Current Residents


Residents can find general policies in the Resident Policies and Procedures Manual prepared by the Postgraduate Medical Education Deans Office.

PHPM program specific policies are collated in the Resident Orientation Manual, which can be found on the resident wiki (accessible only to current residents).

Additional guidelines have been developed through the Internal Residency Committee and can also be located on the resident wiki.

Research & Scholarship


Top, K., Arkell, C., Graham, J., Scott, H., McNeil, S., Mannerfeldt, J., & MacDonald, N. (2018). Do health care providers trust product monograph information regarding use of vaccines in pregnancy? A qualitative study. Canada Communicable Disease Report, 44(6). Retrieved from

McKee, G., McClure, S., Fyfe, M., & Stanwick, R. (2018). Protecting the public from exposure to secondhand cannabis smoke and vapour following legalization. Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Choi, A., Crabtree, A., & McKee, G. (2018). BC needs to prioritize health beyond health care. British Columbia Medical Journal, 60(1).

Chen Y, Tang Z, Tang S, Shen Z, Zhu Q, Li R, Huang W, Huang Y, Liang F, Wang L, Chen H, Ruan Y, Shao Y, Tsuei SHT, Lan G. (2018). Decreasing HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C Infection After a Decade of Harm Reduction Implementation Among Drug Users in Southwestern Areas of China. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(2), 248–257. Retrieved from

Otterstatter, M. C., Crabtree, A., Dobrer, S., Kinniburgh, B., Klar, S., Leamon, A., … Zheng, L. (2018). Patterns of health care utilization among people who overdosed from illegal drugs: a descriptive analysis using the BC Provincial Overdose Cohort. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 38(9), 328–338.

Crabtree, A., Latham, N., Morgan, R., Pauly, B., Bungay, V., & Buxton, J. A. (2018). Perceived harms and harm reduction strategies among people who drink non-beverage alcohol: Community-based qualitative research in Vancouver, Canada. International Journal of Drug Policy, 59, 85–93.

McVea, D. A., Himsworth, C. G., Patrick, D. M., Lindsay, L. R., Kosoy, M., & Kerr, T. (2018). Exposure to Rats and Rat-Associated Leptospira and Bartonella Species Among People Who Use Drugs in an Impoverished, Inner-City Neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, vbz.2017.2179.

Crisan, A., McKee, G., Munzner, T., & Gardy, J. L. (2018). Evidence-based design and evaluation of a whole genome sequencing clinical report for the reference microbiology laboratory. PeerJ, 6, e4218.


McVea, D., Peterson, E., & Lu, J. (2017). Promoting active commuting in British Columbia. British Columbia Medical Journal, 59(9).
Rahim T, Barrios PR, McKee G, McLaws M, Kosatsky T. (2017) Public health considerations associated with the location and operation of off-leash dog parks. Journal of community health. 1-8.
Tsuei SHT. (2017) Machine Doctor: The Threat to Established Medicine from Machine Learning. UBCMJ. 9(1):25-26.
Tsuei SHT, Clair V, Mutiso V, Musau A, Tele A, Frank E, Ndetei D. (2017) Factors influencing Kenyan health professionals’ and lay health workers’ self-efficacy in screening, brief interventions, identification and treatment of complication and co-morbidities for alcohol, tobacco and other substance use disorders. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. 15(4): 766-781.

Scholtens, M. (2017) Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist: A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic. Victoria, British Columbia: Brindle & Glass.

Scholtens, M. (2017) The Birthday Party. Canadian Family Physician. 63(1): 54-55.


Lima VD, Hull M, McVea D, Chau W, Harrigan PR, Montaner JS. (2016). Long-term effectiveness of initiating non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor- versus ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor-based antiretroviral therapy: implications for first-line therapy choice in resource-limited settings. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 19(1):20978.

McVea DA, Murphy TH, Mohajerani MH. (2016) Large Scale Cortical Functional Networks Associated with Slow-Wave and Spindle-Burst- Related Spontaneous Activity. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 10:103.

Top, K. A., Arkell, C., Scott, H., McNeil, S. A., Mannerfeldt, J., Ortiz, J. R., … MacDonald, N. E. (2016). Effect of package insert language on health-care providers’ perceptions of influenza vaccination safety during pregnancy. The Lancet Global Health.

Deonarine, A., Ogilvie, G., Montgomery, C., Makaroff, S., Holgerson, N., Grennan, T., … Wong, J. (2016). Trends in Syphilis Partner Notification Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men who Have Sex With Men in British Columbia, 2010 to 2013. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 43(8), 489–93.

Deonarine, A., Amlani, A., Ambrose, G., & Buxton, J. A. (2016). Qualitative assessment of take-home naloxone program participant and law enforcement interactions in British Columbia. Harm Reduction Journal, 13(1), 17.

