Emergency Medicine


Tucked between towering peaks, glistening lakes, and rolling foothills lies Cranbrook—the heart of British Columbia's scenic Kootenay region. This extraordinary haven is not just a place; it's an experience for the soul. Whether you have a passion for the arts, crave exhilarating adventures, or seek the warmth of a close-knit community, Cranbrook offers it all.

Lose yourself in the pristine beauty of Wasa and Moyie Lakes, where swimming, paddleboarding, and windsurfing await. Set off on a river safari along the mesmerizing St. Mary River, navigating its currents on a canoe, kayak, or raft. The angler's paradise of the Kootenay and Bull rivers teems with rainbow, cutthroat, and bull trout.

Swing like Arnold Palmer on any of the region's seven championship golf courses, including Shadow Mountain and Wildstone. The vast network of trails beckons you to push your limits with mountain biking, hiking, and climbing across seven unique crags.

The Powder Highway, a veritable playground for winter sports enthusiasts, runs through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, with renowned destinations like Fernie, Kimberley, and Fairmont just an hour away from Cranbrook. Experience heart-stopping, adrenaline-filled days carving down alpine bowls, shredding uncrowded trails, and conquering daring steeps.

Immerse yourself in Cranbrook's pulsating arts scene, savour locally brewed craft beer, and delight in farm-to-table cuisine. Discover a community where families flourish with a broad spectrum of recreational activities that captivate children's imaginations. Consider picturesque towns like Kimberley or Jaffray as your home base—only a 25-minute commute from Cranbrook, balancing convenience and serene beauty.

Step into a life where your dreams find space to grow, where the only limits are those of the horizon. Welcome to Cranbrook, where boundless opportunities await.

Practice Details:

Join our team in emergency medicine at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, where quick decision-making and staying calm under pressure are paramount. Our ER doctors enjoy the security of an Alternative Payments Program model, ensuring a stable income and allowing them to focus fully on delivering exceptional care. This sought-after arrangement is available only in select ERs in BC, providing our physicians with financial peace of mind.

We have 10 emergency physicians, collectively handling approximately 23,000 patient visits per year. EKRH is the regional Trauma and ICU Referral Centre, so you'll be seeing challenging cases that will keep up your acute care skills but still allow you to live and play in a rural setting. You'll encounter cases spanning the entire spectrum of emergency medicine, collaborating with an incredible team of allied health professionals, such as mental health and substance use nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and round-the-clock respiratory therapists.

You'll have the opportunity to continue and advance your teaching skills through the numerous local CME sessions, along with the bedside teaching opportunities with residents and medical students that come to the EKRH year-round.

We actively engage in facility-wide initiatives, providing dedicated funding for a variety of impactful quality improvement projects, enabling you to contribute significantly to enhancing patient care outcomes.

If you are a collaborative and composed emergency physician seeking an exceptional career opportunity, we invite you to join our team at East Kootenay Regional Hospital. Apply today to live, work and play where others only vacation! Email your CV to PhysicianRecruitment@interiorhealth.ca. It's better here!

Are you interested in being an emergency physician at East Kootenay Regional Hospital but prefer part-time hours? We appreciate the value of work-life balance and flexibility, and we're here to accommodate you.

We encourage you to discover the area through a locum opportunity first, allowing you to fully appreciate our work, the beauty of Cranbrook’s great outdoors, and the warmth of the community. To explore a locum, reach out to Dr. Mia Tait at Mia.Tait@interiorhealth.ca.

This job posting is for a position covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination order, and selected applicant(s) must comply with the requirements of the order.

  • Eligible for Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC)
  • Doctorate in Medicine
  • Eligible for Certification with the College of Family Physicians – Emergency Medicine (CCFP-EM) is preferred; Consideration will also be given to physicians with current CCFP who possess emergency experience. Licensure, or eligible for licensure, with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC); and mandatory coverage with the Canadian Medical Protective Association. If you’re a US-trained physician with ABMS certification in emergency medicine, you may be eligible to practice under the USA certified class.
Call Schedule:

Hours of work: We offer five 8-hour shifts a day, ensuring 16 hours of double coverage. A full time team member works 14 shifts a month, with the potential for additional shifts based on departmental needs.
On call requirements: None

Estimated Gross Income

Based on a 1.0 FTE (1340 direct patient-care hours and up to 340 indirect hours), you will receive an estimated yearly remuneration of $388,527 + rural fee premium of 14% + rural retention bonus of $21,246 (approximate total income of $464K/year).

RSA Incentives

Recruitment incentive: $20,000*
Relocation: determined by your current location, the relocation allowance ranges from $9,000 to $15,000
Fee premium: up to 14%
Annual retention fee: up to $21,246
RCME funding: up to 2 years $1,320, in 3rd & 4th year $3,520, after 4 years $5,720

* Rural incentives are subject to change and current rates are confirmed at the time of offer.

Additional Incentives

Recruitment incentive: $20,000, pro-rated for physicians working less than full time.
Relocation: $9,000 for within BC, $12,000 outside of BC but within Canada, and $15,000 outside of Canada.
Fee premium: 14%
Annual retention fee: $21,246, providing the physician resides and practices in Cranbrook for a minimum 9 months per year.
RCME funding: You will be eligible to receive $1,320 for up to 2 years in Cranbrook, $3,520 during your 3rd and 4th year, and $5,720 after 4 years, in addition to the Doctors of BC CME funds.

Rural incentives are subject to change and current rates are confirmed at the time of offer.

East Kootenay Regional Hospital:

East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, BC presents an exceptional opportunity for healthcare professionals seeking a rewarding career, serving as an 80-bed regional referral centre for approximately 82,000 individuals in the East Kootenay Area. We have 24 hour emergency and trauma services with 16 dedicated beds, and a 6 bed ICU. The high-acuity-response-team (HART) team provides mobile critical care for rural patients requiring advanced medical support, to stabilize and transfer patients to higher-level care. This four floor facility includes a level 3 laboratory, complete with a recently purchased PCR machine and MALDI/TOF. In the new MRI suite, there are new MRI and SPECT CT machines, with a new CT scanner earmarked for purchase. Upcoming construction projects and facility upgrades include a new NICU, renovation of the emergency department triage, and new oncology and renal departments. Our dedicated team is committed to delivering top-notch healthcare to Cranbrook and the wider East Kootenay region. With a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, pathology, psychiatry, pediatrics, anesthesia, radiology, urology, and family practice inpatient care, our hospital offers an expansive platform to showcase your expertise. Join us in our unwavering pursuit of excellence and active community engagement, and experience a transformative journey as a healthcare professional.

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