UBC CPD

Empowering continuous learning and practice improvement.

Meet the Team

We are a team of medical education professionals dedicated to helping physicians and other health care professionals across BC improve their knowledge, professional performance, and technical skills.

Leadership

Dr. Brenna Lynn

Brenna Lynn ,
PhD

Associate Dean of Continuing Professional Development
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Dr. Brenna Lynn is the Associate Dean, UBC Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD). Dr. Lynn completed both a Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science from UBC, and received a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. As Associate Dean, CPD, Dr. Lynn provides strategic leadership and support for the professional development of faculty in their roles as health profession practitioners, ensuring standards of practice are in place and meet national accreditation requirements, as well as collaborating with stakeholders and partners to promote and explore opportunities for continuing professional development. Dr. Lynn is passionate about continuous quality improvement, customized effective CPD, increasing interprofessional CPD opportunities, and keeping UBC CPD on the cusp of innovation in order to improve practice and patient care.

Andrea Keesey

Andrea Keesey ,
MA

Director (on leave until Nov 2021)

Andrea Keesey is the Director of the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD). Andrea has been with the Division since 2011 and was formerly the Project Manager of the UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD) Program, where she oversaw the development and implementation of a variety of education and research initiatives for physicians and other health care providers who live and work in rural and remote areas of British Columbia. She also managed other initiatives such as the Dementia Education Strategy for physicians and pharmacists, and an education program for physicians on Preventing and Managing Work Disability.

Andrea has experience in curriculum design and delivery, communications, knowledge translation, and project management in a health care context. She is particularly interested in team-based, customized learning, providing opportunities for self-assessment, feedback, and mentorship, linking CPD with clinical practice data and QI initiatives, and using technology to engage healthcare providers in lifelong learning. Andrea is a strong believer that CPD has the power to transform by stimulating individual growth and development, inspiring health care teams to be more effective, cultivating and enhancing communities of practice, and improving the overall quality and function of the health care system.

Prior to working at UBC CPD, Andrea was a Project Coordinator at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. She previously worked as a Communications Coordinator at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wellington, where she was involved with a variety of education and outreach activities.

Andrea is originally from Saskatchewan and holds a BA in English from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in English from Simon Fraser University.

Jennie Barrows

Jennie Barrows ,
MA

Interim Director
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Jennie Barrows is the Interim Director for the Faculty of Medicine's Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD). Jennie is passionate about adult education and healthcare improvement and she views CPD as central in empowering healthcare professionals to transform health for everyone. Jennie has worked with UBC CPD since 2012, most recently as the Senior Manager, Strategic Projects and Partnerships. Jennie has broad experience in the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of education programs in Canada and Europe, and has used her experience to guide the creation of a wide range of innovative education programs at UBC CPD, several of which have won awards. Jennie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) from the University of Manchester in the UK and a Master of Arts in Human Development, Learning, and Culture from the University of British Columbia. Jennie’s Master’s thesis examined family physicians’ motivations for and experiences of formal continuing professional development.

In her role as Interim Director, Jennie leads our team of medical education professionals in striving towards our vision of being leaders in health improvement through innovative continuing professional development. Jennie oversees the inception, design, and delivery of an impressive range of CPD activities, from conferences to online modules to custom, innovative CPD activities for rural and urban healthcare professionals.

Bob Bluman

Bob Bluman ,
MD CCFP FCFP

Executive Medical Director
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Bob Bluman received his MD from the University of British Columbia and completed his specialty training in Family Medicine at McGill University (CCFP). He has been in active family practice for the past 32 years and is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Family Practice. He has been a Preceptor in the Family Medicine Residency Program since July 2001. He was the Course Coordinator for the Post-Graduate Review in Family Medicine from 1986-1992 and for the Pediatric and Adolescent Refresher for General Practitioners from 1992 to 2001.

