Provincial Department Head Hospitalists

Purpose of the Position

Health PEI values the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that a diverse, equitable and inclusive work-place culture can bring. Not only does this help us deliver better outcomes, more innovation, but it also creates a safer space for our patients when our employees are more reflective of the communities we serve. It is important for us to create an environment where our employees are comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work and challenging the status quo to make Health PEI a better more inclusive employer and healthcare system. We recognize we have more work to do but finding intentional ways to grow our understanding and support of those who have faced barriers due to accessibility, ethnicity, ancestry, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, language or other grounds is a key priority for us. We encourage underrepresented groups to join our team, be yourself, and help us achieve our vision for an inclusive workplace and healthcare system.

Reporting to the Medical Director of Hospital Services and Patient Flow, the Provincial Department Head of Hospitalists is responsible for providing medical leadership and expertise within the Department, addressing all concerns and complaints (with the support of the Medical Affairs Office) and ensuring the Department’s medical staff are appointed and privileged as per the Health PEI Medical Staff Bylaws. The Provincial Department Head works in partnership with members of the Medical Affairs Office (MAO), their Physician Leadership colleagues, as well as their Operational counterparts to effectively build collaborative networks across the health care system. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to communicate complex information, problem solve and work collaboratively as part of a team.

Job Term

24 months (two years), renewable

Leadership Fee

$102,465 (contract rate) | $93,884 (salary rate)

Duties/Responsibilities 

  • As part of the physician leadership management team, support the establishment of Departmental priorities, strategies and action plans to achieve Health PEI, MAO and Department-specific outcomes, goals and objectives.
  • Support the Medical Director of Hospital Services and Patient Flow by providing comprehensive advice and recommendations using subject-matter expertise with respect to Departmental matters. 
  • Collaborate with the MAO to review, assess and plan medical staff resources, workload and staffing to determine human resource requirements and address human resource concerns in support of providing continued quality medical services.
  • Work with the Medical Director of Hospital Services and Patient Flow and the MAO to recruit physicians (including locums) and ensure clinical competency of all new physician hires.
  • In consultation with Risk Management and Operations, implement processes for medical risk management and ensure that they are functioning properly.
  • Work collaboratively with the MAO and Quality and Risk, as required, to review and action concerns, incidents and complaints.
  • Collaborate with all levels of care, facilities, programming and services to ensure optimal use of resources. 
  • Ensure that initial appointment and privileging for all new Department of Hospital Medicine medical staff is completed and make recommendations to PMAC regarding Appointment and Privileging applications ensuring adherence to the requirements set out by the Health PEI Medical Staff Bylaws.
  • In collaboration with the MAO, ensure that reappointment, including relevant changes to appointment and privileging applications, are completed by relevant medical staff and recommendations are made to PMAC.
    • Note: This will require adherence to the procedures and requirements set out by the Health PEI Medical Staff Bylaws including conducting regular performance appraisals of Department Staff
  • Participate actively in various medical staff committees, as requested, or as required through the Health PEI Medical Staff Bylaws, including the Provincial Medical Advisory Committee.
  • Regularly attend Physician Leadership Community meetings, as appropriate and required.
  • Support change management and associated activities related to the implementation of the Physician Leadership Review Project. 
  • Encourage and support a positive work environment to foster high staff morale and quality medical services.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a Medical Degree from a recognized medical school, in a relevant clinical specialty.
  • Eligible for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of PEI.
  • Eligible for certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
  • Must have considerable and relevant clinical practice experience (3-5 years).
  • Must have leadership experience (1-3 years), preferably in a health/medical field, demonstrated equivalences will be accepted.
  • Must have knowledge of the PEI health care system, including health-related legislation, Medical Staff Bylaws and the Master Agreement between the Medical Society of PEI, the Government of Prince Edward Island and Health PEI.

Other Qualifications

  • Courses and/or professional development in leadership considered an asset.
  • Experience applying the principles of a Just Culture approach is considered an asset. 
  • Knowledge of administrative management and leadership principles considered an asset.
  • Knowledge and use of clinical practice/best practice guidelines considered an asset.

Questions? Please email physicianleadership@ihis.org

How to apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting Posting ID HSPF-PDH-HM-02, to physicianleadership@ihis.org

Note: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Notice to all external applicants: All new hires are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before their start date as per Health PEI’s COVID-19 Immunization and Management Policy.  In the event that a new hire is unable to be vaccinated as a result of a medical exemption, they will be required to submit supporting documentation to Employee Health/Wellness and Safety.

Published date: 
May 10, 2024