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Permanent Physician Careers in Central Island

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 works with the Health Connect Registry to attach patients on the waitlist to 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 – 4.62%
-Annual Flat Fee - $5,318.28
-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 – 7.98%
-Annual Flat Fee - $9,186.12
-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

West Coast General Hospital Community Hospital Inpatient Physician

The West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) is seeking family physicians to join our ‘Community Hospital Inpatient Physician’ (CHIP) team. Full time or part time positions are available.In this role CHIP team members will act as MRP care for unattached & unassigned inpatients to the Family Practice service at WCGH. This includes rounding on inpatients to the service, arranging service transfers and inter-facility repatriations, discharge planning and responding to urgent calls for admitted patients under this service. CHIP team members will evaluate, diagnose, treat, and provide consultation to patients of all ages, with a wide variety of illnesses, diseases, injuries, and functional disorders, providing both direct and indirect patient care. Transportation costs and temporary short term housing for physicians and their families is available.

Please contact Melissa Allen, Medical Staff Recruiter

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 6 Nurse Practitioners practicing in the clinic. The clinic is bright, new, easily walkable, and right in the centre of Qualicum Beach. If you are looking for either a fee for service or new to practice PCN Contract role, you may choose either at this clinic.

These contracts now also come with an additional $75,000 overhead payment per annum, as well as additional incentives for those family medicine residents and NTP FPs who completed their medical residencies in 2021 or 2022:  

  • $295,457 NTP contract rate (year two rate of current contact);
  • $25,000 signing bonus;
  • $50,000 loan forgiveness payment; and,
  • Potential for additional contributions to loan forgiveness of $20,000 per year for years two to five.
  • The incentives will be offered until May 31, 2023

If you are looking for a chance to be part of an exciting and progressive new team, this is the practice for you. 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.  

Please contact Jennifer Taylor, Recruitment Coordinator

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 Jennifer Taylor, Recruitment Coordinator

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

Qualicum Medical Centre 1 Full-time Family Physician

Established Full-Service Family Practice Clinic in Qualicum Beach is seeking a physician to either start a new practice or consider taking over an existing small patient panel as soon as possible. You will be joining a partnership with two very collegial physicians in the clinic. 

Join this well-established family practice clinic in the heart of town. The clinic is easily walkable, accessing the huge trail network, both hiking and biking, in Qualicum. The staff are fantastic and have been with the clinic for many years. The clinic has been renovated and enjoys some of the lowest overheads for clinics in the Oceanside area. Many family practitioners are all about the work-life balance these days, and you won't find a better place for balance than this beach-side community - one of Western Canada's most popular vacation destinations

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA): 

Recruitment Incentive - $10,000 
-Fee Premium – 4.62% 
-Annual Flat Fee - $5,318.28 

-Rural CME starting at $2,200/annum years 3&4 in the community, to a maximum of $4,400/annum after 4 years. 

Overhead: Percentage split 

Renumeration: Fee-for-service, New to Practice Contract, or BC’s newest payment option, Longitudinal Family Practice payment model. 

Qualifications: Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (British Columbia), OR Eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia   

Please contact Jennifer Taylor, Recruitment Coordinator



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 >