New Members Orientation 2019 Recap

Hey, Residents!

We had a great time seeing all our new members yesterday at the New Members Orientation!

This year’s Orientation was held as a half-day event instead of a full-day one as it has been in the past. In the morning, residents grabbed breakfast and got the chance to chat with old friends and new before our president, Dr. Nicholas Monfries, opened up the morning presentations. New this year were the resident-led Financial Literacy presentation, helmed by Dr. Monfries and our Director of Communications, Dr. Geoff Frost—both of whom are financially savvy and had plenty of advice to offer to newcomers!

We also held a Resident Panel Q&A after the annual presentations on Tips To Thrive in Residency, led by our Executive Director, Mr. Harry Gray, and Call Stipends led by Ms. Brandi MacLean. The Q&A invited those in attendance to ask questions of Dr. Monfries, Dr. Frost, Dr. Alana Fleet (RDBC Director and member of the Board), Dr. Grace Qiao (who was an integral part of this year’s Negotiations Committee), and Dr. Kyle Ng (a Prince George resident responsible for starting an RDBC funded grocery run for residents at his site) questions about residency, time management, and personal experiences. It was a great hit, and having our senior residents available for questions is something we definitely want to replicate for future Orientations.

Our Orientation ended after lunch, at which point HEABC took over for their resident training. Residents were divided into smaller groups and taken through Violence Prevention Training.

At 5 PM, Dr. Monfries handed the day over to Dr. Kathleen Ross, President of Doctors of BC for their Reception! Dr. Monfries and Dr. Ross jointly presented the Awards of Excellence to this year’s recipients:

Dr. Navid Pooyan – Residents’ Advocate Award

Dr. Navid Pooyan is a PGY-2 Family Medicine resident and a co-chief resident at St. Paul’s Hospital. He has gone beyond the expectations of being a co-chief resident and his compassion and leadership are described as leaving legacies for future residents by his nominators. His support to the residents stretches to not only the residents of his site, both Canadian and IMG, but also beyond to the entire Family Medicine program, wherein many IMG residents from various sites of UBC Family Medicine reach out to him to seek help and support. His previous experience as an overseas physician has allowed him to live the experience of coming to BC to practice medicine, and makes it possible for him to be an advocate not only for BC residents, but for IMG residents, as well. Read more.




Dr. Jasdeep Gill – Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Jasdeep Gill is a UBC clinical instructor in Emergency and Family Medicine. His nominators praise him not only for his knowledge and being a preceptor that excels in teaching, but also for his passion in supporting the residents. As a young physician and clinical instructor of the new generation, Dr. Gill is passionate about implying new methods of teaching, and actively incorporates evidence-based medicine in his practice and encourages the residents to do the same. He is innovative in methods of helping the resident be as independant as possible in a short period of time, is mindful of the resident’s wellbeing, and encouraging of enjoying their residency through a balance of work and life. He actively and continuously provides constructive feedback in a way that the resident feels safe during their training, and ensures that his teaching and the workload do not compromise the training process of the resident. Read more.




Dr. Vincent Wong – Award of Merit

Dr. Vincent Wong is a PGY-2 Family Medicine resident whose nominators praise him for the exceptional leadership skills he has shown throughout residency, as well as the projects he has been involved with, which have contributed to the enhancement of resident education and development. Through his involvement in numerous committees representing residents, Dr. Wong has consistently shown support for the advancement of his fellow residents. His active involvement with the Fraser Northwest Divisions of Family Practice has helped develop a module to enhance pharmacy operations-related training for family practice residents and physicians. Dr. Wong has shown dedication, passion and leadership for not only the enhancement of medical education, but also for the overall health of the public. Read more.




The day ended off with delicious food and drinks provided by Doctors of BC. Thank you to all the new residents who came out to this year’s Orientation! To see highlights taken live throughout the day, be sure to visit our Instagram!

author: Sasha Zalyvadna