Message from the Head

As fall gets ever closer, I hope you were able to find time to rest, recharge and ready for the new academic year.  It seems like yesterday when we welcomed a new group of resident learners  and here we are now welcoming new UG learners to the Department. With so many changes again to work, teaching, research, our families –as we all once again pivot in this unprecedented time, I am reminded of how I came to first appreciate the pivot.  It was when I first learned to play basketball, how the pivot seemed difficult and unclear in its purpose.  In time I understood that the pivot was what allowed me to get out of difficult situations by sharing with my teammates to advance the ball—and enjoy the game.  About a year ago, as UG learners had limited prospects for in-person clinical experiences, my team and I pivoted to adapt our lifestyle coaching program called Healthesteps to a virtual delivery.

Teaming up with many of our clinical faculty, we have now provided over 80 virtual Sport Medicine elective placements among UG 4th year and Kinesiology UG learners at UBC matched to over 300 community patients.  As a team, by pivoting to the challenge of COVID to our learners, we were able to advance an opportunity to connect our faculty, patients and learners.  I know there are plenty more examples of how many of you have teamed up to pivot your research, education and service – this is what we do really well in our Department—and we would like to share your experiences too.

– Robert Petrella