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    The IMP needs volunteers to help train medical students

    Aug 22, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

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    Calling all volunteers – the Island’s medical students need your help

    The Island Medical Program (IMP), which delivers the UBC MD Undergraduate Program in partnership with UVic, is looking for volunteers to help medical students with clinical skills training.

    Clinical skills are a critical component of a medical student’s education. In these sessions, each one overseen by a licensed physician, medical students not only learn how to perform certain medical procedures – such as a physical exam or checkup – but also how to effectively interact with patients.

    “Volunteers give our students an opportunity to practice their skills with a real person,” said Karen Basi, the IMP’s Patient Programs Coordinator. “But just as important, students also learn how to connect with patients in a sensitive, empathetic, and respectful manner. This is crucial, and we want the community – whom our students are training to serve – to be involved in this process.”

    Right now, the IMP has several volunteer streams. These include Volunteer Patients, on whom students learn how to perform various physical exams; Standardized Patients, actors who portray real patient symptoms and histories; First Patients, who highlight the unique healthcare needs of those with chronic health conditions; and Female and Male Clinical Teaching Associates (FCTAs and MCTAs), who help teach second-year medical students how to perform gynecological and urogenitary exams, respectively.

    The Male Clinical Teaching Associate program was unveiled just last year, in 2016, and saw its first-ever clinical sessions in January 2017. Similar to FCTAs, Male Clinical Teaching Associates assume the role of both instructor and knowledgeable teacher and, with the support of a physician, guide students through an exam of the urogenital system, including the prostate.

    According to Dr. Nathan Hoag, who graduated from the IMP in 2009 and now oversees these sessions, the MCTA program’s first year was a “huge success.”

    “We had an excellent response from the volunteers, who found the sessions both interesting and meaningful. And, by all accounts, the students found the experience to be an incredibly informative one. We’re excited to build upon last year.”

    Ron, part of first cohort of volunteers for the MCTA program, was uneasy at first, but soon found the experience both interesting and meaningful.

    “When I saw the teaching videos, I was nervous,” he said. “But after studying the material and practicing with the students, I felt more at ease. The feedback from the students was encouraging and rewarding: they said how much they enjoyed my teaching style, that my participation had greatly benefited them and their learning.”

    To help promote these important volunteer opportunities – including the new MCTA program – IMP faculty, staff, and students will attend Men’s Health Day, an annual, community-wide event that takes place on Saturday, September 9 at The Tillicum Centre, 9:30am to 3:00pm. There, the IMP team will host a booth where participants, in addition to talking with Dr. Hoag about men’s prostate health, can also learn more about the IMP and its volunteer opportunities.

    Men’s Health Day will also feature booths from other organizations, some of which will offer free testing, health assessments, consultations, and health materials to men of all ages.

    For more information about the IMP’s volunteer opportunities, please contact Karen Basi, the Patient Programs Coordinator, at 250-370-8111 ext. 12386 or karenpri@uvic.ca. Or visit the Volunteer Patient Program website: imp.uvic.ca/community/clinical-teaching-associates/index.php

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    In the spirit of Men’s Health Day, we also asked Dr. Nathan Hoag some questions about prostate health, and how men can avoid and better monitor their own health.

    What advice do you have for men regarding prostate health?

    Men should speak to their GP or urologist about their prostate health to determine whether prostate cancer screening is appropriate. If it is, screening is typically done once a year between the ages of 50-75, assuming good health. This may start earlier if there is a family history of prostate cancer.

    What can men do to maintain good prostate health and avoid any issues?

    In general, we advocate for a healthy diet and exercise. We also urge men to talk with their doctor or urologist about any issues they may have, and to do so as soon as possible.

    It seems that men put off having their prostate checked. Why is this?

    Men are sometimes unwilling to seek medical care for these sensitive issues. Some of it has to do with embarrassment; some of it is a reluctance to admit something is wrong. It’s critical that men talk to their doctors to prevent delayed diagnosis of potentially life-threatening problems.

    What are some good resources to learn more about prostate health?

    The Island Prostate Centre (www.islandprostatecentre.com) and the Men’s Health Initiative of BC (www.aboutmen.ca) are both excellent resources.


    Interim Assistant Dean, Curriculum, of the UBC Faculty of Medicine offers faculty development workshop

    Jul 27, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    On June 12, Dr. Cheryl Holmes, the Interim Assistant Dean, Curriculum, for the UBC MD Undergraduate Program, visited the Island Medical Program to give a faculty development workshop.

    Fifteen IMP faculty took part in the workshop, called “Exploring the Hidden Curriculum – We Are Teaching Far More Than We Know,” which explored how a teacher’s behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes all shape a student’s learning experience.

