Achievements

Resident Doctors of BC as an association works to support residents in fulfilling their education to become well-informed, prepared and professional physicians to enhance patient care. Resident doctors spend the vast amount of their time in hospitals and clinics training in their specific areas of medical specialty, and Resident Doctors of BC focuses much of our attention in support of that training. However, both the association and its members appreciate the importance of looking outside the hospital and getting involved with the community, both medically and otherwise. We are proud of our members’ contributions to the health of British Columbians and wish to recognize their achievements, and their devotion to supporting the healthcare community and the public. Below is a list of some of our members’ awards, community involvement efforts, interviews they sat for, and their published articles and studies, as well as patient interactions.

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Resident Achievements & Awards

  • 2017

    Dr. Bolu Ogunyemi – Black Business Professional Association
    The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards celebrate excellence in achievement in the African-Canadian community and are awarded to business professionals, other professionals, athletes, academics, artists, and community leaders. Dr. Bolu Ogunyemi will receive the BBPA Harry Jerome Award at the 35th Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

    Drs. Danny Guo, Matthew Karpman, and Boluwaji Ogunyemi – Canadian Dermatology Association
    Drs. Danny Guo, Matthew Karpman, and Boluwaji Ogunyemi received the Early Dermatology Researcher Scholarship on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The Early Dermatology Researcher Scholarship is awarded by the Canadian Dermatology Association to residents and young dermatologists to support their continuing education.

    Dr. Danny Guo – China-North American Dermatology Resident Exchange Program
    This resident exchange program is organized by the North America Chinese Dermatology Association, the Chinese Physician Association National Oversight Committee for Dermatology Residency Training, and Chinese Dermatologist Association. Dr. Danny Guo will attend a special 3-day exchange program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston lead by Dr. Dirk Elston. Dr. Danny Guo is the only Canadian resident to receive this award and it was announced on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

    Dr. Danny Guo – ASDS Premier Annual Resident Cosmetic Symposium
    This scholarship was awarded to Dr. Danny Guo to attend the ASDS resident cosmetic symposium, a three-day event held in Dallas, Texas on April 28 – 30, 2017.

  • 2016

    Dr. Marisa G. Ponzo – Dr. Frederick Kalz Busary 
    Dr. Marisa G. Ponzo was awarded the Dr. Frederick Kalz Bursary on Thursday, December 8, 2016. The Dr. Frederick Kalz Bursary is awarded to dermatology residents who plan to attain a research-focused learning experience related to the study of the skin.

  • 2015

    Dr. Stephanie Appleby – The A.A. Earn Memorial Award
    Awarded to a resident who effectively works within a healthcare team to achieve optimal patient care.  Dr. Appleby was the 2015 recipient.

    Dr. Stuart Grey – BCCFP Resident Leadership Award
    Dr. Gray was awarded the BC College of Family Physicians Resident Leadership Award for 2015. This award is presented annually to a graduating R2 in Family Medicine.

    Dr. Ka Wei Leong – R.O. Jones Best Paper Award
    Dr. Leong was awarded the Canadian Psychiatric Association 2015 R.O. Jones Best Paper Award for “Somatic Treatments for Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders: A Case Series on the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy”

    Dr. Christopher Fordyce – K.J.R. Wightman Ethics Award for Scholarship Ethics
    The Royal College presents this award for scholarship in ethics for the best scholarly paper presented by a resident registered in a postgraduate program. The award is named for Dr. Keith J.R. Wightman, Sir John and Lady Eaton Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto Medical School from 1960 to 1970. Dr. Fordyce was presented with the 2015 award for his paper entitled “Engaging patients of medical emergencies to improve the community consultation process.”

    Dr. Pouya Azar – CanMEDS Award
    Awarded annually at the Psychiatry Research Day; this peer selected award is presented to the Resident who best exemplifies the CanMEDS Competencies of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar & Professional.
    Dr. Azar was the first place finisher for 2015, for additional places please visit the UBC Psychiatry awards.

    Drs. Stacy Cormack and Pouya Azar – Undergradate Teaching Award
    Drs. Cormack and Azar received this award at the 2015 Psychiatry Research Day for their excellence in Clinical Teaching.

    Drs. Priyanka Halli and Alexander Leung – The Emily Ellingsen Prize for Significant Contribution to the UBC Residency Program
    Drs. Halli and Leung received this peer nominated award to recognize their outstanding contributions to the psychiatry residency program that have resulted in improvements in the training, professional development and/or camaraderie amongst residents.

    Dr. Alex Leung – Significant Leadership Award
    This award is presented annually at the Psychiatry Research Day to recognize consistent and outstanding leadership within the residency program and/or in other community activities.

    Dr. Petra Stephen – Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award
    Dr. Stephen was presented the Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for excellence in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

    Dr. Pouya Azar – Dr. Brian Morris Memorial Award
    Dr. Azar was awarded this award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for displaying compassion and empathy combined with clinical excellence.

    Dr. John Tavares – Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award
    This award is presented at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day to a Resident who has a strong interest in psychotherapy; has exceeded standard expectations in acquiring psychotherapy skills and has demonstrated evidence of positive development as a psychotherapist.

    Dr. Stephanie Chartier-Plante – C.H. Scudmore HPB Award
    Dr. Stephanie Chartier-Plante was presented the C.H. Scudmore HPB award, which is presented annually to the resident that demonstrates the highest qualities of surgical excellence in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery

    Dr. Andrew Thamboo – Resident Teacher Award and Holibitsky Memorial Award
    Dr. Andrew Thamboo was presented with the Department of surgery’s 2015 Best Resident Teacher Award, and the Holibitsky Memorial Award, which is presented to the surgical resident who demonstrates the highest qualities of surgical excellence.

  • 2014

    Dr. Christina Botro – CFRI/BC Children’s Hospital Studentship, Gantt Research Team
    Dr. Botro received a Centre for International Child Health Summer Studentship to study correlates of acquisition and immune control of primary EBV infection in Ugandan infants.

    Dr. Carolina Escudero – Outstanding Achievement
    Dr. Escudero was awarded the Outstanding Achievement by a Clinical Subspecialty Resident of Fellow from the Child and Family Research Institute. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a clinical sub-specialty Resident or Fellow whose research initiatives have been pursued in a conscientious, original and competent manner, and who has the potential for academic excellence in their future career in their chosen specialty.

    Dr. Mary Dunbar – Outstanding Achievement
    Dr. Dunbar was recognized by the Child and Family Research Institute in 2011 for outstanding achievement. This is presented to a resident whose scholarly activity, industry and commitment to the research endeavor are an example to other trainees, and who has contributed to advances in child, youth and women’s health.

    Drs. Chris Zroback and Gareth Eeson – The Stevens Norvell Award
    Dr. Zroback was awarded the Stevens Norvell Award for the second highest score on the CAGS In-Training exam out of all R2s in Canada. Dr. Eeson also received the award, as he tied for the highest score for R5s and R6s.

    Drs. Kristel Lobo Prabhu and Sarah Moore – Excellence in Teaching Award
    Drs. Lobo Prabhu and Moore were presented the 2014 Canadian Association of General Surgeons Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Canadian Surgery Forum in September. The award is granted by each residency program based on their individual criteria.

    Dr. Jennifer Baxter – Leadership Award
    At the 2014 Family Medicine Forum in Quebec, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Jennifer Baxter the Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award.
    These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding senior residents from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs.

    Dr. Carrie Ching – Research Award
    At the 2014 Family Medicine Forum in Quebec City, Dr. Carrie Ching was presented with a Research Award for her work on Antiviral therapy for genital herpes in the prevention of HIV transmission.
    The Research Award is presented annually to recognize family medicine residents for excellent research.

    Dr. Kali Gartner – Award for Scholarly Achievement
    At the 2014 Family Medicine Forum in Quebec, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Kali Gartner the Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarly Achievement.
    This award is intended to stimulate family medicine research and innovation in education and recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments by family medicine residents (R1, R2, R3).

