With teaching now taking place at more than 90 urban, regional, community and remote settings across the province, more 3,500 family physicians play an increasingly important role as teachers, preceptors and mentors. The Exceptional Teacher Honour was created to recognize and celebrate these physicians who are dedicated to teaching and mentorship.

Nominations will be considered throughout the year.

If you are a colleague or former student and would like to nominate a community-based BC family physician for this honour, send an email to office@bccfp.bc.ca  providing the name of the nominee and a few sentences describing why you think they deserve to be recognized.

We will send them a personal letter of congratulations and recognize their honour in our communications to members.

Read about our recipients to date:

2022 Recipients

Dr. Phillip Cilliers

Dr. Cilliers nominator says "I would like to place a nomination for the exceptional teacher honour reward to my preceptor, Dr. Phillip Cilliers. Dr. Cilliers is a family physician at Four Oaks Medical Centre in Langley. I have learned so much during my time with him and am already sad to know one day residency will end and I will no longer be working alongside him. Dr. Cilliers is kind, patient and happy to teach. When I struggle with managing a patient, he provides me with positive, helpful feedback to improve. He has been a fantastic instructor and mentor and helps me work towards being a well rounded and strong family physician. He is loved by all of his patients and the supporting staff and is well deserving of this honour."

Dr. Riley Davidson

Dr. Davidson's nominator says "Dr. Davidson is widely known for helping Residents reach their full potential, and for serving as a trustworthy educational resource for Residents. Thank you, Dr. Davidson, for fostering a learning environment where Residents feel comfortable adopting a genuinely curious approach to medical learning in order to become confident, compassionate, and competent independent physicians. UBC Residents are fortunate to have you as a mentor."

Dr. Richard Lee

Dr. Lee's nominator says "I would like to nominate Dr./Capt. Richard Lee for his work over the past 2 years as an educator at 12 (Vancouver) Field Ambulance and as a physician working in the ER in Richmond BC. He has led the Medical Company through a challenging Covid-19 environment and ensured that there was ongoing high-level teaching that was delivered in a virtual environment." 

Dr. Jessica Mazzarolo

Dr. Mazzarolo's nominator says "I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Dr. Mazzarolo during residency at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She is one of the Hospitalists who genuinely cared for my learning and taught me so much yet in a much higher standard.  She showed me how her medical practice is one of constant evolution and innovation. Patients are truly blessed to have her and she remains an incredibly inspiring figure. "


2021 recipients

Dr. Cecile Andreas

Dr. Andreas is a family physician from the Kootenays who has a passion in coaching. She instructs coaches at Royal Roads University and is involved with the Coaching and Mentoring program at UBC Rural CPD, instructing rural mentors and coaches to provide support for rural, PRA and IMG physicians. Dr. Andreas also instructs physicians in being leaders in being more effective in quality improvement and team-based care.

Dr. Michael Banwell

Dr. Banwell's nominator says, "Dr. Banwell is a favourite preceptor and tutor with the students of the UBC Southern Medical Program. He is a superb teacher who engages and challenges students without ever intimidating them or making them feel foolish.

 Combining competence, humour, wisdom, and open-mindedness, Dr. Banwell approaches teaching as an ongoing exchange rather than as a static lecture. He models true life-long learning for his students.

 Dr. Banwell’s frankness, practicality, and patient-centred perspective allows students to embrace the best of the old and the new as they explore the kind of physicians they wish to be. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Banwell takes a sincere interest in his students as people (and not just as medical students). He takes the time to understand their unique strengths and perspectives, and how they can best be supported in their journey to be physicians.

The Southern Medical Program is fortunate to have him as a preceptor, and I am grateful he continues to share his time with us."

Dr. Nicholas Graham

Dr. Graham’s nominator shares: “Dr. Graham is the lead physician for the hospitalist service at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital (also known as the family practice teaching service – FPTS). All family medicine residents from the St Paul’s site complete this rotation in both PGY-1 and PGY-2.

Dr. Graham has made FPTS an excellent learning environment and shown exemplary leadership. He has set up the learning infrastructure on the service that all residents benefit from. This includes organizing and prioritizing weekly grand rounds, preparing an online library of helpful guidelines and ensuring each resident is orientated. When working as the doctor of the week, he leads an efficient and safe team. He makes time to provide valuable teaching every day. This includes bedside teaching, high-yield didactic lectures, and balanced feedback. He gives his residents a respectful, appropriate level of independence and is immediately available if help is needed. Every resident at the St Paul’s site, the largest UBC FM site, has benefited from his teaching and example. I have met few physicians as dedicated to useful, clinically relevant teaching as Dr. Graham and have orchestrated this en masse.”

