Raise Your Faculty or Staff Profile at UBC!

Raise Your Faculty or Staff Profile at UBC!

 

There are a couple of ways you can raise your faculty or staff profile at UBC via the UBC Today website. You are invited to explore opportunities to share your work and connect with others across the university and beyond.

 

RESEARCH IN FOCUS
Research in focus is a brand new feature that provides bite-sized, easy to read accounts of the research happening at the university, directly from the researchers conducting it.

 

30-SECOND BIO
The 30-second bio form has been revamped, to allow faculty and staff to pick questions from a list of options. The new format allows for more personalization and will ensure profiles remain fresh and interesting.

 

Questions? Email the UBC Internal Communications team.

 

 

MEMORANDUM: Departure of Dr. Andrea Chapman as Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program Director

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and faculty,

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Dr. Andrea Chapman has decided to step down from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective December 31, 2020. Dr. Chapman has done an outstanding job as the CAP Program Director since 2013, and while we will miss her competent leadership in this role, we respectfully support her decision to pursue other career aspirations.

Since her appointment as the inaugural Program Director of the newly established CAP Subspecialty Program at UBC in 2013, Dr. Chapman has played a fundamental role in developing the program to ensure it has continually met and exceeded its objectives per the accreditation standards of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) each year. Among her many responsibilities, she has facilitated regular review and updating of the overall goals of training based on the CanMEDs competencies, overseen the development and implementation of CAP subspecialty training sites not only in the Lower Mainland but also in Victoria and Prince George, liaised with the Royal College and advocated on behalf of the Program and the Department at local and national meetings, and maintained the overall high quality of CAP subspecialty psychiatry education across the province.

In addition to fulfilling these duties admirably, Dr. Chapman has been an outstanding advocate for our CAP subspecialty residents, working tirelessly to enrich their learning opportunities and ensure they are well supported in all aspects of their training. With her genuine warmth and enthusiasm, she has built strong and positive relationships with each resident and her many colleagues who contribute to and support the Program. Her exemplary guidance, supervision and mentorship have not gone unnoticed, as Dr. Chapman has received numerous Department awards over the years, including a total of three awards this year for excellence in undergraduate education, postgraduate education, and translational research.

The strengths and successes of our CAP Subspecialty Program are largely due to Dr. Chapman’s remarkable leadership, dedication and hard work. Hence, on behalf of the entire UBC Department of Psychiatry, we wish to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Chapman for her many contributions serving as the CAP Subspecialty Program Director over these past seven years.  We very much look forward to continuing to work with and support Dr. Chapman within her appointment as a newly promoted Clinical Professor in the Department.

As Dr. Chapman transitions out of this role, the Department will soon be initiating a formal search and selection process to fill this vacancy.

Sincerely,

 

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

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

 

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Ward, Recipient of the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Carol Ward, who has been honored with the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry!

Dr. Ward, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department and a geriatric psychiatrist in Kamloops, was given this award in recognition for her exemplary efforts in building a community of practice in seniors’ mental healthcare. She has been noted for her many contributions to the field of geriatric mental health and addictions, including her role in the development and implementation of communities of integrated practice teams that model person-centered care, which have had a positive impact locally, nationally, internationally, and across the continuum of care.

Congratulations once again on this significant recognition, Dr. Ward!

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Jehannine Austin’s 2nd Paper on Polygenic Risk Scores in Psychiatry Published in JAMA Psychiatry

 

Following her first paper on Polygenic Risk Scores in psychiatry published in JAMA Psychiatry, Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a second paper titled “Could Polygenic Risk Scores Be Useful in Psychiatry?“, along with Dr. Graham Murray, Dr. Tian Lin, Dr. John J. McGrath, Dr. Ian B. Hickie, and Dr. Naomi Wray.

This narrative review describes current and potential future use of polygenic risk scores in psychiatric clinical practice, with a focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in schizophrenia and depression. The review also explores vital questions with regard to PRS in psychiatry, including its potential use in screening for risk of mental health disorders, and whether psychiatric PRS can help in making a diagnosis or clinical decisions.

 

Announcement of Faculty Promotions in 2020

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and faculty,

I am delighted to announce that the following faculty members have received promotions, effective July 1, 2020, following the 2019-2020 review process for clinical and academic faculty:

Dr. William Panenka, promoted to Associate Professor (Partner)
Dr. Andrea Chapman, promoted to Clinical Professor
Dr. Ingrid Sochting, promoted to Clinical Professor
Dr. Michael Wilkins-Ho, promoted to Clinical Professor
Dr. Faiza Jabbar, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Nickie Mathew, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Ashley Miller, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Joanne Sinai, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Andrew Kolchak, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Paul Blackburn, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Shari Bozorg, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Russet Killough, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Verena Langheimer, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Shilpa Shete, promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor

Each faculty member listed above has made unique and outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and administrative or service activities within the Department.

Please join me in warmly congratulating all our faculty for their well-deserved promotion!

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

 

Urgent Message Re: Use of Email, Privacy and Security

 

**This message is sent on behalf of Dr. Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean, UGME**

 

Dear UBC Fa​culty,

In this virtual environment, now more than ever we are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We would like to remind you that University (UBC, UNBC or UVIC) or Health Authority email addresses should be used for all UBC-related correspondence, especially when communicating sensitive information such as grades, professionalism, etc.

For more information, here are some resources from the UBC Office of the CIO Information Security, Policy, Standards and Resources FAQ: https://cio.ubc.ca/information-security/information-security-policy-standards-and-resources.

From the FAQs (within the above website):

Q15: Why can’t Gmail be used for work purposes?

Like many organizations, UBC requires work to be conducted using business email systems such as FASmail. Gmail and other services that are hosted in the “cloud” are not suitable for work purposes for the following reasons:

  1. Privacy: The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires Personal Information to be stored and accessed in Canada. Since Gmail is hosted outside Canada, it should not be used by UBC faculty or staff to transmit Personal Information.
  2. Security: UBC has an obligation to ensure that Medium, High or Very High-Risk Information is reasonably secure from unauthorized use or disclosure. It cannot guarantee the safety of the information if it is stored in a personal email account on Gmail.
  3. Records management:UBC’s Records Management Policy requires staff and faculty members to manage and preserve records of value, which includes email messages. Emails that are stored on external email accounts may not be preserved as required under that policy

The following has also just been published today in Times Higher Education:  “Hackers have had more opportunities to target members of the postsecondary community due to the increased use of personal devices and unencrypted internet connections during the move to remote working”. 

Therefore, in addition to using only university or health authority emails for UBC communication, I would ask all of you to please encrypt your devices, if you have no already done so.  Also please share this communication within your respective teams and committees.

Best, Cheryl

Dr. Cheryl L. Holmes MD, FRCPC, MHPE
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
Clinical Professor and Head Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia
I acknowledge that I live and work on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.

If you do not yet have a UBC FASMail account and would like one set up, please contact Bree Wilson, HR Assistant, at bree.wilson@ubc.ca.

 

Thank You to Everyone for a Great Virtual Research Day!

 

Thank you to everyone for making our 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day a success!

The online event was joined by more than 150 participants from near and far, who watched, listened and engaged with our presenters, and also voted for their favourite lighting talk presentations and posters. The winners in each category are as follows:

 

Lightning Talk – First Set Winner: CATRIONA HIPPMAN
Lightning talk – Second Set Winner:  SHAWNA NARAYAN
Basic Science Research Poster Winner: NICOLE SANFORD
Translational Research Poster Winner: KARANVIR GILL
Clinical Research Poster Winner: KATARINA TABI

 

We once again thank everyone for their enthusiastic presence and their contribution to our Virtual Research Day!

 

Save the Date: PGME and The Office of Faculty Development present CLINICAL TEACHING IN VIRTUAL SETTINGS

 

** Sent on behalf of the Office of Faculty Development – fac.dev@ubc.ca **

 

Dear PGME Programs,

We invite all postgraduate faculty who are or will be teaching clinically in virtual settings, to join us for an evening of interaction and discussion with colleagues and a panel with experience in this area.

SAVE THE DATE: Clinical Teaching in Virtual Settings – PGME

DATE: Thursday October22, 7:00PM-8:30PM

LOCATION: Zoom

REGISTER HERE!

Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
  • Reflect on their role as preceptors during the transition from in-person to virtual clinical teaching
  • Optimize their teaching approach to the virtual clinical environment
  • Identify potential opportunities, challenges and resources as they navigate virtual clinical teaching environments
  • Create a network of preceptors who teach in virtual clinical environment

Panelists:

  • Dr. Krystine Sambor, Medical Director of the North Shore Medical Group, Peer Mentor with the Doctors Technology Office, Faculty Development Lead Coastal Residency
  • Dr. Adrian Yee, Director of Curriculum, MD Undergraduate Program, Hematologist, Victoria
  • Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo, Ophthalmology Lead, MD Undergraduate Program (Y1/2), UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Brent Ohata, Rheumatologist, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. John Pawlovich, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice; e-Health theme lead, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Kelly Saran, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Renée Janssen, Clinical Instructor, Division of General Internal Medicine, St. Paul’s Hospital

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits.

If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to contact the Office of Faculty Development: fac.dev@ubc.ca

Kind regards,

 

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

Dr. Kiran Veerapen, MD, PHD
Assistant Dean of Faculty Development,
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

 

Developing UBC Guidelines to Increase Diversity in Conference Panels and Keynote Speakers

 

*** Sent on behalf of Naznin Virji-Babul, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, UBCV ***

 

Developing UBC guidelines from the Provost’s office to increase diversity in conference panels and keynote speakers:  Call for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students

We are inviting UBCV and UBCO faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to join a small committee to develop guidelines and best practices related to conferences organized by UBC community members.

There has been increasing concern about the lack of diverse representation among invited and keynote speakers and panelists at conferences and meetings. While in principle it is accepted by many that diversity enhances quality and innovation, contributions from historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized groups are often discounted or ignored. The result is that these groups are often underrepresented at conferences.

Two of the key goals of UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan are Systems Change and Accountability. In order to actively address these goals, the Provost’s office is developing guidelines and best practices for action. We would like to develop a UBC-wide set of guidelines for use by all members of the UBC community, in order to increase diversity in conference panelists and speakers. These guidelines will in no way infringe upon the academic freedom of those organizing the conferences. We are aiming for several meetings to discuss the focus and guidelines with a draft ready for distribution and comments by December 15, 2020.

We are requesting participation from UBCV and UBCO interested in addressing this issue. Please send an email by October 15, 2020 to Naznin Virji-Babul (Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, UBCV) to indicate your interest in participating in this initiative.

With best wishes,

Naznin Virji-Babul (Associate Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, nvb31@mail.ubc.ca)

Asmin Chen (Project Manager, Equity and Inclusion Office, asmin.chen@ubc.ca)

Greg Martin (Professor, Dept of Mathematics, gerg@math@ubc.ca)

Pandemic Psychiatry: We’re all in This Together – Please fill out this short anonymous survey!

 

***Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Director, Curriculum, UBC Department of Psychiatry***

 

This year for our Education Day on November 5th, Dr. Shakeri and I are going to do an afternoon seminar on this theme.

To gather information that we’ll use in the seminar, we are surveying residents and faculty anonymously to get a sense of the experiences and themes.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YbOJE9BD6iaz0p

This anonymous survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.  Please complete this survey latest by Friday, October 16, 2020.

We’re excited to hear everyone’s experiences in this challenging time!

Best regards,

Joanne Sinai
Associate Director, Curriculum

 

UBC Psychiatry IT Bulletin: FASmail Generic Account Sent Mail Folder

 

If you use a FASmail Generic account, we recommend that you access it using web-mail at https://mail.ubc.ca, rather than through Microsoft Outlook. If you access your FASmail Generic account through Outlook, your copy of sent mail might only be found in the FASmail User account and will therefore not be accessible to other users of the Generic account.

More details are available at http://psychiatry.ubc.ca/administration/information-technology/accounts/e-mail/

Psychiatry.IT@ubc.ca

 

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham Discusses the ‘Parallel Pandemic’ and the Promise of Virtual Care in a New Vancouver Sun Article

 

In a new article in the Vancouver Sun, titled “Mental health challenges expected to increase during the first full winter of COVID-19,” Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham describes the potential of a wide-scale ‘parallel epidemic’ of mental problems triggered by viral outbreaks, a topic of focus in a recent editorial he co-wrote with Dr. Daniel Vigo in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry based on scenarios playing out in China, as well as in Italy, Spain and other countries.

Meanwhile, with the shift to virtual care to protect people from COVID-19 transmission, rates of virtual care had increased to 90 per cent in some centres in April and May. Dr. Yatham predicts that as many as 30 per cent of mental health care visits will be virtual after the pandemic. He emphasizes, however, that “[n]o one size fits all. Clearly, Some people need to be seen in person even when the pandemic is over. But there are other people who could be managed through virtual care.”

Read the entire Vancouver Sun article here.

Read “Will we ever shake hands again?” here

 

 

 

 

 

PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment: Availability Survey

 

*** Sent on behalf of Linda Chang, Education Coordinator, Postgraduate, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***

 

Hi everyone,

We are continuing to recruit examiners for our 2020-21 Mock OSCEs.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success for all of our residents.

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

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

Below are the upcoming mock OSCE dates:

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021

If you are interested in being an examiner, please take a moment to complete the following survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cD8XnDFp1Rdkm57 by Friday October 23rd, and we will reach out to you shortly thereafter to confirm.

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

Sincerely,

Linda Chang
Education Coordinator, Postgraduate
Faculty of Medicine | Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | DHCC Room 11169
2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68102 | Fax 604 875 5438
linda.chang@ubc.ca
http://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 for Passing the Royal College Exam!

 

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

Dear Faculty,

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our 2020 grads this year for successfully passing their Royal College Exam. We are so proud of them and hope they enjoy this incredible moment.

Sincerely,

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

Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor
Former Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

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

Dear Faculty,

This is a reminder that you are invited to attend the virtual graduation ceremony for the Psychiatry class of 2020!

The ceremonies will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020 by Zoom, and festivities will start at 6:00 PST at the link below.  The evening will consist of speeches from myself, Dr. Yatham, and then tributes to each graduating class member by either mentors or Associate Program Directors with the virtual handing out of certificates. Each grad is welcome to say a few words at that time.

We kindly request your attendance at this auspicious event and we ask that you please RSVP by Monday, October 12th here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_em5L34BVDy7aYER. For the grads, if there are others whom you would like attend, please send this invite and zoom link as necessary.

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

Saturday, October 17th Zoom Event Detail

Start Time: 6:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/ or join through the Zoom desktop app and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode

Meeting ID: 91037 579420

Passcode: 579420

Thank you to all, and congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Best regards,

Irfan

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

 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Recipients of a CIHR Grant to Support COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Research!

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, who are among the grant recipients from a $10.2M investment by the CIHR, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and other provincial partners to support research addressing the mental health and substance use challenges facing Canadians, which have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funded project, led by Dr. Vigo and Dr. Yatham (with co- investigators Dr. Michael Krausz, Dr. Raymond Ng, and Dr. Joseph Puyat), will apply machine learning methods (Artificial Intelligence) to health service utilization data in order to identify patient cohorts that are at increased risk of developing COVID-19-related adverse mental health outcomes, and aims to facilitate access to effective treatments.

Read the CIHR news release here.

 

 

 

 

 

2020 UBC PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH DAY UPDATE: Abstract Booklet, Research Day Q&As, ePoster Gallery and Awards

 

 

Dear Department Members,

2020 UBC PSYCHIATRY VIRTUAL RESEARCH DAY ABSTRACT BOOKLET

All of the abstracts submitted are now available for viewing in the 2020 Psychiatry Virtual Research Day Abstract Booklet which is now posted on the Research Day web page.  For those who submitted an abstract, please download the booklet and review your abstract for any errors, typos, etc. If you notice an error, please contact Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.  Updated versions of the booklet will be posted to the webpage.

RESEARCH DAY Q&As

During the talks, attendees can submit their questions to presenters using Slido!

After you login to the Zoom webinar on October 15th:

  • Go to https://www.sli.do/ in another window or on your smartphone and enter Event Code #80995
  • Click on the “Q&A” icon and submit your questions during the talk
  • The moderator will administer submitted questions to the presenter following the talks, as time permits
  • During the Lightning Talks, please identify the speaker to whom your question is addressed

EPOSTER GALLERY

The ePoster Gallery will be posted to the Department website and will be open for viewing on Tuesday October 13.

LIGHTNING TALK AND POSTER AWARDS

We invite attendees to submit their picks for the best Lightning Talk and ePosters using Slido!

The ePoster top three finalists will be selected by the judges in the categories of Basic Science, Translational, and Clinical Research, and attendees are encouraged submit their votes on Research Day.

After the Lightning Talk Speakers and ePoster Gallery Viewing on October 15th:

  • Go to https://www.sli.do/ in another window or on your smartphone and enter Event Code #80995
  • Click on the “Polls” icon and submit your votes

REMINDER TO REGISTER AS AN ATTENDEE

If you plan to attend our 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day for the full or partial day, please ensure that you register for the event at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0CUmr3RXK8HsQhTRegistration is required for access to the Zoom link and Passcode to log-in to the event on October 15th!

 

 

In Memoriam: Corinne Carpenter

 

 

Dear Department Members,

With permission from the Carpenter family, we share with you the heartbreaking news that Corinne Carpenter passed away on Friday September 11, 2020 following complications from a brief illness.

As many of you know, Corinne was the Administrative Coordinator of the UBC Psychiatry Administration team from 2010 to 2019. In her role, Corinne was the primary point of contact in the Head’s Office and the organizer for our annual Department events, such as Research Day, the Festive Winter Celebration, and the Clinical Faculty Appreciation Business Dinner. For the many faculty members, students and staff who had the pleasure of interacting with Corinne, she will be remembered as a very friendly and personable individual who was always eager to offer her help and assistance.

For those of us who worked closely with Corinne on a daily basis, she was our dear colleague and friend.  We will remember her genuinely caring nature, her kindness and generosity of spirit, her warm smile and boisterous laughter, and her wonderful and sometimes irreverent sense of humor. To anyone in need, Corinne would always be the first to spring to action to offer her support in the form of wisdom, advice, treats, an Advil, a funny note, or a sympathetic ear.  Those who knew her personally were aware that her children, Alexandra (Missy) and James, were her pride and joy, and the centre of her world.  We send to them, as well as to the rest of her family and many friends, our heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time.  Please know that we share in your grief, but will do our best to honour your wish – to hold in our hearts our many fond and joyful memories of Corinne with a smile rather than tears.

Due to COVID-19, a small, private Celebration of Life was held. In Corinne’s memory, her family asks that you consider donating blood, registering as an organ donor, or making a donation to Foundry BC.

If you have a message to share with Corinne’s family, please send them here, or feel free to contact to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca, and she will be glad to relay your message, photos or other mementos to the Carpenter family.

Sincerely,

The UBC Psychiatry Administration Team

 

 

COVID-19: Dr. Steven Taylor’s Article in The Independent Anticipates Surge in Online Panic Buying as the Threat of a Second Lockdown Looms

 

In a new article in The Independent, Dr. Steven Taylor discusses the phenomenon of “panic buying” at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and anticipates that, as the threat of a second lockdown looms, this behaviour will likely been seen again, but this time it will go digital.  Individuals will likely resort to online purchases due to the ease, convenience, and anonymity it provides, and in order to avoid the public shaming that occurred as panicked shoppers over-purchased items such as toilet paper during the first lockdown.

Dr. Taylor will be presenting on “The Psychology of COVID-19” at our Virtual Research Day on October 15th.

Read Dr. Taylor’s Independent article here

Watch Dr. Taylor’s recent TED Talk here

 

 

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Jehannine Austin’s Paper on the Basic Science and Clinical Application of Polygenic Risk Scores (PRS) Published in JAMA Psychiatry

 

Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a new paper titled “From Basic Science to Clinical Application of Polygenic Risk Scores: A Primer” in JAMA Psychiatry. The study, led by Dr. Naomi R. Wray, reviews the underlying basic science of polygenic risk scores (PRS), which are predictors of the genetic susceptibilities of individuals to diseases, and provides a foundation for understanding the potential clinical utility and limitations of PRS.

Read the JAMA Psychiatry publication here

 

 

NEW PUBLICATION: Dr. Daniel Vigo and Laura Jones are Lead Authors on WHO/PAHO Country Level Reports on the Burden of Mental Illness in the Americas

 

Dr. Daniel Vigo and medical student/research assistant Laura Jones are the lead authors on a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), titled The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Region of the Americas, 2018.

This report aims to improve the assessment of mental health needs in the Americas by providing an updated and nuanced picture of 1) the disability resulting from mental, substance use, and specific neurological disorders, plus self-harm, alone and in combination with premature mortality, 2) the imbalance between mental health spending and its related disease burden, and 3) the inadequate allocation of the meager mental health spending by countries of the Region.

Click on the image below to access the publication:

Visit the WHO/PAHO site to read more about its mental health action plan

Congratulations to Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez – Recipient of Two CIHR Grants in the Spring 2020 Competition!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, who has been awarded two project grants from the recent CIHR Spring 2020 Competition.

Dr. Vila-Rodriguez is the Principal Investigator on the following funded projects: Neuro-cardiac predictors of treatment response to rTMS in depression: a mechanistic study using interleaved TMS-fMRI and Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) vs. intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation TMS effectiveness in depression and suicidal ideation: a randomized non-inferiority trial. In total, twenty-two research projects led by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated health authority research centres were awarded $15 million from the Canadian Institute of Health Research Project Grant Spring 2020 competition. The Project Grant program supports researchers in building and conducting health-related research and knowledge translation projects, covering all areas of health.

Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Fidel!

See the list of Faculty of Medicine CIHR Spring 2020 Project Grant Recipients here.

 

Congratulations to 2020 FoM Award Recipients, Mr. Caden Poh and Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy!

 

The Department congratulates Mr. Caden Poh, Research Coordinator within the CREST-BD network, and Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Clinical Associate Professor and Division Head & Subspecialty Program Director for Geriatric Psychiatry, both of whom have received Faculty of Medicine Awards for 2020!

 

Mr. Caden Poh received the Applegarth Staff Service Award in recognition for his outstanding and sustained contributions to the Department and the CREST.BD network. In large part due to his diligence and hard work, the CREST.BD lab has been successful in receiving multiple grants and awards in 2019, including the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Patient Engagement, Utting Prize in Psychiatry, and a $635k CIHR Project award for 3 years of funding.

Additionally, Caden has worked very hard to improve the value, efficiency and sustainability of the CREST.BD network, taking incredible initiative in building its online presence in order to reach and connect with a wider audience, and enhance community participation, including supporting the delivery of the CREST.BD online initiative called #TalkBD LIVE. Because of Caden’s efforts, CREST.BD has dramatically increased its accessibility through its online resources, reaching thousands more people through various social media platforms.

With his positive attitude and diverse skill set, Caden has proven himself to be a valuable member of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health, which is hosted by UBC, led by Dr. Raymond Lam, and is responsible for all of APEC’s mental health initiatives across Asia-Pacific. He contributed significantly to two major APEC publications, and was also an active participant at a regional Digital Hub meeting in Singapore in 2019. Way to go, Caden — this recognition is well deserved!

 

Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy received the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching, VFMP for his outstanding  educational contributions and impact to his local community.

Dr. Krishnamoorthy is the Psychiatry Department Head and Medical Director at Richmond Hospital, as well as the Medical Lead at the VCH Tertiary Mental Health & Substance Use Program. His primary area of practice is community geriatric psychiatry, however his other areas of expertise include geriatric and working age cognitive disorders, psychopathology, substance use related brain damage, Huntington Disease, acquired brain injury, psychosocial management in severe mental illness, and health promotion in the medical workforce.

Dr. Krishnamoorthy has made significant contributions to teaching at all levels, has brought to our Department much needed bedside teaching in psychiatry, especially in settings such as long-term care homes, home visits, modular housing settings, and other areas where teaching could be challenging. He has excelled in rural outreach teaching, where he has students shadow and undertake valuable experience with him when visiting rural communities in Northern BC.

As well, Dr. Krishnamoorthy has risen to become an engaged and highly valued member of the educational leadership in the Department. In 2016, he was appointed as the Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Program, where he has been responsible for the overall running and evaluation of the program.  Additionally, since 2017 has been the Division Head for Geriatric Psychiatry, providing overall leadership and ensuring that the educational goals and objectives of the Division are met.  Congratulations on this wonderful recognition, Ashok!

 

Protecting UBC’s Information Security: Precautionary Phishing Measures

 

 

As a public institution with a significant research focus, UBC has seen an increase in cyberattacks. As you know, we are also about to implement a new enterprise system, Workday, which is likely to generate targeted phishing campaigns with the aim of tricking unsuspecting faculty and staff into providing their credentials.

“Phishing” refers to an attempt by a third party to solicit confidential information from an individual, group, or organization by mimicking or spoofing a specific, usually well-known brand, usually for financial gain.

UBC is constantly being phished, with many criminals using tools to further target faculty, staff, and student employees who have already responded to a phish. Most common to UBC are email messages sent with a deceptive link in the message that may appear to have one destination, but actually leads to another. While we attempt to screen email at the source, far too many emails prevail in tricking our faculty, staff, and student employees to click or give up their UBC credentials, posing ongoing risks for the university.

On Monday, many of you noticed a warning tag on external email messages received from non-UBC sources. The tag is a reminder to verify the authenticity of the email before clicking on links, opening any attachments, or responding to the message. Many of you have shared feedback on the external email warning tag, and these have been shared with the Cybersecurity team to consider and improve.

We should also note that in the last 24 hours, there were more than 53,000 phishing attempts blocked. In the last month, there were 1.7 million phishing attempts blocked.

In the lead‐up to Workday, it is more important than ever that the UBC community is prepared and diligent when it comes to potential phishing attacks. To combat phishing, a number of activities are being undertaken to mitigate the risks, including:

  • Self-phishing campaigns: Self-phishing is an educational technique in which fake phishing messages are sent by the institution as a training exercise to help faculty and staff prepare for an actual attack;
  • Implementing mandatory multi-factor authentication (MFA);
  • Training and phishing information sessions during Cybersecurity Month (October).

Please note that given the urgency and immediacy of phishing attacks ahead of the Workday launch, a UBC-wide self-phishing campaign will be deployed during two weeks in October. This will help prepare and educate you on how to quickly spot some of the most common types of phishing and avoid falling victim to their attacks.

We know our community is already experiencing a great deal of change as we adapt to recent events. Anti-phishing measures are important for us to understand our part in being responsible for protecting UBC’s information. For more information on how to report phishing emails, please visit UBC’s Privacy Matters website.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

 

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver
Chair, Privacy and Information Security Management (PrISM) Executive Leadership

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

Rob Einarson
Associate Vice-President, Finance & Operations, UBC Okanagan

Inviting All Faculty: Competence by Design (CBD) Psychiatry – What you need to know for the coming year, WEBINAR PART 2

 

 

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

 

Dear Faculty,

You are receiving this email because you attended or watched Part 1 of the faculty development webinar, Competence by Design (CBD) Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year, that took place in June, or have been/may soon be completing EPA Work-based Assessments for our Residents.

With a few months of CBD under our belt, it is time for the follow-up session (Part 2) of the CBD webinar series. This will be an opportunity to ask questions, reflect, and provide feedback on the new CBD curriculum. I will also be reviewing each EPA in the Foundations Stage to help adequately prepare you for what is coming.  See below for the webinar details and a link to register.

Competence By Design (CBD) Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year – Part 2

Date: Monday, October 19, 2020

Time: 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

This session is eligible for up to 1.25 MOC Section 1 credits.

Registration Form: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8AhD8UWSrWvirzv

Speaker

  • Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, FRCPC, Acting Program Director and CBD Faculty Lead, Postgraduate Education Program, UBC Department of Psychiatry

Objectives

  • Clarify and review your understanding of Competence by Design (CBD) and your role in supervising residents in CBD
  • Reflect on your experience supervising residents in CBD
  • Identify areas where you can continue to modify your supervisory approach to be in line with accreditation requirements for Competence by Design
  • Provide feedback on areas for improvement and suggestions for additional training as needed, and increase awareness of the various ways future feedback and suggestions can be provided
  • Review EPA’s 2-5 from the Foundations Stage including form completion

Session Format

  • Presentation: (50 minutes) – Dr. Irfan Khanbhai
  • Question & Answer Period (25 minutes) – Dr. Irfan Khanbhai

Note this session will be run without breaks.

Location

Virtual delivery, Zoom connection details to be sent with registration confirmation.

Please note that the session will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend. Please complete a registration form to be contacted with a link to the recording.

Registration form: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8AhD8UWSrWvirzv

 

Sincerely,

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

 

Remote connection is suddenly not working

There is an issue with UBC networking which cause everyone cannot remotely connecting to their office computers in all our Psychiatry sites. We have contacted MedIT/UBC IT to look into this for us, and hopefully we will be able to connect to our office desktop soon.

16:45PT, September 29, 2020 – RESOLVED: Various Building Network and VPN Issue

Call Out for an Expert for Documentary on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

 

A local film making team is seeking experts on premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) to interview for a documentary. They are in the development phase of their project, and would like to connect with expert clinicians and researchers from diverse backgrounds who are willing to share their experiences and expertise  to inform their research and production:

Cursed is a feature documentary project bringing to audiences the stories of women, girls and AFAB (assigned female at birth) individuals who live with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and the ignorance, shame and stigma which come with the condition.In a patriarchal world, where stigma and shame have hidden the challenges of menstruating, five million women and girls live with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a darker and more extreme affliction than the much more common premenstrual syndrome (PMS). An expanding community of PMDD survivors are breaking taboos and pushing to normalize the unspoken within an evolving landscape where science is finally catching up with this cyclical nightmare.  

Brishkay Ahmed: Writer/Director/Producer
Brishkay is the director and producer of the feature documentary, Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal (2016)  and the Story of Burqa (2012). www.brishkayahmed.com

Elizabeth Sanchez:  Writer/Director/Producer  
Elizabeth is the producer and co-writer of Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal and has lived experience with PMDD. (IMDB profile)

If you are interested in participating, please contact the team by:

 

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

 

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

 

Dear All,

We are most urgently in need of Psychiatric faculty and residents to teach our Year 2 medical students this term.