    Dr. Paul Blackburn – The Emily Ellingsen Prize for Significant Contribution to the UBC Residency Program
    Dr. Blackburn received this peer nominated award to recognize his outstanding contributions to the psychiatry residency program that have resulted in improvements in the training, professional development and/or camaraderie amongst residents.

    Drs. Paul Blackburn and Shari Bozorg – Significant Leadership Award
    This award is presented annually at the Psychiatry Research Day to recognize consistent and outstanding leadership within the residency program and/or in other community activities.

    Drs. Smita Naidoo, Ivana Jakovljevic, and Julia Gibson – CanMEDS Award
    Awarded annually at the Psychiatry Research Day; this peer selected award is presented to the Resident who best exemplifies the CanMEDS Competencies of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar & Professional.
    Drs. Naidoo, Jakovljevic and Gibson were the first place finishers for 2014, for additional places please visit the UBC Psychiatry awards.

    Dr. Michelle van den Engh – Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award
    This award is presented at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day to a Resident who has a strong interest in psychotherapy; has exceeded standard expectations in acquiring psychotherapy skills and has demonstrated evidence of positive development as a psychotherapist.

    Drs. Ashley Jewett and Margaret Wong – Resident Undergraduate Teaching Award
    Drs. Jewett and Wong received this award at the Psychiatry research day for their excellence in Clinical Teaching

    Dr. Arun Jagdeo - 2014 Changemaker Award recipient

    Dr. Arun Jagdeo – 2014 Changemaker Award recipient

    Dr. Arun Jagdeo – Changemaker Award
    The Changemaker Award recognizes medical residents and students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the cause of advancing the policies, views, and goals of Doctors of BC; or of a medical resident/student organization in BC, through grassroots advocacy efforts.
    Read an interview with Dr. Jagdeo

     

     

     

     

    Dr. James McKinney – Trainee Excellence in Education
    This award was awarded to Dr. McKinney for his extraordinary accomplishments in all aspects of medical education in the cardiovascular field.

    Dr. Trevor Hartl – Best Resident Teaching Award
    Dr. Hartl was awarded the Best Resident Resident Teaching Award at the annual Surgery Graduation Ceremony.

    Dr. Cailan Macpherson – Dr. C.H. Scudmore HPB Award and Dr. I.B. Houlbitsky Memorial Award
    Dr. Macpherson was presented the Dr. C. H. Scudmore HPB Award for demonstrating the highest qualities of surgical excellence in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery. He was also presented the I.B. Holubitsky Memorial Award for demonstrating surgical excellence and in recognition of outstanding teaching of medical students and fellow residents
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  • 2013

    Dr. Vikram Sabhaney – Outstanding Achievement
    Dr. Sabhaney was awarded the Outstanding Achievement by a Clinical Subspecialty Resident of Fellow from the Child and Family Research Institute. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a clinical sub-specialty Resident or Fellow whose research initiatives have been pursued in a conscientious, original and competent manner, and who has the potential for academic excellence in their future career in their chosen specialty.

    Dr. Brett Mador – The Stevens Norvell Award
    Dr. Mador was awarded the Stevens Norvell Award for the second highest score on the CAGS In-Training exam out of all R4s in Canada

    Dr. Gareth Eeson – Excellence in Teaching Award
    Dr. Eeson was presented the 2013 Canadian Association of General Surgeons Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Canadian Surgery Forum in September. The award is granted by each residency program based on their individual criteria.

    Drs. Ilana Shawn and Kathryn Wynn – Brian Morris Award
    Drs. Shawn and Wynn were awarded this award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for displaying compassion and empathy combined with clinical excellence.

    Dr. Alan Bates – Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award
    Dr. Bates was presented the Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for excellence in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

    Drs. Sebastien Chow and Faiza Somji – CanMEDS Award
    Awarded annually at the Psychiatry Research Day; this peer-selected award is presented to the Resident who best exemplifies the CanMEDS Competencies of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar & Professional.
    Drs. Chow and Somji were the first place finishers for 2013, for additional places please visit the UBC Psychiatry awards.

    Dr. Tamara Salih – Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award
    This award is presented at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day to a Resident who has a strong interest in psychotherapy; has exceeded standard expectations in acquiring psychotherapy skills and has demonstrated evidence of positive development as a psychotherapist.

    Dr. Paul Blackburn – Resident Undergraduate Teaching Award
    Drs. Blackburn received this award at the Psychiatry research day for his excellence in Clinical Teaching.

    Dr. Kevin Wong – Significant Leadership Award and The Emily Ellingsen Prize for Significant Contribution to the UBC Psychiatry Residency Program
    Dr. Wong was presented the Significant Leadership Award to recognize consistent and outstanding leadership within the residency program and/or in other community activities. He also received the peer-nominated award, The Emily Ellingsen Prize to recognize outstanding contributions to the psychiatry residency program that have resulted in improvements in the training, professional development and/or camaraderie amongst residents.

    Dr. James Saunders – Best Resident Teaching Award
    Dr. Saunders was awarded the Best Resident Resident Teaching Award at the annual Surgery Graduation Ceremony.

    Dr. Jonathan Misskey – Dr. H.D. Hildebrand Award for Excellence
    This award is presented annually to a Junior Resident for outstanding service and with greatest promise as a vascular surgeon.

    Dr. Tamir Ailon – Dr. I.B. Holubitsky Memorial Award
    This award is presented annually to the surgical resident who demonstrates the highest qualities of surgical excellence and in recognition of outstanding clinical teaching of medical students and fellow residents.

    Dr. Daniel Jenkin – Dr. C.H. Scudamore HPB Award
    This award is Presented annually to the surgical resident who demonstrates the highest qualities of surgical excellence in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery.

    Dr. Stephanie Vandenberg – Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarly Achievement
    At the 2013 Family Medicine Forum, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Vandenberg the Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarly Achievement.
    This award is intended to stimulate family medicine research and innovation in education and recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments by family medicine residents (R1, R2, R3).

    Dr. Stacey Erven – Leadership Award for Family Medicine Residents (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    At the 2014 Family Medicine Forum in Quebec, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Jennifer Baxter the Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award.
    These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding senior residents from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs.

    Dr. Piotr Klakowicz – Research Award for Family Medicine Residents (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    At the 2013 Family Medicine Forum, Dr. Klakowicz was presented with a Research Award for his work “Decreasing the mortality gap between HIV positive Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Vancouver inner-city centre — 2007-2012.”
    The Research Award is presented annually to recognize family medicine residents for excellent research.

    Dr. Arun Jagdeo – Kristin Silvertz Resident Leadership Award (International Conference on Residency Education)
    Dr. Arun Jagdeo was awarded the 2013 Kristin Silvertz Resident Leadership Award at the International Conference on Residency Education.
    This award is presented annually to residents who have demonstrated leadership in specialty education and encourages the development of future leaders.

    Dr. Asher Mendelson – Associate Abstract Competition Research poster award (American College of Physicians)
    Dr. Mendelson received the award in San Fransico for his work “The Efficacy and Biocompatibility of a Novel Polymer-based Solution in a Rodent Model of Peritoneal Dialysis, which was selected in the basic research, Internal Medicine division.

  • 2012

    Dr. Magda Rescky – Excellence in Teaching Award
    Dr. Rescky was presented the 2012 Canadian Association of General Surgeons Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Canadian Surgery Forum in September. The award is granted by each residency program based on their individual criteria.

    Dr. Genevieve Eastabrook – Outstanding Achievement
    Dr. Eastabrook was awarded the Outstanding Achievement by a Clinical Subspecialty Resident of Fellow from the Child and Family Research Institute. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a clinical sub-specialty Resident or Fellow whose research initiatives have been pursued in a conscientious, original and competent manner, and who has the potential for academic excellence in their future career in their chosen specialty.

