Paying tribute to our colleagues in Vancouver Community

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Medical staff from Vancouver Community and Vancouver Acute gathered in the beautiful setting of VanDusen Botanical Garden recently for our second annual VCH Vancouver Community Medical Staff Networking and Appreciation Event. It was a chance to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of the many health-care professionals who work in this community of care. Guests were welcomed by Dr. Junella Lee, a family physician who practices in the VCH youth clinics. … Read More

Environmental and health impacts of your diet

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We know what we eat affects our health as well as the health of our planet. Sustainable diets are promoted as one of the ways we can reduce our environmental footprint, but less is known about their impact on our health. In the first of its speaker series, the Vancouver Acute/Vancouver Community Medical Staff Planetary Health Committee enlisted University of Oxford Senior Nutritional Epidemiologist Keren Papier to discuss sustainability and … Read More

Ways to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day

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June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day—the day set aside to recognize and celebrate the history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across Canada. In Plain Sight, the BC Ministry of Health’s 2020 report on systemic Indigenous-specific racism in our health-care system, acted as a wake-up call to physicians. Since then, there has been increased interest amongst VPSA members … Read More

Recognizing residents for outstanding service and exceptional patient care

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There was a festive mood as residents, faculty and VMDAS members gathered for our inaugural Resident Physicians Recognition & Appreciation Event on May 29th at Vancouver General Hospital. In any given day, 400 of the over 800 residents working in Vancouver Acute rotate through VGH. Fifty-one of them were nominated by department and division leaders, medical staff members, and allied health and administrative staff for their outstanding contributions. This was … Read More

Knowing your obligations under the new Health Professions and Occupations Act

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A new Act that regulates health care, the Health Professions and Occupations Act, received Royal Assent in November 2022 but is not yet in force. There are some significant differences between the new Act and the current Health Professions Act, notably the obligation to self-report if you are lacking the competence or capacity to do your job. To better understand the duties to report under both the current and pending … Read More