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

President’s Update

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It has been great to see so many VPSA members enjoying the new Physician Hub for Engagement and Wellness (PHEW) at VGH. We conducted a survey recently regarding issues that have come up since the space opened. Using your responses, we have created guidelines for access and usage. Going forward, the PHEW may only be accessed by residents, fellows, or students when accompanied by a member of the medical staff. … Read More

A wealth of wellness resources

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Dr. Daniel Dodek is passionate about physician wellness. Many patients in his family practice are fellow physicians and he sees the stress they are under as well as how the demands of our health care system have increased over the years. He’s personally experienced professional burnout and knows how difficult it can be to have conversations about mental wellness with peers. To help physicians be as physically, mentally, and emotionally … Read More

Physicians’ CST questions answered at workshop demos

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Clinical System and Transformation (CST) is coming to VCH-Vancouver in mid-2020 and VPSA is working to help you prepare. Physicians have many questions about Cerner and how it will affect their work. Several of those issues were raised during the October 8 CST demonstration presented in collaboration with VCH. “We’re six weeks out from St. Paul’s Hospital go live so it’s an exciting time for us,” noted Dr. Eric Grafstein, … Read More

VPSA announces funding stream for new Engagement Accelerator projects

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Physicians can apply for up to $20,000 in project funding as part of VPSA’s Engagement Accelerator initiative. Projects must provide opportunities to build relationships and effective communication across the physician community. Ideas for projects must address at least one of VPSA’s priorities by promoting physician engagement and/or improvement of patients’ and providers’ experience of care. The deadline for applications is November 25, 2019. “We are pleased to be funding four … Read More