defined under the four pillars of the plan, the details of which are summarized within these pages.  As the Department continues to pursue new opportunities, partnerships and resources that will foster discovery and research translation, we remain focused on expanding our capacity to train future generations of clinicians, scientists and academics who are pursuing careers in mental health care and research. All the while, the Department reaffirms its commitment to uphold our shared values of equity, diversity, and inclusion for everyone working in our offices, learning and research spaces, and across our interconnected networks and communities.

As 2021 has proven to be a uniquely challenging year, we have even more reason to be proud of our accomplishments. I look to the New Year with a renewed sense of purpose and determination, and with your continued support and dedication, I have no doubt we will be able to achieve our shared mission and objectives for the Department in 2022.

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
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

 

Urgent Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Critical Security Vulnerability Affecting Many Internet Accessible Devices

 

 

Critical Security Vulnerability Affecting Many Internet Accessible Devices

 

Dear Department Members,

If any of your computers (Windows, macOS and Linux are all potentially vulnerable) or electronic devices can be access from the internet, it is of critical importance that you determine if they use log4j.  log4j is embedded in many web servers (e.g. Apache), remote control systems, cloud services (e.g. AWS) and many other systems.  The vulnerability is formerly known as CVE-2021-44228.

Please:

  1. Identify where log4j is used in your environment
    1. Search each computer for files “log4j-core*.jar” or “log4j-api*.jar”.  If they are present, the computer may be vulnerable.
    2. Check the partial list of impacted systems and software on https://gist.github.com/SwitHak/b66db3a06c2955a9cb71a8718970c592
  2. Determine if the versions you have in your environments are vulnerable
  3. Mitigate immediately using mitigation instructions in the article
  4. Patch log4j [if possible without completely breaking the application environment]
  5. Follow up with vendors and upstream projects and frameworks to get their official patches ASAP
  6. Priority should be given to those applications which are internet-facing

Please reference the UBC Cybersecurity Confidential website (https://cc.cybersecurity.ubc.ca/?p=8995) for more information.

If you are unsure if your computerised systems are vulnerable, have questions or need assistance, please contact security@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

UBC Psychiatry IT
Psychiatry.IT@ubc.ca

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Clinical Scientist III (Research Lead) Position at BCMHSUS, in Partnership with UBC Psychiatry!

 

 

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), in partnership with the UBC Department of Psychiatry, is accepting applications for the position of Clinical Scientist III (Research Lead), Complex Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

The new research lead for complex mental health and substance use disorders, based out of Coquitlam, will have the opportunity to inform and contribute to excellence in clinical care and improved client outcomes.

Please read the full FULL POSTING for the complete job description, criteria and requirements for this position, and link to the application portal.

 

 

December 2021 Update from the Department of Psychiatry Research and Scholarly Activity Committee

 

 

Warm wishes from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! We are pleased to provide you with our final communication of 2021; we have five updates for you.

  1. We have scheduled our committee meeting dates for 2022, which are as follows:
    • February 17th 2022 (submission deadline February 10th)
    • April 21st 2022 (submission deadline April 14th)
    • September 22nd 2022 (submission deadline Sept 15th)
    • November 17th 2022 (submission deadline November 10th)

** Please note that the committee requires submissions of abstracts/final reports to be made one week in advance of the meeting to enable a thorough review of all the documents, thank you.

  1. Faculty members, we have residents looking for supervisors in the following areas:
    • A PGY-1 is looking for a supervisor in the area of weight bias/stigmatization and/or compassion-focused obesity care or related topics (please contact Erin Michalak who will connect you)
    • A PGY-3 is looking for a supervisor with an interest in ADHD (please contact Erin Michalak who will connect you)
  2. Residents, we have faculty members seeking residents in the following areas:
    • Anyssa Shakeri is seeking a psychiatry resident to work along side a medicine resident to develop educational material about the HCCA vs MHA – essentially a module that will be added to the learning hub. There will be opportunities to do education in a variety of settings (if desired) on this material as well. Please contact Dr. Shakeri direct for more details via anyssa.shakeri@fraserhealth.ca
  3. A reminder 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/scholarlyactivity-project/
  4. Copies of our archived committee communication can be accessed here: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/postgraduate-education-research-and-scholarly-activity-for-residents/research-and-scholarly-activity-committee/

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.

We hope you have a restful and peaceful holiday season and look forward to working with you all in 2022.

 

** 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.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Accepting Applications for Re-Entry Residency Position, Interior Health Authority

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry is accepting applications for a re-entry residency position in Psychiatry, commencing July 1, 2022. This re-entry psychiatry residency position has a 3 year Return of Service (ROS) contract with Interior Health Authority in British Columbia.

The application deadline is Tuesday February 8th, 2022.

Please review the FULL POSITION POSTING for additional information regarding eligibility requirements and the application process.

Learn more about the Postgraduate Medical Education Return of Service Program.

 

REMINDER to Clinical Faculty: Submit your 2021-22 Postgraduate CTwPC Invoices (PGY1-6) by Thursday March 31, 2022

 

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

 

Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty,

This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the 2021-22 fiscal year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) for PGY1-5 UBC residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. Note that fellow and visiting resident teaching is NOT eligible.

You may submit your invoices monthly or annually. The deadline for all invoices covering the 2021-22 fiscal year is Thursday, March 31, 2022. All payments will be processed after fiscal year-end (March 31, 2022).

 

  • Eligibility Description – Please ensure you have read and followed the CTwPC Eligibility Description below submitting your invoice.
  • Online Submission Form – The 2021-22 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 Templates in Excel or Word

 

Invoices may be submitted to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca or by fax to 604-875-5438. If you have any questions, please contact us at psychiatry.education@ubc.ca.

Thank you for your continued mentorship and teaching of our residents.

Kind regards,

 

Education Office
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

A Friendly Reminder Regarding the Resident Career Counsellor Position

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program**

 

Dear Faculty,

We are still looking for expressions of interest for our Career Counsellor Positions.  At this point, we are needing interested faculty for the Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Prince George tracks.

This paid role would be to offer career guidance to any queries that the residents of that track may have. It would not include having to advise on matters of financial management or contract negotiation.  The original letter of request and full description of the role is attached here.

If you have any interest, please contact myself and the Associate Program Director of the particular track of interest and we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.  Our emails are included in the signature lines below. If you could include a note about your background and interest, that would be most helpful.

Thank you for your consideration and best regards,

Irfan

 

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

 

Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Torres, Recipient of a MSHR BC 2021 Health Professional-Investigator Award!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Torres, who has received a 2021 Health Professional-Investigator Award from Michael Smith Research BC!

This award will support a study led by Dr. Torres to investigate the severity, pattern, and variation in cognitive functioning among individuals with treatment resistant schizophrenia (TRS), and to determine whether cognitive difficulties predict treatment response and functioning. This will be achieved by analyzing clinical and neuropsychological data that has been collected on TRS patients who have been treated within the BC Psychosis Program since 2012. Findings using this unique dataset will have a direct impact on shaping assessment and treatment strategies, improving prognosis and ability to predict functioning, and improving clinical decision-making and planning.

Congratulations to Dr. Torres on this achievement!

Learn more about Dr. Torres’ study here.

 

** The Department also congratulates award recipient Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who recently transferred to the Department of Family Practice, after having served as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry for many years.

 

Now in its fifth year, Michael Smith Health Research BC’s Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) award is dedicated to support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system to ultimately improve health outcomes in BC and beyond.

 

 

Appointment of Dr. Sophia Frangou as Director, Research Track, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program

 

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sophia Frangou has been appointed to the role of Director, Research Track (RT) for the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program, effective November 15, 2021. Her new role and responsibilities will be incorporated into the portfolio of her current role as Associate Head, Research and International Affairs for the UBC Department of Psychiatry. This appointment follows the decision made by the previous Director, Dr. Anthony Bailey, to step down after serving admirably in this role since 2019. As such, I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Dr. Bailey for his outstanding leadership over the last two and a half years, and for his many notable contributions to the Research Track program, which included devising and implementing a new mentoring scheme for RT Residents.

As the new Director, Research Track, Dr. Frangou will be responsible for ensuring the quality and success of the Resident Research Track program in meeting the Royal College training requirements and fulfilling all clinical and research objectives. Her key duties will include meeting with RT residents to identify supervisors for their research projects, allocating their mentors, and conducting their progress reviews on an annual basis. Dr. Frangou will also head the RT selections committee and will be engaged in all activities related to the guidance and consideration of residents in the general program for entry into the Research Track. As well, she will lead the CaRMS process for the Resident Research Track program, participate in activities related to accreditation of the program, and will attend all committees and meetings relevant to this role.

Additionally, Dr. Frangou will be tasked with developing updated terms of reference for the RT selection committee, as well as documentation outlining the goals of the RT program and renewed guidelines with regard to the selection process, the regular monitoring of residents’ progress in the RT, decision-making around resident research projects, and other processes and activities related to the program.

Please join me in both warmly welcoming Dr. Frangou to this new leadership role, and once again thanking Dr. Bailey for his many significant and valuable contributions to the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program.

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 Requirement for PGE Mock OSCE Examiner on Thursday Dec 9, 2021

 

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

 

Hello,

We are urgently looking for a Mock OSCE examiner for our December 9th 2021 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.

You will be examining PGY5s on 2 cases during the morning session, i.e. 8:30am – 12:30pm. Mock OSCE will be conducted virtually through Zoom.

All examiners are eligible for payment at the rate of $91.80 per hour.

If you are interested in being an examiner on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, please email me at ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca.

