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 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 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. Click here for final report

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. Click here for final 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. Click here for final 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. Click here for final report.

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 final report.

SPH Family Practice teaching service Engagement and Redevelopment – Dr. Pierre-Paul Lizotte
Develops a new model of care and education in hospital for a new revamped Family Practice Teaching Service.

Breakfast in Res Care – Dr. Nardia Strydom
Physicians meet in each others’ work environments for breakfast and a tour (starting in a residential care facility), to gain insights and share information about patients. Click here for final report.

Coffee on Weekends at MSJ (Round 2) – Dr. Chris Schneck
Round 1 of this project was a great success. Aims to provide coffee in the ER of Mount Saint Joseph’s on weekends for physician staff and consultants.

Social Noon-Rounds (Round 2) – Dr. Tony Wan
Improves physician engagement and shared understanding between physicians about patients’ care concerns or about other topics of interest.

MSJ Second Wednesdays Gathering: The Scrub Glub Club – Dr. Nora Cummins
A series of social engagement events at MSJ where groups of physicians can interact socially and better understand each others’ needs and skills.

Physician Input into Governance

Learning from Every Death Initiative – Dr. Nardia Strydom
Training for 5 to 20 physicians to conduct mortality reviews in a structured format at a monthly team meeting that crosses departments and disciplines.

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. Click here for final 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. 

Learnings from Kaiser Permanente  – Dr. Jeff Pike
Proposes actionable items to advance the Facility Engagement (FE) mission from a 3-day visit to a successful health care organization.

Redevelopment and Modernization of Acute Internal Medicine Service at SPH – Dr. Terence Yung
Develops a proposal on the structure and operation of a new acute medicine service at the current and new SPH with strong input from the physician community.

St. Paul’s Emergency Department Redevelopment Engagement Initiative – Dr. Mattias Berg Dr. Julian Marsden
Increases emergency physician (EP) awareness and engagement into the planning for the new ED. Foundational to this is a a new vision of how we provide care for patients in the future.

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. Click here for final report.

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

Enhancing the Continuum of Stroke Patient Care – PHC – Dr. Evan Kwong
Facilitates interaction and engagement between front-line physicians who are involved in the care of stroke patients at PHC, and with PHC and VCH, around the efficiency, timeliness, and complexity of patient-centered stroke care, rehabilitation, and complex discharge needs. Click here for final report.

Decreasing departmental costs through price awareness – Dr. David Agulnik
Engages hospital administration to make the true cost of the disposable supplies/products on a per-use basis visible to hospital staff, to create less waste and/or find lower cost alternatives.

Development of a high-fidelity mannequin for E-CPR (ECMO-facilitated CPR) simulations – Dr. David Agulnik
Modification of a CPR mannequin to enable high fidelity simulations for a cutting-edge complex procedure in which ER physicians and surgeons perform ultrasound guided cannulation of both femoral vessels while CPR is being done.

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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