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

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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 cburzan@cw.bc.ca 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



Critical incident stress management is a ‘process’ of support offered to direct and indirect care providers. The type of support provided will depend on the incident and the needs of those involved.  In the immediate aftermath of a critical or adverse event, front line leaders are in a position to start the CISM process by ‘checking in’ with providers.

The Opportunity

We have asked Melanie Johannson and Cristina Ciccone from Employee Wellness/EFAP to provide some training around checking in with staff after a critical incident has occurred. Melanie is the Critical Incident Lead/Therapist for VCH Employee Wellness/EFAP and has 30 years of clinical experience with a trauma specialty. Cristina Ciccone is also a 30 year veteran of the clinical field and has been in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She now focuses much of her clinical work on CISM services and training. Both Melanie and Cristina are passionate about supporting staff after a critical incident has occurred in the workplace. They believe this kind of support facilitates recovery and resiliency for staff in their effort to continue the work of taking care of others. Please join us in the training to discuss Critical Incident Stress, learn about the best ways to check in with staff including why this is important, and do some practice in a relaxed and supportive environment. We hope to see you there. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to Theresa Newlove tnewlove@cw.bc.ca Subject Line: CISM Check In.

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PHSA Medical Organization Review

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In accordance with the BC Hospital Act and health authority bylaws, the Board of Directors of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is accountable to the Minister of Health for ensuring PHSA provides high quality, safe patient care and maintains an effective medical staff organization to oversee all medical activities. In support of this mandate, the PHSA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has commissioned a review to determine a preferred PHSA medical organization that will:

  • enable improved quality of patient care provided by PHSA through effective monitoring by the Board of Directors, Senior Executive Team (SET) and medical leadership;
  • support PHSA’s unique provincial role and expanded mandate of ensuring a coordinated provincial network of high-quality health care programs and services, while ensuring programs can meet their respective mandates and the needs of the populations served; and
  • advance PHSA’s medical and academic perspectives within the broader BC health system.

The Bethany Management review team assessed the current organization structures, developed proposed changes for the medical leadership structures and identified implementation strategies, critical success factors and an evaluation framework. Throughout the review, the team received significant support and direction from the Physicians Governance and Leadership Advisory Group (PGLAG) through periodic reviews of the team’s findings, observations and recommendations.

Interviews and group meetings with leaders in medical and clinical administrative roles have identified a number of strengths in the current medical organization, including dedicated medical leaders committed to fulfilling their roles and serving their programs, a commitment to improved patient care, and a willingness by medical leaders to have greater involvement in PHSA’s planning and decision-making processes. Identified areas for improvement include the need for coordinated medical leadership, most appropriate distribution of medical affairs functions, medical support for the Board’s oversight role, and stronger external representation of PHSA medical/clinical interests.

The recommended medical organization has been developed taking into consideration PHSA’s mandate, vision and values as well as identified areas for improvement in the current medical administrative structure. The review has recognized that an effective PHSA medical organization needs to be able to support:

  • coordinated, seamless care for patient populations
  • a shared PHSA-wide culture characterized by respect, caring and trust
  • active medical leadership engagement in planning and decision-making processes
  • respect for unique program identities and service delivery areas
  • clarity regarding accountability and authority to act
  • collaborative working relationships between medical leaders and administration
  • fiscal responsibility
  • two-way communication and dialogue

Recommended changes to the medical organization have been mapped to two thematic areas: strengthened medical advisory structures and coordinated medical administrative leadership.

To read the full report, click here.

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