Awards & Achievements

Awards for Innovation & Service in CPD/CME

Two annual awards are given to recognize exemplary activities in Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education (CPD/CME) for UBC Faculty of Medicine (UBC FoM) faculty and staff. 

Nominations for 2024

Nominations for the CPD/CME Awards are open. The application deadline is June 14, 2024

Award Nominations

1. Innovation in CPD/CME (Click to view)


  • Recognize outstanding innovation and/or creativity of original work in the area of CPD/CME program development, research, and supporting practice improvement.


  • The winner of this award may be an individual, a group, an organization, or a specific CPD/CME program.
  • The winner must be affiliated with the UBC FoM. For individuals, eligibility is limited to clinical or full time faculty, or full or part time staff of the UBC FoM. For program, the program must have official linkage to a Division, Department, School or Research Centre within the UBC FoM.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Originality, creativity, novelty or ingenuity of method, delivery or application of technology
  • Innovation in course design, evaluation, promotion, organization, or achievement of educational objectives
  • Relevance to the needs of the target population
  • The potential value of the CME/CPD activity to transmit or apply existing knowledge to improve practice and health outcomes
  • Efforts towards developing capacity for those who have been traditionally under-represented, historically and/or persistently marginalized in higher education
2. Distinguished Service to CPD/CME (Click to view)


  • This award recognizes substantial long term contributions, distinguished commitments or outstanding service to UBC FoM sponsored CPD/CME activities.


  • The winner of this award must be an individual.
  • Eligibility is limited to clinical or full time faculty or full time (or part time) staff of the UBC FoM.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Innovation, creativity, and ingenuity
  • Research or other scholarly activity
  • Administrative contributions to the field of CPD/CME
  • Contributions in teaching, program development, or other related areas
  • Number and frequency of contributions
  • Feedback of participants
  • Efforts towards developing capacity for those who have been traditionally under-represented, historically and/or persistently marginalized in higher education

As UBC CPD supports those who have been traditionally under-represented, historically and/or persistently marginalized in higher education we encourage award nominations for members of these groups. All nominees should have demonstrated a strong commitment to living the Faculty of Medicine values of respect, integrity, compassion, collaboration, and equity. We also strongly encourage nominators to consider the Faculty of Medicine’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion values in the nomination process.

Submit the full nomination package to: @email.
Nominee(s): must be affiliated with UBC FoM.
Nominator: all individuals (UBC or external) can submit multiple nominations.

Award recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000 and public recognition at the Annual Faculty of Medicine Awards Reception. UBC CPD promotes the importance of continuing education as part of physicians’ lifelong learning. The CPD/CME UBC FoM awards provide heightened recognition of the important work being done in this area and demonstrate the value the UBC FoM places on this phase of the continuum of medical education.

Please download the nomination package and submit:

  • Nomination form
  • Letter of recommendation: provide rationale and background information on the nominee. Up to 1000 words. Summarize the nominee’s contributions to CPD and why the candidate should be chosen to receive this award (specifically addressing the criteria for the award).
  • Feedback from CPD/CME program participants: maximum of three pages, optional.
  • Support letters: minimum one, maximum three. Support letters are included in the nomination package. Collect all to submit with your nomination.

Submit the FULL nomination package electronically to: @email. Nominations will be reviewed by a formal adjudication committee.

Nomination Package

Adjudication Guidelines

  • Nominations will stand for three years
  • Applications can be updated in the second and third years if the award is not granted
  • It is the nominator’s responsibility to keep the nomination current
  • The adjudication committee, in its sole discretion, will resolve questions concerning eligibility
  • An award may not be granted every year
  • The identity of nominees will not be made public unless they win the award
  • Decisions made by the adjudication committee are final and may not be appealed
  • Before announcing the winner, the adjudication committee will determine that the nominee is willing to receive and accept the award
  • Posthumous awards will not be made
  • Award winners will not normally be considered for an award if they have won the same award within the previous 3 years
2023 Recipients

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards.