Dr. Janet Ip

Dr. Ip’s nominator shares: “All students and residents look up to her! Down to earth, knowledgeable and an exceptional teacher and physician.”

Dr. Katrin Lovett

Dr. Lovett’s nominator says, “Dr. Lovett is well deserving of the exceptional teacher honour. She is a much valued preceptor for family practice residents and has approached teaching with passion and skill. The residency program has relied on her for nurturing excelling residents and guiding residents who need a bit more support.
She has demonstrated remarkable teaching abilities as shown by some of her learners’ comments. Thanks, Dr. Lovett, for all the amazing teaching!”

Dr. Birinder Narang

Dr. Birinder Narang has shown continued commitment to educating British Columbians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing important information and advice related to the pandemic on his social media platforms every day. Further, he have taken his education efforts to provincial and national media outlets, demonstrating the value of family physicians as trustworthy community leaders and educators.

Dr. Narang also advocated for and distributed culturally appropriate COVID-19 information to support South Asian communities, such as multi-lingual guides on how to wear a mask with a turban, and offered guidance on how public health officials can effectively deliver COVID-19 messaging to these communities.

Further, Dr. Narang has spoken to the public and the media about his experiences of racism, raising awareness of the ongoing realities of race-based intolerance and advocating for the importance of vigilance and active anti-racism in Canada.

These exceptional efforts have been made alongside his role as a Clinical instructor in the UBC Department of Family Medicine, in which he educates future generations of family physicians.

Dr. Cameron Ross

Dr. Ross’s nominator says, “Dr. Ross has been a preceptor in Chilliwack for more than a decade. He also served as the Lead Faculty for Evidenced‐based Medicine for UBC. Dr. Ross exemplifies what it means to be a “full-service” family physician. His enthusiasm for medicine, teaching and providing high quality care for patients is truly unrivalled. He has inspired many of his former residents to not only become excellent
clinicians, but also leaders in the area of family medicine themselves. He is truly a role model for his
colleagues and trainees.”

Dr. John Soles

Dr. Soles’ nominator shares: “For many years, Dr. Soles has coordinated residents and medical students to come to his community. He advocates for their education and for rural family medicine as a whole.  

He has been an outstanding teacher and mentor, encouraging the students of today to become the family doctors of tomorrow.”

Dr. Reena Yu

Dr. Yu’s nominator says, “In my two years of medical school thus far and going through different family practice rotations, I have not met a more enthusiastic and dedicated physician as Dr. Yu.

She allowed me to enhance my clinical skills and taught me new material, despite COVID and all the challenges that it brought. Dr. Yu is one of a kind and truly cares about the student that she is teaching. Not only is her teaching fantastic, but all the patients that come see her have positive interactions with her. She does not rush any consult and truly cares for her patients.

I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this award.”


2020 recipients

Dr. Benjamin Bauer

“From Dr. Bauer I learned what it is to be a wonderful teacher, not only to students but to patients as well. Dr. Bauer takes the time to explain things in a way that is easy for everyone to understand because he truly cares. He has a very unique and effective strategy of adapting his consult approach to best reflect the needs of each patient, whether that be their understanding of their condition or what is important to them in terms of their well-being. He breaks things down by relating aspects of a patients’ health to their perceptions, views, or values. Through observing these practices, he taught me how to effectively communicate with patients in a way which transcends socio-cultural differences. Dr. Bauer challenged me and engaged with me during every patient interaction to ensure that I had the best learning experience possible.”

Dr. Annette Brower

“Dr. Brower has served as a faculty member in the Kelowna Family Medicine residency program for the past four years. In her assessment and evaluation role, Dr. Brower has set a new standard for educational evaluation at our site. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that residents receive rich, practical feedback from their clinical experiences that they can take with them into practice. She has built relationships within our program with preceptors and faculty that have enhanced the resident training experience. She has helped dozens of residents navigate the stressful and confusing exam licensing process. And, on top of it all, she has never missed an opportunity to congratulate a resident for achieving success in a clinical experience.”

Dr. Colette Davis

Dr. Davis is a family practice preceptor at UBC. She was nominated by several of her students. One nominator said, “I had the pleasure of learning from her in one of my family practice units as a first‐year medical student. From the first email I got from her, it was clear that Dr. Davis is passionate about teaching. She had organized her workday to welcome me into the office; she discussed my learning goals at the beginning of every session, she left time for feedback after every patient and elicited feedback from
me about her teaching at the end of each session.

During our time together, she struck the perfect balance of challenging me but always within my abilities as a first‐year student, and she provided both positive encouragement and constructive feedback.

Most importantly, Dr. Davis’s passion for her work and her commitment to helping her patients is obvious and contagious.”

