Prehabilitation: Educating and engaging patients prior to surgeries

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More than 60 VPSA members gathered in person and online recently to hear an update on the Surgical Patient Optimization Collaboration (SPOC). This initiative launched in May 2019 at 15 sites across BC to provide system change strategies, funding support, and shared learning to interdisciplinary teams regarding the significant impact prehabilitation can have on improving patients’ surgical outcomes. SPOC’s purpose is to improve assessment and management of elective surgical patients, … Read More

Senior leadership welcome newest physicians

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It’s not uncommon for VPSA to host Meet & Greet events for the most recent physicians to join our community of care. The September 2020 event, however, was the first time our newest members were greeted virtually via a Zoom get-together. It was a great event thanks to the organizational skills of VPSA Onboarding Task Force members Drs. Marthe Charles and Sophia Wong with 60 attendees. “Over 100 physicians have … Read More

Celebrating and commemorating members’ achievements and service

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VMDAS members gathered online and in person on September 14 for the announcement of the 2020 VMDAS awards for achievement and long service milestones. The pandemic has shined a light on how important the services that we provide are and the evening, presided over by VMDAS President Dr. Eric Yoshida and Vice-President Dr. Alison Harris ,was a chance to pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions members make to patient care … Read More

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