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Opportunity ID:
2021-0708
Location:
St. Martha's Regional Hospital
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Opportunity:
Locum

Requisition ID: 117301 

Opportunity Type: Locum 

Estimated Annual Salary: 350,000 - 400,000 

Type of Remuneration: FFS - Fee For Service 

Other Incentives: Provincial Locum Program 

About the Opportunity

St. Martha's Regional Hospital (SMRH), in Antigonish, is seeking a general surgeon for a three month short-term appointment to join their team from January 2022 to March 2022.  Shorter time periods for coverage between January and March 2022 are also available to locums.  There is opportunity to engage in research and/or have medical teaching positions with Dalhousie University, should that be of interest. Surgeons at SMRH have access to OR and ambulatory clinic time. Office space attached to the hospital is available. Each general surgeon has access to at least one OR day and one scope day weekly. The OR is well equipped for laparoscopic surgery, with built-in screens. The first ERAS program in Nova Scotia has been initiated and piloted at SMRH, with plans underway to roll this program out provincially. SMRH is also leading the way in Nova Scotia in beginning to 'green' its OR operations, trying to reduce waste. 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.

General surgeons are joined by colleagues in:

  • anesthesia
  • emergency medicine
  • family medicine 
  • geriatrics
  • hospitalists
  • internal medicine (general and sub-specialty who cover the 6 bed ICU)
  • obstetrics/gynecology
  • ophthalmology
  • otolaryngology
  • palliative care
  • pediatrics
  • plastic surgery
  • psychiatry
  • radiology (U/S, CT, MRI, ECHO)
  • 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. 

Responsibilities

Duties include full scope of practice as a general surgeon providing care to patients within the eastern zone and participating in call.

The physician will be responsible to the Zone Department Head of Surgery for their professional responsibilities and quality of practice, and will operate within the Medical Staff Bylaws of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. 

Expected Hours

  • full-time
  • part-time
  • locum
  • on call (1:3)

Qualifications

Community Details

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 pickleball!) 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 Kan Jam league. You'll be surprised 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

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. 

 

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Eastern Zone: Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough

Failte (that’s “welcome”, for those not up to speed on their Gaelic)! Nova Scotia’s Guysborough County and Cape Breton Island are the centre of Atlantic Canada’s Gaelic culture. Kitchen parties are a way of life here, and you’re never far from the Highlands that inspired the region’s first immigrants to name the province New Scotland. Here, the view of a lifetime lives around every corner, and the friendliest people live in every community. Hike, cycle, swim, golf – all in an almost unreal beauty.