April 2012

Leadership Opportunities Available




Appointment Announcements

  • Dr. Pierre Guy was appointed Interim Director, Centre for Hip Health & Mobility effective January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012.
  • Dr. Jan Friedman’s term as Acting Associate Dean, Research, CFRI was extended effective April 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012.
  • Dr. Sharon Salloum was reappointed Associate Dean, MD Undergraduate Program, Student Affairs effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

New Faculty of Medicine approved Centre: Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
The Faculty of Medicine is pleased to announce the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) as our newest Faculty of Medicine approved Centre. This internationally renowned Centre, led by Dr. Aslam Anis, brings together a very talented interdisciplinary group of investigators that is addressing health interventions on populations to understand how to improve health and transform health for the future.

Save the Date: Full Faculty Meeting: May 9
The next Full Faculty Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm at the following locations: UBC Point Grey campus, the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia, Kelowna General Hospital, and via live webcast. Details are available online.

Agenda for the May 2012 Full Faculty Meeting: Email Circulation Only
The agenda for the Full Faculty Meeting on May 9, 2012 will be circulated by email only. In order to update your email address, please contact Communications. The agenda will be circulated by April 18, 2012 and available on the Faculty’s website.

Register now: Population Health and GIS course: Deadline April 20
Population Data BC is offering an online course on Population Health and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from May to August 2012. In this course, students will learn about the geographic nature of population health research, key considerations and limitations in spatial analysis and the application of GIS in health research. Students will learn about linking administrative data to spatial data in order to analyze it spatially, with a particular focus on mapping variations in disease rates.

Register now: Diabetes Educator Course in Vancouver: April 23 – 26
This comprehensive four-day course is for health professionals from a variety of disciplines who face diabetes in practice. The goal is to update your understanding of the complexities of diabetes care, and learn effective approaches to educate those affected by diabetes. It is an ideal course if you are entering the dynamic, specialty field of diabetes education. This course is not specifically designed as preparation for the CDE examination; however it will serve as an excellent review in your preparation to become a certified diabetes educator.

Register now: Transfusion Reaction Education webinar series: April – June
The BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO), in collaboration with the BC Transfusion Medicine Advisory Group (TMAG), will be re-running a six module webinar series, entitled Transfusion Reaction Education for BC Pathologists from April to June. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 6.0 (1.0 per module) Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The CME credits are available to all physicians that take the course (one credit per module) and successfully pass the 8-question quiz at the end. Once this spring session has finished, PBCO will post the links to the webinars as well as all the educational resources on their website.

Call for Nominations: 2012 Royal College AMS Donald R. Wilson Award: Deadline May 1
This award recognizes the seminal work of Dr. Donald Richards Wilson, who, while serving as president of Associated Medical Services (AMS), led the initiative which served as a foundation from which emerged the CanMEDS program of the Royal College. This award is given annually to a medical educator or a leader of a team, program, or department who has demonstrated excellence in integrating the CanMEDS roles into a Royal College or other health related training program. Details about eligibility, nominations, submissions and selection are available online.

Call for Nominations: BCMA 13th Annual Health Promotions Awards: Deadline May 4
The BCMA Health Promotion Awards recognize individuals and organizations working to improve the health and safety of British Columbians by celebrating those who demonstrate leadership in health promotion. There are three separate categories: Corporate Sector, Non-profit Sector and  Individual. Visit the website for information about the nomination criteria, nomination form, submission instructions and selection process.

Call for Proposals: BCcampus 2012 Online Program Development Fund: Internal Deadline May 10
The BCcampus Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) provides an opportunity to develop courses and reusable resources that support online learning collaboratively with educators from BC post-secondary institutions. This year, $500,000 is being made available through this fund. Information about the program and the application form are available online. Please submit applications for unit approval to the office of Dr. David Snadden, Executive Associate Dean, Education, by email to eade.admin@ubc.ca or by mail to 2775 Laurel Street, 11th Floor, GLDHCC, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9.

Registration and Call for abstracts now open: 2nd International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium: September 27 – 29
The 2nd International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium (ISTS2012) is being held September 27-29, 2012 at the University of British Columbia / Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. It will consist of 1.5 days of keynotes, oral presentations by senior scientists and selected abstract submissions, as well as poster sessions. There is also a pre-symposium roundtable discussion, and a one-time only post-symposium clinical workshop led by Jill Cook and Bill Vicenzino. Early registration at reduced fees is available for the first 75 tickets; register now while space is available. Details about the programme, abstract submission, and registration are available online.

MSFHR Knowledge Translation Needs Assessment Survey
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is conducting a survey to determine individual needs and interests for training and resources related to the effective use of health research evidence in health care practice and policy. The target audience for the survey is both researchers AND those who use research evidence in their work. Please note that the survey is anonymous and does not collect any information that will identify you personally or link you with any specific organization.

