Communications Bulletin

Review important information, news and announcements that are of interest to Department faculty, staff, residents and trainees.

  • The Online 2023/2024 Clinical Faculty Annual Report Form is Now Available!

    The Online Clinical Faculty Annual Report Form for the period of July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 has been released. Please complete and submit the form before December 31, 2024.


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | July 2024

    As part of our regular maintenance, please REBOOT your computers before leaving work today and leave them powered on over the weekend.


  • Temporary Closure Affecting DHCC Access

    VGH and DHCC staff and faculty, please be aware of a temporary closure under Laurel Street, between the Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre (DHCC) and the Robert Ho Research Centre. The closure is for ongoing work as part of VGH OR Phase 2 upgrades.


  • Congratulations to our 2024 Resident Award Recipients!

    The Resident Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, July 4, 2024 was a great opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions of  all our residents!


  • IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Abdulkarim Jiwa, Clinical Associate Professor

    It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our beloved colleague and Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Abdulkarim Jiwa has passed away. Dr. Jiwa was a valued and highly respected colleague in the Department, UBC Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Unit, Mood Disorders Program, Student Health Service, MS Clinic and the Consult-Liaison Service, and a…


  • Clinical Faculty Update: Clinical Teaching Payments Info and 2024 Mentoring Program Open

    Thanks for all who attended the UBC Psychiatry Research Day and Clinical Faculty Dinner on June 13th. Congrats to all award winners for this year.


  • Alert: Incident of Theft at UBC Psychiatry Administration Office, Detwiller Pavilion, UBC Hospital

    On the morning of Tuesday July 3, a brazen theft occurred whereby a person stole a laptop secured with an anti-theft device from the UBC Psychiatry Administration Office reception area, while the team was present. The theft occurred very quickly and was not noticed at the time it was occurring. It appears that even anti-theft…


  • Reminder: Fraudulent Emails to Department Members

    This is a reminder to be on the alert for fraudulent emails masquerading as messages from the Department Head.  If you receive an email such as the one below, please do not respond or click on any links. Instead, send the original email to me as an attachment (not as a “Forward”) and I will…


  • Congratulations to Ms. Linda Chang, Recipient of a PGME Program Administrator Award!

    We warmly congratulate our Postgraduate Programs Manager Ms. Linda Chang on receiving a 2024 PGME Program Administrator Award, in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the Program. Associate Dean Dr. Ravi Sidhu presented the award to Linda at the PGME Spring Workshop on June 18. Congratulations once again on this fantastic recognition, Linda!


  • Invitation to Teach Psychiatry Clinical Skills Sessions in Fall 2024

    Dear Faculty,  We invite you to teach our Year 2 Psychiatry Clinical Skills Sessions in MEDD 421 this fall (September, October, and November 2024).  We only require preceptors for Psychiatry 2 and Psychiatry 3.  Psychiatry 1 is an online asynchronous module that introduces the principles of psychiatric interviewing and the mental status examination. Students will…


  • Congratulations to our Clinical Faculty Award Winners, Announced at the Clinical Faculty Annual Dinner on June 13!

    The Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner on June 13 was a great opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions of  all our clinical faculty members, including our deserving awardees of UBC Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Awards for teaching and research!


  • Announcement of Dr. Michelle van den Engh’s Departure as Co-Associate Director, Resident Psychotherapy Training

    With the graduation of our last time-based cohort of the UBC Psychiatry Residency Program, Dr. Michelle van den Engh will be stepping down from her role as Co-Associate Director for Resident Psychotherapy Training, after three years as Associate Director in this position and a subsequent two years as Co-Associate Director together with Dr. Jaeyun Yoo.  


