President’s Update

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The summer has provided a welcome respite from our preoccupation with COVID-19. But the fall holds uncertainty as to how the pandemic will unfold. Throughout this time, your MSA and VPSA have organized various supports ranging from activities to guard your wellness, food to keep you nourished, and childcare and temporary accommodation so you can focus on your work without worrying about its effect on your family. We have also … Read More

Every picture tells a story: Behind the Mask photos soon to be displayed

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Earlier this year anesthesiologist Dr. Cyrus McEachern captured glimpses of his colleagues at work and at play. The project garnered considerable media attention and motivated VPSA to work with the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation to display some of the photos in the hallway between ICU and the pre-operative care centre at VGH. VPSA members were invited to vote on their favourite photos; the top 10 of 18 will soon … Read More

Approaching Indigenous cultural safety with curiosity and humility

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“We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.” – Call to Action #22, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada When it comes to providing healthcare to Indigenous peoples, it is vital that physicians and other medical … Read More

Ministry of Health remuneration

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Since March 15, Medical Staff Associations (MSAs), Divisions of Family Practice, health authorities (HAs), and other primary care partners throughout the province have taken and continue to take action to rapidly reorganize and stand up services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Doctors of BC were working behind the scenes to clarify how physician planning time would be … Read More

Driving change for planetary health

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We are in the midst of one of the most challenging periods of our lifetime. COVID-19 has opened our eyes to worldwide threats to our health. Yet it also provides the opportunity for a global reset as we prepare to face the greatest public health threat of the 21st century: climate change. The need for physicians to take a leadership role was the focus of the third session of My … Read More