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Opportunity ID:
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Requisition ID: 168121 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 400,000 - 450,000 

Type of Remuneration: AFP - Academic Funding Plan 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs:  

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About the Opportunity

The Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine is seeking a chronic pain management physician to join our team of approximately 100 staff in the greater Halifax area, Nova Scotia to work within the Central Zone of Nova Scotia Health. Multiple start dates possible, with some in spring and others in summer 2024.

The Department is a clinical and academic Department affiliated with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine and two health authorities: Nova Scotia Health (NSH) and IWK Health in Nova Scotia.

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 has national and international outreach initiatives, and innovation in airway management. It administers leading edge programs in perioperative medicine, perioperative blood management, and pain management. The Nova Scotia Health Pain Management Unit is an outpatient clinic that with the referral of a healthcare provider provides assessments, treatments and education o persons living with chronic pain.

This position will be primarily focused on chronic pain management, and if an anesthesiologist, may also deliver anesthesia care. They will 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.

Expected hours:
Full-time, part-time and locums (negotiable) 
Participation in on-call schedules, as required


The position will work primarily at the Dickson Building, QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, with satellite sites at the Hants Community Hospital, Windsor and the Pain & Addiction Albro Lake Clinic, Dartmouth.

There may be opportunities to provide clinical care in other sites in the Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health under the direction of the Head. The positions may be required to work up to a maximum of three weeks per year in other locations in Nova Scotia.

Language of Work:  English


  • Effectively and safely deliver the full scope of sub-speciality chronic pain management care to patients, including chronic opioid management, non-opioid pharmacologic treatment as well as interventional procedures with ultrasound and fluoroscopy. 
  • Participate in collaborative chronic pain assessment and management with allied health professionals.
  • 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, 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


  • 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 with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada (or equivalent) in their base specialty, with additional sub-specialty training in pain medicine (e.g., FRCPC Pain Medicine, US Board Certification in Pain Medicine or equivalent).
  • Coverage with Canadian Medical Protective Association.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills with a focus on patient safety and quality.
  • Strong assets include experience in a complex health sciences centre; experience and interest in pain research; and ASRA or equivalent pain ultrasound certification.
  • Preference may be given to those whose base speciality background is Physiatry, Neurology or Psychiatry or those with an interest in pain research.


Compensation will depend on FTE, hours worked and call coverage. If the candidate is an anesthesiologist or specialist, the position will be compensated through the 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 position is an independent contractor and is not an employee, servant or agent of the health authorities or Dalhousie University.

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 by January 15, 2024 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
  • the names of three potential references.

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.