  • Closures at David Strangway Building, UBCH, DMCBH and VGH

    DMCBH: Temporary shutdown of emergency power required for annual maintenance All emergency power receptacles (RED electrical outlets or emergency power designated outlets – please see the Emergency Electrical Outlets poster) will be without power. The following will be affected: ACTION REQUIRED: Equipment plugged into emergency power receptacles will need to be moved to normal power…


  • Announcement of 2024/2025 IMH Marshall Fellows

    Dear Staff, Fellows, Residents, and Colleagues, I am delighted to share that the selection process for the 2024/2025 IMH Marshall Fellows Program has been completed by the IMH Scientific Advisory, comprised of members across Canada and the U.S., which noted the many high-quality proposals submitted this year. Of the six awardees whose innovative proposals were…


  • Supervising Residents Practising Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    The Psychotherapy Program Committee of the University of British Columbia Department of Psychiatry is interested in increasing the number of supervisors for resident supervision of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. The guidelines used for selecting supervisors include the following: The above elements are reviewed from an integrative perspective, rather than each item being a mandatory requirement. The…


  • FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | Wednesday June 19 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

    A monthly film series promoting professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry. Screenings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC. On the Adamant France/Japan 2023…


  • Announcement of Dr. Faiza Hameer’s Departure as Associate Program Director, Fraser Track

    ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear Clinical Faculty, It is with a sad heart that our current Associate Program Director for the Fraser Track, Dr. Faiza Hameer will be stepping down from this position on July 31, 2024, to move with her family to…


  • Dr. Daniel Vigo appointed as the BC Premier’s Chief Scientific Advisor for Psychiatry, Toxic Drugs & Concurrent Disorders

    We are thrilled to share the news that Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Vigo has been appointed as BC’s Chief Scientific Advisor for Psychiatry, Toxic Drugs & Concurrent Disorders. Announced by BC Premiere David Eby on Wednesday June 5, Dr. Vigo will focus on improving care for individuals with severe mental illness, acquired brain injury, and…


  • 2024 Stimulus Grants: Applications Now Accepted!

    ** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear Colleagues, Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Stimulus Grants program, which aims to increase research capacity and support for clinicians and junior academics who wish to undertake pilot studies or small, self-contained studies without other funding.…


  • Request for Expressions of Interest for the position of Oversight Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear Clinical Faculty, Our current Oversight Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Muffy Greenaway, will unfortunately be stepping down from her role within our Postgraduate Education Program.  Dr. Greenaway has been exemplary in this role over the past six years…


  • 2024 Annual Departmental Research Day Is Drawing Closer!

    ** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear Colleagues, The 2024 Annual Departmental Research Day is drawing closer… The Departmental Research Day serves as our annual platform to highlight groundbreaking research, showcasing academic achievements and fostering a spirit of equity, inclusivity, and diversity. It underscores our…


  • Inviting Expressions of Interest | Graduate Representative on Department EDI Committee

    ** Sent on behalf of the Departmental Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee ** Dear Master’s/PhD Students in the Department of Psychiatry, As you may be aware, a refreshed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is being established in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. This Committee will be comprised of members from across the Department with…


  • Inviting Expressions of Interest | Staff Representative on Department EDI Committee

    ** Sent on behalf of the Departmental Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee ** Dear Department Staff members, As you may be aware, a refreshed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is being established in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. This Committee will be comprised of members from across the Department with diverse experiences and perspectives,…


  • Call for Nominations for the Necia Elvin Memorial Prize for Schizophrenia Research

    ** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Nominations and self-nominations are now open for the Necia Elvin Memorial Prize for Schizophrenia Research. This prize of $1,600 has been made available through an endowment established by Dr. Memory Elvin-Lewis, family and friends in honor of her sister Necia…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Emlene Murphy, Appointed Senior Medical Director, Forensic Psychiatric Services, BC

    Congratulations to Clinical Professor & Division Head of Forensic Psychiatry Dr. Emlene Murphy, who has been appointed Senior Medical Director, Forensic Psychiatric Services, BC. Dr. Murphy is a Royal College-certified forensic psychiatrist who has worked in forensic practice with youth and adults in both inpatient and outpatient care settings for 40 years, with 20 years…


  • UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Update | May 2024

    Dear Department members, I wish to share some staffing updates and announcements regarding our UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office. Firstly, we are delighted to welcome Ms. Michelle Plant as our new Administrative Assistant who has joined the Education team as of May 7. Michelle brings extensive UBC experience having provided administrative support to the…


