Strategic Plan 2023-2027


A message from Dr. Anita Palepu, Head, UBC Department of Medicine

The UBC Department of Medicine is embarking on developing a strategic plan to help set a cohesive direction and priorities for the next five years, to strengthen and forge new collaborative relationships, and to support decision-making. The strategic plan will lay out our vision, mission, and goals, how we intend to achieve them, and how we will measure and communicate our progress.

I’m looking forward to personally connecting with the incredible faculty throughout the province as we develop our strategic plan and wish I could have started this in 2020, but the pandemic thwarted our best-laid plans. The Faculty of Medicine has refreshed its strategic plan, and we will build on this. Together, we will rebuild and reimagine over the next couple of years, establishing the foundation to fully implement our shared vision in the years to come. 

Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, FRCPC, MACP
Professor and Eric W. Hamber Chair
Head, Department of Medicine
University of British Columbia


The UBC Department of Medicine is embarking on the development of a strategic plan to help set a cohesive direction and priorities for the next 5 years - to strengthen and forge new collaborative relationships, and to support decision making. The strategic plan will lay out our vision, mission, and goals, how we intend to achieve them, and how we will measure and communicate our progress.

The UBC Department of Medicine endeavours to uphold the UBC Faculty of Medicine's 2021-2026 Strategic Plan "Building the Future"

To view Dr. Palepu’s Presentation and Vision Statement for the UBC Department of Medicine entitled “Leveraging Change: A Moonshot for the UBC Department of Medicine”, click here (presentation starts at 27:27)

In pursuing this mission, our planning process will emphasize open communication and ethical behaviour, recognizing that it is a privilege to provide responsible and innovative stewardship of human, financial, and all other resources within the Department. The UBC Department of Medicine community will be asked to meaningfully engage in the planning process so that our many collective strengths are reflected within the plan.

We will:

  • Look at peer institutions across North America
  • Seek and use feedback from as many stakeholders as possible, both on- and off-campus
  • Engage in broad consultation to identify common ground between internal interests and external demands
  • Scan internally and externally to identify strengths, areas to improve, opportunities, and potential threats
  • Prioritize what the Department wants to accomplish
  • Realign existing resources and cultivate new ones to fully support the strategic plan
  • Measure, monitor, and modify the plan as needed

See the UBC Department of Medicine Strategic Planning Process outline here

Working Group & Project Support

The Working Group and Project support team is responsible for carrying out the development of the strategic plan with support from the Project Sponsor. The working group executes the project plan and coordinates engagement of the sub-working groups (UBC DOM Faculty, Staff, and Learners)

Members:

  • Project Sponsor
    • Anita Palepu (Eric W. Hamber Professor and Chair of Medicine)
  • Working Group
    • Andrea Townson (Associate Head, Education)
    • Teresa Tsang (Associate Head, Research)
    • Kathy Standeven (Senior Education Manager)
    • Delaram Behnami/Anna Meredith (Research Manager)
    • Donna Combs (Administrative Coordinator to the Head)
  • Project Support
    • Laurie Golding (Communications Manager)
    • Kelsie Atwater (Assistant to the Head)

Working Sub-Groups

The sub-groups are responsible for contributing to the project's overall deliverables

Members:

  • Department of Medicine Faculty (Academic and Clinical)
  • Department of Medicine Staff
  • Department of Medicine Learners

Faculty of Medicine Executive Leadership

The Faculty of Medicine Executive Leadership is responsible for providing direction, prioritization and ensures alignment with the Faculty of Medicine's priorities

Members:

  • Chris Lovato (Vice-Dean Academic, Faculty of Medicine)
  • Shanda Jordan Gaetz (Managing Director, Faculty of Medicine Dean's Office)

Strategic Plan Advisory Committee

The Strategic Plan Advisory Committee provides directional input and ensures local expertise and alignment. The Department of Medicine Executive Committee will serve as the Advisory Committee

Members:

  • Eric W. Hamber Professor and Chair of Medicine
    • Anita Palepu
  • Associate Head, Education
    • Andrea Townson
  • Associate Head, Research
    • Teresa Tsang
  • Division Heads
    • Amin Kanani (Allergy & Immunology)
    • Andrew Krahn (Cardiology)
    • Barry Kassen (Community Internal Medicine)
    • Cheryl Holmes (Critical Care Medicine)
    • Marshall Dahl (Endocrinology & Metabolism)
    • Robert Enns (Gastroenterology)
    • Nadia Khan (General Internal Medicine)
    • Janet Kow (Geriatric Medicine)
    • Stephen Nantel (Hematology)
    • Ted Steiner (Infectious Diseases)
    • Stephen Chia (Medical Oncology)
    • Adeera Levin (Nephrology)
    • Jon Stoessl (Neurology)
    • Fify Soeyonggo (Palliative Care)
    • Jennifer Yao (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
    • Christopher Carlsten (Respiratory Medicine)
    • Antonio Aviña-Zubieta (Rheumatology)
    • Thomas Kerr (Social Medicine)
  • Program Directors
    • Mark Roberts (Postgraduate Medical Education)
    • Harpinder Nagi (Undergraduate Medical Education)
    • Kevin Eva (Director, Educational Research & Scholarship)
    • Tricia Tang (Experimental Medicine)
    • Sharlene Gill (Faculty Mentorship)
  • Hospital Heads
    • Wee-Shian Chan (BC Women's Hospital)
    • Gerald da Roza (Royal Columbian Hospital)
    • Mark Ballard (Royal Columbian Hospital)
    • Ken Gin (Vancouver Acute)
  • Distributed Site Representatives
    • Laura Farrell (Island Medical Program)
    • Sharla Rae Olsen (Northern Medical Program)
    • Jasmine Kerr (Southern Medical Program)
  • Clinical Faculty Representative
    • Emily Lai
  • Senior Administration
    • Mary Liu (Director of Administration)
    • Kathy Standeven (Senior Education Manager)
    • Delaram Behnami/Anna Meredith (Research Manager)
    • Sharon Duguid (Senior Manager, Finance)
    • Amanda Milord (HR Manager)
    • Donna Combs (Administrative Coordinator to the Head)

Want to learn more and have your say?

Engage with the Strategic Planning Process now!


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The UBC Department of Medicine Strategic Plan is currently in: Phase 2: Strategy Development