February 2024 Newsletter

Whats new?

The Kudos Project

The Vernon Physician Society, in partnership with the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Amplified Café are delighted to announce an exciting new appreciation program at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Kudos Cards! . 


Kudos Cards are a new hospital-wide initiative designed for physicians to efficiently recognize, thank and congratulate individuals we work with for their contribution to the healthcare team. 

Look for a set of cards in your department, in the mailroom or physician lounge.

Physician Waffle House is expecting to announce its Grand Opening later in the spring. 

The Physician Waffle House is a 24-hour, on-line gathering place by and for physicians: a place to Work, Learn, Play, and Connect. Physicians will be able to look for jobs, post for locums, peruse courses, post social events, as well as share ideas, discuss challenges, and communicate through on-line forums and group chats. The plan is to have both the website and the APP ready for testing in March, with the hope that all medical staff in Vernon, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke will join in “Beta-testing” it later that month.

A strange name for a website? The moniker was coined after Waffle House, a 24-hour diner created by two neighbours in Georgia in 1958. With more than 1900 locations in Canada and the United States, it was originally intended to be a meeting place where family and friends could talk at any time of the day or night. In 2023, the Jonas Brothers released the hit song Waffle House -- a tribute to their childhood sanctuaryToo young to go drinking with band and crew after their concerts, the brothers decompressed at a Waffle House: making plans; sorting out issues; writing songs. 

Physician Waffle House is a playfully-designed, on-line "diner" for doctors. We look forward to serving you soon!

Upcoming MSA/Physician Society Offerings

CME Grand Rounds

When: February 1st, 2024

Where: VJH Board room and Zoom

Presenter: Dr. Kiley Cindrich - Executive Medical Director, Clinical Informatics & Kamloops General Internist

What: "Driving Digital Expansion - the why and how for medical staff"

Register Here

Digital Health Care

Meditech Desktop version has officially been de-activated at our site as of January 15, 2024.

All users should now be migrated over to Meditech-Web!

Physician Recruitment a Priority

A committee has been created to focus on recruitment. 

Physicians Jennifer Smith, Shannon Rourke, Leanne Hewitson, Nicholas Half, Stephanie Gyra, Kathryn MacKinlay and Nurse Practitioner Danika Koopmans are teaming up to promote recruitment through peer-to-peer connection. 

The committee is being assisted by a group that met earlier in January to also explore physician staffing issues: Alicia Ponich, Director - VJH Surgical Services; Kate McBrearty - Executive Director - VJH Foundation; Sharon Hughes-Geekie - Program Director - VJH Physician Society; and Interior Health recruiters Brienna Elson and Lisa McAteer.  

By working together and meeting regularly, the goal is to attract and welcome top talent to VJH.  

Did you know....

That you can visit vernonphysiciansociety.ca to find upcoming events. 

That previous presentations were recorded and you can view them at your leisure here.

Upcoming courses/webinars



Planting the Seeds for BC Cultural Safety and Humility Standard Evaluation | UBC Learning Circle

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An Evening with Medical Oncology

Venue: Vernon Hotel and Conference Centre

Time: 6:00 p.m.

** Open to Divisions members only. Dinner and 2 hours of sessional time will be paid to Divisions members. 

Please RSVP by February 5, 2024



JCC Webinar: Métis and Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia

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