Dr. Paul Dhillon

“Dr. Dhillon showed me what it is to be truly immersed in medicine and what it is to be enthusiastic about continued learning and commitment to the field. Looking at his career and what he has experienced in his life, I am hopeful that I can do the same. It is clear he is an expert in all fields he is a part of; a notion that shines through in his practice. He shows true dedication to his patients, peers, and his family in such an impressive way. I really appreciated his relatability and his sense of humour as I think those things are so important. This made him an excellent teacher as he was able to explain things in a way that related his current experience to what he remembered from his years as a student. Dr. Dhillon demonstrated great leadership and camaraderie in every team environment that I witnessed; something that I aspire to bring to my practice. I want to thank Dr. Dhillon for everything he taught me. He really went above and beyond as a teacher, making sure to include me in every aspect of his practice.”

Dr. Suze Donaldson

Dr. Donaldson was nominated for her role as a preceptor. Her nominator says, “Dr. Donaldson is a gifted doctor with deep knowledge and passion for family medicine.  She is caring, thorough, efficient, and professional.  She is an excellent role model and her patients are lucky to have their care in her capable hands.

Even with a busy practice, she somehow manages to prioritize teaching. She was invested in my learning from day one and dedicated blocks of time together every day to teach and check in and strategize how to address gaps in my learning.  She often scheduled patients on my clinic days that she felt would be particularly beneficial to my training.

She always spoke highly of me to her patients and created a safe learning environment by not tolerating any mistreatment or disrespect from patients.  She encouraged my independence but was always available to me when I needed her.

Her valuable feedback was always constructive and she made residency feel like a partnership.  She valued my contributions and built my confidence by asking for my input on particularly challenging cases.  She was always there for me to debrief after a hard night on call and I knew I could always turn to her when residency or life in general brought its challenges.”

Dr. Inna Fadyeyeva

“Dr. Fadyeyeva is an incredible role model and mentor to the UBC Family Medicine program. She is a clinical professor in behavioural medicine, she promotes wellness, self care and mindfulness with meditation. She is an innovative leader with continuing education, teaching residents primary care dermatology and procedures. She is also a clinical instructor to medical students and encourages them to consider family medicine. Dr. Fadyeyeva is a mentor to many residents. She is passionate about her work in the community and maintains continuity of care in the community.”

Dr. Carmen Goojha

“Dr. Goojha was so kind and inclusive during our time together, making her a wonderful person to learn from. Dr. Goojha taught me what makes palliative care one of the most rewarding specialties in medicine. She also showed me what it is to be a compassionate doctor, always looking to find a solution that works best for your patients. After seeing her comfort patients the way she does and watching how to advocate for everyone involved in patient care, I can confidently say that Dr. Goojha inspired me to include palliative and MAiD in my future practice. The MAiD assessment I attended with her was undoubtedly a highlight of learning experience. Through her teachings l appreciated how fulfilling it is to be able to give patients exactly what they want, which is a form of treatment that often does not exist in regular practice. It is immensely evident how much of a difference she makes in her patients’ lives and she does it so naturally. I think she deserves to be recognized for her compassion, superior patient care, and truly amazing style of teaching.”

Dr. Marcus Greatheart

“Dr. Greatheart was my preceptor during my residency in family medicine in both an office setting as well as long term care, and he also taught our residency group numerous times during academic half days. He went above and beyond to create support systems for residents when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Dr. Greatheart leads the teaching for medical students at Three Bridges Community Health Center, where he also works with residents to service marginalized populations in Vancouver. He is a also a medical lead at St. Vincent’s Hospital Langara long-term care home, where he enthusiastically mentors for both residents and medical students as a preceptor while maintaining a large list of patients there. On top of this, he works closely with the St. Paul’s Family Medicine residency program to provide specialized academic half days in behavioural medicine. What makes him exceptional is not only his breadth of teaching, but the quality that he delivers. He is a kind, caring, knowledgable teacher who understands adult learning and actively works to deliver high quality medical education to learners at all levels.”

Dr. John Pawlovich

Dr. Pawlovich is recognized for his  pioneering work in providing telemedicine to the community of Takla Landing and his dedication to developing telemedicine-focused curriculum.

His leading efforts to organize continuing education on the topic of telehealth and technology have laid an important foundation that now serves family physicians as they rapidly adapt their practices to meet the needs of patients and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Pawlovich is also recognized for his educational leadership in co-presenting the CFPC’s webinar, “Adapting family practice to virtual care”. This came at a critical time when family physicians across Canada urgently sought a trustworthy, experienced source of guidance on establishing telehealth practices.

