Sabrina Gill, BSN, of the Youth Health Clinic in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine was recognized for her exemplary work over the years with the Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice on May 8, 2018!
Sabrina has made many contributions over many years in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. With enthusiasm (and not a small amount of humour) she has led and guided the development of the Youth Advisory Committee for BC Children’s Hospital (YAC) has engaged many adolescent patients with chronic medical conditions, and their parents, to provide guidance in creating a youth friendly environment for young people at BC Children’s.
Youth from YAC have made presentations at national medical conferences to educate physicians and others on the challenges of transitioning from the pediatric to the adult medical systems with the burden of living with a chronic medical condition. Sabrina has been their guide through this journey. Her work in leading YAC was crucial in the highly successful recognition of BC Children’s by Accreditation Canada in demonstrating patient and family engagement.
Sabrina has been a strong advocate for interdisciplinary care and fostered close collaboration with other clinical services, in particular mental health, and effectively engages young people and their families with community services.
Sabrina is always enthusiastic and forward thinking. She has an intuitive grasp of young people’s needs and has brought the voice of youth to BC Children’s Hospital.
Curren Warf, MD, MSEd, FAAP, FCPS, FSAHM
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Head, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine
British Columbia Children’s Hospital
“Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today. They have a right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect.” – Janusz Korczak
Dr. Loock is the 2018 recipient of the Janusz Korczak Medal for Children’s Rights Advocacy.
Dr. Christine Loock a Developmental Pediatrician at BC Children’s Hospital. She led and inspired the development of the RICHER Social Pediatrics program to target specialized medical and health services for children and youth in the lowest income communities of Vancouver. Social Pediatrics has emerged as a significant educational and training site for medical students and pediatric residents to gain more intimate experience in the challenging social conditions in which many children grow up and prepare them for their future careers.
Congratulations to Dr. Loock!
UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx
In its second year, MSFHR is delighted to announce 12 health professional award recipients, including a nurse, a psychologist and physicians specializing in cancer, stroke, asthma and HIV.
Dr. Biggs from the Division of Allergy & Immunology, was awarded funding for her project entitled “Improving outcomes through precision medicine for adults with primary immunodeficiency.”
The MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program is designed to help decrease the gap between health research and its implementation. HP-I awards support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system.
Congratulations to Dr. Biggs!
This event recognizes employees and medical staff who reached 20+ year milestones in 2017.
Image: Dr. Ralph Rothstein, Associate Head, Clinical Affairs and Dr. David Smith.
Another great year – with more than 40 runners participating in BMO events it was a day full of stories.
Here are the top 5 moments from team heart attack:
5) Everyone needs their own motivation…Jenny (ICU) spotted a guy in a chicken suit running ahead of her
at 8km mark. Nobody wants to get beat by the guy in the chicken suit. She turned on the afterburners
(or maybe it was the fact that the chicken guy stopped for a bathroom break – thank goodness for the
toilet trained chicken!) and Jenny pulled off a personal victory in the half marathon!
4) In a true story of survival Thuso (Cardiology Fellow) triumphed in the half marathon. Well known for
being out of breath after 2 flights of stairs in the TACC (he claims he’s just holding his breath the entire
way as a new form of training), Thuso pulled through and completed his first long distance race – congratulations!
3) Connie (Heart Centre Nursing) didn’t even think she would be able to do the 8km due to recent travel
and other extenuating circumstances that impacted her training. Nonetheless last week she decided she
couldn’t miss it and signed up just last week – Connie came out and did the half marathon in a personal best time!
2) One of Dr. Sanatani’s patients had been training for a half marathon for the past year. She recently was
hospitalized and underwent urgent ICD implantation in March which precluded her previously planned race.
We invited her to join Team Heart Attack and she took us up on the offer as our first Heart Centre patient to
complete the half marathon!
1) Jess (Echocardiography) completed a weekend for the ages. First on Saturday she won the rugby championship
and was named MVP. Then she went out, partied all night like only Jess can and then came out to run the half-marathon –
the crowning achievement was that after being up for >24 hours and running a half marathon, she still made it to the after party!
Congratulations to all who ran in our 3rd Annual Team Heart Attack event and I look forward to seeing you all on
the trails training for Team Heart Attack 2019!
