Engagement framework adopted

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Many meetings and much collaboration between VCH leaders and members of the Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA) culminated in the adoption of an engagement framework earlier this month. The framework, which is based on the IAP2 model that VCH Community Engagement has embraced, was introduced at a joint working breakfast of VCH leaders and VPSA on November 30, 2018 and was enthusiastically supported by those who attended. The group met … Read More

UBC Hospital physicians meet with VCH CEO

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UBC Hospital (UBCH) physicians work in a unique environment and cover diverse specialties in Koerner Pavilion, Purdy Pavilion, Detwwiller Pavilion, and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain. Physicians from these distinct communities came together on April 3 for VPSA’s Breakfast with Leaders session with VCH President and CEO Mary Ackenhusen. It was an opportunity for those attending to talk with top leadership about many pressing issues. UBCH Urgent Care Centre … Read More

The public health arena: Intervening on behalf of the general population

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It was the largest boil water advisory in North America at the time and, as the acting VCH Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Patricia Daly’s was thrown in at the deep end. “My predecessor and mentor Dr. John Blatherwick was away in November 2016 when the region experienced exceptionally heavy rainfall,” recalled Dr. Daly during VPSA’s recent Breakfast with Leaders session. “The boil water advisory we issued affected 2 million … Read More

Medical leadership for women events emphasize need for confidence, grit, and resilience

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Women are changing the face of medicine. They make up more than half the students in medical schools and in 2014 over 38 per cent of practicing physicians were female. That number is expected to rise to more than 45 per cent by 2025. Yet women physicians remain under-represented in high-level executive, academic and leadership positions. The reasons are many and varied. Gender stereotypes play a part as does a … Read More

Want to be a great leader? Focus on your strengths!

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Physicians are committed both to preventing illness and treating patients. This puts us in a unique position to be outstanding leaders of health care organizations. Leadership and talent development is a special interest of VPSA, which recently hosted the Physician Leadership Institute’s Talent Management for Exceptional Leadership workshop. Members quickly signed up to fill all the available spaces. The session was led by facilitator Paul Mohapel, whose research interests include … Read More