Search for EVP of Medical, Academic Affairs, and Quality

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Search for a newly created position – the Executive Vice President of Medical, Academic Affairs and Quality.

What is the role?

This position reports to Carl Roy, President & CEO of PHSA. You may have seen recent communications from him about this role in the context of his announcements regarding PHSA’s expanded provincial responsibilities and his new executive leadership team. The need for this role was identified last year through a consultation process with physicians and administrative leaders. It is intended that this position will bring a strong clinical voice to the executive table, lead the establishment of an integrated medical governance structure, and represent PHSA interests with the Ministry of Health and external partners on matters related to medical affairs, academics and research, and quality. Functions currently imbedded in PHSA’s Quality program will be the responsibility of this role, along with Research Administration and Practice Education. The successful candidate for this role will have a unique opportunity to improve healthcare in BC for the populations served directly by PHSA and in the capacity of PHSA’s broader provincial mandate by working collaboratively with external partners to constantly improve the health system.

How will the recruitment unfold?

Harry Parslow ( from the search firm of Caldwell Partners will be leading the search with support from Martha Papsin (, and Carla Gregor (  A role description has been developed and outreach to prospective candidates is now underway. In addition, a Search Panel has been created with broad representation. The Panel met for the first time on January 10th .  The timelines will depend on the availability of qualified candidates but there is a desire to fill this role as quickly as possible.

What is the role of the Search Panel?  Who is on it?

The Search Panel will be responsible for the search process including timelines, communication, consultation, confidentiality, advertising, candidate questions, and candidate evaluation.  They will interview all qualified prospective candidates and provide advice and counsel to Carl Roy with respect to the selection of a successful candidate. The Search Panel is composed of the following individuals:

Carl Roy, President & CEO, PHSA (Committee Chair)

Dr François Bénard, Chair, PHSA Research Leadership Council, BC Cancer Research Centre
Dr Linda Casey, President, Children’s & Women’s Medical Staff Association
Dr Jeremy Etherington, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer Island Health (rep from another health authority)

Dr Linda Hoang, Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, BC Centre for Disease Control
Dr Monty Martin, Past Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, BC Cancer
Georgene Miller, Vice President, Quality, Safety & Outcome Improvement, PHSA

Susan Wannamaker, President, BC Children’s & Women’s Health & Vice President, PHSA
Dr Eric Webber, Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, Children’s & Women’s
Dr George Wiehahn, Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, Forensics

Donna Wilson, Executive Vice President, People, Diagnostic and Treatment Services, PHSA
Dr Frances Wong, Vice President, Medical Affairs & Medical Information BC Cancer
Carla Gregor/Harry Parslow (Committee Supports)

How can I get more information?

We will be providing regular updates as the search process unfolds. However, if you have additional questions about:

Ø  The search process, talk to one of the panel members and/or contact Carla Gregor

Ø  The role description – contact Carla Gregor

Ø  Your personal interest in the role, contact Martha at

How can I help?

You can play a role in this important search. If you know of an individual who you think might be a good fit for the role, or anyone who might know of others who are a good fit for the role, please contact Martha.

Save the Date – Specialist Symposium January 2019

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Dear Specialist Services Committee Members:  

As we begin the process for outlining our priorities for the next three years, it is critical that our planning be informed by the voices of specialist physicians from across the province. In order to do so, the SSC is conducting a number of consultation and engagement activities to collect input and feedback from physicians and other system partners to help inform that process.

Included in these events, SSC and Specialists of BC will be jointly hosting a Specialist Symposium on January 18, 2019 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver BC.

Discussion Topics Include:

  • Increasing efficiencies within the health system
  • Team-based care
  • Specialists’ role in dealing with chronic and complex patients
  • Physician wellness and burnout
  • Other topics identified by you

Specialists of BC will also be hosting an additional event the following morning on Saturday, January 19th. More information will be available as plans proceed.

We encourage you to please share this invitation for the Symposium with any colleagues that may be interested in attending

Registration opening soon – To be notified


There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Physicians attending will be supported through reimbursement of travel, accommodation and for non-salaried physicians, sessional time will be paid.

Any comments or questions can be directed to Rhiannon Steele

Executive Vice President of Medicine Search

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Executive Vice President of Medicine Description.pdf

Questions regarding the role description or insight in relation to the what should be included in the executive candidate profile should contact:

Harry Parslow
Managing Partner, Health, Education, Government and Association Practice

Caldwell Partners

direct +1 (604) 629-7148
mobile +1 (778) 888-9253

Reducing distractions in order to improve productivity

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A Workshop for ALL C&W Medical Staff Supported by MASES and Facility Engagement at C&W

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Room K0-155 in the Ambulatory Care Building
6:30 – 9:00 PM (light dinner served 6:00pm)

Are you overwhelmed with the volume of emails, texts, tweets and other assorted unsolicited interruptions you receive daily? Do you have trouble concentrating on one thing because so many things are vying for your attention? Have you ever stopped and asked what impact this has on the quality of your work and life?

This workshop will show you recent research into the negative impacts of digital distractions and multitasking, along with scientific evidence that technological devices are affecting our behaviour and neurological capacities. The workshop is intended to provoke thoughtful dialogue and more mindful approaches to digital technology, both at work and in our homes. Practical and easy to implement strategies to create more balanced and healthy interactions with technology will be explored.

Dr. Paul Mohapel is a consultant, lecturer, educator, researcher, and facilitator. With a background in neuroscience, he uses his extensive knowledge of the brain, psychology and leadership to help us understand the importance of a holistic approach to providing effective and productive leadership. He is a faculty member at Royal Roads University in Victoria and has worked extensively with the Canadian Medical Association to design and facilitate workshops for health leadership, presenting them both nationally and internationally.

Please join us for a fascinating evening. If you are unable to attend Oct 31st, a second opportunity is being planned for the spring of 2019.

Contact for more information or RSVP below.


Global Midwifery Bursary – Thank You

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Dear Dr Woo and the Medical Staff Association at BC Women’s Hospital,
I was one of the fortunate students who got to travel to Uganda with the UBC Midwifery Global Program this past summer and receive one of BC Women’s MSA’s bursaries for this amazing educational and life experience. I’m sorry for my delay in sending this thank you to yourself and your team; since returning back to practice here in BC, I am reminded each day how lucky we are to practice here and also, how much I have brought back home from Uganda- clinical and emergency management skills, communication and interprofessional skills and just compassion and life skills. I am thankful for the MSA for supporting students from UBC’s Midwifery program on this endeavor and my hope is that you will continue to do so in the future- it is a life-changing experience and in so many ways I believe it has made me a better care provider.  
It is because of people and organizations such as yourself that students like me can participate in these experiences and hopefully work towards creating a more locally and globally healthy community. I cannot express into words how much the bursary meant to me, so I am attaching some pictures. The pictures are shared with permission, please feel free to share them with your association and give them my deepest thank you!
Thank you so much!
Jasmine Gill
BSN, BMW Candidate 2019

Dear Dr. Woo and the lovely folks on the Medical Staff Association,

I am writing to extend my deepest gratitude for the generous bursary that was bestowed to me.

The experience to travel to Uganda for my 3rd year Global clinical practicum has had a profound impact on me. Providing maternity care in this low resource setting has broadened my understanding of the power that providing respectful care in labour and birth can have in contributing to positive outcomes for the health and wellness of birthing people and their babies.

Having the opportunity to work alongside and learn from myhighly skilled and experienced Canadian

Preceptors and Ugandan Midwives in this high volume settinghas allowed me to expand my clinical competence and given me confidence in my knowledge and abilities to provide a high standard of care regardless of setting as I am hoping to work in an under-served community in rural BC in my practice.

Some of my most memorable moments in my Ugandan placement were supporting birthers bringing their first babies into this world. Having the chance to provide continuous support and reassurance as well as comprehensive breastfeeding support and see the happiness and sense of accomplishment in faces of the birthers that I cared for was incredible.

I am so thankful for the support and consideration of the Medical Services Association to help me realize my dream of doing midwifery in the global context. Going forward I hope to be a candidate to join the UBC team as a junior preceptor for the Global program to continue the good work and legacy of positive relationships that UBC has developed with our Ugandan counterparts over the years.

In gratitude,

Sommer Urquhart

Candidate for B.Sc. Midwifery Class of 2019

Dear Dr Woo and BCWH Medical Staff Association,

Now that I am back in Canada and continuing my midwifery studies, I often find myself reflecting on the trip to Uganda for my Inter-professional placement last summer. It was an excellent experience, which gave me increased skills and confidence in so many aspects of clinical care. For instance, my ability to site IV canulla has improved immensely, along with suturing, neonatal resuscitation, managing labours, and rapidly assessing women in early labour. With the help and supervision of my preceptor, I learned so much about making do with minimal birth supplies, and with managing emergent conditions. At times my experience there was a real eye opener, and there were difficult outcomes to digest, but overall I came away with a sense of satisfaction with the difference, all be it small, that I made while I was there.
Without a doubt, the generous bursary I received from your association was instrumental in making this trip possible. I would like to thank you and show my great appreciation for your kind assistance, and to let you know what a big difference your bursary made for me. I will always remember this wonderful opportunity and the lessons I learned in my midwifery placement in Uganda.


Catherine McGeorge

Dear Dr Woo and the Medical Staff Association,

I am writing to thank you for your very generous contribution to UBC Midwifery’s Global Placement. It is no exaggeration to say that travelling to Uganda was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had, and your contribution helped make it possible.

In Uganda we spent many days working on the labor and delivery wards, but we also taught a health class at a girl’s secondary school, put on workshops for hospital staff, attended physician rounds, antenatal clinic and hospital administration meetings. I had the opportunity to work in two very different hospitals, the first in a small town called Hoima and the second in a larger city, Masaka. During the two weeks spent in Hoima I attended twelve births and assisted with several more labours. Although the birth numbers in Hoima were lower than Masaka, the days were filled with managing complex cases. We attended some uncomplicated births, but more often we saw women who had come to the hospital with serious complications. Overall Hoima was excellent training in managing emergencies and stabilizing mothers and babies. Working in Masaka Regional Referral Hospital was fast paced and exciting – during my time in Masaka I attended 40 births!

Overall the experience working in Uganda was extremely rewarding and often challenging. One thing I hope to take away from this experience (although there are many) is Ugandan midwives’ ability to remain calm and move deliberately in an environment that can feel frantic. I hope to bring the clinical skills I learned in Uganda to my clients in Canada, and I am also inspired to return to International midwifery work and use my skills abroad.

Thank You,

Gillian Paterson


Hello Dr. Woo and the Medical Staff Association,

Thank you very much for your generous contribution to the Midwifery Global Placement! This bursary made a significant difference to furthering my education in global maternity care by enabling me to participate in this placement.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to work in two Ugandan hospitals as I now have a better understanding of maternity care in low resourced environments. This experience has increased my knowledge of the barriers to attaining the World Health Organization and International Confederation of Midwives initiatives. My passion for working abroad has been reinforced and I now feel that I have a much clearer understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

Thank you for your support,

Chloe Perra

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