Strategic Plan

strategic planning compassOur Vision

Advancing excellence in women’s health.

Our Values

Putting Patients First
Creating and Translating Knowledge into Care
Creating Mutual Respect
Promoting Partnerships

Our Motto

We are all teachers; we are all learners.

Our Mission

We are more than a Department; we are the nexus that unites the province of British Columbia for quality and innovation in care, education, and discovery to optimize the health of women.

Our Commitments

Goal 1
Achieve excellence in clinical care; to strive for the best possible health for British Columbians.


  • Expand the Continuing Surgical Education Program to a Province-wide surgical mentorship/preceptorship program.
  • Expand the Physician Performance Enhancement Program to a Province-wide program that provides personal performance indicators to inform professional development.
  • Engage in Provincial departmental goal setting for access to service. Develop performance indicator benchmarks that will inform regional measurement and resource allocation.

Goal 2
Create and apply new knowledge to clinical practice.


  • Develop a “knowledge to action” advisory group to consider how scientific findings in our department might translate into clinical care, guidelines, or other relevant actionables.

Goal 1
Satisfy the needs for Primary Maternity Care within the province.


  • Inspire interest in obstetrics and gynaecology during clerkship.
  • Partner with Family Medicine to improve uptake of primary maternity care in Family Medicine graduates.
  • Partner with Family Medicine to create a training program for GP Obstetricians.
  • Partner with Midwifery to develop inter-professional educational opportunities.

Goal 2
Ensure that Postgraduate learning meets expected competencies.


  • Collaborate on the development of a national competency-based curriculum.
  • Maximize opportunities for development of surgical skills.

Goal 3
Strengthen the Reproductive & Developmental Sciences (RDS) program to ensure sustainability.


  • Enlist scientists within the department to participate in the RDS program.
  • Increase interactions between RDS students and clinical faculty to promote knowledge translation and increase clinical relevance of biomedical and population health research.

Goal 1
Foster collaborative research interactions by supporting multidisciplinary research initiatives.


  • Encourage the development of multidisciplinary clusters and teams.
  • Work to integrate the CIHR four pillars of research (biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health) within our department.
  • Facilitate clinical faculty membership on graduate student committees.

Goal 2
Identify funding opportunities and grant facilitation resources and make them available to Department members and learners.


  • Utilize the UBC, VCHRI, and WHRI grant writing support services.
  • Explore local, national and international funding sources.
  • Create an efficient means of communicating funding opportunities.
  • Develop Departmental and individual metrics for scholarly work.

Goal 1
Ensure understanding and communication of accurate knowledge.


  • Utilize the resources available to us (media contacts, website hits, speaker’s bureau, social media, CME).
  • Carry out public forums to educate the public and other interested stakeholders.
  • Ensure that new scientific discoveries are translated to all consumers.
  • Implement innovative methods to advance knowledge translation of women’s health.

Goal 2
Recognize and respond to the needs and ideas of others.


  • Utilize social media and community forums for areas of common interest.
  • Incorporate feedback from community advisory groups to shape academic and clinical activities.

Goal 3
Advocate for women’s health in all spheres - locally, provincially, nationally, and globally.


  • Advocate to local government for funding underserviced areas of obstetrics/gynaecology and/or areas of practice unlikely to receive other funding.
  • Advocate to the Health Authority for partial funding of clinical services or infrastructure and consider leveraging existing funding sources.
  • Identify "orphan problems" within obstetrics/gynaecology that are particularly vulnerable to disparities and advocate for increased awareness to all dissemination levels.

Goal 1
Promote a rewarding and supportive work environment.


  • Announce individual and team accomplishments on our website.
  • Support flexibility in professional focus.
  • Encourage recognition ‘in the moment’.

Goal 2
Encourage individual development.


  • Establish mentorship program for new faculty and staff.
  • Publicize currently available development opportunities within the department, UBC, and the Health Authorities.
  • Utilize annual reappointment to foster career development.

Goal 3
Engage in leadership development and succession planning.


  • Identify those with leadership potential.
  • Develop a leadership training program within the department.
  • Catalogue educational and financial resources.