Dr. Bluman served as the Assistant Dean, Continuing Professional Development from 2003 to 2011 and was the UBC CPD Medical Director, Special Projects from 2011 to 2015 when he assumed the role of Acting Associate Dean, CPD during Dr. Brenna Lynn's maternity leave. Dr. Bluman is currently the Executive Medical Director of UBC CPD. In addition to participating in the planning, development, organization and implementation of various CME/CPD programs, he has taken the lead in the development of the Commercial Support Guidelines document which has been submitted and passed by the Faculty Executive Committee. He was also the Chair of the Canadian Standing Committee on the CPD Industry Relations Working Group and lead for the development and publication of a national Position Paper on the role of industry in university-based CME/CPD which was endorsed by the Canadian Council of Faculty of Medicine Deans.  Dr. Bluman was involved in the initiation of the “ThisChangedMyPractice” educational web resource, BC Physician Integration Program (BC-PIP) for IMGs, CME on the Run! Conference and the Rural CPD Outreach Program (RCPD). He currently has a particular interest in self directed learning, cancer screening and patient self management. His research activities include his role as the Principal Investigator of large scale BC wide CME/CPD needs assessments. Dr. Bluman actively works with many provincial and national stakeholders to optimize CME/CPD delivery to physicians.

Administration

Ollie Barabanshchikova

Ollie Barabanshchikova ,
MA

Administrative Assistant
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JoAnna Cassie

JoAnna Cassie ,
MET, BSc

Accreditation Coordinator
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JoAnna Cassie is the UBC CPD Accreditation Coordinator. She is known nationally for her expertise in accreditation of medical education. For over ten years, JoAnna has skillfully guided thousands physicians and health professionals through the complex world of accreditation and certification of CPD medical programs. Prior to working at UBC CPD, JoAnna completed a degree in Nutritional Sciences from UBC and through this health education lens became interested in medical education. A lifelong leaner herself, JoAnna continues to steadily expand on her knowledge and recently also completed a UBC Master of Educational Technology (MET).

Cristina Pow

Cristina Pow ,
BA

Office Manager

Cristina Pow earned a Bachelor of Arts in Language Education from the University of Celso Lisboa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cristina studied accounting at BCIT and started with the Division of CPD–CME in September 1999 as an Administration Clerk. She became the Team Leader, Finance & Administration at CPD-CME in July 2003. She has over 11 years of experience with UBC internal financial procedures and nearly 10 years of CPD-CME knowledge.

Nina Zoric

Nina Zoric ,
BSc (Hon)

Web & Communications Specialist
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Nina Zoric completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Guelph, a Business Communication Certificate at St. Mary’s University, and she is a Certified Scrum Product Owner®. She joined the UBC CPD team in 2010.

Nina runs the UBC CPD brand development, communication strategy, website design and maintenance for ubccpd.ca, as well as individual conferences and programs in WordPress, SharePoint, and Drupal. Nina is also a member of the Strategic Plan Working Group and chairs the System Design Working Group and the Professional Development Committee. 

Nina is coordinating various technology-enabled learning programs: “This Changed My Practice” educational initiative in a form of a blog (Recipient of the 2012 Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award and the 2014 CFPC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Award), webinars, and the Grand Rounds initiative for better access to videoconferenced rounds.

She is passionate about lifelong learning in today's ever-changing environment, providing relevant education for health care professionals, and developing systems to remove barriers for learners to reach their potential. In her spare time, Nina enjoys the wonderful BC nature while hiking, skiing, snowboarding, or kiteboarding. She also bikes even when it is snowing!

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
~Albert Einstein

Conference Team

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Lindsay Callan ,
BCom

Conference Director
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Lindsay joined our Division in 2004 with extensive experience in conference and event planning. She has grown the conferences unit by expanding the team and adding several new programs to our annual CPD roster. She primarily oversees the development of our conferences from "concept to execution" and has successfully helped to plan over 50 conferences annually. Currently our conference team have pivoted away from in-person events to offering interactive and stimulating virtual events!

Michelle Baysan ,
BA

Conference Manager
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Michelle completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Vancouver Island University. Michelle comes to us with over 15 years of conference and event management experience. Michelle is a self-proclaimed ‘nerd’ and loves computers and anything 'techie'. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, exploring new restaurants, and indulging her dog Rambo with muddy walks around town.

Judy Chen ,
BSc

Conference Associate
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Judy completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Health from UBC.  She joined the UBC CPD team in 2014.   

