Staff Spotlight – Nicole Esligar


Vancouver –  Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital

How long have you worked in the Department/UBC?

I celebrated one year with the department on August 16, 2021

Can you summarize what you do in the Department?

I am a project coordinator for the EMED Study (PI: Dr. Jessica Moe), a multi-site clinical trial including Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital comparing microdosing and standard dosing of buprenorphine/naloxone for emergency department patients at risk of opioid overdose. I help coordinate the day-to-day logistics of our clinical trial, including working with our emergency department sites to implement study protocols and train staff. I also help support our research grants and reporting requirements, and I collaborate with our external study stakeholders in British Columbia and Alberta.

What is your favorite thing about working in the Department?

My favorite thing about working in the department is connecting with so many different types of people in so many different careers. I work with nurses, doctors, social workers, researchers, hospital administrative staff, grant funders, doctoral students, Public Health officials, and more. It’s an incredibly collaborative and diverse place to work, and I learn so much from interacting with people from very different backgrounds.

What is one interesting fact about you that people may not know?

My first time leaving Canada was to travel to East Africa at age 19 for a field work summer study program. I have had the travel bug ever since, and I am hoping to travel to every continent in my lifetime.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I am an avid book nerd, and I can almost always be found with a new book in hand. I also love to travel, but when I’m at home, I am outside exploring the BC coastline as much as possible. I am always on the hunt for the best Mexican food, and I love trying out new restaurants and wine bars wherever I am. I’m always up for a hike or a bike or a kayak, and I have recently learned how to rock climb. On the extremely rainy days, you can find me curled up on my couch with a cup of coffee and some reality tv.

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