Biking to work… what’s stopping you?

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With summer and Bike to Work Week fast approaching, many VPSA members are getting back on their bikes and taking advantage of the VGH Cycling Centre to make that commute even easier. Hospitalist Dr. Rod Tukker cycles to work three to four times a week. “I store my bike in the centre and also use the great shower and locker facilities,” he said. “I once had a bike stolen from … Read More

The benefits of mindfulness for physicians

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Mindfulness—the ability to focus your awareness calmly and nonjudgmentally on the present moment—is becoming a popular technique among people of all ages, backgrounds and professions. The positive health effects of mindfulness have also been shown by a number of studies, although the exact neural mechanisms involved remain unclear. Practicing mindfulness can be especially effective in helping physicians increase their own personal well-being while improving empathy and psychosocial beliefs, which are … Read More

Dr. Rod Tukker on conquering Kilimanjaro and the Street2Peak Program that supports vulnerable youth to reach great heights

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From the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) to the top of Africa’s highest peak, VCH physician Dr. Rod Tukker shared his experience with vulnerable youth and the lessons they taught him about strength and resiliency. As the featured guest at the recent Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA) Unique Lives in Medicine Luncheon, Dr. Tukker, a hospitalist at VGH, highlighted the Street2Peak Project, and the expedition he joined to lead 15 … Read More