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1st Annual Kelowna EM Research Day

April 18, 2019

Kelowna celebrated its first EM Research Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2019! The goal of the annual event is to build local research capacity. The presentation topics are listed below: Kelowna Emergency Department Suboxone Starts (KEDSS) Program for opioid use disorder: A program evaluation study. Dr. Britt Bailey, R2 UBC RCPS- EM Residency Program-Interior Journal […]

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Brian Grunau Leads Team Reviving Patient Clinically Dead for 52 Minutes

April 9, 2019

A 55-year-old Vancouver man who suffered a cardiac arrest was revived after being pronounced clinically dead for 52 minutes with the help of the ECPR team at St. Paul’s Hospital, led by Dr. Brian Grunau. ECPR (Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is the use of an external machine to oxygenate a patient’s blood supply. ECPR is used […]

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Using VR Technology to Ease Pain and Anxiety in Pediatric Patients

April 2, 2019

Peace Arch EP and DEM faculty member, Dr. Amir Behboudi, is conducting a study using inexpensive VR goggles for pediatric patients during potentially scary experiences like receiving stitches or having an IV inserted. “Our dream is for kids not to be afraid when they visit the ER,” said Dr. Behboudi. “There are simple things we […]

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Louise Cassidy Awarded Resident Innovation Fund

March 21, 2019

Congratulations to RCPS-EM resident, Louise Cassidy, who was chosen as a recipient of the Resident Innovation Fund from Resident Doctors of BC! The award of $2,500 is for her project “Post-shift road safety in British Columbia Medical Residents”. Louise developed and advanced this from an initial idea to a research project during the DEM “NERD Block”. […]

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Update on the BC Emergency Medicine Network

March 19, 2019

The BC EM Network connects BC emergency practitioners with each other and BC-relevant clinical resources. Within the Network, you’ll find peers sharing knowledge and supporting one another with information to improve patient care. The Network currently has 729 members and is growing! JOIN NOW!   Rural Input Our Rural Working Group provides a critical rural […]

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Reminder to Register: EM Research Day 2019

March 19, 2019

UBC EM Research Day CFRI Chan Centre, BC Children’s Hospital 9:00AM to 4:00PM   Dear BC Adult & Pediatric Emergency Physicians, Emergency Nurses & Paramedics, We are pleased to invite you to attend the 11th Annual UBC EM Research Day. The event will take place at the CRFI Chan Centre auditorium at BC Children’s Hospital […]

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Jeff Brubacher Receives $1.36M in research funding from Health Canada

March 19, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Brubacher and his research team for being awarded $1.36M over 36 months for their national study “Monitoring and Preventing Impaired Driving in Canada”. The study will measure drug levels in injured drivers from ten trauma centres across Canada, in addition to four centres in BC. The goal of this project is […]

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John Tallon receives The Dr. Charles Burns TAC Board Recognition Award

March 1, 2019

Congratulations to John Tallon who received the Dr. Charles Burns TAC Board Recognition Award at the Trauma Association of Canada 2019 Conference. The conference was held Feb 28-March 1, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta. To read more about the award details please visit the award recognition website.  

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Jen Chao wins CAEP Junior Investigator Grant

February 15, 2019

  Congratulations to Dr. Jen Chao, year 4 RCPS-EM resident, on being awarded a $5,000 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Junior Investigator Grant. Her project, “Low Dose Intravenous Ketorolac in Renal Colic, A Pilot Study to Plan a Randomized Controlled Trial”, compares 10mg vs 30mg of IV Ketorolac for pain control in adult patients […]

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1st in Canada Pilot Project – Takeaway Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Overdose Patients

February 8, 2019

  A first-of-its-kind pilot project is underway at St. Paul’s ED, in collaboration with the VCH Regional Addiction Program, providing opioid overdose patients with takeaway doses of suboxone upon discharge. Patients are given a three day supply of the opioid substitute treatment, along with instructions on how to take the medication. Patients must be in a sufficient […]

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Resident Jared Baylis Published in Annals of Emergency Medicine

January 24, 2019

  RCPS-EM resident Dr. Jared Baylis is the lead author of a recent publication, Conquering Consultations: A Guide to Advances in the Science of Referral-Consultation Interactions for Residency Education. His article is available online ahead of the upcoming print issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The article explores the referral-consultation process for resident doctors. […]

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Dr. Quynh Doan Receives FoM Strategic Investment Funding

December 12, 2018

Image credit: @BCCHresearch Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan, Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UBC Department of Pediatrics. She was a successful applicant to the Fall 2018 Strategic Investment Fund call. The Faculty of Medicine created the Strategic Investment Fund to advance the objectives of the faculty’s strategic plan, Building the Future.  Dr. Doan’s project is titled Helping […]

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Family Practice Simulation Team!!!

