Biking to work… what’s stopping you?

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With summer and Bike to Work Week fast approaching, many VPSA members are getting back on their bikes and taking advantage of the VGH Cycling Centre to make that commute even easier. Hospitalist Dr. Rod Tukker cycles to work three to four times a week. “I store my bike in the centre and also use the great shower and locker facilities,” he said. “I once had a bike stolen from … Read More

Up for discussion: physician compensation models

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With Michael Ducie as VPSA’s Breakfast with Leaders guest earlier this month, there was no doubt there would be frank discussion about physician compensation models. Ducie, who heads our health authority’s physician engagement and contract strategies portfolio, fielded a wide range of questions regarding VCH’s plans for innovative contracts. The session was facilitated by Dr. York Hsiang, VPSA’s new managing director. “We’re aware that physicians at high-functioning health care organizations … Read More

Introducing VPSA’s new managing director

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Dr. York Hsiang has been appointed as the Vancouver Physician Staff Association’s managing director. Dr. Hsiang, a professor of vascular surgery at UBC and consultant surgeon at VGH, has spent his 37–year career with VCH and is acknowledged as an outstanding medical leader. Dr. Hsiang’s priorities are to engage as many of VPSA’s 1,900 members as possible and to ensure the physician voice is recognized and is impactful at the … Read More

Addressing gender inequities in medical leadership

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In its ongoing work to identify and overcome barriers preventing women physicians from assuming more leadership roles in VCH Vancouver Acute and Vancouver Community, the Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA) hosted an Appreciative Inquiry on April 17. VPSA members and VCH leaders gathered to build on the work of an earlier inquiry and a networking event and Physician Leadership Institute workshop. “We’re here today because we’re passionate about diversity in … Read More

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