    Earlier that day, Holmes met with IMP administrators to discuss the MD Undergraduate Program’s curriculum; talked with students about their learning experiences; then joined Kurt McBurney, Assistant Teaching Professor, for a tour of UVic’s Medical Sciences Building.

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    Are you an IMP faculty member or resident? Throughout the year, Faculty Development provides a variety of workshop opportunities to IMP faculty to enrich your skills. Dr. Sarah Buydens, the IMP’s Regional Director of Faculty Development, encourages you to contact Nicole Coutts, Faculty Development Support, at facdev@uvic.ca to learn more, and to get involved.


    Aboriginal high school students visit the Island Medical Program

    Jul 26, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

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    In the middle of a hot week in July, the University of Victoria eagerly met with the next generation of Aboriginal university students – and, possibly, some future members of the UBC Island Medical Program.

    Every year, the UVic Indigenous Mini-University Summer Camp, otherwise known as MiniU, invites BC Aboriginal youth from grades eight to twelve to UVic’s campus, where they learn more about what post-secondary education can offer them.

    “We have Aboriginal students from all walks of life,” said Ricky-Lee Watts, who’s worked as a MiniU chaperone for the last four years. “Some students are confident about going to university; others aren’t interested. Some don’t think about it – they don’t believe they can make it. We want to show the students that, if they’re determined, they can get into, and succeed in, university.”

    On Tuesday, July 11, the students gathered in the First Peoples House, on UVic’s campus, for a career fair-style event. Here, they talked with faculty, staff, and students from various university programs, including the Island Medical Program.

    The next morning, the students stopped by UVic’s Medical Sciences Building, where first- and second-year IMP students spend the bulk of their time. Kurt McBurney, an IMP Assistant Teaching Professor, took the MiniU group upstairs to see a state-of-the-art multi-purpose lab, where they also got some hands-on time with, and learned more about, the human skeleton.

    Then they joined Rhys Mahannah, the IMP’s Admissions and Communications Coordinator, for a presentation about the UBC MD Undergraduate Program – including its requirements and an overview of its curriculum – in one of the MSB’s high-tech lecture halls.

    Mahannah presented on behalf of James Andrew, the Aboriginal Student Initiatives Coordinator for the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Andrew travels across BC and Canada to connect with Aboriginal students, introduce them to the MD Undergraduate Program through workshops, events, and presentations.

    While he wasn’t able to present at this year’s event, Andrew did talk about the lack of Aboriginal doctors in Canada, and why it’s an issue that needs to be addressed.

    “Of all the doctors in Canada, only 300 are Aboriginal, which is less than 1%,” said Andrews. “BC First Nations need Aboriginal doctors who can meld medical knowledge with the social and cultural knowledge of their communities. This is crucial to providing quality care.”

    BC and Canada still have a long way to go to address this shortage, said Andrew. But the UBC Faculty of Medicine is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal doctors.

    “The Faculty is very proud of its Aboriginal program,” said Andrew. “It’s considered, across the country, to be a leading institution in recruiting and supporting Aboriginal medical students.”

    One eager future med student is Bryna LaPlonte, a MiniU participant from Abbotsford, BC, who’s heading into grade twelve. LaPlonte figured she’d have to go to McGill or UBC to achieve her dream of becoming a pediatrician. Then she learned she could get an MD with the Island Medical Program, which delivers the UBC MD Undergraduate Program in partnership with UVic.

    After I found that out, at the career fair, I had to text my mom,” said LaPlonte. “I told her, ‘I found my school. I know where I’m going to university!’”

    “It was amazing to discover that I could study medicine at UVic,” continued LaPlonte, whose first choice for her undergraduate degree is UVic. “It’s so great to know that I can study what I want in a place – Vancouver Island – that I love.”

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    As of 2017, the UBC MD Undergraduate Program has graduated 71 Aboriginal doctors. UBC originally set a goal, in 2002, to graduate 50 Aboriginal students by 2020. That goal was reached in May 2015 – five years ahead of schedule. Learn more about this important milestone at: http://www.med.ubc.ca/ubc-aboriginal-md-program-meets-goal-five-years-ahead-of-schedule/

    Waheeda Esmail joins the IMP as new Regional Administrative Director

    Jul 4, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    We are pleased to welcome Waheeda Esmail as the new Regional Administrative Director for the Island Medical Program. Waheeda took over for Lianne Peterson, who retired on June 30, 2017.

    Waheeda joins us from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, where she most recently held the position of Associate Director of Administration. In this role, she implemented and led a shared service centre that oversaw the Human Resources, Finance, and Student Affairs administration for three clinical departments. She has extensive experience in financial management, strategic planning, change management communications, research administration, and project management.

