Office of Education

Over the last ten years, the education portfolio within the Department has experienced significant change as we expanded into a province wide distributed program growing from approximately 585 students and core residents in the lower mainland to +1200 students and core residents now disbursed across the province in +25 sites.

In response to the program expansion, combined with the ever changing patient-care needs and innovations in medical education, the Department commissioned an Education Task Force in 2011 to identify and prioritize the education issues to be addressed. A key recommendation was the need to dedicate strategic leadership to ensure continuity of direction and progress to sustain and advance the excellence of our education program. The Office of Education was created in October of 2012.


Associate Head Education: Dr. Andrea Townson

Dr. Townson has recently been promoted to the rank of Clinical Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has completed her Masters of Science in Health Professions Education. She has made numerous administrative contributions to the department. She has been the UBC and Vancouver Acute Head of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Medical Site Lead of the GF Strong Rehab Centre since 2007.  She was the Program Director for the UBC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training Program and the Chair for the Program Committee from 1999 to 2000.  She has been a member of many University committees including the UBC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Committee since 2003, the UBC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training Program Committee since 2008, the UBC Department of Medicine Executive Committee since 2008, the UBC Department of Medicine Academic Appointments, Reappointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee since 2009, the Department of Medicine Equity Committee since 2009, and an ad-hoc member of the Department of Medicine Recruitment and Resources Committee since 2011.  She has been the Co-chair of the Regional Rehabilitation Program, Vancouver Coastal and Providence Health Care Authorities since 2013.  Dr. Townson is actively involved in clinical teaching with medical students and residents on the spinal cord injury unit at GF Strong as well as scheduled clinical skills teaching for medical students in the Musculoskeletal and Bedside clinical skills teaching blocks.  She has been a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals. She was the recipient of the Theo van Rijn Award for Contribution to the UBC PM and R Residency Program in 2012.

KathyStandevenSr. Education Manager: Kathy Standeven

Kathy Standeven joined UBC Department of Medicine in 2006 as Manager, Continuing Medical Education until accepting the position as Program Manager of the Undergraduate Education program in early 2010. Kathy will now divide her efforts between the Undergraduate Education program and supporting the Office of Education. Kathy’s educational background includes a BA, MBA from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked as a business analyst in several mid to large size corporations within the private sector in addition to owning and managing an event company immediately prior to joining UBC.