President’s Update

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September always feels like a time for new beginnings and with the events we’ve lined up for the fall there are many opportunities for you to get involved with your medical staff association and meet your colleagues. This includes participating in VPSA at a decision-making level as part of our Engagement Working Group. The Engagement Working Group will be akin to the cabinet of the VPSA. We’re making some changes … Read More

A conference by clinicians, for clinicians

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On November 2, join health care professionals and leaders in a conversation about emerging trends and technologies in emergency care It’s no secret that technology is evolving at a faster pace than ever before. From constant mobile updates to smartphone apps to sensors and wearables, digital tools are helping us do our work, or allowing us to do more, differently—and creating new opportunities for innovation in health care. On November … Read More

PHEW to provide gathering place for physicians working at VGH

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The work of a physician is stressful. They work long hours in emotionally charged situations. They often feel they have no quiet space where they can restore their energy or interact with colleagues in a supportive environment. A place to gather has been a top priority for VPSA members working at VGH and that goal is about to be realized. The brand-new Physician Hub for Engagement and Wellness (PHEW) opens … Read More

President’s Update

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One of VPSA’s top priorities is to enhance our members’ participation in the activities and decision-making at VCH. Our health authority has signed on to a memorandum of understanding indicating they want physician input. That’s why we are working together on several joint projects. The VCH Physician Wellness Steering Committee is a great example of this co-operation. When we advertised for members, we had substantially more physicians sign up than … Read More

Working towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for all our physicians

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“The first time I walked into a Medical Advisory Council meeting the first thing I noticed was that there was only one other female physician in the room,” said Dr. Heather Lindsay. In October 2018, several women physician leaders met with Dr. Marcel Dvorak, Vancouver Acute Associate Medical Director, to raise the issue of the lack of women physician representation in medical leadership roles at Vancouver Acute. Dr. Dvorak asked the … Read More