VPSA welcomes newest physicians to join the Vancouver Community of Care

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To make our newest colleagues feel valued and welcomed, the Vancouver Physician Staff Association hosted a New Physician Meet & Greet on June 18. Ten physicians who will join us over the summer months attended and networked with 24 more senior staff. The event was a result of feedback from physicians who wanted to improve the onboarding experience. “Those comments are what led to the formation of VPSA’s Onboarding Committee,” … Read More

VPSA networking event brings together physicians from across the Vancouver Community of Care

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Close to 100 physicians from the Vancouver Community of Care gathered recently for a VPSA networking event that provided an opportunity for members to get to know colleagues from across specialties and sites. The chance to break down barriers and silos was a common theme throughout the evening. “We are 1,900 members and many tribes,” acknowledged VPSA co-chair Dr. Lyne Filiatrault when she addressed the group. “It’s natural that we … Read More

Governance model provides structure for moving forward

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The Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA) Facility Engagement Initiative was established in August 2016 to bring together a diversified group of physicians from VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and our Vancouver Community to focus on strategies for improving experiences in the workplace as well as for cultivating relationships and communication between physicians and Vancouver Coastal Health. A governance structure that reflects priorities identified by physicians has been developed. … Read More

Dr. Himat Vaghadia shares his tips for physician resiliency

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In 2010, longtime VGH anesthesiologist Dr. Himat Vaghadia was working over 50 hours a week and was not paying attention to what his body was telling him. He had low energy, daily pain, poor sleep and was gaining weight. “That’s not unusual for physicians who work those kinds of hours,” Dr. Vaghadia told a group of VCH staff gathered for his recent Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA) wellness presentation. “A … Read More

VCH CIO talks about the role of technology in our work

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In an effort to increase communication between doctors and VCH leadership, VPSA hosts monthly breakfast meetings where matters of mutual interest can be discussed. VCH Chief Information Officer Ron Quirk was the series’ guest in May. Ron returned to VCH in September 2017 following a failed retirement during which he went from supporting health care systems and technology to being a health care consumer. He came to see the overwhelming fragmentation … Read More