Doctor files human rights complaint against UBC medical faculty

September 21, 2009

The BC Human Rights Tribunal will hear a complaint from a Whistler-based family physician who claims the University of British Columbia's medical faculty discriminated against her based on mental disability when the faculty terminated her from her residency and denied her entry into a program. In November 2006, the faculty terminated the doctor for what was described as "unsuitability" or "weaknesses demonstrated that the FOM (faculty of medicine) claimed were not remediable." The doctor alleges the weaknesses were caused by her disability, which arose from a car accident in 1982, and because the weaknesses could have been remedied if her disability had been accommodated, the termination of her residency was discriminatory. Vancouver Sun | Gibson v. UBC