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Getting to Know our Working Group Members: Dr. Bal Khosa

Our working group consists of MSA members that are representative of the departments at BH. They meet monthly to get updates from Doctors of BC, connect with Site Admin, review projects, check in with our strategic priorities, and also to hear how things are going in each department.

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Getting to Know Dr. Bal Khosa Our Working Group Chair

What does it mean to you to be part of the MSA working group?

It means a lot. It has allowed me to get to know more physicians at the hospital and make more connections with people in other departments. One project that comes to mind was a project meant to engage Psychiatry with the Emergency Department, this project led to much more collaboration. I believe that Dr Nazif, Dr. Wu, Dr. Ronsley, and Dr. Johar were part of it.

Why do you feel it’s important for medical staff to be involved with the MSA?

It improves engagement through the site. When staff are involved, they’re more likely to care for BH, take ownership of the hospital and provide better patient care.  It also helps us to feel more connected with each other, to other care providers and staff too. Also, when we are connected we are more likely to catch issues and improvement opportunities quicker.

Did someone ask you to join the MSA working group? If so, who?

Dr. Ronsley who was the working group chair at the time and asked me to join. The working group was looking to increase psychiatry involvement with the MSA. I was apprehensive at first because I was worried about the time commitment. But now I have it built into my schedule.

What’s your favourite MSA activity you’ve been to or been a part of?

The Summer BBQ was a great social event to get to know a lot of the other staff.

What do you enjoy the most about being a Psychiatrist?

I enjoy the interaction with patients, we get to spend a bit more time with them to hear about how they’re really doing. They talk to us about things that they don’t talk about with anyone else. I recognize that we are in a very privileged position to help patients.

What’s going on in your department lately?

We are still displaced and recovering from the fire. We are hopeful that our inpatient unit will be ready by October. We currently have temporary outpatient space, at Highgate and at Gilmour.

What is your department looking forward to in the next few months?

Looking forward to having some physical space outside of Zone 5 and be able to provide better patient care.

What are you most looking forward to with the BH Redevelopment?

The new facility, cutting edge technology, better beds, better resources, having a patio for mental health patients among other things.

Tell us something your colleagues may not know about you?

I’ve got 2 kids, they are 5 and 6.

What is your newest/oldest hobby?

I’m currently learning what my kids are learning. My 6 year old is learning piano right now and I’m not musical at all, so it’s been exciting to watch them through their development. It’s so amazing to watch them pick up new skills within months. I used to play hockey but I haven’t played in a long time.

What is your favourite way to decompress?

I like to exercise and often get out for evening runs.

What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness needs to look at it holistically, both organizational wellness and personal wellness matter. Personal wellness to me is about having a lot of balance, a good support network, a spiritual support network, and support from friends and work.

What’s a Book/Podcast/Article that you’d like to recommend to your colleagues?

I recently listened to this podcast where Dr. Jenn Russel and Dr. Lawrence Yang shared their burnout stories. They also talked about a lot of the resources that are available to us.

Doctors of BC DocTalks: Burnout and COVID-19: Warning signs and when to act – In this episode of DocTalks, psychiatrist Dr Jennifer Russel and family doctor Dr Lawrence Yang share their perspectives about how burnout affects doctors, how to recognize it…