PGME Mistreatment Help

Mistreatment Help?
The Faculty of Medicine takes issues of mistreatment seriously. If you have experienced mistreatment, or are uncertain about your situation, or have witnessed someone being mistreated you are encouraged to report your concern.

A report is not the same as making an official complaint. You can make a report even if you only want advice, or assistance, or a record of the incident. You can make a report using the online reporting tool on this page (see on-line reporting button below). The online tool allows you to report your concern anonymously. You can also make a report by contacting any of the people listed lower down on this page. If your report includes your contact information a member of Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism will contact you to discuss your concern. Your conversation will be confidential.

If you feel that you have experienced or witnessed mistreatment or have concerns about your learning environment, we encourage you to report it:

What is Mistreatment?
Mistreatment includes behaviors which are discriminatory or harassing or abusive towards you. They can include things like:

  • Making demeaning comments about you in front of others
  • Using abusive language towards you.
  • Asking you to perform personal errands, or to do things which are unreasonable or break the law.
  • Discriminating against you, by making statements or restricting your learning, because of your age, ancestry, ethnic status, family status, marital status, physical or mental disability, place of origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or a criminal conviction unrelated to your employment or schooling.
  • Unwanted physical contact.
  • Comments about your participation or performance related to one of the grounds of discrimination listed above.

If mistreatment happens:

  1. Make yourself safe: stay calm, remain polite, get yourself out of the situation. If you need to call security or 911, do so. You shouldn’t go back if you won’t be safe.
  2. Talk to someone you trust, This initial discussion can help. Some suggestions: peer, trusted faculty member, family, friends, other Residents or trainees, religious leader, family doctor.
  3. Document what happened from your perspective for your future reference.
  4. Talk to someone within UBC and/or the Faculty of Medicine. You are encouraged to speak initially with someone within your program or at your site.

If you are reporting a claim of sexual violence or sexual assault please talk to someone within UBC and/or the Faculty of Medicine to discuss making a disclosure or a report to the Independent Investigations Office (See UBC Policy #131). In the case of sexual violence or sexual assault, access appropriate medical and/or police support immediately.

What if I see someone else being mistreated?
If you see a student or resident being mistreated, or a doctor/faculty member acting unprofessionally, you are encouraged to report it. Unprofessional conduct affects everyone’s learning and work environments. You can use the online reporting, or contact any of the people listed below.

Contacts for Postgraduate Trainees
The following are a list of people within the Faculty of medicine where you can make contact and have a confidential discussion:

Elizabeth Sabine –
Resident Wellness Counsellor (Postgraduate residents)

Kion Davies-
Resident Wellness Counsellor (Postgraduate residents)

Rebecca Turnbull-
Resident Wellness Counsellor (Postgraduate residents)

Dr. Elisabet Joa –
Faculty Lead, Postgraduate Educational Environment (Postgraduate residents)

Dr. Mike Allard –
Vice-Dean of Health Engagement

Paul Gill –
Health & Safety Advisor (all learners in the Faculty of Medicine)

Shirley Nakata –
Ombudsperson (impartial information on fair process)

Carol Naylor –
Acting Director, Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (SVPRO) (support and reporting for all of UBC)

Roshni Narain –
Human Rights Advisor, Equity & Inclusion Office (formal and informal resolution to human rights complaints for all of UBC)

Reporting Process and Outcome:
View the flowchart of the equity and professionalism reporting process

Trainees who wish to discuss concerns often ask that they remain anonymous. We do not have a mechanism for trainees to remain completely anonymous (where there is no disclosure of identity) but will uphold confidentiality (not disclosing information without the trainees’s permission). Please see Confidentiality and Anonymity for more information.

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