  • PLEASE RSVP | UBC Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Annual Dinner | Thursday June 13 @ 5:00pm | The Arbutus Club

    Dear Clinical Faculty Members, On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I am delighted to invite you to the Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner, to be held on Thursday June 13, 2024 at 5:00pm (after the Research Day event) at The Arbutus Club (2001 Nanton Ave, Vancouver BC). The dinner will be an opportunity to…


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | May 2024

    Important Action Required: Secure Your CWL Account Immediately UBC is seeing a significant increase in targeted phishing attacks resulting in compromised accounts in certain groups. Out of an abundance of caution we are requiring that you reset your CWL password immediately, unless you have already changed it after April 1, 2024    How to Reset…


  • Dr. Todd Woodward Publishes New Article on Auditory Verbal Hallucinations in Schizophrenia in Lancet Psychiatry

    In The Lancet Psychiatry last week, Dr. Todd Woodward alongside Dr. Clara S. Humpston published an article noting that, despite early writings on hallucinations and recent evidence from cognitive neuroscience, psychiatric training and clinical vocabulary around hallucinations continues to be strongly influenced by emphasis on language such as the requirement for “full force” of a…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn Stewart, Holder of the BCCH Congdon Family Hospital Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health Research

    Congratulations to Professor Dr. Evelyn Stewart, who has been named the holder of the new Congdon Family Hospital Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health Research at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stewart is a clinician scientist and an internationally recognized expert on Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRDs). As founding director of the UBC-Pediatric OCD Program…


  • FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | Wednesday May 15 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

    A monthly film series promoting professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry. Screenings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC. back home Canada/Cuba 2022 (90…


  • Transition to Practice EPA tips

    ** Dr. Charles Ho, Competence by Design Lead, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program ** Hi Everyone, We’re all very excited that our first Competence By Design (CBD) cohort are about to embark on the Transition to Practice (TTP) stage of training.  It’s been the culmination of years of work and learning.  This will be the…


  • CaRMS 2024 Psychiatry Program Match Results

    ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program ** April 25, 2024 CaRMS 2nd Iteration Today is CaRMS Match Day for the 2nd Iteration.  I am very glad to let you know that we have matched our two previously unfilled positions in the Prince George and the IMG tracks…


  • VGH/DHCC Staff and Faculty: Closures

    The Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre will be closed on Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day. The facility will re-open as usual on Tuesday, May 21st. Please note the building may still be accessed during the holiday weekend by those with after-hours access programmed onto their cards. BGIS office contact information:BGIS office hours:…


  • Read-and-Publish Agreement with Elsevier

    ** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear All, The Canadian Research and Knowledge Network (CRKN; that includes UBC) has signed a Read-and-Publish Agreement with Elsevier. Corresponding Authors affiliated with participating CRKN member institutions will be eligible for unlimited open access publishing in over 1,800 Elsevier Hybrid journals with…


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | April 2024

    DELETE IT: Don’t Get Hooked As another semester comes to a close, don’t forget phishing emails are being sent year round! Protect yourself and your data. If you get any suspicious emails, DO NOT REPLY. Please report it by forwarding them to PSYCH IT (psychiatry.it@ubc.ca) or UBC Cyber Security (security@ubc.ca). Visit the following link for…


  • Inviting Nominations for the Role of Department Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative

    Dear Colleagues, As our current Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for Psychiatry, Dr. Joseph Tham, is nearing the end his term on June 30, 2024, the Department is now inviting self-nominations, or nominations on behalf of clinical faculty who are interested in this role. The commitment will be for a three-year term from July 1, 2024 to…


  • Memo to Clinical Faculty: 2024 UBC Psychiatry Research Day Accredited For MOC Section 1 Group Learning CME Credits

    ** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear Clinical Faculty Colleagues We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2024 Annual Departmental Research Day.  The Departmental Research Day serves as our annual platform to highlight groundbreaking research, showcasing academic achievements and fostering a spirit of…


