VPSA Engagement Accelerator

The VPSA Engagement Accelerator provides funding for physician-led projects that will improve collaboration among facility-based physicians, across divisions and/or departments, or between facility-based and community physicians. Projects that engage other health professionals are encouraged.

Project Criteria

Ideas must provide opportunities to build relationships and effective communication across the physician community between or with any of the following:

  1. Medical disciplines
  2. Sites (VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong, and the Vancouver Community)
  3. Health authority leadership

Ideas must address at least one of VPSA’s priorities for facility and community-based physicians by promoting:

  1. Physician engagement
  2. Improvement of patients’ and providers’ experience of care

Benefits of Participation

  • Up to $20,000 in funding per project, along with project management support and resources
  • Opportunities to build relationships and improve collaboration and communication across the health care community
  • Learning opportunities on project charter development, budgeting, leadership, team work, and more
  • Networking opportunities

How to Apply

Submit your Expression of Interest application to labouzaid@vpsa.ca by November 25, 2019 11:59 PM (PST).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Funding is available to physicians at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong, and Vancouver Community.

What can the funding be used for?

The funding can be used for the following:

  • Physicians’ time to work on the project and participate in project activities
  • Hiring expertise where required (i.e., data analysis, administrative assistance, etc.)
  • Catering costs

The funding cannot be used for the following:

  • Compensation of clinicians, health authority employees or contractors in the delivery of direct and indirect patient care
  • Paying physicians’ sessional time and expenses for required CME accredited clinical training
  • Purchase of clinical equipment
  • Developing a database or a website
  • Meeting attendance that is presently required as part of maintaining privileges
  • Transportation and parking (with the exception of expenses incurred by the project’s patient and family representatives)
  • Independent physician research projects that are typically funded by research grants.

What is the application process?

  • Complete the Expression of Interest application form for initial vetting by the VPSA Project Committee.
  • Attend a workshop on project management, including how to complete a project charter and develop a budget. Attendance will be compensated.
  • Complete and submit a project charter and budget for final selection and approval.

What are the expectations of successful candidates?

  • Complete a brief report on the project’s progress every two months.
  • Complete the project by February 28, 2021 and submit the final project report and evaluation survey within four weeks of project completion.

Examples of Previously Funded Projects

Business Transformation Project for General Surgery

UIHHC Inter-Professional Team Development – Nurturing Collaboration Between Indigenous Elders & Primary Care Providers

Interactive Webinars for Women in Medicine

Emergency Department Consultation Guideline Initiative

Engagement For Innovation in Technology (eFIT) Interest Group

VGH Crisis Management and Simulation Working Group

Improving Physician Engagement & Wellbeing Through Exercise

Longitudinal Inter-Departmental Code Orange Planning at VGH

Perioperative Cardiac Risk Evaluation and Management for Noncardiac Surgery

Pre-operative optimization prior to major oncology surgery as a component of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Emergency and Internal Medicine Consultant Relations

For all questions and for support on an application, please contact us at labouzaid@vpsa.ca.