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 Office of Faculty Development:

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. Project Lead  

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 the MEDD 412 course Co-Lead Undergraduate Medicine Year 1, Term 2, and student academic advisor year 3 -4. 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. Her interests include the development and implementation of health education related programs.

CONTACT: erica.a@ubc.ca

Dr. Amy Tan, MD MSc (Pall Med) CCFP(PC) FCFP. 

Director, Teacher Assessment

Dr. Tan is a Clinical Associate Professor in Palliative Care and Family Practice in UBC's Faculty of Medicine, Adjunct Professor (Research) in the Dept of Family Medicine, University of Calgary, and a palliative care and family physician in Victoria, BC. She completed medical school at the University of Calgary in 2002 and Family Medicine residency at the University of Alberta, obtaining her CFPC certification in 2004.

She completed her thesis-based Master in Science degree in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University in 2011. She has held leadership positions in medical education at the University of Alberta beginning in 2008, where she was Family Medicine Clerkship Director, Family Medicine Undergraduate Education Director and then the inaugural Physicianship Director who developed and implemented a new longitudinal spiral Physicianship curriculum throughout the 4-year MD Program from 2012-2015. She then served as Family Medicine Clerkship Director, MD Program Palliative Care curriculum lead and was a curriculum expert on the Family Medicine Enhanced Skills Palliative Care Residency Program Committee at the University of Calgary from 2016-2020. She obtained her Certificate of Added Competency in Palliative Care from the CFPC at its inception in 2015 and her Fellowship in Family Medicine designation in 2016. She served as Co-Chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada from 2015-2018.

Her medical education and research expertise is in communication skills, ethical decision-making, culturally-safe and anti-oppressive care with patients and families, advance care planning, and supporting community-based family physicians in providing primary palliative care. She has taught across the spectrum of medical education, from pre-medical students, MD candidates, residents and fellows across disciplines, undergraduate health profession learners and practicing physicians, and clinical teachers including interdisciplinary team clinicians, locally and nationally. Dr. Tan is an advocate for health equity and an anti-racism educator and consultant. She is the Section Editor for Racism & Health for PLOS Global Public Health journal.

CONTACT: atan13@mail.ubc.ca

Rachel Link, Interim Teacher Assessment Support Analyst

Rachel (she/her) has her BSc. Neuropsychology from UVic and her Master of Public Health from UBC. Prior to joining the Medical Undergraduate Program in 2017, Rachel worked in Indigenous Health Research and Planning both at UVic and the First Nations Health Authority. She is passionate about transforming complex and robust data into easily understandable and actionable formats.

CONTACT: rachel.link@ubc.ca


Kathryn Bedard, Assessment Coordinator

Kathryn completed her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English Literature from the University of British Columbia. Before starting her career at UBC, she worked in sales, administration, customer service, and non-profit. Kathryn believes in the importance of fostering relationships and communication in her role at the FOM.

CONTACT: kathryn.bedard@ubc.ca



Aaron Pinto, Assessment Coordinator

Aaron completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Economics at the University of British Columbia. He also has done a graduate diploma in Business and Data analytics from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Aaron has worked many years in non-profit organizations before starting at UBC. He believes in using data to make informed decisions about how to reach ideal outcomes.

CONTACT: aaron.pinto@ubc.ca


Dajana Labas, Teacher Assessment Support Analyst (on maternity leave)

Dajana completed her Bachelor of Arts in History from Simon Fraser University and has worked in private and public post-secondary education ever since. She has been with UBC FOM for almost a decade, half of which was spent coordinating the 3rd Year of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program. Dajana really enjoys supporting both teachers and learners while improving processes for the program.

CONTACT: dajana.labas@ubc.ca


Jennifer McKay, Instructional Designer

Jennifer has been designing and supporting learning initiatives in the Office of Faculty Development since 2019 but has been with the team since 2015. She is a member of the Nisga’a Nation, with mixed Chinese and settler ancestry. She is currently working on a Masters in Educational Technology (MET) at the University of British Columbia, and previously completed a B.A in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Toronto. With a background in social sciences, visual arts and design, and project management, her diverse skills and interest in technology-enhanced environments support problem-solving in a variety of environments. She is passionate about creating pedagogically sound, well-designed learning resources for those teaching in medical education through inclusive instructional design.



David Sanders, Instructional Designer

Dave completed his BA at the University of British Columbia before going back later in life to do his MA in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads. An ESL teacher for 18 years, Dave has extensive experience not only in the classroom but also in developing and implementing curriculum. He has a long-standing love of technology and is interested in using and leveraging new developments and emerging research to enhance learning.

CONTACT: david.sanders@ubc.ca


Lisa McQuillan, Instructional Designer

Lisa is an avid Instructional Designer with more years of experience than she cares to admit. She completed her Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) from VCC after moving west from Manitoba. She has worked with client organizations around the globe in a variety of private and public sectors both as a staff member and external consultant in many varying learning design capacities. Being curious by nature has made her a lifelong learner who enthusiastically shares the instructional design and teaching knowledge she gains throughout her professional journey. Lisa is excited by this new opportunity to use her experience to support faculty within the Faculty of Medicine.

CONTACT: lisa.mcquillan@ubc.ca


Sharon Doucet, Senior Instructional Designer (on maternity leave)

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.




Tejal Sharma, Senior Administrative Coordinator to the Assistant Dean

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




Cristina Low, Administrative Coordinator

Cristina completed her BBA with a Major in Marketing from Simon Fraser University. She is fluent in Cantonese, Spanish and Conversational Mandarin. Prior to starting her career at UBC, she has worked in the financial sector and has experience in sales, customer service and business administration.

CONTACT: cristina.low@ubc.ca



Morgan Reedy, Project Coordinator

Morgan completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and further a Master of Science in Psychology, specializing in cognitive neuroscience from Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to her role at UBC, Morgan worked as a lab coordinator in an adolescent wellbeing university research lab in New Zealand and has a background in cognitive psychology, adolescent, and community mental health research.

CONTACT: morgan.reedy@ubc.ca