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Medical Microbiologist

Location: Kelowna, British Columbia

Job ID: IHKGH-PAT-MM

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Kelowna

Glistening water below lush mountains, dotted with parks frame the Okanagan's largest and liveliest population centre; Kelowna. Okanagan Lake is the perfect place to sail, kayak, or relax on the beach. Rolling greens offer world class golfing, minutes away from spectacular hiking and biking trails. In the winter enjoy ski resorts and skating rinks right at your fingertips. Decorated with heritage buildings and modern architecture, Kelowna offers something for everyone with orchards, vineyards and all the amenities of a major centre. From restaurants, and shops, to art galleries, live music and theatre, this city has it all. Come and experience our four seasons playground and see why life is better here.

Facility Details — Kelowna General Hospital:

Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) is one of two tertiary hospitals within Interior Health and is the region’s main referral center offering a full range of services with approximately 400 beds and over 84,000 ED visits yearly. Kelowna General Hospital is home to the brand new Interior Heart & Surgical Centre (IHSC) which opened in 2015 and is BC’s only cardiac critical care centre outside of Victoria and the Lower Mainland. IHSC is Kelowna General Hospital’s principal surgical site and features; 12 specialized Operating Rooms created for Thoracic, Urology, Neurosurgery, Vascular, Plastics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ears Nose and Throat, Orthopedics, General and Trauma surgeries with 2 ORs dedicated to Cardiac Surgery. Our state of the art Centennial Building also recently opened and boasts a total of 360,000 square feet, an expanded emergency and ambulatory care department, modern operating rooms and a rooftop helipad. KGH is also a teaching centre for the Southern Medical Program affiliated with UBC. KGH is entering its third year of training Royal College Emergency Medicine Physicians and also participates in training Family Physicians. With the state-of-the-art Interior Heart & Surgical Centre and new medical inpatient units in the Centennial Building, dedicated psychiatry units for youth and adults, a modern maternity ward, enhanced laboratory and clinical departments in the new Dr. Walter Anderson Building, and an academic campus that serves as a satellite for the University of British Columbia Medical School, KGH has become one of BC’s leading healthcare centres.

Practice Details:

The Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) is seeking a medical microbiologist to join a regional medical microbiology team, and act as medical director for the regional Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) program.

Interior Health serves a population of ~750,000 spread over a vast geographic area ~215,000 square kilometres in size, in the southern interior of BC. The region has 2 tertiary hospitals, 4 regional hospitals, 16 community hospitals, and 24 health care centres with ~1500 acute care beds, and over 6800 long term care beds. The region is served by 4 microbiology laboratories in Kelowna, Kamloops, Trail and Cranbrook, which are overseen by the regional medical microbiology group. All laboratories perform bacteriology and real-time PCR testing, while Kelowna and Kamloops laboratories also perform mycology testing.

The KGH medical microbiology group runs a busy, clinically oriented service, providing medical consultation to regional physicians, and overseeing 3 medical microbiology laboratories located in Kelowna, Cranbrook and Trail, which serve 16 hospitals across the region. The group also provides vacation relief and on call coverage to a fourth microbiology laboratory located in Kamloops, which has a dedicated microbiologist and serves the western portion of the region. Medical oversight of regional IPAC as well as Antimicrobial Stewardship programs are also performed by the KGH group. KGH microbiologists are also involved in teaching UBC medical undergraduate and postgraduate trainees.

The new microbiologist will join a well-established, collegial group, and will split his or her time between laboratory and IPAC based work. The new microbiologist will share microbiology day call with the 3 other KGH microbiologists (1:4), but evening/weekend on call will be shared between the 4 regional microbiologists (1:5). The microbiologist will spend the remainder of his or her off call time dedicated to developing the regional IPAC program, in the capacity of medical director. This role will require participation in regional, provincial and national committees, and will require regional travel on a regular basis.

The ideal candidate will be a medical microbiologist with experience working as a consultant for Infection Prevention and Control. Extra training in Infection Prevention and Control an asset, but is not required. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to forge strong working relationships with the regional administrative, hospital, infection control and laboratory staff is also essential.

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Qualifications:
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC)
    • Eligible for licensure with CPSBC; Coverage with the Canadian Medical Protective Association is mandatory
Call Schedule:
  • Hours of work: Full Time
  • On call requirements: 1:4
Compensation:
  • Payment Structure
    • Service Contract
  • Estimated Gross Income
    • Provincially negotiated grid level
  • Additional Incentives
    • Relocation assistance up to $10,000 maximum or $15,000 maximum if move is over 3,000 kms/international (with eligible receipts)
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