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StatusOpen for Applications

PositionPermanent full-time

CommunityCalgary(Calgary Zone)Read more about this community

Closing DateDecember 15, 2018

Posted DateNovember 05, 2018


Hospital NameFoothills Medical CentreRead more about this hospital

Job Description

The University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services invite applications for the for the joint position of Head, Department of Cardiac Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, Clinical Department Head, Cardiac Sciences, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services, and Director, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. These are key leadership positions within the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) and Alberta Health Services (AHS). The successful candidate would be offered an academic appointment with Tenure at the Professor level.

The Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH), Cardiac Sciences will work collaboratively in a dyad leadership model with the Executive Director for AHS Administration to lead and participate in the development of system wide clinical services. This will service a large and diverse population that incorporates the rapidly growing urban centre of Calgary, as well as surrounding communities and southern Alberta. The Department of Cardiac Sciences has approximately 184 physicians and researchers in six sections and divisions. For more information, visit or The ZCDH will maintain and recruit an appropriately trained physician workforce, ensure high standards of clinical care and ethical conduct of the medical staff, foster maintenance of competence and promote a learning environment for physicians, students, staff and researchers within the Zone. Furthermore, the ZCDH will participate in strategic planning for Cardiac Sciences in both the clinical and academic context in conjunction with Cardiac Surgery, which are supported by Cardiac Anesthesia and Cardiac Critical Care. This offers an important opportunity to integrate evidence based programs and services at a population level to deliver general and specialized care.

The ZCDH reports to the Calgary Zone Medical Director. All other Calgary Zone medical leaders and physicians in Cardiac Sciences report to this position. The Academic Department Head reports to the Dean, Cumming School of Medicine.

The Department of Cardiac Sciences is a major department within the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. The Department fully contributes to the research, educational and service missions of the Cumming School of Medicine. The Department has accredited residency training programs in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, an active postgraduate and graduate basic sciences training program, and a stellar record of major accomplishments in cardiovascular research.

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta represents a partnership between the Calgary Zone of AHS, the Cumming School of Medicine, the University of Calgary, and the Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation. It is committed to excellence in the entire spectrum of basic and health service delivery research, disease prevention / health promotion, and education. Linkages with other health regions and Faculties, as well as with aligned community-based services are essential to the Institute’s success. Institute membership is interdisciplinary and is comprised of cardiovascular researchers, educators, clinicians and allied health professionals.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines.

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The Cumming School of Medicine is committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests and talents feel welcome and included. This includes the provision of a formal mentoring program, internal review programs that enhance success in research grant applications, pilot funding programs and other support programs.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, education philosophy, administrative philosophy, academic goals, and the names of three referees should be forwarded by December 15, 2018 to:

Dr. Jon Meddings, Dean, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, and
Dr. Peter Jamieson, Calgary Zone Associate Medical Director, Alberta Health Services

Office of the Dean, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
7th Floor, TRW Building, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4Z6

Qualifications & Experience

We are searching for an outstanding leader to be the joint ZCDH, Cardiac Sciences, and the University’s Department Head of Cardiac Sciences. Qualifications include an MD, eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta, and certification in Cardiology. The selected candidate must have a strong academic background with academic qualifications commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor as well as demonstrated research and educational achievements, proven administrative ability (with a minimum of five (5) years of leadership experience) and clinical skills.

The candidate must be eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Must read, write and speak English.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (required)


Compensation Type
Alternate Payment Plan
Average Annual Income
$500,000 - $750,000
Physician Agreement Incentives

A Flat Fee is paid to physicians who practice & reside this community of $0 per year provided his/her annual income for insured services is greater than $50,000. (Residency conditions apply, including living in the eligible community for nine of the previous twelve months ending on the payment date.) The Variable Fee Premium paid is an additional 0% for insured services provided in this community.

Rural, Remote, Northern Program (RRNP) - Please note, payments through the RRNP are capped at $60,000 per physician per year.

Medical Liability Reimbursement - reimburses physicians for their medical liability protection costs less a $1,000 deductible.

Continuing Medical Education - reimburses physicians for eligible continuing medical education costs. Each eligible physician receives a $2,656 annual allotment which can be carried forward for up to three years.

Parental Leave Program - provides $1,063 per week for up to 17 weeks to physician parents of a newborn or newly adopted child.

Business Cost Program - addresses escalating practice costs in community based practices. This fee modifier is added automatically to select office visits and consultations. This program applies across the province and all physicians who provide visit services in an office based setting will receive an additional $2.75 with the exception of Calgary and Airdrie where the fee modifier is $3.25 on select office visits and consultations.

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