Completed Projects

Completion of Physician-led projects

Reports from completed projects that have achieved their goals.
Physician Community and Wellness
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for PHC Physicians – Dr. Jani Laramée
PHC physicians to gain knowledge and learn new skills in mindfulness techniques, to learn how to better manage perceived stress, to improve a sense of empathy, ultimately to improve physician wellness and decrease burnout. Click here for complete final report.

Respiratory Division Retreat: A One-day Strategic Planning Session – Dr. Chris Ryerson
An avenue for all division members at SPH and VGH to renew its strategic vision and mission, and create a strategic plan for its future operations.Click here for complete final report

Yoga for PHC Physicians – Dr. Jani Laramée
Offers PHC physicians fully-funded weekly yoga group classes for 12 weeks by a certified instructor, to enhance wellness and build a sense of community. Click here for complete final report.

Coffee on Weekends – Dr. Chris Schneck
Brings coffee into the ER at Mount Saint Joseph’s on weekends for physician staff and consultants, so they do not need to leave the hospital to get coffee when the cafeteria is closed on weekends. Complete final report is here

A retreat to enhance Communication Amongst Emergency Physicians and Between Emergency Doctors and Consultants – Dr. Rob Stenstrom
A 2 to 3 day retreat away from the hospital for radiology, cardiology, internal medicine, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery was held in 2018. Brief final report of this retreat is here.

A Day in May: Learning from Music and Coaching to Optimize Psychological Readiness in Surgical Care – Dr. Brian Westerberg and Dr. Jane Lea
A one-day symposium for surgical team members to optimize personal psychological readiness, and function at peak capacity using examples in from music. Please see the full report.

Internal Medicine Social Noon-Rounds – Dr. Tony Wan
Regular opportunities during a monthly lunch gathering for physicians to learn about their colleagues’ work outside of patient care, and share their research project progress, ideas or interests. Complete full report

Development of new 7-year strategic plan for Providence Health Care –  Josephine Jung / Dr. Jeff Pike
Initiates the development of new 7-year Strategic Plan for PHC through a physician engagement strategy-led design. This project involves 4 selected physicians within 7 months.

Sprout Wellness – Dr. Darra Murphy
A user-friendly online platform called Sprout ( provides opportunities for medical staff to join colleagues in fitness and community activities to improve physician health and connections. Click here for complete final report.

St. Paul’s Redevelopment & Transformation

Learning from other Palliative Care Teams – Dr. Gil Kimel
Meaningful contributions to the design details (not overall structural layout) of the new Palliative Care Unit in the new SPH, by visiting and learning from other Palliative Care Units. Full report. 

Re-engaging Family Physicians with PHC – Dr. Fraser Norrie
Evening consultations to re-engage community family physicians who have or once held privileges at PHC, determine their priorities, get their input into redevelopment, and support them to move into leadership and governance roles. Click here for final report. 

Data Science for Doctors – Dr. Dan Holmes and Dr. Janet Simons
Introduces physicians to basic data handling and visualization, and provides tools to facilitate reproducible research using the R statistical programming language. Full report of the project is here.

Data Science for Doctors, February 1st – 2nd 2019, at Doctors of BC.

Modernizing IT

Cerner/CST – Conversations that Matter to Physicians – Dr. Victor Leung
Engages physicians from three Health Authorities (VCH, PHSA, and PHC) to understand how Cerner/CST will change the workplace. A coordinated list of priorities shared by all physicians to improve the system will be the main goal of this project. For full report, please contact

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