CST requires a team approach to be successful

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On the heels of Providence Health Care’s CST go live in November, VCH’s Chief Information Officer Ron Quirk met with VPSA members to talk about the role technology plays in health care. It’s a topic that’s close to Quirk’s heart. Our CIO retired a few years ago, only to be lured back by a carrot that was dangled in front of him: the challenge of beginning to harmonize technology across … Read More

President’s Update

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It is an honour and a privilege to introduce myself as the new president of your medical staff association—VMDAS—and the VPSA. My fellow officers and I were elected at the annual general meeting earlier this month. Your new board is: • Dr. Eric Yoshida, President • Dr. Alison Harris, Vice President • Dr. Alex Lee, Treasurer • Dr. Sophia Wong, Secretary • Dr. Vivian Yin, Member Together we represent a … Read More

Physician appreciation lunches build connections between members and raise awareness of VPSA activities

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VPSA follows a connect, collaborate and care model. The first step in engaging physicians is to connect them. A new way we are doing this is through physician appreciation lunches, which are offered on the second Friday of each month at VGH and, beginning in January, on the third Wednesday of each month at UBC Hospital. All VPSA members are welcome… just drop an email to vpsalunch@gmail.com at least 48 … Read More

Interdisciplinary BC Brain Wellness Program underway at UBC Hospital

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The recent celebrations to launch the BC Brain Wellness Program were a very happy moment for VPSA member neurologist Dr. Silke Cresswell and her colleagues. She, along with sports medicine physician Dr. Jack Taunton, came up with the idea for the program. “Our goal is to establish clinically relevant lifestyle approaches to complement medical treatment in the clinics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health,” said Dr. Cresswell. “We … Read More

Medical director calls for physicians to have more influence

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Dr. Marcel Dvorak is a surgeon, a professor, and a medical administrator who has worked at VCH for over 30 years. He’s been able to look at our health care system from several perspectives and concludes that the physician voice needs to be stronger at decision-making tables. “We need to do a better job of measuring variables that truly impact health, care, and patient wellbeing,” said the VCH Associate Senior … Read More