  • PGE April 25, 2023 Mock OSCE Examiner Urgent Requirement

    ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team** Dear Faculty Members, We are looking for Mock OSCE examiners for our April 25th exam.  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…


  • Announcing Ms. Margaret Koshi as New Director, Administration

    Dear Department members, As you all are aware, following the resignation of Ms. Vicky Yau in February,  the Department commenced a search and recruitment process for the role of Director, Administration with the Department of Psychiatry. That process has now concluded and I am delighted to share that Ms. Margaret Koshi is the successful candidate;…


  • Proposal Process for Programs in the UBC Department of Psychiatry

    Dear Colleagues, As you are aware, the UBC Department of Psychiatry has been implementing a restructure process for our Divisions, the final phase of which has been to establish revised criteria, organizational functions and accountabilities, and processes for refreshed Programs under each of the six Divisions. We are pleased to share a package, developed in…


  • FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | Wednesday April 10 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

    A monthly film series promoting professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry. Screenings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC. Parachute USA 2023 (97 min…


  • New Clinical Faculty Teaching Opportunity | PSYT Year 3 Medical Students

    ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director, Psychiatry ** Dear Clinical Faculty, We are pleased to announce a new faculty teaching opportunity with our Year 3 Psychiatry medical students. As part of our program improvements, we are moving to a province-wide academic half day curriculum for students, while keeping the benefits…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

    Congratulations to Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, who has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure! Dr. Vila-Rodriguez has been a member of Department since 2012, having first been appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2012. In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor, then was recruited as a…


  • Announcement of Appointment of Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

    Dear Staff, Fellows, Residents, and Colleagues, As you may recall, the Department, in partnership with BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, has been engaged in a recruitment process for a full-time academic faculty position in the area of youth depression. This opportunity was created for Psychiatry through the Faculty…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Adele Diamond, Awarded an Honorary Degree from Cambridge University

    Congratulations to Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, who has received an honorary degree from Cambridge University! She has been conferred a Doctor of Science honoris causa, reserved for individuals of outstanding national and international achievement in their field. Normally no more than eight honorary degrees are awarded in a year. The awarding ceremony will take place…


  • Fraudulent Email Alert From Compromised UBC Account

    On the morning of March 19th UBC Cybersecurity was made aware of a compromised account (see below) that was leveraged by malicious actors to send phishing messages internally within UBC and externally to other organizations. Fortunately, they were able to quickly take action against the compromised account and secure it as well as extract the…


  • Stimulus Grants Zoom Information Sessions on April 15 @ 9am and April 29 @ 12pm

    ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear Colleagues, Applications for the 2024 Stimulus Grants will be accepted from June 1 to October 1. Please see our website for details: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/research/stimulus-grants-initiative/ I will be holding 1-hour Zoom meetings, which are open to anyone interested in applying and…


  • An International Team Led by UBC Researchers Have Created CentileBrain, Published in Lancet Digital Health

    An international team led by UBC researchers have created CentileBrain, published in Lancet Digital Health (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(23)00250-9/fulltext). CentileBrain is a precision medicine tool that defines “normative values” for the size of brain regions while accounting for human diversity. Details at https//:ow.ly/UtSf50QTnTV.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Todd Woodward, Recipient of a UBC Research Facility Support Grant

    Congratulations to Professor Dr. Todd Woodward, who has received a 2023/2024 UBC Research Facilities Support Grant (UBC RFSG) to enhance his lab’s research capabilities and ensure longevity of technology that is crucial to their brain research program. He and his team were awarded this grant to replace essential hardware nets integral to their Geodesic Transcranial…


  • Translational Neuroimaging Educational Program | Free Online Seminar on March 27, 2024

    The Translational Neuroimaging Educational Program invites you to register for a free online seminar on Wednesday March 27, 2024 from 8:30am – 9:30am (PT). The theme of this seminar will be How to Measure Functional Connectivity (FC) in the Brain – Comparison and Evaluation of Potential Connectivity Metrics. Visit the Event Page for more details!


