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SpecialtyGeriatric Medicine

StatusOpen for Applications

PositionPermanent full-time

CommunityGrande Prairie(North Zone)Read more about this community

Closing DateDecember 31, 2019

Posted DateDecember 14, 2018


Hospital NameQueen Elizabeth II HospitalRead more about this hospital

Job Description

Specialists in geriatric medicine are experts in organizing and providing health care for older people. In general, they:

-apply their knowledge of aging, clinical problems of older people and special features of disease in the aged to make accurate diagnoses in frail seniors
-apply their knowledge of local health, social and voluntary services and resources to design individualized care plans for older persons
-co-ordinate their assessments with nurses, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, psychologists and other health care professionals
-synthesize the results of their assessments with those of other health care team members
-participate in case conferences designed to share information, co-ordinate activities and plan preferred management strategies for older patients
-promote health maintenance and disease prevention for all older patients
-recommend and mobilize support services to help patients maintain their independence in the community
-confer with health and community members to ensure that health and social services are in place and serving an older person in a satisfactory manner

Responsibilities include but not limited to:
• Reside in and have as his/her primary residence, Grande Prairie
• Establish and maintain a full time community based practice within the community
• Provide hospital and call support as required
• Contribute to and participate in teaching programs and activities
• Contribute to and participate in other administrative responsibilities as assigned.

The successful candidate may choose to join an existing community based practice; or practice independently within the community.

Qualifications & Experience

Educational Requirements
After graduating from an MD program, prospective specialists in geriatric medicine enroll in a post-graduate medicine program that includes three or four years of on-the-job specialty training in internal medicine followed by two years of sub specialty training in geriatric medicine.
After successfully completing the program and passing national examinations for internal medicine and geriatric medicine, graduates are authorized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to call themselves Specialists in Geriatric Medicine.

Graduates of MD programs who choose to go into family practice but wish to concentrate on working with older patients can take six months to one year of extra training and receive certification in the Care of the Elderly Program. This qualifies them to act as consultants in addition to providing primary care.

The University of Alberta in Edmonton and the University of Calgary offer training programs for specialists in geriatric medicine and family physicians who have a particular interest in geriatrics.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Related Legislation
Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Physicians, Surgeons and Osteopaths Profession Regulation, you must be a registered member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) to practice medicine in Alberta.
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) (desired)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) (desired)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (desired)

Additional Competencies

  • Geriatrics (Required)


Compensation Type
Fee for Service
Average Annual Income
$400,000 - $500,000
Physician Agreement Incentives

A Flat Fee is paid to physicians who practice & reside in this community of $17604.72 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 16.36% 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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A letter of Eligibility or Application Approved from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) or Alberta Medical License or Professional License is required for application.