Monthly Archives: July 2015

JOB POSTING: Family Medicine / GP

Family Medicine / GP
Family Physician $300K+/Year

Job ID: 941

Located one and a half hours north of Toronto in the heart of cottage country, this small community has much to offer an incoming physician. Great income potential with living expenses much lower than large city prices.

Practice Overview

•  One of two existing Family Physicians leaving August 1st for family reasons and the incoming physician will inherit 2,000 patients with the opportunity to take on more if desired
•  The patient population covers all age groups and provides a variety of acute and chronic care experience
•  The overhead is very competitive at approximately 20%

•  Clinic has full EMR
•  No on-call requirements

•  This is a fee-for-service opportunity

•  The current physicians are enrolled in a CCM model that also provides a yearly preventative care bonus and capitation payments for the number of patients enrolled

•  Location qualifies for Underserviced Area Grant by MOH of $80K payable over 4 years

Full the full ad, including application information.

Electronic medical record use paused in Nova Scotia hospitals

Doctors Nova Scotia says Nova Scotia’s Department of Health Wellness’s decision to pause the use of electronic medical records (EMR) in provincial hospitals is causing “quite a bit of anxiety.”

The decision came after nine health authorities merged into one back in April. Some hospitals were using electronic records while others did not — for medical and legal risks — so the health department is looking to take “a consistent, provincial approach with a fully integrated system.”

Dr. Michael Wadden, a family physician in Kentville and the chair of the Doctors Nova Scotia IT Steering Committee, told CBC it “needs to be quickly and reasonably figured out.” Wadden went on to say that the decision makes physicians’ care for patients “less effective” and has put many doctors “in limbo.”

The decision does not apply to physicians who have already been approved to use electronic medical records, or physicians practising outside of hospitals.

Health department figures show that about 70 per cent of family doctors in Nova Scotia use electronic medical records, as well as 43 per cent of community-based specialists, but the government wants to increase those numbers. Since 2004, the provincial government has spent $37 million establishing electronic medical record systems.


Demand for psychiatrists in U.S. at all-time high: new report

Demand for psychiatrists in the United States is at an all-time high, according to an annual report tracking physician recruiting trends.

Prepared by Merritt Hawkins, the leading physician search firm in the U.S., the 2015 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives tracks the 3,120 physician and advanced practitioner recruiting assignments the firm conducted from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. Now in its 22nd year, the report indicates that Merritt Hawkins was retained to conduct more searches for psychiatrists in the prior 12 months than in any other similar period in its 27-year history. Psychiatrists trailed only primary care doctors on the list of the firm’s 20 most in-demand medical specialties.

“Psychiatrists are aging out of practice at a time when demand for their services is spiking,” said Travis Singleton, senior vice president of Merritt Hawkins. “Finding a psychiatrist willing to practice in an inpatient setting is like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

Continue reading in The Medical Post

CanAm working towards ending doctor shortage in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia needs doctors more than ever, but John Philpott, CEO of CanAm Physician Recruiting, says it’s getting more difficult to keep them here.

“The Middle East is a very rich place, and they’re restructuring their health system to seek Western-trained doctors, which is going to be a massive drain on Canada,” says Philpott. “Nova Scotia needs to take action in order to prevent all of our doctors from being lured by double the salary — tax-free — all expenses paid, and access to all of the services you can imagine.”

CanAm Physician Recruiting is Canada’s most trusted international physician recruitment firm, and has been placing doctors in positions worldwide for nearly two decades.

In order to effectively recruit in any field, Philpott says it’s a matter of putting Nova Scotia on the map and selling it as a great place to live and practice — which is exactly what CanAm does every day.

“Nova Scotia has the warmest climate in Canada, we’re strategically located for easy international travel, we have excellent universities, and you’re never more than three hours from the centre of it all,” says Philpott. “We have two offices here. Who better to sell Nova Scotia than us?”

CanAm recently recruited a skilled obstetrician to Antigonish — a town which had been suffering in recent years from a physician shortage.

“Antigonish is a gem, really, because it’s a nice town that has a well-run hospital with very little politics,” says Philpott. “It’s a wonderful place to live and practice, and we were happy to be able to bring such a fine OB to their town.”

Philpott says the province’s trouble is that in-house recruiters and hospital administrators are limited in their ability to reach out to interested physicians. When they do, they can only promote one specific area — and everybody likes to see all of their options on the table.

David Nurse, Regional Manager with CanAm Physician Recruiting, says being in the private recruitment sector allows he and his CanAm colleagues to work with candidates in their own time zones. They can also have longer discussions with them, which isn’t usually possible for a government employee working Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re not civil servants,” says Nurse. “We live and work in Nova Scotia, so we can really sell people on the lifestyle of Nova Scotia.”

