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February 09
Read January's Staff Spotlights

​​Did you miss this 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 January, we featured the following staff members:

  • Suni Hwang, Faculty HR Assistant, Faculty Affairs, Faculty HR, Dean's Office, Point Grey.

  • Olga Arsovska, Research Manager, Department of Urologic Sciences, DHCC & VGH.

  • Tamiza Abji, Operations Manager in the Evaluation Studies Unit, DHCC.

  • Rosemary Quinlan, Alumni Relations Coordinator, Alumni Affairs, MSAC, VGH.

Want to participate in the 2016 Staff Spotlight? If you are you interested in being profiled or would like to nominate a colleague, email us at communications.med@ubc.ca.

February 04
Nominations now open: Faculty of Medicine Research Prizes

​The Faculty of Medicine is currently seeking nominations for the following three research prizes.  

The prizes, each with a value of C$50,000, are awarded with the expectation that the recipients will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work and make world-class scientific contributions.


The Dr. Chew Wei MBBS [HK] FRCOG [ENG] Memorial Prize in Cancer Research is awarded annually to a Canadian citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure for cancer.  

How to nominate: med.ubc.ca/chewwei  

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2016


The Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize is awarded annually to a Canadian citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain disorders.  

How to nominate: med.ubc.ca/margolese  

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2016


The Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize is awarded annually to a Canadian citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of heart disorders.  

How to nominate: med.ubc.ca/margolese  

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2016

February 03
Submit your Faculty Development Initiative Grant Program Letter of Intent

Faculty Development Initiative Grant Program

The 2016-2017 Call for FDIG Applications is now open. Click here to submit your Letter of Intent, due February 26, 2016.


Important Dates

  • February 26, 2016: Letter of Intent due by 4:00pm

  • March 4, 2016: Successful applicants invited to full application stage

  • April 1, 2016: Full applications due by 4:00pm

  • April 15, 2016: Successful applicants are notified

  • May 13, 2016:  Recipients announced at the 2015 Annual Medical Education Day


The Faculty Development Initiatives Grant is designed to support strategic directions in the Office for Faculty development and Educational Support. You can review our mandate here.

Priority Topics

We are looking for projects with a focus on innovation or research:

Innovation Topics 

  1. Delivering narrative feedback

  2. Teaching clinical reasoning and clinical decision making

  3. Student (mis)treatment

  4. Lectures/large group learning

  5. Small group learning

  6. Teaching with technology

  7. Other topics *may* be considered

Deliverables (one or more of):

  • A tool to use in a workshop

  • An online resource (e.g., module, teaching tool, video, etc)

  • A handout

Research Topics

  1. Increasing faculty engagement with faculty development

  2. Peer-to-peer faculty development

  3. Faculty development leadership

Deliverables (one or more of):

  • A framework

  • A strategy

  • Best practices


Projects will be provided a maximum of $5000. Projects targeting the strategic directions above, multiple stakeholders across departments and/or sites, and those with broad applicability will be preferred.


Applicants must hold a current faculty (academic or clinical) appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC or one of its collaborating partners. Clinical Educator Fellows in the Centre for health Education Scholarship (CHES) who hold a current UBC Faculty of Medicine appointment (academic or clinical) are also eligible.

Selection Criteria: Applications must…

  • Make a contribution to the work done by the Office of Faculty Development

  • Support the mandate of the Office of Faculty Development

  • Be feasible (i.e. can be done with the budget and time available)

  • Outline their potential to be transferable

Budget Restrictions: 

  • No stipends for Principal Investigator and/or Co-investigators

  • Research Assistants’ salary must not exceed 50% of the grant amount

  • Funds are not intended to support travel, attendance at courses or conferences

  • Only up to 10% of the grant may be allocated to knowledge transfer

Questions and further information

If you wish to discuss your ideas before submitting an application, please contact the Office of Faculty Development at fac.dev@ubc.ca or call 604-875-4396.

Descriptions of grant winners’ projects can be found here

February 03
Leadership Opportunities & Searches
February 02
Are you heart healthy? Participate in a Free Cardiovascular Assessment

Are You Heart Healthy? Sign Up for A Free Cardiovascular Assessment (offered until May 31, 2016)

UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits in the Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invite UBC faculty and staff from UBC’s Point Grey campus, Robson Square and Hospital Locations to access free, confidential, expertly guided services to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible. 

Services are provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) and this unique project is called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).

Participating in CAMMPUS is your chance to make long-lasting changes to your health and is available at no cost to you.

Book an appointment for a free cardiovascular assessment by contacting the UBC Pharmacists Clinic at (604) 827-2584 or by secure email or click here.  

January 26
Call for Nominations: 2016 President's Awards for Staff



We all know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to the University community. We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2016 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).

Download the nomination package at here. The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 11, 2016. 

President’s Service Award for Excellence 

This award is open to all UBC staff with 10 or more years of service (including OUC service at the Okanagan campus). Up to five recipients are selected each year.   

The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000. 

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver)

Open to all staff at the Vancouver campus with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Community Engagement
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)

Up to 12 recipients are selected each year (two awards per category), and each recipient receives $2,000.  

Please visit here to read past recipient citations, and for more information.

January 22
2015/16 Nominations for Student Development Awards

The following message is sent on behalf of Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students - for the attention of all on the Vancouver campus.   

Each year the Office of the Vice-President, Students recognizes exceptional contributions and significant improvements to the student experience and learning environment at UBC.
The Office is calling for 2015/16 nominations from UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni for the following UBC Vancouver Student Development Awards:

Helen McCrae Award - For a service for students provided by AMS, GSS, or UBC

This award is granted to recognize a service for students provided by the AMS, GSS, or UBC in honour of Dr. McCrae’s commitment and contributions to community.

Margaret Fulton Award - For an Individual

This award is granted to an outstanding individual (student, faculty, or staff) who has made a contribution to student development and the university community in honour of Dr. Fulton’s commitment to university access and student learning.

Alfred Scow Award - For an Undergraduate Program or Department

This award is granted to an undergraduate program or department that has contributed to student development in honour of Judge Scow’s commitment to UBC and demonstrated vision, integrity, and dedication to social justice.

Peter Larkin Award - For a Graduate Program or Department

This award is granted to a graduate program or department that has contributed to student development in honour of Dr. Larkin’s commitment and passion for teaching and graduate education in justice.

Deadline for Nominations: 
Monday, February 22, 2016

Nominations should be submitted to the Vice-President, Students office at vpsassist@mail.ubc.ca or posted to:

Student Development Awards
Office of the Vice-President Students
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2

Further details and information related to past Award recipients may be found at UBC Vancouver Student Development Awards

Louise Cowin, Ph.D.
Vice-President, Students


January 21
WordPress Training: February 25

The Faculty of Medicine offers training sessions to learn how to use UBC’s hosted WordPress service – an easy to use website content management system which is free for UBC units.

The next training session will be held on Thursdays, February 25, 2016 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 WordPress training session, click here.​

January 21
Appointment Announcements

​Faculty of Medicine Appointments 

  • Deborah Money appointed Executive Vice Dean, effective April 1, 2016.

  • Mike Allard reappointed Head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, effective July 1, 2015.




January 21
Leadership Opportunities & Searches

​The Faculty is currently recruiting for the following leadership roles. Visit the following links for details:​

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Graduate Program Spotlight
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Calendar of Events
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News & Honours
Recent news and accolades.

Dates & Deadlines
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