Olive Kung ,
BA

Conference Associate
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Olive joined the UBC CPD team in 2003 and primarily helps organize a variety of conferences and courses.  This includes multi-day meetings, in-person workshops, and virtual conferences/webinars.  Olive currently works part-time (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday) and enjoys time with her family on her days off.  

Sandy McNeill ,
BA, DipHosp

Registration & Conference Services Manager
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Sandy has over 15 years of experience in event planning. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Arts from UBC as well as a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Vancouver Island University. Sandy handles large-sized international conferences and administers the online registration and registration only groups for the conference services division. Sandy is an active volunteer at the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and other theatre organizations and has a diploma in Interior Decorating from the Vancouver Technical Institute.

Desiree Torrijos ,
BSc

Conference Registration Clerk
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Desiree completed a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from De La Salle University Philippines. She brings her administration experience from the education and non-profit sectors.  

Cherie Yiu ,
BA

Conference Associate
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Cherie completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.  She joined the division in 2012.

Strategic Projects & Partnerships

Stephanie Ameyaw ,
MA

Education Manager
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Stephanie holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from SFU and completed her Master’s Degree in International Studies from UNBC. Stephanie joined the UBC CPD in February 2012 and leads a variety of programs offered by the CPD, including tailored programs for midwifery and physiotherapy learners and special projects such as a mentoring program for clinical facility within UBC's Faculty of Medicine. 

Jessica Chan ,
BES

Senior Program Assistant
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Jessica joined UBC CPD in March 2021 with a background in program planning, event organization, and communications. With a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, Jessica is passionate about and advocates for innovative sustainable community development, as well as inclusion of marginalized groups in system-based services. She is excited to help cultivate transformative education opportunities within healthcare in BC. 

Current Portfolio:

  • FAST Evidence Course
  • Optimizing Communication for Excellence Course
  • Personal Learning Plans 
  • Vancouver Division of Family Practice Team-Based Care Education Series
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Steph Din ,
BA

Program Coordinator
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Steph Din joined the UBC CPD team in July 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Sussex, UK, and has subsequently worked in the UK, New Zealand and Canada. Steph currently coordinates the BC Physician Integration Program (BC-PIP) for International Medical Graduates (IMGs). In her free time, Steph enjoys camping, hiking, travelling, and practicing yoga.

Hiresh Gindwani ,
BSc

Research and Events Assistant
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Hiresh (he, they) recently graduated from UBC with a degree in Biology, and is interested in improving different aspects of healthcare through research and aiding in knowledge translation. They are working on projects such as the Midwifery Needs Assessment, Gender Inclusive Perinatal Care Midwifery module, COVID-19 Webinars, FPON Webinars, Clinical Faculty Mentoring, and Personal Learning Plans for IMGs.

Gurveen Grewal

Gurveen Grewal ,
MPH

Project Manager (on leave until Jul 2021)
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Gurveen holds a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She is especially interested in physician engagement, global human resources for health, and impacting health outcomes in an equitable and socially responsible manner.

Her current portfolio as Project Manager focuses on international medical graduates and new to practice physicians in BC. Specific projects include: 

  • BC Physician Integration Program (BC-PIP)
  • Practice Ready Assessment Program (PRA-BC)
  • New to Practice Evaluation
  • Personal Learning Plans

Gurveen joined the UBC CPD team in 2010 as a Research Assistant in the Research and Education Unit working on a variety of research and education programs. In 2016, she supported the CME/CPD programs at the Vancouver Division of Family Practice portfolio as an Education Coordinator. She is a member of the UBC CPD Research Working Group. In her spare time, Gurveen enjoys snorkelling in warm waters, reading fiction, experiencing new cultures, and hanging out on the North Shore.

Hadas Haft ,
MM, BSc

Senior Program Assistant & CPD Concierge (on leave until Mar 2022)
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As a Master of Management and dual Bachelor of Science graduate (in Biology and in Food Nutrition and Health), Hadas is excited to apply her knowledge and skills to support medical professionals in providing safe, efficient, high quality healthcare. 

