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Opportunity ID:
St. Martha's Regional Hospital
Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Requisition ID: 158231 

Opportunity Type: Locum 

Estimated Annual Salary: 300,000 - 350,000 

Type of Remuneration: Daily Rate 


About the Opportunity

Locum in beautiful Antigonish, Nova Scotia as a general internist this summer. Short-term contracts available June 2023 through to September 2023. 
St. Martha's Regional Hospital, located in the community of Antigonish, has an opportunity for a locum general internist to join its team this summer. The internal medicine group currently includes a cardiologist, and three general internists, and has a well-established respirology presence. Inpatient call is equally shared and includes a 6-bed ICU.   
St. Martha's Regional Hospital is approximately a 90 bed facility with more than 60 physicians practicing in a variety of medical specialties and sub-specialties. SMRH is approximately two hours from the region's tertiary care centre, QEII Health Sciences Centre, and the tertiary care pediatric facility, the IWK Health Centre, which provides neonatal support. 
This facility serves a population of nearly 40,000 from Antigonish, Guysborough, and surrounding communities. General internists are joined by colleagues in:

  • anesthesiology 
  • obstetrics/gynecology
  • psychiatry
  • emergency medicine
  • geriatrics
  • family medicine
  • pediatrics
  • hospitalists
  • plastic surgery
  • ophthalmology
  • otolaryngology 
  • general surgery
  • radiology (U/S, CT, MRI, ECHO)
  • palliative care
  • visiting oncology and neurology

Community based care is further supported by a men's and women's health centre, chronic pain clinic, methadone 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 workplace. 
Locum is expected to participate in the call schedule for ICU and IM as well as provide outpatient care appropriate to their subspecialty. Call covers the SMRH along with offering advice and transferring patients from the nearby Guysborough Memorial Hospital and Strait-Richmond Hospital in Cape Breton.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide hospital and call support (for ICU and Internal Medicine) as required
  • Participate in outpatient care
  • Provide advice and counsel to nearby rural hospitals

Expected Hours

  • Full Time
  • On call requirement


Locum Incentive Eligibility for Specialists
The following will be paid to physicians for providing locum coverage as noted above: 

  • Minimum daily income guarantee- $1200/day plus an additional subsidy amount up to $400/day (or ICU funding where applicable) 
  • NSHA will consult with MSI (as administrator of Department of Health & Wellness-DHW programming) to estimate and determine the amount of the additional subsidy (on top of the daily income guarantee) based on but not limited to, contract rates, FFS billings, etc. DHW will make final determination 
  • Physicians will have the option of billing FFS, in which case all criteria other than the income guarantee and additional subsidy will apply.
  • Per Diem at $175/day-Mileage & bridge tolls (as per locum program guidelines)
  • Required CPSNS Licensing fees (if applicable)
  • Cover flight costs – up to a maximum of $1000 (receipts required)
  • Cover 100% of accommodations
  • $100 per hour for drive time – up to maximum of $300 each way


Eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)

Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)

Eligible for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)

Community Details

Antigonish is a vibrant, university town, with many outdoor amenities and proximity to dozens of beautiful beaches. In addition to sport recreation activities, Antigonish has an abundance of heritage centres that promote the tourism and business sector. With dozens of independent boutiques, services, restaurants, and chain stores, you'll find all you need here. We are a just a two hour drive from Halifax, 90 minutes from Stanfield International Airport, 40 minutes from the ferry terminal to Prince Edward Island, and at the gateway to gorgeous Cape Breton Island.
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. The surrounding County of Antigonish boasts spectacular natural beauty, and 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 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 fresh-water swimming, spectacular hiking trails, an 18-hole golf course, a boating club, great fishing spots, tennis & pickleball courts, cycling on little-trafficked back roads as well as a popular short-track speedway. There is mountain biking and disc golf on Keppoch Mountain and a Kan Jam league.

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.