    We recently connected with Waheeda to learn a little more about her.

    How did you first become interested in medical administration?

    Throughout my university education, I worked in the financial sector to fund my educational pursuits. After completing a Masters in Religious Studies, I sought employment in the public sector, as it became increasingly important to me to pursue a career that was in line with my values of service to the community. I decided to work in higher education, because I simply loved the energy of the university environment. The Faculty of Medicine at McGill took a chance on me, so to speak, and there I joined a community of smart and dedicated individuals working towards common goals within a complex environment. As it turned out, a career in medical administration had just the right workplace dynamic to keep me engaged and stimulated!

    Are there any specific professional experiences in particular that you’ll draw from as you begin your work with IMP?

    There are many areas of my past I expect to draw from. While at McGill, I worked for nine departments in the Faculty of Medicine (Pathology; Anatomy and Cell Biology; Oncology; Surgery; Anesthesia; Otolaryngology; Pediatrics; Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Pediatric Surgery). Specifically, I oversaw their human resources and financial administration, academic affairs, and the administration of medical education. In addition to this work experience, I hold a Chartered Professional of Human Resources designation and use my knowledge of HR best practices to lead teams. I have also been active in the non-profit sector, where, as an elected board member, I’ve focused on questions surrounding governance and decision-making processes. I believe that the above coupled with my 18 years of experience in client service will serve me well in my role here at the IMP.

    What excites you about IMP, and what do you look forward to strengthening in the program?

    The distributed learning model, the partnership with the various institutions, and our own Division of Medical Science are all areas that I find exciting about the IMP. I look forward to learning how they all function and how my role and those of my team can help each area achieve its strategic goals. One thing that can always be strengthened in any work environment is relationships. The IMP already possesses an excellent team of energetic and dedicated individuals, and I hope to contribute to the positive work environment that has already been established here.

    You’ve been described as having a synergistic and collaborative working style. What can IMP colleagues expect?

    I believe the people who know the work best are the people who actually do the work! As a result, I want to hear from our administrative specialists on what works and what doesn’t and how we can improve the administration together.

    Do you have any hobbies or interest you’d like to share?

    Well I am a complete sci-fi nerd, so I welcome all references to things like Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc.

    Is there anything else you’d like to add or share from a professional or personal standpoint?

    Only to say that I am absolutely thrilled to join you at the IMP and Division of Medical Sciences, and that the welcome I have received has been truly wonderful. I would like to thank Lianne especially for all the work and preparation she has put into orienting me these past few weeks. Though our feet may be of similar size, I apparently need to buy 70+ pairs of shoes to fill!


    The IMP welcomes the new Executive Assistant to the Regional Associate Dean

    Jul 25, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    kpWe are pleased to introduce Kyla Patterson as the new Executive Assistant to Dr. Bruce Wright, Regional Associate Dean, IMP and Head, DMS.

    Kyla comes to us from the UVic Faculty of Law, where she has worked for the past three years as the Law Careers Assistant. Kyla also has experience as the Office Manager for a busy chiropractor in Victoria, and as a Teaching Assistant with the UVic Geography department.

    We reached out to Kyla to find out a little bit more about her.

    It looks like you've had an interesting work history: Law faculty, chiropractic office, teaching assistant. How has each of those experiences helped you hone your skills?

    I view learning as a lifelong endeavor, and am driven to develop and master new skill-sets. Having work experience in a variety of fields has allowed me to hone my skills in managing information, commitment to quality, project and task management, communication, and teamwork. In my roles as the Law Careers Assistant and as the office manager for Progressive Chiropractic, I worked to create and maintain respectful and friendly working relationships with the students and patients, as well as positive and cooperative team dynamics with the Law Careers Officer and chiropractor, respectively.

    What kind of teaching were you involved in?

    As a teaching assistant for undergraduate geography courses, I independently instructed and graded the laboratory components for surveying and remote sensing classes.

    What are you looking forward to at the IMP?

    As the daughter of a General Practitioner, a former office manager of a chiropractor, and a former athlete having sustained long-term injuries, I have an innate passion for working in a medically related career. I look forward to being a part of the collaborative and friendly environment of the Island Medical Program, and contributing to the high caliber of service that the program provides to its students.

    What would you like to share about yourself - hobbies/interests, or any interesting stories that tell us more about who you are?

    I love to hike, travel and explore! I've been very fortunate to visit many countries in Europe and South America, as well as having helicoptered into the remote back country of beautiful British Columbia while helping with glacier research. I also enjoy indoor time playing strategic board games, watching movies, and cuddling with my cat.