Dr. Jennifer Roger

Dr. Roger is involved extensively in teaching with the Okanagan Rural Family Practice Program. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

With an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy, Dr. Roger also lectures residents in MSK problems.

Dr. Roger is also a GP psychotherapist and residents seek her out for special training in office based psychotherapy. She is trained in Satir Family Therapy and she is guest faculty at the Haven Institute. She provides regular workshops to residents in psychotherapy and healthy communication.

Dr. Roger was nominated by several of her students. One nominator said, “She is a passionate teacher. She enjoys researching and teaching “approaches to” with her learners. She is a kind and compassionate practitioner and teacher. She embraces her residents with support on their journey of growing into competent and caring doctors.”

Dr. Sara Shahram

“Dr. Sara Shahram is a family physician working in Surrey/Langley and she has been an incredible teacher and mentor to many medical students, residents, and nurse practitioner students who have had the opportunity to work with her.  I worked with Dr. Shahram in 2017/2018 when I was a student and I am forever grateful for her kindness, patience, and willingness to share her experience and knowledge in family medicine. She has a passion for primary care that is contagious, and she is a highly skilled and compassionate clinician. An amazing role model for many learners!”

Dr. Dalvinder Toor

“Over the years I have witnessed Dr. Toor mentor and teach many students and IMGs, including myself. He has been invaluable in building up young physicians. He goes above and beyond from clinical skill building, exam preparation and supportive counseling. He is selfless in his acts and I can speak from experience that his support has not gone unnoticed.”

Dr. Louise Van Zyl

“There are many reasons why Dr. Van Zyl is very deserving of this award. First, she is a role model to me and other physicians. She is an extraordinary advocate for comprehensive and evidence-based, patient centered care. I am always impressed with her knowledge and can always rely on her for advice on patient cases or any questions that I may have. She is always up to date on all guidelines, yet continually strives to always learn more. She will willingly read up about difficult cases and won’t hesitate to discuss with specialists for guidance or advice when there may not be clear guidelines. Despite the time consumption this may have, she is always enthusiastic to learn new knowledge and to apply this to her practice, and to share the knowledge with her colleagues. It is also evident that Dr. Van Zyl always puts her patients first. She excels at the practice of not only treating the disease, but treating the patient, and advocating for them. I actually had a patient of mine’s family member make a comment about this recently. My patient’s relative saw Dr. Van Zyl at the walk-in clinic. She went to the walk-in after having seen her own family doctor and many specialists, without having any conclusive diagnosis for years. She felt unwell for so long and didn’t feel anyone was listening to her concerns until she finally met Dr. Van Zyl. She stated to me that, “I finally felt listened to, and felt that someone was wanting to find out what was going on.” Dr. Van Zyl started a series of investigations and had her follow up with her personally to ensure she was looked after, and subsequently discovered her diagnosis after years without answers. This person was so grateful for running into Dr. Van Zyl at the walk-in, and this changed her life for the better. To me this story exemplifies Dr. Van Zyl’s passion for medicine and for helping others. Aside from demonstrating excellence in medicine, she works harder than any physician I know. Between working a full-time busy practice, she dedicates evenings, weekends, and holidays at the walk-in clinic. She is so committed to the practice of medicine. On top of this, she is committed to medical education as well. She loves to teach and regularly has students and residents in her clinic. I’m truly grateful to have such a wonderful and hardworking colleague, who continually goes above and beyond for her patients. She is an excellent role mode and is very deserving of this recognition and award.”

Dr. Peter Van Zyl

“While on a rural elective in Fort St. James, I had the privilege to work with Dr. Van Zyl. He provided an extremely rich learning environment where I was allowed to take ownership of patients, make management decisions, and follow-up with patients at my discretion. I was included in so many opportunities that do not exist at larger centers with more learners. Dr. Van Zyl role-modelled patient-centered care and encouraged me to think of the unique challenges faced by patients in rural/remote and Northern settings. The whole team in Fort St. James was collegial and motivated to provide an outstanding level of care given the limitations of the community – Dr. Van Zyl played a central role in creating/maintaining this environment. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Van Zyl.”


2019 recipients

Dr. Shane Barclay

On his arrival (at Sun Peaks), he quickly agreed to take on a resident, now he has two, followed by doing teaching sessions in the UBC department of the Royal Inland Hospital with 3rd year medical students and residents. He has his own website guiding learners in rural emergency medicine and has put on extra teaching sessions for students and residents here at Sun Peaks in subjects such as bedside ultrasound use, dermoscopy and emergency medicine procedures. He has also expanded his education to ski patrol and supported the community in CPR training and teaching on the narcotic crisis and the use of narcan… he has an exceptional thirst to teach and share his knowledge.”

