Resident Publications

Year 2 Residents are required to complete a research project as part of their graduation requirements.

The following UBC Family Medicine residents were successful in publishing the results of their graduation projects. Links to published works are provided where possible.

2018 Published Resident Projects

This is an October 2018 British Columbia Medical Journal (BCMJ) publication, authored by two Family Medicine Residents from the Nanaimo Site.  This is their 2018 Family Medicine Scholar Project.  These residents are great role models family physicians.  They did this project with a view to providing education and assistance to the community of Family Medicine providers.


Patricia Caddy, MD Kesh Smith, MD

“A quick-reference guide for prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) in the outpatient setting”

Kali Gartner, Kelly Elliot, Michelle Smith, Hilary Pearson, Georgia Hunt and Ruth Elwood Martin Can Fam Physician, July 2018, 64 (7) e309 – e316;

“People in regular society don’t think you can be a good mother and have a substance use problem”

Participatory action research with women with substance use in pregnancy

2017 Published Resident Projects

Elena Terekhova,  Hamid Reza Tabassi, Patricia Gabriel and Siavash Jafari
Telemedicine in primary care: Who are the current users in British Columbia.” BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 5, June 2017, page(s) 264-268 Articles

2016 Published Resident Projects

Kimberley Sancton, Leila Sloss, Jonathan Berkowitz, Nardia Strydom and Rita McCracken

“Low-acuity presentations to the emergency department”

“Reasons for and access to other health care providers before presentation”, Can Fam Physician, 2018 August; 64(8) e354-e360;

2015 Published Resident Projects

Caroline Allen, Alka Murphy, Sheri Kiselbach, Stephanie VandenBerg and Ellen Wiebe
Exploring the experience of chronic pain among female survival sex workers: a qualitative study.” BMC Family Practice, 2015;16:182. DOI: 10.1186/s12875-015-0395-6.

Laura Fung and Rita McCracken
Patient with Dementia and Basal Cell Carcinoma.” Can Fam Physician, 2015 March; 61(3):253-254.

2014 Published Resident Projects

Erin Knight, Margaret Morris, and Maureen Heaman
A Descriptive Study of Women Presenting to an Obstetric Triage Unit with No Prenatal Care.” JOGC, 2014 March;36(3):216–222. DOI:

2013 Published Resident Projects

Keith Ahamad, et al.
Gender influences on initiation of injecting drug use.” The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Early Online, 2014:1-6. DOI: 10.1371/00952990.2013.860983.

2012 Published Resident Projects

Ben Williams
The formerly fat physician.” CMAJ, 2012 June;184(9):1112. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.120251.

Simon Moore
Are you ready for an office code blue? An online video to prepare for office emergencies“. Featured in CMAJ, 2012;184(5):e254-255. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.109-4136.

Jennifer Dressler, Nanamma Maughn, Judith A. Soon, and Wendy V. Norman
The Perspective of Rural Physicians Providing Abortion in Canada: Qualitative Findings of the BC Abortion Providers Survey (BCAPS).” PLOS ONE, 2013;8(6):e67070. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067070.

Wendy V. Norman, Judith A. Soon, Nanamma Maughn, and Jennifer Dressler
Barriers to Rural Induced Abortion Services in Canada: Findings of the British Columbia Abortion Providers Survey (BCAPS).” PLOS ONE, 2013;8(6):e67023. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067023.

Wendy V. Norman, Jessica Chiles, Carolyn A. Turner, Rollin Brant, Andra Aslan, and Janusz Kaczorowski
Comparing the effectiveness of copper intrauterine devices available in Canada. Is FlexiT non-inferior to NovaT when inserted immediately after first-trimester abortion? Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.” Trials, 2012 Aug;13:147. DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-13-147.

Meghan Guy, Wendy V. Norman, and Unjali Malhotra
Assessing the Health Care Needs of Women in British Columbia: Development and Validation of a Survey Tool.” Can Fam Phys, 2013 Feb;59(2):e101-e109.

  • BC College of Family Physicians Research Day Award winner, 2011

2011 Published Resident Projects

Christina Ames and Wendy V. Norman
Preventing repeat abortion in Canada: is the immediate insertion of intrauterine devices postabortion a cost-effective option associated with fewer repeat abortions?” Contraception, 2012 Jan;85(1):51-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2011.05.002. Epub 2011 Jul 20.

Lisa Mu, Farah Shroff and Shafik Dharamsi
Inspiring health advocacy in Family Medicine: A qualitative study.” Education for Health (Abingdon), 2011 Apr; 24(1): 534.