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    Kyla is replacing Katie Gerritsen, who will be moving over to fill Claire Abanto’s shoes as part-time Executive Assistant to Waheeda Esmail, Administrative Director, IMP, and Dr. Laura Farrell, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program, IMP. Claire will be leaving for Maternity Leave on July 26 (or maybe sooner!) Alisha Lemmen, who job-shares the Executive Assistant position with Claire/Katie, will be continuing in her role.


    Innovative MSK clinic welcomes third-year IMP students for orthopedic rotations

    Jul 6, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    The Island Medical Program (IMP) is pleased to announce that orthopedic rotations for third-year students are now taking place at Rebalance MD, Victoria’s primary musculoskeletal clinic.

    Introducing Rebalance MD

    Rebalance features a wide range of musculoskeletal (MSK) specialists who work out of a single clinical site, facilitating greater collaboration between different kinds of healthcare disciplines. Indeed, all of Victoria’s 18 orthopedic surgeons work here, as do eight sport medicine physicians, three physiatrists (rehabilitation medicine specialists), and 11 physiotherapists. Ancillary services such as splinting, bracing, orthotics, and diagnostic imaging are also on site; the clinic even coordinates visits from other health professionals for consults and workshops.

    Since opening its doors in 2013, Rebalance has played a key role in revolutionizing MSK care in Victoria. It has dramatically reduced referral times (from an average of 40 weeks to eight weeks); increased patient accessibility and quality of care; and streamlined every step of the diagnostic, treatment, and recovery process for both surgical and non-surgical cases. Most of the area’s patients who are referred for MSK care go to Rebalance.

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    Helping Train Tomorrow’s Doctors

    At Rebalance, third-year IMP students work with a multidisciplinary healthcare team to treat patients for a wide range of MSK injuries and conditions, helping to provide patients with easy access to the right type and level of care for their condition.

    “These orthopedic rotations are quite unique, in that they provide students with a wide exposure to an integrated system of care for MSK problems,” says Dr. Laura Farrell, Assistant Dean of the IMP. “Not only do they learn from orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians, but students also work with physiotherapists and physiatrists to understand their roles in the diagnosis and management of MSK issues. In addition, they spend time with Rebalance’s “Joint Program Navigators,” who guide hip and knee-replacement patients through the treatment process, including preparation for surgery and post-operative rehabilitation.”

    In addition to time spent at the Rebalance clinic location, students visit Royal Jubilee or Victoria General Hospitals to assist in an operating room during surgical procedures, and to rotate through the Cast Clinic.

    Rebalance is no stranger to student education. For years, it has hosted IMP fourth-year students for electives, and has provided training and co-op placements for students from a variety of other UVic disciplines, such as Bioengineering, Kinesiology, and Health Informatics. The clinic has also participated in medical residencies and fellowships in response to requests from UBC and other post-graduates from across the country.

    “We are excited about the possibilities for education and health innovation that will come from this new working relationship with the Island Medical Program,” says Rebalance CEO, Stefan Fletcher. “We believe that our collaborative, patient-centric model is a good example of what’s possible for the future of health care.”

    Right Person, Right Place, Right Time

    Rebalance MD’s cheery 14,500 square foot clinic in Saanich’s Uptown Centre provides a full range of musculoskeletal outpatient services for both surgical and non-operative conditions.

    One of the things that sets Rebalance apart from other multidisciplinary clinics is that there is no “pay-to-play”. Their service model was designed by physicians and specialists in close communication with Island Health, the Ministry of Health, and primary care providers – ensuring that the treatment model works as efficiently and effectively as possible within the broader health system.

    Reduced Referral Times

    Rebalance’s FAAST referral model (First Available Specialist Triage) has cut referral times from an average of 40 weeks to eight weeks. It ensures that patients are quickly directed to the most appropriate specialist for their condition. FAAST provides:

    • a single point of entry for all musculoskeletal referrals (previously, there were five)
    • a standardized referral template, developed in conjunction with primary care providers
    • standardized x-ray views which have been adopted across the system.

    The Scrum Room

    One of the key spaces at Rebalance is the Scrum Room. Here, musculoskeletal physicians and other professionals have work stations in a conference room, allowing them to quickly discuss and gather second opinions on complicated cases.

    Joint Program Navigators

    Five “navigators” (four nurses and a physiotherapist) work out of a different part of the clinic, liaising with hip and knee replacement patients to guide them through each step of pre- and post-operative care and rehabilitation. The navigators help patients understand the process and ensure that all appropriate consultations and ancillary services are scheduled in a timely fashion.


    The IMP unveils a new volunteer patient program

    Jul 4, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    Starting in January 2018, the Island Medical Program (IMP) will pilot a new 11-month patient program that pairs medical students with members of the community who are living with a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, hypertension, or inflammatory bowel disease.