    Dr. Kristopher Kang – Outstanding Achievement
    Dr. Kang was awarded the Outstanding Achievement by a Resident from the Child and Family Research Institute. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a resident whose scholarly activity, industry and commitment to the research endeavor are an example to other trainees, and who has contributed to advances in child, youth and women’s health.

    Dr. Joanna Cheek – Mythbusters Award
    Dr. Cheek was awarded the Mythbusters Award by the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvement. It was awarded for her Mythbusters article: Myth: Reframing Mental Illness as a ‘Brain Disease’ Reduces Stigma

    Dr. Alan Bates – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP Award
    Dr. Bates was awarded both of these awards for his work with the Vancouver Street Soccer League. Read the leagues history for details of Dr. Bate’s involvement.

    Dr. Sandra Jenneson – CAEP Penelope Gray-Allan Memorial CJEM Award
    Dr. Jenneson was this national award is given to the best “Humanity” article submitted by a Canadian Resident in an RCPS-EM or CFPC-EM Residency program to the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. Her submission was titled The Human Heart.

    Dr. Erin Burrell – Brian Morris Award
    Dr. Burrell was awarded this award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for displaying compassion and empathy combined with clinical excellence.

    Dr. Alison Gregson – Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award
    Dr. Gregson was presented the Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for excellence in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

    Dr. Kevin Wong – CanMEDS Award
    Awarded annually at the Psychiatry Research Day; this peer selected award is presented to the Resident who best exemplifies the CanMEDS Competencies of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar & Professional.
    Dr.Wong won first place for 2012, for additional places please visit the UBC Psychiatry awards.

    Dr. Kristjana Cameron – Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award
    This award is presented at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day to a Resident who has a strong interest in psychotherapy; has exceeded standard expectations in acquiring psychotherapy skills and has demonstrated evidence of positive development as a psychotherapist.

    Dr. Jennifer Barley – Resident Undergraduate Teaching Award
    Dr. Barley received this award at the Psychiatry research day for her excellence in Clinical Teaching

    Dr. Alan Bates – Significant Leadership Award and The Emily Ellingsen Prize for Significant Contribution to the UBC Psychiatry Residency Program
    Dr. Bates was presented the Significant Leadership Award to recognize consistent and outstanding leadership within the residency program and/or in other community activities. He also received the peer nominated award, The Emily Ellingsen Prize to recognize outstanding contributions to the psychiatry residency program that have resulted in improvements in the training, professional development and/or camaraderie amongst residents.

    Dr. Farhana Shariff – Dr. H.D. Hildebrand Award for Excellence
    This award is presented annually to a Junior Resident for outstanding service and who shows great promise as a vascular surgeon.

    Dr. Vanessa J. Fawcett – Dr. I.B. Holubitsky Memorial Award
    This award is presented annually to the surgical resident who demonstrates the highest qualities of surgical excellence and in recognition of outstanding clinical teaching of medical students and fellow residents.

    Dr. James Makokis – Family Medicine Resident Awards for Scholarship
    At the 2012 Family Medicine Forum, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Makokis the Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarly Achievement.
    This award is intended to stimulate family medicine research and innovation in education and recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments by family medicine residents (R1, R2, R3).

    Dr. Crystal Cheung – Leadership Awards for Family Medicine Residents (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    At the 2012 Family Medicine Forum, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Cheung the Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award.
    These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding senior residents from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs.

    Dr. Simon Moore – Research Award (BC College of Family Physicians)

    “These awards support original research work carried out by practicing family physician members of the British Columbia College of Family Physicians (BCCFP), postgraduate family medicine residents and medical students enrolled at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Recipients of the BCCFP Research Awards are required to provide a final report in the form of a written manuscript, a journal article, or a conference abstract with accompanying poster or PowerPoint (PPT) presentation.

    Dr. Simon Moore won this award for his work, “Are You Ready for an Office Code Blue?

  • 2011

    Dr. Paul Yong – Outstanding Achievement by a Resident
    Dr. Yong was recognized by the Child and Family Research Institute in 2011 for outstanding achievement. This is presented to a resident whose scholarly activity, industry and commitment to the research endeavor are an example to other trainees, and who has contributed to advances in child, youth and women’s health.

    Dr. Jason Faulds – Excellence in Teaching
    Dr. Faulds was presented the 2011 Canadian Association of General Surgeons Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Canadian Surgery Forum in September. The award is granted by each residency program based on their individual criteria.

    Dr. Jennifer Wide – Brian Morris Award
    Dr. Wide was awarded this award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for displaying compassion and empathy combined with clinical excellence.

    Dr. Carl Wiebe – Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award
    Dr. Wiebe was presented the Dr. Robert Kitchen Memorial Award at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day for excellence in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

    Drs. Alan Bates and Fidel Vila-Rodriguez – CanMEDS Award
    Awarded annually at the Psychiatry Research Day; this peer-selected award is presented to the Resident who best exemplifies the CanMEDS Competencies of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar & Professional.
    Drs. Bates and Vila-Rodriguez were the first place finishers for 2011, for additional places please visit the UBC Psychiatry awards.

    Dr. Summer Telio – Postgraduate Psychotherapy Award
    This award is presented at the UBC Psychiatry Research Day to a Resident who has a strong interest in psychotherapy; has exceeded standard expectations in acquiring psychotherapy skills and has demonstrated evidence of positive development as a psychotherapist.

    Dr. Kathryn Wynn – Resident Undergraduate Teaching Award
    Dr. Wynn received this award at the Psychiatry research day for her excellence in Clinical Teaching

    Dr. Cameron Anderson – The Emily Ellingsen Prize for Significant Contribution to the UBC Psychiatry Residency Program
    Dr. Anderson received this peer-nominated award to recognize his outstanding contributions to the psychiatry residency program that have resulted in improvements in the training, professional development and/or camaraderie amongst residents.

    Dr. Alan Bates – Significant Leadership Award
    This award is presented annually at the Psychiatry Research Day to recognize consistent and outstanding leadership within the residency program and/or in other community activities.

    Dr. Michael Yamashita – Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Resident Award (Canadian Cardiovascular Society)
    In 2011, Dr. Michael Yamashita was awarded the Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Resident Award at the annual Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC). This award was created in honour of Dr. Paul Cartier, and is sponsored by the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons (CSCS). It is presented annually to a resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of cardiac surgery through basic science or clinical research, and who has demonstrated promise for a distinguished academic career in cardiac surgery.

    Dr. Rita McCracken – Early Career Development Award (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    This award recognizes the efforts of new family physician leaders of tomorrow for their outstanding contributions today. Recipients exemplify the following criteria: leadership; innovation; initiative; and dedication.

    Dr. Margaret Manville – Research Award (BC College of Family Physicians)
    Dr. Manville was awarded the 2011 BC College of Family Physicians Research Award for her work, “Improving Outcomes for Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Patients: A Practical Approach to Post- Acute Care.”

    Dr. Steve Yau – Leadership Award for Family Medicine Residents (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    At the 2011 Family Medicine Forum, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Yau the Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award.
    These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding senior residents from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs.

    Dr. Venetia Mah – Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarship (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    At the 2011 Family Medicine Forum, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Dr. Mah the Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarship.
    This award is intended to stimulate family medicine research and innovation in education and recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments by family medicine residents (R1, R2, R3).

Residents' Community Involvement

Drs. Kurt Deschner and Justine Spencer – National Pharmacare Strategy
The reputation of universality and equity that we believe the Canadian health care system to be rooted in is challenged and deprecated by the second, largest source of healthcare costs—medications. Access to medicines is not universal at all! With 19 publicly funded drug plans and over 1,000 private insurance programs nationwide, Canada’s prescription medications are supplied with many left uncovered. Universal Pharmacare was first recommended by a Royal Commission on Health in 1964. More than 50 years later, the misconception that Universal Pharmacare is too expensive has consistently prevailed. Nevertheless, with 1 in 4 Canadian households unable to pay for medicines to put food on the table, deliberation has been revitalized. A landmark article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2015, describes the cost-benefit analysis of universal public drug coverage as reducing total spending on prescription drugs in Canada by approximately $7.3 billion. A petition created by Drs. Kurt Deschner and Justine Spencer in November 2016, aims to inform you of the current environment surrounding medicines in Canada, and discusses how a National Pharmacare Strategy will drive costs down, and what you, as the doctors of tomorrow, can do to make this a reality.

