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Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

Practice full service family medicine on beautiful Salt Spring Island! Join our collegial group of 7 physicians. We have individual practices but collaborate often in the care of our patients. We are proud of our close partnerships with our local allied health providers including hospital staff, mental health clinicians, community paramedics, pharmacists, community care nursing, public health nursing, social workers, physiotherapists and specialist colleagues. Our clinic is a compliment to 3 other family medicine clinics on Salt Spring Island. There is a total of 13 family physicians practicing in this tight-knit medical community.

Physicians work across all community settings to help deliver care where it is needed. This also includes managing patients admitted to hospital, presenting through the ER or residing in residential care.

Physicians typically work 2-3 days in clinic plus 18-24 hours of ER call coverage per week. Physicians have the option to focus their practice more towards clinic-based work or acute care/ER as needed.

Our large, bright clinic includes six exam rooms, and we are pleased to be set up to offer minor procedure services such as biopsies and excisions, IUD insertion, liquid nitrogen and IMS.

The clinic is a UBC Department of Family Practice teaching site. Second year family practice residents join us for their 8 week rural rotation. Supervising/precepting residents if fun, fulfilling and entirely optional.

In addition to office work, the position requires hospital privileges at LMH for Inpatient care, and Doctor of the Day program. As well, the following services are available if desired: Emergency department coverage and Long Term Care services.

Community Information

Community Information

Salt Spring Island (11,000 population) is nestled against the east shore of Vancouver Island, located half way between Victoria and Nanaimo. This is an exceptional opportunity to work and live in an area that provides a relaxed lifestyle in a temperate climate with excellent year-round recreation and cultural amenities.

Salt Spring is the largest of the Southern Gulf Island chain, with three ferry terminals on the island, making connections to Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo easy.

Lady Minto Hospital is the main hub for urgent and acute care, and houses many services, including medical imaging (X-ray), laboratory, low-risk obstetrics, endoscopy, internal medicine services, mental health, physiotherapy and pharmacy. BC Ambulance coordinates transfer of patients to larger centres by ferry, water taxi or helicopter when needed. Birthing on the island is led by midwives, supported by perinatal nurses when in hospital, with complex births transferred to larger centres.

Salt Spring is a busy community, with a wide variety of arts, culture, sports and recreation opportunities. Salt Spring has a unique, semi-tropical microclimate. Snow is rare! Its unique combination of thriving arts and agriculture communities, beautiful natural environment, and quiet charm make it a vacation destination for many. The social climate is progressive and relaxed, and we celebrate and respect our multiculturalism and history. Salt Spring is home to four public elementary schools and one secondary school. There are sport facilities including swimming pool, tennis, squash and pickle ball courts, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds. It is home to the ArtSpring theatre and the legendary Saturday Market.

The Southern Gulf Islands Chapter Coordinator is available to help new physicians find temporary and long term housing, and access other resources to help settle into the community.

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Terms

Compensation

Compensation Type
Fee-for-Service
Physician Overhead
calculated based on days in clinic and ranges from 15-25% of gross overall billings) Clinic has an associate/practice agreement in place

Benefits and Incentives

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:
Retention Premium
7.98%
Retention Flat Fee
$9,186
Relocation Funding Available
$9,000
Recruitment Incentive
$10,00 up to
Other Benefits/Incentives
CME: $2,200/annum year 3-4 and $4,400/annum after 4 years in the community.
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Live and work in BC

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island is located in the sheltered southern waters of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The island’s shoreline is varied and beautiful, offering rocky shores, tidal pools, and a wide variety of sandy beaches to explore. The year-round residents of Salt Spring Island include an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Many vacationers come to Salt Spring simply to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and soak in the quiet island lifestyle. Farming is important on the island, and local farmers form the backbone of the popular Salt Spring Market so feel free to check it out while you're there!

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