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Opportunity ID:
Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre
Neils Harbour, Nova Scotia

Requisition ID: 100882 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 365,000 

Type of Remuneration: LFM - Longitudinal Family Medicine 

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

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About This Opportunity

The community of Neil’s Harbour is looking for a full-time family physician to join a three-Physician rural practice, located at Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre (BMCHC).  There is also opportunity for locum (1 week – 3 months)  and a short-term contract to cover a one-year maternity leave. Situated at the top of the world-famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, this rural medicine opportunity offers a very manageable work-life balance in an outdoor adventure paradise.  
The modern office space at the BMCHC was designed with the input from all disciplines to provide an integrated approach to care and delivery, including inpatient, outpatient, ED, and clinic-based services. Opened in 1999, the 10-bed short-term care facility serves a permanent population of 2,800 from 13 nearby coastal communities (Cape Smokey to Meat Cove). It also contains a community service wing that houses offices for Public Health, Continuing Care, a social worker, Addiction Services, and Palliative Care. Family Physicians may participate in the teaching of medical learners through Dalhousie University. It is equipped with an Accuro Electronic Medical Record and all required hardware. Call and emergency shifts outside the regular schedule are compensated in addition to the LFM.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Deliver comprehensive primary health care services to patients of all ages and stages of health or illness;
  • Work with other providers to provide inpatient care, nursing home care, after-hours access and emergency department coverage;
  • Provide low volume after hours call;
  • Participate in quality improvement and evaluation activities.


Community Details

    Neil's Harbour is a small fishing village in northern Cape Breton Island, in Victoria County, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located between Ingonish and Dingwall, just south of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. 
    Known as the top of the  Cabot Trail, this area is a hidden gem for tourists. The areas stunning ocean views and rugged shorelines make for some of the world’s best scenery. The numerous trails embedded amongst the trees and waterways is inviting hikers, mountain bikers and cyclists to explore some of nature’s best all year. All this anchored by the world-class Highland Links golf course. The community of Neil’s Harbour and the surrounding area is positioned for growth with the expanding Cape Smokey Ski Resort featuring Atlantic Canada’s first gondola, making the area a four- season attraction.

    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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    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.