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Dartmouth General Hospital
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Long Term Assignment

Requisition ID: 141873 

Opportunity Type: Long Term Assignment 

Estimated Annual Salary: $78,000 - $104k


About This Opportunity

The Emergency Department at the Dartmouth General Hospital is seeking a certified Physician Assistant to join the interdisciplinary team involved in the provision of clinical care to patients and their families, engage in quality and safety processes, and participate in trainee education and academic activities. Guided by a series of medical directives, the successful applicant will be assigned a Primary Supervising Physician and provide clinical services under the direct supervision of Emergency Department attending physicians. This position will offer the PA an opportunity to work to full scope of practice.

The position will report to the Health Services Manager Emergency Department with functional reporting relationship to the Primary Supervising Physician.

Dartmouth General Hospital is an acute care hospital with 24-hour emergency, inpatient and outpatient, medical, surgical, and critical care that has been operating since 1976. Located in Dartmouth, it serves approximately 300,000 people each year from Dartmouth and Halifax Regional Municipality. 
DGH has 122 inpatient beds and 8 intensive care unit beds. The facility offers extensive outpatient services, outreach programs, and medical diagnostics and also has an extensive surgical program, including:
general surgery
ear nose and throat
plastic surgery
oral maxillofacial
cancer and supportive care
respiratory services
emergency medicine
diagnostic imaging (general radiography, mammography, CT scanning)

laboratory services
renal dialysis
medical and surgical unit
rehabilitation services
occupational therapy
volunteer services
general surgery
plastic surgery
otolaryngology (ENT: ear nose and throat)
nutrition and diabetic counselling


Duties to be fulfilled by the Physician Assistant include: 

  • Obtain health history as appropriate, including patient demographics, chief complaint, history of the present illness or injury, past medical, surgical, family and psychosocial history, medications, allergies and systems review.  
  • Conduct comprehensive and focused physical assessments and interpret findings. This includes assessment of vital signs, inspection, palpation, and examination of all major body systems. In addition, the PA performs psychological, ob-gyn, neonatal, paediatric and geriatric assessments.  
  • Utilize primary and secondary assessment results to formulate a differential diagnosis and determine if further clinical investigation is required. 
  • Order and complete preliminary interpretation of necessary diagnostic tests, which may include, but are not limited to, haematology, microbiology, chemistry, serology, urinalysis, blood gas, ECG, peak flow and plain film x-ray.  
  • Perform the following diagnostic procedures: ECG, Peak expiratory flow tests, Slit lamp examination (including fluorescein dye and intraocular pressure measurement), Visual acuity, Pap smear. 
  • Collect blood samples (arterial and venous), minor surgical samples, body secretions and body fluids (semen, sputum, wound drainage, and urine). 
  • Formulate a treatment and management plan based on assessment and investigation results, availability of services and special needs of patient. 
  • Implement effective treatment plans that include preventive and therapeutic interventions, demonstrating  appropriate procedural skills, as determined by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Scope of Practice and National Competency Profile, and the supervising physician.  
  • Collaborate with and seek appropriate consultation from the supervising physician and other health professionals involved in the patient’s care to work as physician extender. 

Expected Hours

  • full-time


  • Successful completion of a recognized accredited Physician Assistant educational program in Canada or the United States of America 
  • Certification through the Physician Assistant’s Certification Council (PACC) or National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) 
  • Membership with the Canadian Association of the Physician Assistants 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Ability to work in an inter-professional healthcare environment
  • Must have recent well rounded clinical experience and preferably been exposed to Emergency Medicine in the workplace or as part of clinical training
  • written and spoken competence in English is required
  • all applicants must have a current PALS Certification (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) Certification  
  • all applicants must have a current ATLS Certification (Advanced Trauma Life Support) Certification
  • all applicants must have a current ACLS Certification (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Certification 

Community Details

Dartmouth is a great place for getting outside and appreciating its natural beauty on land and water. In addition to its green spaces, the City of Lakes boasts 23 lakes that provide opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing and swimming. Lake Banook is a world-class paddling course, where regattas are often held. The city features many parks and walking trails and easy access to the unspoiled coastal beauty of the Eastern Shore.

The urban centre across the harbour from downtown Halifax offers visitors everything from family restaurants, global cuisine, breweries and brewpubs, celtic pubs, and romantic bistros to traditional bakeries and fish & chip shops. On Saturdays, the Alderney Landing Farmers' Market provides marketgoers with an amazing selection of baked goods, ethnic dishes, and more..

Known affectionately as the City of Lakes, Dartmouth sits across the harbour from Halifax, sharing its urban energy and cosmopolitan feel but with a charm all its own: see for yourself, here!

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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Central Zone: Halifax, Eastern Shore, and Windsor-West Hants

From the modern yet historic city of Halifax, to the rugged and wild Eastern Shore, this region of Nova Scotia is a compelling study of contrasts. The largest city east of Montreal, Halifax is the cosmopolitan centre, bursting with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. But just a short drive (or bike ride) out of the city, the allure of nature envelopes you. Imagine dinner and the theatre at night, surfing and hiking the next morning.