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

  • Week 1   SP Daniela (Anxiety)
  • Week 2   SP Ada (Depression)
  • Week 3   Psychiatric patient recruited by psychiatrist.

For those of you who need assistance to identify suitable psychiatric patients, our distributed site partners have kindly offered some of their suitable psychiatric patients.

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

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

Afternoon times: 1-4:30 PM

Available dates are as follows:

2 more tutors needed for the following dates

  • Wednesday afternoons: Sept 30, Oct 14, Oct 21
  • Thursday mornings: Oct 1, Oct 15, Oct 22

1 more tutor needed for the following dates:

  • Tuesday mornings: Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 10
  • Wednesday afternoons: Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28
  • Thursday mornings: Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29
  • Friday afternoons: Oct 15, Oct 23, Oct 30

4 more tutors needed for the following dates:

  • Tuesday mornings: Nov 10, Nov 17, Nov 24
  • Thursday mornings: Nov 5, Nov 19, Nov 26
  • Friday afternoons: Nov 6, Nov 20, Nov 27

6 more tutors needed for the following dates:

  • Tuesday mornings: Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 1
  • Wednesday afternoons: Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 2
  • Thursday mornings: Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3
  • Friday afternoons: Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4

Please email or call me to sign up to teach.

Many thanks for your kind consideration.

Cheers, Amanda

AMANDA JS JONES, BSc
Manager, VFMP Clinical Skills Years 1 & 2
Manager, Clinical Experiences Years 1 & 2
Faculty of Medicine | VFMP Undergraduate Office
2109-2775 Laurel St GLDHCC
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
604-306-8724 (cell)
amanda.jones@ubc.ca

 

Dr. Yatham Discusses the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 in the Latest Issue of FoM Pathways

 

Read the Fall 2020 issue of FoM Pathways, which features Dr. Lakshmi Yatham in an article titled “The Psychological Toll of the Pandemic.”

Here, Dr. Yatham discusses the potential mental health impact of COVID-19, the reimagining and expansion of mental health support services, and how best to combat stress and anxiety as society adapts to the new normal.

Read the Fall 2020 issue of FoM Pathways here.

Invitation for Department-wide Review of the Draft Strategic Plan for 2020-2025

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and faculty,

As you are aware, the Department has been engaged in developing a strategic plan that focused on the four pillars of Research, Education, People and Partnerships to identify the strategic direction and priorities for the Department over the next five years.  Although our integrative strategic planning process – which involved a departmental wide consultation that included visits to our distributed sites to obtain input – was completed last winter, the COVID-19 pandemic-related disruptions to the functioning of the Department had delayed our timeline by several months. In spite of the circumstances, I am very pleased to announce that a draft of the 5-year Strategic Plan has been prepared and is ready for department-wide review and feedback.

Attached is the draft UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, titled Transforming Mental Health Care Through Innovation & Leadership. The priorities articulated in the plan are based on the input provided during the consultation process, and the actions outlined are deliberately concrete so that we can look back 5 years from now, and determine easily what has been accomplished. At this stage, I would like to invite Department members to review and consider each section of the draft, keeping in mind our aim to incorporate the Department’s collective goals and priorities while delineating clear objectives and concrete plans of action. Should you wish to contribute your suggestions or comments, please add them to the PDF document using the Comment tool, then send the annotated copy to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca by Friday October 9th. Please note that the presentation and layout will be refined in the final version of the Strategic Plan.

This process of soliciting and gathering your feedback on the draft will serve as a crucial step to finalizing a Strategic Plan that strongly and accurately represents the interests of our Department as a whole.  Therefore, I sincerely hope you will take this opportunity to participate. I, in turn, will be grateful for your valuable input.

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. Ashley Miller on the Recent Publication of Her Book!

 

The Department congratulates Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Ashley Miller on the recent publication of her book, titled What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers.

Co-authored with clinical psychologist Dr. Adele Lafrance, this step-by-step guide is suitable for parents, grandparents and other caregivers of children and pre-teens. It offers a practical and effective approach to some of the most common struggles for kids aged 5-12, providing a framework to explore new ways of responding to children that will help them calm down faster and boost their resilience to stress.

Notably, this book was named a Finalist for Best Overall Non-Fiction and Best Parenting & Family Book in the 2020 International Book Awards. Congratulations to Dr. Miller on this wonderful achievement!

Read more about the book and its authors.

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, Inducted to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences!

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Professor and Department Head, and Dr. Raymond Lam, Professor and Associate Head of Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, who have been inducted as Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences!

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes individuals whose leadership and distinctive competencies have led to remarkable accomplishments and advancements in the academic health sciences. Election to fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well-being of the health sciences.

In his message to the new Fellows, the Chair of the Fellowship Committee, Dr. Proton Rahman, writes, “Congratulations on being elected as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  Your induction is a reflection of your vision, innovation and sustained excellence in your field and, undoubtedly, your expertise will further enrich our Academy.  We are looking forward to your engagement in CAHS’ activities.”

Congratulations to both Dr. Yatham and Dr. Lam on this significant honour and recognition!

See the complete list of 2020 CAHS Fellowship Inductees here.

 

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on October 15th, 2020!

 

 

Dear Department Members,

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day

If you are planning to attend our online UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday October 15th, be sure to register by completing the Online Registration Form. Upon completing and submitting the online form, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link, Webinar Meeting ID, and Passcode.

Things to remember:

  • Be s ure to save the confirmation email with the Zoom info
  • Log in opens at 8:30am on the day of the event
  • Attendees can re-login at any point should they need to exit, then rejoin, the webinar.

Electronic Posters

Participants must also submit their electronic posters (in PowerPoint format) to Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by Wednesday September 30th.

ePoster Submission Guidelines

  • Your electronic poster must be in PowerPoint, for presentation on the online poster gallery and voting
  • Please send your ePoster to Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by September 30th. If you have a brief audio file you would like to include, please also submit this with your ePoster.
  • ePoster templates are now available on the UBC Psychiatry Research Day web page.

Lightning Talk Presentations

  • Those selected for Lighting Talk Presentation will be contacted during the week of September 25th.
  • Lighting Talk Presentations are short 5-minute presentations (usually 3.5 minutes of speaking, plus 1.5 minutes for questions). Click here to learn more.
  • Please indicate on the Abstract Submission Form if, in addition to presenting an ePoster, you wish to be considered to present a Lightning Talk during our Virtual Research Day.
  • If selected for a Lightning Talk Presentation, the presenter must prepare a brief PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 5 slides. Please submit Lightning Talk slides to psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca.

Abstracts

The abstract submission deadline is today! We ask faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day to please submit their abstracts using the online Abstract Submission Form by the midnight.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Go to the online Abstract Submission Form and upload a copy of your abstract as a single PDF file by September 18th
  • Your abstract must include a descriptive title, and all authors and their affiliated institutions
  • The body of your abstract should not exceed 250 words, and should include:
    • Research Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

If you have questions regarding submission of your abstract or ePoster, or for general inquiries regarding the 2020 Virtual Research Day, please contact Margaret Koshi, Manager of Communications and Partnerships, at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

 

 

Faculty Opportunity: Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and the Lady Davis Institute/Jewish General Hospital, McGill University

 

The Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute/Jewish General Hospital are currently inviting applications for an Assistant Professor (Research) in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind-Body Regulation. Please see the advertisement for additional details about the position.
 

The Next Physician Appreciation Networking Lunch is on Tuesday September 22, 12-1pm!

 

The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch.

The next UBCH Physician Networking Lunch will be held at 12-1pm on Tuesday September 22, 2020 at the Koerner Lecture Theatre in UBC Hospital.

Please RSVP least 48 hours in advance to vpsalunch@gmail.com if you would like to attend!

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Entrada and Competence by Design (CBD) Resources and Links

 

*** Sent on Behalf of the Psychiatry Education Office Team***

 

Dear Faculty,

Many of you have requested information about Competence by Design (CBD) and Entrada. This message contains the essential Entrada and CBD information and links. (Clicking on the hyperlink below will take you to that section of the email.)

If you have any questions, please email: psychiatry.education@ubc.ca

Entrada

  1. Log into https://entrada.med.ubc.ca with CWL and password
  • To create a CWL: https://activate.id.ubc.ca/iamweb/
    • You will need your UBC ID number and CWL sign-up PIN, which is indicated on your original Departmental Welcome Letter.
    • If you are unable to locate a copy, please contact Amity Chiang, Assistant Human Resources Manager, at amity.chiang@ubc.ca and let her know the best number to reach you or your confidential voicemail box. She will then provide your UBC ID number and CWL sign-up PIN by phone, unfortunately, we cannot share this information via email due to security reasons.
  • Ensure the correct email is registered with your Department HR Administrator (amity.chiang@ubc.ca)
  • Entrada Quick Start Guides/CWL FAQ document: https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/cbme-competence-based-medical-education/
  1. Device double authentication

Issues? If you encounter any access or technical issues, please contact: medit.entrada@ubc.ca

 

Psychiatry CBD Resources Website

  • Entrada Psychiatry CBD Resources website – here
  • You will need a CWL to log in
  • CBD Webinar recording posted
  • If the website link does not work for you, follow these steps:
    • Log into Entrada as described in the Entrada section above
    • Check that you are logged in as PGME (see image below)

(Image has ‘Staff PGME’ but you would be ‘Faculty’ PGME)

IF it does NOT indicate PGME under Faculty, click on the middle icon (see image) and select the button below ‘PGME’.

  1. On computer: Click on the ‘Communities’ tab near the top left (next to the ‘Dashboard”tab)
    • *On smart phone:  Touch the three vertical dots near the top of the screen; Touch ‘Communities’ in dropdown menu; Touch ‘Close Sidebar’ to access the rest of the webpage
  2. Locate the search bar under the heading ‘Search for a Community’
  3. Enter “psychiatry cbd”  then click/touch ‘Search’
  4. Click/touch ‘Psychiatry CBD Resources’ in the results list under the search bar

Note: You’ll notice there are other Psychiatry communities that will also show up in your search results

 

Royal College Psychiatry Documents

  • National Standards for Psychiatry Training – here.
  • Psychiatry CBD Documents (CBD Observation templates, Psychiatry EPA Guide, Psychiatry Pathway to Competence) – request documents here.

 

Royal College CBD Resources

Webinars include:

  • Teaching and Learning in CBD
  • Competence Committees
  • Workplace-based Assessments (WBA) in CBD
  • Coaching in CBD

 

FoM PGME’s CBD Website

  • FoM PGME CBD website – here.
  • Contains Entrada Quick Start Guides for: Faculty, Resident, Competence Committee, and more.

Kind regards,

Psychiatry Education Office Team
psychiatry.education@ubc.ca

 

 

Invitation to Virtual Psychiatry Graduation Ceremony – Class of 2020

 

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

 

Dear Faculty,

Due to the challenges with holding in-person events this year, we postponed the 2020 graduation usually held in June in the hopes that the situation would allow for at least a small in-person celebration in the fall. Since it is now clear that this won’t be possible…

I am thrilled to finally announce the virtual graduation ceremony for the Psychiatry class of 2020!

We have decided to hold the ceremonies on Saturday, October 17, 2020 by Zoom. The festivities will start at 6:00 PST at the link below.  The evening will consist of speeches from myself, Dr. Yatham, and then tributes to each graduating class member by either mentors or Associate Program Directors with the virtual handing out of certificates. Each grad is welcome to say a few words at that time.

We kindly request your attendance at this auspicious event and we ask that you please RSVP by Monday, October 12th here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_em5L34BVDy7aYER. For the grads, if there are others whom you would like attend, please send this invite and zoom link as necessary.

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

Saturday, October 17th Zoom Event Detail

Start Time: 6:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/ or join through the Zoom desktop app and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode

Meeting ID: 91037 579420
Passcode: 579420

Thank you to all, and congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Best regards,

 

Irfan

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Hello again from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We’re pleased to provide you with an update on our committee’s work to support residents’ research and scholarly activity endeavours. This committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training objectives for research and scholarly activity. Specific responsibilities include the identification, development, enhancement, promotion, monitoring and evaluation of resident scholarly activity projects, and ensuring that objectives relating to research and scholarly activity are integrated throughout our educational program. The committee meets quarterly, at which time resident submissions of their final scholarly activity reports are reviewed.

Residents, for your information if you’re preparing your final report submission, the next scheduled meetings are on September the 21st and November 19th 2020.

Faculty, we have a resident who is seeking a departmental supervisor for his scholarly activity project. Dr. Benjamin Roth is a PGY 2, here’s a note from him:

Many people with symptoms of anxiety and depression seek out support at religious institutions, either in combination or instead of accessing formal mental health resources. Many religious communities have the express goal of aiding those who are ill and suffering, but may not have access to the evidence-based tools of the mental health field. For this reason, it appears that collaboration between religious institutions and the mental health community could increase access to mental health resources for a portion of the population without adding significant cost to the medical system. We know that therapeutic interventions can be quite effective in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions. Some of these interventions, specifically manualized interventions, are well suited to be delivered by trained lay-people in community settings. I expect that if religious institutions were to deliver evidence-based mental health interventions, that this could benefit many people and help religious institutions meet their own goals, furthermore it may reduce bias towards mental health diagnoses. My goal is to review the literature to answer the question of whether mental health interventions provided by religious institutions (e.g., churches) could be helpful. I hope to include studies with outcomes of reduction in mental health symptoms (anxiety, depression) or reduction in stigma (for interventions that are not targeted at symptomatic individuals). I would like to focus on Western nations, as their religious communities and mental health resources are likely to be more similar to Canada. I have secured a co-supervisor with experience developing psychoeducational resources that were delivered in local churches to ensure that the finished product could be helpful for both the mental health community and religious institutions who may be considering the introduction of an evidence-based intervention.

Faculty members, please note that Dr. Roth is looking for a supervisor to support him with his literature review methods, it’s not necessary for you to have expertise in this specific research area (which will be provided by his identified co-supervisor). You can contact Ben direct via benjamin.roth@alumni.ubc.ca.

* You can find copies of all relevant documentation relating to scholarly activity on the department website here: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/postgraduate-education-scholarly-activity/scholarly-activity-project/

** If you have questions or need support relating to scholarly activity please contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity, via erin.michalak@ubc.ca.

 

Internal Cut-Over Deadlines for Finance and HR Items

 

Dear Department members,

As UBC is changing its HR & Finance systems to Workday effective November 2nd, UBC has announced some cut-over deadlines in preparation for the system transition. Below are the Department internal cut-over dates that I would like to bring to your attention. The deadlines below are for items to be processed using the current system. Please note that requests received after the cut off dates listed below will be processed through the new system when it goes live on November 2nd.

Finance Items to be sent to Gloria Park at Psychiatry.FinanceAsst@ubc.ca:
Internal Cut-Over Dates
Purchase requisition (PO requests), PO invoice payments, new vendor requests or vendor change request Friday, October 2 noon
Non-PO invoice payments, reimbursements and Journal Vouchers Wednesday, October 7 noon
Cheque deposits Friday, October 9 noon
HR Items to be sent to Bree Wilson at Bree.Wilson@ubc.ca:
Internal Cut-Over Dates
Update employee self-service data (ie change to address, phone number, emergency contact) Thursday, September 24 noon
Reappointments, new hires, leave of absence, FTE change, pay rate changes

  • Any actions (ie new hires and reappointments) with an effective date beyond November 2nd will be processed through Workday
Friday, September 25 noon
Job postings Friday, October 16 noon
Hourly timesheet Monday, October 26 noon
Specific to those tracking their leaves on Personnel Absence Tracker (PAT):
Internal Cut-Over Dates
All leaves up to November 15th must be entered into PAT

  • If you submit request after September 23rd, they will not be reflected in Workday, these will need to be re-entered into Workday
  • For any preapproved leave requests after November 16th, they also need to be re-entered into Workday
Wednesday, September 23 noon

 

Thank you for you patience and understanding during this transition period.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Amity

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

 

Workday is going live on November 2, 2020 – please complete the essential Workday training for all Department members here: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/irpworkday/workday-training-for-department-members/

 

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Steinberg on the Publication of his New Book!

 

The Department congratulates Clinical Professor Dr. Paul Steinberg on the publication of his new book, titled Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytical Thought to Contemporary Medical Care.

As described by Routledge Publishing, “This book shows how contemporary psychoanalytic thinking can be applied in the everyday practice of medicine to enhance the practice of family medicine and all clinical specialties.

Dr. Steinberg analyzes his writings over the past 35 years—on psychiatry and family medicine, liaison psychiatry, and supervision and mentoring—based on developments in psychoanalytic thinking. Divided into sections based on different venues of medical practice, including family medicine clinics, inpatient medical and surgical units, and psychiatric inpatient units and outpatient programs, chapters illustrate how various concepts in psychoanalysis can enhance physicians’ understanding and management of their patients. A concluding section contains applications of psychoanalytic thought in non-clinical areas pertinent to medicine, including preventing suicide among physicians, residents and medical students, sexual abuse of patients by physicians, and oral examination anxiety in physicians.

Readers will learn to apply psychoanalytic concepts with a rational approach that enhances their understanding and management of their patients and practice of medicine generally.”

In addition to his UBC Psychiatry appointment, Dr. Steinberg is a member of the Western Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, and Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Congratulations on this significant accomplishment, Paul! (and to his son, whose artwork is featured on the cover.)

Watch the New Promotional Video for the UBC Psychiatry Child & Adolescent Subspecialty Program

 

 

The UBC Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Subspecialty Program has developed a fantastic video clip showcasing the program’s many strengths and highlights. CAP Program Director Dr. Andrea Chapman is joined by Dr. Julia Gibson, Dr. Ashey Miller, Dr. Evelyn Stewart and Dr. Charles Ho, all of whom share their unique insights about the benefits to be gained through the diverse training and rich learning opportunities offered by the program. Watch the video clip below, and visit the webpage to learn more about the CAP Subspecialty Program.

 

REMINDER: Submit Your ePoster for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day by Monday October 5th!

 

 

All faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day must submit their electronic posters in PowerPoint format by Monday Octber 5th. Visit the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day web page for submission guidelines, ePoster templates and other important information.

 

 

COVID-19 — Required Use of Non-Medical Masks at UBC, Effective September 16

 

 

UBC is implementing a new measure to help limit COVID-19. Effective Wednesday, September 16, 2020, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors on our campuses. This amends the previous policy which strongly recommended the use of non-medical masks in these settings.

The health and safety of the UBC community is our first priority, and we continue to monitor COVID-19 and follow effective safety practices as understanding of the virus evolves. The requirement to wear non-medical masks indoors recognizes that transmission is reduced when face masks are worn in conjunction with physical distancing and other safety practices.

Wearing a non-medical mask is one step you can take to protect yourself, your friends, your colleagues and your community.

The requirement for the use of non-medical masks applies to shared indoor spaces within UBC buildings, such as hallways, stairways, building entryways, washrooms and study spaces, classrooms, common areas in residences and other high-traffic areas. Further details related to the policy, its implementation, and COVID-19 Safety Plans will be posted online next week at https://covid19.ubc.ca/.

Exceptions will be provided for people with underlying medical conditions that inhibit their ability to wear masks. Masks may also be removed when taking part in certain athletic or fitness activities and in situations where wearing a mask impedes delivery and receiving of services. Further details regarding exceptions will be posted next week at https://covid19.ubc.ca/.

Even when wearing a mask, please continue to observe physical distancing as much as possible, as a mask is not a substitute for this practice. For those who are not able to wear a mask, for medical or other reasons, please be careful to maintain a safe distance for the protection of yourself and those around you.

As part of UBC’s commitment to the health and safety of our community, and the responsibility we all share in preventing the potential for COVID-19, students, faculty, staff or visitors are required to follow UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules when on campus, such as assessing yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms and following signage and floor markings when moving around premises.

You are also asked to adopt public health measures such as staying home if sick, maintaining physical distance wherever possible, and frequent hand hygiene regardless of non-medical mask usage. Please refer to information about staying healthy, including advice on identifying COVID-19 symptoms and safety practices such as handwashing, at https://covid19.ubc.ca/health-guidance/. Useful FAQs related to UBC’s response to COVID-19 can also be found at https://covid19.ubc.ca/.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support in following this health and safety practice. By following this new policy, and continuing to adopt public health measures, we can all play a role in helping to limit COVID-19.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM: Registration Now Open

 

BCPA members, psychiatrists, residents and students are invited to attend this year’s BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM virtual online conference on Saturday November 21, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Visit the Event web page to view the Agenda and Registration details!

 

 

UPDATE: Deadline for Abstracts Has Been EXTENDED to Friday September 18, 2020

 

Dear Department Members,

Due to overwhelming requests, the abstract submission deadline has been extended by an additional week to Friday September 18th

We ask faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day to please submit their abstracts using the online Abstract Submission Form by the closing date of Friday September 18th.

 

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Go to the online Abstract Submission Form and upload a copy of your abstract as a single PDF file by September 18th
  • Your abstract must include a descriptive title, and all authors and their affiliated institutions
  • The body of your abstract should not exceed 250 words, and should include:
      • Research Objectives
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusions

 

ELECTRONIC POSTERS

Participants must also submit their electronic posters (in PowerPoint format) to Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by Wednesday September 30th.

ePoster Submission Guidelines

  • Your electronic poster must be in PowerPoint, for presentation on the online poster gallery and voting
  • Please send your ePoster to Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by September 30th. If you have a brief audio file you would like to include, please also submit this with your ePoster. Further information and instructions regarding audio files will be posted soon on the UBC Psychiatry Research Day web page.

 

LIGHTNING TALK PRESENTATIONS

  • Lighting Talk Presentations are short 5-minute presentations (usually 3.5 minutes of speaking, plus 1.5 minutes for questions). Click here to learn more.
  • Please indicate on the Abstract Submission Form if, in addition to presenting an ePoster, you wish to be considered to present a Lightning Talk during our Virtual Research Day.
  • If selected for a Lightning Talk Presentation, the presenter must prepare a brief PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 5 slides. Please submit Lightning Talk slides to psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by the September 30th deadline.

 

GENERAL ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

Stay tuned for the online Attendee Registration Form and further details coming soon!

 

If you have questions regarding submission of your abstract or ePoster, or for general inquiries regarding the 2020 Virtual Research Day, please contact Margaret Koshi, Manager of Communications and Partnerships, at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

 

You Are Invited: Dr. Steven Taylor to Speak with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Terence Tam on “The Art of Living in the Time of COVID” on Oct 1 at 7:00-8:30pm

 

You are invited to the 15th Annual Lafayette Health Awareness Series, a webinar developed by the University of Victoria’s Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health and the Lafeyette String Quartet, and hosted by CBC journalist and Chancellor of the University of Victoria, Shelagh Roger, OC.

In this webinar, UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Steven Taylor, alongside Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Terence Tam, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the creative ways in which we can get through this pandemic as we learn more about the science around it.

View the Event poster or visit the Event web page for registration details!

 

 

MEMO: Invitation of Application for Membership to the UBC IMH

 

MEMORANDUM

 

Dear Department Members,

As the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has initiated steps to formalize its process for membership, I would like to invite Department members to apply for IMH membership by completing and submitting the brief application form.

Membership to the IMH provides a number of important benefits, including access to funding opportunities and research support infrastructure, mentorship and training opportunities, collaboration and community networking, and other resources. In return, you will confirm that you acknowledge and accept the responsibilities of membership, which include demonstrating a commitment to mental health research through evidence of ongoing scholarly contributions to the field, and actively participating in UBC IMH events and engagements.  

If you decide to become a member, I ask that you please carefully review and complete the application form, then submit this along with the requested documentation to Ms. Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca.

As outlined in the revitalized Strategic Plan for 2019-2024, the UBC IMH strives to bring together and support a vibrant community of researchers and learners who are dedicated to advancing world-class mental health and addictions research, and translating knowledge into transformative, evidence-based clinical practice. On behalf of the UBC IMH, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment to our vision and mission.

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

 

UPDATE: UGE Students – Restricted Activities, Objectives, Assessments, Virtual Care Teaching Resources

 

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

 

Thank you for welcoming the Class of 2021 students back to their rotations in July and August 2020; they have completed their Year 3 rotations on August 30, 2020.

Beginning August 31, 2020, the Class of 2022 students will begin their Year 3 clinical rotations. Please refer to the June 12, 2020 e-mail  titled “UPDATE: UGE Students Returning to Clinical Rotations July 6, 2020” for a refresher on Direct Observations, PPE, and allowed patient experiences. Below are additional updates.

 

Update on Restricted Activities

An update relating to their clinical experiences is that students are now allowed to provide patient care in long-term care facilities with appropriate PPE (surgical mask + eye protection). They are still not allowed to participate in aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMP) on psychiatry or in the care of COVID-pending/COVID-positive patients.

 

Updated Year 3 Psychiatry Objectives for C2022

For the Class of 2022, the Undergraduate Psychiatry Education Committee (UGEC) has simplified the academic learning objectives; faculty are encouraged to review these prior to working with the new cohort of students.

Also attached, are the revised pocket cards with the Must-See and Must-Dos for the Class of 2020, which can also be found online here.

 

New Summative Comments on Year 3 End-of-Rotation Assessments

The other change that has occurred for the Class of 2022 is the addition of summative comments on the Medical Student Performance Record (MSPR). The MSPR summative narrative is the ONLY part of the core clerkship end-of-rotation assessment that appears on the student’s final transcript for residency applications (other than the notation that the student met competencies overall). These comments will have a direct impact on student CaRMS residency applications and thus are high stakes for students. Attached are some guidelines to help you divide your comments into formative versus summative when completing the Year 3 End-of-Rotation Assessment form.

 

Integrating Teaching with Virtual Care – Resources

Some clinical faculty have reached out for guidance on how to integrate teaching with virtual patient care. In the past few months, there have been some excellent sessions hosted by the Faculty of Medicine Faculty Development Office. Their website (https://facdev.med.ubc.ca/) has many tips and suggestions.

In the interim, the UGEC has developed psychiatry-specific virtual care infographics to help preceptors teach in various settings: one-to-one, small groups, and large groups. I would like to thank Dr. Kelly Saran and Dr. Claire Docherty for their work in leading the creation of these infographics. I hope these will be a useful addition to your clinical practice. These will also be posted on Canvas for easy reference; Canvas is where you can find all the current psychiatry-specific teaching resources for working with medical students. Please email psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with your CWL username for access.

Please contact Dr. Kathryn Fung (Kathryn.fung@vch.ca), Undergraduate Psychiatry Program Director, or Ms. Paola Martens (paola.martens@ubc.ca), Senior Education Programs Manager, if you have any further questions.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of UBC’s medical students.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

PGE 2020-21 Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment – Availability Survey

 

*** Sent on behalf of Linda Chang, Education Coordinator, Postgraduate, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***

 

Hi everyone,

We are starting to recruit examiners for our 2020-21 Mock OSCEs.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success for all of our residents.

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

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

Below are the upcoming mock OSCE dates:

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020

If you are interested in being an examiner, please take a moment to complete the following survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cD8XnDFp1Rdkm57 by Friday, September 25th, and we will reach out to you shortly thereafter to confirm.

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

Sincerely,

Linda Chang
Education Coordinator, Postgraduate
Faculty of Medicine | Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | DHCC Room 11169
2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68102 | Fax 604 875 5438
linda.chang@ubc.ca
http://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca

Workday Training: Essential for all UBC Psychiatry Department Members

 

UBC is currently offering a number of online, self-serve training courses and webinars to help prepare you for the transition to Workday.

It is essential that all UBC Psychiatry faculty, staff, and students participate in Workday training in order to gain a working knowledge of fundamental day-to-day tasks in the new system.

Visit our new Workday Training for Department Members webpage to learn more about the training you need to be Workday-ready!

 

 

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day

 

Further information and updates on the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day and be found on HERE!

 

Dear Department Members,

Following the postponement of the originally-scheduled Research Day due to COVID-19 disruptions, we are looking forward to the upcoming 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day to be held online via Zoom on Thursday October 15th, 2020!

The Department’s first ever virtual Research Day event will showcase all the exciting research being conducted across the UBC Department of Psychiatry, and will provide an opportunity for Department members to listen, learn, network, and connect with one another across sites, disciplines and experience levels.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

At this time, we invite faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day to submit their abstracts using the online Abstract Submission Form by Friday September 11th.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Go to the online Abstract Submission Form and upload a copy of your abstract as a single PDF file by September 11th
  • Your abstract must include a descriptive title, and all authors and their affiliated institutions
  • The body of your abstract should not exceed 250 words, and should include:
    • Research Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

ELECTRONIC POSTERS

Participants must also submit their electronic posters in PowerPoint format to Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by Wednesday September 30th.

ePoster Submission Guidelines

  • Your electronic poster must be in PowerPoint, for presentation on the online poster gallery and voting
  • Please send your ePoster to Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by September 30th. If you have a brief audio file you would like to include, please also submit this with your ePoster. Further information and instructions regarding audio files will be posted soon on the UBC Psychiatry Research Day web page.
  • If you want to learn more about how to best present your ePoster online, be sure to register here for the “Online Poster Presentations: What, How, Why?” webinar on Thursday September 10th @ 2-3:30pm, hosted by the BC Support Unit.

LIGHTNING TALK PRESENTATIONS

  • Lighting Talk Presentations are short 5-minute presentations (usually 3.5 minutes of speaking, plus 1.5 minutes for questions). Click here to learn more.
  • Please indicate on the Abstract Submission Form if, in addition to presenting an ePoster, you wish to be considered to present a Lightning Talk during our Virtual Research Day.
  • If selected for a Lightning Talk Presentation, the presenter must also prepare a brief PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 5 slides. Please submit Lightning Talk slides to psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by the September 30th deadline.

GENERAL ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

Stay tuned for the online Attendee Registration Form and further details coming soon!

If you have questions regarding submission of your abstract or ePoster, or for general inquiries regarding the 2020 Virtual Research Day, please contact Margaret Koshi, Manager of Communications and Partnerships, at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.

 

Fraudulent Phishing Email – DO NOT OPEN LINKS

 

*** Sent on behalf of UBC Psychiatry IT ***

 

Dear Department Members,

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

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

MEMO: Update on Invitation for Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Program Director

 

MEMORANDUM

 

Dear Colleagues,

As you are aware, we recently invited expressions of interest from faculty members for the role of Program Director for the Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) in the UBC Department of Psychiatry.  We wish to share with you an update that the Department will continue to accept written expressions of interest for this role until the vacancy is filled.

The PGE Program Director will serve for a three-year term beginning on a date to be mutually agreed, and will report to the Department Head and the Associate Head, PGE & CPD.  Please see the detailed description of responsibilities for this role.

If you are interested in this position, you are encouraged to submit your written expression of interest and CV by email to Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Should you have any specific questions regarding this role, please don’t hesitate to contact Vicky.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

MEMO: Inviting Expressions of Interest for the Role of Associate Program Director, Prince George Track

 

 

MEMORANDUM

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to share with you the news that Dr. Rachel Boulding will be stepping down from her role as Associate Program Director of the Prince George Track as of September 30, 2020.  We sincerely thank her for all her exemplary work and the tremendous support she provided to our residents over the years.  We wish her the best of luck in the future!

At this time, we are asking for expressions of interest for this position from faculty, preferably in the Prince George region.  Please send a letter expressing your interest, including what you may bring to the role as well as a copy of your CV, to Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, at irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca by Tuesday September 8, 2020.  Dr. Boulding has indicated that she will be happy to mentor the incoming Associate Program Director in the new role, as will Dr. Khanbhai.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Upcoming Workshop: Dr. David Kealy to Present on “Becoming a More Effective Therapist” on Sept 22 @ 3:00pm

 

The Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Intervention (SEPI) will be hosting a webinar on “Becoming a More Effective Therapist: Using Reliable, Personalized Case Formulations,” and Dr. David Kealy will be a co-presenter alongside Dr. George Silberschatz to speak on this topic.

The workshop will cover the major theoretical assumptions informing the Plan-Formulation Method, an empirically derived and learnable skill that significantly improves one’s efficacy as a therapist across diagnoses and treatment modalities, and will outline the process of developing unique formulations for individual patients. Participants will also learn the fundamental principles and methods of case formulation that have been developed by the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (SFPRG).

If you are a therapist who is interested in attending this webinar, please register HERE!

The Right Psych: A New Podcast Geared Toward Medical Students Interested in Psychiatry!

 

Do you know any medicals students who are curious about a career in psychiatry? If so, encourage them to tune into The Right Psych, a new podcast series hosted by UBC medical students and developed in collaboration with the UBC Department of Psychiatry as part of the Summer Immersion Program.

This series hosts psychiatrists from an array of subspecialties who discuss the enormous breadth of practice in this exciting and evolving field of medicine. It offers an inside look at the diverse careers of psychiatrists all around BC!

Special thanks to Dr. Clare Beasley for coordinating interviews for this series.

Access The Right Psych podcast here!

Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Emma Morton Publish a Study Validating the Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder (QoL.BD) Scale in French

 

Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Emma Morton have published a new study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry which validates the Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder (QoL.BD) Scale in the French language.

The English-language version of the QoL.BD Scale was developed by Dr. Michalak and her team as the the first quality of life questionnaire specifically designed for people with bipolar disorder. The new study, led by Dr. Martin Provencher, validated the French version of the QoL.BD to be comparable to the English version in its psychometric properties, and represents as a viable and reliable measure of QoL in French-speaking patients with BD in both clinical and research settings.

Read the manuscript here.

Staffing Update in the UBC Psychiatry Education Group

 

*** Sent on behalf of Paola Martens, Senior Education Programs Manager**

 

Hi everyone,

I would like to update you on some recent staffing changes.

I would like to welcome MJ Alarcon to the Psychiatry Education Team, who started last week on Wed Aug 12, 2020. She is filling the role previously held by Brianne Colon and then Muhan Zhang. Please note that MJ will be purely focused on postgrad tasks for now. The Undergrad Year 4 tasks previously done by this role have been temporarily shifted to a different person (see below). You may contact MJ at the email address below:

MJ Alarcon
Interim Program Assistant, PGE
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
Fax 604 875 5438
psych.pge@ubc.ca

 

I would also like to welcome Angela Steinberg to the Psychiatry Education Team, who started this week on Wed Aug 20, 2020. She will be taking over from Adeline Hao who will be leaving the team on Friday, August 28, 2020. We wish Adeline all the best as she moves onto an exciting opportunity and thank her for her hard work in Undergrad Year 3.

Please note that Angela will be handling Undergrad Year 3 and Year 4 until further notice. During this transition, I will be assisting with Undergrad Year 4 until Angela has been trained. You may reach Angela at the email address below:

Angela Steinberg
Interim Program Assistant, UGE Year 3 & Year 4
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
Fax 604 875 5438
uge.assistant@ubc.ca

 

You will find details for the entire education team on our website. I also want to remind everyone that the education team is working remotely until further notice. The best way to reach us is by email.

I thank everyone in advance for their patience during this transition. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Keep well and safe…

Kind regards,

Paola

Paola Martens

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

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Project Advisory Group – Psychiatry Rep

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

Dear Faculty,

A directive in recent years in medical education from the Royal College is focussed on improving how we train our residents in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.  To this end, the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Project Advisory Group has been set up by the PGME office, the purpose of which is to provide input, expertise, and guidance to the QIPS Project Team responsible for development of QIPS Postgraduate Medical Education curriculum and QIPS resources for Residents and Faculty.  The QIPS Advisory Group is composed of faculty, staff, and learners representing a range of departments, locations, and interests related to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Each specialty has a member on this group whose role it is to provide input, expertise and guidance on context, content and delivery to the Project Leads, attend Advisory Group meetings or provide input through email and review meeting minutes for accuracy.  To date, Dr. Leona Adams has been Psychiatry’s representative on this group, but she has decided to step down from this position.  We would like to thank her for her exemplary work in this capacity.

I am looking for any faculty interested in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety to send me an expression of interest by email at irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca to take on this role going forward until project completion in January 2021.  I have attached the terms of reference for this Group for your review.

Please let me know by Friday August 28, 2020 and thank you so much for your consideration.

Best regards,

Irfan

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

 

Mandatory Passcodes for Zoom Meetings on August 31, 2020

 

Beginning August 31st, 2020, UBC will require all new Zoom meetings to have a passcode enabled for increased security.

Any new meetings that you create as of August 31st will have a passcode automatically enabled and generated. Any meetings that were created before August 31st will not be affected by this change.

Beginning September 27th, 2020, Zoom will enforce a system-wide change by automatically enabling a waiting room for any meetings that do not have a passcode. We therefore recommend that you edit your existing meetings to enable a passcode to avoid having the waiting room automatically enabled on this date.

If you use the Outlook plugin to schedule Zoom meetings and wish to edit your existing meetings to enable a passcode before August 31st, you can view instructions on how to do so here.

UBC has opted to implement its own change on August 31st in order to minimize the potential impact of Zoom’s own change in September, which is typically a very busy time of year for faculty and staff.

For more information on Zoom’s changes, please visit Zoom’s FAQ page.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact your appropriate support team.

For all staff and faculty based at UBC Vancouver:

Call: 604-822-7956
Email: av.helpdesk@ubc.ca

For UBC Faculty of Medicine staff and faculty:

Call: 1-877-266-0666
Email: medit.servicedesk@ubc.ca

For general information on Zoom at UBC.

 

Message from UBC Psychiatry IT: Home Office Ergonomics

 

 

Many of us have tried to make our office work environment ergonomic, but now that many of us are working from home, we need to make sure we are still taking care of ourselves.

Human Resources has prepared a guide and webinar on the ergonomics of working from home and is offering virtual assessments.

Have IT related questions or concerns? Email Psychiatry.IT@ubc.ca.

 

 

MEMO: Inviting Expressions of Interest for the Role of Associate Program Director, Vancouver Island Track

 

MEMORANDUM

Dear colleagues,

We wish to thank Dr. Wei-Yi Song for his exemplary work as the Associate Program Director for the Vancouver Island track of our UBC Psychiatry Residency training program.  Dr. Song stepped down from this position in March 2020, and Dr. Alison Gregson has graciously stepped in as Interim Associate Program Director until this vacancy can be filled.

As COVID concerns had eclipsed all other administrative priorities, a formal search for this position could not be conducted at that time.  Now that things are more settled, we are inviting expressions of interest for this position from Department faculty, preferably on Vancouver Island. Please advise Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, of your interest by email at irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca by Monday August 31, 2020.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Workday Goes Live on November 2, 2020!

 

 

On November 2, 2020, UBC will transition to Workday as the core enterprise system to replace UBC’s Student Information System (SIS), Human Resource Management System (HRMS), and Financial Management System (FMS). This transition is central to the Integrated Renewal Program (IRP), a business process transformation that will modernize and simplify student, HR and finance systems, bringing them into an intuitive integrated system.

Check out the new webpage on the UBC Psychiatry website to learn more about IRP and Workday, explore self-directed training sessions, and find out how you can prepare for the new platform!

 

You Are Invited: Upcoming Virtual Workshop on “Clinical Teaching in Virtual Settings – Tips, Tricks, Learning from Each Other”

 

**Sent on behalf of the UBC Office of Faculty Development & Educational Support**

 

Dear Department Faculty,

Clinical preceptors are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual workshop titled “Clinical Teaching in Virtual Settings – Tips, Tricks, Learning from Each Other” to be offered on Tuesday August 25, 2020 from 7:00-8:30pm.

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:

In this interactive second session on this topic, participants will be provided a forum to share their experiences, tips, tricks, successes and challenges.  No experience in teaching virtually is required to join this session.

This workshop is for faculty who are considering to teach with cases in the Postgraduate Medical Education and Health Professions programs, and others who want to learn.

Date: Tuesday August 25th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Panelists: Dr. Krystine Sambor, Dr. Adrian Yee, Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo, Dr. Brent Ohata, Dr. John Pawlovich, Dr. Kelly Saran, and Dr. Renée Janssen

Location: Zoom (link will be emailed)

REGISTER HERE  by August 15th.

Learning outcomes for participants of this session include:

  • Reflecting on their role as preceptors during the transition from in-person to virtual clinical teaching
  • Optimizing their teaching approach to the virtual clinical environment
  • Identifying potential opportunities, challenges and resources as they navigate virtual clinical teaching environments
  • Creating a network of preceptors who teach in virtual clinical environments

For more information, please see the workshop flyer.

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Elected Vice-President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics!

 

Dr. Jehannine Austin has been elected as Vice-President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG). The ISPG is worldwide society of professionals committed to the advancement of research and education in the field of psychiatric genetics. This new leadership role follows Dr. Austin’s previous role as President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), the largest professional organization for genetic counsellors in the world.

Dr. Austin is a Professor who is jointly appointed in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics. She is also a Research Scientist at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Institute, and a Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics. Her research interests include the clinical implications of psychiatric genetics, with a focus on genetic and environmental contributors to post-partum episodes of mental illness, the impact of psychiatric genetics on mental illness stigma, and the outcomes of providing genetic counselling to individuals with mental illness and their family members.

Congratulations to Dr. Austin on her election to this new role!

 

 

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: A Spotlight on Dr. Adele Diamond

 

This week’s DMCBH COVID-19 series features UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Adele Diamond, whose research in early childhood development focuses on the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that takes the longest to mature over a person’s lifetime.

In the article, she emphasizes that stress brought on by COVID-19 can have lasting deleterious effects on children’s psychological and physical state. The prefrontal cortex, a key structure for executive functioning abilities, is particularly vulnerable to the effects of stress, and therefore prolonged stress in children can have long-term consequences on children’s ability to think clearly, control impulsive reacting, and perform other higher brain functions.

Dr. Diamond says that, in these trying times, parents need to be especially mindful of reducing the stress their children are may be experiencing. Activities such as physical exercise, meditation and yoga can be helpful in reducing stress in both children and parents alike, and can be greatly beneficial in keeping parents and kids connected when practiced and enjoyed together.

Read the full DMCBH article here.

A New Wellness Centre for Mental Health and Substance Use Now Open at Royal Columbian Hospital

 

The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre at RCH (Photo Credit: Fraser Health Authority)

The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre at Royal Columbian Hospital opened its doors on July 13, 2020, and will expand Fraser Health’s clinical training capacity for UBC Psychiatry residents and medical students, as well as psychologists, nursing students, and other health professionals.

In its first phase of operation, the Centre will offer outpatient services that include a mood disorder clinic, expanded clinics for adolescent psychiatry, reproductive psychiatry and psychiatric urgent referral, as well as group therapy and neuropsychology clinics. The 393,000 square-foot state-of-the-art treatment facility will also bring an additional 45 beds to the inpatient unit previously housed within the Sherbrooke building, providing a total of 75 beds to the new inpatient unit, which now includes private patient rooms, spaces for patients to socialize and spend time alone, a secure outdoor patio and exercise room, and a lounge for visiting family and friends.

The Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre will also serve as the new regional site for electroconvulsive therapy services for people seeking neurostimulation to treat neurologic and psychiatric disorders, and will also be the first facility in the Fraser Health region to offer a specialized unit for seniors dealing with acute depression, anxiety, or psychosis.

Read more about the new Wellness Centre in the news release by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.

Physician Networking Lunches and Free Coffee on Wednesday for Physicians at UBC Hospital!

 

The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch.

The next UBCH Physician Networking Lunch will be held at 12-1pm on Wednesday August 19, 2020 at the Koerner Lecture Theatre in UBC Hospital.

Please RSVP least 48 hours in advance to vpsalunch@gmail.com if you would like to attend!

Free Coffee Wednesdays for Physicians

Additionally, the Vancouver Medical Dental Staff Association will now be providing free coffee to all physicians every Wednesday at the UBC Hospital Cafeteria. Just say the code word “SUNSHINE” at the cashier!

 

 

 

You Are Invited: Upcoming Virtual Workshop on “Coaching Cases Virtually for Clinical Reasoning”

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, and the UBC Office of Faculty Development & Educational Support**

 

Dear Department Faculty,

You are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual workshop titled “Coaching Cases Virtually for Clinical Reasoning” to be offered on Wednesday July 29, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:15pm.

About this workshop:

In this workshop, you will learn the best practices for using cases to teach clinical reasoning over videoconference. Cases can be used for teaching in various settings (e.g., academic half-days, post clinic/ward rounds, M&M rounds) and as many move to a virtual space, come learn about how to design your session for optimal engagement.

This workshop is for faculty who are considering to teach with cases in the Postgraduate Medical Education and Health Professions programs, and others who want to learn.

Date: July 29, 12-1:15pm

Facilitators: Dr. Kyla Hildebrand, Sharon Doucet

Location: Zoom (link will be emailed)

REGISTER HERE

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Design clinical case teaching sessions for multiple levels of learners
  • Determine whether learning should be asynchronous or synchronous
  • Use appropriate virtual tools for learning clinical reasoning
  • Maintain patient confidentiality during case presentations

For more information about the facilitators, please see the workshop flyer.

 

Dr. Steven Taylor’s Study on COVID Stress Syndrome Featured in Psychology Today

 

A recent study on COVID Stress Syndrome (CSS) led by Dr. Steven Taylor has been featured in the latest issue of Psychology Today. This study looks at important correlations of CSS with demographics, depression, anxiety, and other factors, and is an extension of a previously published model of COVID Stress Syndrome (S. Taylor, C.A.Landry, M.M. Paluszek, T.A. Fergus, D. McKay, G. Asmundson, 2020), which developed and validated the COVID Stress Scales comprised of 36 items on 5 scales.

 

Read the entire Psychology Today article here.

Watch Dr. Steven Taylor’s CBC interview this week on COVID-19 complacency.

SAVE THE DATE: UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday October 15, 2020

 

 

Following the postponement of the originally-planned Research Day due to the disruptions of COVID-19, the Department is excited to announce that a Virtual Research Day will be held on Thursday October 15, 2020.

Be sure to save the date in your calendars, and stay tuned for more information and details to come!

DMCBH: New Funding Opportunity For Graduate Students and Postdocs!

 

On Wednesday July 15, DMCBH announced the launch of the DMCBH Endowment Awards, which will provide additional support to graduate students and postdocs. In order to be eligible, students and postdocs must be supervised by full DMCBH members, and students must also be part of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.

You can find more information and the full application form  here. The application deadline is August 15, 2020. Please direct any questions and/or your completed application to ubc.neuroscience@ubc.ca.

 

Staffing Update in the UBC Psychiatry Education Group

 

As you may be aware, Brianne Colon, Interim Program Assistant, PGE + UGE Y4, will be leaving the UBC Psychiatry Education Group to accept a new permanent job opportunity.  Please join us in congratulating Brianne on her new position in the Faculty of Arts, and in thanking her for all her hard work over the last 15 months.

Stepping in to replace Brianne is Muhan Zhang, who has been training with Brianne to take over as Interim Program Assistant, PGE + UGE Y4. Her contact information is as follows:

Muhan Zhang
Interim Program Assistant, PGE and UGE Y4
Email: psych.pge@ubc.ca

A New Paper by Dr. Paul Pavlidis and Former Student Marjan Farahbod Featured on the Cover of Genome Research



Congratulations to Dr. Paul Pavlidis who, along with his former student Marjan Farahbod, has published a paper now featured on the cover of the latest issue of Genome Research!

Click on the links to read the abstract and the paper titled “Untangling the effects of cellular composition on coexpression analysis.

Congratulations to Additional Department Members Who Have Been Recognized for Teaching Awards!

 

Following our recent announcement of the recipients of Department teaching and research awards for 2020, we would like to add to this list and congratulate Dr. Todd Tomita, recipient of the UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Awards For Excellence in Postgraduate Forensic Subspecialty Clinical Teaching, and also Dr. Akber Mithani, who received the Residency Site Teaching Award at the IMG-SPH Site from the Family Practice Residency Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Tomita, Dr. Mithani, and all of our outstanding awardees this year!

View all our 2020 UBC Psychiatry Faculty Award Recipients on the new webpage!

(Other Department Awardees past and present will be also be included on the website very soon!)

Resident Wellness Subcommittee: Inviting Expressions of Interest

 

**Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director**

 

Dear Department Faculty,

We are establishing a Resident Wellness Subcommittee as part of our program, and I am asking for faculty to contact me at irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca if this is an area of interest for you and you would like greater involvement with our residents and our Program.  Included are the Terms of Reference to give additional information for your consideration.

Thank you and best regards,

 

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

Clinical Faculty Recognition Survey & Survey Response on the Clinical Faculty Promotion Process

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative, UBC Psychiatry**

 

Dear Department Clinical Faculty,

I would like to thank you for your enthusiastic response to my previous survey request regarding barriers to clinical faculty promotion. In summary:

-62% said you do not know when/if you are eligible for promotion

-62% said that converting your CV into UBC annotated format is onerous and time consuming

-58% said that you do not know/understand the point of clinical faculty promotion

-11% of you said that you apply for clinical faculty promotion/didn’t have much concerns

Many of you gave detailed and insightful comments which have been shared with the Clinical Faculty Advisory Committee and the Department of Psychiatry. We are looking at streamlining the clinical faculty promotion process so that it is less onerous and to encourage more of you to apply for promotion.

We are also looking at clinical faculty recognition. I have included the current awards descriptions and criteria for you to review. We would like to ensure that the awards can offer a variety of recognition, and therefore I would request your help in answering this short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6FYQ9SS

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and suggestions!

Sincerely,

 

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

Congratulations to Dr. Verena Langheimer, Nominated as a CFMS Culture Changer in Canadian Medical Education!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Verena Langheimer, who has been recognized by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) as a “Culture Changer,” a physician who is contributing to a positive learning environment in medical education in Canada.

As part of the inaugural campaign to recognize “Culture Changers” across the country, this past spring the CFMS called out for nominations from medical students to put forward outstanding residents and physicians who have made lasting impacts on their medical education. Dr. Langheimer is among this year’s group of deserving nominees being recognized by the CFMS.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Langheimer on this wonderful recognition!

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: New Study by Drs. Raymond Lam, Jill Murphy and Erin Michalak Looks at Mental Health Needs of High-Risk Groups Across the APEC Region

 

Pictured: APEC Digital Mental Health Members at a Roundtable in Singapore last year

This week’s DMCBH COVID-19 Series features a new project by UBC Psychiatry  members Dr. Raymond Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy and Dr. Erin Michalak, who received a CIHR grant to first assess the mental health needs of high-risk groups in the context of COVID-19, then determine how to provide digital mental health care to these groups.

Drs. Lam, Murphy and Michalak are members of the Executive of the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Hub for Digital Mental Health, which is made up of 21 countries around the world. In the early days of the pandemic, it was noted by APEC members that despite existing mental health initiatives in many countries, there were still significant gaps when it came to providing care to certain at-risk groups.

The first step of the project will be to determine the mental health needs of these at-risk groups across Canada, Chile, China, Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, the USA and Vietnam. Data collected will be sent to APEC members across all 21 countries for review and input. The next step will focus on developing recommendations on how to deliver mental health services via digital technology based on the needs of the identified at-risk groups.

The team is hopeful that in the future, these recommendations will be implemented in communities around the world.

Read the full DMCBH article here.

Congratulations to Dr. Sophia Frangou, Recipient of the SOBP Teaching Award!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Sophia Frangou, recipient of the 2020 Teaching Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)!

The SOBP Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teachers and their endeavours to advance educational excellence in fields that investigate the nature, causes, mechanisms and treatments of disorders of thought, emotion or behavior. Each year, it honours an individual who has demonstrated exceptional quality, innovation, engagement and commitment in promoting and disseminating the understanding of biological psychiatry at the local, national or international level.

Please join us in warmly congratulating Dr. Frangou on this well-deserved recognition!

UBC Psychiatry COVID-19 Return to Work (Phase 1) Resumption Plan

 

The approved UBC Psychiatry COVID-19 Return to Work (Phase 1) Resumption Plan is now available on the Research page of UBC Department of Psychiatry website. This resumption plan provides guidance related to the phased-in resumption of on-site activities of the Department. Please note that this document will be updated as new information becomes available.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2020 Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards

MEMORANDUM

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

 

Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues,

I am delighted to announce and extend my warmest congratulations to the recipients of the Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards for 2020, each of whom are deserving of recognition for outstanding contributions to the Psychiatry Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education Programs, and to scholarly activity, translational research, and clinical care in psychiatry. Although COVID-19 social disruptions precluded celebration of these accomplishments and presentation of the awards in person, I nevertheless wish to take this opportunity to honour and wholeheartedly thank, on behalf of the Department, all the awardees for their tremendous hard work and dedication.

The 2020 award recipients are recognized in the following award categories:

UBC Psychiatry Undergraduate Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award

Dr. Kathryn Fung
Dr. Paul Blackburn
Dr. Andrea Chapman
Dr. Jeffrey Douziech

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

BCCH – Dr. Ashley Miller & Dr. Andrea Chapman
VGH – Dr. Bryan Chow
SPH – Dr. Edwin Chete
UBCH – Dr. David Kealy
MSJ – Dr. Harpreet Chauhan
RH – Dr. Michael Shabbits
LGH – Dr. Arvind Kang
RCH – Dr. Anyssa Shakeri
SMH – Dr. Lindsay Bishop
BH – Dr. Anna Nazif
PAH – Dr. Douglas Maskall
Victoria – Dr. Magdalena Casagrande
Prince George – Dr. Ejike Udumaga
Community Psychiatry – Dr. Joanna Cheek

UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in the Subspecialty Programs

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program – Dr. Debra Yew
Geriatric Subspecialty Program – Dr. Paul Blackburn
Forensic Subspecialty Program – TBA

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

Dr. Caroline Gosselin
Dr. Andrea Chapman

Resident Teaching & Research Awards

George A. Davidson Scholarship Award – Dr. Jay Wang

CanMEDS Awards:
1st place – Dr. Ashley Jewett
2nd place – Dr. Aldrich Leung, Dr. Melissa Bota, Dr. Lingsa Jia, Dr. Jane Yoo, Dr. Paige Zhang
3rd place – Dr. Benedict Darren
4th place – Dr. John-Jose Nunez
5th place – Dr. Lingsa Jia

Resident Undergraduate Teaching Awards:
Vancouver Track – Dr. Julia Baum
Fraser Track – Dr. Grace Son
Vancouver Island – Dr. Christina Frizzo
Prince George – Dr. Christine Kennedy

Significant Contribution to Research – Dr. Marlon Danilewitz

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

Significant Leadership – Dr. Claire Docherty

Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award – Dr. Jennifer Rurak and Dr. Gabrielle Bosse-Chartier (co-winners)

Providence Health Care, Department of Psychiatry Awards:

Dr. Brian Morris Memorial Award – Dr. Melissa Bota
Dr. Maria Corral Award – Dr. Marie-Michelle Tremblay
Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award – Dr. Kathryn Porter

In presenting the Teaching and Research Awards each year, the Department strives to formally acknowledge and thank those individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to and excellence in education, research, and clinical care.  Please join me in congratulating all of the deserving awardees for 2020!

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Hello again from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We’re pleased to provide you with an update on our committee’s work to support residents’ research and scholarly activity endeavours.

You’ll likely remember that 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 the educational program. The committee meets quarterly. During the meetings, resident submissions of their final scholarly activity reports are collectively reviewed.

You can find copies of all relevant documentation relating to scholarly activity on the department website here: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/postgraduate-education-scholarly-activity/scholarly-activity-project/

Amongst the resources is a copy of a PowerPoint presentation delivered annually to PGY1 residents detailing the expectations, activities and timelines relating to scholarly activity. New amongst the resources is a brief survey to help residents track their annual publications and presentations. We ask that all residents complete this survey annually by June 30th in order for us to effectively record (and promote) their accomplishments.

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 your regional committee member (see below). If you’re a potential supervisor looking to be matched up with a resident to support a project or systematic review, please feel free to contact us!

Fraudulent Emails with Sender Display Name “Lakshmi Yatham” – DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS!

 

We are aware of a recent influx in odd and unusual email requests to Department members that show the sender display name as “Lakshmi Yatham,” as shown in the image below.

Please DO NOT respond to such emails, as they are likely fraudulent phishing emails which originate from unknown external email accounts.

In future, if you receive any unusual or uncharacteristic emails from “Lakshmi Yatham,” and in particular, if the emails originate from a Gmail or other account that is NOT a legitimate UBC account, please assume it is fraudulent and do not respond to the email. You are instead encouraged to forward the email to UBC IT Security at security@ubc.ca.

As advised by UBC Safety & Risk Services:

Phishing messages can come in many different disguises, from sophisticated deception to obvious fraud. Watch out for these five common characteristics of phishing emails:

1. Sense of urgency and time constraint
2. Requests to verify accounts or credit card numbers
3. PDF attachments from businesses
4. Poor grammar and spelling
5. Links that don’t look quite right (e.g. www.u-bc.ca instead of www.ubc.ca)

*Remember: “Think before you click the link”. If you have any concerns about a message or link, don’t open the message or click the link.

Announcement of Appointment of Dr. Daniel Vigo, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

MEMORANDUM

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

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Daniel Vigo has been jointly appointed in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) as a tenure track Assistant Professor, starting on July 1, 2020. This academic faculty position was created as a result of the Department/SPPH proposal in the areas of Mental Health Systems and Policy, Public Mental Health, Student Mental Health, and Psychiatric Epidemiology, which was selected in the third round of the Faculty of Medicine Faculty Renewal Initiative for the recruitment of exceptional early-career academics in the areas of Translational Medicine & Innovation and Critical Succession. As you may recall, Dr. Vigo was initially recruited as a term Assistant Professor in the Department on July 1, 2019, and will now be transferring to this new tenure track appointment. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Vigo held academic faculty positions as a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

As a psychiatrist and health services scientist with formal training in both clinical psychology and public health, Dr. Vigo has a strong interdisciplinary background and expertise in psychiatric epidemiology, mental health systems and policy, burden of disease estimation, and global mental health. His body of work has not only resulted in publications in top-tier journals such as Lancet Psychiatry and Lancet Public Health, but also in important and productive collaborations with global leaders in the field, as well as recognition by the World Health Organization (WHO), with whom Dr. Vigo continues to build a strong working relationship.  In 2018, he was the lead author on a WHO/PAHO report on Mental Health Burden in the Americas, and he has also co-authored two recent papers with the current and former WHO Directors of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He currently leads or co-leads several other collaborations of global scope, including chairing the Policy and Services Workgroup of the WHO World Mental Health Surveys Initiative, the largest global mental health epidemiology collaboration collecting primary data.

Since arriving at UBC last year, Dr. Vigo has also been engaged in the development of e-health strategies for university students, building a collaborative network of researchers at UBC, SFU, the University of Toronto, and Harvard to develop e-mental health screening and treatment tools that can be integrated into university health services. Notably, his proposal for a multisite trial for online detection and intervention approaches to opioid and alcohol use in university students was awarded a significant grant from Health Canada, and this project is now under way.

Within this new joint faculty position and as an ongoing member of UBC Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Vigo will be spearheading the development of a novel applied research portfolio in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology and mental health systems, and will play 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.  Given his experience in curriculum development across broad academic settings, Dr. Vigo will also serve as a primary consultant in the development of a forthcoming collaborative Translational Psychiatry Master’s program to be jointly offered by the Department of Psychiatry and SPPH.

The UBC Department of Psychiatry and SPPH are very fortunate to have a candidate as uniquely qualified as Dr. Vigo join our tenure track academic faculty.  Please join Dr. Peter Berman and me in warmly welcoming Dr. Vigo to this new appointment, and in wishing him continued success as he transitions into this exciting new phase of his career at UBC.

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

 

Psychiatry Competence By Design (CBD) Launching July 2, 2020 – Access to Entrada

 

**Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director**

 

Dear Faculty,

The incoming PGY1 psychiatry residents, who will be the first Competence By Design (CBD) cohort, will be starting on July 2, 2020! To prepare for this, below are important details for anyone who may work with these residents this coming year and did not attend one of the faculty development Psychiatry CBD webinars in June.

Access Entrada – Important to Confirm ASAP

Faculty will require access to Entrada in order to submit the Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) Observation assessment forms that the residents will need completed. It is important for faculty to confirm they have access or to resolve any issues as soon as possible. If you encounter any access or technical issues, please contact: medit.entrada@ubc.ca.