Current Portfolio:

  • Optimizing Communication for Excellence Course
  • FAST Evidence Course
  • BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds
  • Personal Learning Plans 
Allison Macbeth

Allison Macbeth ,
MAppSc

Education Manager (on leave until Jun 2021)
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Allison holds a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Sydney, Australia where she conducted research on sexual health education in schools. Allison has a strong background in health education as well as a passion for health program planning and evaluation. She has also worked in website design and online journalism.

Previously, she has worked on projects such as Online Journal Clubs, Rural Rounds, 5As of Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain, HIV Testing in Family Practice, Care for Men Who Have Sex With Men, Relationship with Industry Module, and Self-Directed Learning.

Sarah Tajani ,
BA

Learning & Curriculum Manager
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Sarah (she, her) joined UBC CPD in the Fall of 2014 with a background in education psychology, adult education, and curriculum development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Carleton University, and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Algonquin College. Sarah is passionate about lifelong learning and strives to facilitate positive change in continuing health professional education through curiosity, empathy, and humility.

As Learning & Curriculum Manager, Sarah partners with leaders in health care, collaborates with subject matter experts, and uses her extensive knowledge of best practices in CPD/CME to lead the design, development, and improvement of tailored education for health professionals and their teams. Her experience includes creating interactive online courses, in-person and virtual workshops, webinars, point of care resources, and more.

Portfolio:

Deborah Watt ,
MA

Project Manager
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Deborah Watt joined UBC CPD as the Project Manager of our IMG Programs in July 2020. Prior to joining UBC CPD, Deborah held a number of roles at UBC, and has over ten years of experience at UBC in project management.

Kathryn Young ,
MA

Senior Manager
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Kathryn is Senior Manager for UBC CPD's Strategic Projects and Partnerships, a diverse suite of specialized continuing education offerings for health care providers. She has a passion for building relationships, strategic planning and continuous learning. Since joining the UBC CPD team in 2014, Kathryn has managed a variety of projects, including the Rural CPD Program's Supportive Relationships offerings, Hands-On Ultrasound Education (HOUSE), the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Programs, and the ICBC Education Project. 

Kathryn earned a BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, followed by a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Denver. She is originally from upstate New York and before her time at UBC CPD, she worked in museums and the book publishing world. 

Vivian Lam ,
BSc, BA

Senior Research Assistant
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Vivian joined the UBC CPD team in April 2017 and supports a portfolio of projects that emphasize evidence-based practice and knowledge translation of medical research. She is currently working on a project funded by the BC Ministry of Health conducting evidence reviews on medical cannabis. Vivian is also involved in the development of online education on management of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in primary care, and has previously collaborated with the Practice Support Program (PSP) to generate clinical content to train and support family physicians and health professionals in BC. Vivian has a strong interest in health informatics, data-informed quality improvement, and developing indicators for quantification, supervision, and improvement of practice. She has extensive training in research methods, conducting literature reviews and systematic searches, and critical analysis of medical literature to inform educational programming and public health.

Rural CPD

Laura Beamisih

Laura Beamish ,
MSc, MHA

Senior Manager, Rural CPD (on leave until April 2022)
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Laura is the Senior Manager for the Rural Program at UBC CPD, a diverse portfolio of projects that support rural practitioners in British Columbia. Since 2014, Laura has worked as a Research Assistant, Education Coordinator, and Project Manager for the UBC CPD. In 2016/17 Laura worked as a Quality Improvement Coordinator at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS where she led a Breakthrough Series Collaborative aimed at improving care for people living with opioid use disorder in Vancouver. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Queen’s University, a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Western Ontario, and recently completed her Master of Health Administration at the University of British Columbia.

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Emily Boardman ,
BA

Education Manager
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Emily earned her B.A Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria and has extensive experience planning programs. Her program work to date includes experience recruiting and managing volunteers, proven leadership on high-profile planning committees, and the successful production of numerous multi-city fundraising events. In addition to her local pursuits, she is also an avid traveler, having held positions in the field of education in both the UK and China. 

In her current role, Emily is working with the Rural CPD team on the Coaching and Mentoring Program.