Dr. Matt Blackwood

“I would like to nominate Dr. Matt Blackwood. He practiced in Mission and is now semi retired. We learned about his knowledge and lectures about ADHD. in children and adults.”

Dr. Bob Bluman

“Bob is the current Executive Medical Director for UBC CPD and in this role has helped guide and develop UBC CPD from humble beginnings to an award-winning educational organization. Not only is Bob an excellent leader and educational innovator at the system level but he is very ‘hands on’, helping mentor individual physicians, develop coaching programs and overseeing a learning organization. He’s a grassroots-to-blue-sky educational inspiration.”

Dr. Glen Bowlsby

“Glen Bowlsby is highly regarded by residents as an exceptional preceptor. He is kind and supportive to the site faculty and attends many program functions no matter where the location. He is quick to volunteer for any site-related activity, such as attending the CaRMs open houses for the last 6 years, sitting on the selection committee, and recently volunteering for the competency committee. Dr. Bowlsby is certainly a gold star preceptor.”

Dr. Ken Brown

“Dr. Brown has been a fantastic teacher, well deserving of the award. Dr. Brown creates a warm and respectful environment in the clinic, one where learning is encouraged. As a teacher, he provides thoughtful feedback on both clinical and administrative procedures, which as a resident has allowed me to become prepared for independent practice.”

Dr. Herbert Chang

“He pushes his residents and students hard to develop clinical thinking skills and reasoning, all while being very respectful and creating a very safe and supportive learning environment. I always felt challenged with him and learned so much because I felt safe to learn and loved discussing cases with him. He forced me to defend my reasoning, challenged things I thought I knew, and taught me what it is to be a long-term community physician.  He is also humble, and clearly loves teaching.  My experience with him turned me into doctor that I feel proud to be.”

Dr. Anna Chodyra

“The road to obtaining a residency position in BC is not an easy one: physicians need to demonstrate highly refined skills in order to be competitive. Along my journey, I met Dr. Anna Chodyra and Dr. Nahla Fahmy who helped me hone my clinical skills through workshops held at Royal Columbian Hospital. Their enthusiasm and dedication to teaching others are unique. Thank you for giving back to younger physicians in your community, further preparing them to serve patients across BC.”

Dr. Bill Ehman

Dr. Ehman’s commitment to teaching includes authoring both the ALARM course and the BC Fetal Health Surveillance and serving as one of the original presenters of the MORE-OB course. He recently updated the SOGC’s Fetal Health Surveillance Guideline. His nominator notes: “He is passionate about teaching and is on the CCPF’s committee addressing the necessary skills and knowledge appropriate for family medicine residents to fulfill during their obstetrics rotations. He is also the Maternity Education committee… Having taught with him many times, I can vouch for his passion and his respect to teaching learners at every level of the profession. He adheres to the principles of teaching so that learners are respected, encouraged to share parts that went well and reflect on activities in a fashion designed to encourage how to address any possible areas of additional skill acquisition.  He always integrates an appropriate sense of humour in his presentations.”

Dr. Nahla Fahmy

“The road to obtaining a residency position in BC is not an easy one: physicians need to demonstrate highly refined skills in order to be competitive. Along my journey, I met Dr. Anna Chodyra and Dr. Nahla Fahmy who helped me hone my clinical skills through workshops held at Royal Columbian Hospital. Their enthusiasm and dedication to teaching others are unique. Thank you for giving back to younger physicians in your community, further preparing them to serve patients across BC.”

Dr. Renee Hall

“I had the privilege of working with Dr. Hall both as a medical student and as a resident at Everywoman’s Health Centre and Willow Women’s Centre. She was able to cultivate a positive learning environment in which I was given the appropriate level of independence while still feeling supported. She went above and beyond in her role as a preceptor and has continued to mentor me through my first few months in practice. Her dedication to patient centred care, sexual health, evidence-based medicine, and education is truly inspiring.”

Dr. Barbara Hejdankova

“Throughout the years, she has been a preceptor for multiple family medicine sites at UBC (initially St Paul’s, now Coastal). Not only does she mentor one resident, but she takes on TWO each year as their primary preceptor! This is on top of IMG assessment program students that she also teaches and has been involved with for years. Dr. Hejdankova genuinely enjoys working with and teaching the next generation of doctors.”

Dr. Evaristus Idanwekhai

“Dr. Idenwekhai is a dedicated and committed teacher. Residents at the South Fraser site appreciate his patience, his availability, and his collaborative and approachable teaching style. He is especially committed to helping IMG residents transition into independent practice.”

Dr. Elaine Jackson

“She is an incredible mentor, teacher, and leader. She has an extensive career in Surrey family medicine and now leading the Division of Family Practice. She always has a smile and deep respect for her patients and the whole care team.”