2010 Published Resident Projects

Patricia Gabriel, Rebecca Goulding, Cecily Morgan-Jonker, Shannon Turvey, and Jason Nickerson
Fostering Canadian drug research and development for neglected tropical diseases.” Open Medicine, 2010;4(2):e117–e122.

Susan Nouch, Jill Cunes, and Hans Christian Berger
FILM REVIEW: “Poignant tales of refugees in Canada.” Film review by Kevin Pottie, University of Ottawa. CMAJ, 2011 Feb;183(3):350. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.101559.

2009 Published Resident Projects

Joyce Choi, Sherry Chan, and Ellen Wiebe
Natural Family Planning: Physicians’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice.” JOGC, 2010 Jul;32(7):673–678. DOI:

2008 Published Resident Projects

Amritpal Singh Arora
Burdened Whispers: An Exploration of Domestic Abuse in the South Asian Community.” Can Fam Physician, 2008 Dec;54:1722-25.

Weiling M. Tan
How do Physicians and Midwives Handle the Third Stage of Labour?” Birth, 2008 Sep;35(3):220-29.

  • CFPC Family Medicine Residency Research Award winner, 2008

2007 Published Resident Projects

Courtney Howard, Caren Lee Rose, Konia Trouton, Holly Stamm, Danielle Marentette, Nicole Kirkpatrick, Sanja Karalic, Renee Fernandez, and Julie Paget
FLOW (finding lasting options for women).” Can Fam Physician. Jun 2011; 57: e208-15.

Yvette Lu
Stories from the Closet: a play about living with chronic illness.” Wepage.
The Double Life of Doctor Lu.” Feature by Diane Haynes. Trek Magazine, 2013 May.
Seeing Anew: Discovering Art in Research.” Feature by Debra Hanberg. The Bear Bones, 2009 Spring;9(1):2-5.
Family Medicine Forum: “The play’s the thing”: Using research-based theatre to increase empathy and disseminate research findings.

Christine E. Malcolm, Kevin K. Wong, and Ruth Elwood Martin
Patients’ perceptions and experiences of family medicine residents in the office.” Can Fam Physician, 2008 Apr;54:570-71. e1-6.

  • Lloyd Jones Colins Award winner, 2007

Ariana Murata, Carl J. Brown, Manoj Raval, and P. Terry Phang
Impact of short-course radiotherapy and low anterior resection on quality of life and bowel function in primary rectal cancer.” Am J Surg, 2008 May;195(5):611-15.

Julia Ridley and Romayne Gallagher
Palliative care telephone consultation: who calls and what do they need to know?” J Palliat Med, 2008 Sep;11(7):1009-14. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2008.0002.

Suzanne Watters and Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Physicians as patients: a narrative patchwork.” CMAJ, 2008 Apr;178(8):1037-38. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.080385.

Interview: “Doctors are the patients.” Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun, Published: Thursday, May 01, 2008.

2005 Published Resident Projects

Janet Ip
We don’t live in igloos: Inuvik youth speak out.” Can Fam Physician, 2007 May;53(5):865-70, 864.
The simple life.” Can Fam Physician, 2007 May;53(5):896-97.

Michelle van den Engh and Lori Bonertz
The effects of direct-to-consumer- advertising on patients in a northern Canadian community: A cross-sectional survey.” Canadian Pharmacists Journal, 2010 May;143(3):126-33.

2003 Published Resident Projects

Richard Beever
Mosquito repellent effectiveness: A placebo controlled trial comparing 95% DEET, Avon Skin So Soft, and a ‘special mixture’ containing eucalyptus oil.” BCMJ, 2006 Jun;48(5):226-31.

2002 Published Resident Projects

Brenda Huff
Caveat emptor. ‘Probiotics’ might not be what they seem.” Can Fam Physician, 2004 Apr;50:583-87.

CORRESPONDENCE: “Author stands by results of probiotics study.” Can Fam Physician, 2004 Dec;50:1640.

Morgan Price
Can hand-held computers improve adherence to guidelines? A (Palm) Pilot study of family doctors in British Columbia.” Can Fam Physician, 2005 Nov;51:1506-07.

  • Lloyd Jones Colins Award winner, 2002
  • CFPC PAIRO Resident Reserch Award winner, 2002

1999 Published Resident Projects

Sarah Ostler and Anna Sun
Fetal sex determination: The predictive value of 3 common myths.”CMAJ, 1999 Dec;161(12):1525-26.

1997 Published Resident Projects

Amin Sajan, Trevor Corneil and Stephan Grzybowski
The street value of prescription drugs.” CMAJ, 1998 Jul;159(2):139-42.