November 19, 2018

The resident team and coaches put on a great show and won top prize in the CFPC 2018 Family Medicine Forum held in Toronto Simulation (SIM) Olympiad. They were the best of the best!!! Of course, the CCFP residents were the stars of the show. It takes a lot of courage to stand on a […]

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Congratulations to Dug Andrusiek!

September 17, 2018

Congratulations to NERD Block Faculty Member Dug Andrusiek, for successfully defending his PhD dissertation on September 11, 2018. Dug’s thesis was titled: “Emergency Medical Services Design and Response: The Role of Chain-of-Survival Clinical Interventions on Survival Following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest”, and his success is anticipated to soon lead to the first PhD granted at UBC to […]

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David Barbic Receives VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award

May 30, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. David Barbic for his recent VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award for his study, “Rapid agitation control with ketamine in the emergency department (RACKED): a randomized controlled trial”. When patients arrive at the emergency department (ED) agitated, aggressive and with potentially violent behaviour, it is paramount to find a way to address […]

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2018 DEM Research Retreat Summary

May 30, 2018

A DEM Research Retreat was held on April 10, 2018, and focussed on 3 broad themes: mentorship, support, and teamwork. A number of exciting action items were decided upon – click here to download a summary.  

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Corinne Hohl Receives 2018 Health Professional-Investigator Award

May 10, 2018

Dr. Corinne Hohl recently won the MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Award for her project “Implementing and evaluating ActionADE to transform medication safety”. The HP-I Award is designed to develop BC’s research talent and help decrease the gap between health research and its implementation. The awards support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to […]

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Jessica Moe Wins 2018 VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award

May 10, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Moe, who recently received a $75,000 operating grant for her project “Identifying Subgroups and Risk Among Frequent Emergency Department Users”. The Innovation and Translational Research Award funds innovative research that will have an impact on patient care at VCH and/or PHC, provide savings for the health system at VCH and/or PHC.

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Dr. Kendall Ho receives the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation Innovator’s Challenge Award for ED App

May 9, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Kendall Ho and the UBC DigiEM team, who is working with a cross emergency department team in the lower mainland, including Drs. Wayne Choi, Chris Lee, Chad Kim Sing and Eric Grafstein. The team recently received an inaugural VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation Innovator’s Challenge award for their work developing an app which enhances […]

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Jim Christenson Awarded 2018 Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award

May 2, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Christenson who is a co-recipient of the 2018 Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award! The award is in recognition of his leadership and contributions to Providence Health Care as an emergency physician and clinician researcher. The selection committee noted Jim’s expertise in the resuscitation of patients suffering cardiac arrest, and […]

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Dr. Daniel Ting Receives Inaugural Herb Parkin Leadership Award

May 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce Dr. Daniel Ting, a 4th year resident in the Emergency Medicine Program based in Kelowna, has been awarded the first annual Herb Parkin Leadership Award. The Herb Parkin Leadership Award is given to a UBC EM resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Emergency Medicine. This […]

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Dr. Jared Baylis Receives 2017 Resident Doctors of BC Award of Merit

April 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jared Baylis, a 4th year resident in the Emergency Medicine Program based in Kelowna, has received the 2017 Resident Doctors of BC Award of Merit. This annual award recognizes members of the healthcare community for their contributions to creating an optimal training environment for residents in BC. As one […]

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Dr. Jessica Moe receives CIHR Travel Grant for a Starting Investigator Workshop

April 23, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Moe for recently receiving a CIHR travel grant to attend the Institute of Population and Public Health’s (IPPH) second annual “Starting Investigators Workshop” in Ottawa this June. This event is geared towards new population and public health researchers who have just become (or who are about to become) eligible to apply […]

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Fentanyl Overdose Survivors Need Little Hospital Care

April 12, 2018

Photo credit: Jason Payne / Province  Dr. Frank Scheuermeyer’s recently published study shows patients who receive an antidote promptly after a fentanyl overdose and show no complications require little hospital care. The findings, published last month in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, could help standardize how first-responders and emergency departments handle overdoses from the potent drug. View the Vancouver […]

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Devin Harris appointed to role of Executive Medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety

April 6, 2018

Congratulation to Dr. Devin Harris who has been appointed to role of the Executive Medical Director (EMD) for Quality and Patient Safety. Devin is an Emergency physician at Kelowna General Hospital. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC. Devin began his career with Interior Health as Department […]

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Reminder to Register: EM Research Day 2018