    The initiative, called the First Patient Program (FPtP), will give students a longitudinal understanding of their First Patient’s experience – that is, how a chronic condition affects the patient over time, including their social, mental, and emotional well-being.

    The First Patient Program will join the IMP’s roster of other well-established clinical skills and family practice clinical sessions, designed for Year 1 and 2 students. These include face-to-face time with volunteer patients, standardized patients, clinical teaching associates, and clinical experience in family practice settings with Family Practice preceptors.

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    Increasing Self-Awareness and Developing Empathy

    The IMP’s First Patient Program, modeled after the First Patient Program at Queen’s University School of Medicine, integrates medical students into the lives of their patients. This first-hand experiential training – which focuses on melding a personal and professional approach to long-term care – leads to more self-aware, empathetic, and effective doctors.

    How does the program work? In their January semester, two first-year students are paired with one volunteer patient, the First Patient. Besides a short summer break, students will work with their patient for 11 months, until December of their second year.

    During this time, students will connect with their patient at least five times. In addition to an at-home consultation, students will also accompany their patient to two primary physician appointments and, at a minimum, two other medically relevant appointments.

    Students will become familiar with their patient’s medical history, document the patient’s story and circumstances, and research the patient’s experience with chronic issues. As a result, students will better understand the psychosocial, family, cultural, and religious issues that may affect the patient’s situation. The patient’s primary physician, known as a First Patient Physician, will provide guidance throughout the 11-month period and review the students’ assignments.

    First Patient Physician Involvement

    If you are a physician (family practice or other specialty) with patients who may be interested in becoming First Patients, or if you would like to apply to be a First Patient Physician, please contact Karen Basi, the IMP’s Patient Programs Coordinator, at karenpri@uvic.ca or 250-370-8111 ext. 12386.


    The IMP's Regional Administrative Director, Lianne Peterson, retires after 12 years

    Jun 30, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    After 12 years as Regional Administrative Director for the Island Medical Program (IMP), Lianne Peterson will finally settle into a well-earned retirement on July 1, 2017.

    Lianne has had a legendary impact on the IMP. Since first joining the program, in 2005, she has worked tirelessly with both Regional Associate Deans – first Dr. Oscar Casiro, now Dr. Bruce Wright – to expand and strengthen UBC’s medical education programs across Vancouver Island.

    lpTo highlight all she has done would be an exercise in futility; there is simply too much to list. But here are few of her bigger accomplishments: (1) working closely with Dr. Casiro, she was integral in transforming the Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning (CICSL) from an idea on paper to a full-fledged centre, now housed at Royal Jubilee Hospital. (2) She spearheaded the amalgamation of undergraduate and postgraduate administrative functions, leading to greater efficiency. (3) And, shortly after her arrival, Lianne worked with her team to develop a value-system for the IMP – the values people felt were the most important to a happy, productive, and respectful work environment.

    It's that last point, perhaps, that reflects Lianne’s most impressive accomplishment – the way she managed her team. Despite all that her role demanded, which she handled with grace and verve, she always made time for her colleagues, whom she treated with compassion, enthusiasm, and genuine interest. Her desire to help others did not stop with the IMP, either. She was also involved with the broader UVic community, where, for example, she helped organize Connect U, a professional development conference for UVic staff. Indeed, Lianne exhibited the traits of a true leader – intelligence, hard work, generosity, support, strong ethics – and she helped cultivate those same traits in the people around her and in those with whom she worked.

    Lianne has made her indelible mark on the IMP. She has contributed immensely, not only to countless individuals, but also to medical education on Vancouver Island and across BC. We wish Lianne all the best in her next stage of life, which she’ll enjoy with her husband, Carl, and – as the rumors go – a new canine companion. But we shall miss her all the same.

    Lianne was also recently featured on the Faculty of Medicine’s Staff Spotlight, where she shared some of her all-time favorite IMP moments. Check it out here.


    The IMP celebrates 10 years of IMP graduates

    Jun 29, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    2017 marks the 10th Class of Island Medical Program (IMP) graduates to receive UBC Faculty of Medicine MD degrees.

    The IMP opened its doors in 2004, when UBC launched Canada's first fully distributed undergraduate medical education program, part of a long-term strategy to help address regional shortages of physicians, particularly in small, rural, and Aboriginal communities. UBC's distributed program allows students to complete their training in underserved areas, where they are more likely to return to practice once their training is complete.

    Hundreds of clinical teachers from across Vancouver Island are involved in the education of IMP students. The IMP has affiliated regional centres in Duncan, Nanaimo, Comox, and Campbell River; and community-based health centres in Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Tofino, and Salt Spring Island.

