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Rural General Practitioner - Vulcan
Vulcan is seeking a full-time physician with training in Family Medicine. This position requires a full scope of rural practice that includes a patient panel for primary care clinic plus walk-in clinic, inpatients with both acute and Long Term Care facilities, and 24-hour emergency room coverage at the Vulcan Community Health Center (VCHC).
The successful candidate will be competent in managing complex and chronic medical conditions and recognize the effects of social determinants of health. They will have demonstrated inclusion for all regardless of nationality, age, gender, sexuality, or means. They will have strong interpersonal skills and work well within a team environment.
The successful applicant must be comfortable handling all types of emergencies. Previous ER experience is preferred. The VCHC is not a labour and delivery site; however, the successful candidate should also be competent to handle obstetrical emergencies.
The Vulcan Medical Clinic is located within the VCHC. A major renovation of the VCHC with significant expansion of the Vulcan Medical Clinic was completed in 2020. The clinic has modern exam, consult, and procedure rooms along with office space and support staff. Vulcan Medical Clinic is member of the Calgary Rural PCN which provides support such as an on-site Primary Care Nurse to assist with chronic disease management and a panel manager, among others.
Must have current ACLS and ATLS.
PALS, NRP, and an obstetrics emergency course (such as ALARM) is strongly recommended.
Must be eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
Must be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English.
Expected to participate in the Emergency on-call schedule which includes overnight and weekend call shifts.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
Vulcan Community Health Centre information:
- 24/7 Emergency Department
- 8 acute care beds
- 15 Long Term Care beds at VCHC, plus an additional 46 beds at Vulcan Extendicare nearby.
- Onsite Lab, X-ray, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetic Services, Adult Day Support, Home Care, and Public Health
- Visiting Psychiatrist and Pediatrician.
Vulcan qualifies for premium payments through the Rural Remote Northern Program (RRNP)
Stipend provided for after-hour on-call coverage
Vulcan is a Level II community within the RESIDE program which offers recent Canadian-trained physicians a return to service bonus of $45,000 for two year, or $80,000 for a 3 year commitment. More information here: https://rhpap.ca/programs-services/reside/
Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.
- Position Classification: Full-time
- FTE: 1
- Department: Rural Medicine
- Recruiting Organization: Alberta Health Services
- Compensation: Fee For Service
- Sponsorship Eligible: No
More about the Vulcan Medical Clinic
Excellence and Innovation
The physicians and staff at the Vulcan Medical Clinic are committed to excellence in patient care and clinical innovation. To quote Stephanie Crichton, Executive Director of Calgary Rural Primary Care Network (PCN), "The Vulcan Medical Clinic, through its physicians and allied health professional team, has been a leader in achieving these objectives. The Vulcan Medical Clinic has been early to adopt and succeed in our PCN's screening maneuvers and provincial evaluation metrics.”
Location, Location, Location
The Town of Vulcan conveniently located between the cities of Calgary and Lethbridge. More importantly, however, the Vulcan Medical Clinic is situated within the confines of the Vulcan Community Health Centre. The Vulcan Community Health Centre is a multipurpose facility. This centre has both long-term (15) and acute care (8) beds and is running at a 95% to 110% capacity. The physicians’ medical clinic, X-Ray department, laboratory services, physiotherapy, mental health, community health department, and a six bed emergency department are also located in the Health Centre. Having immediate access to all departments makes for a superb work environment and enhances job satisfaction.
Teamwork and Support
Partly because of our physical location but also as a commitment from our team, we have a great working relationship not only within our clinic, but with all of our Alberta Health Services partners located within the building.
Physicians’ Medical Practice
The Physician's practice is a general practice with extended skills to cover the hospital emergency room. Seventy percent of our time is devoted to general practice, twenty five percent to hospital and emergency room, and five percent to long-term care patients.
One physician is required to be ‘on-call’ 24 hours per day – 7 days a week in order to keep all of these facilities open. Typically a physician working in our clinic is required to be on call 1 in 4.
The medical clinic handles an average of 80 patients per day if there are four doctors available. The clinic normally has one physician designated as the “on-call” doctor. This physician treats walk-in patients as well as any patients requiring urgent care in the ER.
We are not working in isolation. Physicians have excellent external support with immediate access to specialists. In addition, our emergency services are facilitated by RAAPID (Referral, Access, Advice, Placement, Information, and Designation), STARS air ambulance, and by the ALS Emergency Medical Services provided by Alberta Health Service. The Vulcan Community Health Centre is well equipped to deal with most medical emergencies but we do not have an operating room nor do we do obstetrics.
Through the support of Alberta Health Services, Alberta Medical Association, the Town of Vulcan, and Vulcan County, we have a very low overhead structure for expenses.
Vulcan County Health & Wellness Foundation’s (VCH&WF) Health Centre Expansion Project
The VCH&WF is raising funds to pay for the completed 800 square metre extension to the Vulcan Community Health Centre. The new wing is the home of a 650 square metre medical clinic – enough office space, examining rooms, and equipment to accommodate up to 8 full-time physicians. This new space will make it easier and more efficient for physicians to work on any given day which, in turn, will increase patient access to their own family physician.
In addition to increasing the space for the medical clinic (space that is designed to support 8 full-time physicians), the expansion project has allowed for Rehabilitation Services and the Adult Day Support Programs to move from the basement to the main floor of the hospital. This is Phase 1 of the expansion project and was completed in September of 2020.
In Phase 2 of the Project, the Mental Health Department will have a dedicated area and the laboratory will be increased in size making it a much more functional area for staff. Public and Community Health Services will have significantly more room to work and the palliative care suite will be improved. Phase 2 has not yet commenced.