Resident Achievements and Community Involvement 2014

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. 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 2014 for outstanding achievement. This is presented to a resident whose scholarly activity, industry and commitment to the research endeavour 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 – 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

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.

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. 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 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. Hilary Laurel Brotherhood and Michael Metcalfe – Canadian Urological Association Journal

Drs. Brotherhood and Metcalfe with colleagues from UBC’s Urology department and Plastic Surgery department were published in the Canadian Urological Association Journal for their surgical challenge: Idopathic Scrotal Elephantiasis. In it they discuss two cases and their outcomes.

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.

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.”

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 – 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. 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 – 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. 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. 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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