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Opportunity ID:
Fishermen's Memorial Hospital
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Requisition ID: 102180 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 250,000 - 300,000 

Type of Remuneration: APP- Alternative Payment Plan 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs: Relocation Program; Site Visit Program 

Department of Health & Wellness Incentives: Tuition Relief; Debt Assistance; Family Medicine Bursary Program 


About This Opportunity

South Shore Regional Hospital, Fisherman's Memorial Hospital and Queens General Hospital are seeking applications for a permanent full-time Certified Palliative Medicine Physician a palliative care physician to join the palliative care team.   This position provides coverage to Lunenburg and Queens Counties. Third year competency in palliative care or equivalent is required for this position. A supportive interdisciplinary palliative care team is in place and consists of palliative care nurses, social workers, administrative assistant, and program manager.
In addition to playing an important clinical role, collaboration and consultation to family physicians and medical specialists using a shared-care model.
CCFP certified (or equivalent) candidates must have a certificate of added competence (or equivalent) in Palliative Care. FRCPC certified candidates must have either a certificate of added competence (or equivalent) in Palliative Care or Royal College certification (or equivalent) in Palliative Medicine. 
Preference will be given based on full time experience in palliative medicine. Candidates must be eligible for specialty licensure in Nova Scotia and must be able to independently commute to a variety of care settings served by our service,  As the only palliative physician with the team, this means travelling across Queens and Lunenburg counties to see over 250 palliative patients in a year, at home and in three local hospitals, averaging about 1200 km a month.
Care is provided in all care settings in the area including hospital, home, LTC, and assisted living residences.  The Palliative Care physician is responsible to follow patients after initial consult with appropriate visits, phone support and collaboration with the patient’s other health care providers, in a manner that is most supportive of each family physician and patient. The physician works closely with the palliative care team. This team is an important part of the South Shore medical community.

The Palliative Physician is currently consulted for 80-90% of all referrals to the Specialist Team, equating to on average, 85-95 patients on our caseload (including "low priority" patients) at any given time.  In 2018 and 2019, we saw a ratio of about 5:3 for malignant vs. non-malignant referral, in 2020 this has changed to a ratio of 2:1.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • for the development and delivery of interprofessional initiatives in Palliative Care across all faculties
  • provided care in all care settings in the area including hospital, home, LTC, and assisted living residences
  • follow patients after initial consult with appropriate visits, phone support and collaboration with the patient’s other health care providers, in a manner that is most supportive of each family physician and patient
  • participation in medical assistance in dying (MAID), is not mandated, you can choose to participate
  • work closely with the palliative care team
  • act as a patient’s advocate
  • prescribe and administer medications and treatments, CADD pumps usage
  • mentor longitudinal integrated clerkship students and family medicien residents from Dalhousie University

Expected Hours

  • full Time
  • Monday to Friday, 7.5 hours per day
  • 5-8 paitents per day, depending on travel time, average of 250 palliative patients in a year
  • on call requirement is frequent, palliative physicians in Yarmouth, Kentville and Halifax, will assist with vacation coverage.


Community Details

Lunenburg is a most desirable community for a wide range of individuals. Here, you live in a peaceful place where the air is fresh, the climate is moderate, and where all modern amenities exist – always amidst natural breathtaking beauty. It is a tourist hub during the summer months as it is rich with heritage and vibrant activity. All year-round, residents enjoy the diverse local shops, working waterfront, and farmers markets that are never more than a few minutes away.

Lunenburg is steeped in art, music, and culture. There is an abundance of opportunity to take part in community groups like an active heritage society, book clubs, and writing clubs. The town boasts some of the finest restaurants in the Maritimes, yet you will likely find that favourite little coffee shop or pub to meet with friends and family. Art galleries are found on almost every street and live theatre or musical event is never far away. Lunenburg attracts festivals every year like Folk Harbour Music Festival, Festival of Crafts, and Folk Art Festival

Recreation is abundant. Tennis courts, a golf course, a curling rink, yacht club, bowling alley, swimming pool, and a community centre overflow with stimulating activities. As a port town, you will often find yourself on well-groomed hiking trails that overlook the ocean.  From anywhere in town, the hospital is only a few minutes away. Lunenburg is also only 20 minutes away from the Town of Bridgewater, an active community which contains "big box" shopping, multiplex theatre, and South Shore Regional Hospital. Build the life and career you want in Lunenburg, starting with this video: Practice Here Now

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine.  

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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