Our Team

The Office of Faculty Development is part of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office. We support faculty through programs and curriculum in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. The distributed medical program sites and the Department of Family Practice have their own faculty development teams.

Learn more about the members of the faculty development network:

Dr. Kiran Veerapen, MD, PhD.

Assistant Dean of Faculty Development,  Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Dr. Veerapen trained in Rheumatology in the United Kingdom and practiced in Malaysia from 1986 to 2004. As a pioneer Rheumatologist in Malaysia, she led the field in early descriptive and epidemiological studies in the region.

In 2004, she moved to British Columbia and has been involved in Medical Education since 2006. In 2008 she completed a Master’s degree in Medical Education through the University of Dundee and in 2012, she was awarded a PhD from the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at the University of Victoria.  Her doctoral thesis is entitled "The impact of uniprofessional medical and nursing education on the ability to work collaboratively".

As Assistant Dean, Faculty Development, she is committed to remaining responsive to emerging needs in undergraduate and postgraduate education in the Faculty of Medicine. Her current interests are developing contextually relevant longitudinal programs for residents and teachers and innovative strategies for Inter-professional Faculty Development

As Director of Assessment for Undergraduate Medical Education, UBC, she has led the development and implementation of Programmatic Assessment.

Contact: kiran.veerapen@ubc.ca

Dr. Clarissa Wallace, MD, FRCPC 

Faculty Development Director for Residents as Teachers Prorgam 

Dr. Wallace received her MD from Queens’ University in 1983 and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor for the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine as well as a Staff Physician / Endocrinologist for the Royal Columbian Hospital. She did her residency training in Internal Medicine in Saskatoon and an Endocrinology Fellowship and Diabetes Research in Edmonton.

Besides her Faculty Development role, she is also the Assistant Dean for the Vancouver Fraser Undergrad Medical Education and the MEDD 412 course Co-Lead Undergraduate Medicine Year 1, Term 2. Her hobbies include learning and dog walking with amateur bird-watching.

Contact: clarissa.wallace@ubc.ca

Katherine Wisener 

Associate Director 

Katherine earned her MA degree in the Human Development, Learning and Culture program from UBC’s Faculty of Education and has a background in health education, applied research, and community engagement. Her interests focus on how to best support adult and community learning in a variety of health contexts.

Contact: katherine.w@ubc.ca

Erica Amari

Program Manager 

Erica completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and her Master of Public Health degree from Simon Fraser University with a focus on the paradigms represented by the treatment policies at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital of BC. Erica is also the vice-president of the Craftworks Society board of directors, a non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities through craft therapy.

Contact: erica.a@ubc.ca

Jennifer McKay

Interim Program Manager 
Jennifer completed her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience in project management, program development and leadership. Her interests include fostering synergies between the humanities, social sciences, and medical education to encourage a more humanist approach within the culture of medical education.

Sharon Doucet

Senior Instructional Designer
Sharon completed a B.A. in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Science and Technology studies at UBC. She has extensive experience designing and supporting online learning ecosystems.

Fiona Rough

Instructional Designer

Fiona has a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and a technical writing certificate from BCIT. Fiona has worked as a graphic designer and instructional assistant. She's passionate about language, design and e-learning. Contact: fiona.rough@ubc.ca

Wilson Luong

Research Coordinator

Wilson completed his undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Science and graduate studies in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He has extensive experience in medical research and academia and is committed to advancing learning at all levels.

Contact: wilson.luong@ubc.ca

Tejal Sharma

Administrative Coordinator to the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development

Tejal has a Degree in Business Studies and Applied Computing. She has extensive experience in the fields of administration, secretarial and customer service. Tejal also provides support to the Office of Faculty Development.

Contact: tejal.sharma@ubc.ca

Dr. Chris Morrow

Physician Education Director, Island Medical Program

Dr. Chris Morrow is our  Physician Education Director for the Island Medical Program.   Dr. Morrow oversees physician education across Vancouver Island including Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Faculty Development (FD) for local physicians and teaching faculty.

Dr. Morrow is a Clinical Teacher in Emergency Medicine, a full-time attending Emergency Physician at both the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals and a Trauma Team Leader and on-call trauma team clinician at a tertiary care level II trauma centre since 2006.