Regards,

Ahsan

 

Ahsan Sahibzada (He, Him, His)
Senior Program Assistant, Postgraduate
UBC Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Using Dropbox or Other Non-UBC Storage for UBC Business

 

Dear Department Members,

If you use Dropbox, Google Drive, Sync.com, Box or other non-UBC storage for UBC business, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). A UBC PIA is a formal risk assessment which you apply for. It is processed by the UBC Safety & Risk Services unit, for University Counsel.

Some academic research projects are exempt from a PIA, but will instead require approval by the Research Ethics Board.

More information: https://privacymatters.ubc.ca/privacy-impact-assessment

Sincerely,

Psychiatry IT
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

Psychiatry IT service bulletins, self-help documents, policies, office hours and our phone number are at http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/administration/information-technology/

 

Appointment of Dr. Verena Langheimer as IMG Oversight Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***

 

Dear Colleagues,

Following our announcement in September regarding Dr. Sara Junaid’s decision to step down as International Medical Graduate (IMG) Oversight Director, I am very excited to announce that Dr. Verena Langheimer has accepted this role in the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program effective November 15, 2021.

As the IMG Oversight Director, Dr. Langheimer will be responsible for providing overall direction for the delivery of the IMG training program within the Vancouver Track, ensuring that it provides an ongoing rich and diverse clinical and educational experience for IMG residents, and meets the Royal College standards and objectives of training while respecting the collective agreement between PARBC and HEABC.

Dr. Langheimer herself graduated from our IMG track a number of years ago, and brings to this role her background as a Child & Adolescent (CAP) psychiatrist in Germany, her general psychiatry training here at UBC, and her subsequent inpatient and addictions work at VGH prior to moving to Comox on the Island, where she is currently working and residing.  In 2020, she was recognized by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) as a “Culture Changer” physician who is actively contributing to a positive learning environment in medical education in Canada.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Langheimer as the Department’s new IMG Oversight Director, and also thanking Dr. Junaid once again for her many contributions over the last four years.

Thanks so much and best regards,

 

Irfan

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

 

Congratulations to Dr. Christian Schütz, Promoted to the Rank of Professor (Partner)!

 

The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Christian Schütz on his promotion to the rank of Professor (Partner), effective July 1, 2021.

Dr. Schütz has been an academic faculty member in the UBC Department of Psychiatry since 2009, and is also a Research Scientist at the UBC Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) and the Research and Education Medical Manager at the Burnaby Center for Mental Health and Addiction. He leads the BRAIN Lab, where his research team investigates the psycho-neurobiological mechanisms underlying cognitive, affective, and stress-associated aspects of decision-making and impulsivity, specifically related to substance use disorders and concurrent mental disorders. He is the recipient of various notable awards, including the NARSAD Independent Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Foundation in 2017, and the UBC FoM Outstanding Academic Award in 2018 in recognition of significant achievement and productivity in his field.

In addition to his many contributions to our education programs, Dr. Schütz is an active participant in various committees within the Department and Health Authorities, serving for a number of terms on the UBC Psychiatry Departmental Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee and the PHSA BCMHSUS Research Committee. He has also provided expert consultation for the Vancouver Coastal Health Guidelines for Addiction Medicine in 2015, and has contributed to various other teams and working groups in the development of practice guidelines addressing the public health crisis arising from substance misuse in BC and across Canada.

Please join us in warmly congratulating Dr. Schütz on his very well deserved promotion to Professor (Partner)!

 

UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Updates – November 2021

 

Dear Department members,

I wish to share with you some staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Administration team.  Firstly, please join us in warmly welcoming Mr. Fergus Killeen, who started as our new Human Resources Assistant on November 15. Fergus brings previous experience as an Immigration Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin, Ireland, and his strong background in providing administrative support in a busy setting will prove valuable in his new role in the Department.  He will be situated at the central Administration Office at Detwiller Pavilion, UBC Hospital, and may be reached by email at fergus.killeen@ubc.ca or by phone at 604-822-7610.

As we welcome Fergus to the team, it is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of Ms. Stephanie Milne, who has resigned from her position as the Executive Coordinator for the Head’s Office in order to accept an opportunity in the Department of Medicine’s Palliative Care Division.  We would like to thank Stephanie for all her hard work and contributions to the Department, and wish her all the best in her new position. As Stephanie’s last day will be Friday December 3, Ms. Leah Ranada will be providing temporary coverage as we initiate a recruitment process for this position. Leah can be reached by email at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca or by phone at 604-822-7310.

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

Congratulations to the 2021 UBC Department of Psychiatry Undergraduate Student Awards Winners!

 

*** Sent on behalf of the Undergraduate Education Team, UBC Psychiatry ***

 

The Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Program would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2021 UBC Psychiatry Student Awards:

 

Annette E. Hacking Memorial Award in Medicine
Awarded to an M.D. student with an aptitude for and an interest in mental health. Adjudication is based on leadership skills, commitment to community service and demonstrated social conscience.

Recipient: Tanna Lauriente, SMP

 

Andrew Neil McTaggart Memorial Prize in Psychiatry
Awarded to an M.D. student who demonstrated interest and academic achievement in the study of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Recipient: Regan Mah, VFMP

 

Kristin Sivertz Memorial Prize in Medicine
Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year M.D. student who demonstrated the core competencies of an exceptional physician early in their medical training.

Recipient: Daniel Shearer, VFMP

 

Jay C. Cheng Memorial Prize
Awarded to a 4th year M.D. student who demonstrated academic excellence in Psychiatry.

Recipient: Christian Farrell, VFMP

 

Dennis Harris Memorial Prize in Psychiatry
Awarded to a 3rd year M.D. student who excels in Psychiatry.

Recipient: Shiny Sachdeva, VFMP

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, Named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate in 2021!

 

 

 

Congratulations to Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Associate Head Dr. Raymond Lam, both of whom are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2021 by Clarivate Analytics!

Each year, Clarivate identifies the world’s most influential researchers who have demonstrated significant impact through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. In 2021, fewer than 6,700, or about 0.1%, of the world’s researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, have earned this exclusive distinction.

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 183 pioneering researchers in psychiatry and psychology worldwide to make the list, and are among 28 UBC academics across faculties identified as Highly-Cited Researchers this year.

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

 

Strategic Plan in Action: Academic Faculty Recruitment in the Northern Medical Program

 

 

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to share that the UBC Department of Psychiatry has recently made important progress in meeting two key objectives outlined in the UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Since early 2021, the Department has been actively pursuing opportunities to establish an academic presence beyond the Vancouver epicentre, and build much-needed research capacity within our distributed sites across BC. As well, the Department remains committed to addressing the many inequities and challenges, such as the lack of adequate access to mental health care, experienced by Indigenous communities throughout the province. Working in collaboration with the Regional Department Heads of the Health Authorities and the Regional Associate Deans of the Distributed Medical Programs, we are making meaningful steps with regard to these dual objectives.

To this end, the Department, in partnership with the NMP, has initiated the recruitment for a full-time tenure-stream academic faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to be based in Prince George, BC. This position will play an integral role in the development of a mental health and addictions research program focused on access to care, early intervention, and population health in rural and remote areas and Indigenous communities, with the long-term goal of further advancing Northern-based mental health research and promoting sustainable care for mental illness and addictions in our province’s most underserved regions.

The job posting is currently advertised on local, national, and international job boards, and the applicant review and selection process will begin on February 1, 2022. Please visit our Department website Career Opportunities web page if you wish to view the job posting in full. Should you have any questions regarding this faculty career opportunity, please kindly direct them to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

I look forward to sharing further news and updates with you in the New Year as we move forward with this recruitment.  In the meantime, I encourage you to share this faculty career opportunity widely across your networks and channels.

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

 

 

Dr. Steven Taylor Joins WHO Roundtable Discussions Exploring the Future of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Infectious Threats

 

On Tuesday November 9, Dr. Steven Taylor was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners to join a panel of world leaders and experts in virtual roundtable discussions to explore four potential scenarios on the future of the pandemic, and to discuss the implications, potential risks and possible solutions.

The international panel, comprised of leaders from diverse fields, participated in an engrossing 2-hour discussion that tackled a number of pressing issues and questions about the COVID-19 endgame, the potential for other infectious threats in the next 3 to 5 years, and importantly, what changes are needed to ensure better global preparedness against future infectious threats.

Watch the recorded discussions HERE.

 

Steven Taylor is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, and a member of the Canadian federal government’s expert panel on COVID-19. His work focuses on anxiety disorders and on the psychology of pandemics. He has authored over 300 scientific publications and more than 20 books, which have been translated into many languages. His most recent book, The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the next global outbreak of infectious disease, was published a few weeks before the outbreak of global COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Expression of Interest Request for Career Counsellor

 

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

In our roles as Program and Associate Program Directors, a part of our duties is to help residents in matters of career counselling and career development.  As an additional layer of support, our program would like to establish a faculty member in each of our distributed tracks in the role of Career Counsellor; someone at arm’s length from the PGE program and not in a hiring role in a particular health authority.

We are asking for expressions of interest from faculty members who would like to act in such an advisory capacity and be available to residents to answer any questions or requests for guidance.  You would not be expected to advise on matters of financial or practice management or contract negotiation as senior residents are already provided with access to seminars on these transition to practice topics.

Once the application deadline has passed, we will then meet with all interested candidates to assess for the best fit.  Financial remuneration for this role will be provided at the University’s hourly rate.

Please send your expression of interest letter to Dr. Khanbhai and the Associate Program Director of whichever specific track, with a brief description of yourself and any information you would like to provide about your interest in the role. The deadline for applications will be Friday November 26, 2021.

