IMP Welcomes New Assistant Dean

This message is sent on behalf of Dr. Bruce Wright, Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island, Faculty of Medicine (FoM), UBC & Head, Division of Medical Sciences, UVic.


I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Shavaun MacDonald has been appointed as the new Assistant Dean, Doctor of Medicine Undergraduate Program (MDUP), Island Medical Program (IMP), from September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2024, with the possibility of a 3-year appointment renewal term.

Dr. MacDonald has been working diligently for the IMP as both the Year 3 Clerkship Site Director, IMP, and the Basic Clinical Year Residency Program Site Director, Victoria, FoM, UBC; we greatly appreciate the work that she has done for us in these roles. Furthermore, she works as an Adult Critical Care Physician for Island Health. Dr. MacDonald will maintain her BCY PGME role.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Laura Farrell for her exceptional work as the Assistant Dean, MDUP, IMP over the past six years. Dr. Farrell has accepted a new role as Interim Associate Dean Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. We also look forward to Dr. Farrell continuing to work with the IMP in the capacity of CHES-IMP Liaison.

As of September 1, Dr. MacDonald will be located in the Medical Sciences Building. You can find her contact information under “Leadership” on the IMP contacts page.

Please join me in giving Dr. Shavaun MacDonald a warm welcome to her new leadership role within the IMP!



Bruce Wright, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island

Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Head, Division of Medical Sciences
University of Victoria