Anesthesiology Department providing physicians with peer-to-peer support

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Physician wellness hits close to home for anesthesiologist Dr. Asim Iqbal. Five years ago, he was experiencing vision loss in his left eye. The cause was high levels of cortisol brought on by stress. “I actually felt fine; I thought everything was OK,” recalled Dr. Iqbal. “But, as the eye doctor said, physiology doesn’t lie. I’d always thought of myself as a stoic person but that was no defense against … Read More

VPSA funding Vancouver Community Long-Term Care commensality group

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There are 27 Long-Term Care Medical Coordinators working independently in their nursing homes throughout Vancouver Community. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, regular business meetings have been conducted online, and opportunities to meet in person are few and far between. “Medical Coordinators work in silos by the nature of their jobs, which is why I used to host quarterly in-person breakfast meetings,” said Medical Director of Long-Term Care for … Read More

New board candidates for confirmation

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Three members have stepped up to be part of the VMDAS and VPSA boards. Their names will be included on the slate for members’ consideration at the December 12 AGM. Dr. Adam Meneghetti is standing for treasurer, Dr. Deborah Miller for secretary, and Dr. Fahreen Dossa as a member at large. Dr. Meneghetti is an Associate Division Head of General Surgery and an Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery … Read More

Diversity survey report establishes baseline DEI data

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In fall 2020 the VCH Medical Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee surveyed members to establish baseline DEI data. Over 15 per cent of VCH’s medical staff (475 respondents) took part; their contributions have provided rich qualitative data. The survey’s purpose was to ensure information is available to better support VCH physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, and dentists to guide DEI efforts. Themes drawn from the survey have informed both the … Read More

Small Steps, Big Idea funding helps take projects to the next level

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VPSA-funded projects are allowing physicians and their colleagues to advance patient care while building collegial relationships. Small Steps, Big Idea funds new initiatives as well as providing follow-up funding for projects being conducted in stages. One phased project is Understanding Healthcare Provider and Patient Experiences with Emergency Department Suboxone led by Dr. Jessica Moe. Phase 2 of the project is gathering stakeholder feedback, while also prioritizing planning for sustainability. Dr. … Read More