Dr. Laura Goodison – Voices of YQL
Kimberly Tams sit down with Doctor Karin Goodison of Alberta Health Services to discuss skin cancer awareness (May 2015)

Dr. Eiman Zargaran – Trauma Surveillance App
Dr. Eiman Zargaran, with his research supervisor, created a tablet-based solution to be used by front line trauma clinicians in Cape Town so they could complete their charting duties at the point of care.
Dr. Zargaran was inspired to find this solution while on rotation in Cape Town and was met with a large backlog of trauma records and an out of date database.
Since implementation in the spring of 2014, the app — which also analyzes the initial assessment, resuscitation, operation, and discharge data to generate a real-time and self-populating trauma registry — has logged well over 15,000 trauma patients.
Read about the app, and its impact in this UBC article.

Sunshine Foundation DreamLift 2014
On December 10, 2014, Resident Doctors of BC participated in the Sunshine Foundation‘s DreamLift program. Board Member Dr. Paxton Bach, past Board Member Dr. Eric Hui, and Executive Director Ms. Pria Sandhu, joined numerous other volunteers to take 67 sick or disabled children on a whirlwind 24 hour trip to Disneyland, with no parents in sight. The kids had a blast and despite the exhaustion of the long day, they all landed with big smiles.

Dr. Daniel Penman – UBC Faculty of Medicine interview
“Homegrown doctors – the story of Dan Penman” (December 2014)

Dr. Tyler May – Alberta Health Services
“Family physician comes home and sets up practice”. (July 2013)

Sunshine Foundation Gala – Evening of Dreams
Resident Doctors of BC was a participating sponsor for the Sunshine Foundation’s Evening of Dreams Gala on September 19, 2014, at the Pan Pacific Hotel. It was a night of dining, entertainment, prizes, and a live auction, with all proceeds going to support the Sunshine Foundation and its charity efforts. The Evening of Dreams is one of many events put on by the Sunshine Foundation.

Drs. Tymothy Frank and Jeff Potter – USTOP
Drs. Tymothy Frank and Jeff Potter were a part of the April 2014 USTOP trip. USTOP or Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program is a partnership between the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Makerere University. It began in 2008 to improve the education of surgical trainees, nurses, and paramedical personnel in the care of individuals with traumatic injury, from entry to full rehabilitation. Read the trip report.

Resident Library
Resident LibraryOn March 10th, 2014, Resident Doctors of BC, in partnership with the Medical Undergraduate Society, hosted Resident Library. This networking event gives medical students the opportunity to ask current residents questions about the potential areas of specialty they may want to pursue. 65 medical students attended the event to meet residents and learn more about studying and practising medicine in British Columbia.

 

 

 

Dr. Megan Kilvert – Resident Mental Health Initiative
To address the stress and pressure associated with medical residency in pediatrics, Dr. Megan Kilvert created a confidential resident-only forum called Ice Cream Rounds in 2014. This forum is held every 2 – 3 months and is hosted by a registered clinical counselor. It creates an opportunity for residents to share their highs and lows with each other, and indulge in an ice cream sundae.
Read an interview with Dr. Kilvert.

Resident Awareness Day Volunteers
As part of Resident Awareness Week 2014, residents connected with the community by volunteering at the Dugout, a drop-in centre in Vancouver, serving breakfast and interacting with the public in a non-medical setting.
“We work with [the downtown east side] population in hospitals and clinics all the time, but often miss out on some of the daily activities that many of these individuals need to do to survive,” says Dr. Daniel Heffner, one of the resident volunteers at the Dugout. “As a public health resident it reinforced the importance of food security among marginalized populations.”

 

 

Dr. Will Guest
By 2013, the 25-year-old UBC student earned an MD and a PhD, and according to Maclean’s Magazine was in the process of patenting an algorithm “that could have implications for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).”

Dr. Annie Chou – Crisis Centre
For 15 rewarding years, Dr. Annie Chou has been involved at The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, also known as the Vancouver Crisis Centre (www.crisiscentre.bc.ca). Initially a volunteer on the distress line, Dr. Chou helped callers deeal with issues ranging from a small disagreement to a suicide in progress. Dr. Chou branched out to the Community Education Program and provided countless workshops on stress management and suicide awareness to high schools in Vancouver. Dr. Chou added volunteer training to her repertoire by providing expertise and instilling confidence to new volunteers. After volunteering more than 1,000 hours on the lines for more than 10 years, Dr. Chou stepped up to join the Board of Directors and eventually served as 2nd Vice President, and then 1st Vice President, before her career got busy. Dr. Chou remains supportive in her role as a Director.

Dr. Sadiq Abdullah – The Province
A peek into the life of a first-year resident: “The intern’s progress” (September 2012)
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  • Royal Columbian Hospital - Patient Interactions

    Love working ċ Worked with an ER resident we did an open thoracotomy. confident + amazing experience.

    My pt needed an addictions consult & he helped get one in within 30 mins It was amazing! After he had been on call for 36hrs.

    Last year my daughter, who was playing rugby at the time, was hurt at practice. A fellow colleague fell on her and she had rib pain. We went to ER – RCH and she was seen by a resident in ER, had x ray and a physical exam. There was a small shadow on one of her ribs, we were not sure if it was cracked or not, but for sure was not #. With the advice of lady resident, we went home reassured. With ice and rest, my daughter recovered and next week went for practice again. Thank you lady resident.

    When I got hurt at work & assessed me & give me medication.

    M. Travelbea. They help lots!

    When I worked in ER, they had many residents Helped answer questions, order meds & communicate & ERP

    Prepared my for my first call shift as a med student

  • St. Paul's Hospital - Patient Interactions

    As part of Resident Awareness Week, we asked people that visited our awareness booths to tell us about a time where a resident doctor helped them. Here are some of their stories:

    Lindsey Anderson, compassionate, kind, caring individual! Made us feel comfortable, professional. Kept us up to date on procedures and plans for care. Thank-you for caring. –Jim & Sandra Lambie, Dartmouth Nova Scotia

    When I was on my first rotation I had a patient get extremely sick, I paged a senior resident who was in the OR and covering the ward He rushed down to help me despite being from a different team. It goes to show that residents care about all patients and patient needs of patients over anything else

    I arrived at Emergency at 1:30am with a broken hip, a resident made the call that I should wait until morning for ortho. This was the same doctor who fixed my severed food 20 years ago. The resident was not aware of my history that new this was my best choice for ortho.

    Resident helped me during my admission. I had collapsed and hard time breathing. He went the extra mile to get me breathing again, had all the tests and scans done with me at 4:00am he ended up staying with me until I was doing better. I am currently working on 8A – Mary

    I was admitted for 3-4 weeks and the residents came by and we talked about stories around the hospital, they also kept me company during my stay

    My mom had a bunch of questions about her upcoming procedure that were not being answered. A blonde resident came in and answered all her questions and made her feel more comfortable going forward with the procedure.

    When my patient went unconscious, my resident doctor in the unit helped CPR and brought patient back to his bed

    A resident helped me with d/c planning for a client on 9A, he was great!

