Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Doyle on his retirement!

BY: Dr. Christopher Lowe MD, MSc, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor, UBC
Medical Microbiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital
Program Director for the Medical
Microbiology Residency Program at UBC

As many may know, Dr. Patrick Doyle announced his decision to retire in March 2019. During his Medical Microbiology career, he made a profound impact on his colleagues, peers, trainees and patients. Pat’s commitment and dedication to clinical teaching and mentorship as the Medical Microbiology Program Director (2001–2015) enabled our program to be viewed as one of the best in the country. His teaching was recognized by UBC, being awarded the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2014. He was also innovative in developing the program, and sought to address gaps in training, such as his creation and leadership of the Professional Advancement Learning Series (PALS) which focused on the non-medical expert CanMEDS roles. I could go on listing Pat’s accomplishments, but I believe his greatest contribution to our profession was the mentorship of the next generation of Medical Microbiologists.

I will miss Pat as a colleague and mentor, but am glad to have had the opportunity to learn from him. He’s always been generous with his time and advice, particularly during the steep learning curve associated with taking over as Program Director. The Medical Microbiology Residency Program and the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine cannot thank Pat enough for his contribution to medical education at UBC. Like others, I wish Pat all the best in retirement, and hope that he enjoys the retired life of travelling, golfing, walking his dog Caylee and spending time with his wonderful wife, Patricia. Pat, I hope that you’ll fit in time from that busy schedule to drop by from time to time to check in on us!

Christopher Lowe

Program Director, Medical Microbiology, UBC

So rather than have me list out Pat’s achievements, I asked those Microbiologists to highlight their experiences training under him: