On September 21, 2016, the inaugural UBC Postgraduate Faculty and Staff Wellness Award was presented at the 9th Annual Resident Talent Night to a packed house. This award honours faculty and staff members in Postgraduate Medical Education at any site across the province who demonstrate leadership in resident wellness by:
- displaying commitment to promoting and advocating for a healthy residency experience;
- considering all aspects of a resident’s well-being;
- leading by example and modelling wellness in daily life;
- and taking a leadership role in influencing the culture of wellness in their program.
The idea to establish the Faculty and Staff Wellness Award came out of a meeting of the Wellness Champions Network in May, earlier this year. The Wellness Champions Network is a province-wide initiative that consists of volunteer residents across all residency programs who meet twice annually to discuss topics of wellness facing residents. At the May meeting, residents suggested the idea for an annual award to recognize and promote the involvement of faculty and staff members in advocating for resident wellness as an important priority within postgraduate medical education.
Out of an overwhelming number of nominations, four recipients were selected, featured below along with a few words from the residents who nominated them. Please join us in congratulating these individuals for the important work they do to support the well-being of UBC’s residents!
Dr. Peter Weerasinghe, Associate Program Director, Resident Wellness, Internal Medicine
“Dr. Weerasinghe has taken the reigns of championing our Resident Wellness Group. He always makes himself available in a friendly and personable way. Whenever we have ideas or projects we’d like to promote among the residents he supports and welcomes our ideas.” – Resident
“He has done a lot to change the culture of the UBC Internal Medicine program with respect to supporting wellness. His demeanor and conduct as a CTU attending serve as a great model of what the everyday practice of wellness looks like.” – Resident
Carlea Remodo, Site Coordinator, Family Practice, Indigenous Site (Victoria)
“Carlea is there for us from the day we are matched to the program. She’s fantastic at her job, and routinely goes above and beyond to support us all. Lots of people talk about wellness, but she puts the words into action, amending schedules, advocating, and ensuring we have a voice in the training system.” – Resident
“She is always looking out for us by checking in regularly to find out how we are doing, both personally and professionally. When things are not going as planned or if we are struggling, she will come up with helpful solutions and then work hard to put them in motion.” – Resident
Dr. Steve Beerman, Site Director, Family Practice, Nanaimo
“Dr. Beerman defines what it means to be a leader in resident wellness, at the national level as well as locally as the site director of Nanaimo’s Family Medicine program. No matter the issue, Dr Beerman makes it clear to every resident in our program that he has our wellness, whether it be social, professional, or academic, as his top priority as he is able to make one feel supported in a way like none other.” – Resident
“His willingness to make the program meet the needs of the residents is unfailing. As a result, we have academic weeks, allowing us to have protected time to learn, catch up on sleep, and reconnect as a group.” – Resident
Dr. Dianna Louie, Clinical Instructor and Faculty Wellness Committee Representative for Pediatrics
“Dr. Louie goes above and beyond for the pediatric residents, and is more than deserving for this award. She is our staff, our mentor, and most importantly, a strong advocate for the resident body.” – Resident
“Over the last 2 years that Dr. Dianna Louie has been staff, she has shown continued dedication and commitment to resident well-being. She is the staff liaison for the pediatric wellness initiative, and provides staff support for the quarterly ice-cream rounds, and the bi-annual wellness dinners. More recently, she hosted a wellness journal club and organized yoga for 60 residents in the park.” – Resident