March 19, 2018

EM Research Day will feature podium presentations on completed or planned EM research, plus a plenary presentation by visiting professor, Dr. Laurie Morrison, Research Chair, Professor, and Clinician Scientist in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto; Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael’s Hospital, and […]

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Congratulations Dr. Jessica Moe and Dr. Corinne Hohl on a Successful CIHR Grant

March 8, 2018

Congratulations to Jessica Moe and Corinne Hohl, and their research team, Eric Grafstein, Brian Holroyd, Michael Schull, K. Dong, K. McGrail and M. McGregor. They recently received a $70,000 CIHR Operating Grant for their project “Identifying Risk and Transitions Among Frequent Emergency Department Users: Whose Needs Can Safely Be Met Elsewhere?”.  

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Dr. Corinne Hohl awarded CIHR Opioid Crisis Knowledge Synthesis Grant

March 8, 2018

Please join us in congratulating Corinne Hohl and her research team, Jane Buxton, Roy Purssell, Jason Curran, Jesse Godwin, Perry Kendall, Jessica Moe, Mark Tyndall, as they recently received a $110,000 grant through the CIHR Opioid Crisis Knowledge Synthesis Competition to support their research project “Systematic Review of Naloxone Interventions in Opioid Overdoses”. The dramatic […]

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Dr. Corinne Hohl Awarded CIHR’s SPOR Rewarding Success Funding

March 8, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Corinne Hohl and her research team for being awarded $100,000 at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s SPOR Rewarding Success “Ideathon” in Ottawa. She presented her project “Implementing and Evaluating ActionADE to Transform Medical Safety” to a national review panel. The SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative was designed to produce interventions that will result […]

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Reporting Unfit Drivers: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of BC Physicians

March 8, 2018

Dr. Jeff Bruchacher along with his research team, Dr. Colby Renschler, Dr. Ana Maria Gomez, Dr. Benjamin Huang, Chung W. Lee, Shannon Erdelyi, Dr. Herbert Chan, and Dr. Roy Purssell, recently released “Reporting Unfit Drivers: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of BC Physicians“. This report puts forth a number of recommendation aimed at overcoming barriers to […]

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UBC EM Resident Dr. Daniel Ting Finalist for CAEP 2018 Top Education Innovation Abstract Award

February 14, 2018

Congratulations to UBC RCPS-EM Resident Dr. Daniel Ting, who was selected as a top 3 finalist for the CAEP 2018 Top Education Innovation Abstract Award! His abstract is titled “Implementation of an editorial internship at the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine to foster education and participation in academic emergency medicine”, and was co-authored by Drs. […]

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Dr. Corinne Hohl Receives UBC Killam Research Fellowship

February 14, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Corinne Hohl, who was recently awarded a UBC Killam Research Fellowship. This prestigious award will be formally celebrated during a ceremony on April 17th at the Chan Centre and allows faculty members to pursue full-time research while on study leave. Check out more details on the Faculty of Medicine website. Well done […]

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Dr. Corinne Hohl invited to present at CIHR’s SPOR Rewarding Success Funding Competition

February 13, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Corinne Hohl and her research team for being selected to represent BC at the recent Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s SPOR Rewarding Success “Ideathon” (15-minute pitches to a national review panel) in Ottawa. She presented her project “Implementing and Evaluating ActionADE to Transform Medical Safety”. The SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative was designed […]

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PulsePoint launch in BC!

February 9, 2018

All Faculty, We are very privileged to be a part of a clinical trial to measure the effect of the Pulsepoint crowd sourcing technology to notify bystanders near a cardiac arrest that you may be needed http://www.bcehs.ca/about/news-stories/news-roll/new-smartphone-app-could-save-lives More than a research project this technology could substantially increase bystander rates and save more lives. Consider joining […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Moe on her successful CAEP grant

February 8, 2018

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jessica Moe as she recently received a $5,000 grant through the CAEP Research Committee to support her research project “Identifying Subgroups And Risk Among Frequent Emergency Department Users: Whose needs can safely be met elsewhere?”.

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Dr. Roy Purssell Receives CIHR Funding

January 31, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Roy Purssell! Dr. Purssell is a key member of a team of researchers who were awarded $520,200 from CIHR for their study “Opioid Prescribing Evaluation and Research Activities (OPERA)”. This important study will assess patterns of opioid prescription in BC in relation to serious outcomes and will evaluate the effects of policy […]

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Dr. Jeff Brubacher & Team Receive Major CIHR Award!