  • PLEASE RSVP: Psychiatry Graduation Gala on Friday June 14, 2024

    Dear Faculty, We welcome you to join the celebration with the Class of 2024 Psychiatry graduates. Please see details below and RSVP via the link below by Friday, May 3, 2024. RSVP Link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1M1NFdztesMQvB4   Event Details Date: Friday, June 14, 2024Time: 5:30 PMVenue: Shaughnessy Restaurant Address: 5251 Oak Street, VancouverTicket Price: ·         Grads – Free·         Grad’s Guests – $122·         Faculty, Allied Staff, Other Guests…


  • Calling for Teaching Faculty Participation on April 16, 2024

    ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Dear Faculty, We are currently in the process of preparing the upcoming Psychiatry Residency Program Internal Review which will be taking place between Monday, April 15, 2024 and Tuesday, April 16, 2024. As part of the review process, the…


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | March 2024

    Staff and Faculty can logon with their UBC email address @ubc.ca to use UBC Office 365 and Teams on any computers. Please see below links to logon to UBC Office 365 and Teams via Internet browser by using your @ubc.ca email address, and your CWL password. My M365 Account: Login Access: To log into M365…


  • 5th Annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program | Teaching Opportunities

    ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program (PSIP) ** Dear Faculty, The Department of Psychiatry 5th annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place Mon, June 3 and Tues, June 4, 2024. The two-day program provides an opportunity for 1st Year undergraduate medical students to explore the field of psychiatry as a…


  • Announcement of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai as Interim Associate Head, PGE & CPD

    Dear Staff, Fellows, Residents and Colleagues, Further to the recent announcement that Dr. Jordan Cohen has stepped down from his role as Associate Head, PGE & CPD, as of December 31, 2023, I am pleased to share that our current PGE Program Director Dr. Irfan Khanbhai has been appointed to fill this vacancy on an…


  • 2024 Call for Nominations | New Membership to the Clinical Faculty Appointment, Reappointment, and Promotions Committee

    ** Shared on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry HR Team ** Dear Clinical Faculty Members, The Department has expanded the membership of the Clinical Faculty Appointment, Reappointment, and Promotions Committee. The Terms of Reference has been updated to reflect this. As such, the Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from clinical faculty members to…


  • Appointment of Dr. Kamyar Keramatian, Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Fellows and Residents, As the Department recently completed the recruitment process for a full-time academic faculty position in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder, I am delighted to share that Dr. Kamyar Keramatian has been appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), effective January 1, 2024. As well, he has been…


  • IN MEMORIAM | Dr. Earl D. Hardin

    The Department is very saddened to share the news of the recent passing of Dr. Earl Hardin at the age of 89. As a well-known and respected member of the UBC Department of Psychiatry for many years, Dr. Hardin was also a dedicated clinician and a prominent figure within many professional bodies, including the Western…


  • YOU ARE INVITED: Farewell Tea Reception for Ms. Vicky Yau | Wed February 21 @ 3pm

    As you are all aware, our Director of Administration Ms. Vicky Yau will be leaving her position in the UBC Department of Psychiatry at the end of February. As such, we would like to host an afternoon Tea Reception in her honour and in recognition of her many wonderful contributions over the last 20-plus years.…


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | February 2024

    Important Email Changes Coming in February 2024 In February 2024, Gmail and Yahoo will implement stricter requirements for bulk email senders, including UBC. Due to this change, individuals who have redirected or forwarded their UBC emails to non-UBC mail services may experience issues. UBC’s enterprise mail services are already compliant with the new Gmail and…


  • Congratulations to the UBC Psychiatry Members Awarded Funding in the 2023 Fall CIHR Project Grant Competition

    As the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the results of its Fall 2023 project grant competition this week, we wish to congratulate our faculty and principal investigators Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Dr. Kyooseob Ha, Dr. Kamyar Keramatian, and Dr. Lynn Raymond, along with their teams, who were awarded grant funding to support their respective…


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

    A monthly film series promoting professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry. Screenings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC. The Eternal Memory Chile 2023…