  1. Log into Entrada: https://entrada.med.ubc.ca, your CWL and password are required
  • If you don’t know your CWL or whether you have a CWL, you should contact the IT Service Centre Help Desk through the online web form or by phone (604-822-2008).
  • If you do NOT have a CWL, to create one go to: https://activate.id.ubc.ca/iamweb/
    • You will need your UBC ID number and CWL sign-up PIN, which is indicated on your original Departmental Welcome Letter.
    • If you are unable to locate a copy, please contact Amity Chiang, Assistant Human Resources Manager, at amity.chiang@ubc.ca, and let her know the best number to reach you or your confidential voicemail box. She will then provide your UBC ID number and CWL sign-up PIN by phone. Unfortunately, we cannot share this information via email due to security reasons.
  • Ensure the correct email address is registered as your business email address with your Department HR Administrator (amity.chiang@ubc.ca); notifications from Entrada will be sent to this email address.
  • Get started by using the Entrada Quick Start Guides document: https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/cbme-competence-based-medical-education/
  1. **Device double authentication**

If you encounter any access or technical issues, please contact: medit.entrada@ubc.ca.

Psychiatry CBD Resources Entrada Community Site

We have created a Psychiatry CBD Resource Entrada Community to house all things CBD, including the items listed below. To request access, please email psychiatry.education@ubc.ca. Once access is provided, you will need your CWL username and password to access the site. If you do not have a CWL yet, please see above for instructions.

Recording of Webinar “Competence By Design (CBD) – Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year – Part 1”

On the site you will find the recording of the two-hour webinar to help faculty learn the foundational aspect of CBD for the coming year. A full description of the session is provided in the email further below. This is a two-part series, with the second follow-up session delivered two to three months after launch.

Questions about CBD?

The site also provides access to a Discussion Board where you may post your questions. The site will be monitored regularly and responses will be provided directly in the discussion board. If you encounter any issues, please email psychiatry.education@ubc.ca.

 

Royal College Psychiatry Documents

  • National Standards for Psychiatry Training – here.
  • Psychiatry CBD Documents (CBD Observation templates, Psychiatry EPA Guide, Psychiatry Pathway to Competence) – request documents here.

 

Royal College CBD Resources (see full RC communication below)

  • Competence by Design website – here.
  • Royal College CBD Webinars: 60-minute interactive webinars (includes link to recorded webinars)
    • Competence Committees
    • Coaching in CBD: What clinical teachers need to know about coaching in 2020
    • Teaching and Learning in CBD
    • Workplace-based Assessments (WBA) in CBD

COVID-19 Specialty Program: e-SUPPORT

CBD WEBINARS

Upcoming in late May and June, the Royal College will offer 60-minute interactive webinars on key CBD topics. The goal of these webinars is to supplement and extend your efforts to reach front line clinical faculty.

Please pass on this information to your colleagues and encourage them to participate. It’s an ideal time to introduce or reinforce knowledge that will help in your program’s early transition to CBD.

Workplace-based Assessments (WBA) in CBD

June 26, 2020 from 14:00 – 15:00 EDT (Ended)

TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES

Over the course of May and June, the Royal College will be promoting existing resources, such as our CBD Online Learning Modules, and developing new ones that can help build your program’s readiness for CBD.

A recent example is the Remote Faculty Development Resource released on May 14th as part of our virtual teaching support series.  

These resources will be pushed to you by way of this CBD eSupport newsletter but the content is also available on the CBD Directory.

If you have ideas about new resources that could help, please write to canmeds@royalcollege.ca. We’re here to help and we’ll happily add new products to our workplan if there is a need.

MEDICAL EDUCATION CONSULTS

Is there a specific element of your CBD transition that you find challenging? If so, you might benefit from a medical education consult with a Royal College Clinician Educator.

To arrange a consult, contact your Royal College Specialty Committee Administrator or specialtycommittees@royalcollege.ca

KEY RESOURCES

Remote Faculty Development: Key CBD Resources

Faculty Engagement in COVID-19

10 Tips for Virtual Teaching

Competence Committees for Residents

 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about CBD and for your continued support of our residency program!

Sincerely,

 

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

SESSION INVITATION: Virtual Teaching in Clinical Environments – Tips and Tricks on Monday June 29 @ 7:00-8:30pm

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Kiran Veerapen, Assistant Dean, Faculty Development**

EVENT INVITATION: Virtual Teaching in Clinical Environments: Tips and Tricks
(See Session Information Flyer)Monday June 29th 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom

This session is for preceptors in all clinical settings who are looking for support as they consider teaching in this new virtual environment. The session will be offered online with a panel presentation featuring Dr. Krystine Sambor, Dr. Adrian Yee, Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo, Dr. Brent Ohata, and Dr. John Pawlovich (full agenda and speaker affiliations attached). Come join us for an evening of discussion!

Please RSVP by clicking here . We will send all registrants the Zoom link prior to the session.

For those who are unable to attend, please note that the session will be recorded and will be posted here: https://facdev.med.ubc.ca/guide-for-preceptors-receiving-students/virtual-clinical-teaching/.

Note: This session is accredited for up to 1.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning Credits.

We hope you will join us!

 

Dr. Kiran Veerapen, MD; FRCP (Edin); PhD (UVic)
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

 

Integrated Renewal Program (IRP): Change Readiness Survey

 

** Sent on behalf of the UBC Integrated Renewal Program Team**

 

As you’re probably aware, UBC has continued on an Integrated Renewal Program (IRP), which will transform our HR, Finance and Student systems and processes.  As we approach November 2020, we are once again seeking your feedback in a final readiness survey, to help measure progress and continue to prepare for the change.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY NOW

The survey is open to all faculty and staff. It will take about 15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

If you would like to know more about the IRP please visit https://irp.ubc.ca/.

DMCBH COVID-19 Series: Dr. Terry Snutch Leads Canadian Researchers in Sequencing Virus Genome

 

Dr. Terry Snutch, who is jointly appointed in the UBC Departments of Zoology and Psychiatry, is featured in the DMCBH COVID Series this week.

The article highlights Dr. Snutch’s leading role in the COVID-19 viral genome sequencing component of a $40 million federally funded Genome Canada genomics project. The project aims to first sequence the entire genomes of up to 10,000 patients infected with the virus (termed the host genome project), then sequence up to 150,000 viral genomes isolated from infected people (the Canadian COVID-19 Genome virus project called CanCOGeN-VirusSeq being led by Dr. Snutch).

Read the full DMCBH article here.

 

You Are Invited: Premiere of Health & Home, a Documentary On Housing During the Opioid Crisis, July 6, 2020 @ 5:30-6:30

 

ON MONDAY JULY 6, 2020, 5:30-6:30 YOU ARE INVITED to the virtual premiere and panel discussion of Health & Home, a new documentary on housing during the opioid crisis.  This documentary was directed by James Wong, a graduate student in the Addictions and Concurrent Disorders (ACD) Research Group led by Dr. Michael Krausz.

 

In Greater Vancouver, nearly half of fatal overdoses occur in social and supportive housing, single-room occupancy hotels (SROs), hotels, and shelters.

We interviewed people with lived experience, frontline workers, and researchers to discuss the major risk factors and management strategies to prevent opioid overdose in housing facilities.

The documentary will be premiered on Youtube, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Michael Krausz and the filmmakers.

Virtual Screening & Discussion Panel
Date: July 6, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 6:30PM

REGISTER HERE to receive the link to the premiere and panel discussion and a reminder email before the event.

Link to Register (if the links above do not work): https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/health-home-premiere-tickets-110193303136

Follow ADC on Twitter
Subscribe to the ADC YouTube Channel
Visit the ADC Website

An Important Reminder from Psychiatry IT Regarding the Use of Personal Email for UBC Business

 

A reminder that personal email accounts should not be used for official University business.  Use your UBC email account.

The UBC Privacy Matters site states:

“Under the “data residency requirements” of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), UBC is required to ensure that personal information in its custody or under its control is stored and accessed in Canada.

For this reason, email accounts hosted outside Canada (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, iCloud) cannot be used for work purposes. This is due to the fact that many work emails contain personal information, such as information about students or personnel information about UBC employees.

While use of a Canadian-hosted email account (e.g. Shaw or Telus) does not contravene the data residency requirements of the FIPPA, non-UBC email systems may not comply with our security and records management standards. Therefore, you should always use UBC email accounts, such as FASmail, for work purposes.

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

You can read the full policy here.

Tell CREST.BD How to Build an App for People with Bipolar Disorder

 

Dr. Erin Michalak and her CREST.BD team are asking for your input on a brief survey about apps for bipolar disorder. There are two versions of the survey, one designed for healthcare providers (only takes 5 minutes!) and one designed for people living with BD (takes 10-15 minutes, more prizes!). She’d be very grateful for your time in either completing the survey or forwarding it to people in your networks.

Are you a healthcare provider or a person living with BD? Take the survey!

You’ll have a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card, and help people with bipolar disorder. CREST.BD is looking for people living with bipolar disorder, and healthcare providers of those with bipolar disorder, to help inform the creation of an app to support people living with bipolar disorder.

       

In a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed, Dr. Bill MacEwan Calls for Coordinated Action to Address the DTES Health Crisis

 

Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, a more pervasive health crisis resulting from addictions, mental illness, infections disease and homelessness continues to take a heavy toll on marginalized populations in the Downtown Eastside (DTES).

Pictured: Dr. Bill MacEwan, Clinical Professor, UBC Psychiatry

In a recent Op-Ed in the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Bill MacEwan, Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, along with Building Community Society (BCS) and Mr. Paul Sullivan, provide a stark reminder that this urgent health crisis in the DTES persists despite valiant efforts by individual organizations and agencies. The authors emphasize that, rather, a coordinated effort focused on housing and meaningful treatment is needed to address this health crisis in an impactful way.  They outline two key steps needed to achieve a plan that focuses on the right to health and home, which are: Establishing a single entity that will coordinate all social housing policy implementation, and establishing means to develop trust within our communities.

The authors add, “To ensure effective and lasting change, a multi-government strike force is needed with the power to investigate the elements that allow this ongoing crisis to continue and to make the necessary legal, policy and service provision changes that will lead to real change. The City of Vancouver, which has so much stake in a successful outcome, can take the first step. We realize that the city can only do so much, but the one important tool the city has is in land use and zoning. If Vancouver is willing to step up to offer land to the provincial and federal governments, actually earmarked for treatment, we believe the other levels of government will be more likely to come to the table.

Read the entire Vancouver Sun Op-Ed piece here.

Update on Interim PGE Program Director, Dr. Irfan Khanbhai

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

Following the recent invitation for expressions of interest from Department faculty members regarding the role of PGE Program Director, we wish to share that the Interim PGE Program Director, Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, will continue in this interim role until a new PGE Program Director has been recruited.  Additionally, Dr. Khanbhai has kindly agreed to support the new director for a period of 3 to 6 months, as needed, to ensure that the new director has settled into the role fully.

On behalf of the Department, we extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Khanbhai for his exceptional support to the PGE Program over the past year and during this transition period.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

A New Article by Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Vigo Published in JAMA Psychiatry

 

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has brought to light the unpreparedness of health systems to cope with a global pandemic in both industrialized and developing nations alike. In a new Viewpoint article published in JAMA Psychiatry, UBC Psychiatry Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Vigo, along with Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft of King’s College London, and Dr. Oye Gureje of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, examines the differential impact of COVID-19 on the health, mental health, and livelihoods of people living in low-middle income countries (LMICs) in comparison to those in high-income countries (HICs).

The article highlights how, due to a variety of factors, the relatively lower numbers of reported COVID-19 cases and deaths in LMICs may not accurately represent the success of measures implemented, which have often involved heavy-handed and unsustainable lockdowns. The lack of effective, sustainable, and locally-developed policies in place to address COVID-19, alongside poverty, food insecurity, social disruption, and inadequate health and mental health support systems, could hence spell further disaster for these populations.

The article urges for industrialized nations and multilateral organizations to share in the burden and responsibility of mitigating the potential devastating toll of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of people living in LMICs. In addition to the sharing of medical equipment, PPE, treatments and other resources, HICs must undertake further measures, such as the suspension of debt repayments and providing other financing mechanisms, which will enable LMICs to develop and implement locally grounded, evidence-based policies and plans of action.

As the authors note, “The rationale for HICs to support these measures may be altruistic but is mainly pragmatic. It is altruistic in that, at a critical juncture where we are all forcefully connected by the pandemic, the global community needs to acknowledge that life-saving resources should be allocated in proportion to need. It is pragmatic because the alternative situation, in which industrialized nations gradually recover while the developing world lacks resources and becomes a reservoir in which the virus festers, is untenable.”

Read the entire article here.

 

For a broad perspective of how COVID-19 can be expected to affect mental health, please read the article recently published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, “Mental Health of Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” also by Dr. Daniel Vigo, along with Dr. Scott Patten, Dr. Kathleen Pajer, Dr. Michael Krausz, Dr. Steven Taylor, Dr. Giuseppe Raviola, Dr. Shekhar Saxena, and Dr. Graham Thornicroft, and Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham.


For faculty members who are interested in preparing and submitting a proposal for research on COVID-19 and mental health, or already have a proposal in progress, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Frangou at sophia.frangou@ubc.ca  in order to discuss how your proposal may be supported by the Department COVID-19 Research Strategy.

Inviting Expressions of Interest in the Role of PGE Program Director

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

Further to the announcement that Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi will be stepping down from her role as Program Director for the Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) in the Department of Psychiatry on June 30, 2020, we are seeking expressions of interest from faculty members in the Department for this role for a three-year term from August 1, 2020 (or a date mutually agreed upon) to June 30, 2023.

The PGE Program Director will report to the Department Head and the Associate Head, PGE & CPD. Please see the detailed description of responsibilities for this role.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your written expression of interest by email to Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca on or before July 31, 2020.

Should you have any specific questions regarding this role, please don’t hesitate to contact Vicky.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

UPDATE: UGE Students Returning to Clinical Rotations July 6, 2020

 

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

 

Dear faculty and residents,

The UBC Department of Psychiatry is looking forward to welcoming back medical students to their clinical rotations on July 6, 2020.

This message is for Clinical Faculty and residents is intended to highlight some key dates and changes when working with students.

Observed Donning and Doffing of PPE:

At all sites, on July 6, 2020, students will be required to complete an observed donning and doffing of PPE prior to returning to the wards. This is a mandatory logging item for students. UBC is making arrangements for psychiatry students to have this task supervised by qualified individuals. Psychiatrists will not be expected to sign off on this.

Class of 2021 (Year 3 interrupted class):

  • There are two groups of students who will need to complete their Year 3 psychiatry rotation; each group will complete 5 weeks of psychiatry, rather than the usual 6 weeks.
  • Group 1: They have completed 2 weeks of psychiatry in March and will resume their Year 3 psychiatry rotation at the site where they were previously in March. This group of students will do an additional three weeks of psychiatry from July 6 to July 26, 2020, for a total 5-week rotation.
  • Group 2: The final cohort of students will do a 5-week rotation in psychiatry from July 27 to August 30, 2020.
  • These students will write their final block exam on Friday, August 28, 2020.
  • They will start their elective blocks on August 31, 2020 (i.e. enter Year 4).
  • Visiting electives remain suspended.
  • CaRMS interviews will be done virtually for the Class of 2021 from March 8 to 28, 2021.

Thank you to all who promptly re-confirmed their Year 4 elective descriptions and capacity in a short timeline.

Class of 2022 (new incoming Year 3 MEDD 431 students):

  • They will technically start Year 3 on July 6, but will be doing online learning until August 30 to avoid a double cohort of students on the wards/in the clinics.
  • July 6 to August 30, 2020 (8-week period):
    • 6 weeks – studying academic materials/objectives as independent study
    • 2 weeks of “boot camp” (missed TICE, introduction to virtual care, etc.)
  • This will result in a condensed Year 3 beginning August 31, 2020.
    • Psychiatry will occur in a 10-week Brain and Body block, instead of the usual 12-week block.
    • The psychiatry clerkship will be condensed to 5 weeks (from the usual 6 weeks). All core clerkships are being condensed.

Class of 2023 (incoming Year 2 medical students):

  • Year 2 Psychiatry Clinical skills sessions will be taught virtually beginning in the fall of 2020. Further details will follow when available.

Supervision and teaching decisions effective immediately:

  • No student involvement in the care of patients who are COVID positive or COVID pending.
    • Students have the right to refuse to see patients.
  • No long-term care or nursing home visits.
  • In-person/live ECT exposure is no longer a “must-do.”
    • ECT is considered an aerosol generating medical procedure (AGMP). For this reason, medical students will achieve their ECT must-do logging item by viewing the Neurostimulation Treatments in Psychiatry: ECT module on Entrada. This is a high-quality module, developed in conjunction with Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez.
  • WBA Direct Observation forms
    • Students will still be required to complete 6 WBA Direct Observation forms.
      • Pre-COVID, students typically informed preceptors of which WBAs they needed to complete. The preceptor would then observe the task, give verbal feedback, and the preceptor typically would fill in the form on the student’s phone.
      • For infection control purposes, it is recommended that feedback continue to be given verbally, followed by the student entering the feedback on their phone and then showing the completed screen to the preceptor to ensure accuracy. Once the preceptor confirms accuracy, the student will tick off the “authorized” box at the bottom of the screen and submit the form.
      • If a preceptor wishes to complete the form themselves, UBC recommends that appropriate infection control procedures be followed.
    • All large group teaching sessions have been converted to virtual delivery or previously-recorded sessions.
    • Appropriate PPE must be worn at all times by Clinical Faculty and students when social distancing cannot be maintained.
      • For both preceptors and students on psychiatry, appropriate PPE is a surgical mask + eye protection. Students will be provided with reusable goggles (eye protection) by UBC. Health authorities and/or preceptors are expected to provide masks.
      • Both students and preceptors must wear appropriate PPE on the wards and during any necessary small group teaching sessions.

I hope this information is helpful in preparing for the medical students’ return on July 6, 2020. Your Discipline-Specific Site Lead (DSSL) will be in contact with you regarding student scheduling.

Additional teaching resources are available on UBC’s Office of Faculty Development website https://facdev.med.ubc.ca/.

As a reminder, psychiatry-specific teaching resources are available on Canvas (website https://faculty.canvas.ubc.ca/ or mobile app) using your CWL login. If you do not have access, please email psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with your CWL username (NOT password) and access will be provided and confirmed.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Kathryn Fung (kathryn.fung@vch.ca), Psychiatry Clerkship Director, and Paola Martens (paola.martens@ubc.ca), Senior Education Programs Manager.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of UBC’s medical students.

Sincerely,

 

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

Inclusivity in the Learning Environment

 

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

 

Dear Faculty and Staff Leads,

Re:  Inclusivity in the Learning Environment

The Office of Faculty Development, has developed a module, titled Inclusivity in the Learning Environment to help you promote an inclusive environment within your unique contexts.

This module is informed by the Faculty of Medicine expectations for an inclusive environment, and provides guidance for faculty, learners and staff on how to address actions that are not aligned with those expectations, particularly from the perspective of bystanders or witnesses. It is aligned with UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan and the Faculty of Medicine’s position on Respectful Environments and endorsed by Dr. Maria Hubinette, Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Ms. Roslyn Goldner, Office of Professionalism.

It provides an introduction to inclusion but does not address the full breadth of complexities about the topic. It is intended to promote collaborative discussions that result in collective learning about inclusive practices.

Inclusion is a challenging topic to address on one’s own and therefore we would recommend (a) progressing through this module in a group with colleagues and peer or reviewing this module individually and having a space to discuss and debrief after.

I hope you will find this tool useful in addressing the pressing problem of breaches in inclusivity. If you have any questions about how this tool can be used effectively, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

With best wishes,

 

Kiran

Kiran Veerapen, MD; FRCP (Edin); PhD (UVic)
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Contact: kiran.veerapen@ubc.ca

Workshop Invite: Taking Your Academic Half Day Virtual

 

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

 

Dear Faculty,

The Office of Faculty Development would like to invite you to a workshop on the best practices for presenting and engaging learners in virtual academic half-days.

Taking your academic half-day virtual

Date:                      June 24, 2020
Time:                     12:00-1:15pm
Facilitators:            Dr. Kyla Hildebrand, Sharon Doucet
Location:                Zoom (link will be emailed)

REGISTER HERE

Please see the flyer for the workshop for more information. Feel free to pass onto interested colleagues.

Thank you,

Erica

Erica Amari, MPH
Program Manager
Office of Faculty Development
University of British Columbia
Erica.a@ubc.ca

 

 

Psychiatry Careers Night for Medical Students, Thursday June 11th 6:30-8pm!

 

While the Summer Immersion Program has been cancelled for 2020, the Department is pleased to host a virtual Psychiatry Careers Night for Medical Students on Thursday June 11th from 6:30-8pm!

A live Zoom panel of two clinical faculty psychiatrists, Dr. Marilyn Champagne and Dr. Jennifer Comeau, along with a UBC Psychiatry resident, will talk about their career path and answer questions about a career in psychiatry.

Please help share this invitation with any medical students who are interested in or simply curious about a future career as a psychiatrist!

Attendees can RSVP and submit their questions here.

Dr. Steven Taylor’s The Psychology of Pandemics Has Been Published in German

 

Dr. Steven Taylor’s timely book The Psychology of Pandemics was published mere months before the global COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been published in German – congratulations, Dr. Taylor!

Th Psychology of Pandemics explores the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection, as well as the associated emotional distress and social disruption of such events. It reveals how psychological factors are important for understanding and managing societal problems associated with pandemics, such as the spreading of excessive fear, stigmatization, and xenophobia that occur when people are threatened with infection. This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the psychology of pandemics, and describes the psychological reactions to pandemics, including maladaptive behaviors, emotions, and defensive reactions. As well, it reviews the psychological vulnerability factors that contribute to the spreading of disease and distress and considers empirically supported methods for addressing these problems, outlining the implications for public health planning.

PLEASE REGISTER: Researchers Workday Demo Event – Topics for PIs and Research Staff

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Rob McMaster, Interim Executive Associate Dean, Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine**

 

UBC is moving to a new system and associated processes for HR and Finance in November 2020. Modernizing and simplifying processes and bringing them into an intuitive, integrated system called Workday will improve researchers’ access to real-time information and facilitate grants management.

Please join a workshop to learn more about key changes and benefits that are relevant to you as Principal Investigators and Research Support Staff.

Why attend?

To learn about Workday, see the Research Grants Dashboard first hand, and ask questions of IRP subject matter experts.

When is this workshop?

Thursday June 11th 2020, 4-6pm

What do you need to do?

Register here. For step-by-step instructions on the registration process and how to download a calendar invitation for your Outlook, please see this guide.

What will be covered during this workshop?

Topics

Research Grants Dashboard

Learn more about the Research Grants Dashboard, a tool designed to support you with decision-making with the ability to view all your grants and key information in one place.

Travel & Expense Management, Supplier Accounts & Procurement

Learn more about submitting expense reports and ordering supplies in Workday.

 Managing People

Learn more about key changes and benefits from a Human Resources perspective.

 

We recognize many of you have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation. Everyone has made great efforts to shift to remote work, and many of you may now be preparing for a return to labs. We appreciate the additional time commitment to participate in this session to ensure successful implementation and sustainment of this new system.

For those who are unable to attend, the session will be recorded and available on the IRP website. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the IRP team via ServiceNow.

 

 

 

 

Stage 1 of Research Resumption

 

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham (Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry), Dr. Sophia Frangou (Associate Head, Research and International Affairs), and Ms. Vicky Yau (Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry)**

 

Dear Department Members,

Further to the UBC broadcast message on May 12 regarding plans for the phased resumption of on-campus research, the University and the Faculty of Medicine are now planning for the phased resumption of research activities. To facilitate this process, the Faculty of Medicine has developed guidelines for the phased resumption which can be found in the below Faculty of Medicine Research Resumption: Guiding Principles and Prioritization for Stage 1, document. As you will note from this document, Department Heads/Center Directors are responsible for developing a research resumption plan while ensuring adherence to all the guiding principles outlined in the document.

FoM Research Resumption Guiding Principles and Prioritization for Stage 1

As a part of this plan, for Stage 1, we suggest the following:

  • We strongly encourage all researchers to continue working remotely if possible
  • Occasional and brief onsite access: For those who require brief access to their work site to access resources periodically (e.g. collect mail, or key documents), the Department is working on a Departmental rotating schedule whereby each research group will be allocated a time-slot for periodic access, and each research group will be notified of their allocated time. No further special approvals are required for this.
  • Resumption of onsite research activities: Those who wish to resume research activities on-site during this period require explicit approval. Such requests must meet the requirements for research prioritization specified in the guidance document and need clear justification.  Further, approval to conduct on-site research activities are to be limited to those who require on-site resources and cannot conduct their work remotely.
  • To request approval to resume on-site research activities, please send your request to Vicky Yau (yau@ubc.ca ) no later than 5 pm, Thursday, May 28. Once your request is received, you will receive information about the process to request for approval.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry (vicky.yau@ubc.ca).

Sincerely,

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

Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research & International Affairs

Ms. Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Important Message from UBC IT

Spike in Fake Termination Phishing Emails and Meeting Invites

UBC Cybersecurity would like to share a notification, posted by FBI, alerting users that cyber criminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 pandemic to target teleworking employees through fake termination phishing emails and meeting invites.

 

Summary

In response to the recent increase in teleworking (working from home) during the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber criminals are targeting teleworking employees with fraudulent termination phishing emails and Virtual Tele-Conferencing (VTC) meeting invites like Zoom or Skype for Business, citing COVID-19 as the reason. Employees who are alarmed by the message may not scrutinize the spoofed email address that looks similar to their company’s legitimate one. The emails entice victims to click on malicious links purporting to provide more information or online conferences pertaining to the victim’s termination or severance packages. People should pay particular attention to emails coming from Human Resources or management with spoofed email domains.

 

Look out for:

  • Fake emails coming from Human Resources or management with spoofed email domains.
  • Calls from employees who mistakenly believe themselves to be terminated.
  • Employees reporting malware or ransomware infections to you.
  • Employees reporting suspicious activity on legitimate accounts such as video conferencing accounts.
  • Emergence of fake VTC applications installed on users’ smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Recommendations:

  • Promptly report malicious activity to security@ubc.ca.
  • Avoid opening attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Require use of password or PIN for any teleconference or web meetings.
  • Beware of social engineering tactics aimed at revealing sensitive information. Use tools that block suspected phishing emails or that allow users to report and quarantine them.
  • Beware advertisements or emails purporting to be from telework software vendors.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites or manually type them into the browser.
  • Do not share links to remote meetings, conference calls, or virtual classrooms on open websites or open social media profiles.

Brief Survey on Technology and Measurement in Mental Health Care

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Raymond Lam, Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Depression Research**

 

Dear psychiatrist colleagues,

Dr. Bennett Cheung (PGY2 resident) and I are conducting a brief online survey of psychiatrists’ views on the use of technology and measurement in mental health care. We’d appreciate it if you would spend a few minutes completing our survey.

The consent says it takes 10-15 minutes, but I just did it in under 5 minutes. You can also enter to win a $100 Indigo gift card or elect to have us donate $5 to the non-profit Canadian Mental Health Association.

Just click here to participate.

Or if the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this into your browser. Thanks for your help!

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8lWtHKNFMjnCNT

 

Regards, Ray.

*****************************************
Raymond W. Lam, MD, FRCPC
Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Depression Research;
Associate Head for Educational Programs, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia;
Director, Mood Disorders Centre, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health;

Executive Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health.
2255 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2A1
Tel: 604.822.7325, Fax: 604.822-7922, r.lam@ubc.ca

Appointment of Dr. Anthony Bailey as Director, Continuing Professional Development

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham (Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry) and Dr. Paul Dagg (Associate Head, PGE & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry)**

 

Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues,


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Anthony Bailey to the new role of Director of Continuing Professional Development in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. This appointment is effective June 1, 2020 and will be for a term of three years and seven months.


As the Director of Continuing Professional Development, Dr. Bailey will provide leadership in developing and promoting competency based continuing professional development (CPD) within the Department. He will be responsible for developing the strategic direction for the Department CPD, ensuring it is relevant to enhancing competency in mental health care for physicians in BC, and also responsive to the needs and strengths of our department members. As well, Dr. Bailey will oversee faculty mentorship and the development of future leaders in CPD within the Department, and will promote an environment that integrates research with CPD within and across disciplines, in alignment with the Department strategic plan. He will play a key role in building and facilitating strategic operational partnerships between the Department and various academic centers, institutes, and government agencies to advance the national and global profile of the UBC Psychiatry leadership in CPD, and will contribute actively to the implementation of the Departmental strategic plan in this regard.


A psychiatrist and a world renowned expert in autism spectrum disorders, Dr. Bailey has been a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and has held the IMH Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2010. Prior to joining our faculty, Dr. Bailey was the Cheryl and Reece Scott Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, where he also served as the Academic Coordinator of Specialist Registrar Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Previously, he served as the Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Senior and Specialist Registrars at The Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals in the UK.


Since joining UBC, Dr. Bailey has been very active in promoting continuing professional education. In recent years, he has delivered workshops and lectures at a number of CME and CPD events, including Autism Community Training’s (ACT) 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference, an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Training Workshop at CAMH at the University of Toronto, and an Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI) Training Workshop at UBC. He has also served as a Session Chair for the 22nd International Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions World Congress, and in 2019, he was the Conference Organizer and Faculty Presenter at an intensive 2-day CPD seminar titled “Diagnosing and Managing ASD in Adults.” Since 2011, Dr Bailey has been a member of the CACAP Research and Scientific Committee, which is responsible for the scientific program of the association’s annual conference. He is currently working with UBC CPD and CIRCA to develop educational materials on ASD for physicians. As Associate Director of Education for the Residency Research Track (RT) he has introduced a mentoring scheme for RT Residents. Annually, Dr. Bailey delivers lectures on ASD-related topics to colleagues at academic institutions and research centres worldwide.


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bailey to this significant new leadership role!


Sincerely,


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


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


 

Faculty Development Session: Competence By Design (CBD)

 

**Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director**

Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year – Part 1

Dear Faculty,

The Royal College has set July 2, 2020 for all the Psychiatry Specialty training programs across the country to launch the new curriculum Competence By Design (CBD).  In preparation for this, please join us for a webinar to help you learn the foundational aspect of CBD for the coming year. This will be a two-part series, with the second follow-up session delivered two to three months after launch.

