About the Opportunity
St. Martha's Regional Hospital (SMRH), in Antigonish, is seeking hospitalist physicians to join their team. There is opportunity for applicants to engage in research and/or have medical teaching positions with Dalhousie University, should that be of interest. The current remuneration arrangement is a set daily rate as per the provincial hospitalist agreement with a stipend plus fee-for-service billings for on-call work.
At. SMRH, 2.5 hospitalist lines and a group of community family physicians that admit their own patients currently cover inpatient care outside the ICU. Each hospitalist line consists of approximately 15-18 patients. Patients are spread across several units in the hospital and composed of medical patients outside the ICU, stroke patients in our regional stroke unit, and geriatric rehabilitation patients. We have two physicians covering a full line and one covering a half line on 7-day rotations. Daytime coverage is 8am to 5pm and on-call coverage is 5pm to 8am, split between physicians covering the service for the week. If you are interested in a broader scope of practice that includes, but is not limited to hospitalist work, there are many possible opportunities in Antigonish and surrounding communities.
SMRH is approximately two hours from the region's tertiary care pediatric facility, the IWK Health Centre, which provides neonatal support. St. Martha's Regional Hospital was founded in 1906 by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha and is approximately a 90 bed facility with more than 60 physicians practicing in a variety of medical specialties and sub-specialties. This facility serves a population of nearly 40,000 from Antigonish, Guysborough, and surrounding communities.
Hospitalists are joined by colleagues in:
- family medicine
- internal medicine (general and sub-specialty who cover the 6 bed ICU)
- emergency medicine
- general surgery
- psychiatry, pediatrics
- plastic surgery
- radiology (U/S, CT, MRI, ECHO)
- palliative care
- visiting oncology and neurology.
Community based care is further supported by a men's and women's health centre, chronic pain clinic, methadone clinic, walk-in clinic, and youth clinic at the local high school.
Physicians and all staff at St. Martha's Regional Hospital take great pride in providing high-quality care to patients and value collegiality in the work place. Also, St. Martha's Regional Hospital has the most active cross-specialty, accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) program in the province. Additionally, they offer regular medical staff social events. SMRH has an extremely helpful, efficient and friendly staff who make working here a pleasure.
Duties include full scope of practice as a hospitalist providing care to patients within the Eastern Zone and participating in call.
The physician will be responsible to the Zone Department Head of Family Practice for their professional responsibilities and quality of practice, and will operate within the Medical Staff Bylaws of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
- eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)
- eligible for certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
- membership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
The Town of Antigonish is a family-friendly, creative, university community where the hospital is an easy walk or cycle away from the town centre. Housing is affordable. The commute to work can be so easy, with minimal traffic and no congestion. The County of Antigonish, surrounding the town, boasts spectacular natural beauty, and also has a wide range of affordable housing. An agricultural base results in a wonderful farmers' market and easy access to local foods, while fishers offer their catch at several wharves and community locations.
In winter you can easily ski or snow shoe on local trails or at the golf course, with groomed trails. Indoor community recreational sports, including hockey, curling, skating, volleyball, and racquet sports (yes, we have pickle ball!) are also available. There are three ice surfaces and two artificial turf fields in town. In summer, swimming, kayaking, and sailing in the Northumberland Strait, the mildest ocean water north of Washington, DC, is irresistible! A university-based rowing club on a local lake offers community lessons. There are numerous local public beaches and swimming holes, spectacular hiking trails, an 18-hole golf course, a boating club, great fishing spots, tennis courts, cycling on little-trafficked back roads and a racetrack. There is mountain biking and disc golf on Keppoch Mountain and a newly organize Kan Jam league. You'll be surprise at how few people are in the midst of such immense natural beauty!
You'll also find a wide range of fitness and sports programs for all ages, often mentored by local university athletes and coaches. In addition to traditional gyms, a new crossfit gym has recently opened its doors. The local St. Francis Xavier University has superb recreational facilities, with a gym, rinks, a track, courts, and a 25 metre pool, all within the town. St. FX also hosts an impressive lineup of guest speakers, films, arts, music, and theatre events throughout the year, all open to the community.
Antigonish boasts a vibrant arts and culture community where theatre, documentary films, concerts, readings, lecture, visual arts, and arts fairs, abounds. There is ample opportunity to participate, with community choirs and community theatre productions. This strong creative community has partnered with folks in health care and education to create the first community-based arts-health initiative in Canada. An award-winning library serves as a flourishing community gathering space. There is always lots going on in our well-engaged community - the challenge is deciding where to be!
French-language schools and Acadian, Mi'kmaw and African Nova Scotia communities are near town. Antigonish's growing community of newcomers is bringing welcome diversity to a historically Scottish region, contributing to a burgeoning celebration of ethnic culture and food. Antigonish is home to the famous "Peace by Chocolate", owned by a family of Syrian entrepreneurs and peace ambassadors. Day and residential programs integrate individuals with diverse abilities into community activities through L'Arche Antigonish. Two new retirement residences have recently opened. A wide range of service organizations and activist coalitions will welcome you as a volunteer. Halifax, Cape Breton, New Brunswick, PEI, and numerous festivals are accessible for weekend or day trips. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is a 1-hour, 45-minute drive away.
To learn more about St. Martha's Regional Hospital view the video below from the staff and physicians who work at St. Martha's:
St. Martha's Regional Hospital