Starting off on the right foot

We all remember our first day on the job—and the stress of all the paperwork we had to complete leading up to that first day. Now the Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA) is working to make that process simpler for our new colleagues. VPSA recently hosted a Meet & Greet for our newest physicians—offering them a chance to network and connect with more senior members even before their first day on the job.

“I came from outside of BC and even though I was told to start my College application early I didn’t appreciate how much time it would take,” said Medical Microbiologist Dr. Marthe Charles, who is co-chair of VPSA’s onboarding committee. “I was lucky to work in a department with a very savvy admin assistant who helped me a lot. The goal of our committee is to make that process more straightforward.”

“We’re developing an orientation manual to help with navigating all that paperwork and that will also alert our new colleagues to the many perks we have as physicians in VCH,” added committee co-chair Dr. Emily Pang, who works in Radiology.

The advantages of networking

New physicians at the VPSA Meet & Greet were able to connect across departments with other new faces as well as more senior staff.

“Start early at getting connected to the community,” recommended VPSA Co-chair Dr. Lyne Filiatrault. “It’s way more pleasant when you’re consulting with someone if you know them already. The service will be completely different.”

“I appreciate that the VPSA reached out to new hires across disciplines and hosted an orientation and welcome event,” said Dr. Gelareh Noureddin, who will join our Ophthalmology Department on August 1. “Every new chapter in one’s career comes with exciting and sometimes unknown challenges. It was helpful of the VPSA to host this event to give new hires an opportunity to come together, to share experiences with one another and with those who have come before us, and to create a sense of community.”

“I moved to Vancouver recently after training in Victoria. The Meet & Greet was a chance to meet people I’ll be working with soon,” added Dr. Brian Scarth, Family and Community Practice, who starts July 5.

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