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | January 2024

    Recent Data Breach: ~26 BILLION records leaked – GO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS! We strongly recommend that you update and change your passwords that could be been linked to a recent data breach. Notable sites like LinkedIn, Adobe, X (formerly Twitter), and Canva has been comprised. If you received any emails about changing passwords from these…


  • Announcing the Departure of Ms. Vicky Yau as Director, Administration

    Dear staff, fellows, residents and colleagues, It is with mixed feelings that I announce the departure of Ms. Vicky Yau from her role as Director of Administration in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, as she has accepted a new administrative leadership position within the UBC Department of Family Practice. We will sorely miss Vicky and…


  • UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Update | January 2024

    Dear Department members, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and also share some staffing updates and announcements regarding our UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office. Firstly, I am delighted to introduce you to our new Administrative Assistant Ms. Rei Sakuma, who started in her role on January 8.  Rei is…


  • Happy 2024! Clinical Faculty Updates, Opportunities & Resources

    ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Joseph Tham, Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative, UBC Faculty of Medicine, UBC Department of Psychiatry ** Greetings UBC Clinical Faculty, I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season! A big thanks to all of you for helping out with the teaching, supervision, and clinical research done routinely across the…


  • Worksite Safety Inspection Survey

    **This message is sent on behalf of Nick Steel, Senior Advisor, Health & Safety, UBC Faculty of Medicine** Dear colleagues, I hope everyone had a happy and relaxing holiday break. This week, the Faculty of Medicine’s Health & Safety team is pleased to launch the second annual Worksite Safety Inspection Initiative. This initiative is designed to…


  • REMINDER: 2023-24 Psychotherapy & Research Supervision Invoice Submission

    ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team. Please direct related inquiries to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca. ** Dear UBC Postgraduate Psychotherapy and Research Supervisors, This is a reminder to submit your Psychotherapy and Research Supervision Invoices for the 2023-24 fiscal year (April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024) for PGY1-5 UBC residents and PGY6…


  • 2023 in Review: Don’t Miss the UBC Department of Psychiatry Annual Newsletter!

    Dear colleagues, With the end of 2023 drawing near, I wish to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to each of you for your countless contributions and hard work, and also celebrate our collective achievements this year as a Department. The concrete targets outlined in our Strategic Plan for 2020-2025 continue to serve as…


  • You Are Invited: UBC Psychiatry Annual General Meeting on Thursday February 15 @ 4:30pm

    Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham invites you to attend the UBC Department of Psychiatry Annual General Meeting on Thursday February 15, 2024 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at UBC Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Room LSC 1003. **For those unable to attend in person, virtual attendance via…


  • Thanks to Everyone Who Joined Us at the Year-End Festive Celebration!

    The UBC Psychiatry Festive Celebration was held on Friday December 15th, with another great turn out. It was wonderful to see so many faculty, staff, students, trainees and residents to gather together for a fun and relaxed evening. Thank you to all who attended! View all the event’s photos in our UBC Psychiatry Flickr Album!


  • Departure of Dr. Jordan Cohen as Associate Head, PGE & CPD

    Dear Colleagues, I am writing to share with you that, due to medical reasons, Dr. Jordan Cohen will be stepping down from his role as Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & Continuing Professional Development, effective December 31, 2023. Since his appointment in April 2022, Dr. Cohen has served in this role with a great deal of…


  • UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Update | December 2023

    Dear Department members, I wish to share with you some important staffing updates and announcements regarding our UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office. Firstly, we are delighted to welcome Ms. Terena Zhao as our new Administrative Assistant to our six Division Heads. Terena is a recent UBC graduate with previous experience working in a busy…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Alexander Levit, Awarded Funding Through the COPE Special Fund Initiative!

    Congratulations to PGY4 resident Dr. Alexander Levit, whose educational project proposal was selected for funding by the Coordinators of Psychiatric Education (COPE) Special Education Fund. This fund is meant to encourage a broad range of educational activities, led by residents, that are related to postgraduate psychiatry training in Canada. His project, titled “Interactive simulation training…


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | December 2023

    Happy Birthday to Allan Kwan! Allan has been a great part of the IT department and has made my transition very easy. I look forward to working with him in the New Year to continue supporting the Department.  It will also mark the last day for Prabhjot Singh, our temp IT support. It’s been great…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Kamyar Keramatian and Dr. Janet Mah, Awarded Funding Through the Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program!

    Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Kamyar Keramatian (Project: Early identification of bipolar disorder in adolescents and young adults: Establishing a collaborative research agenda) and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Janet Mah (Project: Rising Up: Collaborating with Chinese Families and Communities to Promote Mental Health Literacy), who have each been awarded funding for their respective research…


  • IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Robert Hewko, Clinical Professor

    The Department is deeply saddened to share the news that Dr. Robert Hewko passed away last week. As a Clinical Professor and member of the Department for over three decades, Dr. Hewko was also a well-known and respected clinician who served as the Clinical Manager of the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service at VGH for many…


  • Announcement of 2023/2024 Stimulus Grant Awardees

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Fellows and Residents, We are delighted to share that, following careful review and deliberation by an external Scientific Committee comprised of members outside of UBC and Canada, the selection process for the 2023/2024 Stimulus Grant Initiative has been completed. A total of three innovative projects have been recommended for funding by the…


  • PGY2-5 STACER Examiner List Update

    ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program ** Dear Clinical Faculty, The Program is in the process of updating our STACER Examiner list for all tracks across the province.   As many of you are aware, the Royal College requires that the PGY4/5s successfully complete 2 STACERs (Structured…


  • Appointment of Dr. Andrew Howard as Director, Fellowship Program

    Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Howard has been appointed to the new role of Director, Fellowship Program for the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective July 1, 2023 (retroactive). As the new Fellowship Director, Dr. Howard will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight on all aspects of the UBC Psychiatry…


  • FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | Wednesday December 13 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

    A monthly film series promoting professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry. Screenings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC. Much Ado About Dying Ireland/UK…


  • 2024 Dates for Research and Scholarly Activity Committee Meetings Available 

    The quarterly 2024 meetings for the department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee meetings have now been confirmed for: February 8th, April 25th, July 25th and November 7th. Please note that both abstracts and final reports need to be submitted at least one week prior to the meetings. The links to the Qualtrics forms for both abstract and final report submissions can be found on this…


  • Please Share: Registration for the ‘UBC Micro-certificate in Health Data Analytics: Opportunities and Applications’ is Open Now

    The UBC Department of Medicine is excited to launch a new training program bridging data science and health. Advances in data infrastructure and technology have created a huge skills gap in today’s health sector. To keep pace within an evolving system and seize the many opportunities associated with health data, including increased operational efficiency, improved…


  • UBC Psychiatry IT: Memos & Updates | November 2023

    Don’t Get FISHED by Emails Email phishing is a type of fraud where scammers pretend to be trustworthy sources to obtain personal information or take advantage of victims.  Here are some quick tips to protect yourself and your data. And it’s not limited to email based attacks. There has been a rise in SMS text…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Roberto Sassi and Dr. Vijay Seethapathy on Joining the CPA Board of Directors!

    Dr. Roberto Sassi and Dr. Vijay Seethapathy were elected as new directors on the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Board during the Association’s Annual General Meeting held on October 21, 2023.  Drs. Sassi and Seethapathy will be serving alongside four other directors and we are excited about their contributions to further the CPA’s objectives. Join us in…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Steven Taylor, Selected as One of the Highly Cited Researchers in 2023!

    Each year, Clarivate™ identifies the small fraction of the global research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field(s) of research. This select group contribute disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge and gaining for society innovations that make the world healthier, more sustainable and more secure. Congratulations to…


  • Call for Applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2024-2025

    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 2024-2025. 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…


  • Appointment of Dr. William Panenka as Director, Research Track, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program

    Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce that Dr. William Panenka has been appointed to the role of Director, Research Track (RT) for the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program, effective November 15, 2023. As the new Director, Research Track, Dr. Panenka will be responsible for developing and implementing processes for the Resident Research Track training program…


  • RSVP for the Festive Celebration on Friday December 15, 2023 @ 5:30pm | Arbutus Club

