Community Hospital Inpatient Physician (Hospitalist) 200-1092

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The West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) is seeking physicians to join our ‘Community Hospital Inpatient Physician’ (CHIP) team.  Full time or part time positions are available.

The West Coast General Hospital fosters a collaborative team based environment with a focus on maximizing patient safety, championing culturally safe patient care and practicing trauma informed care.  

In this role CHIP team members will act as MRP care for unattached & unassigned inpatients to the Family Practice service at WCGH.   This includes rounding on inpatients to the service, arranging service transfers and inter-facility repatriations, discharge planning and responding to urgent calls for admitted patients under this service.
To ensure adequate flow of admissions and discharges, attendance and participation at the daily structured team report, supporting the allied teams in the hospital and in community is required, as well  in- person (virtual or telephone) patient hand over at discharge, to patients primary community practitioners. 

Physicians in this role also provide consult services to on-site ambulatory clinics, including Medical Day care and provide virtual outreach consult service to rural health sites and rural and remote Indigenous communities.  

Participating physicians collectively provide on-site MRP services every day between the hours of 0700-2200, 52 weeks of the year, including statutory holidays.   The scheduled afternoon/evening physician will provide the above physician coverage, with a focus on new unassigned and unattached patient admissions through the ED, completion of patient rounding and end of day patient stabilization, and responding to urgent, non-code calls for patients admitted to the site. Weekdays, between 1700-2200, the physician covers all inpatients with FPs as MRP. This does not apply to patients with specialists as MRP.   Weekdays/ weekends / holidays between 1700-2200, the physician will respond to NH calls if Primary Care Physician cannot be reached.
CHIP team members will evaluate, diagnose, treat, and provide consultation to patients of all ages, with a wide variety of illnesses, diseases, injuries, and functional disorders, providing both direct and indirect patient care.

Dependent on successful completion of relevant training and/or privileging criteria, there may also be opportunities to provide:
o First call for After-hours OR Assist
o Providing MAID physician services
o NTP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) services


Transportation costs and temporary short term housing for physicians and their families is available.   

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) - pro-rated for part time positions, including: 

Recruitment Incentive - $10,000; Fee Premium - 7.98%; Annual Flat Fee - $9,186.12; Rural CME starting at $2,200/annum in year 3&4 in community, increasing to a maximum of $4,400/annum after 4 years.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Community Information

Port Alberni, a coastal city with a population of 18,000, is situated in the majestic Alberni Valley surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

This temperate valley climate offers an array of year-round outdoor activities.  The gateway to the Pacific Rim communities of Tofino & Ucluelet, and Long Beach, the top Canadian surfing destination, Port Alberni enjoys easy access to the best recreational opportunities on Vancouver Island.  Port Alberni is now the official “Ultimate Fishing Town” in Canada.  All this and world-class skiing on Mt. Washington is only a short drive away!

Port Alberni is a family-friendly community with affordable housing and strong public schools.  Community spirit abounds and is evident by the abundance of activities for children including programs in: music, dance, gymnastics and all team sports: soccer, baseball, hockey, lacrosse etc.  Sproat Lake, located just outside of the city is the ideal location to base your family home.

Located within a 60 minute drive from Nanaimo and offering easy access to Vancouver and Victoria, Port Alberni provides access to big-city amenities with all the charm and character of a rural community.

Alberni-Clayoquot region is the perfect place to bring your life's work to our piece of paradise. 
For more information, watch this  Alberni Valley video.

Job Types
Permanent Family Practice
Primary Care

West Coast General Hospital

Port Alberni

Interested candidates, please attach your CV and letter of interest to:
Carla Paradis, Medical Staff Recruiter 
Island Health 

Shift/Hours of Work
Service hours of 0700-2200 (7days per week)
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Education, Training and Experience

Eligible for licensure with the CPSBC

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