Blog

The UBCMJ blog is a space for students to share their research interests, travel experiences, and opinions on medicine and medical education. Interested in writing a post? Contact external.editor@ubcmj.com


Writing Award 2020-2021
July 16, 2021Special thanks to all UBCMJ authors for their amazing submissions this academic year. We are excited to announce Braedon Paul as the winner of our Distinguished Writing Award for the 2020-2021 academic year! Braeden was a fourth-year medical student and has now graduated. He has been writing for UBCMJ for the past four years! Please […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Shayda Swann
April 25, 2021We chat with third-year MD/PhD Candidate, Shayda Swann. Tell us a little bit about your research project. My project focuses on healthy aging in women living with HIV, from cell to society! I’m part of the “British Columbia CARMA-CHIWOS Collaboration” (affectionately known as BCC3), a community-collaborative study that will be collecting clinical samples (everything from […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Lianne Cho
March 11, 2021We chat with third-year MD/PhD Candidate, Lianne Cho. Tell us a little bit about your research project. I am studying mood disorders in a homeless and precariously housed sample using an epidemiologically-informed approach. The larger study I am a trainee with is the “Hotel Study”, which is a community-based longitudinal study that works with participants […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Rohit Singla
February 8, 2021We chat with third-year MD/PhD Candidate, Rohit Singla. Tell us a little bit about your research project. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) refers to structural or functional abnormalities of the kidney lasting greater than 3 months. With rates of diabetes and hypertension on the rise, combined with an aging population, CKD currently impacts approximately 1 in […] Read More >


Innovation and Unity in the Midst of a Global Pandemic: A Medical Student’s Perspective
January 27, 2021BY: Wan Xian (Kate) Koh, UBC MD Class of 2021 On March 11th, 2020, the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Medical students from across Canada were pulled from clinical duties. As a 3rd year clerk who had previously been spending 12 hours a day in the hospital, […] Read More >


Shall I Start From the Beginning?: A Guide for Medical Professionals Working with Patients with Complex Conditions
January 23, 2021Written by Hannah Siden I never thought I’d be writing this – but as we all know, life doesn’t always go to plan, and sometimes you get curveballs thrown that you didn’t see coming. Chronic, complex illness was my curveball. I have a diagnosis of hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which weakens the connective tissues in […] Read More >


Interview with an MD/PhD Candidate: Introducing Dhiraj Mannar from the Subramaniam Lab
January 12, 2021We chat with second-year MD/PhD Candidate and UBCMJ section editor, Dhiraj Mannar, who is actively involved in COVID-19 research! Tell us a little bit about your research project. My current project involves the structural and biochemical characterization of the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein. SARS-CoV-2 is the causative agent of COVID-19 and relies on a trimeric spike […] Read More >


Now and then: a letter to my former self, on existence in clerkship
October 9, 2020Sean Duke (class of 2021) shares some tips for navigating clerkship A third-year Medical Student Intern (MSI3) is a brand-new clinical clerk, emerged from the chrysalis of classroom-based education, delicate wings poised, eager to explore the healthcare system at last. I was recently reminded of how confusing this role can be when two lovely – […] Read More >


COVID and Technical Changes to the Practice of Family Medicine
July 22, 2020Haley Smith (class of 2022) and Cassia Tremblay (class of 2021) share some telemedicine tips from two BC doctors. Since March, there have been significant changes to the way health care is delivered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with Dr. Jennifer Rogerson, a full-scope family doctor based in Ladner, and Dr. […] Read More >


As Doctor and Human
July 3, 2020First up in our “Dear Me, MD” blog series, a poem by Vivienne Beard, a third year medical student.   I want you to know this, entering clerk You may be a medical student, but it isn’t menial work Each pulse that you take, every blood pressure you check Is molding and forming you beyond […] Read More >