Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

Vancouver Coastal Health is seeking a temporary 0.4-0.6 FTE family physician for Pender Community Health Centre in the Downtown Eastside starting Dec 2020 (flexible).

Pender Community Health Centre, provides primary health care to residents of the Downtown Eastside who are living with complex clinical and psycho-social needs; are often vulnerable and under-served, and require a higher intensity of services to achieve and maintain functional stability.

Reporting to the Medical Coordinator and to the Medical Director, the physician who accepts this position will play a critical role in supporting the ongoing primary care needs of the Pender Health Centre and in the development of an inter-professional shared care team. They are responsible for providing direct clinical services to patients who present or are referred for their medical care. They foster a collaborative inter-professional practice environment that enhances client-centered services within the associated clinics/sites/programs. They work within a self-directed team of physicians and other inter-professional colleagues to achieve excellence in client-centered care.

A Medical Degree and eligibility for licensure, in good standing, with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, as well as current Canadian Medical Protection Association, or equivalent, coverage. Eligibility for a faculty appointment with the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine is ideal. Current Opiate Agonist Treatment prescriber exemption or willingness to obtain an exemption is required.

In addition, the candidate will be comfortable:
● Providing team based care along with an interdisciplinary team (NP/MD/RN/SW/allied health).
● Providing substance use services, assessments, supports, and opiate agonist treatment.
● Providing trauma-informed care to clients with multiple complex health care needs (i.e. HIV, Hep C, mental health/substance use) and psychosocial barriers
● Working a predictable weekday schedule as well as participating in a call schedule which includes evening, weekend and statutory holiday coverage.
● Providing outreach or home visits as needed within the interdisciplinary team.
● Providing learning opportunities and support for students/residents.
● Taking part in quality improvement initiatives to improve client outcomes. This includes projects across acute and community care which support service improvements for clients.
● Providing pro-active chronic disease management by utilizing EMR supports, PSP supports QI initiatives, and maximizing use and scope of interdisciplinary team members.
● Taking part in interdisciplinary team engagement events/opportunities.
● Taking part in educational opportunities to advance practice and client outcomes.
Core Competencies:
Demonstrates knowledge and skills in the following areas:
1. Awareness of and sensitivity to patients from diverse ethnic backgrounds and/or with diverse cultural beliefs and practices.
2. LGBTQ2S healthcare
3. Familiarity with management of substance use disorders, particularly opiate use disorder.
4. Trauma informed practice and culturally safe care for Indigenous peoples
5. Familiarity with transgender care is an asset.
6. Communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted infections, HIV, Hepatitis C
7. A desire to serve complex clients.
8. An interest in supporting chronic disease management models of service delivery.
9. Comprehensive family practice background; and
10. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team setting.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,

Interested applicants, please apply to Health Match BC Posting by clicking on the "Request Info" link below.

Please include with your application a cover letter, CV and any other relevant documents for review.

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Compensation Type
Clinical Service Contract
Estimated Remuneration
Remuneration will be in accordance with the Doctors of BC/MSP negotiated clinical service contract (template available on the Doctors of BC website). All overhead costs are borne by the health authority.
Physician Overhead
All overhead costs are borne by the health authority.
Billing Split
Not applicable

Benefits and Incentives

Vacation Leave
To be discussed
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