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Invitation to Participate in the DEM Mentorship Program

November 17, 2020

The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), the Offices of Faculty Affairs and Clinical Faculty Affairs, and UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) invite DEM faculty members to participate as a mentor in our second edition of the DEM Mentorship Program. 100% of our mentors agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend the […]


2019 Awards and Significant Honours

November 17, 2020

Each year, faculty members from the Department of Emergency Medicine are recognized for their excellence in teaching, clinical practice, and research. Congratulations to our 2019 award and significant honour recipients: NAME AWARD/HONOUR AGENCY Jim Christenson Helen Karounis Memorial Award for Professionalism in Emergency Medicine Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Lee Graham 2019 Interior Site Emergency […]

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Dr. Brian Grunau receives funding from the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force

November 13, 2020

We are proud to share that Dr. Brian Grunau has received $2.1 million of funding from Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) funding opportunity, for his research project entitled COVID-19 Occupational Risks, Seroprevalence and Immunity among Paramedics in Canada (CORSIP Canada)! The funding from CITF is part of an opportunity related […]

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Adoption of Contactless Sensors for COVID-19 Patients

November 2, 2020

UBC Emergency Medicine Professor, Dr. Kendall Ho, was recently awarded funding to facilitate clinical adoption of contactless sensors for COVID-19 patients. The grant is provided by the Government of Canada National Research Council (NRC). Contactless technologies can complement and support clinical diagnosis and decision making during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Patients can conveniently remain in […]


Dr. Garth Meckler named as a 2020 Faculty of Medicine Award recipient

October 16, 2020

Each year, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, administration, innovation and public service. We are proud to share that UBC Emergency Medicine Associate Faculty member, Dr. Garth Meckler, was named as one of the winners of the Distinguished Achievement award. The award recognizes meritorious performance and his […]

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Dr. Brian Grunau and Dr. Jim Christenson published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

October 14, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Grunau and Dr. Jim Christenson on their recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)! The study, entitled Association of Intra-arrest Transport vs Continued On-Scene Resuscitation With Survival to Hospital Discharge Among Patients With Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, set out to determine whether intra-arrest transport compared with continued on-scene […]

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Dr. Jessica Moe receives funding for new COVID-19 mental health and substance use research

October 13, 2020

UBC Emergency Medicine Assistant Professor, Dr. Jessica Moe, is the nominated principal applicant for a new study addressing the mental health and substance use crisis emerging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, Preventing Opioid Deaths due to COVID Related Increase in Smoking Illicit Substances (Preventing OD CRISIS), is a collaboration between the […]

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Seeking Support for UBC FLEX Students Developing Clinical Resources

October 7, 2020

The BC Emergency Medicine Network is seeking individuals to support UBC FLEX students to develop point-of-care clinical resources. Members will be given logistical support and feedback as requested. FLEX is an educational space in the renewed UBC MD Undergraduate Program curriculum that provides students with opportunities to explore individual scholarly interests and enhanced learning opportunities. […]


RCPSC-EM Residency Program Leadership Update

September 30, 2020

Dear colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Tina Yokota will be taking on the new role of Assistant Director, RCPSC-EM Residency Program, Vancouver! As the Assistant Director, Dr. Yokota will support Dr. Brian Chung, Associate Director, RCPSC-EM Residency Program, Vancouver in the day-to-day administration of the residency program at the Vancouver site. She […]


Dr. Jim Christenson featured in UBC Today’s ‘Research in Focus’

September 28, 2020

‘Research in focus’ is a new regular UBC Today feature about UBC’s talented researchers and their incredible work. UBC Emergency Medicine Department Head, Dr. Jim Christenson, was part of the first ever ‘Research in focus’ piece! Go on a short journey of exploration with Dr. Jim Christenson, who focuses on improving survival from sudden unexpected […]


New virtual supports available for healthcare providers in rural, remote and First Nations communities

September 14, 2020

A new virtual support initiative is enabling rural healthcare providers to deliver timely patient-centred care closer to home. Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) pathways provide physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses in rural, remote, and First Nations communities with access to 24-hour, just-in-time advice to support patient care. Through Zoom, they can be connected to one of […]

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Research Leadership Update

September 8, 2020

Dear colleagues, The UBC Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) is pleased to announce that Associate Research Director, Dr. Frank Scheuermeyer, has accepted the role of Interim Research Director effective September 1, 2020. Dr. Scheuermeyer will also be taking on the role of Innovation Program Lead for the BC Emergency Medicine Network (BC EM Network).   As Dr. […]

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Rural Emergency Services Research Symposium Proceedings

August 19, 2020

The Rural Health Services Research Network of British Columbia (RHSRNbc) hosted a research symposium focused on rural emergency services in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), and the EM Medicine Network on June 7th, 2018. 30 participants consisting of academics, health administrators and leaders, physicians, key people from the Ministry of Health and health authorities in […]


Dr. Moor-Smith receives the 2019 J.H. MacDermot writing award

July 23, 2020

A big congratulations to Max Moor-Smith on winning the 2019 J.H. MacDermot writing award. The article was on “The world’s most poisonous mushroom, Amanitaphalloides, is growing in BC” [BCMJ2019;61:20-24]. Please click here view his BCMJ writing award.

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Dr. Shavaun MacDonald received the 2020 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit Award.

July 14, 2020

Congratulations to Shavaun MacDonald on receiving the 2020 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit Award. This award recognizes her commitment to medical education in Canadian Medical Schools. She is a critical care and emergency physician in Victoria. She is also the residency program director for the UBC Basic Clinical Year Residency Program and […]