Family/General Practitioner - IHVHK-FP-865
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Date Posted: 01/12/2013
Kaslo is a rural village with an approximate population of 1,000 and has a surrounding catchment population of approximately 2,000.
Kaslo is located on Kootenay Lake and is surrounded by the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains, making the outdoor adventure options virtually limitless.
Take a houseboat, kayak, or canoe out on the lake, hike at one of the area's many provincial parks, or soak up revitalizing minerals at Ainsworth Hot Springs.
Culture and history are also an important part of this community, originally designated as a sawmill site in 1889, Kaslo grew on the silver boom of the 19th century, and retains much of the history from its mining days.
Today the town relies mainly on the industries of forestry and tourism to support its economy.
The Kaslo Jazz Festival, held every August long weekend, is a popular music event which attracts international performers and draws large audiences.
Kaslo boasts the type of lifestyle offered by clean streets, safe parks, pristine nature, and the kind of community where everyone is your neighbour.
Drive times to major centres are approximately two and a half hours to Cranbrook (223 km), four hours to Kelowna (408 km), and under an hour to Nelson (70 km).
Clinic Details:
  • Victorian Community Health Centre
  • The Victorian Community Health Centre is a 20-bed, multidisciplinary public clinic offering a variety of services in one location. The center consists of 18 residential care beds, two as Palliative Care beds with one doubling as Respite Care. Health Centre is willing to support foreign medical graduates through the process of obtaining CCFP. The current team consists of physicians and nurses providing primary care, continuing care and public health support. In addition to the core team, visiting health professionals include: an Optometrist, a Foot Care Nurse, a Diabetes Education Nurse, a Nicotine Intervention Counselor and a Dietician. The practice is also in the process of incorporating complementary medicine practitioners to join our services. Acute In-patient Care and Obstetrics are provided at Kootenay Lake General Hospital (KLH) in Nelson, which is just over one hour away. The types of services delivered in Kaslo are dependent on patient needs, but the facility primarily deals with chronic disease care, group medical visits, physiotherapy, mental health, home and community care, and public health nursing. Lab and X-ray are available two days per week.

    In emergency situations this community and physicians are supported by the High Acuity Response Team (HART). HART team consists of dedicated, highly trained critical care nurses responding with a BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) basic life support ambulance team to provide ground or air transport for acutely ill and injured patients from outlying rural and remote communities to higher levels of care. When required, a respiratory therapist will also be called in to assist. This advanced level of support allows the physician to stay in the community while knowing that his/her critically ill patients are being transported by a team of specialists. HART nurses for this community are based at Kootenay Regional Boundary Hospital in Trail, where they support the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit when not involved in patient transports.
Practice Details:
  • Seeking one full time or two part-time Family Physicians (prefer Board certified family Physician). A full complement of physicians would consist of 4 half-time physicians (2 FTE), at the Community Health Centre, a multi-disciplinary IHA public clinic including primary health nursing, chronic disease care, group medical visits, physiotherapy, mental health, home and community care, and public health nursing. The centre consists of a 3 bed Emergency Room and 18 bed residential care, with two as Palliative Care beds and one doubling as Respite Care, with no acute in-patient care, and no obstetrics. Lab and X-Ray are 2 days per week. A relaxed pace with good support from colleagues, time to adequately assess and work up complicated patients. Kaslo is surrounded by spectacularly beautiful lakes and mountains, offering numerous recreational opportunities. Reasonably priced real estate makes the community of Kaslo a desirable place to live and work. Office space and administrative support provided in the Primary Health Care Centre and all overhead is covered by Interior Health.

    Contact: Interior Health Authority, 204-2355 Acland Road, Kelowna BC, Telephone: 250-870-5812; Contact:

    Posted: 03/15/2013
    • Eligible for The College of Family Physicians of Canada Cert. (CCFP)
    • Doctorate in Medicine
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS)
    • Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification (ATLS)
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS)
    • Emergency experience
    • Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
Call Schedule:
  • Hours of work: ER & Clinic hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • On call requirements: 1:4 per 0.5 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
  • Payment Structure:
    • Service Contract
  • Estimated Gross Income:
    • Base $219,830 (prorated for less than full time)
  • Overhead:
    • Office space and administrative support provided in the Primary Health Care Centre. All covered by Health Authority
  • RSA Incentives:
    • Relocation assistance if eligible: $10,000 maximum or $15,000 maximum if move is over 3,000 km's or international with receipts.
    • Rural Continuing Medical Education (RCME): up to 2 years $1,320.00; in 3rd & 4th year $3,520.00; and over 4 years $5,720.00.
  • Additional Incentives:
    • RSA (Rural Subsidiary Agreement) Incentives:
    • Recruitment incentive: $20,000 (pro-rated for .5 Full Time Equivalent)
    • Retention fee premium: 22.82%
    • Retention flat fee: $19,951.20
    • For those interested, there may be opportunities to do outreach, locums or other short-term work within other Interior Health Communities.