Impact of Giving

Gifts to the Faculty of Medicine contribute to improving health locally, nationally, and internationally. Explore some examples of what our students and faculty are achieving with donor support.

Doctors of BC bursary recipient Maryam Garabedian

UBC medical student uses bursary to make a big difference in small communities

When Maryam Garabedian found out she received a bursary from Doctors of BC, she was immediately excited by the prospect of being able to pursue one of the projects on her wish list that would benefit communities in need. “This support broadens the opportunities I get to engage in,” says Maryam, a third-year student in […]

A father and surgeon’s legacy

A father and surgeon’s legacy

After the loss of their father, Dr. Graham Clay (1931-2017), Jennifer Clay and Sarah McLeod were inspired to establish an award in the UBC Faculty of Medicine for medical students matched to a residency in surgery, as a way to memorialize their father’s enthusiasm for teaching students and advancing patient care. The future impact of […]

Left to right: Amir, Natasha, and Dr. Erin Michalak.

Youth living well with Bipolar Disorder

Once Amir was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he was eager to understand this brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. He didn’t need to look any further than Vancouver to find Dr. Erin Michalak, network leader of CREST.BD, a team that studies psychosocial issues in bipolar disorder with youth ages […]

Shedding new light on life with personalized medicine

Shedding new light on life with personalized medicine

After listening to bedtime stories and watching the light switch off, Olivia Grech lay in her new toddler bed next to her mother and tried to fall asleep. Glow-in-the-dark stars stuck to the ceiling shone down on her, but her mother noticed that Olivia never pointed at them. When Olivia turned two years old, her […]

MD/PhD student Philip Edgcumbe in the lab

Supporting tomorrow’s clinician-scientists

Philip Edgcumbe’s latest invention flips organs inside-out. The miniature projector he developed, dubbed the “Pico Lantern,” overlays a map of subsurface blood vessels on organs during minimally invasive surgeries. The result? The promise of faster, less costly surgeries, with a reduced risk of surgeons accidentally nicking blood vessels and causing surgical bleeds. As a sixth-year […]