Dr. Jeff Kornelsen

“Dr. Kornelsen is a community-based preceptor at the Abbotsford site of the UBC Family Practice Residency Program, respected for his advocacy in the areas of accessible maternity and primary care for under-served populations. It was through his desire to improve upon his own teaching that the Abbotsford training site developed a novel method of providing preceptors access to timely feedback via video observation. This novel method of faculty development is now being piloted on a program-wide basis.”

Dr. Mark Lawrie

“Dr. Lawrie is a community-based full scope family physician who is appreciated for his extensive clinical experience, his attentive clinical teaching, and his leadership in supporting the Penticton training site of the UBC Family Practice Residency Program.”

Dr. Heather Leyen

“Dr. Heather Leyen is a busy and respected full-service family physician, with a career-long dedication to maternity care. She has always found time to teach residents in her clinic and in the hospital and maternity ward setting. Residents appreciate her enthusiasm, her passion for patient-centred care, and her leadership in the area of assessment and evaluation.”

Dr. Melanie Levesque

“Based my experience, it’s clear that Melanie Levesque is one of the best role models and mentors I had so far in my medical training. As a physician, she took comprehensive care for her patients and always took the extra time to make sure to address all their concerns in a very professional manner. I was impressed by her cultural sensitivity evidenced by the fact she was able to take excellent care of international students and tourists from all over the world seeking medical attention at the clinic. As a preceptor, she is energetic and approachable, and always available when I have questions or need extra help. She treated learners as her colleagues with utmost respect. I appreciated that she trusted me in my clinical skills and management plan and let me take ownership of the patients. I am confident that she will continue to provide excellent mentorship to the next generation physicians.”

Dr. Edmond Low

“Dr. Edmond Low is an outstanding teacher and mentor, and he epitomizes the full practice family physician. Over the course of his career, he has practised a wide spectrum of medicine including office practice, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, and surgical assist. Dr. Low has a passion for teaching, and he consistently takes residents under his wing, passing on his knowledge and experiences. He provides his residents the autonomy to treat and manage patients, while offering the necessary support and guidance drawing from his years of clinical experience. Dr. Low also demonstrates the utmost respect, patience, and care for his patients, and this is reflected by the high regard in which he is held by them. As a result, he has helped train many competent and compassionate young family physicians.”

Dr. Melanie Madill

“A physician leader in every respect, Dr. Madill has taught residents at the Chilliwack training site since its inception.  She is a skilled and experienced teacher, who provides residents with a broad full-scope of clinical education.  She consistently displays concern for resident wellness and supports them as individuals and collectively in her work as Behavioural Medicine site faculty.   She has built her career around meeting the needs of her patients and community and in this way is a role model for her patients and colleagues.”

Dr. Margaret McGregor

“She is a dedicated family physician with strong interest in assuring that medical students, FP residents and R3 fellows have appropriate and high quality teaching in community geriatrics. She herself is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable preceptor and she has also convened a provincial group of FPs to share teaching experience and influence curricula. She has presented at numerous FP CME events including the FMF. Marg has developed and taught medical students with case-based education, all with a focus on providing care to frail, community-dwelling elders. I have no doubt that Marg has personally “left her mark” on many trainees and has elevated medical education regarding community geriatric care to a higher standard more generally.”

Dr. Anthon Meyer

Dr. Meyer’s nominators offer their reflections below.

“Dr. Meyer is an exceptional family physician and preceptor who models optimism, compassion and comprehensiveness to his learners. He expects excellence from his learners and effectively facilitates this excellence by giving us the clinical autonomy appropriate to our skill level while also supporting us with steady-handed, best-evidence guidance, even with the most complex patients. His guidance goes beyond clinical preceptorship and includes professional mentorship, drawing from his extensive experience with advocacy and leadership in the province of BC. His own career models constant reflection, ensuring both career sustainability and continuous improvement of his practice, and he goes out of his way to ensure that his learners take their own time aside to reflect.”

“While I was on my rural rotation, I worked alongside Dr. Meyer. He advocated for self-initiated literature review around interesting cases and secured time for presentation opportunities. Additionally, he discussed CANMED roles emphasizing the scholar role that he has maintained despite living in an isolated environment. Overall, he presented an example of exemplary scholarly activity while investing in his clinical practice. I feel he is most deserving of this award given his efforts in furthering the role of education, evidence-based medicine and scholarly activity in a rural community.”

Dr. Simon Moore

“He has worked for a number of years as a year 1 and 2 coordinator at UBC for medical students and now is leading the medical student/resident involvement at the new urgent care clinic in Vancouver. In addition, he has started the review course in Family Medicine and was recognized by students as one of the top teachers at UBC in the past year. He is constantly giving talks to residents and students at residency retreats as well, and is one of the highest ranked speakers at these events.”

