Primary Care Physician (0.5 FTE)
We are seeking a Primary Care Physician who is passionate about promoting health and wellness equity in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) to join the Primary Care team at Kilala Lelum Health Centre. KL’s aim is to provide healthcare services through a culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, and harm reduction approach. The PC Physician will support the program by providing holistic, collaborative medical care to members (patients) accessing the primary care clinic.
The Primary Care Physician will work in an environment dedicated to Indigenous health and wellness alongside and in collaboration with a team of primary care providers, including other Physicians, Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners. This team aims to provide culturally-safe and effective primary care for people of all nations that is both inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness, substance use disorder, or concurrent disorders. Our goal is to meet the holistic needs of the patient and to provide access to services and integration across the care continuum.
The PC Physician must embrace the “patient medical home+” model of care and support continuous quality improvement, clinical education, and research. The PC Physician should embrace the core values of KL, which include: the promotion of equity & wellness, respect, kindness, and Indigenous cultures and knowledge.
Under the guidance of the Primary Care Co-Leads, KL Physicians work to uphold best practice guidelines and, in conjunction with the Indigenous Health Lead, help create a working partnership model of care with Indigenous Elders and traditional Knowledge Keepers. The aim of this collaboration is to facilitate the inclusion of Indigenous health and wellness practices and approaches in the primary care setting.
This role will also work closely with a multidisciplinary team of Medical Office Assistants, Elders, Outreach Workers, Social Workers, Dieticians, Counsellors, and Peer-Community Health Workers.
Qualifications & Skills:
- A medical degree, CCFP (or equivalent) license for independent medical practice from the College of Physician and Surgeons of BC, and CMPA or equivalent malpractice insurance coverage. Preference will be given to candidates with Indigenous ancestry and to those with significant lived experience working with Indigenous people.
- Expert knowledge of inner-city primary care, substance use disorders, and adult education principles, methods, and tools. Pediatric experience an asset and/or a demonstrated willingness to increase pediatric abilities. A commitment to ongoing professional development in Indigenous Cultural Safety is an expectation.
- A commitment to developing knowledge and relationships that will support the facilitation of patient access to Indigenous healing modalities; knowledge of the social, political, and historical impacts of colonization on the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples; knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that impact Indigenous Peoples’ health; and a broad knowledge of Indigenous cultures within North America.
- Ability to work alongside and in partnership with colleagues to help the Primary Care team achieve its aims and objectives.
- Ability to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds, adjust to new or unexpected events, the skills and experience to deal with and/or guide others in resolution of conflicts, and a willingness to provide consultation, leadership, and work direction.
- An acceptable Criminal Record Check and be in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
- Flexible, team-oriented, and committed to respectful, collaborative problem solving with team members.
- Demonstrated commitment to culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, harm reduction and recovery-oriented practices.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
- Primary Care Physician responsibilities will take place at 626 Powell Street during the clinic’s operating hours (approx. 9-5 PM); the role includes occasional outreach by physicians with the support of outreach teams.
- Administrative duties can be completed on- or offsite.
This position is supervised by the Primary Care Co-Leads and the Executive Director.
- The PC Physician will be paid by a salaried service contract administered by VCHA for 20 hours/week. The salary is indexed to the current BC sessional rate as laid out in the BC Physician Master Agreement.
Please email Lauren Leslie, HR Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) detailing your interest in the position.