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Permanent Physician Careers in Central Island

Please contact our Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Sharon Toddfor information on the area, clinic tours, introductions, and a lowdown on all things Central island, we would be happy to make all of your arrangements for you!   Our Central Island area of Vancouver Island does have a significant amount of patients with no primary care provider, and as such, the Central Island Division of Family Practice holds and maintains a patient waiting list for care.  If you are thinking of setting up a practice in the Central Island region, we would be happy to help in any way we can, including helping you build your patient panel from the existing wait-lists - no newspaper ads required!  We take care of the process and get the patients right to your practice for you, on your terms.  

As an Island Health rural "C" community, our family physicians that live and work in Central Island may be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach:
-Recruitment Incentive - $10,000
-Fee Premium – 6.30%
-Annual Flat Fee - $6,334.20
-Rural CME starting at $2,200/annum years 3&4 in the community, to a maximum of $4,400/annum after 4 years.

Port Alberni:
Recruitment Incentive - $10,000
-Fee Premium – 8.82%
-Annual Flat Fee - $8,867.88
-Rural CME starting at $2,200/annum years 3&4 in the community, to a maximum of $4,400/annum after 4 years.

Current Permanent Opportunities

Salish Sea Clinic Up to 2 Full Time/Part Time Physicians

New Full-Service Family Practice Clinic with a huge amount of potential and scope to build exactly the practice that YOU want on Weld Street in Parksville, Vancouver Island. Start date is negotiable to suit your preference. This new clinic was built in Summer 2021. Up to 2 full time or multiple part time positions are available at this clinic, with 2 exam rooms and an office for each full-time practitioner. There is also the potential to practice share with another physician if you are after a part-time opportunity, and the overhead arrangements can be negotiated to your preference – a percentage overhead split or flat fee are both possible here.

Please contact Sharon Todd, Program Manager

Flowerstone Family Health 2 Full Time Physicians

Flowerstone Family Health Clinic is seeking a family physician to join the practice. We are a family practice clinic with a team-based care model within the Oceanside Primary Care Network. There are currently 4 Nurse Practitioners practicing in the clinic, with a plan to add two more Nurse Practitioners and two full-time family practice GPs. The clinic is bright, new, easily walkable, and right in the centre of Qualicum Beach. Easily accesses the huge trail network, both hiking and biking, in Qualicum. If you are looking to be part of an exciting and progressive new team, this is the practice for you. Overhead is negotiated with the clinic. The area uses the Health Connect Registry to quickly and equitably help physicians and NPs build their practice to ensure they get up and running as quickly as they need to.  There is one Fee for service position and one New To Practice contract position available.

Please contact Sharon Todd, Program Manager

Qualicum Medical Full Time Physician

Established Full-Service Family Practice Clinic in Qualicum Beach is seeking another office associate.  Set up your new practice co-located with another long-established physician, as well as a new IMG that will be joining the practice in September.  The clinic is easily walkable, in the centre of Qualicum Beach, and easily accesses the huge trail network, both hiking and biking, in Qualicum.  The clinic has been newly renovated, and enjoys some of the lowest overheads for clinics in the Oceanside area.  Here is a chance to set up your own EMR and bring your own staff – everything else is turn-key.  

Please contact Sharon Todd, Program Manager

Dr. Safya Elwesh

1 Full time or 2 part-time family physicians

One full time or two part-time opportunities to join a central practice in the beautiful resort community of Parksville.  Just a block from the beach, this practice has one full-time family physician and is looking for one full-time or 2 part-time collegial practice partners to share overheads on a 70/30 split.  There are 2 awesome MOAS at the clinic – both experienced, friendly, and helpful.  The clinic is located within walking distance of Parksville downtown shops, restaurants, and services, and easy walking distance to the Parksville beach boardwalk.  The practice uses the popular MedAccess EMR and would be open to a practitioner doing out of hours walk-in clinic to better serve the community.

 Please contact Sharon Todd, Program Manager


Orchard Medical Centre, Port Alberni 1 Full-time or Part-time  

Orchard Medical Centre, located in Port Alberni, has an opportunity for an additional physician to start a new practice or consider taking over an established patient panel from the current physician who is considering eventual retirement. As they transition to full retirement, the current physician is interested in providing part-time clinic hours. The clinic is located in a 3-level building which is owned by the current physician. With an experienced MOA, whether you are looking to start your own practice or are ready to eventually take over an established practice, there are many opportunities here to make it your own. The existing family practice of 43 years is paper-based, with electronic billing. This allows you to choose your own preferred EMR, if desired.

Please contact Sharon Todd, Program Manager

Priority Response Team Physicians

Part time or full time  family physicians

The Oceanside Primary Care Network is seeking family practitioners to work collaboratively together as a group and with other health care providers (e.g. registered nurses, occupational therapists, and clinical pharmacists) as members of a Priority Response Team (PRT).  This team will provide primary care consultative services, to include clinical assessments and care planning, for local patients in their homes 365 days per year.

The Priority Response Team (PRT), in partnership with Oceanside’s community health care teams, supports the provision of expedited primary care to patients in Oceanside’s small and rural communities. 

The group of physicians will be expected to collectively provide 2,520 hours of clinical services per fiscal year.  Patient care will be provided for about 7 hours each day generally between 1000 and 1800, however, actual hours may vary from day to day as flexibility of hours may be necessary to ensure a priority response for patient care. The physicians will manage their shared schedule and hours to effectively, efficiently, and timely; provide care for patients, with the aim of preventing patients’ hospital admissions or facilitating patients’ discharges from hospital.

In this group service contract position the family practitioner will share after-hours coverage with the other practitioners of the PRT. 

Interested candidates, please send your CV and letter of interest.

Shannon Williams, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator

Island Health

Email: physicians@viha.ca

Welcome Package

For new physicians in the Central Island area, or even if you are thinking of moving or starting your practice here, we have produced a great Welcome Package to help you find your feet and access all that Central Island has to offer!

Working with family practitioners in the Central Island Division of Family Practice offers diverse opportunities. If you are semi-retired or if you are a recent graduate seeking the experience of a part-time service in one of the most pleasant climates in Canada, our Division of Family Practice physicians would like to discuss potential opportunities with you!

It is easy to integrate into our community, develop a mentoring relationship with experienced peers, and bring your practice preferences to fruition. You may support a team of physicians in one office setting or practice with two or more general practitioners in a number of clinic settings. You can check out our Locum Page for temporary practice options, too.

Return-of-Service Family Physicians

Island Health requires an equitable, consistent and transparent process to inform which Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) designated communities and practices are eligible to recruit Family Physicians who have a return-of-service (ROS) contract with the Ministry of Health (MoH) due to their completion programs focused on helping International Medical Graduates (IMGs) obtain a license to practice medicine in British Columbia.​ Get more information >