Thank you and best regards,

 

Dr. Kenneth Heng MD, FRCPC
Associate Program Director, Vancouver Track

 

Dr. Faiza Hameer MD, FRCPC
Associate Program Director, Fraser Track

 

Dr. Alison Gregson MD, FRCPC
Associate Program Director, Vancouver Island Track

 

Dr. Dmitri Zanozin MD, FRCPC
Associate Program Director, Prince George Track

 

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

 

Congratulations to Dr. Cameron Anderson, Recipient of the 2021 Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching – Early Career!

 

 

Dear Staff, Students, Residents and Colleagues,

We are delighted to share that Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Cameron Anderson has received the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching – Early Career, in recognition of his significant and outstanding contributions to both undergraduate and postgraduate education in Psychiatry.

An attending psychiatrist and Medical Manager in the General Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), Dr. Anderson joined the clinical faculty of the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 2012.  As of October 2020, he has served as the Postgraduate Site Director at VGH, playing a significant leadership and educational role in supporting residents’ training and helping to ensure that postgraduate psychiatry education at this site has continued to meet its objectives each year.  Prior to his clinical faculty appointment, Dr. Anderson was Chief Resident at VGH, where he was extensively involved in developing a Resident Teaching Series to prepare junior residents for teaching medical students, which continues to this day and which contributed to his receiving the UBC Psychiatry Resident Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2010.

Dr. Anderson continues to be very active in teaching at all levels, regularly lecturing and providing clinical supervision to psychiatry residents and medical students, as well as developing and delivering a weekly didactic seminar series for medical students in the UGE Year 3 core clerkship rotation in Psychiatry. His learners describe him to be the ideal supervisor, as he is very knowledgeable, engaging, caring and humorous, and dedicated to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for his students. They say:

“Cam was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. His passion for psychiatry is contagious. His teaching style is incredible – he manages to be simultaneously engaging, informative, relevant, and hilarious! I wish we had more sessions with him.”

“Quite simply the best lectures I’ve ever had were the three 1-hour sessions I had with Dr. Anderson. They were so engaging, informative, a complete joy to experience. I learned so much about psychiatry and about LIFE in general. Thank you so much Dr. Anderson.”

“A wonderful supervisor and physician. He role-modeled excellent patient care consistently. His incorporation of humor in the relationship with his patients truly augmented the therapeutic relationships he formed. He took the time to listen to family members about his patients and work with the home community to help support his patients. He should be nominated for a physician excellence award and/or a supervisor award!”

Fittingly, his demonstrated excellence in teaching was recognized previously in both 2014 and 2017, when he won the UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Award for Teaching Excellence, and again in 2018 and 2021, when he won UBC Psychiatry Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

We wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Dr. Anderson for all his hard work, his outstanding teaching and positive impact on our learners, and the many other significant contributions he has made to our undergraduate and postgraduate education programs. Please join us in warmly congratulating Dr. Anderson on this very well deserved recognition!

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Raymond Lam, Professor and Associate Head, Graduate and UG Education, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Clinical Professor and Associate Head, PGE and CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Congratulations to Dr. Terry Snutch, Recipient of the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award!

 

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health are delighted to announce that Dr. Terry Snutch has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award. By way of this award, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes extraordinary members who have had sustained and distinguished careers at UBC in the areas of research, teaching and service.

Dr. Snutch has been a long-serving faculty member at UBC since 1989, holding joint appointments as a Professor with the Michael Smith Laboratories, the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the UBC Department of Zoology.  He is currently a member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and also serves as Chair of the Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008, and in 2016, as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Over his long and esteemed academic career, Dr. Snutch has made numerous outstanding and impactful contributions to the University, to his field of expertise, and to the broader scientific community.

Dr. Snutch is regarded internationally as a foremost expert and pioneer in molecular neurobiology. His ground-breaking work has laid the foundation for a number of important areas in the broad field of calcium channel research, and has greatly contributed to the understanding of fundamental mechanisms in neurobiology.  He achieved a number of important firsts in this area, including his novel findings demonstrating that the brain expresses a functionally diverse family of calcium channels, and also describing and elucidating the previously unknown R-type calcium channel, as well as new genes encoding multiple L-type and T-type. His translational research has resulted in the development of new therapeutic targets relevant to multiple neurological diseases. As well, Dr. Snutch made seminal contributions to the cloning of both the first brain serotonin receptor and brain voltage-gated sodium channel. Later in 2014, he joined in the development of 3rd generation nucleic acid sequencing involving Oxford Nanopore’s nascent nanopore-based platform, leading efforts to pioneer the development, testing and employment of wet lab protocols and bioinformatic analyses, and helping to propel this novel sequencing technology to world-wide usage.

More recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Snutch recognized and predicted the important role that SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing would play in Canada’s ability to identify and track viral variants. He initiated a pan-Canadian action plan to collaboratively sequence SARS-CoV-2 genomes from thousands of Canadian patients in order to identify the relatedness between COVID-19 cases and also track how the virus has been spreading. The resultant Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network (CanCOGeN-VirusSeq), chaired by Dr. Snutch, received $20M in funding via Genome Canada, engaging all 14 Canadian public and federal health laboratories, approximately 40 hospitals, and multiple sequencing centres and academic units. To date, VirusSeq has sequenced the genomes of over 120,000 patient samples, and was a key tool in confirming sources of cross-border introductions and the identification of community transmission. Dr. Snutch’s leadership has been instrumental in the identification and tracking of all current COVID-19 variants of concern in Canada, and this crucial data has been actively shared nationwide to inform both provincial and national COVID-19 health policies.

Throughout his career, Dr. Snutch has garnered national and international recognition in the form of significant awards and honours. During the 1990s, he received the Scientist Award by the Medical Research Council of Canada, the International Albrecht Fleckenstein Award, and the Steacie Prize, Canada’s most prestigious award presented to young scientists and engineers for outstanding scientific research carried out in Canada. In the 2000’s, he received the CIHR Senior Investigator Award, the PolyPops Foundation Award from the Society for Biomolecular Screening , and a ranking in the Top 1% Scientists Worldwide by the Ion Channel Media Group. Since 2010, Dr. Snutch has received the Sarrazin Award by the Canadian Physiological Society, the Pfizer Neuropathic Pain Research Award, as well as an Honorary Lifetime Professorship from China Medical University. Arguably one of FoM’s most prolific and visionary innovators, Dr. Snutch has been issued an impressive 116 U.S. and international patents concerning the design of novel drugs aimed at treating brain disorders, new drug targets, screening methodologies, and improved oral formulations. Deservingly, he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the most prestigious award for entrepreneurial pioneers and innovators across North America.

Dr. Snutch’s myriad ground-breaking contributions in the areas of neuronal physiology, pathophysiology and therapeutic intervention, and the significant impact of his translational research in providing the basis for new therapeutic targets, define a rare and exemplary career. Through these accomplishments, Dr. Snutch has demonstrated his tireless dedication to upholding excellence in research, and laying the foundation for innovations that will transform health care.

We heartily congratulate Dr. Snutch once again on this outstanding and well-deserved recognition!

 

Release of 2020/2021 Online Clinical Faculty Annual Report & Faculty Profile Form

 

 

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to advise that the online 2020/2021 Clinical Faculty Annual Report is now available for all Department clinical faculty to report their annual teaching and other UBC-related activities for the period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  With the changes implemented last year, the form no longer requires you to include detailed undergraduate or Department-paid postgraduate teaching hours, as this information will be pulled from the Teaching Tracking and Payment System (TTPS) and other records. However, the form still allows reporting of any relevant activities not paid by the UBC Department of Psychiatry, or captured in the questions, to be entered or uploaded.

As well, in anticipation of a new Department website that will be launched in early 2022, we have included an additional section to gather basic work-related information that will populate your faculty profile page on the new site. Please be mindful to omit or decline providing any private information you do not wish to be made accessible to the public.

 

Please click on this link to access the online Clinical Faculty Annual Report & Faculty Profile Form: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eIDf97JVpXLBRBA

 

This link can also be found on the Clinical Faculty Annual Reports page on the departmental website.

We ask that you please complete and submit the online Faculty Profile & Annual Report form by Tuesday November 30, 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, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head, Clinical Affairs and Partnerships, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Joseph Tham, Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Ms. Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment – Availability Survey

 

** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **

 

Hello,

We are urgently looking for Mock OSCE examiners for our November 18th and December 9th 2021 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.

November and December Mock OSCEs will be conducted virtually through Zoom.

Our Mock OSCE days are broken into two sessions: AM (8:30am-12:30pm) & PM (12:30pm-5:30pm) and you can sign up for either session or both.  All eligible clinical faculty are paid the hourly rate of $91.8 (you must have an active UBC faculty appointment).

Additionally, we are also recruiting for the following upcoming mock OSCE dates:

  • Thursday, February 3, 2022
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022

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. Please note that filling out the survey does not guarantee a spot. I’ll reach out soon with a confirmation email.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ahsan Sahibzada at ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca. Thank you very much for helping to prepare our residents!

Regards,

Ahsan

 

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
11163 – 11th Floor, 2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
https://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Steinberg on the Publication of his New Book!

 

We are delighted to share that Clinical Professor Dr. Paul Steinberg has published a new book titled Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Mental Health Practice (2022). This is the sister volume to Dr. Steinberg’s previous book, Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Medical Care, published in early 2021.

In his newest book, Dr. Steinberg reviews a collection of his own essays, incorporating developments in psychoanalytic theory and new ideas since his essays were published. He discusses the evolving psychoanalytic approaches to treatment, illustrating how to use psychoanalytic concepts when working with patients. This book provides the foundation of analysis and offers varied clinical experiences appealing to a wide range of practitioners and case examples offering descriptive details and interventions.

 

In this companion piece to his first groundbreaking book, Paul Steinberg once again addresses the insufficient attention paid to psychological factors in the entire range of health care. In addition, he illustrates his exceptional sensitivity in applying psychoanalytic acumen to this work with more seriously disturbed patients and in hospital settings such as Day Treatment facilities. This book merits readership from health care providers in the broadest sense and as well, his psychoanalyst colleagues. Indeed, it should be required reading.   — Irwin Hirsch, PhD, Distinguished Visiting Faculty, William Alanson White Institute 

Dr. Steinberg has continued to make important contributions to the literature in the field, and we warmly congratulate him on this most recent achievement!

 

In addition to his UBC Psychiatry appointment, Dr. Steinberg is a member of the Western Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, and was previously the Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis.

 

 

DMCBH Hosting Open Science Framework Workshop on Thursday October 28, 2021

 

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health invites members of our research community to join the Open Science Framework (OSF) Workshop on Thursday October 28 from 4-5 pm.

OSF is a free online project management tool that facilitates sharing documents and data to help you be as organized, transparent and reproducible as possible. It allows you to maintain discrete connections between all of your research inputs and outputs. It connects your research data to all facets of the research life cycle by leveraging existing tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and GitHub while providing a single location to connect that data.

In this session you will learn:

  • The key functions of OSF
  • Guidelines for structuring a project
  • How to add files and enable add-ons connecting all your data in one location
  • Best practices for data storage and sharing
  • How to choose a license

Before attending, please set up a UBC affiliated account following these instructions: https://osf.io/pvmnx/

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Urgent Need for Preceptors for 2nd Year Medical Student Interview Skills Teaching

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Joseph C. W. Tham, Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear UBC Psychiatry Clinical Faculty,

Greetings as your Clinical Affairs Rep! I hope this message is finding you and yours well in the Fall of 2021.

As in-person teaching has resumed this academic year at UBC, we find ourselves in the situation of having difficulties finding preceptors to teach our undergrad MEDD421 “Foundations of Medical Practice” 2nd year medical students. The course is aimed at basic interview and clinical skills primarily around depression and anxiety.

The preceptorship component consists of 3 days, 1 week apart2 at VGH in-person with a standardized patient, and 1 either online or in-person with a ward patient. Each session will run from 1:00-4:30PM. Ideally, it would be nice to have the same preceptor for each of the 3 consecutive weeks as dated below (great for teaching continuity), but given the current circumstances, I know the program would appreciate even if you could sign up for 1 of the sessions.

Depending on the date, it looks like there’s a need for 1 or 2 preceptors for each of the following dates; as you can imagine “Session 1” is most urgent to fill at this time:

“Session 1” dates (2 preceptors needed for each date):

      • October 27, November 3, November 9*
      • October 29, November 5, November 10*

“Session 2” dates (1 preceptor needed for each date):

      • November 17, November 24, December 1*
      • November 19, November 26, December 3*

(* – potential for online session on the last week so this might be an option if you cannot attend in-person or outside of the region.)

Remunerations are $90/hr. If you’re able to recruit a patient for the 3rd session, then it is $135/hr ($90/hr otherwise); there might also be a small pool of patients to draw on if you’re able to attend even if not able to personally recruit.

If you’re available, please contact Nick Geers, Clinical Skills Coordinator, at clinical.skills@ubc.ca ASAP, who will provide full details including info on the teaching material. Thanks in advance to all those who can help out with this very important role we serve as Faculty members!

Best regards,

Joe

 

Joseph C. W. Tham, MD, FRCPC, FAPA

Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Assistant Medical Director, BC Neuropsychiatry Program

VCH Neurostimulation Program (UBC Site)

 

Office: (604)822-7549

FAX: (604)822-7887

Academic Faculty Recruitment in Translational Neuropsychiatric Research

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

As you will recall, I shared the news last July that the proposal submitted by the UBC Department of Psychiatry for the Faculty of Medicine Academic Renewal Program competition, intended to support the recruitment of talented junior faculty in the area of Translational Science and Medicine, was successful.

Now, I am pleased to announce that the Department has initiated the recruitment process for a full-time junior academic faculty position in the area of translational neuropsychiatric research, with focus on mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The posting is currently advertised on local and national job boards, and the applicant review and selection process will begin on December 1, 2021.

Please visit our Department website Career Opportunities web page if you wish to view the job posting in full. Should you have any questions regarding this faculty career opportunity, please kindly direct them to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

I look forward to sharing further news and updates with you 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

 

Announcement of 2021/2022 IMH Marshall Fellows

 

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

I am delighted to share that, following the thorough review and consideration of eighteen outstanding project proposals submitted by PhD and MD applicants this year, the selection process for the 2021/2022 IMH Marshall Fellows Program has been completed. As in previous years, the reviewers noted the high quality of proposals submitted; of the 7 highly innovative proposals recommended for funding by the Chairs of the Committee, only 4 met the eligibility criteria and could accept the awards.

As the decisions have now been finalized, it is with great pleasure that I announce the 2021/2022 cohort of the IMH Marshall Fellows Program.  Please join me in warmly congratulating the following awardees, listed in alphabetical order:

IMH Marshall Fellowship Awardees & Research Titles

Dr. Komal Bharti, A multi-modal approach to investigate the relationship between functional connectivity changes induced by rTMS and heart-rate variability in depression
Dr. K Chithra, Cannabidiol adjunctive therapy for acute bipolar I depression: A proof-of-concept trial
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

 

I encourage you to visit the IMH Marshall Fellows web page to learn more about each of our awardees and the exciting research they will be pursuing. In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to sharing further news and updates on our Fellows and the progress they are making in their respective projects.

On behalf of the Institute of Mental Health and the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I wish each of our 2021/2022 IMH Marshall 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

 

Inviting Interested Faculty to Join the UBC Psychiatry Resident Mentorship Program

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

We are looking for faculty members who are interested in being a part of our Resident Mentorship Program.

The role involves a minimal time commitment. It would entail adding your name to a list indicating your practice type/location/email, and allowing residents who may have questions about your area of work or what practice is like in the area you live, to connect with you.

If you are interested in joining this program, please complete the online form here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3rPwOJBucyML434

Thank you so much for your commitment to our residents and best regards,

 

Irfan

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

 

Please Participate: Anonymous Employment Equity Survey

 

*** Sent on behalf of Roslyn Goldner, Executive Director, Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion ***

 

Dear Members of the Faculty of Medicine,

UBC is asking all faculty and staff to complete the anonymous employment equity survey. This data is critical if we are to meet our goals to create a more equitable and inclusive community. We hope you will assist in increasing participation by encouraging members of your department/division/school/unit to complete the survey. It only takes 2 minutes.

The survey offers more options for self-identification that we hope will produce disaggregated data on race, gender and ethnicity that will assist us in decision making as we promote equity, diversity & inclusion across the Faculty.

Data will be shared and the more data we have at the unit level the better we will be able to identify gaps and track progress.

Thank you in advance for your leadership in this project.

Regards,

 

Roslyn

Roslyn Goldner (she, her, hers)
Executive Director, Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

 

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Rozylo, Recipient of a UBC Postgraduate Faculty & Staff Wellness Award!

 

We would like to congratulate Dr. Jennifer Rozylo, a recent graduate and now a child psychiatrist at Surrey Memorial Hospital, who received the UBC Postgraduate Faculty & Staff Wellness Award in recognition of her outstanding mentorship and support of residents and their well-being.

In describing Dr. Rozlyo’s contributions, one resident stated, “She acted as a mentor to me, helping me to find what I am passionate about in Psychiatry and decrease my anxiety regarding the career process… Dr. Rozylo is an exemplary staff psychiatrist, and she always ensured that I felt comfortable and safe.”

Once again, congratulations to Dr. Rozylo on this wonderful recognition!

 

Memo from Psychiatry IT: Contacting Psychiatry IT

 

Dear Department members,

The two staff of Psychiatry IT offer full support for 150 computers and 110 Users. We also provide advice and limited assistance to other department members. It is important that we stay organized and are able to work as a team, especially in the case of staff absences. This requires that, like most IT departments, we use a support ticketing system. Please send support requests to psychiatry.it@ubc.ca, rather than emailing or using Teams to contact us individually.

Thanks,

 

UBC Psychiatry IT
psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Department Faculty are Invited to Join the Climate Change = Code Red For Humanity Rally on November 4th

 

On behalf of Clinical Professor Dr. Bob Stowe and Doctors for Planetary Health (BC), we invite our Department faculty to take part in the Climate Change = Code Red For Humanity rally taking place on Thursday November 4th, 2021 at 11:30am at the BC Legislature in Victoria.

As a member of Doctors of Planetary Health, a grassroots organization, Dr. Stowe is helping with efforts to mobilize healthcare professionals in a campaign to increase public awareness and demand action by our governments to address a worsening global climate and ecological emergency. As an event speaker and someone with familial ties with the founding of Greenpeace, Dr. Stowe will be joined by a panel of BC physicians who share a deep concern regarding the imminent health impacts of climate change.

Given the urgent need for advocacy and action on climate change at the local level, please consider taking the time to participate in this rally. Please also help in spreading the word to maximize attendance, as greater public awareness and involvement is needed to prompt our leaders to take meaningful measures to address the climate emergency.