    IMP students are admitted through the same process and follow the same curriculum as their peers in the Northern Medical Program (NMP), Southern Medical Program (SMP), and Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP). IMP graduates receive a UBC MD degree.

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    Where They’re From and Where They’re Going

    • 49.4% of IMP students were previous graduates of UVic/VIU and/or Vancouver Island high schools.
    • 58.7% of IMP graduates were female, 41.3% were male; 6.6% were Aboriginal
    • 38.9% of IMP graduates were matched to residencies in British Columbia
    • 17.4% of IMP graduates were matched to residencies on Vancouver Island.
    • 47.9% of IMP graduates went on to Family Medicine residencies; 26.8% of those were on Vancouver Island
    • 10.1% of IMP graduates went on to Internal Medicine residencies; 20.7% of those were on Vancouver Island
    • 7.3% of IMP graduates went on to Psychiatry residencies; 28.6% of those were on Vancouver Island

    IMP Graduates, Classes of 2008-2017

    Total number of IMP graduates: 288

    • 169 female
    • 119 male
    • 19 Aboriginal

    Where IMP students came from:

    • 98 - UVic graduates
    • 4 - Vancouver Island University (VIU) graduates
    • 88 - Vancouver Island high school graduates
    • 98 - other

    Total number of post-graduate residency matches (through CaRMS, the Canadian Resident Matching Service for post-graduate medical training throughout Canada) 

    287*

    * not all students enter the CaRMS match following graduation

    286* students entered the following residencies:

    • 6 - Anatomical Pathology & General Path
    • 16 - Anaesthesiology
    • 1 - Community Medicine
    • 2 - Dermatology
    • 10 - Diagnostic Radiology
    • 6 - Emergency Medicine
    • 138 - Family Medicine
    • 4 - General Surgery
    • 2 - Hematological Pathology
    • 29 - Internal Medicine
    • 3 - Neurology
    • 2 - Neurosurgery
    • 9 - Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • 5 - Opthalmology
    • 4 - Orthopedic Surgery
    • 2 - Otolaryngology
    • 7 - Pediatrics
    • 5 - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • 1 - Plastic Surgery
    • 21 - Psychiatry
    • 7 - Radiation Oncology
    • 6 - Urology

    BC and Vancouver Island Residencies:

    A total of 112 IMP graduates were matched for residencies in British Columbia, with 50 of those on Vancouver Island:

    • 20 - Family Medicine, Victoria
    • 8 - Family Medicine, Nanaimo
    • 4 - Family Medicine, Strathcona
    • 5 - Family Medicine, Aboriginal
    • 1 - Emergency Medicine
    • 6 - Internal Medicine
    • 6 - Psychiatry

    Introducing the IMP's new Executive Assistant to the Regional Associate Dean

    Jun 28, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    We are pleased to introduce Kyla Patterson, the new Executive Assistant to Dr. Bruce Wright, Regional Associate Dean, IMP and Head, DMS.

    Kyla comes to us from the UVic Faculty of Law, where she's worked as the Law Careers Assistant for the past three years. Kyla also has experience as an office manager for a busy chiropractor in Victoria, and as a Teaching Assistant with the UVic Geography department.

    We asked Kyla a few questions to learn a little bit more about her.

    It looks like you've had an interesting work history: UVic's Faculty of Law, a chiropractic office, as a teaching assistant. How has each of those experiences helped you hone your skills?

    I view learning as a lifelong endeavor, and I'm driven to develop and master new skill-sets. Working in a variety of fields has allowed me to hone my skills in managing information, project and task management, communication, and teamwork. In my roles as the Law Careers Assistant and as the Office Manager for Progressive Chiropractic, I worked to create and maintain respectful and friendly working relationships with the students and patients, as well as positive and cooperative team dynamics.

    What kind of teaching were you involved in?

    As a teaching assistant for undergraduate geography courses, I independently instructed and graded the laboratory components for surveying and remote sensing classes.

    What are you looking forward to at the IMP?

    As the daughter of a General Practitioner, a former office manager of a chiropractor, and a former athlete with, now, long-term injuries, I have an innate passion for working in a medical-related career. I look forward to being a part of the collaborative and friendly environment at the Island Medical Program, and to contributing to the high caliber of service that the program offers its students.

    What are some of your hobbies and interests?

    I love to hike, travel, and explore! I've been very fortunate to visit many countries in Europe and South America, as well as having helicoptered into the remote back country of beautiful British Columbia while helping with glacier research. I also enjoy indoor time playing strategic board games, watching movies, and cuddling with my cat.