    A resident helped me with a clarity order

    A Resident doctor showed me there is nice wealthy people and that they care about more than patients

  • 2015

    Dr. Eiman Zargaran

    UBC general surgery resident helps develop an app to support low-resource trauma centres around the world.” (July 28, 2015)

    Dr. Martin Smoragiewicz – Cancer Journal

    Dr. Smoragiewicz was a part author of a paper published in Cancer, “Risk Factors and Model for Predicting Toxicity-Related Treatment Discontinuation in Patients With Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Treated With Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor–Targeted Therapy: Results From the International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium“. They found that age, glomerular filtration rate, number of metastatic sites, and baseline sodium level were found to be independent risk factors for toxicity-related treatment discontinuation (TrTD) in metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients receiving vascular endothelial growth factor-targeted therapy. Based on the number of risk factors present, they built a model for predicting TrTD to be used as a tool for toxicity monitoring in clinical practice.

    Resident Doctors of BC – Sunshine Foundation: Big Nights, Big Dreams

    Resident Doctors of BC made a donation to the Sunshine Foundation to support their event Bright Nights Big Dreams, which raises fund to send children with terminal illness or severe physical disabilities on a DreamLift, a whirlwind trip to special locations like Disney Land.

    Drs. Laura Chng, Camilla Guan, Chad Johnson, and David Stockton – USTOP

    Drs. Chng, Guan, Johnson, and Stockton were a part of the September 2015 USTOP trip. USTOP or Uganada Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program is a partnership between the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Makerere University. It began in 2008 to improve the education of surgical trainees, nurses and paramedical personnel in the care of individuals with traumatic injury, from entry to full rehabilitation. Read the trip report from the visit.

    I got involved with USTOP on the recommendation of a friend who had been previously on a trip, and I was very thankful I took his advice. Despite doing my research prior to the trip, I was taken aback by the surgical conditions that exist in low-income countries like Uganda. I gained a new appreciation for important orthopaedic complications like malunion, nonunion, and infection; conditions that we residents don’t get as much exposure to thanks to the improved care that patients recieve in developed countries. Most importantly, I saw first hand the difference that education can have in improving health care in these environments. Over many years, the USTOP program has partnered with Makarere University to develop its Orthopaedic Surgery residency program. I worked with a number of recent graduates from the program who are now getting started in their own practices, and I saw some of the new challenges that they face in trying to address the high demand for fracture care with scarce resources available. They address each new problem armed with basic orthopaedic principles and a determination, a lesson that I will carry with me throughout my orthopaedic career.
    I think its important for residents to take advantage of opportunities to expand our perspective of our chosen disciplines, and I would highly recommend getting involved with established programs like the Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program. —Dr. David Stockton

    Dr. Martin Smoragiewicz – Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology

    Dr. Smoragiewicz and his co-authors were published in the June edition of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology for their article “Surveillance for asymptomatic recurrence in resected stage III colon cancer: does it result in a more favorable outcome?“. They found that the overall survival impact of detecting asymptomatic recurrences in stage III colon cancer was unclear, but those with asymptomatic recurrences were more likely to receive potentially curative metastasectomy and chemotherapy.

    Dr. Martin Smoragiewicz – The Lancet Oncology

    Dr. Smoragiewicz was a part author on an article published in The Lancet Oncology, “The International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium model as a prognostic tool in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma previously treated with first-line targeted therapy: a population-based study” which found that the international metastic renal cell carcinoma database consortium (IMDC) prognostic model can be applied to patients previously treated with targeted therapy, in addition to previously validated populations in first-line targeted therapy. The IMDC prognostic model in the second-line targeted therapy setting has an improved prognostic performance and is applicable to a more contemporary patient cohort than that of the three-factor MSKCC model.

    Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo – Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology

    Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo, and his co-authors were published in the March edition of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology for their research on the association between phoshodiesterase-5 inhibitors and nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. They did not find an association between having a prescription filled for PDE-5 inhibitor medication and receiving a diagnosis code for NAION.

    Dr. Martin Hyrcza – American Journal of Surgical Pathology

    Dr. Martin Hyrcza was an author on a paper published in the March 2015 edition of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology. This study examines the presence of the EWSR1 rearrangement in a variety of clear cell salivary gland carcinomas with myoepithelial differentiation.

    Read the full article

    Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo – Journal of Glaucoma

    Dr. Nathoo and colleagues were published in the February edition of the Journal of Glaucoma for their research into the association between glaucoma, glaucoma therapies, and erectile dysfunction. Their results confirmed that there is an association between ED and glaucoma that cannot be attributed to topical BB use and that further research is required.

    Dr. Shilo Lefresne – Supportive Care in Cancer

    Dr. Lefresne, with many colleagues from the Radiation Therapy Program at the BC Cancer Agency were published in the January 2015 edition of Supportive Cancer Care. Their article “The Vancouver rapid access clinic for palliative lung radiation, providing more than just rapid access” highlights how the clinic has increased patient access to supportive services and improved physician workload.

    Dr. Annie Chou – Canadian Journal of Cardiology

    Dr. Annie Chou et al. published a case series in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology on Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection Misdiagnosed as Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

    Dr. Annie Chou with Dr. G.B. John Mancini was also published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology for her review of Warfarin Monotherapy in Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Stable Coronary Disease One Year After Myocardial Infarction/Stent

    Dr. Calvin Ke – Diabetes Research

    Dr.-Calvin-KeDr. Calvin Ke helped to uncover a rise in type 2 diabetes. He was involved with a research project and was the first author credited on a study published in Diabetic Medicine which noted a drastic increase in Type 2 Diabetes in people under 30 in BC.

    Read about his work in the UBC News.

    Dr. Kaivon Pakzad-Vaezi – American Journal of Ophthalmology

    Dr. Pakzad-Vaezi and colleagues were published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology for their work: “The Corneal Ulcer One-Touch Study: A Simplified Microbiological Specimen Collection Method“. They found that sample results were comparable to those using the multi-sample method, and the single-sample ESwab method is a more accessible and less cumbersome approach to corneal culturing for ophthalmologists, particularly those in the community setting who do not have access to the full set of traditional culture materials.

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  • 2014

  • 2013

    Dr. Adam Weathermon – The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

    Dr. Weathermon was a part author on “EOS Low-Dose Radiography: A Reliable and Accurate Upright Assessment of Lower-Limb Lengths“, an article published in the December 2013 edition of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The article found that upright EOS protocols that utilize a faster speed and lower current are more accurate than CT scanograms and conventional radiographs for the assessment of length and also are associated with a significantly lower radiation exposure. In addition, the ability of this technology to obtain images while subjects are standing upright makes this the ideal modality with which to assess limb alignment in the weight-bearing position. This method has the potential to become the new standard for repeated assessment of lower-limb lengths and alignment in growing children.

    Dr. Julianna Cheng – The Pediatric Journal of Infectious Diseases

    Dr. Cheng et al were published in the December 2013 edition of the Pediatric Journal of Infectious Diseases describing a case of a twelve year old with Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms Syndrome Associated With Antituberculosis Medications.

    Dr. Annie Chou – Canadian Journal of Cardiology

    Dr. Annie Chou with Dr. Jaqueline Saw was published in December 2013 in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology for her article Basis for Sex-Specific Expression of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, Cardiac Syndrome X, and Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.

    She was also published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology as part of a case review involving technology for a patient device related emergency. The Article: Real-time Transmission to Real-time Patient Care: A Tale of 4 Devices

    Drs. Alexandra Shingina and Michael Suen – Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

    Drs. Shingina and Suen with their co-authors were published in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology reviewing the BC experience with sorafenib to assess its effectiveness and tolerance in a ‘real-world’ clinical setting. They found that a ‘real-world’ community setting, a sorafenib dose of 400 mg/day was better tolerated and had similar efficacy compared with a sorafenib dose of 800 mg/day with respect to survival and outcomes. The full article is available here.

    Dr. Amanda Johner – Canadian Journal of Surgery

    Dr. Johner along with many colleagues published a survey of handover practices in acute general surgery in the Canadian Journal of Surgery. Their survey found that handover skills must be taught in a systematic fashion. Improved resident communication will likely decrease loss of patient information and therefore improve ACS patient safety.