If you are willing, please also sign your name to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has already been signed by over 2,000 scientists, including 100 Nobel Laureates!

 

Dr. Robert (Bob) Stowe is a behavioural neurologist, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at UBC.  His parents were the founders of Greenpeace, and his family home served as the organization’s first meeting place and office. He has been particularly concerned about the negative climate and health impacts of large fossil fuel extraction projects, and on November 4th, will speak about mental health impacts of climate change, and the environmental impact and neurotoxic exposure risks associated with pipelines transmitting diluted bitumen and liquified natural gas.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Mahesh Menon, Recipient of the 2021 BC Schizophrenia Society Champion Award!

 

We wish to congratulate Dr. Mahesh Menon on his receiving the 2021 Champion Award from the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS)!

Presented to him at the recent BCSS Annual General Meeting on October 2, 2021, this award recognizes Dr. Menon’s outstanding work over the years to help bring cognitive remediation training to BC. He been instrumental in facilitating training, and establishing the cognitive remediation training pilot sites across BC. His contributions have played a significant role in helping affected individuals, who are able to successfully manage their schizophrenia spectrum disorder through medication, improve their cognition and functioning through cognitive remediation training.

Once again, congratulations to Dr. Menon on this well-deserved recognition!

 

Dr. Mahesh Menon is a Clinical Associate Professor who joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 2012. Working in close collaboration with Dr. Todd Woodward of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia (CNos) Lab, he has an active research program focusing on understanding the cognitive mechanisms and brain networks associated with the symptoms of psychosis, and the role of psychotherapy in improving these symptoms. He is a Registered Psychologist with the BC Psychosis Program based at the UBC Hospital, and also maintains a private practice with Changeways Clinic in Vancouver.

 

Dr. Kerry Jang Reappointed to the PHSA Board of Directors

 

We are pleased to share the news that Dr. Kerry Jang has been reappointed by the Ministry of Health to a second term on the PHSA Board of Directors. This comes alongside his recent appointment to the new Emergency Health Services Board, which was created by the province to deal directly with issues, particularly those which emerged over the heat wave this summer, facing paramedics, ambulance staff, and ER staff.

In addition, Dr. Jang has been named Chair of the PHSA Patient Quality & Safety Committee, which provides strategic oversight and direction on healthcare delivery, patient access to reviewing critical incidents and medical staff appointments, as well as input into provincial health indicators.  This role adds to his membership on various other key bodies, including membership on the Research and Academic Development Committee, which provides strategic research direction and works in conjunction with UBC to uphold standards of teaching and learning for residents and faculty in PHSA facilities.

Congratulations to Dr. Jang on these recent significant appointments!

 

Dr. Kerry Jang is a professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, where he teaches in the medical education program and conducts research on addiction and substance use, and public health research on vulnerable urban populations, specifically the causes of homeless and the health status of individuals suffering from concurrently occurring psychiatric disorder and polysubstance abuse and addiction. He has authored or co-authored over 125 peer review papers, several chapters and three books. In 2008, he was elected to Vancouver City Council and served for three consecutive terms before retiring from political life. During his time on council he initiated programs to assist the homeless and mentally ill, including establishing lower-barrier shelters, the Healthy City Strategy, modular housing and local responses to the opioid and overdose crisis.

 

Remote Desktop

Oct 2, 2:37pm

The issue with making Remote Desktop Connections, from off-site computers to Psychiatry IT supported office computers, has been resolved.

psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

Oct 2, 11:07am

Remote Desktop to Psychiatry IT supported computers, in Strangway, Detwiller, CBH and DHCC buildings is currently unavailable. We hope to have it resolved later this (Oct 2) afternoon.

psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Call for Physician Examiners for the 2021-2022 OSCEs

 

** Sent on behalf of the Provincial Learner Assessment Team (PLAT) **

 

Dear Faculty,

We are recruiting Physician Examiners to participate in Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE’s) for this academic year. As a physician examiner, you will observe students and candidates interacting with a Standardized Patient in a clinical encounter and record their performance according to specific rating guidelines. Training will be provided before each exam.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to be involved in ensuring excellence in the assessment of future physicians and contribute to medical education.

The application is now open, so please visit med.ubc.ca/physician-examiners for more detailed information, exam dates, and instructions on how to apply!

Questions? Email examin.recruit@ubc.ca

 

Announcement of Appointment of Dr. Roberto Sassi, Associate Professor (Partner) and Division Head, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

 

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Roberto Sassi has been appointed as an Associate Professor (Partner) and the Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) in the UBC Department of Psychiatry.  This academic faculty appointment will be in conjunction with Dr. Sassi’s new position as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) as of September 1, 2021.

Dr. Sassi relocated with his family to Vancouver this past summer upon his recruitment to BCCH and UBC, arriving from McMaster University where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. He also served as Medical Director, Ambulatory Services, for the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital, and was an attending psychiatrist for the Mood Disorders Outpatient Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Prior to his appointment at McMaster, Dr. Sassi held a faculty appointment in the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. Dr. Sassi completed his medical degree, postgraduate psychiatry training, and his Ph.D. in Psychiatry at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School. Following an 18-month postdoctoral research fellowship under Dr. Jair C. Soares at the University of Pittsburg, he completed further residency training, as well as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship, at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

As a clinician scientist, Dr. Sassi brings his expertise in mood disorders in children and adolescents, with specific focus on the understanding of neurobiological mechanisms of mood disorders and possible early interventions in these populations. His research interests also include the effects of physical activity in patients struggling with mood disorders, the multigenerational transmission of risk for psychopathology and the interplay of genetic and environmental factors, and implementing measurement-based care in child and youth mental health. He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications to date, including a recent paper in collaboration with colleagues in the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND). With his appointment to the rank of Associate Professor (Partner) in our Department, Dr. Sassi comes with a proven record of teaching excellence, having provided clinical and research supervision to a long list of students and trainees, as well as extensive didactic instruction at McMaster, for which he has received a number of teaching awards and honours.

In addition to his merits in teaching and research, Dr. Sassi will be a tremendous asset to the Department given his strong clinical and administration background. In the role of CAP Division Head, he will provide leadership to Division members and serve as a liaison to bring effective co-ordination of responsibilities between the UBC Department of Psychiatry and CAP teaching sites across the province.  His responsibilities will include collaborating with Division members and other leaders to develop academic goals and long-range plans to meet the strategic objectives of the Division, the UBC Department of Psychiatry, and the UBC Faculty of Medicine with regard to UGE, PGE specialty and PGE subspecialty CAP education, as well as research activities and initiatives within the Division.

With his combined training and experience, Dr. Sassi is an excellent candidate to continue the outstanding leadership provided by Dr. Jana Davidson, who stepped down as CAP Division Head in March 2020, as well as Dr. Susan Baer and Dr. Jennifer Russel, who both stepped in as the Interim Heads to support the Division and ensure continuity of leadership over the past year and a half. I wish to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Dr. Davidson for her many years of dedicated service to the Division, as well as Dr. Baer and Dr. Russel for their significant contributions during this period of transition.

The UBC Department of Psychiatry is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Sassi join our academic faculty and the CAP Division leadership team.  Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Sassi to his respective new roles, and wishing him continued success as he moves into this exciting new phase of his career at UBC and BCCH.

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. Erin Michalak, Recipient of a 2021 MSFHR Reach Award!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Erin Michalak, who has received a 2021 Reach Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research!

This award will fund a project led by Dr. Michalak to develop educational resources to support patients and clinicians to identify and use self-management apps for bipolar disorder. She and her team will focus on developing a suite of patient and clinician-facing educational resources (e.g. webinars, videos, blog posts) in collaboration with people with lived-experience and clinicians, with the objective of helping patients to better understand the potential benefits and risks of mental health apps, and to improve their digital health literacy by learning strategies to identify safe and secure mental health apps.  The resources will also aim to support clinicians’ knowledge about app evaluation frameworks and informed decision making.

Congratulations to Dr. Michalak and her team on this achievement!

Learn more about Dr. Michalak’s project here.

 

Introduced in 2017, MSFHR’s Reach Program provides funding in support of teams of health researchers and research users as they plan and implement research dissemination activities to enable the transfer, exchange and/or uptake of research evidence in audiences who can directly use the information.

 

Faculty Peer Support Volunteers

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry **

 

To Year 3&4 Faculty Supervisors,

I wish to provide you with information regarding a new peer support resource available to undergraduate preceptors.

Beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, UBC will be including peer support messaging with the mid-year reports . Teachers who wish to discuss their Teacher Assessment reports with a peer will have access to Faculty Supervisors or Faculty Peer Support Volunteers (who have been nominated by a Faculty Supervisor) to do so.

What this means is:

  • Teachers will have the ability to speak to an experienced peer after they receive their report
  • Teacher reports will include information about connecting with Faculty Supervisors and/or Faculty Peer Support Volunteers
  • The list of Faculty Supervisors and/or Faculty Peer Support Volunteers will be secured in One45 and will include:
    • The supervising faculty (clerkship/ site/elective director or course lead)
    • Faculty Peer Support Volunteers who have agreed to take on this role in a voluntary capacity

Faculty development opportunities will be provided to Faculty Supervisors or Faculty Peer Support Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming or nominating a faculty peer support volunteer, or have questions about this resource, please contact me at kathryn.fung@vch.ca.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Kathryn Fung
Program Director
Undergraduate Psychiatry Education

 

 

Need for STACER examiners

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program**

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

As many of you are aware, the Royal College requires that the PGY4/5s successfully complete 2 STACERs (Structured Assessments of Clinical Evaluation Report) which include a 50 minute psychiatric assessment, presentation of the case, formulation, differential diagnosis and management plan, followed by examiners’ questions on the case. (STACERs are currently already being done in the PGY3 Geriatric and Child rotations).

