Emergency Medicine 200-1171

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Seeking Emergency physicians for permanent positions at Cowichan District Hospital. We are a group of enthusiastic ED physicians with CCFP-EM and FRCP certification. Our Emergency Department sees around 125 visits per day. In addition to regular Emergency Department shifts, we also have a Rapid Access and Diagnostic Virtual Unit (RADU), which manages patients meeting strict criteria who are likely to be discharged within 24hrs of admission.  The RADU physician also supports the Emergency Department.  We have double coverage from 09:00 to 01:00 every day and triple coverage from 11- 1930.
We are looking for someone to work Emergency Department shifts - Day, Afternoon, Early Evening, Late Evening and Overnight, as well as RADU shifts. We are currently recruiting multiple physicians - full and part time - due to well-deserved retirements within our group. We are affiliated with the University of British Columbia’s Island Medical Program and participate in teaching medical students and residents (limited to certain shifts). We are also the pre-deployment readiness site for military physicians and PAs.

The Cowichan medical community is tightly knit, with great collegial relationships across the acute and community settings, and an active and engaged Division of Family Practice and Medical Staff Association. As a physician group, we are excited to be actively involved in planning for the new Cowichan District Hospital, to be completed in 2026, which will expand our inpatient capacity and bring us a state of the art new Emergency Department

We would be delighted to provide more information to anyone interested - please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!



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

  • Recruitment Incentive:  up to a maximum of $10,000 (pro-rated based on FTE)
  • Relocation: up to a maximum of $15,000 (amount based on location relocating from)
  • Flat fee: $4,834.80
  • Fee Premium: 4.2%
  • CME: $2,200 in years 3 and 4 and $4,400 after 4 years in the community


Community Information

Located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, the City of Duncan enjoys Canada’s most temperate climate. Characterized by diverse landscapes from lush countryside to scenic coastal villages and charming inland communities, the Cowichan Valley, encompasses freshwater lakes, saltwater beaches and marinas, and farmland. The area offers a wide variety of attractions for outdoor enthusiasts including great hiking and biking trails, golfing, sailing, canoeing and ocean kayaking. In addition to many local artisans and attractions, the South Cowichan Valley boasts five top vineyards and wineries.

Public education in Duncan is complemented by renowned local private schools and located only 45 minutes south, Victoria also offers excellent educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Vancouver Island, one of Canada’s most livable regions, provides the very best in both urban and rural living. Renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, Vancouver Island offers an opportunity to combine a rewarding career with an enviable quality of life.

Job Types
Permanent Specialty
Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Cowichan District Hospital

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For more information on this and other opportunities please contact:

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruiter
Island Health 
Email:  christal.lawson@islandhealth.ca 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and CV to medstaffrecruitment@islandhealth.ca

Shift/Hours of Work
Emergency hours 24hrs a day
Alternative payment as per Cowichan Emergency Physician Association
Education, Training and Experience


Full Licensure with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC

Advanced Trauma Life Support - Desired

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support - Desired

Pediatric Advanced Life Support - Desired

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