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Alberta Health Services - Medical Affairs

Clinical Associate/GPO – Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton AB



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Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for overseeing planning and delivery of health supports and services to Albertans.

Job Description

Posting #: S8014-0001
Specialty: Clinical Associate or General Practitioner Oncologist
Type: Full Time or Sessional Practice
City/Town: Edmonton
Location: Cross Cancer Institute
AHS Position: AHS is recruiting for this position
AHS Sponsorship:This position is not eligible for AHS sponsorship.


Clinical Associate / General Practitioner Oncologist

Outpatient Systemic Therapy and Procedure Clinic, Cross Cancer Institute

The Cross Cancer Institute, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services, is accepting applications for the position of a highly skilled Clinical Associate (CA) or General Practitioner Oncologist (GPO).

The successful candidate will provide medical care in a multidisciplinary team setting to cancer patients registered at the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI). Working under the direction of the Medical Oncologists (MOs), CAs/GPOs will be involved in providing service to procedure clinics, providing support to the hematology clinics, and may be involved in patient consultation, treatment, follow-up and palliative care of cancer patients in the outpatient department.
CAs/GPOs may be full-time or work on a sessional basis and are not the Most Responsible Physician (MRP) for overall oncology patient care.


Applicants must have Canadian training, and hold their MD (or equivalent) with either CCFP or FRCPC certification (or equivalent) and be licensed for Independent Practice in Alberta (or eligible).

Fellowship Training in an oncology/non-oncology specialty (e.g. Palliative Care, Geriatrics, etc.) would be considered an asset, and preference will be given to applicants that have worked in a Clinical Academic or Private Practice setting for greater than one year.

Position Responsibilities:

1. Procedure Clinics:

Working under the supervision of MOs, CAs/GPOs will be expected to:
• Document relevant history/physical
• Order laboratory tests/diagnostic imaging and review results
• Perform invasive procedures in keeping with the practitioners’ scope of practice and experience, including but not limited to: bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, fine needle aspirate biopsy, thoracentesis, paracentesis and central venous access device removal.
• Liaise with other physicians and, as appropriate, including patients’ primary care physician
• Dictate progress notes

2. Systemic Therapy and Follow-up Clinics:

CAs/GPOs will assess patients independently, including:
• Documenting relevant history/physical
• Ordering laboratory tests/diagnostic imaging and review results
• Liaising with other physicians, as appropriate, including patients’ family doctors
• Dictating progress notes
• Organize comprehensive care
• Re-order chemotherapy in ARIA electronic medical record
• Manage treatment complication in partnership with MO
• May cover treatment clinics with appropriate back-up from cross-covering MO

3. Other Duties/Responsibilities

• New Consultations –may be asked to assess new patients at their first consultation. This will be done under the supervision of the MO and the latter will be responsible for treatment recommendations/decisions.
• Clinical Research –will work with MO to enhance recruitment to clinical trials/research studies. They will cooperate with clinical research staff to ensure that clinical research related procedures/tests are performed according to protocol
• Palliative Care – For patients receiving palliative care through CCI under the management of MO, CAs/GPOs will work with MO, Symptom Control & Palliative Care physicians/multidisciplinary team, Psychosocial Resources and primary care physicians to provide appropriate outpatient symptomatic management
• Education – will provide educational support for patients and families, or refer to appropriate resources. CAs/GPOs may coach and mentor nurses and other health care professionals in the development of clinical knowledge
• QA/CQI – will participate as appropriate in AHS/CCI programs relating to quality improvement

4. Hours of Operation

For CAs/GPOs working in a FTE position, the expectation will be to provide coverage 5 days per week from 8:00am to 5:00pm (Sundays excluded).For CAs/GPOs working in a Sessional capacity, the half-day clinics last approximately 4 hours.Physicians will be expected to show flexibility to meet clinical needs.

Sessional CAs/GPOs may be eligible to attend some approved CME activities. Funding must be negotiated with the Facility Medical Director, CCI and will be considered in the context of the total sessional time commitment to AHS.
Suitable candidates will be provided with an initial orientation followed by on-the-job training. For sessional appointments, an orientation to CCI, dictation system, Diagnostic Imaging, Netcare and ARIA (EMR) will be provided. Ongoing training will be provided, by MO, in assigned clinics.

The remuneration for this position will be a ½ day Clinical Stipend plus Fee For Service.

Recruiter Contact:

Consideration of applications will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should arrange to have a current curriculum vitae as well as the names of three references forwarded to:

Jackie Dawson
North Sector Business Operations and Workforce Planning Manager
Provincial Medical Affairs, Provincial Clinical Programs
Cross Cancer Institute
11560 University Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Z2
Phone: 780.432.8846


Contact Information

Alberta Health Services - Medical Affairs
Jackie Dawson
North Sector Business Operations and Workforce Planning Manager
Posting Date: 15-Sep-2017Other Permanent, Practicing physician Open 1 ASAP
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