Mentorship, Equity & Inclusion

Mentorship in the UBC Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine’s Mentoring program was established in January of 2005 by Dr. Norman Wong. Dr. John Cairns was the Director from July 2010 to February 2018, followed by Dr. Diane Lacaille from March 2018 to September 2020. Dr. Sharlene Gill assumed the role in October 2020. The Program Director chairs the Mentoring Program Committee and sits on the Department of Medicine’s Executive Committee and the Recruitment & Resources Committee.

Mentoring a junior faculty member through the challenges of establishing a career, understanding the academic environment and finding life balance can be stimulating and rewarding. Their success will be enhanced by this program and the commitment of mentors will be valued and recognized as an important contribution to the Faculty and University. We have all experienced the role of a junior faculty member and variably benefited from the mentoring of senior colleagues.

The program envisages every new tenure track, grant tenure track or partner track department member will have a welcoming and supportive relationship with an established academic mentor throughout the initial years of their appointment and until their achievement of tenure and/or promotion to Associate Professor. The mentor will establish a secure and confidential environment of trust within which to share their wisdom and experiences, and to coach, challenge and sponsor their mentee.

Dr. Sharlene Gill
UBC Department of Medicine
Director, DOM Mentoring Program



Equity & Inclusion in the UBC Department of Medicine

The UBC Department of Medicine strives to cultivate a teaching, learning and working environment that is equitable, accepting, inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. In conjunction with the University of British Columbia and the Faculty of Medicine, the UBC Department of Medicine works to bridge gaps in equity within the Department by identifying principal concerns, developing equity guidelines, and educating division heads and directors. We work to ensure equitable hiring practices by raising awareness, broadening candidate pools and standardizing candidate selection methods. We promote and support professional development and networking opportunities for all of our faculty and trainees. We integrate equity principles into our training programs and academic activities by engaging our educational program directors in equity initiatives.

Dr. Diane Lacaille
UBC Department of Medicine
Chair, DOM Equity Committee
T:  604-207-4019
F:  604-207-4059



UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
2306 – 1874 East Mall (Brock Hall)
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
T: 604-822-6353
F: 604-822-3260

UBC Faculty of Medicine Office of Professionalism
2775 Laurel Street, 11th Floor
Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 1M9
Voicemail: 604-771-1081

If you have experienced discrimination and harassment on campus, have been accused of committing discrimination and harassment, or have an equity-related query, please contact an Equity Advisor for assistance by calling 604-882-6353. They will meet with you on a confidential basis to help evaluate your situation and explore possible solutions with you.

If you have specific concerns or questions regarding equity in the Department of Medicine, please contact:

  1. Your Hospital Division Head
  2. Your UBC Division Head
  3. DoM Human Resources
  4. Head, Department of Medicine
  5. Associate Dean, Equity, Faculty of Medicine