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Medical Health Officer

Location: Kamloops, British Columbia


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Kamloops is a vibrant city of 90,000, set on a vast landscape of sandstone canyons, grasslands and evergreen timberlands. Here you can enjoy all the amenities of a big city, while having eight provincial parks at your door step. Kamloops takes pride in its arts community and First Nations culture, represented in sites throughout the city, theatre events and music festivals. Come play a round at Tobiano golf course, spend the day fishing and kayaking or head up to Sun Peaks Four Season Resort for world class mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding. Blue skies with endless sunshine, one thousand lakes and spectacular landscapes make the Kamloops region the natural place to work and play.
Facility Details — Royal Inland Hospital:
The Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is a 258-bed facility that serves as the referral centre for approximately 250,000 people, and is located in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap Health Service Area. As one of two Interior Health tertiary referral hospitals, RIH is a no refusal centre with an Emergency Department that receives over 250 major trauma and 72,000 visits per year.

Kamloops offers high-level, specialty medical care including core physician specialties, 24-hour Emergency and Trauma Services, Ambulatory and Outpatient Clinics, and Diagnostic Services Support services including: a full complement of diagnostic equipment, a Clinical Neurophysiology Lab and Sleep Lab, 1.5T MRI, two CT scans, and Echocardiography. RIH also features, Stroke Thrombolysis, and provincial Tertiary Neuropsychiatry Programs. RIH is the regional base for the six-person, 24-hour High Acuity Response Team (HART) that is utilized in remote emergency transport situations. Surgical services include General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and 24/7 Anesthesia coverage.
The Royal Inland Hospital is a unique place to work where Medical Staff culture and collegiality in combination with a collaborative relationship with Hospital Administration maximizes opportunities for job satisfaction and quality of care.
Practice Details:

Medical Health Officers (MHOs) are responsible for assessing, monitoring, and reporting on the health status of persons living

in the Interior Health (IH) region. They are also responsible for administering various BC statutes and regulations relevant to

protecting the health of the population. MHOs provide strategic and tactical support to senior leadership in the development,

planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs both regionally and within each of our local health areas.

They provide clinical consultation and advice to health professionals in both acute and community settings, and work

collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to support healthy public policy.

Reporting to the VP Population Health & Chief MHO with oversight from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), MHOs are

designated by the Lieutenant Governor of BC under Order in Council. With both regional and geographic responsibilities, the

successful candidate will support communities in the Thompson Cariboo area including Kamloops, Williams Lake, and Merritt.


• Assess, monitor, and report on the health status of the population, and provide advice and recommendations to senior

executive and the board of directors relevant to health promotion and disease prevention.

• Administer various BC statutes and regulations including but not limited to the Public Health Act, the Drinking Water

Protection Act, the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, the Environmental Management Act, and the Community Charter.

• Provide clinical consultation and advice to health professionals in both acute and community settings across specialty

services including communicable disease, infection control, facility licensing and environmental health.

• Provide strategic, tactical, and operational advice to senior leadership across specialty portfolios including aboriginal

health, mental health, substance use, harm reduction, maternal child health, primary care transformation, and health

emergency management.

• Work collaboratively with management in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating population and public health

programs both regionally and within each of our local health areas.

• Engage and build partnerships with various external stakeholders at the provincial, regional and local level including

government ministries, municipal councils, school boards, and non-profit community agencies.

• Promote health equity and reduce health disparities by supporting inclusive healthy public policy and service delivery in a manner this is sensitive to both political and social contexts.

• Are active Medical Staff with admitting privileges under the IH Regional Department of Public Health, and are subject to

provincial and regional Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules in both acute and community settings.

    • Doctorate in Medicine
    • Medical Degree (MD) with current (or eligible for) full registration and licensure to practice medicine from the College of
    • Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
    • Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    • Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Sciences or equivalent post-graduate training.
    • Five (5) years of experience in progressively more complex and senior medical administrative or public health leadership
    • roles
    • BC Driver’s License for travel as required within and between our geographically distributed communities
    • Qualifications, competencies, and professional capacities as outlined in the Provincial Health Officer’s Standards of Practice
    • for BC Medical Health Officers (2017), and the BC Medical Quality Initiative Public Health & Preventive Medicine Privileging
    • Dictionary (2019).
    • Superior skills in epidemiology and data analytics to support the interpretation and dissemination of public health data to
    • inform and evaluate public health planning.
    • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, provincial policy, practice standards, and clinical guidelines to ensure well-informed
    • evidence based decision-making.
    • Experience developing coalitions, cultivating strategic partnerships, defining a common purpose, reaching consensus, and
    • negotiating to conclude a process.
    • Ability to communicate with clarity, integrity, and sensitivity to build trust with government partners, non-governmental
    • agencies, media, peers and the public.
    • Strong leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving and innovative abilities to develop effective strategies and ensure support and attainment of goals.
    • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Call Schedule:
  • Hours of work: Full Time
  • On call requirements: N/A
  • Payment Structure
    • Service Contract
  • Estimated Gross Income
    • Competitive
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