Erica Chaplin ,
BA

Senior Program Assistant
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Erica graduated from UBC with a B.A. in English Literature. After graduation, she worked for over three years in the hospitality industry filling multiple roles. She realized her passion for education and technology during her two following years at GrantMe Education Consulting. In her position there as Student Success Manager, she supported students with their scholarship and university admissions applications. She is excited to work at UBC CPD to further support professionals in their continued development. Erica will be working on a range of projects on the Rural CPD team including the Real Time Virtual Support Education Program.  

Nicole Moon

Nicole Didiuk ,
BBA

Education Manager
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Nicole earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and started her career in the health fundraising sector before shifting to event/conference production locally and abroad. Her program planning skills, particularly with multiple stakeholders, are useful in planning and delivering the UBC CPD Rural Program's Closer to Home courses.

Someone who values lifelong learning herself, Nicole is proud to be a part of the 2020-22 cohort of UBC's Master of Health Administration program at the School of Population and Public Heath. Here, she enjoys expanding her knowledge and tackling relevant issues alongside an inter-professional group of health care leaders and change agents.

Alisa Harrison ,
PhD

Interim Senior Manager
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Alisa has deep and broad experience in project management, evaluation and organization development, and a successful track record as an engaged systems practitioner who excels at both strategy and operations. Alisa was the founding Executive Director for the Victoria Division of Family Practice and has held consulting roles with the Ministry of Health, Doctors of BC, and BC health authorities. Most recently, Alisa spent a year as CEO of the Midwives Association of BC. In these roles, Alisa has focused on developing and implementing evidence-based, patient-centered programming, creating and operationalizing effective strategic plans, and supporting providers to deliver excellent care.

Alisa holds a Ph.D. in History and a Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies from Duke University and Master of Arts from UBC. Alisa has applied the skills acquired through her research into equity, community development and organizing, as well as the communications, coaching, facilitation, and engagement skills honed through years of teaching to transition smoothly into working with community-based health organizations. She also continues to work with graduate students as Associate Faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University.

Rachel Ho ,
BSc

Program Coordinator
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Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Integrated Sciences from UBC Vancouver. She is currently supporting The UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD) Program and its various projects and activities. She is dedicated in continually facilitating the development and enhancement of the clinical practices and learning needs of physicians and health professionals in BC.

As a born and raised Vancouverite, she is committed to giving back to her community, whether that be through her work at UBC CPD or in her free time through her involvement in different volunteering initiatives.

Emily Lai

Emily Lai ,
BA

Administrative Assistant
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Emily joined UBC CPD in January 2019 and provides administrative support for the division, primarily the Rural Program. Prior to joining UBC CPD, she worked for the Government of Canada as a Constituency Assistant for a Member of Parliament, and was also the Office Manager at a private tutoring centre. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major In Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Lisa McCune ,
MA

Project Manager
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Lisa is a Project Manager with the Rural Program at UBC CPD with responsibility for peer support programs, professional development plans and Indigenous patient-led CPD. Lisa is a graduate of UBC with a Master of Arts in Sociology. Her work focuses on stakeholder engagement, program development and evaluation in community and healthcare settings. Lisa's previous roles include Director of the Patient Experience Program at BC Cancer, Community Developer at Vancouver Coastal Health and Program Development Officer with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. She resides on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver).

Kate Meffen ,
BSc

Education Manager
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Kate joined the UBC CPD team in April 2018 and currently works on a portfolio of distributed projects for rural healthcare providers, including Hands-On Ultrasound Education (HOUSE), Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) Simulation Program, Enhanced Simulations of Critical Care and Perioperative Emergencies (ESCAPE), and Virtual Health Grand Rounds. She enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team at UBC CPD to help physicians practicing in BC meet their goals. Kate received a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences with a specialization in epidemiology from Queen's University with a thesis project examining access to family planning services in Haiti. She also holds a certificate in Graphic Design from BCIT and a certificate in Change Management from UBC.