    Dr. Marie-Eve Pelletier – USTOP

    Dr. Pelletier was a part of the April 2013 USTOP trip. USTOP or Uganada Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program is a partnership between the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Makerere University. It began in 2008 to improve the education of surgical trainees, nurses and paramedical personnel in the care of individuals with traumatic injury, from entry to full rehabilitation. Read the trip report from the visit.

    Dr. Pelletier returned later in the year on the September 2013 trip to continue working with the partnership. Read the trip report here.

    Dr. Rui Jun Lin – Journal of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

    Dr. Lin and colleagues were published in the Journal of Otolarynogology, for their article noting the association of Clyclin D1 overexpression with poor prognosis in oropharyngeal cancer. The full article is available here.

    2013 Resident Library

    On March 12th, 2013, Resident Doctors of BC, in partnership with the Medical Undergraduate Society, hosted Resident Library. This event gives medical students the opportunity to ask residents questions about potential areas of specialty they may want to pursue. Over 40 medical students attended the event to meet residents and learn more about studying and practicing medicine in BC.

    Dr. Christina Luong – American College of Cardiology

    At the annual American College of Cardiology conference in March 2013, Dr. Christina Luong presented a poster on her study that found RAVI (right atrial volume index) to be a better predictor of cardioversion (a minor electric shock used to revert irregular heart rhythms to normal) than the commonly used LAVI (left atrial volume index).

    Her study included 73 patients from Vancouver General Hospital and found that RAVI was superior to LAVI in predicting who will stay in sinus rhythm after cardioversion, providing 80% accuracy, compared to LAVI’s 67% accuracy.

    Her research is also profiled in UBC Medicine Vol 9 No 1 (Spring 2013)

    Dr. Annie Chou – Journal of the American College of Cardiology

    Dr. Annie Chou with additional authors had their retrospective study; Different ST-Segment Recovery Measures on ECGS Before and After Primary PCU Pedict In-Hospital Adverse Outcomes in an STEMI Population  published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Volume 61 Issue 10 Supplement in March 2013.

    Dr. Katrine Khatchadourian – Pediatrics & Child Health

    Dr. Katchadourian and colleagues published a case in Pediatrics and Child HealthPimples in prepuberty: A five-year-old with an unusual cause of facial comedones

    Dr. Tiffany Winstone – CHEST

    Dr. Winstone was published in the February edition of CHEST for her article on the Epidemic of Lung Cancer in Patients with HIV Infection. It found that the high-rate of cigarette smoking in the HIV population and the aging of the population increased the risk of lung cancer. Smoking cessation and prevention programs were recommended.

    2013 Resident Awareness Day Volunteers

    Dugout Volunteer Group

    As part of Resident Awareness Week 2013, residents connected with the community by volunteering at the Dugout, a drop-in centre in Vancouver They assisted with serving breakfast and had the opportunity to interact with the public in a non-medical setting.

    The Dugout serves soup as their first hot meal of the day at 7:15am sharp to community members. The process for the breakfast meal can almost be described as regimented, and the resident physicians tapped into their training to expertly ladle the exact amount without any wastage. In the span of an hour, 213 members of the community were served with hot coffee, soup, and bread. This occurs every day of the week for the Dugout, and on this particular Saturday morning, resident doctors were able to be part of a different team of experts.

    Dr. Nathan Hoag – Canadian Urology Association Journal

    Dr. Hoag with Drs. Hamidizadeh and MacNeily had their original research, “Undergraduate exposure to urology: impact of the distributed model of medical education in British Columbia“, published in the Canadian Journal of Urology. Their research found that 56% of students felt their exposure to urology was adequate. They concluded that the exposure was also comparable across distributed sites, based on the information provided by the students.

  • 2012

    Dr. Nicole Bennett-Boutilier

    Why I failed medicine” – a moving essay on a resident’s journey from nurse to doctor, striving “to embrace the journey as well as the destination.”

    Dr. Lisa Marie Knowlton

    Dr. Knowlton was the treasurer for the Global Surgical Consortium for two years during her residency. The Global Surgical Consortium provides accurate composite data on key factors affecting access to safe surgery and anesthesia in the poorest countries. Our data raises awareness of critical shortages and deficiencies, while also revealing avenues for improved access, delivery, and safety of surgical care.  In collaboration with respected global partners, GSC supports strategies to address this global surgical crisis through education, training, and provision of needed safety equipment, medications and supplies.

    Dr. Ananta Gurung – Annals of Hepatology

    Dr. Gurung with Drs. Yoshida, Scudamore, Hashim, Erb and Webber published a case report in the Annals of Hepatology Vol. 11 No. 5 on Primary neuroendocrine tumour requiring love donor liver transplantation.

    Drs. Rajan, Widmer, Kim, Dehghan and Alsahafi with Division Head Dr. Levin

    The BC Medical Journal published an article on a quality improvement project undertaken by these residents and the Nephrology Division Head Dr. Levin. The article detailed the success of providing a pocket guide on best practices for managing hyperkalemia to residents. Their review found that during a two week period with the guides best practices were followed 93% of the time, compared with 63% in the two weeks proceeding without the guide.

    Dr. Julianna Caon – Clinical Breast Cancer

    Dr. Caon et al. were published in the December 2012 edition of the Clinical Breast Cancer journal. Their article which was presented as part of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists in 2010 and the American Society for Radiation Oncology in 2010, evaluated treatment and outcomes in a population-based cohort of patients diagnosed with primary breast lymphoma. They concluded that patients with indolent breast lymphoma were most frequently treated with RT alone and achieved high rates of local control and survival. Patients with aggressive histology most often treated with chemotherapy, alone or combined with RT, had excellent local control but lower survival compared with indolent disease. Improved systemic therapies are needed to improve outcomes for patients with aggressive breast lymphoma.

    Dr. Jennifer Gelinas – Neurology

    Dr. Jennifer Gelinas co-authored a paper on Krabbe Disease which was published in Neurology (the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology) in November 2012.

    Drs. Lane Dielwart and Jordan Haythornthwaite – USTOP

    Drs. Dielwart and Haythornthwaites were a part of the September 2012 USTOP trip. USTOP or Uganada Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program is a partnership between the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Makerere University. It began in 2008 to improve the education of surgical trainees, nurses and paramedical personnel in the care of individuals with traumatic injury, from entry to full rehabilitation. Read the trip report from the visit the team they were on or read the resident perspective written by Dr. Dielwart.

    Dr. Kostas Ioannou – Canadian Journal of Cardiology

    Dr. Ioannou was an author on an article published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology examining the Disparity Between Clinical Trials and Registry Outcomes.

    Dr. Alan Bates

    As a fourth year psychiatry resident, Dr. Bates volunteers with the Vancouver Street Soccer League.

    I’ve continued to volunteer as a Street Soccer organizer and coach throughout residency because it’s such a rewarding experience. One of the great things about being a doctor is the times when you get to see patients overcome huge obstacles to achieve better health. I’ve witnessed Street Soccer players go through similar inspirational transformations. For example, one of our players, who was a self-described crystal meth addict three years ago, now plays soccer or runs every day, and is about to participate in the Vancouver Marathon. Through making soccer, running, and his role as a leader on his team major parts of his identity he’s become a very different person.

    Interacting with residents of the Downtown Eastside outside of crisis situations in the Emergency Department has really given me a different perspective on the people who live there. Players tell their coach things they wouldn’t tell their doctor (and vice versa). People become much more multi- dimensional. You learn the guy with severe mental illness has an electrical engineering degree, the woman with only nine fingers is still an amazing piano player, and the guy with stimulant dependence used to play in the CFL. Everyone’s unique story is full of surprises.

    Dr. Kimberly Rutherford – Medical Education

    Dr. Rutherford was published in Medical Education discussing “Development of expertise in mental health service provision for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities“. She and her coauthors concluded that there are few opportunities for medical providers to access training and gain expertise in the provision of care to LGBT people, and further research should be done to determine if this contributes to the health disparities of the community.

