Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty Emergency

Role and Facility Information

Nestled in the heart of B.C.'s Elk Valley, the Centre is seeking an FP to work within our collegial and collaborative group of physicians, with nurse practitioner complement. The care team is cohesive with a focus of team based care. The Centre has an interdisciplinary team that provides emergency services, ambulatory care, home health services, laboratory/diagnostic imaging, public health, chronic disease management, mental health/substance use and Primary Care Nursing. Additional support services include a Dietitian, Diabetes Educator, Respiratory Therapist, Physiotherapist and 4 medical office assistants. There is also a satellite dialysis unit that runs 6 days/week. The Emergency Department is staffed with 1 RN with the support of a lab and x-ray technician. There are approximately 5,500 visits to the ER per year. The emergency department closes at 7 pm – there is no overnight call requirement in Sparwood. Weekend and evening call is max 1 in 5 for a full time contract (possibly moving to 1 in 6.) Part-time contract would be half that call. You will find the perfect balance of medical clinic and rural emergency department work here.

In emergency situations this community and ER staff may be supported by the High Acuity Response Team (HART) based out of Cranbrook. HART team consists of a critical care nurse as well as an RT. The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARs) service, based out of Alberta, can support Sparwood in emergency situations and is a 55 minute flying time for STARS to Sparwood from Calgary. Additionally there is an airstrip 15 minutes north of Sparwood where a fixed wing transport team from Vancouver can also land.

Option to have privileges at Elk Valley Hospital in Fernie and Facility privileges: Physicians working in Sparwood qualify for locum coverage through locums for British Columbia (43 days/year.) The service contract is compatible with incorporation.

NOTE: Funding is pro-rated for physicians working less than full-time

Sparwood is a family-friendly Rocky Mountain community offering exceptional lifestyle opportunities. Enjoy world-class skiing, mountain-biking, and fishing, or simply spending time in the great outdoors.

Sparwood is ideally situated near Fernie Alpine Resort for world class downhill skiing and mountain biking, and Island Lake lodge that offers renowned catskiing, and hiking. In the summer months, bikers and hikers can take full advantage of the beautiful Elk Lakes Provincial Park that borders Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Kananaskis. Sparwood’s alpine setting in the midst of lakes, glacier-fed rivers and woodlands make it hunting and fishing paradise. The nearby Flathead valley is often called the “Serengeti of North America” and has some of the most diverse wildlife in North America.



Compensation Type
Clinical Service Contract
Estimated Remuneration
Max annual contract amount is $282,734 (1.0 FTE) base salary + incentives (rural retention, rural CME, signing bonus etc.)

Benefits and Incentives

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:
Retention Premium
Retention Flat Fee
Relocation Funding Available
$9,000 - $15,000 based on move location
Recruitment Incentive
$20,000 (for full time)

Live and work in BC


Known as The Southern Gateway to British Columbia, Sparwood is quickly becoming one of the province's most popular year-round getaways. In addition to its rich coal mining history, Sparwood has a vast backcountry area waiting to be explored. Just 30 minutes away, Fernie Alpine Resort offers skiing, snowmobiling and a host of other winter activities. In the summer months, bikers and hikers can take full advantage of the beautiful Elk Valley Provincial Park.

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