Sarah Brears Appointed Interim Regional Associate Dean, Interior

A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, The University of British Columbia and Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sarah Brears as Interim Regional Associate Dean, Interior for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2019.

In this role, Dr. Brears will be responsible for providing strategic leadership of the Faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programs for the Interior. This includes working collaboratively with partners, including Interior Health and UBC Okanagan, to ensure a high-quality educational experience for all our learners in the region, as well as facilitating the health research strategy for the Interior.

Dr. Brears is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine. Since joining the SMP in 2012, she has served as the Family Practice Site Director for Years 1 and 2, as well as the Clinical Experiences Integration Co-Lead (since 2015) and the MEDD 422 Course Co-Director (since 2018). Prior to joining the SMP, Dr. Brears was a Clinical Lecturer in the University of Alberta’s Department of Family Medicine, and the Regional Site Coordinator for the Alberta Rural Family Medicine Network in Grand Prairie.

Dr. Brears’ appointment follows the leadership of Dr. Allan Jones as the inaugural Regional Associate Dean, Interior from March 1, 2009 to June 30, 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jones for his exceptional contributions and leadership in launching and establishing the SMP.

The recruitment process for the role of Regional Associate Dean, Interior is currently underway. We encourage all members of the SMP community to get involved in this process. A further communication will follow.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Brears on her interim appointment to this role.