Introducing VPSA’s new managing director

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Dr. York Hsiang has been appointed as the Vancouver Physician Staff Association’s managing director. Dr. Hsiang, a professor of vascular surgery at UBC and consultant surgeon at VGH, has spent his 37–year career with VCH and is acknowledged as an outstanding medical leader. Dr. Hsiang’s priorities are to engage as many of VPSA’s 1,900 members as possible and to ensure the physician voice is recognized and is impactful at the … Read More

New and seasoned physicians connect at VPSA Meet & Greet

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Ever thought how much easier your job is when you know the physician on the other end of the phone? Or how pleasant it is when you greet colleagues you recognize in the hall? When we join a department, there is a tendency to become “tribal”: to create bonds with those we work with the most and focus on that microcosm. But we joined more than our department and our … Read More

VPSA AGM celebrates our diversity as well as our shared experiences

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Close to 100 Vancouver Physician Staff Association members gathered December 17 for the association’s annual general meeting and to hear the evening’s guest speaker, Dr. Eric Cadesky, the president of Doctors of BC, talk about diversity and inclusion. Dr. Cadesky  also spoke of the pressure physicians are working under and its impacts and consequences, including people becoming tribal rather than engaging with their colleagues. “It’s harmful when we start to … Read More

VMDAS quarterly meeting attracts standing room only crowd

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It was a packed house for the Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff’s (VMDAS) quarterly meeting on September 17. Physicians gathered to hear the latest news from their medical staff association including updates on the new physician charter and a physician lounge at VGH. Noting that facilities with higher levels of engagement have better patient outcomes, VMDAS President Dr. Simon Rabkin talked about the desire for a Medical Staff Engagement … Read More

VPSA welcomes newest physicians to join the Vancouver Community of Care

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To make our newest colleagues feel valued and welcomed, the Vancouver Physician Staff Association hosted a New Physician Meet & Greet on June 18. Ten physicians who will join us over the summer months attended and networked with 24 more senior staff. The event was a result of feedback from physicians who wanted to improve the onboarding experience. “Those comments are what led to the formation of VPSA’s Onboarding Committee,” … Read More