Interdisciplinary BC Brain Wellness Program underway at UBC Hospital

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The recent celebrations to launch the BC Brain Wellness Program were a very happy moment for VPSA member neurologist Dr. Silke Cresswell and her colleagues. She, along with sports medicine physician Dr. Jack Taunton, came up with the idea for the program. “Our goal is to establish clinically relevant lifestyle approaches to complement medical treatment in the clinics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health,” said Dr. Cresswell. “We … Read More

Medical director calls for physicians to have more influence

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Dr. Marcel Dvorak is a surgeon, a professor, and a medical administrator who has worked at VCH for over 30 years. He’s been able to look at our health care system from several perspectives and concludes that the physician voice needs to be stronger at decision-making tables. “We need to do a better job of measuring variables that truly impact health, care, and patient wellbeing,” said the VCH Associate Senior … Read More

President’s Update

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It has been great to see so many VPSA members enjoying the new Physician Hub for Engagement and Wellness (PHEW) at VGH. We conducted a survey recently regarding issues that have come up since the space opened. Using your responses, we have created guidelines for access and usage. Going forward, the PHEW may only be accessed by residents, fellows, or students when accompanied by a member of the medical staff. … Read More

A wealth of wellness resources

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Dr. Daniel Dodek is passionate about physician wellness. Many patients in his family practice are fellow physicians and he sees the stress they are under as well as how the demands of our health care system have increased over the years. He’s personally experienced professional burnout and knows how difficult it can be to have conversations about mental wellness with peers. To help physicians be as physically, mentally, and emotionally … Read More

Physicians’ CST questions answered at workshop demos

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Clinical System and Transformation (CST) is coming to VCH-Vancouver in mid-2020 and VPSA is working to help you prepare. Physicians have many questions about Cerner and how it will affect their work. Several of those issues were raised during the October 8 CST demonstration presented in collaboration with VCH. “We’re six weeks out from St. Paul’s Hospital go live so it’s an exciting time for us,” noted Dr. Eric Grafstein, … Read More