Dr. Kevin Harris
Image: 2017 Team Heart Attack
A big shout out to all the Department of Pediatrics runners that participated in this year’s BMO Marathon events. May 6 was another beautiful Vancouver day and we have some heartwarming news.
Setting a personal goal for yourself and then having your family’s support can help keep your spirits up when the training kilometers seem to go on forever. One of our team members ran her first race on Sunday and her commitment to her goal inspired her mom, dad and husband to sign up as a relay team on their own to support her.
Another participant had his family support his goals every step of the way. From picking up his race package to cheering along the sidelines in between feeding and nap times. There’s nothing like chubby hands and feet waving you off to remind you why you signed up for the race when your legs feel like lead blocks out of the starting gate.
And finally, kudos to a staff member in our central office that only trained one month for the half marathon and finished in 2:09. She is still smiling on Monday morning.
“Was fantastic to be part of the team.”
“Thx for letting me share this experience with you.”
“Congrats to all for excellent times throughout!”
UBC President Dr. Santa Ono formally recognized Dr. Pike and other Faculty Research Award recipients at a ceremony held at the Chan Centre on April 17, 2018.
According to UBC’s Research and Innovation Office, the award is given to a faculty member “who has demonstrated outstanding service to the University and the community by actively and creatively sharing research expertise via the news media.” Dr. Pike was recognized for his work as director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) and founding member and spokesperson for The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable).
A well-known expert on injury prevention topics with the media, Dr. Pike is a tireless advocate for public safety. Since the launch of Preventable in 2009, he has completed over 100 media interviews on topics surrounding drowning prevention, safe boating and water safety, proper ladder use, work-related injury, and changing behaviours and attitudes to prevent injuries.
Dr. Pike was the only recipient asked to speak at the event, highlighting the impact that injuries have on our society. “It may surprise many of you that injury is the leading cause of death for all British Columbians aged 1 to 44,” he said. “Some 1,800 lives are lost, over 30,000 are hospitalized, and over 300,000 visit emergency rooms each year because of injury, and this costs our province an estimated 6 billion dollars each year.”
“I am very encouraged by the University’s formal recognition of the important role that media plays in educating the public by amplifying evidence-informed messages about preventing injury. My congratulations to the other award recipients and my sincere thanks for this honour.”
Past recipients of the award include Joel Bakan (Peter A. Allard School of Law, 2016), Steve Morgan (School of Population and Public Health, 2015), and Jennifer Gardy (School of Population and Public Health, 2014).
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(photo credit: Geoff Lister)
We are working out next month to honor the long service of Wendy Cannon to the Department of Pediatrics.
This May we’ll be participating in Workout to Conquer Cancer presented by RYU Apparel, where we’ll be challenging ourselves to get moving every day of the month while fundraising in support of critical cancer research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer. Whether we run, walk, bike or dance, every sweat we break and dollar we raise will be in support of the 77,000 people facing cancer across British Columbia.
The cost to join is free! The participation fee of $31 to join the Workout to Conquer Cancer initiative has been waived for team members of the Department of Pediatrics.
Please consider making a donation to our team to help improve outcomes for the one in two British Columbians who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
Tax receipts will be issued for donations as small as $10. Help us reach our goal of $1000 to honor our dear colleague.
Interested in taking on the challenge? Join our team! We can Workout and fundraise together for this very important cause.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO JOIN OUR TEAM:
- Cut and paste the link into your Chrome browser: https://bit.ly/2qvLGnd
- Enter the promo code: WTCCcorp18
- Enter your fundraising goal if you plan on fundraising.
- Enter your personal information.
- That’s it! Your Team captains will be automatically notified of your participation.
- OPTIONAL: Feeling really competitive? If you want to be part of our real time athletes leaderboard send an email to email@example.com and you will be able to see who is logging in the most workouts in May.
To foster a little friendly competition in the department, we have amazing participation prizes from our community sponsors that we will give out to the individuals that log the most workouts in the month of May.
Complete as many workouts as you can and you will be eligible to win one of our draw prizes!
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The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is an annual fund available to UBC departments and units to support grassroots activities that promote well-being in the workplace.
