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My name is Andrea Human, and I will be starting as a locum with the Rheumatology division in March 2017. I was told to send you a picture and a short bio:
Andrea was born in Capetown, South Africa, but raised in beautiful North Vancouver. After attending medical school at the University of British Columbia, she headed east to complete her Paediatric and Rheumatology specialty training at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Andrea is thrilled to return to the west coast and join the Division of Rheumatology at BC Children’s Hospital as a locum in March 2017.
The Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and Pediatric Medicine, BC Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Katey Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong obtained her Bachelor of Science & Undergraduate Medical Degree (MBChB) from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. She completed her Pediatric training from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2013, having spent 2 years devoted to obtaining her Research MD between 2010 and 2012. She completed her Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at UBC with advanced training in Heart Function and Transplant at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Armstrong has been recruited to the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UBC and a Pediatric Cardiologist specializing in Heart Function and Heart Transplant. Dr Armstrong enjoys teaching and hopes to become a mentor for cardiology fellows. Her academic interests are rooted in the field of autonomic dysfunction and heart transplant.
Outside of work she loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys all that BC has to offer especially the skiing!
New oncology patients at BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, now receive state-of-the-art testing for genetic variations that increase the risk of serious complications from two common chemotherapy drugs. With the results of this testing, each child’s care team can develop a personalized treatment plan that balances the risks of side effects with the therapeutic benefits of these life-saving drugs.
“We’re very pleased to treat the 150th patient through this innovative program” says Dr. Bruce Carleton, the Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme at BC Children’s Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. “Genomic testing allows us to create an individual genetic risk assessment for every patient that helps doctors and families make more informed decisions about treatment.”
Disturbing new numbers show that in some areas of Metro Vancouver the number of kids getting vaccinated has fallen to surprisingly low levels, increasing the risk of an outbreak.
University of British Columbia researchers surveyed vaccination rates among kindergarten students across Metro Vancouver and found that some of the lowest rates were found in more affluent areas such as North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Immunization rates of 90 per cent or above are needed to achieve “herd immunity” within a community or school. Some communities, like Richmond, achieved that. But other communities fell well short of the number needed to protect those who are – for various reasons – unable to get vaccinated themselves.
A record 111 vaccinated on the first day of the Free family flu vaccination clinic at BC Children’s Hospital!
Free family flu vaccination clinic at BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is offering free flu vaccine for children, family members, pregnant women and visitors to patients in the hospital. Refer your patients and their families to our drop-in clinic located in the Ambulatory Care Centre. Please note that the clinic is not intended for staff members.
Both pediatric and adult flu vaccines are available. An on-site nurse vaccinator will advise about who needs flu protection and which vaccine is best suited for each person.
Why is BC Children’s Hospital providing a free flu vaccine clinic at the hospital?
Children experience the highest rates of seasonal influenza (15% – 25%) of any age group and are at highest risk of complications of influenza (especially those patients with chronic medical conditions). Since many “high risk” children pass through the ambulatory clinics of BC Children’s each day, this provides them a convenient opportunity to receive influenza vaccine. Providing influenza vaccination to family members and visitors to patients in the hospital also maximizes protection of high risk children.
Who should attend the flu vaccine clinic?
Please refer your patients and their families, friends and visitors to our drop-in clinic.
Clinic Location and Hours
Drop by our clinic in the Ambulatory Care Centre (main level) across from Unit 7. Signs will be posted in the main lobby giving detailed directions to our clinic.
Dates: November 1 – December 9, 2016
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ambulatory Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital; Main Level
For more information, visit: http://www.vaccineevaluationcenter.ca
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Dr. Szpurko will be working as a locum in the department of Paediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT until June 2016. She is from Ontario and she completed her medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, followed by her paediatrics residency at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Szpurko was a fellow at BCCH in paediatric heme/onc from 2013-2016.
Welcome Dr. Szpurko!