Previous Engagement Projects

VPSA has been funding physician-led engagement projects since 2017.

2018 Engagement Accelerator Projects

VPSA accepted expressions of interest for Engagement Accelerator projects in fall 2018. Several projects have been selected for conditional funding of up to $20,000 each.

Selected project leads will attend a workshop on project management where they will learn how to complete a project charter and develop a budget. Each project lead will then submit a project charter and budget for final selection and approval.

Engagement Accelerator projects will improve collaboration among facility-based physicians, across divisions and/or departments, or between facility-based and community physicians. Projects that engage other health professionals were encouraged.

Sample Projects Funded in 2018

Business Transformation Project for General Surgery

General surgery has traditionally been organized by surgical sub-specialty–a categorization that has not kept pace with modern movements of surgery toward complex, multidisciplinary interventions. With its Engagement Accelerator funding, physician leads Dr. Morad Hameed and Dr. Andrea MacNeill will work with a team to re-imagine the structure of general surgery into integrated practice units to correspond more closely with the problems and experiences of our patients and to empower surgeon-led, multidisciplinary, and holistic approaches to patient care. 

UIHHC Inter-Professional Team Development – Nurturing Collaboration Between Indigenous Elders & Primary Care Providers
This project is designed to nurture collaboration between Indigenous Elders and primary care providers. 

This project aims to bring the Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative (UIHHC) primary care physicians, associated specialist physicians, Indigenous Elders and allied staff together for a series of team-building workshops. The primary objective is to co-create and enact a shared organizational model of care adapted to the care of Indigenous peoples. Additional objectives are to develop the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to create a highly collaborative and effective primary care team linked to specialist support.

Interactive Webinars for Women in Medicine
This project will design and deliver six online workshop webinars where women from diverse areas of medicine will meet virtually to discuss relevant topics.

The goal of this project is to provide support and education for women physicians that enhance skills essential for success in an academic environment and that foster leadership. By building women’s skills and self-confidence, this initiative will enhance physician engagement by addressing some of the causes of disengagement as well as by promoting wellness and career satisfaction, and by encouraging women to take on leadership positions.

Emergency Department Consultation Guideline Initiative
This project aims to work with an established group of committed stakeholders from consultant groups to optimize the consultation interface in VGH’s Emergency Department.

The group will identify systems and program gaps, inefficiencies, and redundancies, and develop quality improvement strategies/processes for consultation on ED patients. The initiative will improve patient care and workplace health by fostering collaboration and effective communication between the ED and consultant services

2017 Engagement Projects

Ten projects to improve physician engagement and create a more rewarding work experience were awarded VPSA funding in 2017. Criteria for projects included addressing issues affecting physicians and patients, establishing a unified physician voice to influence priorities and to work collaboratively with VCH, and creating a great place to work with the best patient care.

Sample Projects Funded in 2017