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Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty Emergency

Role and Facility Information

A beautiful Northern B.C. community is seeking a General Practitioner with a passion for working in small communities and improving First Nations healthcare in British Columbia. Live lakeside in the "Northern Gateway" to the largest wilderness park in British Columbia, surrounded by world-class trail networks and lakes that lend themselves to endless outdoor activities. Join a fantastic team of health care professionals who are dedicated to providing excellent health care in Burns Lake.

Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS), Northern Health (NH) and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) recognize the need for quality primary care services for First Nations communities in the Burns Lake area. The foundation of Carrier Sekani Family Services Primary Care Model is premised on nation rebuilding with an underlying philosophy that is grounded in Carrier and Sekani values and beliefs and based on an integration of services that supports a holistic approach to health.

The next phase of development of the CSFS Primary Care model is to enhance the First Nations Primary Care Homes already developed and increase reliable and equitable service for the communities of Tachet, Wet’suwet’en, Woyenne, Burns Lake, Fort Babine, Cheslatta, Nee Tahi Buhn and Skin Tyee.

Our goal is to remove barriers to accessing primary care and foster accepting and understanding environments that improve the health status of individuals and communities.

CSFS physicians truly value the relationship-building aspect of the CSFS primary care model because it allows them to provide cultural safety and overcome historical barriers of disjointed medical care. With additional consultation time with patients, there is opportunity to address multiple factors that contribute to a patient’s health and wellbeing.

To assist with our vision, a 1.0 FTE APP Service Contract for a full service family physician is available. In keeping with the value of providing services in underserviced areas where care did not previously exist, it is anticipated that the majority of clinical time will be spent on reserve enhancing access to primary care while developing and nurturing relationships and trust with community members. Additionally, it is envisioned that a CSFS physician presence will start to develop in the Lakes District Hospital where a large number of community members access acute care and diagnostic services. The projected split is 0.8 FTE primary care in community and 0.2 FTE acute care. To this end, the CSFS physician will work with the CSFS Medical Director, Northern Health Lakes Omineca Medical Director and the Lakes District Hospital Chief of Staff to establish a sustainable and progressive working relationship to advance acute and in-hospital care.

CSFS physicians will visit the communities within the Burns Lake Area, including visitations to Lakes District Hospital and long term care settings following up on CSFS primary care patients. Recognizing the challenges of geography, the position will also provide support through CSFS virtual health services, utilizing a shared EMR accessible by the team from any CSFS location.

The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre is a 16 bed facility that opened in 2015. It sees an average of 12,000 ER visits per year. The hospital houses 13 acute care beds, 1 isolation room, 1 palliative care room, emergency services, diagnostic imaging and laboratory, as well as a primary care home with three full time physicians.

Burns Lake services a local and surrounding population of approximately 13,000.The community has a strong sense of culture and incredible local talents. With more than 4828 km of lake shoreline, world class mountain biking trails and Olympic quality cross-country skiing, work/life balance is attainable.

Lakes District Hospital: 741 Centre Street, Burns Lake, BC

If extraordinary work and outstanding lifestyle are a priority for you, we look forward to hearing from you!

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

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Compensation Type
Alternative Payment Arrangement
Estimated Remuneration

Benefits and Incentives

Vacation Leave
6-8 weeks annually, including CME
May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:
Retention Premium
Retention Flat Fee
Relocation Funding Available
$See Below
Recruitment Incentive
Other Benefits/Incentives
Relocation: $15,000 if relocating from outside of Canada: $12,000 if relocating within Canada but outside of BC; $9,000 if relocating within BC.
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Burns Lake

In the heart of British Columbia's Lakes District, surrounded by freshwater lakes, is Burns Lake, a vibrant, progressive and socially diverse community with a pioneer spirit and small-town charm. Known as the "Northern Gateway" to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the largest wilderness park in B.C, Burns Lake is a magnet for outdoor recreationists. Its residents and visitors can enjoy hiking, canoeing, fishing, skating, and cross-country skiing while being dazzled by its bountiful wildlife and spectacular scenery.

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