Lisa Wissink ,
BHSc

Sr. Program Assistant
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Lisa joined the UBC CPD team in February 2021 and primarily supports the Rural Peer Support Network for physicians practicing in rural communities, especially the Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP).   Lisa has experience coordinating a wide variety of projects and events in a range of settings, including hospitality, the not-for-profit sector and municipal government.  She is dedicated to using her passion for connecting with others to foster coaching relationships, facilitate education and provide support for rural health practitioners.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree with a specialization in Health Promotion from the University of Western Ontario. Lisa is passionate about empowering communities to create positive change and is excited to work to improve the health of those in rural communities through her position at UBC CPD.  As a lifelong learner, she intends to continue her education with UBC and also appreciates the lessons to be learned out in the world.  You can find Lisa listening to the birds, hiking, cooking or reading on her free time.

Creative Learning

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Kate Campbell ,
MSc, BSc(Hons)

Senior Manager, Creative Learning
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Kate Campbell joined UBC CPD with a unique background in both science and art. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology, formal fine art training from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. Working as a professional biomedical communicator, Kate has experience creating unique and informed visualizations and interactive tools that help individuals better understand, communicate, and teach medical and science topics.

As the Senior Manager, Creative Learning, Kate provides leadership, strategic planning, and management of instructional design and digital learning technology at UBC CPD. The Creative Learning portfolio supports projects across the unit by providing pedagogical consultation and oversight for the design and development of innovative learning experiences and comprehensive solutions for a range of educational activities. Working closely with content experts and alongside a team of talented designers and creatives, the Creative Learning portfolio designs and develops instructional media and immersive learning experiences for health care providers.

Vivian Chen ,
BDes

Interactive Designer

Vivian is a graduate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she completed her Bachelor of Design degree in Interaction Design (2019). As an Interactive Designer, Vivian knows first-hand the ingredients needed to design immersive learning experiences, from creating storyboards and mockups, to designing, developing, and maintaining projects. Beyond the online learning environment, she also has experience in communication design and illustration. 

As a designer, Vivian strives for her work to be designed around a sense of empathy and connection with the user. 

 

 

Yan Chow ,
MA, BSc (Hons)

Interactive Designer
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Following graduation from the University of Warwick, Yan worked as a social sciences researcher in Hong Kong, specializing in school projects. She subsequently pursued postgraduate studies in education and went into teaching. It was while completing her Master's thesis on psycholinguistics and human-computer interaction that Yan first became interested in the field of user experience design. As part of UBC CPD's creative learning team, she helps develop interactive course content for various online modules. In her off hours, you can find Yan along one of Vancouver's numerous bike trails or on the tennis courts.

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Craig Ferguson ,
MM, MET

Learning & Curriculum Manager
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Craig joined the UBC CPD team in early 2021, bringing with him a passion for adult learning and technology-enhanced education, as well as extensive experience planning, developing, and evaluating learning programs for healthcare workers. He holds a Master of Management and a Master of Educational Technology, both from the University of British Columbia. His professional experience includes the design and development of online and blended training programs for health authorities, non-profits, and government ministries. As a life-long-learner himself, Craig believes that learning should be enjoyable, interactive and designed to meet the needs of the audience.

As Learning & Curriculum Manager, Craig works closely with content experts and Interactive Designers to create educational resources that support health care professionals and inspire change.

Yona Gellert ,
MSc, BSc(Hons)

Learning & Curriculum Manager
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Yona joins UBC CPD with extensive experience in curriculum development and instructional design for healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Queen's University and a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. Yona's skill set combines science with art. As a biomedical communications specialist, Yona creates visualizations and interactive media to help individuals learn and teach medicine and science. Over her career, Yona has worked with health authorities, universities, museums, and NGOs. Her work has included eLearning modules, scientific illustrations for textbooks and journals, educational games and animations, medical websites, virtual workshops, and more.  

As Learning & Curriculum Manager, Yona collaborates with content experts to design, develop, and improve education for health care professionals and their teams.

Armin Mortazavi

Armin Mortazavi ,
MDM, BSc

Interactive Designer
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Armin loves to combine art with science. He obtained his Bachelor's in Microbiology & Immunology from UBC and a Master of Digital Media from the Centre for Digital Media (CDM). In the Creative Learning team, Armin leverages his cartoons, illustrations and design skills to make CPD online courses more engaging for primary care providers.

