Please join us in congratulating Jim Beaudreau as he departs the Academy of Medical Educators to pursue a Master of Urban Planning degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Jim will leave UCSF at the end of May. For the past two years, Jim has been the Academy’s senior programs analyst, managing the Academy’s Innovations Funding program, overseeing the new member application cycle, and developing the Education Day program, among other duties.
Jim will focus his studies on the environmental sustainability of urban areas, and specifically how cities can be designed to reduce energy consumption and minimize ecological footprints. He also hopes to explore how strategies for improving sustainability can have additional impacts in positively affecting quality of life, health, and economic opportunities for those living in cities. The UBC program is well known for its focus on sustainability, and the city of Vancouver, known as one of the most sustainable cities in North America, will provide an excellent educational laboratory.
In moving to Vancouver, Jim will join his long-term partner, Greg. They are extremely excited to live together after a three-year, bi-national, long-distance relationship. They are also eager to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from all of the flights they had been taking between Vancouver and San Francisco. Please join us in wishing Jim well – although we are sorry to lose him, we share his excitement about the new challenges ahead!