UBC Rural CPD welcomes new medical director, Dr. Ray Markham

Dr. Ray Markham, new Medical Director for UBC RCPD UBC RCPD’s new Medical Director, Dr. Ray Markham, submitted two self-portraits entitled (left to right) “Tools of the Trade” and “Interpersonal Skills”

by Drs. Brenna Lynn and Bob Bluman

The UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD) Program is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ray Markham as its new medical director, effective June 14, 2013. Dr. Markham has worked in rural family practice for over 20 years. He has had a remarkably diverse and productive medical career that has taken him across the globe. Born in Zimbabwe and trained in South Africa, Dr. Markham first emigrated to Canada in 1992, where he practiced for three years in rural Newfoundland. In 1995, he began a seven-year career in General Practice with the British Army in the UK. During that time, he was awarded the Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officer training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training.

In 2002, Dr. Markham returned to Canada and settled with his family in Valemount, British Columbia. He has been practicing family medicine there ever since in both clinical and emergency-room settings. He has been heavily involved in a variety of community health outreach and educational initiatives, leading the local transition to an electronic medical record system, establishing the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice as one of its founding directors, and sitting on a number of regional and provincial committees. In 2009, Dr. Markham was awarded the Order of British Columbia for “steadfastly, unwaveringly, and intentionally serving the community of Valemount, despite the many challenges faced by rural medical caregivers.” Dr. Markham has stated that he intends to practice rural family medicine for the rest of his career.

It is clear that Dr. Markham is passionate about rural medicine in British Columbia, though his commitment to isolated or underserved populations transcends BC’s borders – taking him from Kenya to Haiti and even to Antarctica. We are very pleased that he will be leading the Rural CPD Program as Medical Director.

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