Mistreatment Help?

The Faculty of Medicine takes issues of mistreatment seriously. If you have experienced mistreatment, or are uncertain about your situation, or have witnessed someone being mistreated you are encouraged to report your concern.
A report is not the same as making an official complaint. You can make a report even if you only want advice, or assistance, or a record of the incident. You can make a report using the online reporting tool on this page. The online tool allows you to report your concern anonymously. You can also make a report by contacting any of the people listed below. If your report includes your contact information a member of Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism will contact you to discuss your concern. Your conversation will be confidential.

What is Mistreatment?

Mistreatment includes behaviors which are discriminatory or harassing or abusive towards you. They can include things like:

  •  Making demeaning comments about you in front of your colleagues and/or fellow students.
  • Using abusive language toward you.
  • Asking you to perform personal errands, or to do things which are unreasonable or break the law.
  • Discriminating against you, by making statements or restricting your learning, because of your age, ancestry, ethnic status, family status, marital status, physical or mental disability, place of origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or a criminal conviction unrelated to your employment or schooling.
  • Unwanted physical contact.
  • Comments about your participation or performance related to your looks, or ethnicity, or gender, etc. (one of the grounds of discrimination listed above).

What if I see someone else being mistreated or have not been mistreated myself?

If you see a fellow student or colleague being mistreated or a co-worker or instructor acting unprofessionally you are encouraged to report it. Unprofessional conduct affects everyone’s learning and work environments. You can use the online reporting, or contact any of the people listed below.


The following are a list of people within the Faculty of medicine where you can make contact and have a confidential discussion:

  • Department of Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism – professionalism.advisor@ubc.ca
  • Health and Safety Advisor to the Faculty of Medicine – paul.gill@ubc.ca
  • Interim Associate Dean, Health Professionals, for all Health Professions programs – joseph.anthony@ubc.ca
  • Ombudsperson for Students – ombuds.office@ubc.ca
  • Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office – carol.naylor@ubc.ca
  • Equity & Inclusion Office – Roshni.narain@ubc.ca

You can also speak to someone at your program or worksite.


You can obtain more information about mistreatment, concerns about the learning environment, or the process of the Faculty of Medicine complaints system in the resources listed below. You can also review the examples of mistreatment and learning environment concerns on the MD student mistreatment webpage.
Faculty of Medicine Professional Standards
Process to Address Complaints of Mistreatment of Learners or Concerns about the Learning Environment
Watch a video on student mistreatment
Preventing and Addressing Bullying, Harassment and Mistreatment in the Working and Learning Environment
MD Students: Reporting Mistreatment and Concerns about the Learning Environment