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 

Postgraduate Faculty 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 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

Erica Amari

Interim Associate Director

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

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.

Jennifer McKay

Instructional Designer
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.

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

Dajana Labas

Teacher Assessment Support Analyst

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

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

Tejal Sharma

Senior 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

Cristina Low

Administrative Coordinator

Cristina completed her BBA Major 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

Katherine Wisener 

Associate Director (on maternity leave)

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

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. Cara Wall

Regional Faculty Development Director, Southern Medical Program

Dr. Cara Wall has been appointed the new Director, Faculty Development for the Southern Medical Program (SMP). Dr. Wall is a hospitalist based at Kelowna General Hospital and Clinical Instructor with the UBC Department of Family Practice.

Dr. Wall completed her medical degree and residency training at the University of Saskatchewan. Since the early beginnings of the SMP, Dr. Wall has served as a preceptor for clinical skills, case-based learning, and clerkship rotations at KGH. In addition, she has led academic half-days and taught family practice residents in core hospital medicine rotations and diabetes clinic electives.

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.