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March 02
Read last month's Staff Spotlights

​​Did you miss last month's staff members who were featured in our Staff Spotlight? You can catch up on their stories here. Each week, get to know a different staff member from across the province.

In February, we featured the following staff members:

  • Leena Minifie, Program Coordinator, Centre for Excellence in Indigeous Health, Point Grey.

  • Carolyn Rogers, Executive Assistant to the Dean/Vice Provost Health, Dean's Office, Point Grey.

  • Zachary Rothman, Producer, Video and Digital Media, MedIT, Educational Technology Team, Point Grey.

  • Adrienne Hammond, Office Coordinator, MedIT, Point Grey.

If you are you interested in being profiled as part of the staff spotlight series or would like to nominate a colleague, email us at communications.med@ubc.ca.

February 27
Announcing Faculty of Medicine's New Dean and Invitation to Open Forum

​The following memorandum is sent on behalf of David H. Farrar, Provost and Vice-President Academic to all members of the Faculty of Medicine and external stakeholders (via the Dean’s Office).


I have the great pleasure to announce that Dr. Dermot Kelleher will become UBC's next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine beginning September 1, 2015.  The Board of Governors approved his five-year appointment at its February 12, 2015 meeting.  

Currently the Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, Dr. Kelleher brings extensive strategic medical leadership skills and experience with academic institutions, health service delivery organizations, government and industry. He is an extraordinary clinician, scientist and entrepreneur who has demonstrated collaboration and collegiality throughout his career. He has been instrumental in the successful development of academic health science centres and networks in the UK and in Ireland. An outstanding academic and administrator, he is an excellent choice for this decanal role.  

In December, the President’s Advisory Committee interviewed several strong candidates, narrowing down to a smaller group who were invited back in January for further confidential meetings with people in the university, the Faculty and external stakeholders.   

Dr. Kelleher has been invited to come back to UBC to spend more time getting to know people in the Faculty, and will give an academic presentation addressing his background, research, administrative and leadership experience, and the opportunities and challenges he sees for the Faculty.  This forum for faculty, staff and students has been scheduled for: Friday, March 6 from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon (see below for details) 

Dr. Kelleher’s CV and the candidate profile may be found at: www.vpacademic.ubc.ca.

I would like to thank those who participated in the search process, and for their valuable feedback provided to the Advisory Committee.  I am grateful to the members of the President’s Advisory Committee for their commitment of extensive time and energy throughout the search.

Dr. Gavin Stuart will complete his term of appointment as Dean on August 31, 2015.  We will formally recognize Dean Stuart’s extensive achievements closer to the end of his term, but I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his outstanding service to the University and excellent leadership as the Dean of the Faculty during the past 12 years.  Dr. Kelleher states:  “It is an honour and a privilege to succeed Dean Gavin Stuart in this role. He has developed a vibrant organization combining excellence in education, biomedical science and population health with the capability to lead internationally in healthcare delivery."  

I look forward to working with Dr. Kelleher as he brings his strong commitment to teaching and learning, research excellence, and academic leadership to this role. We hope you will join us in welcoming him to UBC. 

Open Forum Details 

Faculty, staff and students are invited and encouraged to attend an open forum to meet the next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Dermot Kelleher.   

When:  Friday, March 6, 2015

Time:  10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Host Location: Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health – Lecture Theatre 101, 2215 Wesbrook Mall  (Map)


  • Vancouver: Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street – DHCC 2263
  • Kelowna: Kelowna General Hospital, 2268 Pandosy Street – KGH CAC 235
  • Victoria: Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1952 Bay Street – RJH CA 125
  • Prince George: Hospital of Northern BC, 1475 Edmonton Street – UHNBC 5017
  • Teleconference: 1-877-792-2770 ID: 30302 

Dr. Kelleher has been asked to address, in about 30 minutes:

  • What is your background, your research, and your leadership experience - highlighting the aspects that are relevant to this position?
  • What are your observations about the Faculty of Medicine thus far? 
  • What are your aspirations for the Faculty during your term as Dean?

