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In the News! Story of the COVID-19 pandemic is now the past, present and future of Omicron

Dr. Corinne Hohl, a professor in UBC’s department of emergency medicine, is leading a pan-Canadian project that has accumulated data on 160,000 hospital patients with COVID-19 and will track any changes in how the disease presents as Omicron takes over.

In the News! 30,000 went to Vancouver Coastal Health ERs over the holidays last year. A third of them didn’t need to

Dr. Kendall Ho shares options for care this holiday season: “In case you can’t get hold of a health professional, you can always pick up the phone, 24/7, dial 811, and we’ll be able to discuss with you whether your problem needs emergency (care) or not.”

In the News! Life support: Island doctors go the distance to save lives in rural B.C.

Dr. Adam Thomas, clinical instructor with UBC Department of Emergency Medicine and emergency and intensive-care physician in Victoria, shares his experience as one of seven specialists in BC who make up the Rural Outreach Support group (ROSe) with the Times Colonist. ROSe provides real-time critical-care support online or by phone to physicians in rural and remote areas of the province.

Clinical Faculty Promotions 2021

The UBC Department of Emergency Medicine is delighted to announce the promotions of several of our clinical faculty in 2021! We would like to honour their achievements and wish them continued success at UBC.

Faculty Spotlight – Savannah Forrester

Meet Dr. Savannah Forrester, a clinical instructor with the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine and an emergency physician at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals on Vancouver Island. Dr. Forrester is passionate about caring for our growing population of older adults and aspires to develop a standardized curriculum for medical students and emergency medicine residents to expand geriatric-focused educational opportunities and fostering an early appreciation for care of older adults.

UBC Vancouver RCPSC-EM Residency Program Meet & Greet – February 9, 2022

VANCOUVER RCPSC-EM PROGRAM MEET & GREET: Join us Wednesday, February 9 for our first meet & greet of the year for the Vancouver UBC Emergency Medicine Program site. You will have an opportunity to virtually meet Dr. Tina Yokota, Associate Program Director for Vancouver, and site residents from different years. We look forward to having you!

Dr. Ben Huang receives the 2021 CAEP/CJEM Penelope Gray-Allen Writing Award

Congratulations to UBC Emergency Medicine Resident, Dr. Ben Huang on receiving the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians/Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine’s Penelope Gray-Allen Writing Award. The award recognizes an article on Humanities in Emergency Medicine submitted to Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 

Save a life! Download the free PulsePoint Respond mobile app to be notified of cardiac arrest emergencies near you.

Sudden cardiac arrest affects approximately 35,000 lives a year. Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can markedly improve the probability of survival. Seconds count! If you are in British Columbia and trained in CRP, download the free PulsePoint Respond mobile app and be notified of cardiac arrest emergencies near you.

Dr. David Barbic and Dr. Brian Grunau Receive a 2021 UBC Science Co-op Employer Recognition Award

We are excited to share that the UBC Science Co-op Program has selected Dr. David Barbic and Dr. Brian Grunau for the 2021 UBC Science Co-op Employer Recognition Awards in the Supervisor Awards category.

Emergency physicians need further education to improve care for suicidal patients

UBC Department of Emergency Medicine Clinical Associate Professor, Dr. Frank Scheuermeyer, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. David Barbic, joined colleagues from UBC Department of Psychiatry and the UBC Faculty of Medicine in analyzing the attitudes of emergency physicians towards suicidal patients and measuring the skills and training of emergency physicians to care for these patients.