ED to Home General Practitioner

Current Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Part Time
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Family Medicine
Shift/Hours of Work
Shifts available 7 days per week, 7.5 hour day shift with start/end times negotiable.
Sessional Billing
Shared office space in Emergency room, telephone, fax, email provided by VIHA at no cost.
Community Information

Vancouver Island’s second largest city, Nanaimo is situated midway on the east coast, 115 kilometres north of Victoria and is in close proximity to Vancouver. The community offers a wide array of educational and cultural opportunities for families. Recreational activities abound including year-round golf, spectacular winter skiing within one hour’s drive, and all manner of water sport activities.

If you seek balance between your personal and professional life in a location where the outdoor living is easy then we invite you to consider Nanaimo…the perfect climate for your future!

Job Summary

The ED to Home program is seeking part-time general practitioner physicians to join 3 other GP physicians that provide services in the Emergency Room at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The NRGH ED to Home initiative is focused on reducing avoidable admissions in clients aged 70+ from the Nanaimo region who present to the emergency room at NRGH. The initiative is targeting the priority populations including the frail elderly, chronic complex and end of life patients. The ED to Home GP’s work with the ED team which includes a team lead, liaison nurse and social work to assess the patients and arrange/coordinate all of their needs in the community. The Community Rapid Response clinicians work closely with the ED team to facilitate rapid discharge from ED to Home.
Ed to Home physician services include:
•  Diagnose and form a treatment plan for an acutely ill patient who would otherwise be admitted to the acute care setting.
•  De-prescribe unnecessary and harmful medications.
•  Discuss and ascertain goals of care of patients, applying a palliative approach where indicated.
•  Access resources from community team, coordination with primary care physicians, and planning for discharge of medically complex patients.
•  Manage risk and uncertainty and ensure adequate and safe handover with community practitioners.
•  Assist in intensive medical management in the community for 48 to 72 hours post emergency room discharge.
•  Provide and disseminate consult notes as required.
•  Act as a medical liaison between the ED and primary care physician in the community.
•  Co-lead interdisciplinary rounds with the ED/Community teams for thorough discharge planning.
•  Participate in the evaluation of the efficiency, quality and delivery of the services, including participation in medical audits, peer and interdisciplinary reviews, chart reviews, and incident report reviews.


Education, Training and Experience


Full Licensure with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia


Please forward your CV, cover letter and the names of three references to:

Melissa Allen, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator
Email:  physicians@viha.ca
Fax:  250-716-7747
Further questions can be answered by Dr. Derek Poteryko, Medical Director Community Health (Nanaimo) Email: derek.poteryko@viha.ca

We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest and only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to confirm the receipt of individual applications or resumes.