BCMJ and Faculty of Med win writing award

We were pleased to learn in July that the BCMJ has won another APEX award, this time in a writing category. The theme issue “Expanded and distributed medical education in British Columbia” by the UBC Faculty of Medicine staff and students won an Award of Excellence in the Feature Series Writing category. The series comprised the following articles:

• Guest editorial (Stuart)
• Medical school expansion in BC (Bates)
• Maldistribution of physicians in BC (Snadden and Casiro)
• Medical school distribution (Thorneloe, MacPherson, Jenkins, Pandachuck, Love, and McCrea)
• Selecting the best for our future (Fabian)
• Anatomy in a distributed model of medical education (Vogl and Ovalle)
• Comparability of student performance and experiences in UBC’s distributed MD undergraduate program (Lovato and Murphy)
• Expansion of postgraduate medical education (Webber, Rungta, and Sivertz)
• Residency on the road (Dickeson)
• Focus on the profession (Armstrong)
• Supporting lifelong learning for physicians (Ho, Ferdinands, Jarvis-Selinger, Bluman, and Hardwick)

Congratulations to all the contributors on this well-deserved award.

. BCMJ and Faculty of Med win writing award. BCMJ, Vol. 51, No. , September, 2009, Page(s) - News.



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