Family Physician - Emergency


Located in the Selkirk Mountain range, Castlegar has become known as one of the most desirable places to live in the region. A vibrant mix of commerce, recreation, and community makes Castlegar an easy choice for a comfortable and active way of life. Natural beauty and rugged adventure is at your doorstep in Castlegar. Escape to world-class skiing at nearby Red Mountain or experience kayaking adventures the Slocan River. Castlegar’s friendly and culturally rich community paired with its central location makes it ideal for exploring life’s tickle trunk of outdoor activity in the West Kootenays.

Practice Details:

We would like to welcome an additional GP to our clinic. We are a collegial working group who can help you design the practice you want, whether it be full spectrum care, or family practice with a special interest in geriatrics, pediatrics or obstetrics. Obstetrics is not required, but ER is required. We would expect a new physician to provide 3-4 Emergency shifts /month. Hospitalist opportunities occasionally arise in the regional hospital in Trail.

Our Emergency is open 7 day a week, 8 am-8 pm and shifts vary from 6-12 hrs. Trauma and after-hour Emergency visits go directly to the regional hospital in nearby Trail. We are supported by MDs from nearby communities when coverage is needed for ER. Inpatient beds are in Trail (25 minutes away) or in Nelson (40 minutes away) and we have two large long term care homes in Castlegar.

Within our clinic we have newly established PCN (Primary Care Network) to support us; this includes a full time Social Worker, a full time RN, and a 0.8 Physio, and together we provide a strong team-based care approach. The clinics are fully EMR supported (Profile) with wonderful admin staff, including a strong biller who catches us when we are undervaluing our work. Peer support and camaraderie makes us a very functional team and it is often repeated as one of the main reason we stay and continue to enjoy practicing in Castlegar.

For those that enjoy teaching, nearby Trail is a UBC teaching center so we also enjoy the opportunity to teach medical students and to preceptor family practice residents. We appreciate the many opportunities we have and that they are choices and not pressures or obligations.

We pride ourselves on good patient care, but also on our ability to strongly support flexible MD schedules. Most of the MDs drawn to this area love the outdoors and/or want a lovely place to raise their families. To this end most MDs take 7-9 weeks of vacation per year and work an average of 4 days a week for an estimated $300,000 gross income (including some, but not all, rural incentives). For those that wish to, this means there is still potential to earn more if you choose!

With a vibrant arts and culture town just 40 minutes to the east and our regional medical hospital to the south we are well placed to be inspired both in life and work. Surrounded by world class skiing at both Red Mountain and Whitewater ski resorts, Castlegar itself boasts of hiking and mountain bike trails, parks, and rivers right out your back door, as well as open spaces for good gardening and small town warmth. We have an appreciative patient population and a great place to call home. If you must leave, we have a regional airport, and are 2.5 hours from a major US city with an international airport, but most of the time you won't find a need.

Apply now! Come live and work where others only vacation!

  • Doctorate in Medicine
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS)
  • Certificant of College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP)
  • Emergency experience
Call Schedule:

Hours of work: Flexible
On call requirements: 1:8

Estimated Gross Income

$300 Estimate based on 4 day/sweek and 6-9 weeks vacation

RSA Incentives

Rural Incentives Include:
Recruitment Bonus: $15,000 (pro-rated if not full time)
Relocation: $9,000-15,000 (based on move location)
Fee Premium: 11.90%
Annual Retention Fee: $18,441.60

provided in increasing amounts reaching a max of $4,840/year by your 5th year in practice. Current rural incentives rates are confirmed at time of offer and are subject to change annually.

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 BC or Canada loan forgiveness programs for those living and working in rural community.

Castlegar Medical Clinic:

Private general full service clinic.  Walk-in clinic on Saturdays when we are fully staffed.

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