Effective communication: It really is a two-way street

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When an inter-departmental survey indicated VGH’s Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine consultant interactions and communication could be improved to optimize patient care, a group of physicians decided to do something about it. Drs. Kaitlin Lee, Joseph Bednarczyk, and Iain McCormick applied for VPSA funding for their project entitled Emergency and Internal Medicine Consultant Relations. The result was a half-day workshop on Optimizing Communication for Excellence. Twenty physicians attended the October … Read More

Rebuilding trust: VCH president and CEO addresses physicians’ concerns

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“We have to prove ourselves and earn back trust.” Those comments came from VCH President and CEO Mary Ackenhusen when she was the guest at the Vancouver Physician Staff Association’s (VPSA) October Breakfast with Leaders session held at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Ms. Ackenhusen noted it’s challenging to engage physicians given their schedules and also acknowledged that VCH leadership needs to be more mindful of an entrenched belief that there … Read More

Paying tribute to our supporters

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“It takes a village to practice medicine.” With those words, neurologist Dr. Silke Cresswell welcomed physicians and their guests to a joint Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA) and Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff Association (VMDAS) networking evening at the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The September 27 event was held to honour the partners, spouses, parents, children, friends and colleagues who support our work in what is at times a … Read More

What competitive sports can teach us about being better health practitioners

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Since she was a child, VGH emergency physician Meghan Grant has dreamed of representing her country at international sports competitions. The desire to don a uniform with a maple leaf was a goal she spent many years pursuing, often having to choose between her love of medicine and the deep passion she has for competing. Dr. Grant shared her journey and her realization that we are stronger when we support … Read More

VMDAS quarterly meeting attracts standing room only crowd

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It was a packed house for the Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff’s (VMDAS) quarterly meeting on September 17. Physicians gathered to hear the latest news from their medical staff association including updates on the new physician charter and a physician lounge at VGH. Noting that facilities with higher levels of engagement have better patient outcomes, VMDAS President Dr. Simon Rabkin talked about the desire for a Medical Staff Engagement … Read More