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Clinical Director, Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment (NS PRA)

Department of Family Medicine

Dalhousie University

Position Summary

In response to the Governments platform commitment, the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine (DFM) is establishing a Practice Ready Assessment (PRA) program for Nova Scotia that aligns the Medical Council of Canada’s National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) standards and meets the requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSNS). The Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine is responsible to deliver a program for eligible international medical graduate (IMG) family physicians aimed at assessing their readiness to practice and make recommendation for licensure to CPSNS medicine in the province of Nova Scotia.

The intent of the program is to determine a candidate’s eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS). The program is comprised of a centralized assessment, orientation process and clinical field assessment and the Clinical Director will ensure that these components are of a high standard, capable of ensuring that successful candidates meet or exceed all requirements for gaining licensure in Nova Scotia.

The Clinical Director will oversee the development, implementation, continuous evaluation of the program including, program policies, procedures and protocols. As Clinical Director you possess excellent interpersonal skills with an aptitude for building enduring relationships with key stakeholders at a senior executive level.  You are comfortable being the spokesperson and champion for the program such as with the media. You are a proven leader who has passion and experience for building and mobilizing something new and committed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the NS PRA program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership and management of all aspects of the NS PRA Program, including long-term business planning, human resources, and finances.
  • Ensure NS PRA Program meets the standards of College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSNS), Medical Council of Canada (MCC); and aligns with the policies of Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness (DHW), Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), Department of Dalhousie Family Medicine (DFM).
  • Liaise with key stakeholders including the NSHA, CPSNS, MCC, and other provincial PRA programs.
  • Lead the recruitment and ensure the appropriate training of a collection of Assessors that ensures a sustainable program.
  • Oversee the development and delivery of a comprehensive orientation for all candidates.
  • Establish and provide leadership to ensure structures, processes and membership of the Selection, Recommendation, and Appeals Committee are aligned and successfully supporting the delivery of the NS PRA objectives.
  • Supervision of staff (Program Coordinator and Administrative) and all contracted services to deliver the NS PRA Program.

Qualification

An MD Degree and an unrestricted license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of NS. Ten or more years of clinical and management experience.  Knowledge of principles and theories of teaching and learning; knowledge of local and national context relevant to IMG practice readiness; experience in managing multiple projects or leading a component (e.g., sub-project) of a major project; experience in program evaluation, budget management, control processes.

This is a two-year, contract position with the opportunity of renewal.

Status: Prior to the program launch and during the first 12 months, the position will be 0.75 FTE and 0.5 FTE for subsequent years.

Remuneration: commensurate with experience

Start Date: to be negotiated

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The Department of Family Medicine and Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The Department of Family Medicine and Dalhousie University encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

We thank all participants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

The review of applications for this position will commence as soon as the competition closes.

Interested applicants are asked, by July 13, 2018, to 1) submit a current CV along with 3 references; and 2) a statement outlining their interests forwarded to:

Denise Lavoie, Executive Assistant c/o Dr. Greg Archibald, Department Head

Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University
8th Floor, 5909 Veterans’ Memorial Lane Halifax NS B3H 2E2
dfmadmin@dal.ca

 

** Individuals that have already appliedneed not re-apply **

 

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Clinician Researcher  (Assistant/Associate Professor) 1.0 FTE

Department of Family Medicine

Dalhousie University

 

Department of Family Medicine

Dalhousie University

The Department of Family Medicine (Halifax Site), Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), invite applications for a 1.0 full-time academic clinician researcher. Candidates will be appointed as Dalhousie Faculty and active staff with the Department of Family Practice in the Central Zone, NSHA. The position is targeted to those interested in a clinical research career.  The Department is looking for a 0.5 FTE research commitment to develop or continue one’s own program of primary care research in keeping with the themes in the Department and to participate collaboratively as a research team member with others in the Department. It is expected that the successful candidate will conduct grant funded research and obtain, local, national, and international research funding. This will include an active knowledge translation effort through publications, presentations and meetings with relevant stakeholders.

The successful applicant’s research activities will focus on the development of primary care/family medicine research projects that are relevant to the practice of Family Medicine in Nova Scotia and Canada and may include clinical and/or health services research.  We will consider quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research skills.

The remaining 0.5 FTE will be in clinical care, teaching and administration. This will involve provision of ambulatory, team-based, and comprehensive academic family medicine care including clinical supervision of medical learners.

Academic responsibilities will include: the training and evaluation of family medicine residents and the teaching of medical students; contributing to the academic development and administration of the university and health authority programs of family medicine; and the support of medical students, residents, graduate students and faculty in the development of research skills in primary care. This position offers exciting opportunities for career development within academic family medicine in a dynamic department with over 400 community-based family physicians in 64 communities in the three Maritime provinces. 

The successful candidate must have CCFP certification, be a current and ongoing member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be eligible to obtain a full license to practice in Nova Scotia.  A thesis based MSc/MA or PhD in a related health research discipline is also required. Preference will be given to those with previous health related research, those with experience in collaborative team based research and those who have experience in supervising research students.

Academic rank and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, with a continuing appointment commencing early to mid-2018. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The University encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

The review of applications for this position will commence as soon as the competition closes. 

Interested applicants are asked, by March 31, 2018, to 1) submit a current CV and a statement outlining their academic, clinical and scholarly interests; and the names and contact information of three referees, at least two of whom must be academic; 2) complete a self-identification questionnaire, available at www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid.

Denise Lavoie, Executive Assistant c/o Dr. Fred Burge, Selection Committee Chair

Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University       

8th Floor, 5909 Veterans’ Memorial Lane

dfmadmin@dal.ca