Some of you have been and are already involved in this PGY4/5 examination process and I wanted to thank you for your commitment to medical education thus far.  Could you please complete the extremely short survey via the link below to indicate your current and future involvement as we would like to ensure that our list is up to date:   https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9FV09svQFNAqbqe

The Royal College is now stipulating that a STACER be completed for the PGY2 year as well (to determine if they are competent enough to progress to PGY3).

I am asking for those faculty that are interested in participating in either the PGY2 or the PGY4/5 exam process to fill out the same survey.

Given that some tracks across the province are more short staffed than others, and given that we are now able to do these exams virtually, I am requesting that those who are interested to be on a provincial STACER examiner list please tick that box in the survey.

Finally, for the PGY2 STACER, I would encourage those that are already PGY2 supervisors to sign up as you have the best understanding of when a PGY2 residents is ready for promotion.  The forms we are utilizing are the same Monthly Interview Evaluation forms that you are already familiar with.

Please be aware that we are creating an orientation guide to new STACER examiners to make the process as seamless as possible.

Thank you all and best regards,

Irfan

 

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

 

Registration Open: Inaugural Conference for the REMAP-Digital Research Cluster on October 26, 2021

 

 

Registration is now open for students, faculty, practitioners, and members of the community to participate in the Inaugural Conference for the Research on Mental Health Equity and Digital Health in the Asia Pacific cluster (REMAP-Digital), led by Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, on Tuesday October 26, 2021!

This inaugural conference is an opportunity to learn more about research across three themes:

1) Innovations in digital mental health

2) COVID-19 and mental health equality

3) Collaborative engagement in global mental health, and to engage in discussion about mutual interests and opportunities for collaboration

Register HERE and view the Event Poster for more information and details.

Update: Abstracts for the ePoster presentation – submission deadline extended to Thursday October 14, 5:00 pm (PT). Please reach out to Veronica Caparas, Research Coordinator, by email should you have any questions.

 

 

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: UBC FASmail Deleted Folders Will Be Emptied After 90 Days

 

Dear Department members,

Please note that, beginning on October 4, 2021, UBC FASmail deleted folders, junk mail and RSS feeds will be permanently emptied after 90 days. Please do not depend on them as a filing system. UBC IT has implemented this change to comply with UBC records management policies and to reduce digital clutter.

Sincerely,

UBC Psychiatry IT
Psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Strategic Plan in Action: Residency Training Expansion in Fraser and Interior Health

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last several months, the UBC Department of Psychiatry had been working closely with the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Education and the Health Authorities’ Regional Heads to develop a joint proposal to the Ministry of Health for the expansion of resident training positions in BC. The key objective of this proposal was to secure additional funding from the Ministry to implement a residency expansion plan that will first target Fraser Health and Interior Health, then potentially broaden its scope to other health authorities in the near future.

In June, we engaged with representatives from the Ministry to discuss in depth the critical need to expand residency training opportunities in Fraser, the Interior and other distributed sites, where the current numbers of locally-trained graduates are not expected to meet service demands as they continue to grow across BC.

I am very pleased to share that our proposal and subsequent meetings with the Ministry have led to a favourable outcome, as we have succeeded in securing funding for two (2) new residency positions for 2021-2022, which we have allocated to the Fraser Track. These positions are in addition to a position for which we obtained funding last year, resulting in a net gain of three (3) new residency positions for the Fraser Track since 2020.

In addition, we have been working on expanding the residency training program to Interior Health and as a part of this, we have obtained approval from the Ministry for a new re-entry residency position to be located primarily in the Interior for 2021-2022. This will serve as a pilot for the future planned expansion of the program to this region.

The Department will continue to pursue additional residency training positions, as well as focus on building stronger, more cooperative and more productive relationships with the Ministries and Health Authorities, all of which are priorities in strong alignment with the 2020-2025 UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan.  As stated in the Plan, the Department is committed to leveraging our partnerships to enhance residency training capacity across all health authorities and in underserved communities, address the anticipated shortfall of psychiatrists in our province, and transform care for people with mental illness and addictions. With the success of this recent endeavour, I believe we are making meaningful steps toward accomplishing these goals.

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

 

The REMAP-Digital Cluster Invites ePoster Abstracts for Their Upcoming Conference

 

 

The Research on Mental Health Equity and Digital Health in the Asia Pacific cluster (REMAP-Digital), led by Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, invites Department members to submit abstracts for the ePoster presentation for the upcoming inaugural Conference of REMAP-Digital on October 26, 2021!

Specific guidelines regarding your abstract are outlined in the Abstract Guidelines (deadline extended to October 14) which you are encouraged to review prior to preparing your abstract.

Abstracts should fit one of three conference themes: 1) Innovations in Digital Mental Health, 2) COVID 19 And Mental Health Equity; 3) Collaborative engagement in global mental health. Please submit your abstract as a Word or PDF attached by email to the Research Coordinator, Ms. Veronica Caparas, along with your chosen conference theme on the subject line of your email, by the deadline of Sunday October 3, 11:59pm PT.  Your ePoster abstracts will be reviewed and notice of acceptance will then be sent by email on or before October 7 (Thursday), 5:00 p.m. PT.

Please reach out to Veronica by email should you have any questions.

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Caroline Gosselin, Recipient of the 2021 Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching from the VMDAS Association!

 

Dr. Caroline Gosselin accepting the 2021 Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching at the VMDAS Association Awards Ceremony on September 13, 2021.

We wish to congratulate Clinical Professor Dr. Caroline Gosselin, who has received the 2021 Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff Association (VMDAS).

As is a long-standing clinical faculty member in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Gosselin has made many significant contributions to teaching and service activities for over the last 30 years. This most recent recognition from VMDAS adds to a long list of awards and honours Dr. Gosselin has received over the course of her distinguished career.

Congratulations again on this receiving this well-deserved award, Dr. Gosselin!

PGE Update Regarding Protected Time for Psychotherapy Training

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, and Dr. Michelle van den Engh, Associate Program Director, Resident Psychotherapy Training ***

 

Dear Colleagues,

The UBC Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to developing highly skilled psychiatrists who are able to practice a variety of psychotherapies with patients who suffer from the full range of psychiatric disorders. To achieve competency in specific psychotherapy modalities, residents are required to see individual patients longitudinally with case-specific supervision over the course of residency training. Time for preparation, possible travel, and documentation need to be factored in as well. In consultation with the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program Psychotherapy Committee, Program Committee and Executive Committee, the following updated guidelines regarding protected time for psychotherapy were reviewed and approved, as of the 2021/22 academic year:

  • PGY2: Residents have up to 2 hours of protected time per week for psychotherapy as needed (supportive psychotherapy/CBT/group therapy) during their inpatient psychiatry rotation. During PGY2 outpatient psychiatry rotations, psychotherapy training experiences are integrated into core rotation schedules.
  • PGY3: Residents have up to 4 hours (from the previous 3 hours) of protected time per week for psychotherapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy; group therapy/CBT if applicable). Protected time for family therapy is integrated into the core Child and Adolescent Psychiatry rotation.
  • PGY4: Residents have up to 4 hours (from the previous 3 hours) of protected time per week for psychotherapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy; CBT; IPT; group therapy if applicable).

Thank you for your support. The Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program greatly values your engagement in and commitment to resident training.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai
Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

 

Dr. Michelle van den Engh
Associate Program Director, Resident Psychotherapy Training
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

 

In Memoriam: Dr. Athanasios (Thanasis) Zis, Professor Emeritus and Former Head

 

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

It is with profound sadness that I share the news that Dr. Athanasios (Thanasis) Zis passed away on Wednesday September 1, 2021, surrounded by his family.

As many of you are aware, Dr. Zis served as the Head of the UBC Department of Psychiatry from 1997 to 2006, and as the Interim Head from 2010 to 2011. In addition to being a brilliant scientist and an outstanding psychiatrist, Thanasis will be fondly remembered for his friendly and personable nature, his lively story-telling, and his charismatic presence in every setting. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues at UBC and the broader psychiatry community.

Born in Corfu, Greece in 1945, Thanasis obtained his medical degree from the National University of Athens Medical School in 1969. While at the university in Athens, he met the love of his life and best friend, Katerina. They married in 1971 and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, shortly after. He completed his psychiatry residency training at UBC, after which he completed a three-year fellowship in Psychobiology of Mood Disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, under Dr. Frederick Goodwin. In 1979, he was appointed to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, where he remained until 1985, when an opportunity to join our academic faculty in the UBC Department of Psychiatry brought him back to Vancouver and UBC. He served as the Head of the Mood Disorders Program from 1993 until 1997, when he became the Head of Psychiatry.

Over his long and distinguished career spanning four decades, Thanasis made important contributions in the areas of the natural course of bipolar disorder, neuroendocrinology and other biological aspects of mood disorders, electroconvulsive therapy, and the effects of electroconvulsive shock, authoring or co-authoring more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. During his tenure as the Department Head, UBC Psychiatry saw a period of significant growth and a number of important milestones, including the establishment of the UBC Institute of Mental Health, for which he served as Director in 2011.

