Family Physician - Anaesthesia


In Nelson, BC, adventure and culture unite in perfect harmony. The town of Nelson is set on the shores of the gorgeous Kootenay Lake and surrounded by the spectacular Selkirk Mountains. It’s no surprise that this hamlet on the Powder Highway is consistently ranked “Best Ski Town in North America”. The area boasts cat, heli and backcountry skiing, as well as ice climbing, glacier trekking, winter fishing and fat biking. Nearby Whitewater Ski Resort stands as a premier destination for winter athletes, offering a thrilling playground of breathtaking terrain for adventurous skiers and snowboarders alike. Mountain biking in Nelson is the stuff of legend. Showcased in many mountain bike films, Nelson trails offer everything from gentle railway grades to steep, rooty technical tracks. Kokanee Springs, an acclaimed championship course, captivates with awe-inspiring fairways and meticulous greens. Plunge into the pristine embrace of Kootenay Lake, where tranquility and discovery await through kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. Ainsworth Hot Springs is a short drive from Nelson, where wellness bathers can soak in the natural pool or explore the steam cave with stalactites dripping from the ceiling. Nelson has earned a reputation as a cultural centre, boasting its own arts college and fine arts centre, a range of theatres, galleries, festivals and cultural events all born out of the creative genius of Nelson’s innovative population. Artists, moviemakers, authors, and community champions never fail to celebrate the beauty and character of this alluring spot. Small in population but big in terms of foodies, Nelson is reputed to have more restaurants per capita than Manhattan or San Francisco. Locals are as fervent about their coffee as they are about their mountain activities, and Nelson is home to over 20 establishments that specialize in serving coffee. Nelson is a city where life is unhurried and people say “hello” to strangers. Come and experience a city where the spirit of camaraderie and friendly interactions create an inviting atmosphere that feels like home from the moment you arrive.

Practice Details:

Family Practice Anesthesia (FPA) opportunity in beautiful Nelson, BC on the shores of Kootenay Lake in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains.

Working in a group of 4 FPA’s you would work an average of 2 elective OR slates per week, on-call average 1:4 paid at the highest tier of Provincial on-call reimbursement. Currently fee-for-service, alternate payment contract being explored. We have the busiest Obstetric program in the region with 300+ deliveries per year.

On-site specialist services include: Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Radiology, CCFP-EM, GPO, GP-Ped. Visiting General Surgery, Orthopedics, and Urology.

The 2-3 other days of the week would be providing longitudinal family medicine in an established family practice clinic. Obstetrics and ER not required.

This is a permanent position, however if you are interested in a locum opportunity to learn what it's like to work at KLH, we would love to hear from you!

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS)
  • Anaesthesia experience
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification (ATLS)
  • Certificant of College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP)
  • Certificant of College of Family Physicians of Canada-Emerg Med (CCFP-EM)
  • • BC-CPS license full • CMPA mandatory • PALS desired
Call Schedule:

Hours of work: Work hours 2 OR slates per week average, FP clinic 2-3 days per week
On call requirements: 1:4 Average

Estimated Gross Income

estimated $250,000 depending on amount of work performed.

RSA Incentives

Rural Incentives include:
Recruitment bonus: $15,000
Relocation: $9,000 - $15,000 based on move location
Fee Premium: 11.34%
Annual Retention: $17,573.76
Rural CME: max of $4840.00 /year after 4 years in practice

Rural incentives are subject to change and current rates are confirmed at time of offer.
Candidates with a BC or Canada student loan may be eligible for loan forgiveness programs.

Kootenay Lake Hospital:

Explore a fulfilling career at Kootenay Lake Hospital, a thriving community healthcare facility with 30 acute care beds. Our hospital is dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare services to Nelson and the surrounding area, consisting of approximately 28,000 residents and visitors. Committed to serving our community and beyond, KLH offers vital medical services, ranging from emergency care to advanced treatments, ensuring the utmost well-being of our patients. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we provide a comprehensive array of services, including state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, cutting-edge laboratory services, transformative surgical procedures, tender-hearted maternity care, and more. With a new cardiovascular ultrasound system coming this fall, we will be well-positioned to expand our cardiology offerings as well. Our team of specialists covers diverse fields such as obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, neurology, radiology, emergency medicine, and oncology. Additionally, we regularly host visiting specialists for general surgery, orthopedics, and urology. Join our team of skilled and empathetic healthcare professionals and experience the gratification of working in a warm and community-oriented environment, making a profound impact on the health and wellness of the vibrant Nelson community.

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