About VMDAS and VPSA


The Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff Association (VMDAS) is the association for all physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists and allied staff at VGH, UBC Hospital, and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and the medical staff affiliated within the Vancouver community. We represent over 1,900 medical staff within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

What We Do

VMDAS’s goal is to foster meaningful representation to better serve our patients, our community of medical staff, and VCH. We promote and advance our members’ involvement in the provision of medical services and represent and advocate for the interests of our members. The operation and structure of the association are developed, approved and adopted by the membership.

Issues that arise between VMDAS members or with VCH’s senior medical leadership may be brought to our attention.

The VMDAS’s president’s role is to represent the collective interests of the association’s membership. We hold quarterly meetings; the annual general meeting is the last meeting of the calendar year.


VMDAS works closely with the Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA), a non-profit society that was established in 2016 as part of the provincial Facility Engagement Initiative. VPSA's objectives include strengthening relationships between VCH and physicians who work at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong, and Vancouver Community and improving the physician work environment, the delivery of patient care, and the cost effectiveness of the health-care system. The VMDAS executive serves as VPSA’s officers and directors.

VMDAS’s engagement activities are coordinated by VPSA.

Click here to read about the VPSA team members.

VPSA Strategic Plan 2022-2024

The Vancouver Physician Staff Association has a strategic plan. The plan, which has been endorsed by the board, guides VPSA’s actions.

Our Mission

VPSA represents member interests through engaging with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and our physician community to build a more collaborative, inclusive, caring, and connected community at work to support best patient care.

Our Strategic Pillars


Strengthen physician connection across Vancouver Acute and Vancouver Community to optimize physician engagement, representation, wellness, and leadership.


Work collaboratively with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen physician input and advance mutual strategic priorities.


Inclusively care for physicians to support a healthy, safe, respectful, and thriving work environment for everyone to facilitate excellence in patient care.

Our Strategic Priorities

  1. Increase member engagement and support, especially with under-represented departments. Click here for our latest progress report for this priority.
  2. Improve member physician engagement with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Leadership. Click here for our latest progress report for this priority.
  3. Implement robust performance management, monitoring and evaluation systems, and succession planning throughout VPSA. Click here for our latest progress report for this priority.
  4. Develop comprehensive internal and external communications procedures. Click here for our latest progress report for this priority.


The VMDAS executive is elected at the association’s annual general meeting. The executive serves as the VPSA's board of directors. Click here to read about our board members.

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