Biography: Dr. Ron Remick

Dr. Ron Remick

 

Since the onset of his career, Dr. Remick has had an interest in the treatment of mood disorders (depression, manic depression or bipolar illness) and what was a budding and novel treatment in psychiatry in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s – the use of medication to treat psychiatric illness (psychopharmacology).

Early in his career he had a ‘radical’ orientation: that educated patients or ‘informed consumers’ are likely to receive better care than they do through a traditional ‘paternal/child’ doctor-patient relationship which was the mainstay of medical treatment 25-30 years ago. His orientation, which was novel at the time, led to a long term affiliation with the then-fledgling advocacy group – the Mood Disorders Association of BC. Dr. Remick offered of regular public health/community presentations on different aspects of psychiatry and psychiatric treatments so that the public could have a ‘hands on’ contact with a psychiatrist.

In 1986, Dr. Remick was recruited to UBC where he became the Assistant Head of the Department of Psychiatry and founded the Mood Disorders Clinic and was its first Medical Director. The Mood Disorders Clinic continues to have an international reputation for its research in the field.

Dr. Remick left UBC in 1992 and took a position as a Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Paul’s Hospital, doing both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric work. He continues to work at St. Paul’s today. In addition, in 1992 he also took a position as the Medical Director, Lake Whatcom Residential and Treatment Center, Bellingham Washington, and worked there from 1992-2008.  At Lake Whatcom he cared for over 400 chronically ill psychotic patients. He learned about a different medical system in the USA, and was fortunate to be honored with numerous awards for his community service while in Bellingham.   

In 2009, Dr. Remick and his colleague Dr. Chris Gorman began to implement an alternative model of psychiatric outpatient care in order to reach out to the multitude of patients who had no access to psychiatric evaluation and treatment. This model – encouraging active patient education and involvement in their care as well as the use of group medical visits and email communication in lieu of individual follow up psychiatric visits – is blossoming at the Mood Disorders Association of BC and other centers in our Province.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kendall Ho

Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency doctor at the Vancouver General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, and was the associate dean Continuing Medical Education for 7 years prior to this current portfolio. He serves on the BC Ministry of Health’s e-health Committee, UBC e-strategy Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s e-learning Advisory Group and educational research committee, and chairs the e-health steering committee of the International organization Universitas 21.

Dr. Ho’s academic and research interests include telehealth, medical informatics, technology enabled knowledge translation (TEKT) – the use of information and communication technologies to accelerate the incorporation of research into routine health practices, and life long learning in CME and continuing professional Development. Specific telehealth initiatives include a completed emergency telehealth project funded by Health Canada and BC Ministry of Health Services, Aboriginal telehealth initiatives in B.C. funded by UBC-TELUS grant and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and global e-health examination funded by Universitas 21. Medical informatics initiatives include research in personal digital assistant use in undergraduate education, and in diabetes management for practicing physicians, and educational initiatives in providing hands on workshops on PDA and Internet use for physicians in B.C., Western Canada and Quebec. He is a consultant to BC Ministry of Health Services on e-health, and is a member of the province’s e-health committee.

Dr. Ho’s educational research interest include the incorporation of adult learning principles into the development of effective and relevant medical education for health professionals, the integration of telecommunication and medical informatics technologies to assist rural and urban health professionals to obtain their continuing education on demand, and the construction of a telemedicine infrastructure to provide real time clinical support via technologies in order to partner with rural health professionals to augment and enhance the access and quality of care to rural and isolated communities. These areas of interest has led to the development of innovative hands-on workshops to teach physicians skills in using the Internet and Personal Digital Assistants (e.g. Palm Pilots) for professional use, CD-ROM, videoconferencing and Internet based continuing medical educational courses for distributive learning, telemedicine pilot and implementation projects between urban and rural and First Nations communities in B.C, and scientific abstracts, editorials, and journal articles on the subjects of medical education and telemedicine.

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