Innovation in CPD/CME: Patricia Birch, Medical Genetics

Patricia’s career has ranged from arctic nursing to clinical genetic research and education. Her skill is to identify gaps in medical genetics clinical education and then to obtain grants to create novel programs to fill these gaps.  

 Patricia instigated a seminar series to support research excellence in UBC’s MSc Genetic Counselling program; developed the highly successful online Graduate Certificate in Genomic Counselling and Variant Interpretation; and most recently initiated a pilot project to integrate genetics and genomics education into the new Nurse Practitioner’s Master’s program at Thompson Rivers University. 

 She consistently uses ingenuity and creativity in course design and organization, often forming collaborative teams of experts across faculties and institutions. Her innovative and determined efforts develop tools to strengthen the capacity of genetic counsellors and nurses to use their knowledge to improve health outcomes. 

Patricia credits Dr. J.M. Friedman for the unique space, freedom, and support he has provided over her many years as his lab manager. 

Distinguished Service to CPD/CME: Dr. Ray Markham, Family Medicine

Born in Zimbabwe and trained in South Africa, Dr. Ray Markham first immigrated to Canada in 1992, where he practiced for three years in rural Newfoundland. In 1995, he began a seven-year career in General Practice with the British Army in the UK completing his General Practice Vocational Training and his Membership into the Royal College of General Practitioners. During that time, Ray was awarded the Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officer training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training. 

In 2002, Ray returned to Canada and settled with his family in Valemount, BC to practice rural generalist family medicine. He was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2009 for his service in Valemount. 

Ray served as the Medical Director for UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development from 2013-2019 and became Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC in Jan 2016. He currently serves as the Health Systems advisor to VPHealth at UBC Health. He participates at several rural medical tables, and regularly leads multidisciplinary volunteer teams from Canada to Zimbabwe through UBC Global Health aiming at bi-directional capacity building. 

Previous Recipients

Innovation in CPD: Kyla Hildebrand, Pediatrics 
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Carol Ward, Psychiatry


Innovation in CPD: Dr. Paul Winston and Dr. Rajiv Reebye, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Tandi Wilkinson, Department of Family Practice

Innovation in CPD: Dr. David Liu, UBC Department of Radiology
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Ian Schokking, UBC Department of Family Practice

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Christie Sutherland and Ms. Amanda Giesler, BC Centre on Substance Use
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Victor F. Huckell, UBC Division of Cardiology

Innovation in CPD: Silvia Guillemi, Department of Family Practice
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Gisele Bourgeois-Law, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Christie Newton, Department of Family Practice

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Jasmine Allaire, Department of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Julian Marsden, Department of Emergency Medicine

Innovation in CPD: IEPEP Program (Internationally Educated Physiotherapist Exam Preparation)/Dr. Alison Greig, Department of Physical Therapy
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Mary Bennett, Department of Pediatrics

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Devin Harris, Department of Emergency Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Leslie Sadownik, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Afshin Khazei, Department of Emergency Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Shirley Sze, Department of Family Practice

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Rivian Weinerman, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. John Mancini , Professor/Program Director Continuing Medical Education, UBC Cardiology; Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Research Laboratory, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Jeff Plant, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine; CPD Educator, RCPSC; Medical Director, UBC CPD
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Rona Cheifetz, Assistant Professor; Director – Continuing Medical Education, UBC Department of Surgery; Consultant – Surgical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency (Provincial Health Services Authority)

Innovation in CPD: Sue Stanton, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. William Schreiber, Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Kendall Ho, Director – eHealth Strategy Office; Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Akber Mithani, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Vice President, Providence Health Care and Ms. Taj Bhaloo, Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology; Formerly, Director, Centre of Innovation, Providence Health Care

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor and Director of Continuing Professional Development, Department of Psychiatry
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Grant Innes, UBC Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery Division of Emergency Medicine

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