Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital

Herb Parkin Award - 1st Annual (2016)

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Anthony Bryson (R2) as our first annual winner of the Herb Parkin Award.  Anthony designed and taught the curriculum for pre-hospital ultrasound for BC Ambulance Critical Care Paramedics.  Currently the paramedics are being assessed for image acquisition, with the goal to have them use their skills to further advance pre-hospital care in British Columbia.

Here is a link so you can watch the video  of Dr. Caroline Tyson presenting the winner.

Here is a brief description of the other interesting projects submitted

Dr. Adam Thomas (R3) and Dr. Chris Lipp (R3)

"Our project is pure Free Open Access Medical Education in Emergency Medicine (FOAMed).  For residents, by residents, with over 2k listeners worldwide now."

Dr. Wesley Jang (R4)

"I had the opportunity to mirror the simulation education program Nikki and I created locally here at VGH and create a similar program in Nepal.  Currently, they are hosting weekly in-situ simulation sessions in Patan Hospital for all the physicians and house staff in an effort to improve patient care."

Dr. John Taylor (R3)

"John researched the need for vaccination programs in the ED and then helped to implement an influenza vaccination program at VGH.  He has also been involved in developing an emergency medicine trauma fellowship and prehospital cardiac arrest research."


What is the Herb Parkin Award?

Herb Parkin was a pioneer in Emergency Medicine.  His efforts were instrumental in building our EMS system in British Columbia.  He was also an advocate of seatbelt legislation, which has surely saved thousands of lives.  Finally, he was a leader in Medical Education.

We think it is extremely important for a new generation of Emergency Physicians to be aware, and proud, of Herb Parkin's legacy.  To further this cause, we have decided to award a yearly prize in the sum of $3000 to a resident from a UBC program who has completed or at least made significant progress in a project that furthers an area of Emergency Medicine.

  • a prize awarded yearly, at Herb Parkin day in April
  • Preference will be given to residents who have shown leadership and initiative in the areas of EMS, injury prevention or medical education, but endeavors relating to all areas of Emergency Medicine will be considered
  • Any FRCPC resident in the UBC program (any site) in good standing may apply
  • Any CCFP-EM resident in the UBC program may also apply
  • Residents are asked to write an essay outlining their accomplishments and why they deserve the award
    • The essay should be no more than 3000 words.  Applicants may attach separate supporting documents as appropriate
  • The project doesn't need to be complete, but should be beyond the proposal stage.  There needs to be evidence that is has progressed beyond the "idea" phase
  • Application deadline is February 28th of each year
  • The amount is $3000.  There are no restrictions on what this money can be used for, since it's a prize, though it counts as taxable income