Dr. Jeff Plante

“I would like to place a nomination for my preceptor, Dr. Jeff Plante, for the BCCFP Honour of the Exceptional Teaching Recognition. Aside from his very busy work as a community GP at the Langley City Family Practice, Dr. Plante has an even broader scope of practice including Maternity Care and Hospitalist duties at Langley Memorial Hospital, and he is the Langley Division Lead for our residency program.  He has been my preceptor for my first year of residency and I’m eager and excited to continue learning under him during my second year of training.  Dr. Plante exhibits the most exceptional qualities of what it means to be a balanced practitioner but also a clinical mentor and instructor. Throughout my first year, he has been an excellent role model and has instilled in me the strongest qualities of a competent Family Doctor. He has supported me in what I’ve done well and has celebrated my strengths as a growing and learning resident. Additionally, he has also challenged my clinical acumen and has encouraged me to improve on my weaknesses in a constructive and positive manner.”

Dr. Michael Purdon

“Dr. Purdon is one of our dedicated family practice preceptors. He has warmly welcomed FP residents into his practice for the past several years and provided them with top-notch training. Above and beyond this, he has generously offered his expertise and time in helping a number of residents facing learning challenges in our program. Dr. Purdon has also distinguished himself academically as a speaker, organizing the Master Teacher diploma program in Kelowna and delivering some of the best received sessions in the FP residents’ academic curriculum. He is a truly valued expert in our community, and I heartily support Dr. Purdon being recognized with the Exceptional Teacher Honour.”

Dr. Natasha Rafo

“Dr. Natasha Rafo graduated from the UBC Family Practice Residency Program in 2016.  In the three short years since graduation, she has created a well received and innovative Simulation-based curriculum for her former Strathcona training site (Comox and Campbell River).  She is a dynamic and collaborative teacher who also teaches nurses from North Island College.”

Dr. Launette Rieb

“I believe that Dr. Rieb has made a very significant positive impact in the fields of Family Medicine and Addictions in BC and beyond, and has done so with her outstanding capacity for engaging her students, colleagues and audiences with her wit, expertise, wisdom and compassion. She truly is an exceptional teacher, worthy of the honour of receiving recognition from the BCCFP.”

A committed family physician with expertise in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Rieb’s teaching experience includes:  14 years as Family Practice resident preceptor at the Three Bridges Community Health Centre as well as Addiction Medicine teaching in the academic curriculum, where she is renowned for providing a series of five academic half days of Addiction Medicine with Family Medicine residents in the UBC Lower Mainland programs annually since 1998.

Dr. Rieb was the co-creator, initial Physician Director, and ongoing preceptor for what is now called the BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship, the largest and most celebrated addiction fellowship program in North America. She also assisted in the creation of Addiction Medicine content for the newly developed Pain Fellowship at UBC.

For ten years Dr. Rieb was the Co-director of the Addiction Medicine and Inter-collegial Responsibility block for the UBC undergraduate medical school, which was consistently rated the best of the year.

Dr. Rieb recently was part of an invited committee for the CFPC that created key features and competencies for a Certificate of Added Competency in Addiction Medicine. In addition, Dr. Rieb lectures extensively at annual national and international conferences, provides in-depth assistance to family physicians in practice throughout the province at workshops sponsored by the CPSBC and WorkSafe BC; and gives public talks/media interviews on addictions.

Dr. Conrad Rusnak

“Conrad carries the main educational load of organizing and teaching Family Practice residents the primary health care of the frail elderly. With Dr. Margaret McGregor, he shares administration of the UBC primary care geriatrics program, and is completely responsible for advanced resident of teaching.  He has supervised over the past 10 years or so dozens of advanced-skills-seeking residents and his influence on the quality of care of frail elderly people in BC and elsewhere therefore is huge. Residents consistently rate him as an excellent teacher, mentor, and exemplar of great care.  Conrad’s teaching and clinical style is wonderfully self-facing and students benefit from his example practicing with humility. This in spite of being one of the most experienced and effective physicians in our primary care-of-elderly community. The combination of broad knowledge and technical skill with an instinct for practical and humane solutions is in my opinion pretty well unique to this great doctor.  I am sure Conrad’s dedication, skills, mentoring, and the professionalism and style he represents to students deserve recognition as an exceptional teacher.”

Dr. Hesham Said

“Dr. Said has welcomed many medical students and residents into his rural practice in Hazelton over several years and has received amazing reviews from them all. He always spends the extra time to tailor a learning experience to his students. He is empowering, encouraging, forthcoming about the challenges of his work and how he meets them, and shares his extraordinarily compassionate approach to rural and Indigenous healthcare, and he deserves this recognition.”

Dr. Greg Siren

Dr. Siren is recognized for his teaching contributions to help British Columbians struggling with pain, and for equipping the physicians and nurse practitioners with tools to help care for them.

“Dr. Siren has hands down been the most impactful teacher that I have come across during my medical education. Dr Siren’s myoActivation trigger point treatment for myofascial release has been an absolute practice changer for me in my daily practice, and has given me a new lens to approach patients presenting with the amorphous clinical presentations that don’t necessarily fit the patterns of pathology that I was taught in medical school and residency.”

“Dr. Siren has devoted his energies over the last decade to refine the myoActivation system, and yet he humbly acknowledges that like everything in medicine, it is imperfect; he keenly listens to clinical experiences from fellow colleagues in pursuit of making it more effective. He regularly hold rounds online for us to compare and contrast our experiences and share insights and challenges. His myoActivation training program entails pre-study modules, a hands-on, interactive, and exciting course, and a systematic, efficient toolkit that can be immediate used after walking out of a course with confidence and competence. Through his post-course online meet ups, he has cultivated a passionate and collaborative community of GPs and NPs.”

Dr. Jay Slater

“Jay Slater is among the two or three most experienced, capable, influential, and dedicated teachers of medical students and residents in British Columbia. He is a teacher, administrator, innovator, trusted colleague, and leader in this area of family practice… Jay Slater teaches care of the elderly at all levels: nurses and other health professionals, medical students, family practice residents, family practitioners, the general public, and at least once to my knowledge politicians. He is an accomplished and entertaining speaker and there is never any doubt of his credibility and enthusiasm. Students without exception report his presentations and mentoring as exemplary… Jay accomplishes his exemplary teaching in spite of a wide range of other professional responsibilities.”

Dr. Harold Stefanyk

“Dr. Stefanyk is nominated as a teacher and mentor. “He is a very knowledgeable physician who has compassion and is dedicated to his patients… he created a learning environment that was welcoming, empowering and motivating.”

Dr. Theresa Szezepaniak

“Dr. Szezepaniak is not only experienced, evidence based, and thorough, but is also compassionate and empathetic in her practice. She was an engaged teacher and continually challenged herself along with her learners in advancing their own medical knowledge and skills development. She role modeled excellence in scholarship and clinical practice and four years later, I continue to draw on her lessons and teachings to enhance my own practice. She deserves to be acknowledged as an exceptional teacher, and I am certain she continues to provide wonderful care to her patients and community, and excellent mentorship to her current and future learners.”

Dr. Jean Warneboldt

“Dr. Warneboldt has been active as a preceptor and teacher in the UBC Medicine Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs since 2008.  She’s a highly regarded clinician with special interests in hospitalist medicine and continuous quality improvement, as well as additional training and certification in palliative care.  She is a leader in the health care delivery and education realm, and a well-regarded clinical teacher.”

Dr. Carole Williams

Dr. Carole Williams is described as an incredible mentor: “Each year she takes an ICC student for an entire year, as well additional students sometimes on top of that, and helps shape them into mature medical students. She models what it looks like to have an incredible fulfilling career but also how to take care of one’s self.”

Dr. Jean-Marie Wilson

Dr. Jean-Marie Wilson is nominated as an excellent mentor: “She is a model physician with respect to her immense medical knowledge, compassionate care and excellent patient rapport.  Dr. Wilson is keen to take on learners both at resident and medical student levels and is a pleasure to learn from.”

Dr. Lisa Wilson

Dr. Lisa Wilson is nominated as an excellent mentor: “She is a model physician with respect to her immense medical knowledge, compassionate care and excellent patient rapport.  Dr. Wilson is keen to take on learners both at resident and medical student levels and is a pleasure to learn from.”

Dr. Bob Woollard

“Dr. Woollard is an outstanding teacher and mentor. He is kind, compassionate, incredibly brilliant and encourages learners at every stage of their career. He has been a teacher, a mentor from medical school and for many years beyond. He is not only a brilliant academic but a dedicated, motivated human being making a difference in our world.”

Dr. Kwang Yang

Dr. Yang has trained more than 100 students in his family practice clinic in Whalley. His nominator says: “Not many people know about him, but he has been teaching UBC students since the 1980s and mentoring other young grads as associates since that time. He trains foreign medical graduates regularly, has likely trained over 50 of them. He is a preceptor for OSCEs and MCCQE on a regular basis. There are 100s of GPs and specialists across the province who have rotated through his clinic in Whalley, Surrey.”