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Associate Physician, Department of Surgery - BC Children's Hospital

Associate Physician

BC Children’s Hospital - Department of Surgery


Role Summary:


The Associate Physician (AP) practices under the direction and supervision of an attending surgeon in the Department and works in a structured team-based specialty care setting to increase capacity and service delivery. The AP functions as a member of the Department of Pediatric Surgery.



Key Accountabilities:

  • Rounds on surgical patients with all team including faculty, fellows, residents, nurse practitioners (if applicable) and allied health members
  • Performs and documents admission history and physical examinations, progress notes, discharge summaries, medication reconciliations as per College and organizational standards, policies, and guidelines
  • Manages the day-to-day care of patients, including writing medical orders in Cerner, and enabling the transfer of patients from the PICU to the ward under a surgical MRP
  • Orders appropriate investigations and follow up of results
  • Arranges consultations with other departments for patient care
  • Participates in discharge planning of ward patients
  • In direct consultation with attending staff, responds to in-hospital emergencies (ED and wards)
  • Communicates with families, consultant physicians, referring and family physicians regarding patient management plans
  • Performs procedures within the scope of his/her demonstrated competence including: insertion of nasogastric tubes and urinary catheters, assessment of surgical wounds, removal of wound drains, placing or changing a wound VAC, removal of surgical drains/clips, insertion and removal of chest tubes, abdominal paracentesis, insertion of central venous catheters
  • Participates in quality improvement projects
  • Provides teaching and supervision for medical students and residents
  • Attends morbidity and mortality rounds and other QA/QI and educational/research sessions
  • Complies with Associate Physician programs CPD reporting requirements
  • Participates in appropriate professional development activities (a minimum of 50 hours per year, 25 hours of which must be accredited training recognized by the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons’ Maintenance of Certification Program for healthcare professionals)
  • Assists the attending surgeon in the operating room when requested
  • Is able to participate in scheduled “on call” duties




Medical degree from a school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. Minimum of two (2) years of accredited postgraduate training in pediatrics or a surgical discipline, verified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC). Successful completion of Part 1 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) or Steps 1 through 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLEs). Must meet the CPSBC’s English language proficiency requirements. Must be eligible for registration with the CPSBC in the Associate Physician class and have Canadian Citizenship, be a permanent resident or be legally able to live and work in British Columbia.



What we do


BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia.


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


The Provincial Health Services Authority (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.

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PHSA and BCCH are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. 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.