Embracing Respect and Compassion: Community Update from Dean Dermot Kelleher

A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC.

By now you will have seen and read the UBC Broadcast message from Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, in which he reflects on the mutual importance of respect and compassion in our responses to the conflict in Israel and Gaza.

His words are of particular resonance to us here in the Faculty of Medicine, where respect and compassion are two of the core values at the heart of our Faculty. Safe and effective delivery of health education and healthcare depend implicitly on mutual respect within our many learning and work environments, and within the shared workplaces where care is delivered and research is conducted. Compassion for those who are suffering — physically and mentally — is intrinsic to how we educate, train and manage the complex issues that we address on a daily basis. We cannot fall short of these values and standards. As our President noted in his broadcast message, hate and racism of any kind will not be tolerated at UBC, and we have policies and procedures to address these issues where they arise.

There are health and wellbeing supports available for learners, staff and faculty and I urge you to reach out for help if you need it.

To everyone within our Faculty community, I encourage you to please read the President’s broadcast message if you haven’t already, and let us all embrace those two critical values of respect and compassion.

This message was sent to all faculty, staff and learners in the Faculty of Medicine.