Nurse says the challenge is making international medical graduates aware of the career opportunities that exist here in Nova Scotia.

“Sometimes a candidate is under the impression that they’re able to move to Toronto and start practicing tomorrow without any help,” explains Nurse. “We’re able to bring Nova Scotia into the conversation, and de-mystify it — tell them about what life is like, and what kinds of supports are available here for them.”

Nurse says practicing in rural Nova Scotia is “a very viable option” for many international medical graduates.

“The salaries can be quite good, and it’s an enjoyable lifestyle for families who are just getting settled in Canada,” says Nurse. “We recently recruited a physician here from Fort St. John, BC, where he was so isolated. But even living in rural Nova Scotia, you’re never very far from anything.”

Although Nova Scotia faces a serious doctor shortage, Philpott says there’s a mentality in government that Nova Scotia has too many doctors, and that these doctors are overpaid. He believes that perception is based on a study that doesn’t take the whole picture into consideration.

“It didn’t take into account that Nova Scotia has an aging population, and that includes aging physicians,” says Philpott. “We have a lot of geriatric patients who require chronic disease management.”

“We don’t have enough physicians to keep up with the demand, and Nova Scotia should be using every tool that’s available to them for recruitment.”

CSI Inc. helps physicians cut through red tape

A job in a new licensing board is within your grasp, and the only thing standing in your way is a few pieces of paper.

Trish Dehmel, Director of CSI Inc. in Halifax, says her job is to help physicians cut through the red tape — allowing them to obtain those documents quickly and easily.

“It can be hard for individuals to contact the right people in some countries — or even to know who to contact — and how to get them to take you seriously,” says Dehmel. “Providing criminal checks is not a priority in some foreign countries, and so they may not attach as much importance to providing the results as we do in North America.”

In some instances, records are centralized to the region in which they lived, searches cannot be conducted nationally, and data may only be obtainable for the past seven years.

A former federal police office, Dehmel knows the industry inside out and has been helping healthcare professionals navigate the system for the last decade.

CSI employees work with healthcare professionals, hospitals, private clinics, and licensing colleges in order to simplify the process of obtaining police clearance checks and certificates of conduct.

The requirements are different for each licensing board. In Nova Scotia, for example, a new physician needs a criminal records search to satisfy the requirements of the College of Physicians and surgeons. If they plan on working for Capital Health or the IWK Health Centre, they will also need a search of the pardoned sex offender database, which requires a set of fingerprints and takes about two weeks.

But it’s not always as easy as it sounds.

“We often work with physicians who are in Canada and apply for a job within a new board, and the board says ‘Well, you worked in Saudi Arabia, so you need to provide a criminal record check from Saudi Arabia,’ or ‘You worked in four different U.S. states. We need checks from all of them,’” explains Dehmel. “That’s where we can help.”

In many cases, a criminal record search can be ordered on CSI’s website using a system called e-Consent. You’ll be asked five “out of wallet” questions about things that only you would know, and answering correctly allows the system to verify your identity without a passport or fingerprints.

While many people still refer to the “vulnerable sector check” that was in place prior to 2009, Dehmel says it’s now a search of the pardoned sex offender database. It involves using fingerprints to ensure a person is not listed in the sexual assault database under any name, in any province. CSI has a portal service with the College of Physicians and Surgeons so the results are reported directly to them.

Dehmel says healthcare professionals are welcome to call CSI with questions about the process, and they have resources and contacts in most countries around the world.

“We provide fast, efficient service, and make the process easier for professionals who need these documents,” says Dehmel. “We’re here to help.”

Dr. Gus Grant Elected President of FMRAC

Dr. Gus Grant has been elected President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC). Dr. Grant, AB, LLB, CCFP, is the Registrar & CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

FMRAC is a national organization with the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities as its members. FMRAC develops positions and policies on issues relating to the regulation of medicine in Canada.

H/T College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia

JOB POSTING: Pediatrics

Rare Opportunity to Purchase a Private Multi-Specialty Pediatric Practice

Job ID: 953

START DATE 2015/06/30

Overview & Scope

This is a rare and exceptional opportunity to purchase a Private Multi-Specialty Pediatric Practice in Toronto, Ontario that has built up a strong and thriving practice over the past ten years. The scope of practice includes:

  • General Pediatrics
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Eye Clinic
  • ENT Clinic
  • Foot Clinic
  • Asthma Clinic
  • Travel Clinic

Located in the metropolitan city of Toronto, Ontario and next to a community hospital, X-Ray center and pharmacy. Ten year lease in building.

No calls or hospital attendance required.

Income Potential

Gross billings for General Pediatrics is $950,000 – $1,000,000 annually. Revenue from other services covers all operating expenses thereby generating a net profit around $1 million annually.

View the full job posting here.