Resident Achievements and Community Involvement 2012

We are proud of residents’ contributions to the health of British Columbians. They are often recognized with numerous external awards and publications; here are a few of the achievements of our members.

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. Here are just a few of the things residents and Resident Doctors of BC is doing to support the healthcare community and the public.

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 articleMyth: 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?

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)

Dr. Sheona Mitchell – 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 – 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).

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. 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.

Dr. Sadiq Abdullah – The Province
Dr. Abdullah was profiled in the Province article “The intern’s progress” which provides a peek into the life of a first-year resident.

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.

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”

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 dieticians 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 dieticians.

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. Alison Wallace – Toxicological Science
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.

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author: Michelle Seymour