About VMDAS and VPSA

VMDAS

The Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff Association (VMDAS) is the medical staff association for all physicians, dentists and allied staff at VGH, UBC Hospital, and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and the physicians affiliated within the Vancouver community. We represent over 1,900 medical staff within  Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

What We Do

VMDAS’s goal is to foster meaningful physician representation to better serve our patients, our community of physicians and VCH. We promote and advance our members’ involvement in the provision of medical services and represent and advocate for the interests of our members. The operation and structure of the association are developed, approved and adopted by the membership.

Issues that arise between VMDAS members or with VCH’s senior medical leadership may be brought to our attention.

The VMDAS’s president’s role is to represent the collective interests of the association’s membership. We hold quarterly meetings; the annual general meeting is the last meeting of the calendar year.

VPSA

VMDAS works closely with the Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA), a non-profit society that was established in 2016 as part of the provincial Facility Engagement Initiative. VPSA’s objectives include strengthening relationships between VCH and physicians who work at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong, and Vancouver Community and improving the physician work environment, the delivery of patient care, and the cost effectiveness of the health care system. The VMDAS executive serves as VPSA’s officers and directors.

VMDAS’s engagement activities are coordinated by VPSA.

VPSA Strategic Goals

Strategic Pillar 1

Work collaboratively with health authority leadership to optimize physician engagement

Activities that support this pillar include senior leadership team meetings, Breakfast with Leaders sessions, operationalizing the engagement framework, encouraging VPSA members to participate on VCH committees, continuing to meet with VCH on the Physician Hub for Engagement and Wellness, holding townhall meetings, creating opportunities for members and VCH administrators to meet informally, and funding physician-led projects that improve relations with the health authority.

Strategic Pillar 2

Strengthen physician leadership

VPSA will advocate for medical leadership evaluation and host leadership courses (e.g. PLI, CMPA, monthly leadership seminars). We will advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of medical leadership within the Vancouver Community of Care and VCH and fund a physician-led project designed to support women physicians who wish to become leaders. VPSA will host project charter meetings and work with PLQI on joint projects.

Strategic Pillar 3

Strengthen physician community across Vancouver Acute and Vancouver Community

Community building and wellness events will continue to be an important component of what VPSA offers members. We will continue to work with VCH on meet and greet events to welcome new physicians and we will work with the health authority on providing up-to-date onboarding resources to help streamline the orientation process. We will fund physician-led projects that create a greater sense of community.

Leadership

The VMDAS executive is elected at the association’s annual general meeting. The executive serves as the VPSA’s board of directors.

President: Dr. Eric Yoshida

Vice President: Dr. Alison Harris

Treasurer: Dr. Alex Lee

Secretary: Dr. Sophia Wong

Member: Dr. Vivian Yin