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    Kyla is replacing Katie Gerritsen, who will be moving over to fill Claire Abanto’s shoes as part-time Executive Assistant to Waheeda Esmail, Administrative Director, IMP, and Dr. Laura Farrell, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program, IMP. Claire will be on Maternity Leave on July 26 (or maybe sooner!) Alisha Lemmen, who job-shares the Executive Assistant position with Claire/Katie, will be continuing in her role.


    Calling all female volunteers -- Island Medical Program students need your help

    Jun 27, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    The Island Medical Program (IMP), which delivers the UBC MD Undergraduate Program in partnership with UVic, is looking for female volunteers to help train the next generation of doctors.

    Each year, from September to October, second-year medical students learn how to conduct gynecological and breast exams in their clinical skills classes. These classes, which take place at Royal Jubilee Hospital Coronation Annex, the IMP’s clinical campus, involve three to four students; a physician tutor; and a healthy female volunteer, known as Female Clinical Teaching Associate (FCTA). FCTAs are trained as both instructor and patient, and together with the physician tutor, they help students develop the sensitive communication skills and techniques required for an effective exam.

    These sessions are essential to medical education. They allow students to practice in a safe, supportive, professional environment, said Dr. Dr. Alex Henri-Bhargava, the Year 1 & 2 Site Director for Clinical Skills. But, just as important, they give patients a voice about the treatment they receive.

    “Without FCTAs, there would be no way for students to practice properly,” said Dr. Henri-Bhargava. “It’s absolutely crucial that doctors-in-training work closely with, and listen to feedback from, the people they’ll soon be serving.”

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    The community shares this sentiment. Since the FCTA program started in 2006, the response has been powerful – nearly 20 volunteers have participated, and nine of them are now senior FCTAs (meaning they’ve come back in subsequent years).

    “We’ve been blessed with a dedicated number of women who teach these sessions,” said Karen Basi, the IMP’s Patient Programs Coordinator. “They’re passionate about the quality of medical care provided to females, and as clinical teaching associates, they help shape what care can and should look like when performing these sensitive exams.”

    One of the IMP’s most senior FCTAs, Michelle, has been with the program since 2008. Besides the students, what impresses her most is the quality of education and the focus on the patient experience.

    “The work is powerful. It is authentic, holistic learning at a level rarely seen,” she said. “As a woman and mother of a daughter, I am a strong advocate of this unique clinical skills environment; not only are medical students gaining clinical skills, but they’re also learning how to be respectful, supportive, and woman-focused during sensitive examinations that are essential for lifelong wellness.”

    IMP students actually begin clinical skills training in first year, where they start with the basics – how to build a rapport with patients, for instance, and the skills to conduct simple physical exams.

    Students then advance to more complicated, and more sensitive, exams in their second year, including the gynecological and breast exams. Last year, the IMP also unveiled the male equivalent to the FCTA – Male Clinical Teaching Associates (MCTAs), who help students with urogenital assessments.

    Erin Coates, now a third-year student, has had experience with both the FCTAs and MCTAs. Their feedback has been invaluable, she said, in her training to become a patient-centric physician.

    “It’s been a real privilege working with the CTAs,” she said. “They’re very knowledgeable, and I appreciate their focus on communication, specifically as it relates to making them feel comfortable, respected, and in control of their treatments.”

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    If you or someone you know would like to get involved as a Female Clinical Training Associate, please contact Karen Basi, the Patient Program Coordinator, at karenpri@uvic.ca or 250-370-8111 ext: 12386.

    Recruitment for FCTAs ends in August. Training will take place in early September; classes run from September to October. Volunteers receive an honorarium for each training and exam session.

    For more information on the Clinical Teaching Associate programs and other volunteer opportunities, check the clinical teaching associates website: imp.uvic.ca/community/clinical-teaching-associates/index


    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.


    Meet 2017 IMP Graduate Melissa Dekker

    May 23, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    MELISSA DEKKER

    Hometown: Courtenay, BC

    What attracted you to your field?
    I was drawn to medicine because it marries my passion for human sciences and pathophysiology with my love of problem solving, and it offers the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.

    mdIn 10 years, what UBC moment will you still be talking about?
    I will never forget the day I received my letter of acceptance into the UBC Faculty of Medicine. It was such an incredibly exciting moment and it was the beginning of some of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life.

    What’s next for you?
    I am beyond thrilled to be returning home to the Comox Valley to complete my residency in family medicine.

    As you look ahead, what (or who) inspires you?
    My biggest inspiration and source of strength is my best friend and sister-in-law Jenn. She was the most remarkable human being I have ever known and although she is not here to celebrate this milestone in my life, her lessons of love and courage are with me always.

    Name one thing on your bucket list.
    Cycle the Tour De France race course.


    Meet 2017 IMP Graduate Shirley Rudecki

    May 24, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    SHIRLEY RUDECKI

    Hometown: Prince George, BC

    What attracted you to your field?
    A career in family medicine has always been on my radar. As with most medical students, however, I entered my clinical years eager to fully experience and consider each of the medical and surgical disciplines. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed each of these different areas and how difficult it would be to select just one. This confirmed my previous thoughts on pursuing a career in family medicine. It will satisfy my broad range of medical interests, while also giving me the flexibility to develop a practice focus. More importantly, I am excited about taking on a role that emphasizes preventative health. There is nothing more rewarding then helping my future patients live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

    srIn 10 years, what UBC moment will you still be talking about?
    That’s a hard question to answer when I feel that I’ve walked away with many memorable UBC moments! However, one that stands out would be the time that my IMP cohort flocked to Victoria for an orientation weekend. We were welcomed with open arms by the amazing second year students. They had planned an exciting weekend for us that featured a Victoria-wide scavenger hunt, BBQ, and animal themed party – just to name a few. That weekend got us all a little bit more excited about what was to come and was also the start of many amazing friendships.

    What’s next for you?
    Next comes a family medicine residency in Chilliwack, BC! I could not be more excited for this next part of the journey. I look forward to continue learning from my patients as I begin to shape what my future practice will look like as a family doctor. At this time, I see myself working in a small- to medium-sized community, providing comprehensive primary care with an interest in obstetrics and women’s health.

    As you look ahead, who inspires you?
    My wonderful parents have always been and continue to be my greatest inspiration. Their approach to work-life balance has always been admirable. While exceling in their own careers, they also prioritized family commitments and wellbeing. I will continue to use their success and happiness as a model for my future professional and personal life.

    Name one thing on your bucket list.
    After dedicating many years to school, I look forward to spending some of my time traveling and exploring the world. A hot ticket item on my bucket list includes pursuing an authentic safari experience in Africa!


    Meet 2017 IMP Graduate Nathan Stefani

    May 22, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    NATHAN STEFANI

    Hometown: Nanaimo, BC

    What attracted you to your field?
    Emergency departments represent the one place in our society where any person can come at any time of day or night and find the help they need – all ages, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, personal expectations, and pathologies come through those doors. I am attracted to the inherent unpredictability, the patient diversity, and the diagnostic challenges that arise on every shift in emergency medicine.

    NSWhat UBC moment will you still be talking about?
    A defining moment for me was when I started a young man on suboxone therapy during my addictions elective at St. Paul’s Hospital. He was addicted to heroin, and had watched many of his friends die from opioid overdose. He was terrified of the same thing happening to him, but couldn’t stop using heroin. Suboxone is a drug that binds to the brain’s opioid receptors in such a way that cravings are reduced, protecting the person from overdosing. This patient did very well on suboxone and cried with gratitude when he left the hospital because he didn’t feel chained to his addiction anymore. It felt like we had saved a life and that interaction sparked a passion in me for addictions medicine that I hope to further pursue during my career in emergency medicine.

    What’s next for you?
    I am starting an emergency medicine residency in Victoria, BC, on July 1st. Before then, you’ll find me on a beach in southern California.

    As you look ahead, who inspires you?
    I am inspired by the doctors I know who are many years into their practice but still find meaning and pleasure in what they do. They are excellent clinicians and dedicated patient advocates but not at the expense of their families or their sanity. I want to be like them someday.

    Name one thing on your bucket list
    To surf inside a barreling wave.


    Meet 2017 IMP Graduate Brett Baumann

    May 25, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    BRETT BAUMANN

    Hometown: Qualicum Beach, BC

    What attracted you to your field?

    During my undergrad and later during my MBA I found myself interested in public health and governmental policy but wanted to find more of a tangible connection with the people I was working to help. Medicine provides that and allows me to spend my day learning from and helping patients in my community.

    bbIn 10 years, what UBC moment will you still be talking about?
    I’ll remember my time at the UBC Island Medical Program for being filled with amazing medical experiences and for giving me the opportunity to make lifelong professional and personal connections. The people here in Victoria made it a truly unique learning environment.

    What’s next for you?
    I’m excited to be staying in Victoria to start my residency in Internal Medicine!

    As you look ahead, who inspires you?
    Being in medicine allows for a lot of opportunity to draw inspiration from people in our daily lives. We get to meet interesting and perseverant patients and work alongside passionate people who share a common goal. It’s easy to go to work when that’s the environment waiting for you everyday.

    Name one thing on your bucket list.
    Visiting the Galapagos Islands is something I’ve wanted to do since my years in undergrad. I’ll be hoping to cross it off during residency.




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