Norman, W. V., Guilbert, E. R., Okpaleke, C., Hayden, A. S., Steven Lichtenberg, E., Paul, M., … Jones, H. E. (2016). Abortion health services in Canada: Results of a 2012 national survey. Canadian Family Physician, 62(4), e209–e217.


Newton, A. S., Tsang, C. I., & Rosychuk, R. J. (2015). Emergency health care use among sociodemographic groups of children presenting to emergency departments for self-harm in Alberta. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 17(5).

Amlani, A., McKee, G., Khamis, N., Raghukumar, G., Tsang, E., Buxton, JA. (2015) Why the FUSS (Fentanyl Urine Screen Study)? A cross-sectional survey to characterize an emerging threat to people who use drugs in British Columbia, Canada. Harm Reduction Journal. 12(54).

Kling, R., Galanis, E., Morshed, M., & Patrick, D. M. (2015). Diagnostic testing for Lyme disease: Beware of false positives. British Columbia Medical Journal, 57(9). Retrieved from

McKee, G., Amlani, A., Buxton, J. (2015) Illicit fentanyl: an emerging threat to people who use drugs in British Columbia. British Columbia Medical Journal

Gardy, J. L., Naus, M., Amlani, A., Chung, W., Kim, H., Tan, M., Severini, A., Krajden, M., Puddicombe, D., Sahni, V., Hayden, A.S., Gustafson, R., Henry, B., Tang, P. (2015). Whole-Genome Sequencing of Measles Virus Genotypes H1 and D8 During Outbreaks of Infection Following the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Reveals Viral Transmission Routes. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 212(10), 1574–1578.

Guilbert ER, Hayden AS, Jones HE, et al. First-trimester medical abortion practices in Canada: National survey. Canadian Family Physician. 2016;62(4):e201-e208.

Wong, J., Moore, D., Kanters, S., Buxton, J., Robert, W., Gustafson, R., … Gilbert, M. (2015). Seroprevalence of hepatitis C and correlates of seropositivity among men who have sex with men in Vancouver, Canada: a cross-sectional survey. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 91, 430–33.


Wong, J., Payne, M., & Hollenberg, S. (2014). A double-dose hepatitis B vaccination schedule in travelers presenting for late consultation. Journal of Travel Medicine, 21(4), 260–265.

Haley, L., Wong, J., Moore, D. M., Chan, K., Michelow, W., Dawar, M., Robert, W., Hogg, R. S., Gilbert, M. & Team, T. M. S. (2014) Prevalence and correlates of cigarette smoking among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Vancouver, Canada: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Behavioral Health, 3 (1), 1-8


Newton R, Deonarine A, Wernisch L. Displaying R spatial statistics on Google dynamic maps with web applications created by Rwui. Int J Health Geogr. 2012 Sep 24;11:41.

Hebenstreit D, Deonarine A, Babu MM, Teichmann SA. Duel of the fates: the role of transcriptional circuits and noise in CD4+ cells. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2012 Jun; 24(3):350-8.


Newton R, Deonarine A, Wernisch L. Creating web applications for spatial epidemiological analysis and mapping in R using Rwui. Source Code Biol Med. 2011 Apr 1;6(1):6.

While research is not a required component in the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, there are numerous opportunities to become involved in academic activities, whether through rotations, networking or during the academic year.

Most residents pursue research projects and have opportunities to present at conferences or publish by the time they finish the program.

For a list of resident publications, please visit the Residency program’s Intranet.

Resident Research Day

Resident Research Day occurs annually in November.

All residents in the program, including those undertaking Family Medicine or Basic Clinical Training, are required to attend. All residents who were in the program in the previous year are expected to present. Only residents in the second year of their Family Medicine training (usually PGY-3) or residents returning from leave are not required to present.

Presentations are 15-20 minutes in length and can based on a formal research project the resident has been involved in or another topic from a rotation. An award is given for the best presentation. The residents may also present a teaching award to one of the Faculty who teaches or supervises residents (chosen by the current residents only).

To attend the upcoming Resident Research Day, please reach out to for details.


Residents are expected to participate in both internal and external committees. All residents sit on the internal residency committee, while IRC designates residents to sit on each of the other committees.

Internal Committees

Internal Residency Committee – The committee deals with day-to-day program issues and is a forum for discussion, planning, raising issues, etc. Items for the agenda should be forwarded to the Chief Resident in advance of the meeting.

External Residency Committee – The committee deals with high level program issues, including resident progress and program structure. Members include the program director, representatives of each rotation site, other clinical faculty, the Chief Resident, and elected resident representative.

External Committees

Resident Doctors of BC – One resident is designated as representative to Resident Doctors of BC.

Public Health Physicians of Canada Resident Council – At least one resident sits on the Resident Council.