This webinar is for all faculty, particularly those who will be supervising the incoming PGY1 residents. The details of each workshop are described below, as is the link to the registration form. Please note the sessions are eligible for MOC Section 1 credits, and you will receive a certificate for your participation.

Competence By Design (CBD) – Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year – Part 1

Speakers:

  • Irfan Khanbhai, FRCPC, Acting Program Director and CBD Faculty Lead, Postgraduate Education Program, UBC Department of Psychiatry
  • Elaine Molloy, Systems Support / Data Analyst, UBC Postgraduate Medical Education

During this session you will learn about:

  • The principles of Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) and its relevance to residency education
  • The final Competence by Design (CBD) framework for Psychiatry, including the final Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), Milestones, and Competencies
  • The features of an Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA), including assessment plan, demographics, observation of achievements and required form completion
  • The administrative structure of Competence by Design (CBD), including the role of the Competence Committee and Academic Advisors
  • How to set your PIN, complete an assessment and review a previously completed assessment in Entrada

Session Format:

  • Presentation: Introduction to CBD (60 minutes) – Dr. Irfan Khanbhai
  • Presentation & Demonstration: Introduction to Entrada (30 minutes) – Elaine Molloy
  • Question & Answer Period (30 minutes) – Dr. Irfan Khanbhai

Note this session will be run without breaks.

Part 1 – Delivery Dates & Times:

  • Monday, June 1, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm (COMPLETED)
  • Monday, June 8, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm (COMPLETED)
  • Monday, June 15, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm

Please note that participants are only required to attend one session.

Location: Virtual delivery, connection details to be sent with registration confirmation

Please note that the session will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend. Please complete a registration form to be contacted with a link to the recording.

Registration Form: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bq1dGWQCT5rhoC9

 

Competence By Design (CBD) – Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year – Part 2

For your reference, Part 2 is a 1-hour session and will cover the items below; session dates/times TBC.

  • Clarify and review your understanding of Competence by Design (CBD) and your role in supervising residents in CBD
  • Reflect on your experience supervising residents in CBD
  • Identify areas where you can continue to modify your supervisory approach to be in line with accreditation requirements for Competence by Design
  • Provide feedback on areas for improvement and suggestions for additional training as needed, and increase awareness of the various ways future feedback and suggestions can be provided

 

Please let me know if you have questions and thank you in advance for your support as we transition to this new model of education.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

 

Psychiatry IT System Outage

Psychiatry IT suffered an outage of our support ticket system, between Friday evening (May 15) and Tuesday afternoon.  If you were expecting a response from us, but have not received it, please send us another e-mail to psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series – Free Virtual Screening May 14-20 and Webinar on Wed May 20 @ 7:30pm

 

Stretch Marks

USA 2018 Gregory Rocco 92min

Screening Dates
May 14 (Thursday) – May 20 (Wednesday)

Free Live Q&A
May 20 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm PDT

The Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series presents a free virtual screening of the beautifully raw film Stretch Marks, online at The Cinematheque May 14–20. Plus, live post-screening Zoom Q&A on May 20 at 7:30 pm PDT.

Director Gregory Rocco and actor John Larkin will be joined by Dr. Josie Geller, Director of Research in the Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul’s Hospital, and Ali Eberhardt, Registered Dietitian in the Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul’s Hospital and co-host of the “Let Us Eat Cake” podcast.

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

 

Free Virtual Screening: Register for your free virtual ticket, which will include the password required to stream the film and a link to the live Zoom Q&A. This program is free to watch. (Donations gratefully accepted.)

 

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. 

All screenings are at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credits for Physicians

If you predetermine that viewing one or more of these films will address a need, problem, issue or goal relevant to your practice, you may claim the learning time spent watching the film and participating in the discussion for 2 credits per hour under MOC Section 2: Personal Learning Project (PLP).

Follow Frames of Mind on Twitter.

Celebrating 17 Years!

Save the Date: BCCHR COVID-19 Seminar Series on Wednesday, May 13th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm

 

Connect: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/91975852513

Meeting ID: 919 7585 2513

 

BCCHR’s new COVID-19 Seminar Series features emerging research related to COVID-19 from BCCHR and UBC. These virtual Institute-wide talks are not theme specific and are created by the BCCHR community for the BCCHR community.

May 13th Presenters:

  • Quynh Doan, Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Pediatrics, UBC Investigator, Evidence to Innovation Research Theme, BCCHR, Pediatric Emergency Physician

“Using MyHEARTSMAP to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the psychosocial status of Canadian children and youth, and to inform mental health resources planning”

 

  • Evelyn Stewart, Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Theme Lead, Brain, Behaviour & Development Research Theme, BCCHR, Director of Research for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, BC Children’s Hospital, Medical Director, BCCH Provincial OCD Program (POP)

“Personal Impact of COVID-19”

 

  • William Panenka, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Investigator, Brain, Behaviour & Development Research Theme, BCCHR 

“Neuropsychiatric and immune outcomes after severe COVID-19 infection”

 

  • Kathryn Armstrong, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Pediatrics, Investigator, Evidence to Innovation Research Theme, BCCHR, Pediatric Cardiologist

“TBA”

 

  • Nichole Fairbrother, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry,  Island Medical Program, Affiliate Investigator, Brain, Behaviour & Development Research Theme, BCCHR

Expecting during the unexpected: Giving birth during COVID-19”

 

  • Ian Pike, Professor, UBC Department of Pediatrics, UBC, Co-Lead, Evidence to Innovation Research Theme, BCCHR, Director, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU), Co-Executive Director, The Community Against Preventable Injuries

“TBA”

 

Many thanks,

Sarah Lin
Theme Research Manager
Brain, Behaviour and Development
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
A3-120 950 West 28th Vancouver BC V5C 4H4
☎ (604) 875-2000 x4730

✉ slin@bcchr.ca | bb&d@bcchr.ca

Frames of Mind: Alive and Well – A Message from Series Director, Dr. Harry Karlinsky

 

 

Dear Friends of Frames of Mind,

When we launched the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series in partnership with the Cinematheque back in September 2002, our goal – as a public education program of the UBC Dept of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health – was to promote awareness and education around mental health issues, to address the issue of stigma, to challenge the often erroneous representation of mental illness in media, and to do so using the ubiquitous and highly relatable medium of cinema.

Over 18 years of monthly screenings and five festivals, we’ve presented more than 250 great films to more than 20,000 viewers. A defining characteristic of Frames of Mind has always been the presentation subsequent to each film, followed by a Q&A and further (often spirited!) discussion with the audience. To that end, we have benefited from the expertise of innumerable discussants from mental health fields, family and consumer groups, academia, the film making community and more. Many thanks as well to all our community sponsors — over 100! — who have supported Frames of Mind over the years.

Most of all, a huge thank you to you, our audience, many of whom are loyal supporters of Frames of Mind and come back month after month to share the evening with us. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we appreciate your continued commitment to the series.

Please stay tuned for the exciting details of our first virtual screening which will be followed by a live Q and A with our post screening discussants. In the interim, we’ve recommended a few of our top picks previously shown at Frames of Mind and now available for rent or purchase on the web.

Enjoy and stay safe.

 

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

 

See Frames of Mind Top Picks for Online Viewing here.

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on CTV News to Discuss a New Collaboration Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Frontline Physicians

 

This week, Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Andrew Clarke, Executive Director of the Physician Health Program, spoke with CTV News about the collaboration between UBC Psychiatry and the Physician Health Program, a service funded by Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health, to increase capacity and support by providing virtual mental health consultation for physicians, given an anticipated increase in demand for mental health care for frontline physicians dealing with increased stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The story also acknowledges the fantastic response the Department has received from our faculty members, many of whom swiftly answered the call to volunteer their services. The Physician Health Program is now getting in touch with each of them to coordinate a plan moving forward. A sincere thanks goes out to everyone who offered their help and support during these challenging times.

If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please contact Vicky Yau, Director of Administraton, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca for more information.

 

Physician Health Program: The Physician Health Program is available to physicians, residents, medical students and their families. Call the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-663-6729 or visit their website for more information.

Read and watch the full CTV story here.

See Dr. Yatham’s Q & A related to this story in the Faculty of Medicine News here.

Congratulations to Dr. Gabrielle Bosse-Chartier on Her Acceptance in the UBC Clinical Investigator Program!

 

The Department congratulates Psychiatry PGY-4 resident Dr. Gabrielle Bosse-Chartier on her acceptance in the UBC Clinical Investigator Program. The UBC Clinical Investigator Program provides a unique for opportunity for residents gain valuable research experience, and aims to encourage young physicians to pursue careers as clinician-scientists.

We would also like to recognize Dr. David Kealy, who has supervised Dr. Bosse-Chartier for a number of years.

Wishing much success to Dr. Bosse-Chartier in the future!

Read a Recent Vancouver Sun Op-Ed by Dr. Anthony Bailey on COVID-19 and Special Needs Education

 

Pictured: Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor and IMH Chair in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

In a recent op-ed printed in the Vancouver Sun, UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Anthony Bailey and Dr. Grace Iarocci of Simon Fraser University weighed in on the absence of educational provisions for children with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He and Dr. Iarocci write, “[T]he lack of guidance by the education ministry on minimum standards for education delivery and support unwittingly sends the message that the delivery of special education may not be important. Yet quite the opposite is true: affected children are already behind in their academic achievement and/or social development and risk lagging even further without ongoing educational support.”

 

Read the full Vancouver Sun Op-Ed here.

Alert from Psychiatry IT: Fake Zoom “HR Meeting” Emails

 

Criminals are taking advantage of people’s COVID-19 financial concerns by sending fake urgent Zoom meeting requests to UBC faculty and staff.  The fake e-mail makes it appear you are about to miss your last chance for a performance review meeting with HR staff, before potential termination.

If you click the link, a very real looking Zoom login page will attempt to get you to enter your CWL and/or Zoom account password.  A few points to note:

  • It has the typical urgency of phishing attempts and tries to get you to click before you think
  • When someone else is hosting a meeting, you shouldn’t need to login to Zoom as an attendee.
  • The fake zoom sign in page is not us or ubc.zoom.us
  • Your e-mail address is pre-entered.

More information and samples can be found at https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/04/28/warning-fake-zoom-hr-meeting-emails-phish-for-your-password/

If you clicked the link, please contact security@ubc.ca

The Department COVID-19 Research Strategy Page Has Been Set Up!

 

 

The UBC Psychiatry website now has a page dedicated to the Department COVID-19 Research Strategy, and will be updated on a regular basis. Here, you will find a listing of COVID-19 studies on mental health being led by PIs in our Department, as well as a listing of similar-themed projects being done in other UBC departments. The page also includes resources to support patients and families, as well as links to current funding opportunities for COVID-related research.

If you are involved in a COVID-19 study in mental health which has not yet been listed on the website, or if you have any suggestions or helpful information to add to the website, please contact Dr. Sophia Frangou at sophia.frangou@ubc.ca.

Department Response to COVID-19

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry shares a deep concern about the COVID-19 pandemic and its mental health impact on our local communities, Canada and rest of the world. Our thoughts go out to all of those who have been affected by the spread of this virus. We are focusing our research resources towards evaluating the mental health effects of COVID-19 in order to develop new interventions and meet the service needs of our patients and their families, while supporting our staff during this challenging time.

 

COVID-19: The Role of Psychological Factors in the Spreading of Disease, Discrimination, and Distress

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Steven Taylor

This study is designed to identify the profiles of fear and anxiety responses to COVID-19, and how they might influence behaviour, using a large multiple time point survey of Canadian and US participants.

 

Clozapine prescribing and COVID-19

UBC Project Lead: Dr. William G. Honer

An international subgroup of the Treatment Response and Resistance in Psychosis Working Group prepared a statement describing the challenges, and providing recommendations for clozapine prescribing related to COVID-19. The statement is freely available: Siskind D, Honer WG et al. Consensus statement on the use of clozapine during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Psychiatry Neurosci 2020;45(4):200061.

 

Impact of COVID-19 on a vulnerable, inner city group with multimorbid illness, living in precarious housing

UBC Project Lead: Dr. William G. Honer

People who may be homeless or living in substandard accommodation may be at greater risk for COVID-19, particularly if they have concurrent infections such as with HIV that can decrease the immune response, and capacity for recovery. Living situations can also create challenges for physical distancing, or self-isolation should illness occur. This study assesses the value of regular, monthly check-ins with people living in these situations, and evaluates the potential contribution of a screening blood test for prevention and for public health efforts to support this vulnerable population.

 

Evolution and predictors of neuropsychiatric symptoms after COVID critical illness

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Will Panenka

The study examines individuals with COVID19 disease admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Vancouver General Hospital. It aims to link fluid biomarkers and indices of severity of acute COVID19 to neurological and psychiatric symptoms during the acute phase and to psychiatric outcomes at 3 and 12 months post-recovery.

 

Student e-mental health project: Impact of COVID-19 on student well-being

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Daniel Vigo

As part of a survey on student mental health, substance use and wellbeing, this study is tracking the geographical and social proximity of COVID-19 to campus through a weekly online survey of 350 random stratified students. For each student, the study ascertains across time the number of people with COVID-19 they know, their location (outside Canada, in Canada, in Vancouver, in the same course, at home), and whether they are acquaintances, friends, or family. The association of these exposures, as well as financial, health-related, and general stress, is examined in relation to students’ mental health.

 

Medical Staff Wellness during COVID-19

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Paul Dagg

The study uses a “pop up ECHO” format to address medical staff wellness across the Interior Health Authority.

 

Tele-psychiatry assessment during COVID19

UBC Project Leads: Dr. David Kealy, Dr. Gabrielle Bosse-Chartier

The study examines the feasibility and effectiveness of tele-psychiatry assessments provided through Access & Assessment Centre, Vancouver General Hospital. The study evaluates patient concerns and characteristics (including distress related to COVID-19 and social distancing) with regards to the tele-psychiatry interview itself as a means of reducing patients' distress and facilitating engagement in further care.

 

Men's Experiences of the COVID Pandemic

UBC Project Leads: Dr. John Oliffe (Nursing), Dr. David Kealy

Survey using online questionnaires aiming to better understand men's (aged 18 years or older) experiences related to the COVID pandemic.

 

APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health Disaster Resilience and Trauma Working Group- COVID-19 Response

UBC Project Leads: Dr. Raymond Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, Dr. Erin Michalak

The APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health, hosted at UBC, has convened a working group of experts from across the Asia Pacific to provide a coordinated response to the mental health effects of COVID-19 in the region. We have submitted a CIHR rapid-response Knowledge Synthesis grant entitled “Harnessing digital mental health to improve equity in mental health care in the context of COVID-19: Needs, best-practices and opportunities in the Asia Pacific region.” If successful, this grant will bring together researchers, healthcare providers, policy makers and people with lived experience in nine countries with the objective of synthesizing and mobilizing evidence to inform delivery of digital mental health care for at-risk populations across the region.

 

Rapid Review: Knowledge Synthesis to Support and Promote Mental Wellness and Resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic

UBC Project Leads: Dr. Haroon Ahmad (PGY2 Resident), Dr. Joseph Puyat (SPPH)

Without a vaccine, effective treatment and herd immunity, public health approaches to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to depend on measures such as isolation, quarantine, physical distancing, and personal hygiene. Some of these measures when prolonged and implemented en masse can have severe unintended consequences on mental health. Because access to the in-person health care system may be limited during the COVID-19 public health emergency, alternative, home-based activities and resources that have potential therapeutic and protective value against symptoms of mental illness need to be explored and identified. Our objective is to synthesize the available evidence on home-based activities and resources that can improve and maintain population mental health in times of public health restrictions.

 

Predicting the risk of developing mental and substance use disorders due to COVID-19: machine learning applied to health service utilization data to facilitate access to effective treatments

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Daniel Vigo 

This study aims to develop a model to predict mental and substance use outcomes  through comparison of subgroups of the population of BC, Canada based on their  “level of exposure” to COVID-19.

 

Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Psychological, Social and Behavioral Reactions

UBC Project Leads: Dr. Anita DeLongis, Dr. Nancy Sin, Department of Psychology

 

City Shutdown as a Response to COVID-19: Understanding Human Experiences and Mental Health Consequences of the Quarantine in Wuhan

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Yue Qian, Department of Sociology

 

COVID-19 and Wellbeing Study

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Joelle LeMoult, Department of Psychology

 

Healthcare Provider PTSD: The Certain and Uncertain Challenges of COVID-19

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Judy Illes, Division of Neurology

 

Neurological consequences of COVID-19

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Judy Illes, Division of Neurology

 

Learning in a Time of Crisis: Creating a Canadian COVID-19 Registry

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Corinne Hohl, Department of Emergency Medicine

 

Physical activity and well-being during a period of pandemic

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Guy Faulkner, School of Kinesiology

 

Sociocultural and behavioural factors affecting communities' response to countermeasures for COVID-19 epidemic: identifying interventions to build trust

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Julie Bettinger, School of Population and Public Health

 

Understanding the effects of public health outbreak control policies and implementation on individuals and communities: a path to improving COVID-19 policy effectiveness

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Julie Bettinger, School of Population and Public Health

 

THRIVE (Tracking Health and Relationships In Varying Everyday contexts) Study

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, Department of Psychology

 

COVID Elicited Responses to Sexual Health

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Lori Brotto, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry

The study examines the impact of COVID19 on sexual health across Canada.

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE: Rapid Evidence Study of a Provincial Population Based Cohort for Gender and Sex

UBC Project Lead: Dr. Lori Brotto, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry

#TalkBD: Online Community Gathering

CREST.BD has been hosting online community gatherings throughout to support patients with bipolar disorder and their families. For detail please go to https://www.crestbd.ca/talkbd/.

Coping During COVID-19
UBC Project Lead: Heather Fulton

Therapy group (CBT-based) offered virtually through Zoom. The study evaluates the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the intervention.

Resources for Supporting Clinicians by BC Psych Online

Updates about the COVID19 pandemic and resources for maintaining wellness can be found here: https://www.bcpsychonline.ca/covid-19

 

Physician Health Program

The Physician Health Program is available to physicians, residents, medical students and their families. Call the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-663-6729 or visit their website for more information. Weekly Physician Peer Support Sessions: Email peersupport@physicianhealth.com for details.

 

Resources for Supporting Staff, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Residents:

Staff: https://www.hr.ubc.ca/covid-19/wellbeing-mental-health/

Students: https://students.ubc.ca/covid19/mental-health-during-covid-19-outbreak

Postdocs & Grad Students: https://grad-postdoc.med.ubc.ca/current-students/student-wellbeing/

Residents: https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/resident-wellness/covid-19-resident-wellness-resources/

NEW COVID-19 Funding and Information

  • VCHRI is funding COVID-19 research. Deadline to apply is May 1 at Noon. More information can be found here.
  • The Faculty of Medicine has launched a COVID-19 Strategic Investment Fund. There are two rounds. The deadlines are May 10 and June 7. More information can be found here.
  • The Faculty of Medicine has started a running list of COVID-19 research funding opportunities. You can find it here.
  • Health Data Research Network Canada has launched a new resource page that provides information and supports for COVID-19 related research across Canada. You can find this here.

More Funding Opportunities and Information

  • A list of major funding opportunities can be found here.
  • COVID-19 industrial postdoc fellowship. Deadline to apply is May 15. More information can be found here.
  • MSFHR COVID-19 program funding information can be found here. Deadline to apply is May 19.
  • Resources for researchers studying COVID-19 from the BC Academic Health Science Network can be found here.
  • NRC continues to put out COVID-19 funding opportunities here.
  • NSERC has extended their Discovery Grants. More information about this can be found here.
  • CIHR COVID-19 information can be found here

Psychiatry Space Review

 

Dear Department Members,

Over the next several months, the UBC Department of Psychiatry will be working in collaboration with UBC Facilities and UBC Faculty of Medicine to conduct a review of the Department of Psychiatry administrative and research spaces on the UBC Vancouver Campus and Diamond Health Care Centre sites. This collaborative review will be vital in informing plans and decision making for the future, and will assure that they align with the strategic priorities of the Department.

Information gathering sessions will be scheduled for May 2020, and will continue throughout June 2020. The review team will be reaching out to schedule these meetings with you shortly. These sessions will take place online through Skype or Zoom meetings. Site visits will be determined at a later date.

The primary objectives of a comprehensive review are to:

  • Assess whether space is utilized in an effective and efficient manner in alignment with the research, teaching and clinical programmatic needs, and UBC Faculty of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry strategic directions.
  • Provide recommendations, opportunities and options to optimize space utilization, address outstanding requirements, and improve collaboration between faculty, staff, research participants, and students.
  • Align allocation and utilization of space with UBC Faculty of Medicine space policies.
  • Inform strategic planning and decision making on future faculty hires, space allocations and facilities planning & management.

We will be sending out a template for information gathering about your current space usage. We ask that you complete the template prior to our meetings.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry (vicky.yau@ubc.ca).

 

Sincerely,

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

 

 

 

COVID-19 Research Strategy

 

Dear Department Faculty, Residents, Fellows, and Graduate Students,

As UBC researchers across all units and disciplines refocus their efforts to address COVID-19, the Department of Psychiatry has also embarked on a coordinated strategy to facilitate research on COVID-19 and mental health.

To advance this initiative, a COVID-19 special interest group has been set up to explore various project ideas, map out priority areas for collaboration, and identify targeted grants and other funding opportunities. Dr. Sophia Frangou, Associate Head, Research & International Affairs, will be leading this group and will serve as the primary point of contact.  Additionally, the Department website will now feature a dedicated page that provides information on the Department’s COVID-19 research strategy, and will also highlight new COVID-19 and mental health studies being pursued by UBC Psychiatry researchers, as well as similar-themed projects taking place in other UBC units and departments.

For faculty members who are interested in preparing and submitting a proposal for research on COVID-19 and mental health, or already have a proposal in progress, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Frangou at sophia.frangou@ubc.ca in order to discuss how your proposal may be supported by the Department and this new initiative.

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in the UGE Committee Retreat on Sunday March 8, 2020!

 

Pictured left to right: Dr. Sreedharan Nagendran, Dr. Christine Taylor, Dr. Verena Langheimer, Dr. Arvind Kang, Dr. Paul Blackburn, Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Dr. Neil Hanon, Dr. Kelly Saran, and Dr. Sheik Hosenbocus.

 

The Department would like sincerely thank all those who took time out of their weekend to attend the Undergraduate Education Committee Retreat on Sunday March 8, 2020.  The retreat (which took place before social distancing measures were in place) provided an excellent opportunity for committee members from all across the province to engage in informal and very productive discussions on quality improvement in domains identified by UBC’s Evaluation Studies Unit.

Because of the group’s participation and collective efforts, UBC’s Year 3 psychiatry learning objectives have been successfully revised, and we anticipate implementing them for the Class of 2022.

 

Photo 1, pictured left to right: Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Dr. Neil Hanon, Dr. Kelly Saran, and Dr. Sheik Hosenbocus.   Photo 2, pictured left to right: Dr. Sreedharan Nagendran, Dr. Harris Lari, Dr. Clare Beasley, Dr. Christine Taylor and Dr. Verena Langheimer

 

We would like to express our thanks to Dr. Arvind Kang, Dr. Christopher Murray, Dr. Christine Taylor, Dr. Clare Beasley, Dr. Harris Lari, Dr. Kathryn Fung, Dr. Kelly Saran, Dr. Michelle van den Engh, Dr. Paul Blackburn, Dr. Sheik Hosenbocus, Dr. Verena Langheimer, Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Dr. Neil Hanon, Dr. Sreedharan Nagendran, and Senior Education Programs Manager Paola Martens for their generous commitment and contributions, and for helping the Department meet its objectives in delivering continuous quality improvement to our Undergraduate Year 3 Curriculum province wide.

Departmental COVID-19 Research Strategy

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, Research & International Affairs**

 

Dear Colleagues,

A meeting was held today to discuss the development of the Departmental COVID-19 Research Strategy. At this preliminary stage, we are exploring various project ideas, mapping out priority areas for collaboration, identifying targeted grants and other funding opportunities, and planning the next steps.

If any Department members wish to contribute their ideas or participate in this discussion, please contact Dr. Sophia Frangou at sophia.frangou@ubc.ca.

 

FLEX Project Supervisor Opportunities

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Clare Beasley**

FLEX (Flexible and Enhanced Learning) is a series of courses occurring in Years 1, 2 and 4 of the UBC medical undergraduate program. FLEX offers undergraduate medical students exciting opportunities to pursue a variety of scholarly activities and projects.

 

Dear colleagues,

Given the current situation, all ongoing and planned FLEX projects involving direct patient contact and those that need to be done in clinical spaces or research labs have been cancelled. In addition, Year 4 FLEX projects have been brought forward to Year 3.

As such, there is a call for new opportunities that can be completed remotely.  We have received feedback that the pool of projects in Psychiatry is limited, and are looking for new FLEX supervisors to meet this need.

Examples of projects might include writing up a case study, production of teaching modules, or performing a literature review.

While no remuneration can be provided, past supervisors have appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm of FLEX students, who have made valuable contributions to a variety of clinical and basic research and teaching projects. Note that the hours spent supervising a student can be included by faculty in their Annual Activity Reports and Teaching Dossiers.

“Being a FLEX supervisor has been one of the teaching highlights of my past two years.  The three medical students I have supervised have been diligent, creative, responsive and enthusiastic.  They have had the time and flexibility to participate substantially in research and resource development projects; interviewing youth and parents, creating on-line resources for families, and developing a national teaching podcast for medical students.  These medical students were interested in pursuing family medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics; thus working on child psychiatry projects gave them first-hand experience in an area of medicine that will be useful in their careers.  If you have an interesting project, I strongly recommend becoming a FLEX supervisor”.  — A recent FLEX supervisor.

FLEX dates for 2020:

Year 1: April 27 – June 5
Year 2: April 20 – May 18
Year 3: April 8 – June 26

For more information: https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/Teaching/FLEX/Pages/default.aspx

FLEX projects can be submitted at:

https://entrada.med.ubc.ca/norobots/opportunity-intake – /opportunities/flex-activities/intake

or contact niki.giannopoulos@ubc.ca with a project title and summary.

 

User Survey on Neuroimaging in Psychiatry

 

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, Research and International Affairs**

 

Dear Colleagues,

This email is intended for colleagues that have an interest in neuroimaging regardless of whether they are doing such research right now.  Please use the link provided below to complete this 5-minute survey aiming to assess the needs and scientific interests of the UBC community with regards to enhancing in vivo human neuroimaging. Responses are anonymous, although participants have the option to self-identify. Your input is invaluable.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80Te7u4YQzUtldP

For any questions please contact Dr. Sophia Frangou (sophia.frangou@ubc.ca).

 

Thank you,

Survey development group: Dr. Sophia Frangou, Dr. Shannon Kolind, Dr. Vesna Sossi, Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez

RESPONSE DUE by 4:30pm, Fri Apr 10, 2020 – UBC Psychiatry Teaching of Residents between Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020

 

Dear faculty,

As you may know, clinical teaching with patient care forms for Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020 were due on March 31st, 2020. At this point, we are NO LONGER accepting clinical teaching invoices.

For those who have NOT already submitted their invoices, please complete and submit the survey below by no later than 4:30 pm, Friday, April 10, 2020 (no extensions) if you have supervised/taught UBC PGY2-6 Psychiatry residents between April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 and would like to receive a stipend for teaching. Please note this survey is NOT for PGY1 residents, fellows or visiting resident electives.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSm9pK9oALh3U7X

 

Thank you,

UBC Department of Psychiatry

A Message from Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi, PGE Program Director

 

Dear Residents and Faculty,

I have had the privilege of being involved with the Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program since 2007. First as Site Director for VGH, then Associate Program Director in 2012 and Program Director since 2013.

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the last 7 years and take great pride in seeing how this program has evolved. It has been an honour to work with incredible faculty, administrative staff and residents.

Given all of this, it is very difficult for me to let you know that I have decided to step down from my position as Program Director as of June 30, 2020.

I want to thank everyone for the tremendous support they have given me over the years. I love this program and am confident it will continue to thrive and grow.

Sincerely,

Ladan

 

Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi MD, FRCPC
Psychiatry Program Director
Postgraduate Education UBC

An Insightful Piece by Dr. Steven Taylor this Week in The Guardian

 

Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor has written an essay, which appeared this week in The Guardian, pondering the future implications and long-term psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the possibility that life may never fully return to ‘normal.’ He writes:

“Even before the outbreak, people were already working from home, shopping online, and having food delivered, rather than going to restaurants. The outbreak may have further entrenched the direction in which society was already heading. After coronavirus has passed, we may find that life never fully returns to “normal”. Risk-averse, digitally connected people could continue retreating to the safety of home…. 

Still, there is some cause for optimism. The many people who volunteered to help others during the pandemic will experience renewed purpose and meaning in their lives. And those who adjusted better to self-isolation – that is, people who are open to new experiences, optimistic and emotionally stable – are more likely to fare well during and after the pandemic. Not everyone possesses these characteristics, but people can improve their resilience by learning new coping strategies, through practices like cognitive behavioural therapy (a valuable resource for this is the BounceBack programme, which is freely available online)…. 

The future implications of coronavirus are still uncertain. But based on what we know from previous outbreaks, we can predict that this pandemic will have profound psychological effects on the people living through it.”

Read the full essay here.

Departure of Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi as Postgraduate Program Director

 

 

Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues,

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the resignation of Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Specialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective June 30, 2020. The Program and the Department will miss her outstanding leadership, but we respect her decision to focus her time on her young family while also pursuing other career aspirations.

Since starting in her role as the Program Director in 2013, Dr. Sadrehashemi has made a number of structural changes to the program, implementing processes to improve overall efficiency in order to ensure that the program has continued to meet and exceed its objectives per the accreditation standards of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) each year.  She has provided authentic leadership to our PGE site leaders, preceptors, residents and staff across our training sites, fulfilling a number of vital functions including facilitating regular review and updating of the overall goals of training based on the CanMEDs competencies, overseeing the development and implementation of appropriate training sites throughout the province, advocating on behalf of the Department and UBC at local and national meetings, and maintaining the overall high quality of postgraduate psychiatry education within Vancouver as well as at all our distributed  training sites. While the responsibilities of a postgraduate program director have become increasingly complex in recent years, particularly with the shift in accreditation standards as of July 1, 2019 and the introduction of Competency Based Medical Education (CBME), fortunately under Dr. Sadrehashemi’s competent direction and with the invaluable contribution of our Interim Postgraduate Program Director Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Psychiatry PGME is very well prepared to make this transition.

