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Specialty Emergency Medicine

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

Seeking Emergency physicians for permanent position at Cowichan District Hospital. We are a group of enthusiastic ED physicians with CCFP-EM and FRCPC certification. Our Emergency Department sees around 125 visits per day. In addition to regular Emergency Department shifts, we also have a Rapid Access and Diagnostic Virtual Unit (RADU), which manages patients meeting strict criteria who are likely to be discharged within 24hrs of admission. The RADU physician also supports the Emergency Department. We have double coverage from 09:00 to 01:00 every day and triple coverage from 11- 1930.

We are looking for someone to work Emergency Department shifts - Day, Afternoon, Early Evening, Late Evening and Overnight, as well as RADU shifts. We are currently recruiting multiple physicians - full and part time - due to well-deserved retirements within our group. We are affiliated with the University of British Columbia’s Island Medical Program and participate in teaching medical students and residents (limited to certain shifts). We are also the pre-deployment readiness site for military physicians and PAs.

The Cowichan medical community is tightly knit, with great collegial relationships across the acute and community settings, and an active and engaged Division of Family Practice and Medical Staff Association. As a physician group, we are excited to be actively involved in planning for the new Cowichan District Hospital, to be completed in 2026, which will expand our inpatient capacity and bring us a state of the art new Emergency Department

We would be delighted to provide more information to anyone interested - please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Community Information

Located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, the City of Duncan enjoys Canada’s most temperate climate. Characterized by diverse landscapes from lush countryside to scenic coastal villages and charming inland communities, the Cowichan Valley, encompasses freshwater lakes, saltwater beaches and marinas, and farmland. The area offers a wide variety of attractions for outdoor enthusiasts including great hiking and biking trails, golfing, sailing, canoeing and ocean kayaking. In addition to many local artisans and attractions, the South Cowichan Valley boasts five top vineyards and wineries.

Public education in Duncan is complemented by renowned local private schools and located only 45 minutes south, Victoria also offers excellent educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Vancouver Island, one of Canada’s most livable regions, provides the very best in both urban and rural living. Renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, Vancouver Island offers an opportunity to combine a rewarding career with an enviable quality of life.



Compensation Type
Alternative Payment Arrangement
Estimated Remuneration
Alternative payment as per Cowichan Emergency Physician Association

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
Recruitment Incentive
$10,000 (full-time)
Other Benefits/Incentives
CME payments of $2,200 in years 3 and 4 and $4,400 after 4 years. Doctors of BC also provide CMPA reimbursement, RRSP payments, and parental leave payments.

Live and work in BC


Known as the “City of the Totems,” the community of Duncan takes pride in its rich First Nations heritage. Over 75 totem poles embellish the townscape, along with fascinating cultural artifacts. Duncan is located in the Cowichan region in the south central part of Vancouver Island and is a supply and service hub for the area. It is home to some of British Columbia’s newest vineyards that grow amidst rolling hillsides and country lanes.

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