MEC supports student representation on a number of Faculty of Medicine committees:
See our complete list here (PDF format) or below!
Medical Education Committee
|MEC Director Sr.||Katrina Besler||VFMPfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|MEC Director Jr||Simrin Dhillon||VFMPemail@example.com|
|Year 1 MEC Exec (2025)||Brendan Tao||VFMPfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Year 2 MEC Exec (2024)||Catherine Binda||VFMPemail@example.com|
|Year 3 MEC Exec (2023)||Irena Zivkovic||VFMPfirstname.lastname@example.org.ça|
|Year 4 MEC Exec (2022)||Athena Huynh||VFMPemail@example.com|
|MUS VP Academic Sr||Alvin Qiu||VFMPfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|MUS VP Academic Jr||Ciara Morgan-Feir||VFMPemail@example.com|
Committees are categorized here into “Learning Environment, Safety, and Student Services”, “Clinical Learning”, “Academic Learning, Assessment, and Integration”, “Transitions, Portfolio, and Interprofessional Education”, “Research and Teacher Assessment”, “Admissions”, and “COVID-19 Task Forces” for your ease of access, but some committees cover a broader range of topics and activities. See detailed descriptions of each for more information. If you’re still not sure which student rep to contact about your question or concern, please get in touch with your year’s MEC Executive.
Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee
The JOHSCs are governed under the Workers Compensation Act. They are an advisory group consisting of employer and worker representatives working together to improve occupational health and safety in the workplace.
|2023||Daniela Di Francesco||VFMPfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Learning Environment Advisory Council
Monitor the UGME learning environment, including mistreatment of medical students; and advise the UGME Committee, the Regional Associate Deans, the Years 1&2 Curriculum Subcommittee, and the Years 3&4 Curriculum Subcommittee accordingly.
Student Affairs Advisory Council
The StAAC brings together the program-wide and site-specific Student Affairs leadership and the Student Affairs team (including site coordinators, financial and career advisors, health and safety representatives, Indigenous coordinators etc.) once a month to discuss ongoing business and deal with emerging issues. There are often guests from other departments to discuss how
they and Student Affairs can best work together. This committee is responsible for the oversight of student affairs as they relate to the MDUP. It has the authority to recommend new policy or policy changes to Faculty Executive. Ensures that students at all sites have comparable and timely access to student services, including but not limited to scholarships and bursaries, health services, health and disability insurances, and career planning advice.
|VFMP 2025||Harleen Kaur Heharemail@example.com|
|VFMP 2025||Grace Niefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|VFMP 2024||Frances Perryemail@example.com|
|VFMP 2023||Sarah Limfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|VFMP 2022||Sarah Fletcheremail@example.com|
|VFMP 2022||Maria Zhufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|IMP 2025||Alison Whiteemail@example.com|
|IMP 2024||Jessy Sidhufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|IMP 2023||Kash Gwiazdaemail@example.com|
|IMP 2022||Elizabeth Burdenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|SMP 2025||Evan Kwongemail@example.com|
|SMP 2024||Emma Corbettfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|SMP 2023||Tyson Bodoremail@example.com|
|SMP 2022||Talia Del Medicofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|NMP 2025||Michaela Kellyemail@example.com|
|NMP 2024||Jeslene Sandhufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|NMP 2023||Allyson Milleremail@example.com|
|NMP 2022||Jennifer Brownfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Student-Faculty EDI Working Group
Clinical Learning and OSCE
eOSCE Project Team
The eOSCE Project Team is focused on implementing the online OSCE.
Internal Medicine Undergraduate Education Committee
This committee meets to discuss topics & concerns related to the IM undergraduate program at UBC, including 3rd year CTU rotations and 4th year IM electives. This may include assessing educational experiences, discussing current means of student evaluation, incorporating student wellness initiatives, and more.
UBC Medicine Family Practice
The UBC Medicine Family Practice Committee aids the Family Practice Program in planning and developing curricular activities. Monthly meetings are usually held to discuss FP office visits and seminar activities. Student representatives deliver messages to the class and collect feedback. The committee provides a forum for members to review and address questions and updates on ongoing tasks/projects/items/issues, and discuss ways to improve the FP components of the program and students’ educational experience.
VFMP Clinical Skills Committee
This committee makes decisions about format, type, and number of clinical skills sessions in years 1 and 2 at the VFMP.
Academic Learning, Assessment, Integration, and Integrity
Curriculum Integration Advisory Council
Monitor overall curricular content, sequencing, spiralling, and integration, and advise the UGME Committee, the Years 1&2 Curriculum Subcommittee, and the Years 3&4 Curriculum Subcommittee accordingly.
Faculty Development: Clinical Decision Making
The Clinical Decision Making (CDM) committee works on developing the CDM portion of the new MDUP curriculum, where students develop their clinical decision making skills by working through cases in CDM didactic and interactive sessions, and small groups. The committee makes decisions on the content, organization, scheduling, and implementation of these sessions and modifies the CDM curriculum based on feedback from students, instructors, and other involved staff. This committee works on improving the quality of lecture-based education within the UBC medical curriculum.
MCQ Advisory Panel
The Multiple Choice Question Advisory Panel reviews questions and content of MCQ exams.
|Student rep||Raisa Shabbir||VFMP email@example.com|
|LGBTQ+ student rep||Jatinder Khatra||VFMP firstname.lastname@example.org|
Pediatric Undergraduate Education Committee
The goal of this committee is to ensure that effective undergraduate pediatric education and assessment is being delivered to all sites and students across British Columbia. It is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating all the pediatric education curricula of the 4 years of Undergraduate education.
Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Committee
The Psychiatry UGEC is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluation of the Psychiatry curriculum across all sites.
Student Assessment Subcommittee
This committee is responsible for the design and function of the student assessment system of the UBC MD Undergraduate Program (MDUP).
Student Promotion and Review Board
The Review Board ensures that standards for student advancement and graduation are consistent across all sites and students, adhere to FoM policy, and are based on student performance. The Board makes decisions about student advancement, professionalism notations on performance reports, withdrawal, and returning from leaves of absence.
Undergraduate Medical Education Committee
This committee oversees the UBC MD curriculum in terms of design, management, integration, and evaluation. This committee is responsible for approving UGME program initiatives from other UGME subcommittees and ensures that the program meets or exceeds accreditation standards. They also ensure that educational objectives and exit competencies are being achieved and promote a positive learning environment.
UBC Working Group on Academic Integrity
The Working Group on Academic Integrity focuses on ways to promote and disseminate educative approaches to academic integrity, foster culture change, and prevent/identify misconduct, in partnership with students across faculties at UBC. Online proctoring and disciplinary processes for academic misconduct are outside the scope of this group’s work.
|2023||2023 Sydney Sparanese||VFMPemail@example.com|
Transitions, Portfolio, and Interprofessional Education
Transition to Postgraduate Practice (TIPP)
This working group is responsible for the planning and implementation of the new course at the end of Year 4. The vision is to improve the transition and preparation for our learners before they begin residency.
Portfolio Advisory Group
The Portfolio Advisory Group provides advice and consultation in the following areas: pedagogical matters related to the Portfolio and its alignment with sound assessment principles and other assessment modalities; practical, logistical, and political matters in relation to navigating the institutional culture to implement the Portfolio; end-user experience from both a student and coach perspective; identification of opportunities for scholarship; identification of content experts who can contribute to the development and implementation of the Portfolio.
|2022||Emma Louise Croft||VFMPfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2022||Supun Kotteduwa Jayawarden||VFMPemail@example.com|
UBC Health Student Caucus
The Health Student Caucus provides a forum for health and human service (HHS) student leaders to discuss common education issues, provide feedback on the development, implementation and evaluation of interprofessional learning opportunities, plan interprofessional student events, and contribute to the advancement of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at UBC.
Research and Teacher Assessment
The Research Committee has various responsibilities falling under the overarching goal to fulfill the FoM’s research directives. This includes deciding which faculty members win certain awards, which projects get UBC funding, and how to achieve other research directives.
|2023 – MD/PhD||Shayda Swann||VFMPfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Learner Access Advisory Council
This council will advise the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education on access to UBC MD undergraduate students for the purposes of recruitment into research and non-programmatic studies. The mandate of the LAAC includes reviewing received requests and recommending which to forward to MD student learners (see attached Terms of Reference). The LAAC supports the Faculty of Medicine’s commitment to advancing research and scholarship as part of its mission, while at the same time ensuring that our learners are not overly burdened by non-programmatic emails and requests.
Teacher Support Advisory Council
The purpose of this advisory council is to advise the Director of Teacher Assessment on matters related to support and assessment of teachers, including the implementation of the Teacher Assessment Policy. The student representative’s role is to provide the student’s perspective and ideas for how to better provide teacher assessments through one45 and to highlight any potential gaps in the current process for the learner, as well as how to best use this information to improve the medical education we receive.
|2022||Sofía Zhang Jiang||IMPemail@example.com|
MD Admissions Subcommittee
Consider and select applicants for interview, offer, and ultimately admission to the MD Undergraduate Program, in accordance with UBC and Faculty of Medicine admissions policies and the Faculty of Medicine’s social responsibility mandate. The MD Admissions Selection Subcommittee is a collection of individuals with vested interests in the equitable and diverse selection of future UBC medical student cohorts. This team collaborates to manage the process of MD Admissions following submission of applications in a particular matriculation cycle.
Northern and Rural MD Admissions Subcommittee
This committee recommends to the MD Admissions Subcommittee qualified applicants who are suitable for the local context of learning in northern and rural areas for interview and offer of admission to the MD Program, up to a maximum of 32 for the NMP, 10 for rural placements in the SMP, and 2 for rural placements in the IMP, in accordance with UBC and Faculty of Medicine admissions policies and the Faculty of Medicine’s social responsibility mandate.
MD Admissions Diversity Task Force
The Task Force informs the MD Admissions Committee of barriers preventing successful admission to medical school, which may be related to ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, or other factors. The Task Force works with the Admissions Committee to help address these barriers.
Last updated: January 2022