Dr. Sadrehashemi has been an incredible leader in many other respects, not only in her ability to galvanize and maintain a strong sense of collegiality amongst our clinical teaching faculty, but also in the incredible rapport she has built with our residents. She has gone above and beyond to provide them with outstanding guidance and mentorship, ensuring they are well supported in their learning, in their career preparation, and importantly, in their personal wellbeing.  We have seen a notable improvement in our pass rates, with 100% of our residents successfully completing their Royal College examinations in 2019, in large part due to Dr. Sadrehashemi’s commitment, dedication and hard work.

Hence, on behalf of the entire UBC Department of Psychiatry, we wish to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Sadrehashemi for her extraordinary contributions serving as the Postgraduate Program Director over these past seven years.  We very much look forward to continuing to work with and support Dr. Sadrehashemi within her ongoing appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department.

As Dr. Sadrehashmi transitions out of this role, the Department will be initiating a formal search and selection process in the coming days to fill this vacancy.

Sincerely,

 

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

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

Announcement of Changes in Department Executive Leadership

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share with you the news that Dr. Lynn Raymond will be stepping down from her role as the Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, in the Department of Psychiatry.  As you are aware, Dr. Raymond recently accepted the position of Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, a significant leadership role in which she will oversee the Centre’s next phase of expansion in foundational, translational and clinical research. Although she will be stepping down as Associate Head, I am very pleased that Dr. Raymond has agreed remain on the Department Executive, as her continued participation in her new capacity as DMCBH Director will serve to strengthen the partnership between the Department and the Centre.

In light of this development, I wish to take this opportunity to announce the reorganization and a new appointment within our Department executive leadership team.  First, I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Raymond Lam has volunteered to move into the new role of Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, and will step down from his current role of Associate Head, Research & International Affairs.  In turn, I am also excited to announce that Dr. Sophia Frangou will be stepping into the role of Associate Head, Research & International Affairs, and will take over the portfolio previously overseen by Dr. Lam. These changes will be effective as of April 1, 2020.

As a result of this reorganization, Dr. Lam will now be responsible for providing strategic leadership in the development and implementation, as well as oversight on all aspects of the Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Programs related to psychiatry. Dr. Frangou, in taking over the role of Associate Head, Research & International Affairs, will be responsible for providing strategic leadership in promoting excellence in research in the Department, and in building the international profile of the Department through establishment of partnerships and collaborations with various academic centers, institutes, and government agencies globally.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Frangou to the Department executive leadership team, and also in wishing both Dr. Lam and Dr. Raymond much success in their respective new roles and responsibilities.  I look forward to working closely with each of them as together we accomplish the immediate and long-term strategic goals of the Department in the weeks, months and years ahead.

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

 

Extension of Application Period for UBC IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

Given the significant disruptions to research and other activities across UBC due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department will extend the application deadline for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021, from March 31, 2020 to the new deadline of May 15, 2020.

We continue to encourage all qualified applicants to apply and ask that this information and the new deadline be circulated widely. Please carefully review the Application Guidelines prior to submitting your application package.

You may submit your application via Qualtrics by no later than 4:30 pm (PST) May 15, 2020.

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

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Undergrad Update: Years 3 and 4 Clerkships

 

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

 

Dear Year 3 and 4 clerkship supervisors:

Thank you all for your work at this challenging time. As you are aware, on March 14, 2020, the UBC Faculty of Medicine placed an immediate hold on the Year 3 clinical clerkship and cancelled all Year 4 elective placements out of concern for student health and to reduce further spread of COVID-19. This took many preceptors by surprise as the communication of UBC’s decision was issued on a Saturday.

Fortunately for Year 4 (Class of 2020), most of their clinical activities were complete by that time. I apologize for any disruption that this cancellation may have had on your practices. Some preceptors have inquired about the impact on students.

For your interest, Year 4 students were given options to complete the remainder of their academic requirements from one of the following three options:

  1. Self-learning/CME (e.g. online learning modules, literature reviews, reading)
  2. Educational contributions (e.g. clinical scenario template, public messaging) to be compiled and used for Year 3 education and eventually converted to interactive online modules
  3. Community involvement (paraclinical) coordinated through Dr. Mary Kestler
    • Telephone triage (e.g. 811/COVID-19 line)
    • Public health (e.g. PPE inventory/collection, contact tracing)
    • Administrative (e.g. coordinating student interest, matching to opportunities)

Current Year 3 students (Class of 2021) had their clerkship placed on hold up to and including March 29, 2020. Now that this date is here, the UBC Undergraduate Medical Education COVID-19 Task Force has finalized some decisions. Year 3 students have been told that they may return home. There is currently no definite date for resuming clerkship, but it will NOT be before July 6, 2020. This may result in some blending/overlap of clinical experiences with the Class of 2022 students. The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is working toward a process by which an altered clerkship will meet accreditation standards. We are working toward a coordinated postgraduate residency start date.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to teaching. As faculty are receiving more e-mails than usual, I will send updates only when relevant information becomes available.

Keep safe,

 

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

 

 

Postponement of Postgraduate Psychiatry Graduation Gala and PGY1-2 Welcome Reception

 

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

 

Hello Faculty,

I am sad to say that given the current events regarding COVID-19, in discussion with the PGY5’s, we have decided to postpone their Graduation Gala.  It was scheduled to happen in June 2020, but we likely will be continuing to practice social/physical distancing at that time.  We will look at re-booking it as early as is possible while maintaining our health and wellness.

There will also likely be a postponement of the PGY1-2 Welcome Reception that is to occur in early July 2020, but we will let you know as the situation unfolds over the next few months.

Best to all and take care of yourselves,

 

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

Please Beware of Fraudulent Email

 

Many of you may have received an email from “Lakshmi Yatham”  with an unusual request (ie.  e-transfers etc.). Please be aware that this is a fraudulent email from an unknown Gmail account, so please refrain from opening or responding to this email.

As a rule of thumb, if you receive any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary requests by email from fellow Department or UBC members, please bring this to the attention of psychiatry.it@ubc.ca as soon as possible.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Recipient of $1.5M in Funding to Explore Pharmacogenomic Testing in Clinical Settings

 

Pictured: Dr. Jehannine Austin, Professor and Canada Research Chair in in Translational Psychiatric Genomics

UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Jehannine Austin, along with project co-lead Dr. Stirling Bryan, Professor in UBC SPPH, is the recipient of $1.5 million in funding from Genome BC, Genome Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), to investigate if pharmacogenomic testing should be routinely used in BC for people with depression.

For people with mental health conditions, finding a medication that works without causing severe side effects is often a matter of trial-and-error. This can contribute to a lower adherence to treatment regimens and poorer health, as well as increased costs to the health care system. Pharmacogenomics can improve a person’s health by helping them know ahead of time whether a drug is likely to be an effective treatment and be safe for them to take without triggering an adverse reaction. This is one of the strongest examples to show how precision health holds real potential to end the “trial-and-error” approach to therapy.

“Our goal is to gather the necessary information to assess the improvement in patient health, as well as whether the testing is good value for money for the health system,” said Dr. Jehannine Austin. “The multidisciplinary team we have assembled includes people with diverse backgrounds and skills, including patient partners with lived experiences.”

Way to go, Dr. Austin and team!

Read the full announcement here.

Song Lab and CSU Researchers Identify Gene that Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Pictured: Dr. Weihong Song, Jack Brown and Family Professor and Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease

UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Weihong Song and his lab, along with researchers from the Central South University (CSU) in China, have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, led by Dr. Xinxin Liao by who completed a joint PhD at UBC and CSU, the researchers found two mutations in the gene endothelin-converting enzyme 2 (ECE2) which impaired its ability to break down amyloid beta protein. These mutations were present significantly more often in people with Alzheimer’s than in controls—suggesting that the genetic variants in ECE2 could be causing, or at least contributing to, Alzheimer’s symptoms.

“Since amyloid beta protein is unique to Alzheimer’s disease, the majority of drug development was targeted here,” says Dr. Song, who is the Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer’s disease, Jack Brown and Family Professor, and director of UBC’s Townsend Family Laboratories. “If we can prevent amyloid beta protein build up or at least find a way to get rid of some of it, we could prevent and treat the disease.”

Dr. Song’s lab focuses their efforts on looking at the role amyloid beta protein plays in Alzheimer’s. It is well established that increased production (or reduced degradation) of amyloid beta protein results in the formation of neuritic plaques in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology.

 

Read the full DMCBH story here.

UBC Broadcast: Remote Work Arrangements and On-campus Research Curtailment – Extended to End of April

 

As you know, on March 16, UBC embarked on a three-week pilot for Remote Work Arrangements for faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and student employees who are able to work remotely.

On March 19, the university also announced it was curtailing on-campus research activities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. This curtailment was initially in effect until April 15. To continue research activities on our campuses, researchers must receive an exemption to be classed as critical research or maintaining critical research resources.

The situation regarding COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing has not yet eased, and is even more important now. In light of this, and continuing to follow guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, we will be extending the Remote Work Arrangements and on-campus research curtailment until the end of April.

This will be reassessed at the end of April, based on information about COVID-19, and in conjunction with our government and health stakeholders.

As a reminder, a series of FAQs have been developed to support you during this time:

Once again, we would like to thank you for your commitment to the university. We understand that COVID-19 is impacting you in many ways, and we appreciate your ongoing flexibility as we continue to navigate this challenging situation.

Marcia Buchholz
Interim Vice-President, Human Resources

Gail Murphy
Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Research Ideas in the Context of COVID-19

 

This message is being sent on behalf of Dr. Kim McGrail and is intended for wide distribution – please feel free to share with your BC-based academic colleagues.

****

Dear BC Research Community:

Many of you have been in contact with PopData and other research-supporting groups to ask how to fast-track research related to covid-19. We are keen to help advance this cause, specifically related to understanding the data and support infrastructure that will be needed. To get things started, I would like to collect and collate your emerging research (that is, not currently funded or even necessarily fully developed) ideas and related data and support needs. These will be summarized and used to continue conversations with the Ministry of Health, and will enable making a strong case for a covid-specific research data platform.

To complete the survey for covid-19 projects, click here:

 

Background

There is excellent work being done by the BCCDC, PHSA more broadly, and the Ministry of Health to monitor and model the current spread and to plan for system readiness, as well as biomedical research related to vaccine development. At the same time, it is clear that there are many excellent ideas for research that would complement and augment this existing work.

There is also additional capacity for research because of the curtailment of some clinical activities. I think we all just fundamentally feel motivated to engage in research that is meaningful and could contribute in some way to our current situation.

Efforts are underway to create fast-track funding opportunities, as we’ve already seen from this week’s CIHR announcement. Given this, and after consultation with many individuals and organizations in BC and across the country, we hope you will answer a few questions that will help understand the range of research ideas you believe are relevant to the current context, and the infrastructure that you believe will be necessary for your success. This information will help immensely in understanding the data and related supports that are essential to support research. It will also enable us to speak as a community about the broad array of research that is needed to support our response to the pandemic, now and in the coming months.

While I am not in a position to promise support for every research idea, we will review and summarize your comments, and use that in discussions with the Ministry of Health and others about the potential to set up a covid-specific research data platform. This summary will of course be shared with you as well.

The Ministry of Health and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research are supporting the collection of ideas from elsewhere, including the health authorities, and these various collections will be part of a provincial initiative underway to map research related to COVID-19 overall, including ideas, needs, existing funded research, upcoming calls etc., and to respond with funding and support as possible. Plans for a similar process with public / patient / community groups are also under discussion, as those perspectives on unanswered questions are very important now as well.

Please follow the link above to respond to a short survey that will ask you questions about your research ideas, the data needed to pursue those, and the tools and supports needed to conduct this work.

Many thanks for your assistance with this, and please be in touch if you have questions or other comments.

 

Kim McGrail
Professor | CHSPR and School of Population and Public Health
Director of Research | UBC Health
Scientific Director | Population Data BC
CEO and Scientific Director | Health Data Research Network Canada

 

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, Each Recipients of the 2020 P2P Award!

 

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, recipients of the BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit’s  2020 P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards, designed to build and strengthen capacity for patient-oriented research in BC.

Dr. Lam and Dr. Vila-Rodriguez, with their respective Patient Co-Leads and teams, are among ten research leads across BC who received the P2P Award for 2020. For Dr. Lam and his team, the award will fund a feasibility study of recruitment and adherence to light therapy for maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder. As for Dr. Vila-Rodriguez and his NINET lab, they will conduct a patient-oriented randomized pragmatic feasibility trial with rTMS in depression and anxiety.

Offered in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), the P2P Awards provide up to $20,000 to support BC-based health research teams in strengthening a major grant application through a pilot or feasibility study.

Please join us in congratulating both Dr. Lam and Dr. Vila-Rodriguez!

A New Study by MacVicar Lab’s Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier Shows Microglia Still Function in Glucose-Limited Environment

 

Pictured: Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier

A new study published in Nature Communications, led by UBC Psychiatry Research Associate Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier in Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab, is one of the first to look at immunometabolism in the brain. The team studied the metabolic plasticity of microglia, the immune cells of the brain which act as the main line of defence in the central nervous system. These cells typically use glucose to function, but a few years ago Dr. Bernier noticed that when he removed glucose from his experiments, the microglia kept functioning normally. This new study found that microglia were able to continue functioning in a glucose-limited environment, and further revealed that microglia switched to metabolising glutamine—an amino acid found in high concentrations in the brain—as their main source of energy.

The findings from this study could have broad implications when it comes to providing insight into disease. Glucose levels can decrease in stroke as well as diabetes, and research has shown that energy metabolism is impaired in many neurodegenerative diseases. Having a better understanding of the specific energy requirements of microglia could have important implications for brain health.

Read the full story in DMCBH News here.

Remembering Dr. Glenda MacQueen, Our Cherished Friend and Colleague

 

Dear colleagues,

We are all shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the passing of Professor Glenda MacQueen on Friday March 27, 2020. Dr. MacQueen was a distinguished researcher and educator, a beacon and a true leader in Canadian psychiatry, and a close associate and mentor to many students and colleagues in psychiatry across the country.  Needless to say, this is a devastating loss, not only to our field but also to the many people in the mood disorders community, myself included, who worked very closely with Glenda and considered her a cherished friend and colleague.

Glenda was world renowned and a highly cited researcher who made significant contributions to the understanding of the neurobiology and treatment of major depression and bipolar disorder. She was also a valued member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CAN-MAT), a Deputy Editor for the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, and until recently served as the Vice-Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Glenda will be remembered by me and countless others as being an exceptional scholar, a warm and caring mentor and physician, a model of academic generosity, and a truly wonderful human being.  On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I would like to send our deepest condolences to Glenda’s family, as well as to her extended family at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Health and Education.

We are thinking of all of you, and join you in mourning as we get through this most difficult time.

Sincerely,

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

A message board has been set up in Glenda’s memory, and we encourage you to share your thoughts here.

Message from UBC Psychiatry IT: Increase in Fraudulent Emails to UBC Faculty and Staff

 

Please be aware that currently there are three dangerous e-mails being circulated to UBC members.

  • CRA refund (phishing – an attempt to get your credit card information)
  • “Request for commercial debt collection” (ransomware – makes all files on your computer unreadable)
  • Offers for face masks and thermometers (keylogger – steals all text that you type, including passwords; also captures screenshots of what you are doing)

Please delete any of them immediately, without clicking attachments or following the links.

Sincerely,

Psychiatry IT

 

Read the March 26th UBC Broadcast on COVID–19 — Important information for secure remote working

 

 

COVID-19 Impact on UBC Faculty and Staff

 

*** Sent on behalf of Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***

 

Dear Colleagues,

A decision has been made that all public sector employees will continue to be paid for all of March and April.  That does not mean that layoffs are necessarily coming after that time, but rather that further assessments will be made during the coming weeks to determine what the situation will look like beyond the end of April.  Students, staff or faculty that had positions that were already scheduled to end in the coming weeks will continue to end as planned – there is no requirement to extend an individual whose position was already ending.  However, there have been a number of requests made to HR to discuss future layoffs, and if those are related to the current COVID-19 situation, they will not proceed at the current time.

There are still many unanswered questions, particularly related to research funded positions.  The University is working with governments, granting agencies and other universities to look at options, but no decisions have been made at this point.  We will continue to provide updates as soon as we have information.

I know this is a time of much anxiety, and the hope is that the news of continuity for the next few weeks is met positively. We are continuing to work on minimizing disruption for individuals and the organization as much as possible.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or Sandy Liu.

 

Shanda

Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs
UBC Faculty of Medicine
317-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Phone: 604.822.2792
Email: shanda.jordangaetz@ubc.ca

 

Important Building Access Information for UBC Hospital

DetwillerSent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry

***** Updated on Wednesday March 25, 2020 *****

Dear Department Members at the UBC Hospital Site,

Following the email circulated on Monday March 23rd regarding controlled access to the four buildings at UBC Hospital (including DMCBH) as a protective measure against the spreading of novel coronavirus, I am sending another email due to an alert raised by the UBCH Site Lead that, unfortunately, some staff are not complying with the recently implemented standards and guidelines. While the alert did not identify at which building(s) these incidents occurred, the reports do specify that some staff are refusing to wash their hands and are not showing ID when asked.

Although at this time the UBCH Site Lead has advised the screeners/greeters to be lenient on the ID for now, that said, thorough hand washing is mandatory and non-negotiable.  As well, all persons will be asked if they are well or not ( ie. showing signs of cold, cough, fever), and if they are not well, they will be refused entry into the buildings.

It is important to emphasize that these measures are implemented to protect the health and safety of all persons occupying the Hospital, and that we all need to come together in partnership on this, as the protection of both staff and patients at the Hospital is a responsibility we all carry and must uphold.

Thank you again for your understanding and cooperation during these trying times.

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

Dear Department Members at the UBC Hospital Site,

Please note that as of Monday March 23rd, 2020, each building at UBC Hospital, including the D.M. Centre for Brain Health, will have only one main entrance for access during business hours from Monday to Friday as indicated below, until further notice. There will be greeters to screen people entering each building during business hours, so staff should be reminded to wear ID for access to all UBC Hospital buildings.

All other entrances will be locked to control access and flow in and out of the buildings, and after hours/weekends access will be restricted to the Koerner Main entrance and via the tunnel.

 Koerner:

Main door open 0600-2200, with Paladin security
Scan Card access back door
After hours, use intercom connected to Security via switchboard

Detwiller:

Main door open 0700-1600
Scan Card access 24/7
After hours access via Koerner Main entrance:  Visitors must buzz in w/intercom; staff must physically walk down to let visitor into building; access through Koerner via the tunnel

Purdy:

Main door open 0700-1600
After hours access through Koerner via the tunnel

DMCBH:

Main door open 0700-1600
Scan Card access 24/7
After hours access through Koerner via the tunnel

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

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

Psychological First Aid Virtual Training with Dr. Claire Sira, March 26 @ 3:30 – 5:30pm

 

***** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Brad Hallam *****

Please note this invite is for Psychologists and Psychiatrists only. Please ignore this invite if you are neither. We apologize if this is a duplicate invite as this has also been sent too Richmond MH & A Physicians, PHC MHP Physicians, VA Psychiatry all Medical Staff, and VC MHA All Physicians

 

From: Hallam, Brad [Dr.] [VCH]
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 4:22 PM
Subject: Psychological First Aid Training with Dr. Claire Sira
When: Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:30 PM-5:30 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada).
Where: Videoconference http://meet.vc.ubc.ca

Hi All –

We are pleased to confirm the Psychological First Aid training session with Dr. Claire Sira. This training is being offered to psychologists and psychiatrists within and outside of the Lower Mainland interested in learning skills to support frontline staff in the COVID-19 crisis. Completing the training does not obligate you to provide services. The training will also provide an introduction to Provincial Disaster Psychosocial Services (DPS) and how it is mobilized during disasters. We hope you will join us. Information on how to join the videoconference is provided below.

Meeting Name: Psych First Aid

Conference ID: 334954

Date: 3/26/2020

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (I have built in set-up and clean-up time, just in case)

Virtual Meeting Connection Instructions

Connect with a laptop or desktop computer. Do not connect by cell phone or tablet.

Options:             Chrome Web Browser – participants must join through Google Chrome (other browsers have limited functionality)

Go to http://meet.vc.ubc.ca and connect to your meeting by entering the Conference ID (as listed above) and your name.

Skype for Business Account Holders: In the Contact box, enter: 334954@vc.ubc.ca

Telephone: Dial toll-free 1-844-651-2007, followed by the Conference ID and #.

For technical assistance, call the MedIT Service Desk 1-877-266-0666, press 2 for support Mon-Fri, 7:00 AM – 5:00PM

Curtailment of Research Activities on UBC Campus

 

 

Dear colleagues,

Following the March 19th UBC Broadcast email regarding the university-wide order for researchers to curtail all non-critical research activities on campus and to implement plans to operate remotely by the end of day on Tuesday March 24th, I want to ensure that our UBC Psychiatry research community stays well informed regarding these measures, as they will impact all researchers situated both on UBC campus as well as at VCHRI, PHCRI, BCCHR, BCMHSU, and other off-campus health authority research sites.

I urge our researchers at all sites to please read carefully the UBC On-Campus Research Curtailment measures, which are in effect from the end of the day on Tuesday March 24th until Wednesday April 15th, with the possibility of extension.  Please note that UBC researchers based at the health authority sites are directed to follow site-specific directives, however should clear site-specific directives be pending at this time, I advise you to follow the same guidelines outlined for on-campus UBC research activities, which are intended to prioritize health and safety, first and foremost. As well, the Faculty of Medicine has provided additional FAQs and Resources For Research during this curtailment order, which I encourage our researchers to review.

I will emphasize here that only research activities that can be conducted remotely and safely without in-person contact, such as manuscript preparation, thesis preparation, literature reviews, and data analysis, can continue, and must be conducted in compliance with UBC information security standards. Critical research materials required for off-site work during the research curtailment must be retrieved before the end of the day on March 24th.

As well, only exempted critical COVID-19 research, essential clinical trials or critical research continuity activities can continue on-campus. Individual researchers conducting critical research may apply for an exemption to continue on-campus research, which is subject to approval by the Department Head, the Dean, and the VP, Research and Innovation.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the implementation of your research activities to remote operations by the end of the day on Tuesday March 24th, please contact Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

 

Sincerely,

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

 

 

Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs, Winner of a 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship!

 

The Department congratulates Jacob Stubbs (Supervisor: Dr. Will Panenka) on receiving a 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship! Killam Doctoral Scholarships are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency and Affiliated Fellowship competition.

Way to go, Jacob!

Dr. Steven Taylor Appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on COVID-19

 

UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor has been appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on COVID-19 as an advisor on risk and behavioural sciences. This expert panel will advise the Chief Science Advisor of Canada (CSA) on the latest scientific developments relevant to COVID-19, and this information will assist the CSA in providing current and cross-disciplinary advice to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

Additionally, Dr. Taylor and his colleagues have just received a two-year CIHR grant for their study of the role of psychological factors in the spreading of disease, discrimination, and distress in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Call Out for Psychiatrists to Address Potential Surge in Demand for Mental Health Services

 

 

Dear colleagues,

In the wake of the current public health emergency unfolding in BC, the Department is working with the Regional Psychiatry Heads of Health Authorities to plan for a coordinated emergency response by our mental health practitioners to a potential surge in demand for mental health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The type of work may range from providing virtual care to assessing and providing care for patients in the ED and in-patient settings.

As an integral part of this effort, I am calling out, on behalf of UBC Psychiatry and the Regional Heads of all Health Authorities in BC, to all psychiatrists, including those in office-based practice and those psychiatrists who have recently (within 2 years) retired, to work in our health authorities in locum capacity in order to help with the potential surge in demand for mental health services should the need arise.

For those who do not have active registration, the BC College has agreed to provide free emergency temporary registration. All the Health Authorities are finalizing the processes to ensure that the credentialing and privileging process is expedited for emergency locum privileges, and this will be valid until the COVID-19 pandemic has officially ended.

If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please contact Vicky Yau, Director of Administraton, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca to let her know and also indicate which health authority and hospital you might be interested in working at.

I believe that we can all step in and each do our part to address the anticipated mental health consequences of this pandemic, and most importantly, to help ease some of the incredible burden facing those on the frontlines who are treating the immediate physical manifestations of COVID-19.  I wish you all continued health and wellbeing, and want to thank you in advance for your ongoing support and resolve during these challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

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

 

Updates on UBC Psychiatry Administrative Operations

 

******* Sent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry *******

 

Dear Department members,

As you are aware, the bulk of UBC Psychiatry administrative operations are now being conducted remotely and online, however we remain fully functioning at this time and do not anticipate undue delays with regard to processes on our end.  Below is a summary of updates to some of the processes:

Finance

We ask that supervisors and staff submit any finance-related documents, such as receipts and requisitions, electronically as a PDF or a JPEG screenshot to Gloria Park by email at psychiatry.financeasst@ubc.ca, in lieu of paper copies.

Human Resources

We ask that department members to submit any HR-related documents electronically to Amity Chiang by email at amity.chiang@ubc.ca, in lieu of paper copies.

Research Grant Application

To support remote work, UBC’s ORS and UILO will not require physical or secure PDF signatures during this period, provided that the completed RPIF and all email approvals are attached in one email. Please note that all Research Project Information Form (RPIF) packages will be accepted via email, so please do not send in any more paper forms. For RPIFs that require the Department Head’s signature, please submit the package to me at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Contacts and Communications

We ask that you continue to direct any inquiries to the appropriate points of contact by email. Please click on the links for a list of contacts for the following: Psychiatry Administration Office, Psychiatry Education Office, and Psychiatry IT.

We will be continually updating the UBC Psychiatry Home Page as well as our Twitter feed (please follow @UBC_Psychiatry) with the latest news and updates, will continue to circulate the Communications Bulletin every Friday, and will send out any urgent messages to all Department members via individual emails.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the current business operations of the Department, please feel free to contact me at vicky.yau@ubc.ca.

Please take care and stay safe, everyone!

Sincerely,

Vicky

 

Vicky Yau
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone 604 822 7313 | Fax 604 822 7756

COVID-19: Memo to the Department

Dear Department members,

As you are aware, the Government of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have announced a number of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. The purpose of this memo is to provide you with a summary of the impact of these measures on our Departmental activities.

 

UBC Department, Postgraduate and Undergraduate Education Offices:

We are encouraging all staff to work from home as soon as arrangements can be made to facilitate this. The Departmental staff can be reached through email.

 

UGME: 

UGE Year 3 – Clerkship Rotations ON HOLD Effective Immediately

In the interest of student and learner safety and wellness, effective immediately the Faculty of Medicine has put year 3, MEDD 431 clinical clerkship on hold.   Dr. Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, is sending out a memo to all faculty, however we encourage you to share this email with your preceptor.  Upon receiving this email, you can finish your task, then you are asked that you stop your rotation.  Your clerkship will be on hold up until and including March 29.  Updates will be provided regularly and a plan is anticipated to be in place for you by March 29. While your clerkship will be on hold until March 29, it is anticipated that it will in reality need to be for longer. Please be reassured, however, that everything is being done at the moment to operationalize mechanisms for you to obtain learning experiences in order to progress towards your year 3 milestones.

Remove featured image

Please keep in mind the following:

  • For students on rural family practice placements: It is recommended that you return home, knowing that this may not be possible for all students.
  • For ICC students: please remain at your ICC sites as these sites are your home for one year.

Early next week you will be provided with a mechanism by which you may ask questions and will be provided with additional information with regards to assessments. Please consult Entrada for regular updates.  You may also send emails to your Regional Associate Dean for specific questions. 

UGE Year 4 + VS – Electives Cancelled

In the interest of student and learner safety and wellness, effective immediately the Faculty of Medicine has cancelled your current year 4 elective placements. Dr. Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, is sending out a memo to all faculty, however we encourage you to share this email with your preceptor. Upon receiving this email, you can finish your task, then you are asked to you stop your elective placement. Next week, you will be provided with other options to fulfill the academic requirements of your elective required for graduation. These may include options such as literature reviews, generation of online learning materials, reflective writing or participating in the public health response to COVID-19.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • For UBC students on in province electives: It is recommended that you return home, noting that this may not be possible for all students.
  • For students from UBC who are out of province and out of country: Please arrange to come home immediately. You will need to follow isolation precautions as per the BC CDC recommendations upon your return.  http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
  • For students from out of province/out of country who are taking electives at UBC: Please arrange to return home as soon as possible/immediately.

Transition into Postgraduate Training and Practice (TIPP) leads have already begun the process of operationalizing the remainder of the curriculum in an online / work from home format.  Early next week, you will be provided with a mechanism by which you may ask questions and you will be provided with additional information with regards to assessments. Please consult Entrada for regular updates.  You may also send emails to your Regional Associate Dean for specific questions.

 

PGME and Other Activities: 

Psychiatry Resident Academic Day

Psychiatry Resident Academic Day will not be cancelled, however the format will change from in-class teaching to online/digital (e.g. via video conferencing, etc.). Should any clinical faculty or residents have questions or concerns regarding these changes, you are encouraged contact our program staff at psych.pge@ubc.ca. 

Educational Rounds and other Group Meetings 

On Thursday March 12th, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA) sent out a communication which states, in part, that “all non-essential group meetings (for example, educational rounds) should be suspended. Group meetings that are deemed essential for patient care may continue at this time at the discretion of the division and the department heads.”  As a result, all resident in-person group academic sessions are to be suspended and alternate arrangements (where possible) made.  As residents are all employees of the Health Authorities and we want to ensure safety and fairness for everyone, this applies to all UBC residents, regardless of training site.

More detailed information can be found on the PGME website at:

https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/current-trainees/covid-19-how-is-ubc-faculty-of-medicine-monitoring-the-situation/

Resident Re-deployment

In exceptional circumstances such as with COVID-19, the individual postgraduate education programs may redeploy residents for a short periods of time (see attached memo). Psychiatry is not considering such an option at present, but we will inform you should the situation change.

