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Opportunity ID:
Cape Breton Regional Hospital
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Requisition ID: 161036 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 450,000 - 500,000 

Type of Remuneration: FFS - Fee For Service 

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

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About the Opportunity

About this opportunity:
The Department of Critical Care at Cape Breton Regional Hospital (CBRH) is seeking a skilled and well-rounded intensivist with base specialty training in either Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, or Anesthesiology to join our group. Successful applicant would work approximately 18 weeks of ICU annually as well as coverage of base specialty when not in ICU. Opportunities exist for academic appointments, and to engage in a variety of leadership projects and quality improvement endeavors


Our level-2 intensive care is staffed by two daytime intensivists with shared night call. We are an academic site affiliated with Dalhousie University and have regular medical students, residents, as well as ICU and GIM fellows. The ICU handles all critically ill patients in the catchment area and is well supported with equipment for point of care ultrasound, percutaneous tracheostomy, transesophageal echocardiography, and bronchoscopy. Responsibilities are divided between both daytime staff and include coverage of ICU as well as the Intermediate Medical Care Unit (IMCU), consultations, and code blue coverage in daytime hours. 

Expected Hours

Full Time

On call requirement 


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada with Critical Care designation, or eligible for examination 
  • Medical Doctorate (MD) or equivalent and have completed Critical Care subspecialty qualifications. 
  • Two recent references of good standing 
  • Hold and/or be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) 

Community Details

CBRH is the referral hospital for Cape Breton Island and Eastern Nova Scotia, with a catchment area of approximately 150,000. We are well staffed with every medical subspecialty. Surgical services include general surgery, orthopedic surgery, ENT, urology, OBGYN, plastic surgery. CBRH is undergoing an exciting $500 million redevelopment project with a new clinical services tower currently under construction. This will host a state of the art 12-bed ICU and 10-bed Intermediate Medical Care Unit (IMCU) / stepdown unit, an 8 bed Coronary Care Unit, and cardiac catheterization lab.  The hospital hosts a multitude of residency spots and will be the main centre for hands-on learning with the anticipated 2025 opening of the Cape Breton University medical school.


Voted by Travel and Leisure magazine as the top island destination in Canada, Cape Breton is home to a rich history with stunning natural beauty. Sydney is serviced by an airport with daily flights to Toronto and Montreal. It is in convenient proximity to all the major attractions on the Island including the world-famous Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are breathtaking landscapes to explore, hiking trails for all levels, a multitude of sandy beaches, and eight amazing golf courses including Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, also ranked as the top golf course in Canada. 


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.