SMP News

Excellence in community practice teaching

Excellence in community practice teaching

Rural family physician Dr. Shaun Van Zyl has been recognized by the UBC Faculty of Medicine as a 2020 recipient of the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice.

UBC Okanagan researcher a part of international team revolutionizing spinal cord injury treatment

UBC Okanagan researcher a part of international team revolutionizing spinal cord injury treatment

An international research team, co-led by researchers at the University of British Columbia, has received a $48 million grant (US$36.5M) for research that aims to improve long-term outcomes for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Research could change how blood pressure is managed in spinal cord injury patients

New study challenges the current standard for managing blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury (SCI).

National survey supports Canadians living with disabilities during COVID-19

National survey supports Canadians living with disabilities during COVID-19

COVID-19 has created an entirely new set of challenges for the more than 6.2 million Canadians living with a disability, says UBC Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis.

New Assistant Dean, Dr. Diana Fort

New Assistant Dean, Dr. Diana Fort

The Southern Medical Program is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Diana Fort as Assistant Dean for the Southern Medical Program (SMP). Dr. Fort is an emergency medicine physician at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine. She has also served as a tremendous leader and preceptor for the SMP over the past four years.

Medical students promote healthy lifestyles during social isolation

Medical students promote healthy lifestyles during social isolation

With the rapid demand for innovative healthcare solutions, UBC Okanagan assistant professor Dr. Brodie Sakakabira has launched a new virtual health coaching project with the assistance of student volunteers from UBC’s distributed MD Undergraduate Program.

2020 Indigenous MD Pre-Admissions Workshop

2020 Indigenous MD Pre-Admissions Workshop

The Southern Medical Program hosted the 17th annual Indigenous Pre-Admissions Workshop virtually this past July. With public health measures still in place, organizers revamped their format to offer the programming remotely.

Student Research: Streamlining Breast Health Care in Kamloops

Student Research: Streamlining Breast Health Care in Kamloops

Southern Medical Program student researcher Katilin Toplak examines the streamlining of care for breast health patients at the Rae Fawcett Breast Health Centre in Kamloops.

UBC Gift Supports Southern Medical Program Students

UBC Gift Supports Southern Medical Program Students

A new endowment fund for Southern Medical Program (SMP) students has been established with the generous support of a retired local family physician. Dr. Douglas Pollock, who practiced medicine in Kelowna for 43 years, has provided a substantial gift to UBC to provide annual bursaries for medical students based at UBC Okanagan.

Study examines the benefits of virtual stroke rehabilitation programs

Study examines the benefits of virtual stroke rehabilitation programs

While virtual medical and rehabilitation appointments seemed novel when COVID-19 first appeared, they now seem to be part of the new norm and might be paving the way to the future.