    Dear Department Members, On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham cordially invites you to our year-end Festive Celebration on Friday December 15, 2023! The event will take place at the Arbutus Club at 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver BC, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.   All Department members, including faculty, staff, fellows,…


  • A Great Turnout at the Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference on September 28-29, 2023

    The 17th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference, organized by the UBC Department of Psychiatry and UBC CPD, took place on September 28-29, 2023 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver and online. This year’s program included keynote speakers Professor Andrew Nierenberg of Harvard Medical School and Professor Philip McGuire of the University of Oxford, who joined a…


  • Notification to Clinical Faculty About the Updated Resident Supervision Guidelines

    ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program ** Dear Clinical Faculty, For those of you who supervise residents on either core or elective rotations, we have updated our guidance document “Supervisor Responsibilities for Resident Teaching 2023” linked here.  We are hoping that this brief document can be…


  • Please Share: UBC Mood Disorders Centre is now recruiting for a new clinical trial examining the efficacy of adjunctive cannabidiol (CBD)

    The UBC Mood Disorders Centre is now recruiting for a new clinical trial that is examining the efficacy of adjunctive cannabidiol (CBD) in treating bipolar depression. The research team is looking for individuals who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder type I or II, currently taking a mood stabilizer and/or atypical antipsychotic and are currently experiencing…


  • FRAMES OF MIND Mental Health Film Series | Wednesday November 15 @ 7:00pm | The Cinematheque

    A monthly film series promoting professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry. Screenings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC. Another Body USA 2023 (80min…


  • Congratulations to Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Recipient of the 2023 ACPC Annual Award for Creative Professional Activity!

    The Association of Chairs of Psychiatry in Canada (ACPC) Annual Award for Creative Professional Activity highlights the importance of creative professional activity in Canadian Departments of Psychiatry by rewarding exceptional contributions. Congratulations to this year’s winner: Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor and a clinical faculty member in the UBC Department of Psychiatry for over thirty…


  • Career Opportunity | Now Accepting Applications for a Re-entry Residency Position in Interior Health!

    The UBC Department of Psychiatry will be funded yearly for 1 Re-entry Residency Position in Psychiatry in the Interior going forward. This re-entry residency position comes with a 3-year Return of Service (ROS) contract with the Ministry of Health. This year, the ROS will be completed in the Interior Health Authority in British Columbia. The…


  • You are Invited: MAiD and Mental Disorders:  How did we get here? | Thursday November 9 @ 5:30pm

    You are invited to attend an in-person / virutal talk on MAiD and Mental Disorders:  How did we get here? on Thursday November 9th, 2023 at 5:30pm. This talk will be presented by Sandra Martin, an award-winning journalist and a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail and the author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller,…


  • SAVE THE DATE! UBC Department of Psychiatry Festive Celebration | Friday December 15th @ The Arbutus Club

    Please mark your calendars for the UBC Psychiatry Festive Celebration to take place on Friday December 15th at 5:30pm at The Arbutus Club! Stay tuned for more details and an RSVP request to follow in the coming weeks. To save this in your Outlook calendar, click on the link and remember to click “Save &…


  • Call for Nominations: Killam Teaching Prizes 2024 | Deadline: Feb 1, 2024, 12:00pm

    ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head – Research, UBC Department of Psychiatry** Dear UBC Psychiatry Faculty, Killam Teaching Prizes 2024 Faculty of Medicine Internal Deadline:Thursday, February 1, 2024 12:00pm UBC Killam Teaching Prizes are UBC’s most prestigious teaching awards. The UBC Killam Teaching Prizes recognize excellence in teaching in the medical…


  • ACTION REQUIRED: Psychiatry IT – File Share Migration

    PSYCHIATRY IT – FILE SHARE MIGRATION WHY is it happening: Psych IT will be migrating mapped drive shares I: M: N: P: U: V: Y: to a new file server. WHEN is it happening: 5:00 PM on Friday October 6 till 5:00 PM on Monday October 9 WHO it will affect: For all supported computers…