There were a total of 62 applications submitted, totaling over $130,000 for an available fund of $100,000. Funding was awarded to 49 departments and units.
In the Department of Pediatrics 2015 – 2020 STRATEGIC PLAN, we have stated that our faculty and staff are the most important assets within our Department.
Since 2015, one of our core strategic objectives was to unify our department by investing in our people, strengthening our resources and to improve our work environment.
With this funding we intend to continue to support our employee’s health and wellness goals with diverse group activities through our annual team building events such as the Vancouver Sun Run and the Pure Protein Night Race. New this year, is the department’s support of other events, like the upcoming BMO Marathon Relay Race, the Workout to Conquer Cancer, and our noon hour Health Speaker Series.
Based on a recent employee survey, respondents told us they would like a mix of strength training and yoga offered during the day. Over the summer, the Department of Pediatrics will be launching a free 8 week noon hour fitness program. In the Fall, we will expand our programming to include Zumba, Pilates and Boot Camp.
So, keep an eye for the activities that interest you and sign up for one of them and meet some new people. Better yet, sign up with a few of your co-workers to keep each other motivated. We will be offering a lot of incentive prizes to encourage healthy competition in the department.
More information to follow.
A Retrospective Look at 43 Years of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): How Did We Get Here From Where We Started?
Kenneth Lyons Jones, M.D.
Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones is a world-renowned pediatrician, dysmorphologist and researcher in the field of birth defects. He is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego. Dr. Jones is considered to be the father of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS); Dr. Jones together with Dr. David Smith at the University of Washington were the first to identify FAS and to name the disorder in the United States in 1973.
Over the years from 1973 when the Fetal Alcohol syndrome was first described to the present this disorder has evolved from a medical condition to what some people would suggest is a moral panic. In this presentation I will discuss some of the reasons for this evolution and will discuss some issues that are important now and will become more important in the future. Critical among these issues is that the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1996 determined that prenatal exposure to alcohol leads to a spectrum of defects. At one end of the spectrum is the fetal alcohol syndrome and at the other end of the spectrum is Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND). I will discuss the neurobehavioral features that are diagnostic of ARND, which are clearly the most important issues facing affected children. It is important to note that for every one child that I see with full-blown FAS in my FASD Clinic, I see ten children with ARND. I will discuss the incredible lack of awareness of this disorder; and I will discuss the extent to which birth mothers of affected children in addition to their children are stigmatized not only by society as a whole but by the medical profession, a problem that must be addressed if we ever expect to prevent this disorder.
Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Location: Room 2108 BCCHR
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Light refreshments will be provided
To Julie on her retirement:
Dear Julie, You know you cannot avoid the poem I would write
I’ll keep it short but cannot let you go slipping off into the night.
It’s been an amazing privilege working with you all these years
From your colleagues and your patients, constant thanks for you I hear.
We are so thankful for your calm and your reassuring way
We are grateful for your willingness to come in and save the day.
We’re amazed by your memory and your incredible skill
You have a knowledge base for which many residents might kill.
We don’t know how you do it, doing so much and with such grace,
Each patient feels heard and seen, no matter what your pace.
But life doesn’t happen only between these hospital walls,
We know you love to hit the slopes when the mountain calls.
And when the sun begins to shine and there’s early morning light
You’ll be at Kits enjoying a swim to start the day off right.
We love to learn about new movies from hearing what you’ve seen
And about the moving music when to the opera you’ve been.
So sadly it’s time to say goodbye as you head off to distant land
Please send us your new email; we’ll keep it close at hand.
Thank you for all you’ve done for us and for all that we have shared
A very hearty thanks we send from the thousands for whom you’ve cared.
We are going to miss you more than you will know
We have a few small gifts for you to remember us when you go.
– With love and appreciation from your BCCH family
Canadian Paediatric Society Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics – Fall Course October 19-21, 2018, BANFF
Learn in the morning, enjoy free afternoons with family and friends!
Fascinating topics: Serious bacterial infections, proton pump inhibitor, Kawasaki disease, irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, antibiotics, Lyme disease, ‘hot topic’ discussions and interactive, cased-based workshops.
