The public health arena: Intervening on behalf of the general population

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It was the largest boil water advisory in North America at the time and, as the acting VCH Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Patricia Daly’s was thrown in at the deep end. “My predecessor and mentor Dr. John Blatherwick was away in November 2016 when the region experienced exceptionally heavy rainfall,” recalled Dr. Daly during VPSA’s recent Breakfast with Leaders session. “The boil water advisory we issued affected 2 million … Read More

Medical leadership for women events emphasize need for confidence, grit, and resilience

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Women are changing the face of medicine. They make up more than half the students in medical schools and in 2014 over 38 per cent of practicing physicians were female. That number is expected to rise to more than 45 per cent by 2025. Yet women physicians remain under-represented in high-level executive, academic and leadership positions. The reasons are many and varied. Gender stereotypes play a part as does a … Read More

Want to be a great leader? Focus on your strengths!

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Physicians are committed both to preventing illness and treating patients. This puts us in a unique position to be outstanding leaders of health care organizations. Leadership and talent development is a special interest of VPSA, which recently hosted the Physician Leadership Institute’s Talent Management for Exceptional Leadership workshop. Members quickly signed up to fill all the available spaces. The session was led by facilitator Paul Mohapel, whose research interests include … Read More

Human rights and universal access to treatment

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In many ways, Dr. Jan Hajek personifies VPSA’s values: connect; collaborate; and care. As an infectious diseases specialist, he provides inpatient consultations at VGH and works in its tropical medicine clinic. He also cares for clients who inject drugs and have severe infections at the Community Transitional Care Team on the Downtown Eastside. In addition, Dr. Hajek lends his expertise part-time to medical staff in Gulu, Uganda—providing clinical care in … Read More