Dr. Morrow is currently the Business Lead (Chair) for the Victoria Emergency Physician Associates. He has also served as the Division Head for the Department of Emergency Medicine VIHA South Island (2015-2018), and as the Clinical Lead (Site Chief) for the  Department of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Jubilee Hospital (2012-2018).

Dr. Julia Wimmers-Klick

Regional Co-Director, Northern Medical Program

She completed medical training in ENT in Austria and practiced as an ENT physician/surgeon in Innsbruck University Hospital from 1998-2007. Dr. Wimmers-Klick had been involved with the NMP for a few years as part of faculty, teaching Year 1  & 2 medical students in CBL, Portfolio, Gross Anagomy, Histology and Neuroanatomy. She has a long-standing interest in medical education and completed a Teaching Degree in Vancouver in 2014. Drs. Attia and Wimmers-Klick will be responsible for the team building, planning and implementation of faculty development within the NMP. They will work closely with physicians across Northern BC as well as with the NMP's site faculty and administration to build and support the program's faculty development network and activities across the North.

Contact: julia.wimmers-klick@unbc.ca or phone 250-960-5410 or visit their website: Northern Medical Program

Dr. Tammy Attia

Regional Co-Director, Northern Medical Program

Dr. Attia completed her medical degree at Dalhousie University, and did her family medicine training in the UBC Northern Rural program. During her medical training, she gained an interest in the enculturation of medicine and the hidden curriculum, which drew her to medical education, and the traditions and reforms within it. She currently shares a teaching practice in Prince George, and is the Interim Assistant Dean - Student Affairs and Regional Faculty Development Co-Director. Tammy draws inspiration from her wonderful family, friends, colleagues, residents, music, and from sitting by a rippling river roaming through the wilds of anywhere.

Contact: Tammy.Attia@unbc.ca or visit their website: Northern Medical Program

Dr. Robyn Hutchings

Regional Faculty Development Director, Southern Medical Program

Dr. Hutchings is a Pediatric Emergency Phsyician from Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton and has recently joined the Southern Medical Program. As Director, Faculty Development, Dr. Hutchings will be responsible for the team building, planning and implementation of faculty development within the Southern Medical Program including Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, and Trail. She will work closely with the SMP’s site faculty leaders and senior administration to build and support the program’s faculty development network and activities across the BC Interior. 

Contact: Visit their website: Southern Medical Program.

Dr. Linlea Armstrong

Regional Faculty Development Director, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program

Dr. Linlea Armstrong is a Clinical Geneticist who dedicates part of her time to the MD Undergraduate Program. As a Clinical Geneticist, she sees patients for genetic concerns such as hereditary cancer, congenital malformations, and intellectual disability at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. Within the MDUP, she is involved in teaching the genetics content in the MDUP, directing the fourth year Preparation for Medical Practice course, and faculty development. Linlea’s current role in faculty development is as Faculty Development Director, Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program.

Contact: vfmp.facdev@ubc.ca or visit VFMP Faculty Development

Dr. Heather Buckley

Regional Faculty Development Coordinator, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program

Dr. Heather Buckley graduated with her medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Buckley has practiced family medicine in both Ontario and British Columbia. She has tutored in the UBC Vancouver Fraser Medical Program for the past 10 years, and is excited to be starting her Master of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University and the Clinical Educator Fellowship Program at CHES. Outside of medicine, Dr. Buckley enjoys drinking coffee at all hours of the day, spending time with her husband and three children, and watching them chase after their St. Bernard.

Contact: vfmp.facdev@ubc.ca or visit VFMP Faculty Development

Dr. Brenda Hardie

Lead Faculty, Faculty Development for Family Practice

Dr. Brenda Hardie is a family physician who completed her medical training at the University of Toronto and her Family Practice Residency at the Toronto East General Hospital.  She practiced rural medicine for 19 years in Northern Ontario before moving to the Vancouver area in 2013, where she is now the co-director of a group practice.  She works with residents and faculty in the joyful integration of training and educating the doctors of tomorrow within their clinical practice.

Website: Department of Family Practice.