Thanasis was a man of many interests, a true renaissance man. He had a great passion and deep appreciation for classical music, opera and musicals. He was instrumental in providing the support of the UBC Department of Psychiatry for the successful co-production of the “Dream Healer”, an opera in two acts, by the UBC Opera Ensemble in 2008. Thanasis was an ardent gardener, a photographer and a fly fisherman. He loved reading and poetry and had a lasting interest in politics. He enjoyed walking and spending time with his family, particularly hiking and berry picking at the local mountains and fishing at Spider Lake.

Thanasis is survived by his wife of 50 years, Katerina; children, Thalia (Todd), Fanie and Odysseas (Sarah); grandchildren, Oliver and Theodore; brother (Vasilis); as well as numerous extended family members and friends in Greece and Canada.

The news of Thanasis’ passing will no doubt come with a deep sense of loss to all who had the privilege of knowing and working alongside him. If you wish to send a message of condolence to the family, please do so by visiting his memorial page here. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to St. John Hospice. Donations can also be made through: http://stjohnhospice.ca/ways-to-give/. While a visitation and memorial service will be held on September 9th and 10th, respectively, there will be limits to the number of attendees due to COVID-19 restrictions. The family has plans to hold a Celebration of Life with a wider attendance in the future, when circumstances allow, and we will share news regarding this event as the details become available.

The BC, Musqueam and UBC flags at the North Plaza of UBC campus will be lowered on Friday September 10th 2021, in honour and remembrance of Thanasis.

On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife Katerina, children, and the rest of the Zis family during this most difficult time.

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

 

Departure of Dr. Sara Junaid as IMG Oversight Director & Invitation of Expressions of Interest for the Role

 

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

We wish to share with you that Dr. Sara Junaid has decided to step down as International Medical Graduate (IMG) Oversight Director as of September 30, 2021, after having served in this role since 2017.  As the IMG Oversight Director, Dr. Junaid provided exceptional support and mentorship to our IMG residents, and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank her for all her valuable contributions over the last four years.

At this time, we are inviting expressions of interest for this position, preferably from faculty who had been an IMG resident previously, or who have a strong interest in or experience with the IMG training program.

Reporting to the Postgraduate Program Director, the IMG Oversight Director will be responsible for providing overall direction for the delivery of the IMG training program within the Vancouver Track, ensuring it is of the highest quality, provides an ongoing rich and diverse clinical and educational experience for IMG residents, and meets the Royal College standards and objectives of training while respecting the collective agreement between PARBC and HEABC. We encourage you to review the description of the specific responsibilities for this role.

If you wish to submit your formal expression of interest, please do so by sending an email along with your CV to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca by Friday September 17, 2021. 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 contact Vicky.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, PGE & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Among Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, named one of Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research!

Dr. Vanderwal is among 20 outstanding awardees announced this year, and will be the recipient of a major grant to support her project titled “Functional Hyperalignment in Pediatric fMRI,” which focuses on improving how one of the standard preprocessing steps in pediatric fMRI research is conducted. While “hyperalignment” is a promising new approach in fMRI studies, it has not yet been tested in children due to challenges, such as requiring long brain scans with very low head motion for which children struggle to stay still. Dr. Vanderwal’s project will address this limitation by using movies in the scanner to help children stay still and also drive brain function in useful ways. In using the data to test hyperalignment in children, Dr. Vanderwal’s research aims to improve on a method that could significantly improve pediatric fMRI research overall.

Congratulations to Dr. Vanderwal on this significant achievement!

Read the full Brain Canada announcement here.

 

Backed by the Azrieli Foundation, the Arrell Family Foundation and the Alvin Segal Family Foundation, Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program supports promising early-career researchers in their pursuit of bold and novel ideas, while establishing sustainable resources to maintain independent and career-long research positions.

 

Congratulations to Mr. Caden Poh, Recipient of the President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement!

 

 

The Department is delighted to share that CREST.BD Research Coordinator Mr. Caden Poh has received this year’s President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement!

Caden is being recognized for his dedication and hard work in reducing barriers to information and healthcare for people living with bipolar disorder through creative use of social media, advertising, and graphic design. Because of his resourceful and conscientious efforts, CREST.BD significantly expanded its reach and community participation among the underserved and people living with BD. Caden facilitated #TalkBD LIVE, a series of online Q&A events designed to provide mental health support and education during the pandemic. His efforts in increasing the accessibility to this resource have been successful, reaching thousands of people living with mental health conditions and their supporters via Facebook Live, Zoom, and social media.

Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved award, Caden!

Read the full announcement here.

 

Call for Health Researchers: Help Increase Diversity in Health Research in BC!

 

 

As part of a study led by principal investigator Dr. Erin Michalak and supported by the BC Support Unit, BC health researchers are invited to participate in a survey to test six online educational modules using the Tapestry Tool – a novel interactive e-learning platform. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of these online educational modules, which focus on supporting diverse people and communities to engage in health research in BC.

If you are a health researcher currently living in BC, please click on this link to take part in the survey today!

 

Contact

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like any further information about this study, please contact the Research Coordinator, Caden Poh at caden.poh@ubc.ca.

 

August 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 Summer 2021 quarterly update.

Residents, for your information if you’re submitting either your project abstract or your final report, the Fall committee meeting dates are October 5th 2021 (*note change of date) and November 25th 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 are September 28th and November 18th, respectively.

New documents to support scholarly activity have been added to the department website here: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/postgraduate-education-research-and-scholarly-activity-for-residents/for-residents/scholarly-activity-project/  – these include example scholarly activity abstracts produced by committee member Dr. Donna Lang.

Faculty, we have a resident looking for a supervisor in the area of weight bias/stigmatization and/or compassion-focused obesity care. Please contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity, via erin.michalak@ubc.ca if you’d be interested in supervising in this area.

Warm wishes,

 

UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Updates – August 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 welcoming Ms. Eva Angelopoulos, who started as our new Senior Education Programs Manager on August 9.  As a member of our Administrative team and working closely with the Education Program Directors, Eva will provide operational management for UBC Psychiatry’s Education Office and Programs, including the Postgraduate Specialty Training Program (PGE), Residency Sub-Specialty Postgraduate Training Programs (SSP), and the Psychiatry MD Undergraduate Program (UGE). Previously, she served as an Examinations Site Administrator for the FoM UGME Office, and prior to that, was a Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Applied Science. Eva will be situated at Diamond Centre at VGH campus, and she may be reached by email at eva.angelopoulos@ubc.ca.

Additionally, we are delighted to welcome Ms. Amit Natt as the new Project Manager for the UBC Department of Psychiatry. Amit began in her new role on August 16, and as Project Manager, will be responsible for a broad range of organizational projects to support the Department and its strategic direction, including initiatives for our Education programs which had been overseen by Ms. Julia Lew, Educational Technologist, until her retirement in July. Prior to joining UBC, Amit was an Administrative Assistant for Fraser Health, supporting the Emergency Department at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Amit will be situated at Detwiller Pavilion in UBC Hospital, and she may be reached by email at amit.natt@ubc.ca.

On behalf of the Department, I warmly welcome both Eva and Amit to their respective new roles on our team!

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
UBC Department of Psychiatry

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Recipient of JELF Funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, who has been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) to support her infrastructure project titled “Naturalistic Neuroimaging of Child Psychiatric Disorders.” Hers is one of seven UBC-led projects to be selected in the June 2021 competition.

Dr. Vanderwal is a member of the Brain, Behaviour, and Development (BB &D) network at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCHRI). Her CFI-JELF infrastructure award will be used to equip her Naturalistic Neuroimaging Lab at BCCHRI over the next five years, and fund her innovative research which focuses on the use of naturalistic conditions, like movies, to study neural responses in child psychiatric disorders. This award will advance her lab’s current capabilities to test new movie paradigms with eye-tracking and neurophysiological measures, and will expand the movie-based work into both virtual reality and real-life environments.

Congratulations to Dr. Vanderwal on this significant award!

Read the UBC Faculty of Medicine news release here.

 

CFI-JELF funding totalling more than $77 million was announced on August 11, 2021 by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry,  to support 332 research infrastructure projects at 50 universities across Canada. This contribution, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), will help universities attract and retain top researchers.

Read the Government of Canada’s full press release here.

 

 

 

PGME Spotlight on Dr. Leona Adams

 

Clinical Assistant Professor and newly appointed Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Co-Faculty Lead Dr. Leona Adams is profiled the current issue of the UBC FoM PGME newsletter!

This month’s PGME Spotlight describes Dr. Adams’ amazing work using communication as a key tool to care for her patients as an Emergency Psychiatrist, and also as a preceptor, developing in her trainees the necessary skills to uncover the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ to quickly assess situations and devise an appropriate course of treatment.

Dr. Adams states, “In my line of work, you need to quickly understand the situation and figure out a plan for your patient. There is a reason for most things and speculation is rarely needed — so it’s important to get to the bottom of things and determine why things are presenting the way they are.”

Read the full PGME Spotlight on Dr. Leona Adams here

 

Call for Tutors: Year 2 Psychiatry Interviewing (VFMP): Sessions run Wed Sept 1 to Fri Dec 3, 2021

 

** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry **

 

Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty,

Help prepare our medical students for their psychiatry clerkship – sign up for the Year 2 Psychiatry Interviewing Clinical Skills sessions running Wed Sept 1 to Fri Dec 3, 2021 at VFMP (Vancouver/Fraser).