 

Cancellation of Vancouver Summer Program:

With the spread of COVID-19 globally and the risk that poses to travelling students and faculty, on Friday March 13th UBC has announced the difficult decision to cancel the Vancouver Summer Program for 2020.  Applications for Summer 2021 will open in Fall 2020.

Please contact Julia Lew at julia.lew@ubc.ca if you have any questions, or visit https://vancouversummerprogram.ubc.ca/ for further information and updates.

 

Postponement of Department Research Day:

Given the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 outbreak for the weeks and months to come, the Department has made the decision to postpone Research Day, which had been planned for Thursday May 28, 2020.  Department members will be notified in the near future as soon as a new date for Research Day has been confirmed.

 

Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are
  • Practice proper hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes proper hand-washing with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or
  • If you have a patient or a client with symptoms of respiratory illness, give them a mask and provide them with care using the same level of personal protective equipment you would use during any flu.
  • If you notice an admitted patient with new symptoms of respiratory illness, please alert the Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP) and your supervisor/manager and observe droplet precautions. This step will assist in heightening our surveillance of admitted patients
  • If any of you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and headache), please contact your primary care provider or 811. Avoid all non-essential travel and follow the guidelines.

We know that these are challenging times, but we will get through this in due course. In the meantime, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued dedication and professionalism during this difficult period. Stay safe.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Ms. Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

 

COVID-19 and Faculty of Medicine Preparedness

 

A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC.

Dear Colleagues,

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern, both within Canada and across the world.

I wish to reassure all of you — our students, learners, staff and faculty based around the province — that your health, safety and well-being is our top priority.

The Faculty of Medicine continues to be engaged and involved in discussions with the wider university, our partners, B.C.’s health authorities and the BC Centre for Disease Control regarding the evolving situation.

It is extremely important that we all do our best to slow the number of new cases and spread of the virus to protect our communities. Consistent with the public health practice of social distancing as an effective strategy to combat further spread, we have taken a number of immediate actions. These include:

  • limiting clinical exposure for medical and health profession students
  • asking researchers to investigate how protocols involving human participants can be adapted to reduce or eliminate in-person contact, especially with vulnerable populations
  • implementing operational contingency planning in our administrative units
  • Moving educational delivery to online modalities

I also want to emphasize that maintaining academic continuity to ensure ongoing education and learning is a priority. As such, we have actively begun to transition to the online delivery of courses as announced by UBC.

We are following the situation closely and will adapt our approach as new information about COVID-19 in B.C. becomes available.

As this is a quickly evolving situation, I expect you are receiving updates from a wide variety of sources specific to your work setting and location in B.C. I encourage you to also familiarize yourself with the below resources for the latest guidance, information and FAQs from UBC.

In closing, I would like to take time to recognize and thank the many members of our Faculty of Medicine community who are not only on the front lines of this outbreak at clinics and hospitals across B.C., but who are working to accelerate research to combat COVID-19 and save lives — here and around the world. I would also like to thank the entire educational community who are working so hard to support our students and plan for the transition to online delivery.

Sincerely,

Dermot Kelleher, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci, FCAHS, FRCPC, AGAF
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice-President, Health
The University of British Columbia

Resources for Faculty of Medicine students and learners

The Faculty of Medicine has convened a COVID-19 Advisory Working Group (EADE-COVID-AWG) to develop recommendations in consideration of the safety and wellness of students, learners and patients, as well as the continuity of the learning experience.

Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for information and FAQs on everything from clinical rotations to travel for academic activities.

Resources for Research

All research being conducted by faculty, medical residents and students at Faculty of Medicine sites — both on and off UBC Vancouver (Point Grey campus) — must follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by UBC, their local university and the health authority in which they are working.

More information and FAQs will be posted to the Faculty of Medicine website shortly.

Resources from UBC

Continue to stay up-to-date by visiting the information page and FAQs available on https://ubc.ca. There you’ll find resources on everything from travel guides to canceling research-related travel and business. You’ll also find information on continuity planning, guidance for managers and supervisors, and a variety of mental health supports and resources.

Teaching hospitals information

Faculty and staff working in locations such as the teaching hospitals should follow UBC’s advised protocols as well as the other organizations’ protocols. If the protocols are differing, please contact your HR Advisor or Faculty Relations.

 

UBC Announcement of Transition to Online Classes

Transition to online classes at UBC

As you know, governments and institutions around the world are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation continues to evolve and it has become an unprecedented scenario for the university.

Today I am announcing the transition to online classes effective Monday March 16, 2020 for the remainder of the term. For classes that cannot be accommodated online, we will be issuing further information through our Faculties. This will apply to UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan and UBC Robson Square. Information regarding exams will be shared next week.

UBC’s campuses will remain open and all university operations will continue as normal, as we transition. Updates continue to be posted to https://www.ubc.ca.

We are working as quickly as possible to inform our faculty, in order to assist them in preparing their materials for online. We understand this shift in delivery will have a significant impact on our community and you have many questions. I would ask for your patience as we seek to answer those questions.

It is important to note that the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19 within British Columbia. UBC’s actions are aligned with advice from the Provincial Health Officer announced on March 12, 2020.

A working group is also exploring the potential to offer exams remotely and considering any potential impacts on graduation ceremonies. We will communicate further updates and decisions as they become available.

Additional measures taken this week include:

  • As of March 13, UBC has cancelled all on-campus and off-campus events with more than 250 people (including sporting events), whether indoors or outdoors, that are organized by students, faculty and staff.
  • Events at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts are also cancelled for the time being.
  • All inbound and outbound study abroad programs for students are cancelled. Further, the Vancouver Summer Program for both June and July have been cancelled.

To be clear, we are not aware of any presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty or staff. However, we understand the need to be prepared as a university and act accordingly – aligned with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

I would also like to offer my thanks to all UBC faculty and staff who have assisted in moving the university through this uncharted territory. Many people are involved in UBC’s response to COVID-19 and they are working as hard as possible.

To the faculty engaged in research about this global issue, your work is invaluable and I thank you.

Finally, to all of the students, faculty and staff that make up UBC’s community, I want to say I am inspired by the level of support and assistance you are providing one another during this immensely challenging time.

 

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

A Message from UBC IT: 500 GB SATA Hard Drives Available

 

Psychiatry IT has about 10 used 500Gb SATA hard drives available.  They are mostly 7200rpm, 16Mb cache, Western Digital models.  Please email Psychiatry.it@ubc.ca to let us know if you would like one or more for your UBC work.

 

 

COVID-19 – Information for Managers and Supervisors

 

Information for managers and supervisors

Guidance has been posted to the Human Resources website, with FAQs for managers and supervisors, related to employee illness and concerns related to COVID-19. You can view the information at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/covid-19/.

 

Faculty and staff travel guide

A guide has been developed with a summary of key travel guidance, as well as support services and processes to identify, assess and control travel risk, including risks associated with COVID-19. You can access the guide at https://finance.ubc.ca/sites/finserv.ubc.ca/files/FacultyStaff_Travel_Guide.pdf.

 

Cancelling research-related travel

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada have confirmed that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable considering the impacts of COVID-19. You can access the full statement at https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/ProgramNewsDetails-NouvellesDesProgrammesDetails_eng.asp?ID=1133.

 

As a reminder, please help us prevent the spread of colds/flu/viruses during this time — with regular hand washing, staying home when ill and helping to keep your work surfaces (desks, tables, and keyboards) clean.

 

Visit https://ubc.ca to learn more.

COVID-19 – Updated Guidance Regarding Events and Travel

 

An Important UBC Broadcast on Friday March 13, 2020

As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern within our community. This is also reflected in the fast-changing nature of the situation, and the response from the BC Provincial Government.

Events with more than 250 people in attendance

Yesterday, the Office of the Provincial Medical Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and Ministry of Health recommended the immediate cancellation or postponement until further notice of all events with more than 250 people in attendance.

In accordance with that recommendation, and as of today (March 13, 2020), UBC is cancelling all on-campus and off-campus events with more than 250 people (including sporting events), whether indoors or outdoors, that are organized by students, faculty and staff.

Events at the Chan Centre are also cancelled for the time being. At this time, planning for graduation ceremonies continues as normal, though we are considering alternatives should that be required.

We are working with CTLT, Enrolment Services and Faculties to identify classes with more than 250 students and ways in which to transition lecture components of those classes to online or alternate delivery modes. These classes are suspended until alternate arrangements are in place.

Smaller classes will continue as normal. As noted in previous correspondence, we are working to develop a system whereby faculty have the option to provide remote instruction. UBC is taking direction from the BC Provincial Government as we plan and consider next steps.

Yesterday we issued a UBC Broadcast to faculty and staff detailing ways in which courses can be delivered online. A new website (https://keepteaching.ubc.ca/) has been launched with guidance on how to offer lectures, group work and discussion, and quizzes online through Canvas. UBC Okanagan faculty are encouraged to contact the Center for Teaching and Learning (https://ctl.ok.ubc.ca).

Updated travel guidance and self-isolation

The Office of the Provincial Medical Health Office, BC Centre for Disease Control and Ministry of Health are also recommending British Columbians avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States.

Anyone who travels outside of Canada, whether for business or pleasure, including to the United States, will be required to stay home from work or school for 14 days upon return to Canada. This does not include travellers who have returned to Canada up to or before March 13. (Previous mandated self-isolation requirements for travellers returning from Hubei Province, China, Iran, and Italy remain in effect.)

Any students returning from outside Canada after March 13 are advised to contact their instructor.

We are requiring faculty and staff to answer the following questions, while the self-isolation related to travel outside of Canada is in place. If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you must bring this to the attention of your manager or supervisor. It will mean that you must self-isolate for the 14 days immediately following your return to Canada.

  • Are you and/or anyone in your household currently travelling outside of Canada and returning after March 13, 2020?
  • Have you or anyone in your household come into contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Do you have plans to travel outside of Canada in the foreseeable future?

As a reminder, UBC has guidelines to support telecommuting – which permits certain employees to do at least some of their regular work from home rather than attending at the office. More specific information regarding telecommuting will be made available in the coming days.

We recognize that this is an extremely stressful time for our community. The university is working as hard as possible to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are also in daily contact with BC’s public health agencies to ensure we have the most current information.

As a reminder, regular updates are being posted to https://www.ubc.ca

Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan

Marcia Buchholz
Interim Vice-President, Human Resources

 

 

Postgraduate Education Program Accreditation 2020 Results

 

 

MEMO

 

Date:         March 13, 2020

To:             Department Faculty Members and Residents

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

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

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

Re:        Postgraduate Education Program Accreditation 2020 Results

_______________________________________________________________________________________

 

Dear Colleagues and Residents,

The Accreditation review process for our Postgraduate Program has been completed, and we wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you for your contributions in supporting this process. We would especially like to thank the PGE administrative team, who went above and beyond to ensure this process ran as smoothly as possible.

While the result of the Accreditation will not be finalized until the Royal College Accreditation meeting in the fall of 2020, the preliminary result was that our program is fully accredited with an Action Plan Outcomes Report (APOR) required by the Royal College two years from now (this requirement may be revised at the fall meeting).  To provide some context, the four possible levels of Accreditation are listed below:

1) Accreditation with review again in eight years

2) Accreditation with an APOR required in two years

3) Accreditation with an External Review by the College in two years

4) Accreditation with an Intent to withdraw the program in two years

The surveyors described how pleased they were with the many strengths of our program.  These included responsive leadership, a stellar support staff, a great breadth of clinical experience, and a very engaged faculty, regarded by our trainees as excellent teachers.  The surveyors were especially impressed by the fluidity with which the program runs, despite its complexity due to the varied sites and tracks.

The surveyors noted two key areas for follow-up:  Firstly, the Royal College now requires that we make quality improvement initiatives mandatory for residents, and our program has access to many such opportunities.  Secondly, the surveyors were aware of the significant work that has been done towards improving the learning environment in the Vancouver Island track, and would like ongoing work and monitoring of this going forward.  In two year’s time (if the APOR designation is confirmed in the fall), we will prepare and submit a report to the Royal College outlining the changes implemented and the resultant improvements within these two key areas.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Accreditation process or its preliminary results, please direct them to Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca.

 

Sincerely,

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

 

 

 

 

Cancellation of All Rounds and Other Events due to COVID-19 Guidance on Large Gatherings

 

Due to health concerns surrounding group gatherings and COVID-19, please note the cancellation of all rounds, including the following:

 

    • The March 16, 2020 Brain Awareness Week Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture, Dr. Nir Lipsman, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future time.

 

    • The April 7, 2020 Regional Psychiatry Grand Rounds @ 8:30 has been cancelled, and future presentations will be postponed until further notice.

 

 

In New Interviews with BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, Dr. Steven Taylor Discusses “Panic Buying” Behaviours in Response to COVID-19

 

Various media outlets, including the BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, have sought UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor’s perspectives on widespread “panic-buying” behaviours observed in Canada, the U.S. and around the world in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases.  As an expert and author on the psychology of pandemics, Dr. Taylor states in these latest articles that panic buying is fuelled by anxiety, and a willingness to go to lengths to quell those fears, such as lining up for hours to buy necessities, or buying far more than one would need. “There’s a clear difference between disaster preparation and panic buying,” says Taylor, noting that, since it’s unclear at this stage just what effects COVID-19 will have, it is largely the uncertainty that is driving this spending. He adds that recent scenes of shoppers hoarding food staples, hand sanitizer, face masks and toilet paper are similar to panic buying and price gouging seen in previous virus outbreaks.

Read the BBC article “Coronavirus: The Psychology of Panic Buying”

Read the NBC article “Coronavirus Fears Have Emptied the Supermarket Shelves. Are You Panic-Buying?”

Read the Vancouver Sun article “BC Businesses and Shoppers Juggle Preparing For and Panicking Over COVID-19”

Read the TIME article “Why Overreacting to the Threat of the Coronavirus May Be Rational”

Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and Heads Up Guys team member Joshua Beharry interviewed by CBC News

 


UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and his research technician Joshua Beharry were recently interviewed by CBC News about Heads Up Guys, an initiative founded by Dr. Ogrodniczuk and intended to reach out to men with depression and other mental health challenges.

Heads Up Guys aims to provide information, remove stigma,  encourage men to speak out about their mental health concerns, and importantly, to seek the next step of assistance from therapists and physicians if needed.

Read the entire CBC article here.

 

Dr. John Ogrodniczuk (above) and Joshua Beharry
(Photo Source: David Common/CBC)

Dr. Brian MacVicar & His New Study Featured in this Week’s DMCHB News

 

Pictured (left to right): Drs. Fabio Rossi, Freda Miller and Brian MacVicar have joined forces to better characterize an understudied part of the brain. (Image Source: DMCBH)

 

UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Brian MacVicar and his colleagues discuss their exciting new study which focuses on the meninges, a highly specialized component of the brain that is not yet well understood by neuroscientists.

Read the full DMCBH story here

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Raymond on her Appointment as the Director of DMCBH!

 

The Department congratulates Dr. Lynn Raymond, who has been appointed as the Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), effective March 1, 2020. In this role, she will lead the Centre into its next phase of growth by supporting and enhancing foundational, translational and clinical research that will lead to improved outcomes and quality of life to people with psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Dr. Raymond is an internationally renowned neuroscientist and neurologist, and Professor and the Louise A. Brown Chair in Neuroscience in the UBC Department of Psychiatry.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Raymond as she moves into this significant leadership role!

Read the full DMCBH announcement here.

Please Participate: Survey on the Clinical Faculty Promotion Process

 

**** Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative for UBC Psychiatry ****

 

Dear Department Clinical Faculty,

In an effort by the FoM Clinical Faculty Affairs Office to improve the clinical faculty promotion process and identify the barriers, you are strongly encouraged to complete this Survey by replying with your existing knowledge about the primary issues preventing clinical faculty from applying for promotion. Some examples we have heard and wish to validate are:

 

  • They do not know when/if they are eligible for promotion
  • Converting their CV into UBC annotated format is onerous and time consuming
  • They do not know/understand the point of clinical faculty promotion

 

There may be other barriers that are preventing people from applying for promotion and we would like to have as much understanding as possible in order to work on possible solutions.

Thanks in advance for your help with this endeavor.

 

Kind regards,

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

 

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

 

 

Dear Department Members,

We have had a busy few months in the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We are pleased to share that all departmental scholarly activity procedural, policy and support documents are now fully reviewed and updated.

New amongst the resources provided for residents and faculty is a copy of a PowerPoint presentation delivered annually to PGY1 residents detailing the expectations and activities relating to scholarly activity, as well as links to various resources.

You can find copies of all relevant documentation on the department website here: https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/education-programs/postgraduate-education-scholarly-activity/scholarly-activity-project/

And we have some good news for clinical faculty – all mentors providing supervision to residents on their research projects are now eligible for reimbursement from the Program at the standard clinical teaching rate.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Erin Michalak, Professor
Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity
UBC Department of Psychiatry

 

As a reminder, 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 the educational program. Residents or faculty members with inquires about scholarly activity are encouraged to contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity, via erin.michalak@ubc.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: Psychiatry Graduation Gala on Saturday, June 20, 2020

 

**** 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 2020.

 

Date:                      Saturday, June 20, 2020
Address:               Vancouver Convention Centre
                               Level 2, Ocean Foyer
                               1055 Canada Place
                               Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

 

More detailed invite will follow in the next few months.

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/

 

Postponed: UBC Psychiatry Research Day

 

Given the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 outbreak for the weeks and months to come, the Department has made the decision to postpone Research Day, which had been planned for Thursday May 28, 2020.  Department members will be notified in the near future as soon as a new date for Research Day has been confirmed.

 

 

 

Call for Nominations: 2020 COUPE Early Educator Award

 

****Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director and COUPE Representative****

 

2020 COUPE EARLY EDUCATOR AWARD

 

PURPOSE:

The Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) is proud to announce the creation of our first COUPE Early Educator Award. This award is designed to recognize a teacher who is actively involved in undergraduate medical education, and demonstrates enthusiasm, creativity and innovation to inspire learners in psychiatry. Please see attached information for further information on eligibility criteria and deadlines for applications award.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Candidate should demonstrate innovation in and/or dedication to undergraduate medical education in one or more of the following areas:

  • curriculum development,
  • teaching effectiveness,
  • mentorship,
  • promotion of psychiatry,
  • leadership,
  • educational scholarship,
  • dedication to undergraduate teaching,
  • commitment to educational excellence/professional

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

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Application package cannot be more than 10 (ten) pages excluding cv.
  • A maximum of one applicant per Canadian university. Prior unsuccessful nominees can re-apply.
  • Applicant must be within 10 years of practice at an academic institution, at assistant professor\clinical assistant professor or

 

SUBMISSION PACKAGES MUST INCLUDE:

  1. A personal statement from the applicant (not more than 2 pages; 12 point arial font) outlining the relevant highlights of their academic activities and involvement in education that is the focus of the award
  2. Nomination letter from someone in a leadership position (Departmental Chair or designate, or undergraduate leadership position).
  3. 2 letters of reference (1 can be from a medical student if appropriate).
  4. An up-to-date

 

DEADLINE:

Deadline to submit application is Tuesday June 30, 2020 to Dr. Kathryn Fung (kathryn.fung@vch.ca), UBC COUPE Representative.

 

PRIZE:

The award recipient will receive a certificate of recognition from COUPE and the letter will be cc’d to the Chair of the Department and to the Dean of Undergraduate education of the recipient’s Department\University. The award recipient will receive a certificate at the COUPE annual meeting held in conjunction with the CPA meeting typically in September of each year. COUPE will notify the recipient in advance in order that he/she may attend and take a picture with the COUPE Chair.

 

EVALUATION:

COUPE will nominate a sub-committee to review application packages to select a winner. In the case of a deadlock, the sub-committee may bring forth application packages to the COUPE Committee for a final decision. The sub-committee reserves the prerogative to not give an award in a given year.

Report on Phishing Attacks

 

*** Forwarded on behalf of the UBC Faculty of Medicine***

Request for Psychiatrists to Participate in the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program (Mon. June 8 to Wed. June 10)

 

Dear Faculty,

After two successful years, the Department of Psychiatry 3rd annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place Mon, June 8 – Wed, June 10, 2020. The 3-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.

 

Talks

The purpose of the talks is for students to hear the about the broad range of subspecialties and career options within psychiatry. As a speaker, you will share your career path and provide insights into your subspecialty. Talks take place in the morning and are 30 minutes long with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

 

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* Kelowna General Hospital in Kelowna
Prince George* n/a n/a

 

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

 

Remuneration

Talks – $90/hour (pro-rated)

Shadowing Supervision – $90/session with 1 student; $110/session with 2 students

 

Sign Up

You can sign up to be a speaker and/or a shadowing supervisor here 2020 PSIP Faculty Sign Up.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Clare Beasley (clare.beasley@ubc.ca) or Julia Lew (julia.lew@ubc.ca).

 

Best regards,

Clare Beasley

 

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, named Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association!

 

 

The Department would like to congratulate our clinical faculty members Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, both of whom were recognized as Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association. CMA’s Physician Changemakers are outstanding physicians who are “developing innovative technologies and programs, influencing public health policy and using their voices to advocate for change — all with the aim of ensuring patients have the best care possible.”

Dr. Russel is the clinical director at Compass Mental Health at BC Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary team providing virtual support to clinicians caring for youth with mental health and substance use concerns. Dr. Russel and her team of child and youth psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and psychologists provide multilevel, evidence-based support to community care providers, empowering them with the information, advice and resources they need to deliver appropriate and timely care to children and youth close to home. By providing this direct link to mental health and addictions resources for primary care providers, Dr. Russel’s program aims to build mental health capacity among clinicians in BC and the Yukon, and improve outcomes for young patients and their families who may not otherwise have ready access to services that will sufficiently address their mental health or substance use concerns.  Read more about Dr. Jennifer Russel here.

Dr. Chow is a psychiatrist with many years of experience leading innovative youth mental health care programs in BC, and most recently has played a fundamental role in building the Youth Wellness Centre (which became the Foundry Ridge Meadows in January 2020 after the BC government awarded Maple Ridge one of its provincially-funded Foundry hubs for mental health services for young people aged 12 to 24 years). Dr. Chow worked with a team of local family physicians, as well as community agencies, schools, the municipal government and even the RCMP, to create a community-based, youth-friendly drop-in clinic offering mental health and substance use services, peer counselling, and Patient Navigators to assist youth with setting up individual appointments and linking them to local and online resources. Dr. Chow states, “Young adults in Maple Ridge were heavily involved in, and dying from, substance use, and then a bomb hit them because fentanyl washed ashore. It was one of those slow-, but then fast-moving middle-class kinds of emergencies… We’ve reduced the number of suicides, we’re getting kids into addictions and substance use programs and treating them early so they don’t end up in crisis — that’s the difference we’re making.” Read more about Dr. Matthew Chow here.

 

Call for Applications: UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021

 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the call for applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021.

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) established the Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health to support the training of young investigators in translational research in order to create research capacity in mental health.

The Institute of Mental Health, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry, is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for Scholar and Fellow awards which will be supported by the Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health. The program will fund stipends of $75,000 per year for each Fellow and $25,000 per year for each Scholar. The program is expected to fund up to 4 fellows and 15 scholars each year. The duration of funding is for 1 year only. Fellows may have an opportunity to apply for extension of funding for another year.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply and I would like to ask that this information be circulated widely. Please click here to view the Application Guidelines.

Please submit your application via: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d0Wv4DoUK5dUJKt by May 15, 2020 no later than 4:30 pm, Pacific Time).

If you have questions or require further information regarding these awards, please contact Vicky Yau, Director of 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

 

Dr. Steven Vincent’s Retirement Reception on February 12, 2020

Thanks to all who came by last Wednesday to congratulate Dr. Steven Vincent on his retirement. Here are some lovely photos from the reception! The entire album can be viewed on the UBC Psychiatry Flickr page here.

 

 

Call for Nominations for the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards – Department Internal Process

 

Dear UBC Psychiatry Faculty Members,

Following the Dean’s Call for Nominations for the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards on January 22, 2020, I wish to announce that the Department will carry out an internal nomination and selection process for the Award Categories listed below. Hence, at this initial stage we invite nominations for (or self-nominations from) any qualified academic or clinical faculty members who wish to be considered for any one of these awards.

At this initial stage, the only required document is the Nominee’s CV. Please submit your nomination at this link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5hzj9hrYvRtkxcF   by 4:30pm on Friday February 21, 2020.

Once all nominees and self-nominees have been submitted by the Department deadline, all nominations will be reviewed by a subcommittee who will make a recommendation to the Department Head. The Department Head will then submit Department nominee(s) for each award to the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to the Dean’s Office submission deadline of April 9, 2020, the Psychiatry administration office will work directly with the Department Nominees in obtaining additional documentation (ie. evaluation forms, reference letters etc.) to complete the nomination package to be submitted.

The Award Categories are as follows:

Award Category Award Description
Applegarth Staff Service Award Recognizing outstanding contributions by UBC staff members to the Faculty of Medicine. The awards consist of a plaque and $500 each to three Faculty of Medicine employees – one to a secretarial/clerical support staff recipient, one to a management/professional recipient and one to a non-union technician or research assistant recipient.
Award for Excellence in Mentoring Early Career Faculty Recognizes faculty members who have formally been identified as mentors and who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers.  Up to three $1,000 cash awards are available.​
Clinical Faculty Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching Recognizes senior Clinical Faculty members who have demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching over the course of their careers. Three awards are available.  Each award consists of a financial prize of $1,000.
Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Recognizes excellence in teaching by Clinical Faculty members at a Clinical Academic Campus (Centres/Hospitals: BC Cancer Agency, BC Children’s & Women’s, Kelowna General, Royal Columbian, Royal Jubilee, St.Paul’s, Surrey Memorial, VGH, Victoria General, University Hospital of Northern BC. Three awards are available. Each award consists of a financial prize of $1,000.​
Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching – Vancouver-Fraser Recognizes Clinical Faculty members throughout BC who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and made an educational impact in a local community. One award for each of the four regions in BC is available.  Each award consists of a financial prize of $1000.​
Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching – Vancouver Island Recognizes Clinical Faculty members throughout BC who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and made an educational impact in a local community. One award for each of the four regions in BC is available.  Each award consists of a financial prize of $1000.​
Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching – Interior Recognizes Clinical Faculty members throughout BC who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and made an educational impact in a local community. One award for each of the four regions in BC is available.  Each award consists of a financial prize of $1000.​
Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching – Northern BC Recognizes Clinical Faculty members throughout BC who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and made an educational impact in a local community. One award for each of the four regions in BC is available.  Each award consists of a financial prize of $1000.​

Innovation in CME-CPD Award

 

Recognition of outstanding innovation and/or creativity with original work in the area of CME/CPD programming, presented ​to any individual, a group or an organization or a specific Continuing Medical Education/ Continuing Professional Development program affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine.  Award recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000.

Distinguished Service to CME-CPD Award

 

Recognition of substantial long term contributions to Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine, presented annually to any individual affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine.  Award recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000.
Webber Lifetime Achievement Award Recognizes extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine who have had sustained distinguished careers at UBC in the areas of research, teaching and/or service.​

 

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at vicky.yau@ubc.ca

Sincerely,

 

Vicky Yau

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

CTV News: Dr. Raymond Lam Discusses His Meta-Analysis Published in CJP, Revealing Potential Benefits of Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

 

Pictured: Dr. Raymond Lam, UBC Psychiatry Professor and Lead Researcher

CTV covered a recent UBC News piece on Dr. Raymond Lam and his meta-analysis titled “Light Therapy for Patients With Bipolar Depression: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials” which was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.  It is the first meta-analysis of light therapy for bipolar depression to be published in CJP.

Dr. Lam and his colleagues statistically combined the results of seven published trials of light therapy and compared them to a placebo in people with bipolar depression, finding that, overall, there was significant improvement in depressive symptoms with bright light compared to placebo conditions. Importantly, bright light was well tolerated in the studies and did not cause a switch from depression to mania, as can happen with antidepressants in people with bipolar disorder.

While light therapy is already a recognized line of treatment for people affected by seasonal and nonseasonal depressive disorder, less is known about its potential therapeutic benefits for people afflicted with bipolar disorder. When asked about what is currently understood about the mechanism of light therapy on mood disorders such as bipolar depression, Dr. Lam says, “What we do know is that light acts through the eyes to regulate the biological clock located in a tiny region of the brain, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus. We also know that there are disturbances in the biological clock that affect circadian (daily) rhythms in people with bipolar disorder, including hormonal rhythms, sleep, cognition, and other behaviours. However, we don’t know if regulating circadian rhythms is the reason why light therapy works as an antidepressant.” He adds, “Other studies have shown that light can affect the major neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, involved in mood and behaviour, such as serotonin and dopamine. So, light therapy may work similarly to antidepressants by directly acting on these neurotransmitters.”

Read the full CTV News article here

Read the UBC media article here

Read the abstract of the meta-analysis here

Fall 2019 CIHR Project Grant Recipients in UBC Psychiatry: Congratulations to Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother!

 

Pictured left to right: Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother

The Department congratulates three of its faculty members, Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who were awarded funding through the highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant competition for Fall 2019. Dr. Honer and Dr. Panenka were awarded a full project grant totaling $1,235,475 for their project titled “Neuropsychiatric complications of co-morbid illness in people living in homelessness or precarious housing.” For her project titled “Perinatal Anxiety Disorder Screening Study,” Dr. Fairbrother was awarded a bridge grant totaling $100,000.

Their projects are among the 40 projects led by UBC Faculty of Medicine researchers that received funding ($27 million in total) in this latest CIHR project grant competition. Congratulations again!

Read the announcement and view the full list of Faculty of Medicine awardees here.

Clinical Faculty: Submit your 2019-20 Postgrad CTwPC invoices (PGY2-6) – All invoices due Tuesday March 31, 2020!

***** Sent on behalf of Paola Martens, Senior Education Programs Manager *****

 

Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty,

This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the new 2019-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. Note that PGY1 teaching is paid by the PGY1 program, and fellow teaching is NOT eligible.

You may submit your invoices monthly, quarterly or annually. The deadline for all invoices covering the 2019-20 fiscal year is Tuesday, March 31, 2020. All payments will be processed during fiscal year-end (March 31, 2020).

