Sandra Jarvis-Selinger PhD

Professor and Associate Dean, Academic

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Dr. Jarvis-Selinger is the Associate Dean, Academic and Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia.  In 2008 she received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Investigator Award. She is a PhD-trained educational specialist and researcher in the area of Human Learning, Development and Instruction (UBC Faculty of Education).  Her work focuses on educational innovation and knowledge translation, which specifically includes: 1) understanding identity formation in health sciences’ students and clinicians, 2) developing teaching excellence, 3) curriculum design, development and evaluation, and 4) using technology to support education. Her research supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective pedagogical approaches in health education. Through knowledge translation, innovative pedagogical approaches, and respectful research partnerships, her research addresses positive curricular change, effective lifelong learning and professional identity formation by supporting critical educational transitions.                           
In addition to her UBC administrative and faculty roles, she is also the educational faculty member for the American Orthopaedic Association and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.  In 2015, in her former role as Assistant Dean in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, she won the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s (AFMC) award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada.

  • Professional identity formation
  • Curriculum design, development and evaluation
  • Technology-enabled mentoring and education

Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra PhD; MacNeil, Kimberley A. MA; Costello, Gregory R.L. MD, CCFP; Lee, Kenneth MD; Holmes, Cheryl L. MD, FRCPC, MHPE Understanding Professional Identity Formation in Early Clerkship: A Novel Framework, Academic Medicine: October 2019 - Volume 94 - Issue 10 - p 1574-1580 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002835

Hacken, Brittney MD1; Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra S. PhD2; Armstrong, April D. MD, FRCSC1; Black, Sarah BS3; Pratt, Daniel PhD4; Black, Kevin P. MD1 A Systems-Based Practice Curriculum in Orthopaedics, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: January 2, 2019 - Volume 101 - Issue 1 - p e2 doi: 10.2106/JBJS.17.00595

Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra PhD; Hubinette, Maria MD, CCFP, FCFP, MMEd The Matrix: Moving From Principles to Pragmatics in Medical School Curriculum Renewal, Academic Medicine: October 2018 - Volume 93 - Issue 10 - p 1464-1471 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002306

Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra PhD; Pratt, Daniel D. PhD; Regehr, Glenn PhD Competency Is Not Enough, Academic Medicine: September 2012 - Volume 87 - Issue 9 - p 1185-1190 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182604968


“Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada Award” Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s (AFMC) 2015

“Career Investigator Award.” Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. 2008-2014

“Faculty of Medicine’s Distinguished Achievement Award”  Excellence in Education 2011

“Outstanding New Investigator Award” Department of Surgery’s Hjalmar Johnson 2010


“Design, Development, and Implementation of a Certificate in Canadian Health and Healthcare for Working Professionals.” Gerber P, Bansback N, Phinney A, Black C, Jarvis-Selinger S. $159,070. Online Learning Advancement Fund. 2019-2021.

“Rural eMentoring BC” Jarvis-Selinger S, Stanley B, Wisener K. $900,822. Joint Standing Committee – Rural Education Action Plan (REAP). 2018- 2023.

“Rural eMentoring BC (pilot)” Jarvis-Selinger S, Stanley B, Wisener K. $126,469. Joint Standing Committee – Rural Education Action Plan (REAP). 2016-2017.

“eHealth Mentoring: Building Pathways to Health Professional Careers for Aboriginal Youth” Jarvis-Selinger S, Ho K, Novak Lauscher H, Bainbridge L, Woollard R, Andrew J, Michel T, Brown L, Fedeles M. $917,897. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2010-2014.


PHarmacy Students as Educators (PHASE) Program: Implementing an educator’s curriculum for pharmacy students. Chan F, Yeung, J, MacNeil K, Seet T, Saran J, Verma A, Jarvis-Selinger S. Annual Meeting of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. Ottawa, ON. June 2018.

Change in attitudes towards teaching through a Residents as Teachers initiative.  Amari E, Frankenberger S, Broekhuyse H, Nathoo N, Wong R, Sidhu R, Veerapen K, Jarvis-Selinger S.  International Conference on Residency Education.  Quebec City, QC. October, 2017.

Understanding professional identity in early clerkship. Jarvis-Selinger S, Costello G, Lee K, Holmes C, MacNeil K. Canadian Conference on Medical Education. Winnipeg, MB. April, 2017.

A systems-based practice curriculum in orthopaedics: Successes and challenges moving forward. Hacken B, Jarvis-Selinger S, Armstrong AD, Black S, Pratt DD, Black KP. Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting.  Seattle, WA. November, 2016.

The Matrix: Moving from Principles to Pragmatics in Renewing Undergraduate Medical Curricula. Jarvis-Selinger S, Hubinette M. Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. November, 2016.

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