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

President’s Update

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Sitting down to write this update presented an opportunity to reflect on the past year. We’ve had some amazing accomplishments as well as our share of challenges. It will not come as a surprise to hear that large institutions make decisions slowly and carefully—but often with gratifying results. A while ago, we surveyed our members to learn what your priorities for engagement were. For those who work at VGH, a … Read More

Vancouver Community physicians meet with VCH CEO

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VPSA’s Vancouver Community members work in several different sites, providing care to some of our city’s most vulnerable citizens: patients often living in poverty with complex diagnoses including HIV, mental illness, and substance use issues. Many of them gathered June 6 at Three Bridges Community Health Centre to meet with VCH President and CEO Mary Ackenhusen. This was the first time a VPSA session was held at a Vancouver Community … Read More

Biking to work… what’s stopping you?

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With summer and Bike to Work Week fast approaching, many VPSA members are getting back on their bikes and taking advantage of the VGH Cycling Centre to make that commute even easier. Hospitalist Dr. Rod Tukker cycles to work three to four times a week. “I store my bike in the centre and also use the great shower and locker facilities,” he said. “I once had a bike stolen from … Read More