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  • IMP bids farewell to Dr. Kathy Gaul

    Jun 26, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    kgIn June 2017, Island Medical Program (IMP) colleagues gathered to honor Dr. Kathy Gaul as she prepared to depart from her roles with the IMP.

    Since 2001, when she was part of the Medical Education Expansion UVic Advisory Committee for the IMP, Dr. Gaul has been instrumental in helping to bring the program from an initial proposal into reality. In the early years, she participated in countless meetings to understand and address the challenges that would be encountered in creating an island-wide medical education program. She was also a member of the UVic group who participated in site visits to the UBC Faculty of Medicine to learn more about the program and how it could successfully be expanded to the island, and she represented UVic at building project meetings.

    As the IMP Course Director, Foundations of Medicine, Years 1 & 2, Dr. Gaul has worked tirelessly to recruit lecturers, PBL and CBL tutors, pathologists, specialists and many others. She sat on numerous committees and has long been a passionate advocate for IMP students and the quality of the curriculum. Her infectious enthusiasm, passion for education, and the depth of her understanding and appreciation for the unique culture of distributed medical programs has been an ongoing source of strength as the IMP has taken its place as a valued part of the UBC Medical Education Program.

    In 2008, Dr. Gaul received the UVic Legacy Award for Teaching, and was the 2011 winner of the national Certificate of Merit Award from the Canadian Association of Medical Education. She achieved all of her roles at the IMP while simultaneously balancing a full-time faculty role in UVic’s Department of Exercise Physical Health and Education (EPHE), where she has been a member since 1993. Despite her hectic schedule, she always found time for her close family and sailing trips to remote areas of BC – things we hope she will have even more time to enjoy in the coming months and years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.