Family Practice 200-0828

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Cowichan Valley Summer Locum Opportunity July 2019: 1 - 4 weeks, with preference for the last 2 weeks of July

Somenos Medical Clinic is a supportive and collegial G.P. office with three full service family physicians. The new office is located in Duncan, minutes away from the hospital. Medaccess as EMR.

Penelakut Health Centre is multidisciplinary and owned by Penelakut First Nation.  Most community members seen on Penelakut are attached to the Somenos practice and are occasionally seen at Somenos Medical Clinic and the hospital.  People are also seen on a walk-in basis at Penelakut.  Penelakut community members are always welcome to join the practice.  Further details of operations on Penelakut available on request and will be provided prior to locum.

This practice excludes prenatal care except for emergencies on Penelakut.

This practice includes people with chronic pain and substance use disorders.  Comfort with prescribing opiate agonist therapy (OAT) and monitored opiate therapy for chronic non-cancer pain is recommended.  For complex cases and crises, local OAT providers and the RACE line are available for support.

Somenos Medical Clinic provides medical care to residents of Cowichan Lodge tertiary mental health facility.  They attend clinic accompanied by a nurse or care aid.  We have strong collaborative relationships with the psychiatrists and clinical nurse leader of Cowichan Lodge. We are responsible for their medical, not psychiatric, care.

Nursing home visits may be needed during the locum.  I average less than one such visit per week but there is some variability.

Handover information will be provided regarding patients requiring extra care and attention during the locum.


Inpatient care rounds at Cowichan District Hospital on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Somenos Medical Clinic on Tuesday, Friday and alternate Thursdays

Penelakut Health Centre on Wednesday - a scenic ferry ride from Chemainus

Clinical teaching family practice residents (most days) and integrated clerkship student (half day Tuesday in office and inpatient care)


Fee for service, split 70/30 office, 90/10 hospital

Clinic manager submits billings, locums less than 2 weeks are paid based on gross billings

Travel stipend for Penelakut, $500/day, and rural retention premium, 14.9%, sessions available

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:

◾ Fee Premium – 4.20%;

Teaching integrated clerkship student, $90 per half day

Extra hospital work and weekend call optional, depending on availability


House sitting may be available depending on dates.

Job Types
Locum Family Practice

Somenos Medical Clinic

Start Date
Anticipated End of Temporary/Term Position

Graham Blackburn

921 Canada Ave, Duncan, BC



Shift/Hours of Work
Tuesdays to Fridays; alternating schedule
Fee-for-Service; 70/30 split overhead
Education, Training and Experience

Full licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

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