Residency Program News and Updates

As we head towards spring, we turn our attention to CARMS interviews and Royal College exams. CARMS is usually one of the highlights of my year as the residency program manager. I really enjoy the energy of the week, and meeting all the candidates. However, due to COVID, we will be doing virtual interviews for both UBC and Out of Province med students and instead of January, this has been delayed to March. This will be a very different experience for everyone, but I look forward to meeting everyone on Zoom.
Our 10 grads this year, are in the middle of the craziness as they prepare for their exams starting in March, are:
Sammy Au
Kyra Berg
Mike Steel
Basile Tessier-Cloutier
Raymond Yip
Muntadhar Al-Moosawi
Bhupinder Johal
Eric McGinnis
Lynne Li
Adrian Levine
No oral exams this year, so only written here in Vancouver. Wishing you all the best for the upcoming Royal College exams. The grad dinner will more than likely be virtual again this year. Stay tuned for more information.

New Staff Member

Karen du Plessis, Pathology Residency Assistant (filling in for Mayumi Shimada, who is on maternity leave)

I was born and raised in sunny South Africa, and moved to Vancouver with my husband just before the pandemic hit in 2020. I was a lecturer and writing center coordinator at the Nelson Mandela University for eight years, where I taught classes in a wide range of topics, including Philosophy, Marketing and Research Methodologies. I have also worked in a private laboratory in Pretoria for 11 years, where I helped out with the office administration and organization. While I have a diverse professional background, there is a common thread that runs through all of my endeavors, and that is pursuing productivity and creativity. I believe that one of the most important things in life is ‘making more’ wherever I go.

When I am not working, I also love being creative, and my hobbies include experimenting with new food recipes – I have tried my hand at making my own kombucha, sourdough bread and biltong (a type of South African beef jerky). In fact, I love food so much that I pursued a PhD in Philosophy with a focus on food and eating. I also enjoy painting abstracts (the bigger the better!) and I especially love working with different textures and colors.

Babies, babies and more babies…

Oct 31, 2020


First of all, a very hearty congratulations to Mayumi & her husband Hansom, on the birth of a beautiful baby boy on Oct 31, 2020. His full name is Preston Haruto Yao Shimada, (a nod to his Japanese & Chinese heritage), weighing in at 2.62kg. Mayumi says he’s now 60cm tall, and weighs in just over 6kg. He likes to play gym and is busy discovering hi shands. He’s sleeping from 8pm – 7am, and up for just one or two feeds during the night, allowing his parents to sleep a little longer.
Sept 26, 2020

Baby Theodore

Congratulations to Anatomical Pathology resident, Carl Ren and his wife Sophia who welcomed baby Theodore on Sept 26, 2020. Born chubby at 3.7 kg and 54 cm, he has been energetic from day one. Now at four months, he certainly knows how to get our attention and not afraid to do it. Carl hopes everyone can meet him in person someday!
Nov 1, 2020

Connolly Gowing

Congratulations as well to Anatomical Pathology Resident, Kevin Gowing and his wife Joanna Shea who welcomed baby Connolly on Nov 1, 2020.
Feb 13, 2021

Tyler Robert Naso

Anatomical Pathology Chief Resident, Julia Naso and her hubby Victor Naso welcomed baby Tyler Robert Naso on Feb 13, 2021.

Thank you to Dr Sophia Park - Program Director- Medical Biochemistry Residency Program

Dr. Sophia Park will be completing her term as Program Director of the Medical Biochemistry Residency Training Program (the Program) in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine effective June 30, 2021.

During her time as Program Director, Sophia also acted as the point person for medical student electives in medical biochemistry. In addition, her knowledge and experience in quality initiatives has been a tremendous resource for the residency programs.

Sophia is a dedicated Program Director who has worked to maintain the strengths of the program and has been a mentor for the residents creating a collaborative and supportive environment for them.

A call out will follow soon for those interested in applying for the position.

Please join us in thanking Sophia for her outstanding contributions and commitment to the Medical Biochemistry Residency Program.