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  • Faculty

    Faculty members in the Island Medical Program can be divided into several groups: basic science faculty, academic clinicians and clinical faculty.


    Basic Science Faculty

    Basic Science faculty members have responsibilities for research, teaching and service activities (eg. committee service). They are members of the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria, the research arm of the Island Medical Program. For more information about faculty members, please see the Division of Medical Sciences website. Read about the latest recipient of the Dr. Bruce Crawford Award.


    Clinician Researchers

    Clinician researchers are primarily responsible for conducting clinical research. They may also be involved in some clinical teaching of medical students. They normally hold UBC appointments, with affiliate status at the University of Victoria through the Division of Medical Sciences. Some of them have offices in the Medical Sciences Building at UVic, while others are located in clinical space in Victoria. Please see more information about our clinician researchers on the Division of Medical Sciences website.


    Clinical Faculty

    Clinical Faculty members are practicing physicians who have responsibility for teaching medical students in all years of the program. They teach clinical skills or act as problem-based learning and DPAS (Doctor Patient and Society) tutors. Family practitioners also act as preceptors in the Family Practice course. Specialist clinicians supervise students in the clinical years of the program.

    Our clinical faculty members are located in communities across Vancouver Island, in large hospitals as well as small clinics or physicians’ offices in remote or coastal communities. The Island Medical Program currently has close to 600 clinical faculty members who are involved in teaching the next generation of physicians.

    Some of our clinical educators have additional responsibilities as outlined below:

    • Discipline Specific Site Leaders (DSSLs)
      DSSLs are involved in the leadership of the clinical rotations (clerkships) in years 3 and 4 of the medical undergraduate program. They are responsible for implementing the site-specific undergraduate clinical clerkship programs to meet the objectives of the discipline. DSSLs also participate in faculty development, evaluation of faculty and clinician recruitment where warranted.
    • Clinician Educators
      Clinician Educators report to the DSSL and work in cooperation with the Clerkship course directors. They are clinical faculty with additional responsibilities focused on continuity of learning, development of learning tools and student assessment and mentoring.

    To assist health professionals in their role as medical educators, we offer faculty development training sessions covering a variety of topics. See our Faculty Development webpages for more information.

    To become a Clinical Faculty Member, see our Clinical Faculty Appointments webpage for more information.