Medical Directors

Kim Campbell ,
RN, RM, MN

Lead, Midwifery CPD Program
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Kim began her career as a nurse and became a midwife in 1996, after 16 years of nursing practice. She started teaching at UBC in 2004 and became a tenure-track instructor in the UBC Midwifery Program in 2014. Kim is a gifted educator and a strong advocate for the midwifery profession, serving on many provincial and national boards. In 2017 UBC CPD established a formal CPD program for midwifery in partnership with the Midwives Association of BC, the UBC Midwifery Program, and the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. This partnership moves forward a key aspect of UBC CPD’s strategic plan, which is to offer expanded CPD support to other health professions in the Faculty of Medicine.

Dana Hubler ,
BA, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Medical Director, Rural CPD
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Since the completion of her residency in 2004, Dana has worked as a rural family physician in Stewart, Port Alice, and now Comox, BC, and continue to love the challenge and variety of this work. She has been involved in a number of innovative educational initiatives, including work as a PSP GP Champ, co-lead on a UBC family medicine residency pilot program, and work on a number of physician leadership projects with the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice including a quality improvement project aiming to re-design MHSU services in five rural communities. She is keen to bring a rural lens to the forefront of medical education, healthcare discussions, and quality improvement projects. 

Bruce Hobson

Bruce Hobson ,
MD

Rural CPD Quality Improvement Lead and Medical Director of Program Standards
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Dr. Bruce Hobson has been a family practitioner in Powell River, his home town, for 33 years. He has been married for 35 years and has three children and is a grandfather of one-year-old triplets. He is an avid cyclist and loves travel.

He has a passion for technology enhanced adult learning and education. He is actively involved with the Doctors of British Columbia Practice Support Program as a peer mentor and also working in integrating the PSP modules into electronic form and integrating the tools and resources into electronic medical records. He is also involved in co-developing a new model for physician practice support, including delivery of knowledge, embedding new knowledge into clinician workflow and sustaining practice change through supported clinical reflection and coaching.

He is the chair of the Division of Family Practice in Powell River. He also serves on the Doctors of BC Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee and the CME Nucleus committee. He is a UBC Department of Family Medicine Clinical Instructor and has been a second year Resident preceptor.

Dr. Steve Wong

Steve Wong ,
MD FRCPC

Medical Director, This Changed My Practice

Dr. Steve Wong completed his MD degree at the University of Calgary. He joined the Internal Medicine residency program at the University of British Columbia and completed a fifth year in the General Internal Medicine Fellowship with a focus on perioperative medicine.

Dr. Wong has developed a number of courses aimed at bridging technology, evidence-based medicine and clinical practice as the Program Director for Technologies in Medicine at the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD).

Currently in practice in Vancouver at the Seymour Clinic and in Richmond, BC as a General Internist, Dr. Wong’s clinical interests include hypertension, lipids, cardiology and global management of diabetics. In addition to practicing at Richmond Hospital, he also attends on the clinical teaching unit at VGH and has trainees 12 months a year integrated into all of his practice environments.

Steven Yau

Steven Yau ,
MD, CCFP, CISAM

Medical Director, IMG Programs
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Dr. Steven Yau completed his B.Sc., B.Ed and MD at the University of British Columbia.  He then finished his specialty training in family medicine also at UBC in Victoria, BC.  He is currently practicing as an inner-city physician for Vancouver Coastal Health providing primary and addiction care in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. As a former high school teacher, Dr. Yau continues to be passionate about lifelong learning and medical education. He has been the Medical Director for IMG Programs at CPD since 2014 and oversees two provincial programs: BC Physicians Integration Program (BC-PIP) and Practice Ready Assessment (PRA-BC), both designed to provide various support for new to practice IMG physicians in British Columbia.  

CPD Consultants

Dr. Simon Moore

Simon Moore ,
MD CCFP

Physician Lead

Dr. Simon Moore, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Dept. of Family Practice has a passion for teaching and he hates boring lectures. He is a former President of the Canadian Association of Internes of Residents (now known as Resident Doctors of Canada). He has worked in rural BC, Northwest Territories, and Ontario, and now works in Urgent Care and at an Indigenous Family Health Team. Dr. Moore is an award-winning teacher in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and is the founder and lead faculty of The Review Course in Family Medicine.

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