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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Locum to Permanent

About the Opportunity

The Dalhousie Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine is seeking anesthesiologists to join our team of over 100 members in the greater Halifax area (exact number of positions to be determined), to work within the Central Zone of Nova Scotia Health.  Multiple start dates possible.


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. The Department’s program of research, education and, more broadly, its academic mandate is also offered in conjunction with Horizon Health in New Brunswick.


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. The Department’s subspecialty anesthesia practice at NSH 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. 


As a member of the active staff, the successful applicants will provide comprehensive anesthetic clinical care to patients. Continuing appointments 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. The department also offers opportunities for paid protected time for research and education activities deemed to benefit the academic mission of the Department.



The positions will work within the clinical sites of the Central Zone of Nova Scotia Health, exact locations to be determined by the Head.  Staff 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 and NS Hospital, Dartmouth


There may be opportunities to provide clinical care in other sites (e.g., IWK Health Centre) 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




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; Participate in experiential teaching (e.g., simulation) and provide educational seminars as required.  
  • 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 and participating in Faculty of Medicine and health system meetings and committees where appropriate and when possible.  
  • 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

  • Full-time, part-time, with flexibility in FTE or for 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 
  • Sub-specialization with 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
  • Experience in a complex health sciences centre is a strong asset, as well as research and teaching experience 


Compensation depends on FTE assignment, hours worked and on-call schedules. The position is 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 and funding is managed by APMPM Administration Inc. a physician non-profit corporation.  The position is an independent contractor and is not an employee, servant or agent of the health authorities or Dalhousie University.  



The Nova Scotia Health and the Department of Health and Wellness offer various 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 the Department Head Dr. Janice Chisholm that addresses specific job requirements, confirms whether Royal college eligible and the voluntary self-identification, and specifies when the candidate is available to start work.
  • An updated CV;
  • Names of potential three referees.


Applications are due by June 1, 2024 by email at



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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.