Changes in education leadership in the Faculty of Medicine

Sent on behalf of Dr. David Snadden, Executive Associate Dean, Education

Hello everyone,

As we reach the end of 2011 I’d like to thank you for your hard work and your contributions to the education programs over the past year. We are one of the largest Faculties of Medicine in terms of number and diversity of health and science students in North America, and with our distribution one of the most complex. We continue to lead the way in educational innovation and have a technology platform envied by all. We continue to expand provincially in all our health programs, which includes the start of the SMP and the development of the physiotherapy program in Northern BC. All this only happens with a lot of hard work by many people, so a special thanks to each and everyone of you for the part that you have played in getting us to where we are to-day. Despite all these changes we are very well placed in terms of our accreditation status across our programs.

As a large dynamic Faculty we also experience changes in educational leadership and I’d like to remind you all about some changes taking place that will affect our senior leadership in 2012.

Associate Dean Postgraduate Medical Education

As many of you are aware Dr Eric Webber and Dr Jill Kernahan were jointly appointed to this role. Dr Webber has stepped out of this role for family reasons and we have commenced a search for an Associate Dean Postgraduate Medical Education. I am very grateful to Dr Jill Kernahan for agreeing to act as interim Associate Dean until this position is filled.

Regional Associate Dean Vancouver Fraser and Associate Dean Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr Dawn DeWitt will be arriving in January to take up this position which includes the new role of RAD Vancouver Fraser. She will also be responsible for the MD Undergraduate program as Associate Dean and will therefore chair the committees associated with this role. She will be assisted by the Assistant Dean, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. As many of you are aware we are currently reviewing our governance structures so there may be some changes in the committee structures and their relationships in the coming months. I would like to thank Dr Karen Joughin who has filled some of the responsibilities of Dr DeWitt’s roles very ably in the last while. Dr Joughin will work with Dr DeWitt in January to help with the transition of leadership.

Associate Dean Admissions

Dr Joe Finkler stepped aside from this role in November and we have started a search process for his replacement. I am very grateful to Dr Bruce Fleming for taking on this role in an interim capacity until we fill this position.

Regional Associate Dean, Northern BC

A formal search process has now started for this position. Dr. Geoff Payne assumed this leadership position on an interim basis from November 1st.

As we look forward to next year we will continue to have challenges, but I am confident that with such a talented team we will not only rise to these but continue to innovate and create new solutions to ensure we graduate excellent students and residents from all our programs. At the Faculty level next year we will be working on our strategic plan, preparing for various accreditation events and beginning the planning for the Canadian Conference for Medical education which is coming to Vancouver in 2015

Have a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to working with you next year.

Dave Snadden