    Dr. Doug Brown

    In the November 2012 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Doug Brown and his collaborators conducted a literature review and concluded that hypothermia victims whose hearts have stopped functioning should be transported to a medical facility with advanced heart and lung support equipment, even if that means longer travel time.

    Our review shows that hypothermic patients can tolerate many hours of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and still have a good neurologic outcome. Transporting a patient to a hospital with advanced heart and lung support increases the odds of surviving hypothermia-induced cardiac arrest, so much that it’s worth the trip.

    This research will guide updates to the British Columbia Ambulance Service Treatment Guidelines.

    His research is also profiled in UBC Medicine Vol 9 No 1 (Spring 2013)

    Dr. Shaila Merchant – American Journal of Surgery

    Dr.  Merchant and others had their study “Practice referral patterns and outcomes in patients with primary retroperitoneal sarcoma in British Columbia” published in the May edition of the American Journal of Surgery. The study found that referral before surgery is associated with higher rates of complete resection and the use of adjuvant radiation

    Dr. Tournesol Gregory – Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery

    Dr. Gregory, with Drs. Liu, Machuk and Arenja reviewed what happens to presented abstracts and the conversion rate of presentations to publication in peer reviewed journals. Their work was published in the Canadian journal Plastic Surgery in the Spring 2012 edition.

    Dr. Katrine Khatchadourian

    At the 2012 Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, Dr. Khatchadourian presented the findings of her retrospective review of 84 patients treated at the Endocrine Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital between 1998 and 2011.

    Her research focused on gender dysphoria (a feeling that there is a mismatch between one’s biological sex, and their gender identity). In her retrospective review, she examined a variety of issues, including: how many came to be seen by specialists, and at what age; the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders; how many opted to take puberty-blocking medication, and eventually cross-hormone treatment to switch their genders.

    As most studies of this nature are from Amsterdam, she says this study will give clinicians throughout Canada more culturally-relevant guidance in treating gender dysphoria.

    Her research is also profiled in UBC Medicine Vol 9 No 1 (Spring 2013)

    Drs. Faulds, Johner et. al – Perspectives in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

    Dr. Jason Faulds and Amanda Johner along with colleagues were published in Perspectives in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy for their report “Hepatic Artery Transection Reconstructed With Splenic Artery Transposition Graft”

    Dr. Sheona Mitchell

    Dr. Sheona Mitchell was awarded a 2012 International Surgical Care Research Award. These awards support travel related to research activities in surgical care in international health.

    Dr. Mitchell’s research looks into determining an optimal cervical cancer screening paradigm in a low-resource setting: A community-based randomized controlled trial comparing self-collected HPV testing with visual inspection and acetic acid (VIA) screening in Kampala, Uganda.

    Dr. Eiman Zargaran

    Dr. Eiman Zargaran was awarded a 2012 International Surgical Care Research Award. These awards support travel related to research activities in surgical care in international health.

    Dr. Zargaran’s research looks into the distribution and social determinants of injury in Cape Town, South Africa. He will be conducting a prospective cohort study using the injury surveillance tool electronic Trauma Health Record (eTHR).

    Vancouver Sun Run

    The Vancouver Sun Run took place Sunday, April 15th. PAR-BC sponsored a resident group, the “Racing Residents” and they sported their team shirts during the run. We would like to congratulate all of our runners on a successful Sun Run! Out of a total 38,748 runners that day, our top male resident was Dr. Nick Sunderland, who came in 48th place, and our top female resident was Dr. Sarah Chan, who came in 9,463rd place! Congratulations!

    Dr. Sara Leo – Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

    Dr. Leo and colleagues surveyed pediatricians and dietitians regarding their beliefs regarding complementary food introduction to prevent allergies. The resulting article was published in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology. The survey found that the majority advise that peanut abstinence during pregnancy and lactation is unnecessary, and that pediatricians were more likely to recommend delayed introduction compared to dietitians.

    Dr. Chantelle Hrazdil – Neuroscience and Medicine

    Dr. Hrazdil with Raed Alroughani, Manouchehr Javidan were published in Neuroscience and Medicine. Their article is “A Descriptive Analysis of Prognostic Indicators in Patients with Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus in a Tertiary Hospital Population“. In it they conclude that NCSE mortality rates are higher in those comatose with life threatening medical comorbidities but that those who present with milder impaired mental status do well.

    Dr. Reza Hamidizadeh – BJU International

    Dr. Hamidizadeh was part author of an article published in the February 2012 edition of BJU International. “Twenty-year prevalence of diabetes mellitus and hypertension in patients receiving shock-wave lithotripsy for urolithiasis” studied the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes in patients who had received shock-wave lithotripsy for kidney stones.

    Drs. Lise Leveille and Andrea Simmonds – USTOP

    Drs. Leveille and Simmonds were a part of the February 2012 USTOP trip. USTOP or Uganada Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program is a partnership between the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Makerere University. It began in 2008 to improve the education of surgical trainees, nurses and paramedical personnel in the care of individuals with traumatic injury, from entry to full rehabilitation. Read the trip report from the visit the team they were on made.

    Dr. Alison Wallace

    Dr. Alison Wallace’s article, “Protein Phosphatase 2A Regulates Innate Immune and Proteolytic Responses to Cigarette Smoke Exposure in the Lung,” was published in the January 2012 edition of Toxicological Science. Her research is significant, as PP2A activity could be manipulated to prevent the inflammatory and proteolytic injury that occurs in the lung in response to cigarette smoke.

  • 2011

    Dr. Alexandra Shingina – Journal of Medical Case Reports

    Dr. Shingina and her co-authors were published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports covering a case of Autoimmune cholangitis mimicking a klatskin tumor. They found the case highlights the importance of clinician awareness of the autoimmune spectrum of biliary pathologies when confronted with atypical clinical presentations, the paucity of diagnostic measures and the benefit from long-term steroid and/or immunosuppressive treatment.

    Dr. Supna Sandhu – Lipids in Health and Disease

    Dr. Sandhu and her co-authors were published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease for their retrospective cohort study: incidence of pancreatitis, secondary causes, and treatment of patients referred to a specialty lipid clinic with severe hypertriglyceridemia. They found that fibrates remain the treatment of choice for severe HTG, with statins lacking sufficient TG-lowering effect to remove the risk of pancreatitis.

    Dr. Shaila Merchant – Canadian Journal of Surgery
    Dr. Merchant with Dr. Hameed and Melck were published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery for their review of “Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery“. They surveyed residents at UBC from 1997 through 2009 through an online survey asking about their pregnancies. They found that there were more pregnancies among partners of male residents, than female residents. More than 50% of respondents reported their workload increased because of a colleague’s pregnancy and 63% were not aware of a maternity/parenting policy.
    For details on parenting during residency visit the parenting resource section.

    Dr. Irene Karam – Radiation Oncology
    Dr. Karam was the lead author on a study published in Radiation Oncology:
    Population-based outcomes after whole brain radiotherapy and re-irradiation in patients with metastatic breast cancer in the trastuzumab era

    Dr. Stephanie Bordeau – Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
    Dr. Bourdeau and colleagues from the University of Western Ontario published a study that looked at the accuracy of using the Broselow tape method (measuring the length of a young child’s body to determine weight in order to determine medical dosages) in first nations patients. They found the method to be inaccurate half the time, as the likelihood of a first nations child being overweight is three times that of a non-aboriginal child. This is of great importance as accurate weights are necessary in trauma situations such as resuscitation-medication dosing. The study was published in the Fall 2011 Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.

    Dr. Susan Krajewski – Canadian Journal of Surgery
    Dr. Krajewski with colleagues from St. Paul’s was published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery. Her article “Impact of computed tomography of the abdomen on clinical outcomes in patients with acute right lower quadrant pain: a meta-analysis” is a systematic review of the the clinical outcomes related to the use of CT in the diagnosis of appendicitis.