Featured lecture: “New innovations in gene therapy” by Dr. Ronald Cohn, Toronto, Ont.
The event will be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Register today!
Drs. John Wu, Mumtaz Virji, Mark Chilvers and Sandesh Shivananda are the newest graduates from the Physician Leadership Program (PLP) at The Sauder School of Business
The objective of this innovative program is to deliver the leadership knowledge, behaviours, and skills that senior physicians need to effectively engage in the planning, delivery, and transformation of our health care system.
This program was created by collaboration between B.C. Health Authorities, B.C. Patient Safety Quality Council, UBC’s Sauder School of Business and the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Its interdisciplinary outlook ensures a system-wide, yet well-integrated, view of both the medical and management aspects required for excellence in health care leadership. [more]
RICHER was presented with the John McCreary Prize for Interdisciplinary Teamwork at the UBC Health Awards Reception earlier this year.
A number of our pediatric colleagues from BCCH and UBC faculty have been and continue to be deeply involved in the RICHER social pediatrics initiative.
RICHER is an important link for BCCH to the community of Vancouver and has enabled us to develop long standing relationships with multiple community agencies and families, be more responsive to the needs of adolescents presenting to the ED and provide a rich training and education environment for medical students, pediatric residents and others.
Image: The RICHER Interdisciplinary Health Care Team. Back Row (left to right): Eva Moore, Judy Lynam, Chris Loock, Kristina Pikksalu, Lorine Scott, Clea Bland, Tamera Stilwell, Jane Hailey, Natasha Prodan-Bhalla, Gwyn McIntosh, and Tram Nguyen. Front Row (left to right): Shazeen Suleman, Denise Hanson, Joan McNeil, Curren Warf, and Dzung Vo. Not pictured: Ashley Roberts, Mia Remington, Kelly Luu, Kelley Zwicker, Grace Yu, Myles Blank, Wingfield Rehmus, Kristina Stockley, Warda Toma and Janet Greenman.
Dr. Jaclyn Strauss, one of our current R3’s was awarded the International Abstract of Distinction for her resident research work entitled “Catheter Related Complication in Central Venous Catheters Locked with Taurolidine vs Ethanol in pediatric Patients with Intestinal Failure” at the American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ASPEN) in Las Vegas earlier this year. ASPEN is one of the largest and most prestigious nutrition conferences in North America.
Dr. Reid has been awarded $688,500 over 5 yrs from CIHR for his work Identifying infection-induced determinants of paediatric acute lymphoblastic leukaemia progression.
New research from the Faculty of Medicine and BC Children’s Hospital provides insight into how infections early in life may reduce the risk of leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. Dr. Reid found that when the immune system is exposed to infections during the pre-leukemic phase, the activated immune response may reduce the risk of leukemia developing. The receptors that recognize infections and initiate the immune response trigger the production of interferons, which attack both the infection and the abnormal BCP cells, reducing their ability to turn into cancer.
Dr. Gregor Reid is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and BMT at the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Reid is also a Scientist with the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
More about Dr. Reid’s work can be found here: https://bcchr.ca/our-research/researchers/results/Details/gregor-reid
Congratulations Dr. Reid!
Dr. Soren Gantt has been awarded a CIHR Project Grant of $1.1M over 5 yrs for his study “Viral determinants of natural human cytomegalovirus transmission.”
Cytomegalovirus is the most common congenital infection, and a major cause of birth defects worldwide.
This study will characterize the specific viral variants and modes of transmission between mothers and children, to guide the development of a vaccine to prevent CMV infection.
Dr. Soren Gantt is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases which is part of the Department of Pediatrics at UBC.
More about Dr. Gantt’s work can be found here: https://bcchr.ca/our-research/researchers/results/Details/soren-gantt
Congratulations to Dr. Gantt!
The 7th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity – Beyond the Clinic
October 25-17, 2018
The Westin Calgary, AB, Canada
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!
This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 7th conference will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families. This multi-theme meeting will explore the role that health care professionals can play in promoting healthy strategies within the greater community to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents living with obesity. Specifically, the conference will showcase examples of successful collaborations that span diverse settings, including the health care system, government, schools, and community at-large.
For more information, please visit the website at http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/initiatives/obesity2018/
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