Wellness survey responses now being analyzed

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A huge thank you to the over 1,000 physicians who took part in our recent VCH-wide wellness survey; in an age of survey and email fatigue, this was a tremendous accomplishment. The results are now being compiled and we look forward to sharing the results with you as soon as they are available, likely in the fall. Vancouver Acute and Vancouver Community physicians accounted for over 600 of the responses. … Read More

Switching your family to a plant-based diet: A working mum’s practical tips and tricks

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Addiction specialist Dr. Rashmi Chadha has worked at VGH since 2010, becoming progressively more involved in planetary health issues over that time. She chairs the VA/VC Medical Staff Planetary Health Committee and over the past few years has committed herself to an entirely plant-based diet. Dr. Chadha is also a working mum who is the primary home cook for her family. As such, she takes a practical approach to the … Read More

June Lunch and Learn celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

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VPSA’s Engaging Physicians in Indigenous Cultural (EPIC) Safety Task Group took centre stage for our June 21 Lunch and Learn. Long-time committee member and family physician Dr. Jay Slater spoke on behalf of EPIC. Dr. Slater spent his residency in Newfoundland and Labrador, which was where he became aware of the inequity of health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. He now works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, where he is often … Read More

New VPSA committee aims to transform our health-care system

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“Health systems are starting to realize that the way we’ve done things in the past is not necessarily the most efficient nor does it provide the best patient experience. We want to change that.” Those are the words of surgical oncologist and head of VGH’s Division of General Surgery, Dr. Heather Stuart. She chairs VPSA’s newest committee, the Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) Implementation Focus Group. “We’ve been focusing on the … Read More

Leaders address wide variety of issues at June meeting

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VPSA/VMDAS board and staff meet regularly with VCH senior leaders to develop a collaborative relationship between medical staff and the health authority. The June meeting focused on the current physician wellness survey and funding for physician recruitment and retention measures, as well as other opportunities to provide input on upcoming initiatives. VPSA wellness update Dr. Fahreen Dossa provided an update on current VPSA wellness initiatives with a particular focus on … Read More