Curriculum Development Opportunities at Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) is looking for qualified content experts/curriculum developers and content experts/ consultants to develop the following online courses: HLTH 2501 Pathophysiology and HLTH 4001 Social Determinants of Health.

Updated Faculty of Medicine Website
We are pleased to introduce an updated Faculty of Medicine website. The updated website is a reflection of replacing the technology that supports the website (from ACM to WordPress). The navigation and content of the site remain the same with the new look and layout, providing you with access to the same information.

Faculty Executive Minutes
Stay up-to-date on academic matters of the Faculty. Minutes from Faculty Executive meetings are posted to the website monthly.

Contact List
The Faculty of Medicine Contact List has been updated and is available on the Contact page of the website. Please submit any updates and corrections to Elizabeth Kukely.

UBC Announcements


Call for Applications: Peter Wall Institute UBC Visiting Scholar Abroad Award: Deadline April 30
Two Peter Wall Institute awards of $25,000 are available to UBC faculty members who are early or mid-career scholars (pre-tenure or recently tenured) to travel abroad to undertake innovative research that will make a social, ethical, medical, scientific, or other contribution to the country being visited. The objective of the Peter Wall Institute UBC Visiting Scholar Abroad Award is to support research that will have a transformative impact on scholars and situations in the host country, as well as having a transformative impact on the UBC scholar’s intellectual development. Criteria, expectations and application requirements are available on the PWIAS website under “News.”

Call for Applications: Ireland Canada University Foundation – Dobbin Scholarships: Deadline April 30
The Ireland Canada University Foundation offers an annual programme of scholarly exchange awards between the universities of Canada and Ireland. These scholarships are open to scholars of all academic disciplines, and are tenable for travel from Canadian to Irish universities, in order to support the scholar’s research on a topic relating to both countries. The scholarships fund short periods of exchange, typically one month, are valued at CAD $ 7,000, and are targeted at scholars in the early stages of their research career.

Call for Nominations: NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards: Deadline May 1
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Innovation Challenge Awards honour graduate students in the natural sciences or engineering who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by identifying ways in which their research thesis results can be developed into products and processes to benefit Canadians. Since 2004, these awards have recognized and rewarded Canada’s brightest minds. NSERC and a number of private-sector partners jointly fund the Innovation Challenge Awards.

UBC Information Security Awareness Programme
UBC is launching an Information Security Awareness Programme designed to help departments better secure their electronic information. As part of this program, the UBC Information Security Office has made an online security awareness training course available through Vista. This training is available to all UBC employees, including faculty, staff and graduate students, and consists of brief training modules delivered via web videos on topics from mobile devices, to social networking, to telecommuting and more, providing guidance on IT security, education on risks and how to handle them. In our roles at UBC we are all responsible for security. Please help us keep UBC’s data safe. View the videos at www.vista.ubc.ca by logging in with your CWL account and clicking on “UBC Information Security Awareness Training”.

Launch of Early Alert Program
In support of UBC’s goal to create a campus community that is deeply conducive to student wellbeing, Student Development & Services is pleased to announce the launch of Early Alert. With Early Alert, faculty and staff can identify their concerns about students who are facing difficulties sooner and in a more coordinated way. This gives students the earliest possible connection to the right resources and support, before difficulties put their academic success at risk.

College for Interdisciplinary Studies (CFIS) Evolution
On February 15, 2012, the UBC Senate approved a motion to change the mandate and structure of CFIS as of April 1, 2012.  As a result, CFIS research units and their associated graduate programs will transfer to Faculties.  The independent graduate programs currently administered by CFIS (Bioinformatics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Genome Science and Technology, Interdisciplinary Oncology, Neuroscience and Sustainable Building Science Program) will remain in CFIS at this time. For a list of CFIS units and their new Faculty homes, as well as the Senate motion, please see the CFIS website.

UBC Okanagan campus: Office of Educational Research, Planning & Analysis
Effective April 2nd, 2012, the Office of Educational Research, Planning & Analysis, led by Director Stephanie McKeown, will report to the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal. The Office of Educational Research, Planning & Analysis will be working closely with each of the Okanagan campus’ Senior Executives and their portfolios, including those of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, the Provost, the Associate Vice President Students and the Associate Vice President Finance and Administration. The Office of Educational Research, Planning and Analysis provides leadership and direction for campus information support activities that impact policy, planning and management decisions through the analysis, presentation and distribution of data.

UBC Appointment Announcements

  • Pascal Spothelfer was appointed Vice President, Communications and Community Engagement effective May 28, 2012.

UBC Policy Update

UBC’s Policy #106 “Access to and Security of Administrative Information Systems” in conjunction with the UBC Information Security Manual, sets the expectations of the institution with respect to the protection and security of this information. The UBC Information Security Manual has been updated to V2.0, with a focus on the protection of Personally Identifiable Information. The university expects all employees handling administrative, academic or research information to adhere to the Policy and the standard defined in the Manual.