Awards & Grants

Awards for Innovation & Service in CPD/CME

Due: June 25, 2021
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Two annual awards are given to recognize exemplary activities in Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education (CPD/CME) for UBC Faculty of Medicine (UBC FoM) faculty and staff. Nominate a colleague today!

Award Nominations

1. Innovation in CPD/CME (Click to view)


  • Recognize outstanding innovation and/or creativity of original work in the area of CPD/CME program development, research, and supporting practice improvement.


  • The winner of this award may be an individual, a group, an organization, or a specific CPD/CME program.
  • The winner must be affiliated with the UBC FoM. For individuals, eligibility is limited to clinical or full time faculty, or full or part time staff of the UBC FoM. For program, the program must have official linkage to a Division, Department, School or Research Centre within the UBC FoM.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Originality, creativity, novelty or ingenuity of method, delivery or application of technology
  • Innovation in course design, evaluation, promotion, organization, or achievement of educational objectives
  • Relevance to the needs of the target population
  • The potential value of the CME/CPD activity to transmit or apply existing knowledge to improve practice and health outcomes
  • Efforts towards developing capacity for those who have been traditionally under-represented, historically and/or persistently marginalized in higher education
2. Distinguished Service to CPD/CME (Click to view)


  • This award recognizes substantial long term contributions, distinguished commitments or outstanding service to UBC FoM sponsored CPD/CME activities.


  • The winner of this award must be an individual.
  • Eligibility is limited to clinical or full time faculty or full time (or part time) staff of the UBC FoM.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Innovation, creativity, and ingenuity
  • Research or other scholarly activity
  • Administrative contributions to the field of CPD/CME
  • Contributions in teaching, program development, or other related areas
  • Number and frequency of contributions
  • Feedback of participants
  • Efforts towards developing capacity for those who have been traditionally under-represented, historically and/or persistently marginalized in higher education

As UBC CPD supports those who have been traditionally under-represented, historically and/or persistently marginalized in higher education we encourage award nominations for members of these groups. All nominees should have demonstrated a strong commitment to living the Faculty of Medicine values of respect, integrity, compassion, collaboration, and equity. We also strongly encourage nominators to consider the Faculty of Medicine’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion values in the nomination process.

Submit the full nomination package to: @email.
Nominee(s): must be affiliated with UBC FoM.
Nominator: all individuals (UBC or external) can submit multiple nominations.

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Award recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a public recognition at the Annual Faculty of Medicine Awards Reception. UBC CPD promotes the importance of continuing education as part of physicians’ lifelong learning. The CPD/CME UBC FoM awards provide heightened recognition of the important work being done in this area and demonstrate the value the UBC FoM places on this phase of the continuum of medical education.

Please download the nomination package and submit:

  1. Nomination form.
  2. Letter of recommendation: provide rationale and background information on the nominee. Up to 1000 words. Summarize the nominee’s contributions to CPD and why the candidate should be chosen to receive this award (specifically addressing the criteria for the award).
  3. Feedback from CPD/CME program participants: maximum of three pages, optional.
  4. Support letters: minimum one, maximum three. Support letters are included in the nomination package. Collect all to submit with your nomination.

Submit the FULL nomination package electronically to: @email. Nominations will be reviewed by a formal adjudication committee.

Adjudication Guidelines

  • Nominations will stand for three years
  • Applications can be updated the second and third year if the award is not granted
  • It is the nominator’s responsibility to keep the nomination current
  • The adjudication committee, in its sole discretion, will resolve questions concerning eligibility
  • An award may not be granted every year
  • The identity of nominees will not be made public unless they win the award
  • Decisions made by the adjudication committee are final and may not be appealed
  • Before announcing the winner, the adjudication committee will determine that the nominee is willing to receive and accept the award
  • Posthumous awards will not be made
  • Award winners will not normally be considered for an award if they have won the same award within the previous 3 years
Previous Recipients


On behalf of the Awards Committee, the Division of Continuing Medical Education and the UBC Faculty of Medicine, we would like to offer our congratulations and thank 2020 award winners for their impactful contributions to CPD! UBC CPD applauds all of the nominees and thanks the nominators for putting their names forward. Heartfelt congratulations to Dr. David Liu and Dr. Ian Schokking for their innovation, dedication and service to CPD/CME. 

Award for Innovation in CPD

Recognizes outstanding innovation and/or creativity with original work in the area of CME/CPD programming.

Dr. David Liu

Dr. David Liu is a Royal College Board-Certified Interventional Radiologist at the False Creek Health Centre. He is also an Interventional Radiologist at UBC and serves as a Radiology Consultant for the Canadian Armed Forces. Dr. Liu was nominated for his work as the founder and chair of the Symposium on Hepatic Oncology in Whistler (SHOW). The main objective of SHOW is to present practical perspectives on the treatment of HPB related cancers in the setting of community-based practice. The conference has demonstrated a unique approach to CME through the integration of multiple specialties in a format utilizing audience response, panel discussions, case-based review and active audience dialogue. With more registrants each year and increasing enthusiasm within the oncology community, SHOW has grown to be internationally recognized as a conference that represents innovation and excellence in CME programming.

Award for Distinguished Service to CPD

Recognizes substantial long term contributions to Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Ian Schokking
Dr. Ian Schokking

Dr. Ian Schokking is a full-time family physician who has committed countless hours to teaching and providing learning opportunities for students, residents and his physician colleagues. He is an Associate Clinical Professor with the UBC Department of Family Practice, a member of the UBC Rural CPD Committee, and a member of the UBC Community Geriatrics Leadership Committee. Dr. Ray Markham who submitted Dr. Schokking’s nomination said they were overwhelmed by the positive praise that flooded in from across the province to support his nomination. Over the past two decades, Dr. Schokking has greatly impacted rural CME for our province, and his influence will likely be felt for many years to come.

Read more about 2020 Faculty of Medicine Award Recipients:

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Christie Sutherland and Ms. Amanda Giesler, BC Centre on Substance Use
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Victor F. Huckell, UBC Division of Cardiology

Innovation in CPD: Silvia Guillemi, Department of Family Practice
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Gisele Bourgeois-Law, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Christie Newton, Department of Family Practice

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Jasmine Allaire, Department of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Julian Marsden, Department of Emergency Medicine

Innovation in CPD: IEPEP Program (Internationally Educated Physiotherapist Exam Preparation)/Dr. Alison Greig, Department of Physical Therapy
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Mary Bennett, Department of Pediatrics

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Devin Harris, Department of Emergency Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Leslie Sadownik, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Afshin Khazei, Department of Emergency Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Shirley Sze, Department of Family Practice

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Rivian Weinerman, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. John Mancini , Professor/Program Director Continuing Medical Education, UBC Cardiology; Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Research Laboratory, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Jeff Plant, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine; CPD Educator, RCPSC; Medical Director, UBC CPD
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Rona Cheifetz, Assistant Professor; Director – Continuing Medical Education, UBC Department of Surgery; Consultant – Surgical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency (Provincial Health Services Authority)

Innovation in CPD: Sue Stanton, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. William Schreiber, Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Kendall Ho, Director – eHealth Strategy Office; Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Akber Mithani, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Vice President, Providence Health Care and Ms. Taj Bhaloo, Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology; Formerly, Director, Centre of Innovation, Providence Health Care

Innovation in CPD: Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor and Director of Continuing Professional Development, Department of Psychiatry
Distinguished Service to CPD: Dr. Grant Innes, UBC Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery Division of Emergency Medicine