Do you know a family physician dedicated to sharing their knowledge with residents or medical students? Have you benefited from a strong mentor in your career?

With teaching now taking place at more than 90 urban, regional, community and remote settings across the province, 3,500 family physicians play an increasingly important role as teachers, preceptors and mentors.

To recognize and honour some of the family physicians who have incorporated this important role with their clinical practice, we have created a new Exceptional Teacher Honour to recognize and celebrate some of BC’s dedicated community-based teachers and mentors.

Nominations will be considered throughout the year, and it’s easy to nominate.

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 [email protected]  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:

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.”