  • CTwPC Eligibility Description – Please ensure you have read and followed the CTwPC Eligibility Description below submitting your invoice.
  • *Updated* Online Submission Form – The 2019-20 secure online submission form is live. The updated form now allows for additional entries (up to 150) and a partially completed form will automatically be saved on the computer you are using once you click the “Next” button on the first page. You can return at a later time to that same computer to complete your invoice form. When you submit your form, you will receive a confirmation by email with a copy of your submission for your records.
  • Invoice TemplatesExcel and Word versions are also attached.

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

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

Best regards,

Paola Martens

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

 

Note from Psychiatry IT: Do You Need an Email Account for Your Program or Research Project?

 

Do you need a common e-mail address for your UBC Psychiatry program or research project?  FASmail Generic accounts can be setup for your UBC Psychiatry program and research projects, at no cost.  They can only be accessed by one or more specified FASmail User account holders.  For more information, please contact psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, 2020 Recipient of an Honorary Degree from Swarthmore College

 

The Department congratulates Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, a 2020 recipient of an honorary degree from Swarthmore College. Swarthmore College confers honorary degrees each year to alumni who have had distinguished careers in their professions and have made significant contributions to society.

The announcement made by Swarthmore states, “Dr. Diamond’s work has fundamentally changed the way people think about cognitive development, awakening interest in inhibitory control and demonstrating that cognitive abilities thought not to develop until a later age are present earlier; children just needed to be questioned differently. She is also a dedicated teacher and devotes herself to translational activities including giving scores of invited talks each year to parents and educators around the globe. For eight years, she organized an influential biennial conference that brought the latest findings in developmental psychology and neuroscience to those who work with children on a daily basis.

Dr. Diamond graduated from Swarthmore with a degree in psychology and in sociology & anthropology, obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in developmental psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale Medical School in neuroanatomy.

Congratulations on this outstanding recognition, Dr. Diamond!

DMCBH Scientists, including UBC Psychiatry Faculty, Among Top 100,000 Cited Researchers Worldwide

 

This week, an article in DMCBH News & Events discusses a new database published in PLOS Biology which lists the top 100,000 cited researchers worldwide in all fields of science. Among these top-cited researchers, DMCBH scientists are very well represented and include UBC Department of Psychiatry members Dr. Ann Marie Craig, Dr. Adele Diamond, Dr. Sophia Frangou, Dr. Brain MacVicar, Dr. Steven Vincent and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham. These members also ranked within the top 25 percentile of the top 100,000 authors, placing them at the forefront of the more than six million researchers published worldwide!

Read the full article here

Dr. Steven Taylor Interviewed by CTV, CBC, Huffington Post and National Post For His Expert Take on Reactions to 2019-nCoV in Canada and Abroad

 

Pictured: UBC Psychiatry Professor, Dr. Steven Taylor, on CTV News

 

Dr. Steven Taylor, Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, was interviewed this week by CTV News, CBC Vancouver, and Huffington Post for his expert take on the public’s response to new cases of 2019-nCoV in Canada. Dr. Taylor, a clinical psychologist and researcher in health anxiety, OCD and panic disorders, has recently authored a book titled The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global outbreak of Infections Disease (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019), which explores psychological factors related to the spread of infectious disease, such as those being observed with this current global outbreak.

While Dr. Taylor believes that some degree of concern is reasonable, he states, “It seems like quite a lot of people are reacting with excessive anxiety… People are going to start misinterpreting ordinary coughs and colds as signs of potential infection. Some people avoid going to work or public transit and that can create problems. It can also lead to an increase in racism and xenophobia.”

Read and watch Dr. Taylor’s CTV interview here

Watch Dr. Taylor’s  Q & A with CBC Vancouver Host Mike Killeen here

******

Temporarily referred to as 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization, but now described by various news and media outlets as “Wuhan Flu” or “Wuhan Coronavirus,” the current outbreak needs to be appropriately named so that it accurately imparts information about the disease, while avoiding singling out ethnic or racial groups, geographic locales, trade and industry groups, or negatively impact animal welfare, experts say. According to Dr. Taylor in his interview with the Huffington Post, “(T)he longer the WHO waits before they come up with a conventional name that people use, the greater the risk that they’ll lose control over naming it… There are all kinds of complexities that need consideration.”

Read Dr. Taylor’s interview in the Huffington Post here

******

On February 5, 2020, the National Post reached out to Dr. Taylor for his views surrounding the 14-day quarantine of a cruise ship that arrived in Yokohama port, on which there are 251 Canadians on board and 10 passengers who tested positive for 2019-nCoV. “We’ll probably see an increase in people who are frustrated, anxious, irritable and perhaps we will see an increase in unruly behaviour as time goes by,” he said, such as people refusing to adhere to the quarantine. Dr. Taylor adds that, in addition to providing timely updates, the cruise ship should increase, as far as reasonably possible, the degree of control people can exert over their food or space. “If there is a way they could let them out for exercise periods, for example, that would be immensely beneficial for helping people manage their stress levels.”

Read Dr. Taylor’s interview in the National Post here

Dr. Taylor is interviewed in a new CTV article on February 26, 2020 – read it here.

 

CBC Interviews Dr. Diane McIntosh on Depression and Tackling the Stigma and Misunderstanding that Persist

 

Dr. Diane McIntosh, Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and author of This is Depression: a Comprehensive, Compassionate Guide, was recently interviewed by CBC in an article titled “A Psychiatrist Tackles 7 Dangerous Myths About Depression.” Here, she dispels several of the commonly-held misconceptions about depressions, and offers straightforward information and insight to set the record straight.

Read the full article here

 

Important Updates from UBC Psychiatry IT: January 2020

Windows 7 End of Life (Jan 14, 2020)

Windows 7 was introduced in July 2009.  After more than 10 years, Microsoft will no longer be providing updates to protect it against hackers.  This leaves it very vulnerable to attacks from the internet and somewhat vulnerable, to attacks from insertion of infected media, like USB memory sticks.

UBC Information Security  Standard #07 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.”

The only alternative offered is in Information Security Standard #14 (Vulnerability Management), which says;

“Where the system is at end of life and security-related updates and patches are no longer available from the vendor, then you must either upgrade the system or implement compensating controls approved by the CISO.”

At the very least Windows 7 computers should not be connected to the internet in any way and the connection of external media, like USB memory sticks should be restricted.

 

Year End Computer Ordering

There is a supply shortage of Intel computer processors, that is expected to persist until Summer 2020.  Major computer manufacturers are estimating lead times of up to 10 weeks.  If you are planning to purchase computers before the fiscal year end, it is recommended that you place orders early, to avoid delays and charges in the next fiscal year.

 

Email from Santa Ono

Some of our department members have received an e-mail, purporting to be from Santa Ono, that asks you to open its attachment.  It most likely contains a computer viral load.  Indicators of it’s potential to be a virus include, e-mail sent from a generic non-UBC address, implied sense of urgency, signature line is not UBC standard and unusual distribution method.  Please do not open e-mail like this.  If you are concerned that it might be real, send a new e-mail (not a reply) to the apparent sender, to check if they sent it.

Faculty Career Opportunity: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder

 

The UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) invite applications from clinician scientists for a CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder. The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with tenure).

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

You Are Invited: Afternoon Tea Reception to Honour the Retirement of Dr. Steven Vincent – Please RSVP!

 

Dear Department Members,

Please join us in celebrating our long-serving faculty member, Dr. Steven Vincent, who recently retired on December 31, 2019 after 36 years with the UBC Department of Psychiatry.

An afternoon tea reception will be hosted by Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on Wednesday February 12, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30pm in Room 2NAB in Detwiller Pavilion. Light refreshments will be served!

Please kindly RSVP to Lilla Berry at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca by the end of the day on Friday January 31, 2020.

 

Pilot of New Tool for Undergrad Year 3: WBA Direct Observation #3 Differential Diagnosis

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Clerkship Director ***

 

Dear Clinical Faculty,

Beginning Monday, January 20, 2020, the Undergraduate Year 3 Rotational Clerkship program is piloting an updated WBA form for Direct Observation #3 (DO #3) – Differential Diagnosis for students rotating through Psychiatry. This will be integrated into the current WBA Qualtrics survey link you already have access to for Psychiatry.

The intention is to integrate Year 1 and 2 tools as students have been taught to organize their thinking about differential diagnoses into a table. Effective January 20th, if the student selects DO #3, they will be prompted to fill out a differential diagnosis table within the survey. They may list up to 4 Dx/hypotheses and a possible critical Dx, along with findings supporting each Dx/hypothesis, and findings refuting each Dx/hypothesis.

Students are expected to fill in the differential diagnosis table on their own BEFORE the discussion with the preceptor completing the WBA DO#3 form. After completing the table, preceptors should review the table with the student and provide feedback. Students are not expected to update the table based on feedback received. Once feedback is provided, preceptors should continue to submit the WBA DO as usual, validating they have reviewed all information.

Please note that upon selecting DO #3, completion of the table is mandatory for the student. However, students do not need to complete all fields within the table. They should enter ‘N/A’ into a field instead of leaving it blank.

At VFMP, the table itself will not be included in the WBA DO report that is sent to the preceptor completing the mid- and end-of-rotation assessment forms.

Included below is a screenshot of what you can expect the table to look like.

As this is a pilot, we are requesting feedback on if the table assists in student learning and if it is practical to complete. You may share your feedback with the Discipline-Specific Site Lead (DSSL) at your site (see list below), who will bring the feedback to our Undergraduate Education Committee. You may also email Dr. Kathryn Fung (kathryn.fung@vch.ca), Psychiatry Clerkship Director, and Paola Martens (paola.martens@ubc.ca), Senior Education Programs Manager. Students will also have the opportunity to provide feedback through the WBA DO #3 form itself.

The pilot will run for the remainder of the current Year 3 academic year (end of May 2020). Subsequently, a decision will be made whether to incorporate the table into WBA DO#3 – Differential Diagnosis for all disciplines for the next 2020-21 academic year. Therefore, your feedback is needed by the end of April 2020.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kathryn Fung
UBC Department of Psychiatry, Clerkship Director

—-

DSSL Contacts

IMP: Dr. Wei-Yi Song (wei.song@viha.ca)
NMP: Dr. Bill Schlamp (bill.schlamp@gmail.com)
SMP Kamloops RIH: Dr. Sheik Hosenbocus (harris.lari@fraserhealth.ca)
SMP Kelowna KGH: Dr. Neil Hanon (drhanon@shaw.ca)

VFMP

BCCH Co-Director: Dr. Kelly Saran (ksaran@cw.bc.ca)
BCCH Co-Director: Dr. Jennifer Yeh  (jennifer.yeh@cw.bc.ca)
BGH: Dr. Jiong Wu (jiong.wu@fraserhealth.ca)
LGH: Dr. Arvind Kang (arvind.kang@vch.ca)
RCH: Dr. Anson Koo (anson.koo@fraserhealth.ca)
RH: Dr. Sreedharan Nagendran (sreedharan.nagendran@vch.ca)
SMH: Dr. Harris Lari (harris.lari@fraserhealth.ca)
SPH: Dr. Christopher Murray (cbmurray@providencehealth.bc.ca)
VGH: Dr. Christine Taylor (christine.taylor@ubc.ca)

—-

PGE Mock OSCE Examiner Recruitment: Thursdays, Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9 & May 14, 2020

 

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!  We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our February 13, March 12, April 9, & May 14 2020 mock exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we are proud to say that last year’s PGY5’s achieved a 100% pass rate.  As such, we want to ensure the continued success for all of our residents.

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 $90/hr (you must have an active UBC Faculty appointment) and we provide breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day.

The dates on which we still need examiners are as follows:

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

If you are interested in being an examiner, please take a moment to complete the following survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9B5vHOxjjJEjA3j by Friday, January 31st and we will reach out to you shortly thereafter to confirm.  If you have signed up before and/or are already confirmed as an examiner on any of the dates, you may complete this survey again, in case you availability has changed.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Brianne Colon at psych.pge@ubc.ca.

Thank you very much for helping to prepare our residents!

 

Brianne Colon
Interim Program Assistant, PGE + UGE Y4
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Hospital Campus
Room 11163, 11th Floor, Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z 1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68372 | Fax 604 875 5438
psych.pge@ubc.ca

 

Reminder: 2020 Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program Applications Now Open!

The next Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place from Monday – Wednesday, June 8-10, 2020. Online applications will be open from January 2 – 31, 2020.

To apply, please click the 2020 Online Application Form.

For more information, please contact Julia Lew at julia.lew@ubc.ca.

UBC Psychiatry Administration Staffing Announcement

 

Dear Department Members,

I am writing to let you know that Rachel Schweikert, Administrative Assistant to the Department Head and Mood Disorders Program, has had to leave her position effective December 23rd, 2019 due to unexpected circumstances. Rachel expressed her regrets about having to leave for home without the opportunity for a proper farewell to all her friends and colleagues here.  It was a great pleasure to work with Rachel.  We are appreciative of all her contributions to the Department over the past year and will miss her very much!

While we recruit for a permanent replacement for this position, Hiring Solutions has assigned Lilla Berry to our Department. Lilla can be reached via email at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca (for Department Head matters) and mooddisorders.assistant@ubc.ca (for Mood Disorders Program matters), and at 604-822-7310.

Sincerely,

Amity

Amity Chiang, CPHR Candidate
Assistant Human Resources Manager
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 822 7315 | Fax 604 822 7756

Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Newly Appointed to a Senior Leadership Role within Island Health

 

Clinical Professor Dr. Wei-Yi Song, newly appointed as Department Head and Medical Director, Psychiatry and MHSU for Island Health

The Department congratulates Dr. Wei-Yi Song on his appointment as Department Head and Island Medical Director for Psychiatry and Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) within Island Health, effective January 1, 2020.  In this role, Dr. Song will be responsible for ensuring high quality mental health and substance-related medical services across Island Health. His other responsibilities include overseeing the self-governance of psychiatrists and other members of medical staff working within mental health facilities on the Island, guiding the implementation of procedures to create and monitor medical practice standards, and supporting Island Health Psychiatry Department members who are engaged in research and medical education.  He will also co-lead in supporting operation of MHSU activities and programs, and will work proactively with physicians, staff and patients in order to ensure continuous quality improvement of service delivery.

This new role is in addition to Dr. Song’s current leadership roles within UBC Psychiatry as the Associate Program Director for the Victoria-based Residency Program, and as UGE / PGE Discipline Specific Site Leader (DSSL) for Vancouver Island.  A member of our clinical faculty since 2005, Dr. Song was most recently promoted in 2017 to the rank of Clinical Professor. Last fall, he completed his term as President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), and continues to be active on various boards and committees, in CME engagements, and in teaching medical students and residents.

Please join us in sending our best wishes to Dr. Song in his new senior leadership role within Island Health!

Year End Message from the Department Head: Celebrating a Successful 2019!

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

As the year 2019 draws to an end, it is with a sense of pride that I reflect upon all the UBC Department of Psychiatry was able to accomplish this year. The last twelve months not only signified transformation and progress, but also marked a pivotal phase during which we took stock of the unique opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and embarked on the process of charting a new roadmap for the future of the Department. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your support and contributions, as our successes would not have been possible without your dedication and hard work.

I’m delighted to share with you the many highlights for the Department over the course of 2019. The Department has witnessed growth and development in virtually all areas. By November’s end, our total annual research grant funding for this year reached approximately $10 million, a very healthy figure by all accounts, in large part due to significant Health Canada grant funding obtained by Dr. Daniel Vigo, Dr. Michael Krausz, and Dr. Christian Schütz, major CIHR grants awarded to Dr. Weihong Song and Dr. Erin Michalak, and MSFHR Scholar awards won by Dr. David Kealy and Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty.

In terms of education, the pass rate of our residents was 100% this year, and we also saw the highest enrollment in our Vancouver Summer Program to date. As well, thanks to our PGE Program Director Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi (currently on leave) and our Interim PGE Program Director Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Psychiatry Postgraduate Education is well prepared for the launch of Competence By Design (CBD) in 2020.

This year our clinical faculty increased by 43 members, and to our academic faculty we welcomed Dr. Daniel Vigo, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health. In addition to the Department’s success in securing a new faculty position this year through the FoM’s faculty renewal process, as well as a new CRC Tier 2 faculty position negotiated with the FoM, the Department is continuing to explore several other opportunities to create academic faculty positions though partnerships with Health Authorities, hospital foundations, our distributed sites-affiliated universities, and government agencies. Our focus will continue to be attracting and retaining top talent, and building research capacity in the Department. As we welcome new faculty members to Psychiatry, we also bid a fond farewell and best wishes to one of our outstanding faculty members, Professor Steven Vincent, who, after having served the Department and the University for 36 years, will retire on December 31, 2019.

On the leadership front, four Associate Heads were appointed this year and each has overseen a number of exciting initiatives with respect to education, continuing professional development, research, clinical affairs, and partnerships at the regional, national and global levels.  This summer, the Department signed historic memoranda of understanding with three top mental health research centres in China, opening up new opportunities for knowledge exchange and cross-training of students and fellows in order to strengthen our collaborative research networks in Asia-Pacific. Closer to home, we have been actively pursuing opportunities to meet and hold discussions to align our objectives and priorities on mental healthcare policy with the Ministries of Health and Mental Health & Addictions, the BC College, the UBC School of Population and Public Health, the Health Authorities, and other government and regulatory bodies.

To add to this, the Department and the Institute of Mental Health were proud to announce in 2019 the establishment of the IMH Marshall Fellows and Scholars Awards, made possible by the vision and commitment of the Marshall family, along with some matching funds from the Faculty of Medicine and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training’s BC Graduate Scholarship Fund. The outstanding inaugural cohort of IHM Marshall Fellows and Scholars have been making the best use of their awards, gaining valuable experience and training in translational research which will be instrumental to success in their respective future careers. In addition, we are excited to work with the UBC School of Population and Public Health on the development of a new graduate program in Translational Psychiatry aimed to support research training of residents, clinical faculty and potentially other healthcare providers in order to foster the development of clinician scientists in psychiatry care.

With respect to promotions as of July 1, 2019, a total of 15 clinical faculty members were granted promotions, and within our academic faculty, Dr. Evelyn Stewart was promoted to the rank of full Professor. A number of our faculty received recognition in the form of major awards and honors, including:

  • Jehannine Austin, who received the Graham Boeckh Foundation’s 2019 Samarthji Lal Award for Mental Health Research and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ Scientific Lecture Award
  • Erin Michalak, recipient of the Douglas Utting Prize for Depression Research and the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation: Patient Engagement
  • Sophia Frangou, winner of the prestigious Colvin Prize for Mood Disorders Research from the Brain & Behavior Foundation in the U.S.
  • Lakshmi Yatham, recognized again this year by Clarivate Analytics as among the World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers for 2019
  • Tony Bailey’s induction as an INSAR Fellow, the highest honor conferred by the International Society for Autism Research
  • Tony Phillips’ invitation to join the Academic Advisory Board of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

(Please accept our apologies if we have missed any other members’ major achievements).

In September, we shared the news that the book authored by Clinical Professor Dr. Biju Mathew, titled Super 30: Changing the World 30 Students at a Time, became a blockbuster movie in India and one of the highest-grossing Hindi-language films of 2019.  We were thrilled to see a valued member of our Department celebrated on an international stage for the telling of the inspirational story of mathematician Anand Kumar. Dr. Mathew is also the recipient of a 2019 BC Achievement Award, which follows another significant honor given to him last year, when he was named Citizen of the Year by the Maple Ridge Community Foundation.

The Department also honoured the memory of Associate Professor Emerita Dr. Martha Donnelly and of Ms. Cindy Woo, Research Coordinator for the Mood Disorders Centre, two long-standing members whom we lost in 2019. We were also saddened by the passing of renowned psychopharmacologist Dr. Alex “Dooley” Goumeniouk who, while a member of the UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, was nevertheless a cherished friend and colleague to many here in UBC Psychiatry.

Finally, I am pleased to confirm that a refreshed Strategic Plan is slated for completion by Spring 2020.  We are on schedule and have made considerable progress particularly in the last few months. The strategic planning process was very interactive, and involved a Department-wide survey as well as first-ever strategic planning sessions hosted at all our distributed sites. To every Department member who dedicated their valuable time and energy into contributing their voice, ideas, concerns and feedback with respect to the four strategic pillars of Education, Research, Partnerships and People, I am truly grateful. Because of your active engagement and participation, we are now very well positioned to move ahead in developing a Strategic Plan which broadly encompasses the vision, goals and priorities of our diverse and multifaceted department.

In closing, I wish to once again express my sincere appreciation to all our faculty, staff and students who had contributed to our many achievements in 2019.  Serving as your Department Head this first year has been a privilege, and we all have reason to be proud of what we have accomplished. I look to the New Year with renewed determination and purpose as we continue working together to attain the high goals set forth for 2020 and beyond.

I wish you all the best and a 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
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

A Message from Dr. W. Robert McMaster regarding DMCBH Leadership

Dr. Sophia Frangou and Team Publish New Paper in Cerebral Cortex Uncovering Insights into Linkages Between Brain and Mind

 

An analysis of more than 1,000 brain scans from healthy individuals discovered fundamental rules for how connections between brain regions regulate brain functions. The research team used advanced computational methods to define the “controllability” of each brain region, meaning the degree of control each region exerts on all others. They discovered two types of brain regions; those with multiple and flexible connections exerted greater control on higher-order processes (such as memory, attention and emotion) while those with more limited and fixed connections exerted greater control over specialized sensory and motor processing. These findings offer new insights on how the brain and mind are linked that could ultimately open new avenues for promoting healthy function.

Our thoughts, feelings, and actions arise from intricate interactions between brain regions.   A major challenge for modern neuroscience is to discover the rules for how these interactions regulate brain function.  Addressing this challenge is part of an ongoing collaboration of a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania.

The team analysed diffusion weighted MRI brain scans together with genetic and cognitive data from 1066 healthy men and women participating in the Human Connectome Project. They mapped the connections of each brain region to all other parts of the brain and used computational models to estimate regional controllability which is a measure of the control each brain region exerts on all others based on its connectivity profile. Brain regions could be distinguished in two types based on their controllability. Regions with many and flexible connections were primarily located within higher-order brain networks involved in a wide range of complex attentional, memory and emotional processes. Those with few and fixed connections could be primarily found within networks supporting more circumscribed sensory and motor processes.  Moreover, brain regional controllability was heritable, meaning that genetic factors have a direct bearing on the brain-mind relationship.

According to Dr. Sophia Frangou, lead study investigator and President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, these findings have implications for brain function in health and disease. It would be possible to promote healthy brain function during development and ageing by targeting brain regions with high controllability. Conversely, damage to brain regions that control multiple functions will be expected to lead to wide-ranging problems while damage in regions that control more limited function is like to cause more specific abnormalities.

The team will continue and extend their collaborative work into two complementary directions. They plan to study large samples of healthy populations to understand how environmental factors may influence brain controllability across the lifespan. In addition, they plan to test how changes in regional brain controllability may give rise to mental health problems and use this knowledge towards developing targeted interventions.

Source Material: Won Hee Lee, Amanda Rodrigue, David C Glahn, Danielle S Bassett, Sophia Frangou. Heritability and Cognitive Relevance of Structural Brain Controllability. Cerebral Cortex https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhz293

Department Policy on Disruption of Services by Extreme Weather Conditions

 

Department Policy on Disruption of Services by Extreme Weather Conditions

Two IMH Marshall Fellows, Dr. Travis Hodges and Dr. Melissa Woodward, featured in UBC Medicine News

Two of our recently appointed IMH Marshall Fellows, Dr. Travis Hodges (PI: Dr. Liisa Galea) and Dr. Melissa Woodward (PI: Dr. Donna Lang), were featured in a UBC Faculty of Medicine News. Both IMH Marshall fellows describe their current research projects and convey how the IMH Marshall Fellowship will make an impact on their future careers.

Read more:  A Brighter Future for Mental Health Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine News

Announcement of Retirement: Dr. Steven Vincent, Professor

 

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that, after 36 years as an outstanding member of our academic faculty, Professor Steven Vincent will retire as of December 31, 2019.  As one of our longest serving Department members, Dr. Vincent held a number of important leadership roles over the years, including serving as Chair of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, as Head of the Division of Basic Neuroscience, and as a valued member of the UBC Senior Appointments Committee. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and also previously held the Louis Brown Chair in Neuroscience.  His prominence in the field was due to many important findings he and his research team uncovered with respect to nitric oxide and cyclic GMP signaling in the nervous system, as well as RING finger proteins, ubiquitinylation and neural function.

While all of his students and colleagues will miss his presence here at UBC, we hope Dr. Vincent enjoys retirement and wish him all the best in the future!

Thank You All for Celebrating with Us at UBC Psychiatry’s Holiday Event!

Thank you to all who joined us at this year’s UBC Psychiatry Festive Celebration on Thursday December 12, 2019 — it was a night filled with much laughter and good cheer!

Additional photos may be viewed in the UBC Psychiatry’s  2019 Department of Psychiatry Festive Celebration Flickr Album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Mr. Caden Poh, the Department’s 2019 Staff Service Awardee!

 

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Caden Poh, winner of this year’s Staff Service Award. Caden is a Research Assistant Technician with Dr. Erin Michalak in the CREST.BD lab. He was nominated for the award in recognition of contributions above and beyond his position, especially with respect to multiple successful grant applications where Caden was immensely helpful in producing diverse letters, as well as nomination and application documents, for these projects.

Way to go, Caden, on this well-deserved recognition!

Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham presents the 2019 Staff Service Award to Mr. Caden Poh at the UBC Psychiatry Festive Celebration on December 12, 2019

 

The Annual Departmental Staff Service Award recognizes outstanding and dedicated staff in the Department who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The prize is a monetary award $300 and a plaque. The call-out for nominations for the Staff Service Awards occurs every October/November, with prizes awarded at the Department Festive Celebration each year.

UBC Psychiatry Administration Staffing Updates

 

We would like to welcome Nadine Kallas, who started as the Interim Program Assistant for UGE Year 3 at VFMP on December 5, 2019, replacing Anne Reyner. Nadine’s contact information is below. Please continue to use the email uge.assistant@ubc.ca.

Nadine Kallas

Interim Program Assistant, UGE Year 3
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | DHCC Room 11161
2775 Laurel Street | Vancouver BC | V5Z1M9 Canada
Phone 604 875 4111 Ext. 68098 | Fax 604 875 5438
uge.assistant@ubc.ca
http://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca

 

Happy Holidays from the Psychiatry Administration Staff!

Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program: Dates Confirmed

The next Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place from Monday – Wednesday, June 8-10, 2020. Online applications will be open from January 2 – 31, 2020.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

If you have any specific questions regarding the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program, please contact Julia Lew at julia.lew@ubc.ca

Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs and Dr. Will Panenka on their Recent Publication in Lancet Public Health

 

The study aims to evaluate the lifetime prevalence of  traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed populations

The Department congratulates Jacob Stubbs, PhD Candidate and recipient of the IMH Marshall Scholarship Award, who was the lead author on a new UBC-led study titled Traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed individuals: a systematic review and meta-analysis, published this week by Lancet Public Health. The study’s senior author, Dr. William Panenka, is an Assistant Professor (Partner) in the Department, a member of the BC Provincial Neuropsychiatry Program at UBC, and a part of the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute.

 

Jacob Stubbs, PhD Candidate / IMH Marshall Scholar & Lead Author

Dr. Will Panenka, Assistant Professor (Partner) & Senior Author

 

Their research team found that around half of homeless people have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in their lifetime, with one quarter having experienced a moderate or severe injury — defined as being unconscious for at least 30 minutes or a visible injury on an MRI scan with lingering disability. “I find it especially striking that we found such a high prevalence of moderate or severe TBI,” says Jacob. “Our work emphasizes that healthcare workers be aware of the burden of TBI in this population, and how it relates to health and functioning.”

The study was funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research project grant. It was co-authored by researchers from Simon Fraser University, the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, the BC Provincial Neuropsychiatry Program, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, and the UBC Department of Psychiatry.

 

Read more about this study:  

One in two homeless people may have experienced a head injury in their lifetime – UBC News

Half of homeless people have experienced traumatic brain injury: study – Global News

Disturbing new statistic uncovers link between homelessness and brain health – Inverse Online

One in two homeless people have suffered a traumatic brain injury: UBC study – Victoria News

 

 

Department Administration Office Staffing Update

Dear Department Members,

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Danielle Hull, Department Finance Assistant, will be taking her maternity leave in the new year. She will be on leave after December 24th and is scheduled to return on January 4, 2021.

In her absence, Ms. Gloria Park, will be assuming the responsibilities of the Department Finance Assistant position. Gloria has been cross training with Danielle as of November 25th. She can be reached at psychiatry.financeasst@ubc.ca and 604.822.7314 ext 2.

Please join me in welcoming Gloria and wishing Danielle a healthy delivery!

Kind regards,
Amity

 

Amity Chiang, CPHR Candidate
Assistant Human Resources Manager
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 822 7315 | Fax 604 822 7756

Upcoming Strategic Planning Session in Prince George, Monday December 16, 2019

As part of the Department’s Strategic Planning process, we have hosted a series of on-site sessions across the province. These sessions have provided a unique opportunity for face-to-face discussions on a broad range of topics and issues that will have an impact on our Department, and will be instrumental in developing a Strategic Plan for the next 5 years.

We hope to engage all UBC Department of Psychiatry faculty, staff, residents and students in the strategic planning process, and therefore plan to host our final Strategic Planning visit in Prince George, at UHNBC, University Hospital of Northern British Columbia on Monday December 16th, 2019.

Strategic Planning Session in Prince George, BC
Monday December 16, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am

In Person:
University Hospital of Northern British Columbia
1475 Edmonton St, Prince George, BC
UHNBC 5017 

By Phone:
Toll free Teleconference: 1-844-651-2007
Conference ID: 30201

If you are planning on attending this session either in-person or remotely, please RSVP Rachel Schweikert, psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca

 

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you at this session.

 

Best wishes,

Lakshmi

 

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
Regional Head and Regional Program Medical Director, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Healthcare
President, World Federation of Societies for Biological Psychiatry​