Dr. Barry Kassen is a General Internist who has spent much of his career practicing and teaching at UBC. In the 1990s, he designed the Clinical Teaching Unit model for several Vancouver-based hospitals, now the primary mode of education delivery in Internal Medicine across Canada. More recently, Dr. Kassen’s unique approach to the morning report has become popular amongst residents training at St. Paul’s Hospital, resulting in the development of a podcast to make the report accessible to trainees across Canada.
Known for his compassionate approach to his patients, Dr. Kassen’s bedside manner has been identified as one of his greatest attributes as a teacher and clinician. He has served UBC and affiliated teaching hospitals in an array of leadership roles, as well as at a national level with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has held the roles of UBC Division Head, St. Paul’s Division Head, VGH Division Head and Associate Head of Medicine in the past.
Dr. Kassen has continued in his activities in assessment at the Royal College and now in this capacity acts as a Senior Advisor to the oral examinations for different disciplines. He sits on the Exam Committee as well as the Assessment Committee for the College. He has been and continues to be involved in Internal Medicine (representing the Royal College).