There will be sufficient time following the presentation for questions from the audience. 

February 27
Extension of Appointment, Vice-Provost Health, Dr. Gavin Stuart

Sent on behalf of  Dr. David Farrar, Provost and Vice-President Academic

On September 23, 2014, I wrote to the UBC community advising that a President’s Advisory Committee will be struck to consider the extension of appointment for the Vice-Provost Health, Dr. Gavin Stuart (see attached memo).  I am pleased to let you know that the Committee has been established with the following membership:

  • Michael Coughtrie, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ashley Hearn, Student (MSc. Occupational Therapy Program)
  • Susana Leon, Administrator, College of Health Disciplines
  • David Ostrow, Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Robert Sparks, Director, School of Kinesiology 

The Advisory Committee, which I will chair, will be convened in due course and I shall be pleased to keep you updated as the process moves forward. 

February 26
Leadership Opportunities & Searches
February 26
Appointment Announcements

Faculty of Medicine Appointments

  • Darlene Hammell reapointed MD Undergraduate Student Affairs, Island Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015.
  • Geoff Payne reappointed Assistant Dean, Northern Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015.

UBC Appointment

  • Joanna Fox appointed Academic Director, Vantage College, effective March 12, 2015.
February 25
IT in the Faculty of Medicine: Still Time to Provide Input

There's still time to provide input to the Future of IT in the FoM initiative.

Do you have thoughts about what IT services you or your unit needs? Ideas about what may or may not have been working well with IT at the FoM? 

Please complete this 10 minute survey and share your ideas. 

The purpose of the initiative is to put mechanisms in place to ensure that IT investments are aligned with and support the mission of the Faculty of Medicine.  

This work includes: 

  • Strategy: Developing IT governance and finance models
  • Services: Clarifying the scope of services required by FoM departments, centres, and programs
  • Service Delivery: Developing the technical and organizational means to deliver these services
  • Engagement & Improvement: Establishing mechanisms for ongoing customer engagement and continuous improvement of IT services 

The Dean has convened a Steering Committee with representatives from the FoM, UBC and PHSA to oversee this initiative. The committee is chaired by Mike Allard, Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Sciences.  

Your input is critical in order for the Steering Committee to make informed recommendations about IT in the FoM. 

For more information and regular updates, see the Future of IT in the FoM.

February 24
Safety alert for Vancouver campus

The RCMP has released a statement advising the community of an assault that occurred on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the South Campus area (Pt Grey Campus). See the full text of the RCMP advisory here. 

As a reminder, please take the utmost care and be aware of your surroundings when travelling on campus. For further personal security resources visit: http://security.ubc.ca/content/personal-security

February 24
Call for applications: Postdoctoral fellow at Centre for Health Education Scholarship

Please share this opportunity with eligible students and recent graduates. 

The Centre for Health Education Scholarship (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) is seeking applications for a postdoctoral fellow in health professions education research with a focus on education assessment and/or program evaluation. This is a one-year funded position, renewable once, which starts on a mutually agreed upon date between July 1 and September 1, 2015. In order to qualify for the fellowship, applicants must have completed a PhD program in education, social sciences, humanities or other relevant discipline at a recognized university by the start date. All eligible applicants will be considered. The final deadline for applications is March 31, 2015; however, consideration of applications will begin March 15, 2015. 

To read more about the position, download the application here. To read more about the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, visit the website.  

February 24
Community of Practice: April 29

The WordPress/Web Administrators’ Community of Practice brings together users from across the Faculty to share their experiences and learn new topics related to the management of external websites.

This group is intended for staff and faculty who are currently managing or contributing to an external-facing website.

Topic: E-Newsletters

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Location: Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre (DHCC) 5213

February 24
MedNet (Sharepoint) Training: April 16

​The Faculty of Medicine is offering a training session to learn how to manage and edit team sites and published content areas on MedNet.

The training session will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Multipurpose Lab on the first floor of the Life Sciences Centre.

To register for the MedNet training session, click here.​ 

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