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Drs. David Patrick, Jean Shoveller and Boris Sobolev were officially promoted to Professors at the Faculty of Medicineís Academic Gowns reception on April 20 hosted by Dean Gavin Stuart. View photos from the reception and the full list of 2010 honorees at the Faculty of Medicine website. Congratulations to Professors Patrick, Shoveller, and Sobolev.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Virginia Anthony wins Faculty of Medicine staff service award
Virginia came to UBC in 1971, where she began her career as the departmentís receptionist. She increasingly became involved in the administrative aspects of the department, and in 1986 became the Department Administrator. Over the years, her skills and expertise has grown along with the department.
Today, she continues to oversee the operation, budget and strategic management of the school, while leading a growing team of faculty and staff and expanding programs. In addition, she has served on various committees, including the Schoolís Health and Safety committee and the Recognition, Communication and Culture committee.
The Applegarth Staff Service Award is awarded annually to recognize excellence in personal achievements and outstanding contributions by a member of the secretarial/clerical support staff and a member of the management staff within the Faculty of Medicine. Congratulations to Virginia for her outstanding achievements and service to UBC.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Assoc. Prof. Patricia Janssen wins Killam Teaching Prize
Dr. Patricia Janssen, Director of the Master of Public Health program, has won a UBC Killam Teaching Prize for 2009/2010. The prizes are awarded annually from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.
In the past five years, Dr. Janssenís teaching duties have included the revision of a required course in epidemiology, the development of a new course in perinatal epidemiology, and the development, including curriculum, of the new Master of Public Health degree.
Dr. Janssen is one of four Killam prize winners within the Faculty of Medicine. She will receive the award at a ceremony on March 31.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
SPPH awarded healthy workplace grant for bike share program
SPPH will purchase four folding bicycles and safety equipment for faculty and staff to use for commuting on campus. The bicycle share program is expected to start up in early June when SPPH moves to a new building on campus.
Policy and guidelines for using the bikes are under development. For more information or to get involved with developing the guidelines, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Listen to U.S. health care reform special rounds presentation
If you missed the March 31 special grand rounds presentation on U.S. health care reform, download Dr. Elliott Fisher's audio presentation here. (204MB mp4 file)
Funding to study exit strategies for physician retirement
Prof. Morris Barer and co-investigators Dr. Robert Evans and
Assistant Professors Michael Law and Kimberlyn McGrail from the UBC Centre for
Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) received joint funding from the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($349,884), the Michael Smith Foundation
for Health Research ($100,000) and the B.C. Ministry of Health Services
($50,000) for a three-year study of the timing and impacts of physician
retirements. The study aims to fill in the gaps in understanding about
physiciansí retirement decisions and the influence on the total supply of
physicians. This project involves a collaboration between CHSPR, the B.C.
Ministry of Health Services, four of the province's health authorities, and the
Western and Northern Health Human Resources Planning Forum.
Monday, April 12, 2010
New funding to study outcomes of heart surgery in relation to delays
Prof. Boris Sobolev and co-investigators received a $100,000
operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study post-operative adverse events among patients
undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery in relation to waiting time for the
procedure. In particular, they will examine the associations between time to
surgery and the risk of post-operative complications and the risk of
in-hospital deaths among adult patients who underwent the operation in the province
of British Columbia between 1991 and 2010. The importance of this study arises
from the opportunity to generate new knowledge that could lead to improved
access to cardiac surgical care for all Canadians.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Researchers to develop an integrated strategy to improve trauma care
The Trauma Systems Research Group, led by Dr. David Evans and Prof. Boris
Sobolev, received $450,000 in combined funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research through the Partnership in Health System
Improvement competition to advance trauma system evaluation and redesign in the
province. Additional support was provided by Northern Health and BC Ambulance
Service. The purpose of this collaboration is to devise a comprehensive
strategy for continuous improvement of trauma care system that addresses
substantial gaps in the availability of information regarding processes and
outcomes of trauma care in British Columbia. Specifically, the group will
determine the informational needs of decision makers, will identify patient-centered
outcomes of the delivery of trauma care, will map processes in the continuum of
care for major trauma patients in the regional health authorities, and will
develop information management solutions that improve the utility of existing
clinical and administrative datasets pertinent to care of the severely injured.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
In memory of Dr. George Povey
George Povey April 17 1927 - April 3 2010
SPPH lost one of its heroes this past weekend with the
passing of Dr. George Povey. George Povey first joined the Department of Health Care & Epidemiology as
an Assistant Professor in 1971, but in 1974 resigned from his tenure track
appointment to pursue international health studies, in particular maternal and
child health in developing countries. At that time and ever since, he was
a clinical faculty member and in 1997, was appointed a Clinical Professor
George was the consummate educator whose teaching spanned 50 years across every
continent and every level of education from traditional birth attendants in
Mozambique to midwives, nurses and physicians. In recent years students
from many disciplines working on global health issues benefited tremendously
from his wisdom and experience. His course on Socioeconomic Determinants
of Global Health which he developed in the early 1970's, consistently earned
the very highest ratings from those who were privileged to take it.
In addition to his teaching, we will remember George for his integrity and his
unwavering dedication to social justice. He was a pioneering scholar in
global health and passionate about addressing the social, political and
economic determinants of health and gender equity in the interest of promoting
social justice around the world. Though deeply saddened by his
death, it is awe inspiring to consider how many lives George Povey touched both
here and literally in the four corners of the world.
A memorial tribute will be held on Friday, April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive at UBC. Please RSVP at www.ligi.ubc.ca/events/register.htm. George's students from this year's class are putting tributes sent to us by those who can't attend into a memory book for the family. They will also be read out at the event. There will be an open mic if you feel like saying something about George, and the book will also be available for you to write a message about George for his family. The students are also making a DVD collage of photos of George which will include quotes from his teachings that particularly resonate with current students - these photos and quotes will also go into the book.