Faculty Research Forum

Theme: Quality Improvement to Advance Women’s Health
Date: March 31st, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Sage Restaurant at UBC (6331 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1) – as illustrated in the photo above!

This year, the Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum is going hybrid: you will be able to attend the event in-person or virtually.

  •  In-person event: Please note that Proof of Vaccination will be required to attend the in-person event.
  • Virtual event: The event at Sage will be live-streamed via Zoom and virtual attendees will be able to send questions via Zoom Webinar chat.
  • Zoom Information:  Webinar ID: 616 2166 0968 | Passcode: 20220331

The final program is available for download here (click on the link).

9:00 to 9:30 Registration and Coffee/Tea
9:30 to 9:40 Welcome – Gavin Stuart, Interim Department Head
9:40 to 10:40 Keynote Address: “Beyond Theories to Results: Driving Quality Improvement in Healthcare”

Dr. Christine Shea (Program Director – Quality Improvement And Patient Safety (QIPS), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto)

10:40 to 11:40 Workshop: Key quality improvement tools to start approaching a QI project: Dr. Justin McGinnis & Ms. Bethina Abrahams (PHSA Manager of PQI)
11:40 to 12:40 Registration and Networking Lunch
12:40 to 12:50 Welcome – Janice Kwon, Vice Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology
12:50 to 14:10 Faculty presentations 

Dr. Chelsea Elwood – “Penicillin Allergy De-labelling in pregnancy: a PQI-driven project snowballing into a research initiative”
Dr. Natasha Simula – “PAS: Plan, Attack, Succeed”
Dr. Regina Renner & Dr. Ashley Mucsi​ – “Cervical preparation for second trimester surgical abortion – a quality improvement project”
14:10 to 14:30 “Is my project QI or Research” – Holly Longstaff, Director, Privacy and Access, PHSA Research and New Initiatives
14:30 to 15:30 Workshop: Knowledge Generating Projects – how to uptake evidence-based practice and research into regular use by practitioners and policymakers – Dr. Sarah Munro & Dr. Erica Phelps
15:30 to 15:50 Coffee and Networking Break
15:50 to 17:10 Faculty presentations

Dr. Melanie Altas  – “Improving Access to Care in the Community for Individuals with Vulvodynia”
Dr. Amy Jamieson – “ Precision oncology in endometrial cancer”
Dr. Marianne Vidler – “Maternal deaths in rural Pakistan and Mozambique”
17:10 to 17:20 Evaluation Completion
17:20 to 17:30 General Discussion & Closing Remarks



Dr. Frederick Edward Bryans 1924–2009

Dr. Frederick Bryans

Dr. Frederick Bryans

Dr. Bryans graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in the class of 1946, and then from the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology under Dr. D.E. Cannell.  Afterwards he completed research at Harvard University, and attended leading cancer treatment centres in Europe.

His professional career was spent as a geographic full-time faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia. In 1960 he became professor and chairman of the department, a position that he served with distinction until 1978. During his 18 years as department head, he established strong educational, research and clinical programs – many at a Provincial level.  He fostered a unique, supportive environment with a friendly, collegial atmosphere among faculty, trainees, and supporting staff members. He retired in 1989, but remained active as a Professor Emeritus in departmental and university affairs until shortly before his death at the age of 85 years.

During his distinguished career as teacher, academic, and practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, he received many important awards.  Of some pride to Dr. Bryans, graduating classes of the UBC Medical School repeatedly honored him with Best Educator awards.  He taught with humour and kindness.  He was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Bryans was an accomplished generalist. His diverse publications include scholarly works on endocrinology, cancer, congenital abnormalities, and urinary incontinence.  As testament to the gifted surgeon that he was, complex cases were referred to him by colleagues from all areas of the province.  He contributed hugely to the health care of the women of British Columbia in a career that spanned two generations.

At national and international levels, Dr. Bryans served on the council and committees of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  He was a founding member and president of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, vice president of the Association of Professors of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the United States, vice president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK).

Education and research endeavors were supremely important to Dr. Bryans. Thus, his legacy of support for research continues in an endowment to the Department.