The Colchester East Hants Health Centre (CEHHC), set in Truro, is seeking full and part time hospitalists to join our program. Our hospitalist program currently covers 45-70 hospital inpatients split evenly among three hospitalist lines/physicians. Coverage is divided into seven day stretches, with full time coverage being seven days “on” followed by seven days “off”, with an understanding that physicians can have two “on” weeks off per year for vacation. Part time coverage of as few as five weeks per year is currently being considered as well. Remuneration is $1300/day with $300-$400/night of call plus fee for service for any patients seen after hours while on call. Call is two nights per work week, and covers the hours of 5pm to 8am the following morning. Hospitalists on call cover the hospitalist patient roster, plus roughly 18-30 family practice patients covered during the day by a family practice call group, and 5-10 stable patients waiting for long term care covered during the day by our Care by Design physicians (i.e. a local group of physicians who cover nursing homes).
We have a young hospitalist program at the CEHHC and are looking for engaged and collaborative physicians who can help flesh out and develop our program along with our current members. Some current areas of interest are developing morbidly and mortality rounds, generating an online repository of educational/reference materials specific to hospital medicine, and regular peer-led education sessions. More ideas are welcome.
The setting for our program is the CEHHC, which is a friendly and collegial workplace where everyone actually does know your name. The hospital is the newest in the province, having been opened in 2012. In addition to several outpatient clinic spaces, the hospital houses a full-time emergency department, 7 bed intensive care unit (ICU), four internists, four general surgeons, three urologists, three pediatricians, and five obstetricians/gynecologists. The building is featured in the first part of this short video.
Interested candidates must be fully licensed or be eligible for full licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, with training in either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Internists must hold Fellow certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and family physicians must hold certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP).