Addressing the gender pay gap

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Women in Canadian medicine consistently earn less than men. The pay gap exists within every medical specialty as well as between specialties: physicians in male-dominated areas receive higher remuneration. These were some of the facts used as background for an International Women’s Day presentation on Gender Equity in Medicine presented by the VCH Medical Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative that VPSA supports. Drs. Tara Kiran and Michelle Cohen … Read More

Finding common ground: Collaboration increasing between VPSA physicians and their health authority

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Every month leaders from the 1,900-member Vancouver Physician Staff Authority (VPSA) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) sit down to talk over mutual issues. They come to each meeting with an intentional focus that was agreed to by both groups and they rotate who chairs the meeting between VCH Interim President and CEO Vivian Eliopoulos and VPSA Managing Director Dr. York Hsiang. There is lots to talk about; both see physician … Read More

Chief Medical Health Officer updates members on COVID-19 vaccinations

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VCH’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Patty Daly was the guest speaker at the February 1st VMDAS quarterly meeting. Dr. Daly spoke about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and took questions from the virtual audience. “Canada,” she noted, “has purchase order agreements for more doses of vaccine per capita than any other country in the world. But, because there is no ability to manufacture vaccines in our country, we are reliant … Read More

VPSA members vote to amend bylaws

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The Vancouver Physicians Staff Association will soon be able to have broader representation on its board thanks to bylaw amendments that were approved at the February 1, 2021 Special General Meeting. “The current bylaws are quite restrictive in terms of who can serve on the VPSA board,” said President Dr. Eric Yoshida. “Under the current rules, only members of the active staff can be part of the executive. Most family … Read More

Dollars and sense: Financial planning for physicians

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Financial planning is not brain surgery… but for some it feels as challenging. Many of us do not have the skills and do not know how to maximize our earnings or plan for retirement. In an effort to increase members’ understanding of financial planning, VPSA sponsored a session recently with presenters Bernie Geiss, Warren Campbell, and Brent Bourne covering a wide range of topics and answering your questions. Topics covered … Read More