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Opportunity ID:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Requisition ID: 167790 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 400,000 - 450,000 

Type of Remuneration: AFP - Academic Funding Plan 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs:  

For information and to determine eligibility for Department of Health and Wellness Incentives, please contact

About the Opportunity

The Dalhousie University Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine is seeking anesthesiologists (multiple positions) to join our clinical/academic department of over 100 members in the greater Halifax area to work within the Central Zone of Nova Scotia Health. 

Working within the province’s quaternary and tertiary care centres, the Department provides a full spectrum of specialty anesthesia care to patients in Atlantic Canada as well as nationally and internationally through outreach initiatives, and innovation in airway management. It administers leading edge programs in perioperative medicine, perioperative blood management and pain management. Within Nova Scotia Health,  subspecialty anesthesia practice comprises pain management, cardiac anesthesia, neurosurgical anesthesia, thoracic anesthesia and transplantation. Surgical services supported by anesthesia within hospitals include but are not limited to orthopedics, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial, cardiac surgery, vascular, ENT, plastic, neuro, thoracic, transplantation, urology and adult trauma. 

Successful candidates may be granted a faculty appointment (minimally at the rank of Assistant Professor) at Dalhousie University upon hire and will support the academic mandate of the Department through administrative, education and research activities within the field of anesthesia, pain management and perioperative medicine. There are opportunities for paid protected time for research and education activities that benefit the academic mission of the Department.


Successful candidates may be required to work at any site within the boundaries of the Central Zone, including:

  • QEII Health Sciences Centre, at both the Halifax Infirmary (HI) and the Victoria General (VG) sites, Halifax
  • Dartmouth General Hospital, Dartmouth
  • Hants Community Hospital, Windsor
  • Scotia Surgery, Dartmouth

All positions may be required to work up to a maximum of three weeks per year in other locations in Nova Scotia.

Language of Work



Regular full-time and locums, negotiable. 


  • Effectively and safely deliver the full scope of speciality anesthesia care/services to patients.
  • Fully and equitably participate in the relevant on-call schedule(s).
  • Participate in patient safety and quality improvement activities and rounds.
  • Participate in clinical teaching and instructing as required in undergraduate, postgraduate and fellowship programs.
  • Contribute to the research activities of the Department as a clinician scientist, the details of which will be negotiated with the Department Head or designate on an annual basis and will depend on the needs of the Department.
  • Participate actively in departmental administration through involvement in departmental meetings and committees.
  • Provide effective communications to patients and their families, engaging them in their care planning and decisions.
  • Foster positive, respectful and collaborative relationships with students, residents and clinical and administrative colleagues.

Expected Hours

  • Permanent full-time, 0.8 FTE to 1.0 FTE with flexibility in FTE or shorter-term locum opportunities.
  • Participation in on-call schedules.


  • Doctorate in Medicine (or suitable equivalent such as Doctor of Osteopathy);
  • Eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia;
  • Have certification as an anesthesiologist with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or in exceptional cases, will consider those eligible to write the Royal College exams;
  • Fellowship training and/or a demonstrated excellence in academic medicine through clinical experience;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills with a focus on patient safety and quality; and
  • Experience in a complex health sciences centre is a strong asset, as well as research or teaching experience.


Compensation depends on FTE assignment, hours worked and on-call schedules. The positions are compensated by APMPM Administration Inc. through the Department’s Clinical Academic Funding Plan (CAFP), a multi-stakeholder agreement that provides block funding to compensate physicians and cover departmental operational costs.  The Department’s Practice Plan outlines the ways in which the revenues are distributed by the members.  


The Nova Scotia Health and the Department of Health and Wellness offer various site visit and relocation incentives that the applicants may wish to pursue. Information can be found at:

How to Apply

We are committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. Candidates are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letter if they identify with one of the above-mentioned groups.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians, permanent residents and those legally able to work in Canada will be given priority.

Interested applicants are asked to submit the following to
A cover letter addressed to Dr. Janice Chisholm, Department Head that includes:
how your qualifications and experience meet the specific job requirements; 
your self-identification as listed above (optional); 
whether you can legally work in Canada and when you are available to start work
An updated CV; and
Names of potential three referees.

Applications are due by January 15, 2024 by email at

Carmelle d’Entremont, Chief Operating Officer
Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine

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.