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SponsorshipNon eligible


SpecialtyGeneral / Family Practitioner

StatusOpen for Applications

PositionPermanent part-time

CommunitySt Albert(Edmonton Zone)Read more about this community

Closing DateFebruary 13, 2020

Posted DateJune 13, 2019


Hospital NameSturgeon Community HospitalRead more about this hospital

Job Description

Acute Care Coverage is currently recruiting independently licensed Physicians for the Surgical Hospitalist Service at the Sturgeon Hospital. The physician would be the most responsible physician with close consultation and collaboration with the Surgeons (General Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology and Plastics) at the Sturgeon Hospital.
This demonstration project is interested in hiring Physicians with an Internal Medicine or Family Medicine background, with a key focus on meeting the medical needs of surgical inpatients. The Surgical Hospitalist will be the most responsible physician and all surgical patients (both elective and acute care) will be admitted to the hospitalist service. The Surgeons will act as first point of contact by Emergency or RAAPID North and will provide consultation on all patients. The Surgical Hospitalist will admit the patient and act as most responsible physician. In some cases, the Surgeon will follow the patient closely and provide detailed management suggestions and, in other cases, the surgeon will provide suggestions at the time of admission and give advice as to when the surgeon should be brought back into the patient’s care. The aim of the program is to offload the medical and non acute care load from the Surgical Consultants while providing close care and support to the Hospitalist for acutely ill patients. The goal of this program is to have a cohesive surgical care team which works as a collaborative group. An evaluation of the program will be completed after one year to ensure that the primary objective of this project is being achieved.

The Surgical Hospitalist will be required to work a rotational schedule consisting of 7 consecutive daytime shifts (0700-17:00). Night shifts will be 14 hours in length (17:00-07:00). This schedule can be arranged in whatever manner suits the Surgical Hospitalist service. During the night time shifts, there will be opportunity to provide surgical assisting for stat c-sections. The Surgical Hospitalist will be the most responsible physician, and will work closely with the surgical consultants and surgical unit staff. Successful candidates will be contracted annually and remuneration will be primarily through Fee for Service (FFS) and an income guarantee.
The Surgical Hospitalist will be responsible for rounding daily on admitted inpatients as well as attending consults in Emergency and on the wards. The Surgeon (Gynecology, General Surgery, Orthopedics and Plastics) on call will field all phone calls from ER, RAAPID and ward consults and, if the consult is accepted, the hospitalist will admit with consultation by the Surgeon.
Primary clinical activities are focused on the medical needs of surgical patients with advice and suggestions regarding surgical management provided by the Surgeons. Daily responsibilities will include, but not limited to, completing admissions, medication reconciliation, and allergy profiles. As well as providing daily assessments, ordering tests, diagnostics, investigations, procedures, and consultations in collaboration with the Surgeons. Timely follow up on diagnostic tests during the day will be critical in ensuring efficient flow of patients through the program and allow for timely booking of further investigations/procedures.
As the most responsible physician, the Surgical Hospitalist will develop treatment plans (in collaboration with the Surgeons) and actively manage the medical needs of all admitted surgery inpatients. Liaising with the interdisciplinary team, patients, and families will occur on a daily basis. The Surgical Hospitalist will also participate in discharge planning and dictating discharge summaries and consultation notes as necessary.

The Surgical Hospitalist role will primarily focus on treating the medical concerns of Surgery inpatients. Secondary duties may include assisting in the operating room for basic obstetrical and orthopedic procedures and occasionally assisting in Outpatient Clinics (however, this should not interfere with consultation and ward duties).
Interested applicants should forward their curriculum vitae with three references, current CPSA permit and a letter of application to:

Medical Lead, Acute Care Coverage
Edmonton Zone
Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine
Department of Critical Care
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry,
University of Alberta

We thank all applicants for their interest, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Alberta Health Services hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Indigenous person

Qualifications & Experience

Physicians must be eligible for independent licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, appropriate Canadian Medical Protective Association coverage, and ACLS certification. Applicants must have current experience in the clinical management of acute care inpatients, and/or experience in emergency room services.

This position is NOT eligible for AHS sponsorship of a College of Physicians and Surgeons Practice Readiness Assessment
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (required)

Additional Competencies

  • Surgery (Required)


Compensation Type
Fee for Service
Average Annual Income
$250,000 - $400,000
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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