Island Medical Program graduate Dr. Roxanne Mitchell wins prestigious award in psychiatry

Roxanne Mitchell, an Island Medical Program (IMP) graduate from the Class of 2016, has been awarded the “Kristin Sivertz Memorial Prize in Medicine in Psychiatry.”

Dr. Wei-Yi Song and Dr. Roxanne Mitchell.

Dr. Wei-Yi Song and Dr. Roxanne Mitchell.

The Memorial Prize, worth $1,700, has been endowed by colleagues, friends and family of Dr. Kristin Sivertz in recognition of her many accomplishments as a psychiatrist, medical educator, and senior administrator with the UBC Faculty of Medicine for over 25 years.

This prestigious prize is offered to a third- or fourth-year MD student who embodies Dr. Sivertz’s many extraordinary personal qualities by demonstrating development of the core competencies of an exceptional physician early in medical training. Learn more about Dr. Sivertz and her memorial fund here.

According to Dr. Wei-Yi Song, a Clinical Associate Professor in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and the Assistant Program Director for Postgradaute Education in Psychiatry with the Island Medical Program, Dr. Mitchell’s accomplishment comes as no surprise.

“Dr. Mitchell is an exemplary student — she’s well qualified for this prestigious award. We are very fortunate to have Roxy to start her residency in psychiatry on the Island.”

Dr. Song’s enthusiasm was shared by Dr. Mitchell, who also received the Cynthia Honer award for psychiatry in 2015, which recognizes an undergraduate MD student who excels in psychiatry.

“It is truly an honour to be recognized for the ‘Kristin Sivertz Memorial Prize in Medicine in Psychiatry.’ I have had the opportunity to speak to a few who knew Dr. Sivertz professionally, and it’s clear she was an exceptional psychiatrist, teacher and colleague. Thank you to my UBC preceptors for supporting my interest in psychiatry, in particular Drs. Song and Chan. I hope I’ll one day bring the same kind of compassion, wisdom and expertise to my future career in psychiatry as Dr Sivertz did in hers.”