    Dr. Aubrey Blasig – Canadian Journal of Public Health
    In Volume 102, No 2, of the Canadian Journal of Public Health Dr. Blasig et al. had their quantitative research; Hepatitis C Infection Among Pregnant Women in British Columbia: Reported Prevalence and Critical Appraisal of Current Prenatal Screening Methods published. Their research found that reported rates of Hepatitis was 50% lower than what they found with an anonymous seroprevalence survey. Their recommendation is to research further the relative merits of universal screening for Hepatitis C in pregnancy.

    Dr. Kristopher Kang
    In 2011, as a first year pediatrics resident, Dr. Kristopher Kang worked for the United Nations as a consultant on child protection. His project in 2011 focused on one of his areas of expertise; expanding birth registrations to ensure access to health care, schooling, and other resources.
    He conducted a bottleneck analysis for Nigerian birth registrations where 70% of children under 5 are not registered. In collecting data his team was able to map out the major areas and propose interventions to improve monitoring and coverage. Their efforts will  hopefully increase registration and thereby capture some of the approximately 18 million unregistered Nigerian children in order to increase their access to education and health care.
    His work the with United Nations is also featured in UBC Medicine Vol 9 No 1 (Spring 2013)

    Drs. Dadogstar, Jenkin, Leveille, and Teng
    Drs. Dadogstar, Jenkin, Leveille and Teng were awarded the Branch of International Surgery Research Award. The four annual $2,500 research grants are provided to UBC surgery-related residents interested in expanding their understanding of the burden of unmet surgical care in low resource regions.
    Dr. Flora-Hua Teng is focussing on a qualitative analysis of cervical cancer screening in Kisenyi, Uganda.
    Dr. Anali Dadogstar’s project is to assess the impact of mental practice on mastoidectomy surgical skills among Ugandan otolaryngology residents. One of the challenges faced by UBC orthopaedic missions to Uganda is the lack of adequate and appropriate orthopaedic instrumentation and implants.
    Dr. Lise Leveille is conducting a needs assessment of orthopaedic services to help focus the procurement of instrumentation and implants that are practical and applicable for low resource settings.
    Dr. Dan Jenkin is conducting a surgical needs assessment for the North Gondor zone of Amhara in Ethiopia.

    Dr. Yasmin Halwani – Residents as Teachers
    Dr. Halwani was an author on an environmental scan commissioned by the Future of Medical Education in Canada for the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate Project 2.
    The purpose of the paper led by Sandra Jarvis-Selinger is to provide a comprehensive understanding the role of residents-as-teachers and the responsibility of the academy to support, nurture and develop such a role, based on a literature review.
    Read the full paper.

Residents' Publications

Dr. Marisa G. Ponzo – Dermatologic Surgery
Dermatologic Surgery will be publishing a paper written by Drs. Alastair Carruthers and Shannon Humphrey, and dermatology resident Dr. Marisa G. Ponzo. The paper: “Corrective Hyaluronic Acid Fillers and Combination Cosmetic Treatments for Facial Cutaneous Defects due to Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases: A Retrospective Review”, will be available to subscribers of Dermatologic Surgery sometime in 2017.

Dr. Marisa G. Ponzo – Skin Therapy Letter.com
Dermatologist’s Guide to Infection Screening Prior to Initiating Immunosuppressive Therapy” written by Dr. Marisa G. Ponzo and Dr. Chih-Ho Hong was published by the printed and online journal Skin Therapy Letter.com in January 2017. The article outlines the most common immunosuppressant medications currently used in dermatology and recommendations for infection screening prior to starting treatment.

Dr. Justine Spencer – BC Medical Journal
BC Medical Journal published an article written by Dr. Justine Spencer in the issue BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 8, October 2016, “I wash my hands of this: A plea for emotional hygiene“.

Dr. Piotr Klakowicz – Canadian Family Physician
“Declining mortality among HIV-positive indigenous people at a Vancouver indigenous-focused urban core health-care centre” (June 2016)

Dr. Janet Lyons (lead researcher) – Vancouver Metro
“Planned c-sections safer for breech babies, BC study finds” (May 2015)

Dr. Laura Goodison – Voices of YQL
Kimberly Tams sit down with Doctor Karin Goodison of Alberta Health Services to discuss skin cancer awareness (May 2015)

Dr. Laura Fung – Canadian Family Physician
Patient with dementia and basal cell carcinoma (March 2015)

Dr. David Rydz – Neurology
Case Study: First Reported Case of Interferon-alpha Induced Postural and Action Tremor, co-authored with Dr. Madeleine Sharp and Dr. Stanley Fahn (April 2015)

Drs. Wise and Nathoo – Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Drs. Stephanie Wise, and Nawaaz Nathoo along with their department head and other colleagues, were published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology for their review of Statin use and risk for cataract: A Nested Case-Control Study of 2 Populations in Canada and the United States.  The study found that statin use is significantly associated with cataract requiring surgical intervention. this was consistent in both cohorts.

Dr. Joshua Gurberg – Journal of Otolaryngology
Dr. Gurberg and his colleagues were published in the Journal of Otolaryngology as part of the Poliquin Resident Research Competition 2014. Their original research article: The Canadian contribution to the otolaryngology literature: a five year bibliometric analysis was published in the November 2014 edition.

Drs. Andrew Thamboo and Ronak Rahmanian – Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Drs. Thamboo and Rahmanian and their colleagues had their original investigation “Use of the SNOT-22 and UPSIT to Appropriately Select Pediatric Patients With Cystic Fibrosis Who Should Be Referred to an Otolaryngologist: Cross-sectional Study” published in the October edition of JAMA Otolaryngolgy – Head and Neck Surgery. They found that a SNOT-22 score of greater than 11 was the only statistically significant predictor of nasal polyps but given that it is easy to administer and inexpensive, this sinus disease–specific questionnaire seems to be an appropriate tool for routine use by respirologists when assessing patients with CF to help predict subclinical nasal polyps.

Dr. Annie Chou – Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Dr. Chou, along with five other authors examined the correlation of established cardiac risk factors with incomplete ST-elevation recovery and outcomes in STEMI population treated with PPCI. Their article; Correlation of Cardiac Risk Factors with Incomplete ST-Elevation Recovery and In-Hospital Adverse Outcomes After Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Population was published as a supplement in Volume 30 Issue 10 of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo – American Journal of Ophthalmology
Dr. Nathoo and colleagues were published in the October edition of the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Their research found that Drusen load, as measured using SD OCT, is associated with the development of RPE atrophy and neovascular AMD.

Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo – Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
Dr. Nathoo and colleagues were published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology for their retrospective case series, “Periocular mass lesions secondary to dermatologic fillers: Report of 3 cases“. They found that the complication of peri-orbital swelling and/or inflammation must be recognized by all involved to permit appropriate investigation and management.

Dr. Annie Chou – Journal of American College of Cardiology
Dr. Annie Chou et. al. published TCT-10 Cardiac rehabilitation for patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection in the Volume 64 Issue 11 Supplement of the Journal of American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Benetta Chin – Canadian Family Physician
Dr. Benetta Chin along with Drs. Edmond S Chan and Ran D. Goldman were published in the April 2014 Canadian Family Physician regarding Early exposure to food and food allergy in children.

Dr. Dawn Gano – Molecular and Cellular Epilepsy
Dr. Dawn Ganno with colleagues from the University of California was published in Molecular & Cellular Epilepsy. It was a research highlight of their study of therapeutic hypothermia for hypoxia-ischemia. This research was conducted while she was in the Clinician Investigator Program at UBC.

Dr. Rohit Pai – Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology Hepatology
Dr. Pai and colleagues were published in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology Hepatology for their article “Chronic hepatitis C in Western Canada: A survey of practice patterns among gastroenterologists in Alberta and British Columbia“. They found that Chronic liver disease comprised <25% of practice in the majority of surveyed respondents. Among those who treated Hepatitis C, one-third have not prescribed a Protease Inhibitor.

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