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Elizabeth Bryce, B.Sc. (Regina), M.D. (Saskatchewan), FRCPC

Regional Medical Director for Infection Control, Vancouver Coastal Acute
Clinical Professor, UBC

Elizabeth Bryce

Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Science through Campion College before being accepted into medical school in Saskatoon.

When asking Elizabeth Bryce about her time at Campion, she speaks fondly like she’s comparing those times to being at home with family: “My favourite memory of Campion was the wonderful ladies in the cafeteria who provided great home-cooked meals. I especially loved cabbage roll days!”

She has a bold vision for health care and wants to modernize the clinical environment by offering more infection control opportunities for patients. Elizabeth states, “One of my future goals for health care is to continue to study the role of self-disinfecting surfaces such as copper in the prevention of healthcare acquired infections. Hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to re-engineer the healthcare environment to minimize the impact of these potentially devastating infections.” Looking back, she is proud of her contribution towards infection control at Vancouver Coastal Health over the years.

Elizabeth Bryce has grown to mentor others now – she finds herself in the role of teacher to medical students at UBC’s Medical School and as a mentor to residents. Also, as a volunteer, she travels to other countries to help them build safe, controlled environments to prevent further infections while treating patients.

The real payoff comes not just from providing clinically safe hospital care but the rich relationships formed with the dedicated, compassionate people who have become friends. “The ‘giving back’ is mutual” says Elizabeth.

But her children and family are her most cherished legacy, “My greatest personal accomplishment is my children, of course. And that my husband and I have had opportunities to travel to many different parts of the world.”