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Dr. Quynh Doan Receives FoM Strategic Investment Funding

December 12, 2018

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 Students Identify and […]

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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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View the 2017 DEM Strategic Plan

June 20, 2017

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DEM Residents Charles Stringer and Jen Chao win the CAEP 2017 SonoGames!

June 7, 2017

Big congratulations to Charles Stringer and Jen Chao for representing UBC and winning the inaugural CAEP SonoGames today! They were part of the “A Lines”, representing Western Canada. Also, congrats to Dr. Justin Ahn, their inspirational coach who is an Emerg Physician at Royal Columbian Hospital!  

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Please join us in congratulating Mike Ertel on his new position!

May 31, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Ertel to the role of Vice President, Medicine & Quality effective immediately. Dr. Ertel (Mike) is a practicing emergency physician at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and has been a highly respected member of the Interior Health medical community for more than 20 years. As a highly regarded speaker in Emergency Medicine, Mike […]

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Congratulations to Eric Grafstein and the MMU Deployment team for an effective response to the fentanyl crisis.

May 30, 2017

They received the Award of Excellence from Vancouver Coastal health for Teamwork & Collaboration. This award is for a team that has come together to problem-solve, break down boundaries and/or create new relationships, finding sustainable solutions to health care challenges. Award of Excellence Mobile Medical Unit Deployment Team, Vancouver Acute & Vancouver Community: Lori Korchinski, Afshan […]

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Dr. Jeff Brubacher receives CIHR funding

May 23, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Brubacher and co-investigators Mark Asbridge, Rollin Brant, Herbert Chan, Shannon Erdelyi, and Scott MacDonald on their recently awarded CIHR grant ($845,325 over five years) for their study “Evaluation of the effect of cannabis legalization on road safety”. This project will continue Dr. Brubacher’s “Cannabis and Motor Vehicle Crash Risk” study  in order to […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Kendall Ho for receiving the Award of Excellence in the People First Award category of Innovation

May 23, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Kendall Ho for receiving the Award of Excellence in the People First Award category of Innovation. Over 80 nominations from across the organization this year were received. The selection committee—comprised of Senior Executive Team members, directors and frontline staff—had the difficult task of evaluating the impressive entries based on the award criteria. For […]

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CIHR funds CanROC to study Epinephrine Doses in Cardiac Arrest

May 19, 2017

Congratulations to the CanROC Research Team. Led by Principal Investigator Paul Dorian in Toronto they have been successful with a $2.5 Million Dollar Grant from CIHR to study Epinephrine Dosing in Cardiac Arrest The randomized controlled blinded trial will compare standard dosing vs low dose vs placebo. This current dosing of epinephrine in cardiac arrest […]

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Dr. Quynh Doan Receives CIHR Funding

May 19, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan and her team members, who include Dr. Robert Stenstrom, on their recent CIHR  grant award (approximately $600K) to validate MyHEARTSMAP, a psychosocial assessment tool for use in the emergency department (ED). Although up to 70% of youth seeking care in the ED have an underlying mental health condition, only 10% seek […]

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ERT Award given to DEM residency program

May 18, 2017

The UBC Royal College of Emergency Medicine Residency Program received an award from the Vancouver Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), in appreciation for allowing ERT members to participate in a recent procedural skills educational event. Pictured here is Dr. Eric Vu presenting a plaque to Senior Resident Dr. Jonathan Lee.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Brubacher and Dr. Kendall Ho

May 18, 2017

Congratulations to DEM faculty members Dr. Jeff Brubacher and Dr. Kendall Ho for each being granted one of the 11 inaugural 2017 Health Professional-Investigator Awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). This success is a major achievement, both for Drs. Brubacher and Ho, and for the DEM as a whole. The MSFHR […]

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Dr. Sam Stewart receives 2017 CAME Certificate of Merit

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Stewart on receiving the 2017 Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of medical Education. this award recognizes his valuable contribution to medical education in our Faculty.

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