We still require 11 more tutors for these sessions. In particular, the following early September 2021 slots are vacant:

  • Wednesday afternoon 1:00-4:30 p.m. – September 1, 8, 15 (1 Tutor needed)
  • Friday afternoon 1:00-4:30 p.m. – September 3, 10, 17 (3 Tutors needed)

This is a 3-part series where the students will participate in an initial psychiatric interview, practice their interviewing skills, learn to recognize common signs and symptoms of mental illness, including mood disorders (e.g. depression) and psychotic disorders (e.g. schizophrenia), and practice conducting a psychiatric mental status examination (MSE).

WHAT’S INVOLVED

  • 5 hours per session
  • 6-8 students per group/tutor
  • Sessions run every Wednesday and Friday afternoon (1:00 – 4:30 p.m.), or Thursday mornings (8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). Note: space is limited on Thursdays.
  • Ideally same tutor will teach all three sessions. However, sessions may be shared between two tutors if necessary.
  • Sessions run September 1st to December 3rd, 2021

Session #1 & 2:

  • Students will practice/observe psychiatric interviewing using a standardized patient (SP).
  • Cases have already been developed to facilitate interviewing, conducting a MSE, and completing a biopsychosocial formulation and empathy checklist.

Session #3:

  • Students will practice interviewing, observe their classmates’ interviews and do a MSE.
  • Tutors recruit an appropriate real patient (inpatient or outpatient) for session 3.

Assessment:

  • Students will submit a brief 2- to 3-page case report after each session.
  • Tutors provide formative feedback on the case reports in sessions 1 and 2.
  • Tutors complete a summative workplace-based assessment (WBA) after the third session, evaluating the students’ performance (i.e., whether they meet the learning objectives).

Remuneration:

  • The first two sessions will be remunerated at $90/hour.
  • The final session would be remunerated at $135 per hour if the tutor recruits the patient for the session (increased hourly rate is to compensate for the recruitment); if the tutor does not recruit patients, remuneration is $90/hour.

SIGN-UP

The VFMP sign-up sheet can be downloaded here. Please submit via email to Nick Geers on clinical.skills@ubc.ca. You will receive a confirmation by email. Additional materials, including the tutor guide which outlines the session objectives and other information, will be sent in advance of the sessions.

We thank you in advance for signing up. These sessions are highly valued by the students and are seen by clinicians as a critical part of this early stage of medical education. Early exposure to psychiatry in clerkship can result in increased interest in psychiatry as a profession.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Kathryn Fung
Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
UBC Department of Psychiatry

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo, Recipient of a 2021 FoM Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Early Career

 

We are thrilled to share that Dr. Daniel Vigo has received a 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of Overall Excellence – Early Career!

This annual award recognizes faculty at the Assistant Professor level who have made outstanding contributions in research, education, and service, areas in which Dr. Vigo has demonstrated exemplary performance. Since his appointment to the Department in 2019, he has continued to be extremely productive, publishing eleven papers in 2020 alone in such prominent journals as JAMA Psychiatry, and authoring impactful reports for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Vigo has also been engaged in the development of e-health strategies for university students, leading a collaborative network of researchers at UBC, SFU, the University of Toronto, McMaster, and Harvard to develop e-mental health screening and treatment tools that can be integrated into university health services. This multisite trial for online detection and intervention approaches to mental health and substance use in university students has been awarded significant grants from Health Canada. Dr. Vigo continues to spearhead the development of a novel applied research portfolio in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology, mental health systems, and mental health data science, and is playing a key role in consolidating partnerships between UBC Psychiatry, UBC SPPH, and the Ministries of Health and of Mental Health and Addictions, the Provincial Health Authorities, and other public health agencies. He also maintains important and productive collaborations with global leaders in the field, and currently leads or co-leads several other collaborations of global scope.

Further, Dr. Vigo has been highly involved in graduate supervision and program development, and participates on numerous editorial boards and advisory committees, including as Chair of a policy workgroup for WHO and Harvard, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Systems (Springer-Nature).

Congratulations to Dr. Vigo on this well-deserved recognition!

 

Dr. Lynn Raymond Receives Major CIHR Project Grant in the Spring 2021 Competition

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Raymond on being awarded a major CIHR project grant in the Spring 2021 competition!

As the principal investigator on this 5-year funded project titled “Role of altered endoplasmic reticulum calcium regulation and the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor signaling in cortico-striatal synaptic dysfunction: Opportunities for therapy in prodromal Huntington disease,” Dr. Raymond and her team will focus on two major mechanisms, the cellular calcium storage and release compartment called the endoplasmic reticulum, and the NMDA receptor, a protein complex that receives and transmits signals by the brain chemical glutamate, in order to investigate underlying changes in synapses between the cortex and striatum at the onset of Huntington Disease (HD). Her study will address a critical need to develop complementary therapies to normalize function of brain connections before clinical disease begins and maintain normal function longer in HD gene mutation carriers.

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond on receiving this significant funding!

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

 

Memo from UBC Psychiatry IT: Using Personal Computers & Apple Product Security Vulnerabilities

 

Security Requirements When Using Personal Computers for UBC Business

UBC policies require that personal computers used for UBC business be secured to UBC standards. Those standards are:

  • If you are working on a public internet connection (e.g. coffee shop), you must make a UBC VPN connection, even if you aren’t trying to connect to your office computer.
  • Your personal computer must
    • have current antivirus software
    • have a screensaver that locks automatically after 30 minutes or less
    • have its hard drive encrypted

You can find details about where to get antivirus software and how to encrypt on https://privacymatters.ubc.ca/secure/faculty-and-staff-personally-owned-devices (requires a CWL login).

 

Apple Product Security Vulnerabilities

There have been two major security vulnerabilities to Apple products this month. The risk to Apple computers, iPhones and iPads, used for business, has been rated as “high”. If you have not gone into settings and installed updates, since July 27, please do so now.

Sincerely,

 

UBC Psychiatry IT
Psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

 

Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (KARF) Announcement

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Research *** 

 

Dear faculty,

The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) is launching an internal selection process to nominate candidates for the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (KARF), offered by the UBC VP Research & Innovation. Nominations for individuals from one of the federally designated groups are highly encouraged, but not required. Self-nominations for the internal competition are permitted, but nominations must be submitted by FoM.Program highlights:

  • Eligibility:
    • recently tenured faculty (within 3-4 years), no more than 15 years post-PhD
    • not currently hold a Killam Faculty Research Fellowship
    • Faculty members who currently hold a fellowship or salary award that provides funds for full teaching buy-out (e.g. MSFHR Scholar Award, NSERC E.W.R. Steacie or Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship) may not be nominated for a Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship until the term of their fellowship or award has concluded.
  • Term: Two academic years
  • 1 time research allowance: $50,000
  • $60,000 over 2 years provided to recipient’s academic unit to help offset teaching load
  • FoM is limited to 2 nominees
  • Nominations must be submitted by the Dean’s Office
  • FoM internal selection deadline: September 20, 2021

Interested candidates should submit the following items by the FoM internal selection deadline to bryan.wong@ubc.ca:

  • Four-page statement summarizing research accomplishments and research to be pursued during the two-year term. Research that includes considerations for equity, diversity and inclusion where appropriate is encouraged.
  • Official UBC CV
  • Citation of the candidate’s research written for a non-expert audience (max 50 words).
  • Description of how the department will relieve the nominee of teaching responsibilities during the 2-year term of the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (150 words max)
  • Three letters of support, noting the following:
    • must be from individuals who are able to objectively assess the proposed work.  Given that nominees represent varied disciplines with different expectations about kinds and quantities of scholarly output, letters of support which place the nominee’s record in the context of their field are recommended.
    • At least two of the letters must be from individuals from outside UBC
    • All referees should be at arms-length –  referees may not include the nominee’s thesis or dissertation supervisor(s), anyone the nominee has supervised, or anyone with whom the nominee has collaborated (as coauthor or co-investigator) within the last 6 years.
  • Self-declaration if you fit into one of the federally designated groups (if applicable):
    • Women
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Members of racialized groups
  • Confirmation of support for nomination from Department Head/School Director (email is sufficient)

Please be sure to visit the VP Research website for full details regarding the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship.

Regards,

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

 

 

Information for Students Invited to Participate in Mental Health and Substance Use Survey by the Mental Health Systems and Services Lab

 

Dr. Daniel Vigo’s Mental Health Systems and Services Lab is currently leading the Student e-Mental Health Project, a 4-year Health Canada funded project in collaboration with different universities across Canada, including McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and Simon Fraser University, as well as Harvard University in the US. This weekly mental health and substance use survey aims to better understand how these areas impact university students, adapting the World Mental Health-International College Student (WMH-ICS) survey for Canadian university students as a part of the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys Initiative.

As part of this project, data collected from the survey is also being used to inform co-development of an app with students to help improve wellbeing and manage substance use. The goal of the project is to make this app available for free to Canadian university students.

Upon receiving the link, students who are seeking additional information about the survey are encouraged to visit the project website www.myminder.ca, and also visit https://vigolab.med.ubc.ca to learn more about the lab.

 

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.

 

 

MEMORANDUM: Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

As the UBC Department of Psychiatry is seeking to fill the vacancy for the role of Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry, I am inviting members of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry to submit your expressions of interest in this key leadership role.

Reporting to the Department Head, the Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry will be responsible for providing overall direction to the Division, leading and working in collaboration with its members to develop and implement academic goals, objectives and long-range plans to meet the strategic goals and mission of the Division, the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

I would encourage you to review the description of the specific responsibilities and accountabilities for this role. If you wish to submit your formal expression of interest, please do so by sending an email along with your CV to Vicky Yau, Director, Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca by Tuesday August 31st, 2021. 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 contact Vicky.

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

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on being awarded a significant CIHR project grant, which happens to be 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