ObGyn Annual Academic Day

The UBC Obstetrics and Gynaecology 19th Annual Academic Day was held on May 8th, 2019 at the Chan Auditorium in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  Twenty trainees had the opportunity to present their work as a paper presentation, and twelve posters were presented and judged in a separate event on May 7th.  Faculty abstracts were displayed to showcase the research published in 2018 by the department faculty.

The invited guest speaker was Dr. Ayman Al-Hendy, Professor and Director, Translational Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois @ Chicago, who gave the keynote presentation.

Academic Day Awards

Dr. Leanne Dahlgren presented the awards to the 2019 Academic Day Trainee Presentations.  Our congratulations to the following award recipients for sharing their research!

Best poster (medical student) presentation – Ryan Yan

Best poster (resident/fellow) presentation – Ann Korkidakis

Best poster (graduate student) presentation – Madeline Mason

Best clinical paper presentation – Sarah Mah

Honourable mention clinical paper presentation – Brigid Dineley and Kiran Rikhraj


Best scientific paper presentation – Faten AbdelHafez Ahmed

Honourable mention scientific paper presentation – Lobna Abdellatif


Dr. Jag Ubhi presented the Best Publication by a Resident Award to Dr. Rachel Kim for the publication “Does MMR Status in Endometrial Cancer Influence Response to Adjuvant Therapy?”.  Congratulations!

Teaching Awards

Dr. Catherine Allaire presented the teaching awards to the 2018 winners.  Our congratulations to the following recipients for being honoured!

Mike Turko Surgical Teaching – Dr. Janice Kwon

CREOG Resident Teaching – Dr. Nadia Branco

Undergraduate Teaching – Dr. Jacqueline O’Connell

APGO Teaching – Dr. Caitlin Dunne

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology would like to thank our sponsors this year for their very generous support with educational grants: Allergan, AstraZeneca, Bayer, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Research Education, Ferring, GE Healthcare, Hologic, Karl Storz, and the Women’s Health Research Institute!

Congratulations to our draw prize winners: Mannie Fan and Chelsea Elwood.    All they had to do was complete an evaluation form and hand it in at the end of the day!

New this year!  Attendees who visited the posters on the Wednesday and engaged with the presenters received tickets to enter the draw for a $50 coffee card (one each for the attendee and presenter).  Congratulations to our winners: Aligholi Sobhani Sanjbad and Sunaina Sharma!

Program Completion Certificates

Dr. Leanne Dahlgren also announced and presented certificates to the 2018-2019 Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Graduates:

Nimisha Arora, MSc                                                                                       

Jennet Baltayeva, MSc

Najla Alsowayan, MSc

Yao Shi, MSc

Lindsay Richter, MSc

Ahn Rhi (Annie) Lee, PhD

Hongjin (George) Zhao, PhD

Yinan Li, PhD



SAVE THE DATE – The 20th Annual Academic Day has been confirmed for:

Poster presentations – Tuesday May 5, 2020

Paper presentations – Wednesday May 6, 2020

If you have questions about Academic Day, please contact Kerrie at kglover@cw.bc.ca