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Physician, Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care - BC Cancer - Kelowna


Physician – Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care

Regular Part-Time

BC Cancer – Kelowna

BC Cancer (BCC) is accepting applications for a part-time pain and symptom management/palliative care physician to be based at the Cancer Centre in the beautiful city of Kelowna, BC. The position is part-time and is intended to be combined with palliative care work for Interior Health, which we can help facilitate. Kelowna General Hospital has a small Palliative Care Unit and consult service, and there is a residential hospice in Kelowna, as well as Vernon. This position is open immediately.

Kelowna is a vibrant mid-sized city in the southern interior region of British Columbia, surrounded by lakes, mountains, and vineyards. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is also known for dry sunny summers and mild winters with fresh powder snow in the mountains. It is one of the few places where one can ski and golf in the same day. Kelowna also is home to UBC Okanagan, an international airport, and is a growing hub for technology and aerospace companies. Altogether, Kelowna’s natural environment, developed facilities and infrastructure, and its strong sense of community bolsters its reputation as a tourist destination and a great place to live.

The successful applicant will participate in the clinical, educational and research activities of the Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care (PSMPC) Team, which include:

The successful applicant will participate in the activities of the team, which include:

  • Addressing palliative care needs of ambulant cancer patients, integrated with oncological management, including those in the survivorship context.
  • Facilitating a coordinated approach and ensuring continuity of palliative care support through effective communication and transfers back to community-level physicians, home care/palliative care services.
  • Consulting and educating other BC Cancer care teams, and community-based care providers.
  • Engaging in research and education interests in palliative and supportive care. (Some scope for protected research time may be available.)
  • Providing public and provider education on palliative care and symptom management for oncology patients.

What you bring:

  • Eligibility for full licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
  • Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Accreditation or equivalent training and experience, or a Certificate of Added Competency in Palliative Care (CAC) for CCFP applicants.
  • Eligibility for appointment to medical staff of BC Cancer, and Kelowna General Hospital.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political, and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we bring:

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Salaried Physicians enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Salaried Physicians receive annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

What we do

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.

BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

(PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

The BC Cancer ( is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. BC Cancer provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia in partnership with regional health authorities to deliver a range of cancer services, which include prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. It operates six regional cancer centres in Surrey, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford and Prince George, along with two research centres that conduct research into the causes and cures for cancer.

BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

PHSA and BC Cancer are committed to employment equity and diversity and hires on the basis of merit. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

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For more information, please contact: 

Dr. Pippa Hawley

Provincial Medical leader, Pain and Symptom Management /Palliative Care BC Cancer

To apply, please send a letter expressing your interest along with your curriculum vitae to:

Shelley Breen

Physician Recruiter, Talent Acquisition

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain open until it is filled.


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