January 25, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Brubacher and his research team on their recent CIHR award of $876,000 over five years for a study titled “Predictors of poor health and functional recovery following road trauma: An emergency department inception cohort study”. This success in a field of 50 submissions from across Canada is a monumental accomplishment by […]

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BC Emergency Medicine Network Publication

January 18, 2018

The first publication on the BC Emergency Medicine Network, “The British Columbia Emergency Medicine Network: A Paradigm Shift in a Provincial System of Emergency Care” is available online in Cureus, an open-access medical journal (download full PDF here). The paper, written in collaboration with our patient partners, provides an overview of the EM Network, including […]

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UBC Digital Emergency Medicine Group Awarded Vancouver Foundation Grant

December 20, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Kendall Ho and the UBC Digital Emergency Medicine team! The UBC Digital Emergency Medicine (DigEM) group was recently awarded a Vancouver Foundation grant on their project “Evidence Supported Self-management Enablement and Cultural Engagement (ESSENCE): Supporting BC’s Multicultural Communities in Optimizing Evidence Supported Self-Management and Prevention of Chronic Diseases”, as part of the […]

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Register now! UBC EM Research Day – April 5, 2017

December 19, 2017

EM Research Day will feature podium presentations on completed or planned EM research, plus a plenary presentation by visiting professor, Dr. Paul Atkinson, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University, Chair of the Dalhousie Emergency Medicine Research Committee, and Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Atkinson’s work is highly respected […]

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Dr. Brian Grunau Receives the AHA Young Investigator Award

November 24, 2017

Congratulations to DEM faculty member and CHÉOS scientist, Dr. Brian Grunau, on receiving the American Heart Association (AHA) Young Investigator award. The award is presented annually for the top research submitted to the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium and is given to scientists within the first five years of their appointment. The research recognized was a part of […]

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New Developing Northern Research Collaboration Awards

November 1, 2017

The BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre has launched the Developing Northern Research Collaboration Awards to provide the opportunity for researchers, healthcare providers, decision makers and patient partners to develop patient-oriented research studies in Northern BC. The award will help to catalyze research that aligns with the SPOR Capacity Development Framework and the SPOR Patient Engagement Framework. The total amount available for this competition is $50,000, which […]

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Dr. Jeff Brubacher presented a statement at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

October 30, 2017

Dr. Jeff Brubacher appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on September 18th and presented a statement regarding their study of Bill C-46. The bill proposes new measures to combat impaired driving including random breathe testing of drivers for alcohol and introducing per se levels for THC. Both topics […]

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Congratulations to the NERD Block 2017 Graduating Class!

October 20, 2017

  The NERD (Novel Education in Research and Design) grads are pictured here with Course Director Dr. Riyad Abu-Laban on the far right. This year’s NERD participants included 12 Royal College EM Residents, two Pediatric EM Fellows, and one DEM Faculty Member. And special thanks to the 29 NERD Block Faculty Members, Workshop Group Facilitators Drs. […]

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Dr. Chad Kim Sing selected for the UBC-BH Emergency Medicine Leadership Fellow!

September 11, 2017

Please join me in congratulating Chad Kim Sing on being selected as the inaugural UBC-BH Emergency Medicine Leadership Fellow! The UBC Department of Emergency Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard recently collaborated on the development of a 2 year program to build leadership skills in promising future EM leaders. Chad is presently the […]

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Rural Online EM Journal Club Returns in September

September 1, 2017

Another exciting season of the Rural Emergency Medicine Journal Club is about to begin! Register online This online journal club is a great way for rural physicians with an interest in Emergency Medicine to form a community of practice across a dispersed geographical area. The online nature of this club allows you to join at […]

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Dr. James Heilman writes and fixes Wikipedia medical information

August 8, 2017

Cranbrook physician Dr. James Heilman is the only BC doctor, and one of only a few hundred physicians worldwide, who volunteers his time writing and editing Wikipedia to ensure its accuracy as a medical resource. As he explains in the Vancouver Sun profile, “Improving content on the internet is important global public health work, especially since […]

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Dr. Kevin Clark receives Patricia Clugston Award for Resident Teaching

July 11, 2017

Please join me in congratulating DEM faculty member Dr. Kevin Clark Kevin won the very special Patricia Clugston Award for Resident Teaching, The Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award For Excellence in Teaching recognizes a physician clinical educator for his or her contributions to Residents’ medical education. The recipient will have created a safe learning environment […]

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Dr. Jeff Brubacher receives the Noni MacDonald Award

July 4, 2017

Jeff Brubacher, Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine received the 2017 Noni MacDonald Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society. Noni MacDonald Award recognizes an article in Paediatrics & Child Health journal that has positively affected paediatric medicine. This year’s prize goes to the lead author, Dr. Jeff Brubacher of the article published in […]

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