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Pediatric Critical Care Specialist - BC Children's Hospital

Pediatric Critical Care Specialist

Regular Full-Time

Division of Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics

BC Children’s Hospital & University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC, Canada


BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill and injured children and young people and provides developmental and rehabilitation services throughout BC. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.


BCCH is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages, and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence.  These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.


The University of British Columbia (UBC) is Canada’s third largest university and consistently ranks among the 40 best universities in the world. Primarily situated in Vancouver, UBC is a research-intensive university and has an economic impact of $4 billion to the provincial economy.


The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a mixed surgical/medical unit that includes an active cardiac program, including ECMO and neurosurgical intensive care. There are over 1200 admissions annually. The PICU is a state-of-the-art 28-bed unit located within the Teck Acute Care Centre. As a leader in the field and a member of the dedicated team of critical care specialists, your prime responsibility will be direct clinical patient care of critically ill children in the PICU. Consultations on children in the Emergency Department and inpatient modules, advice to physicians in the community, support of families and coordination of transport of critically ill children within BC and beyond are essential components of the position.


The successful candidate will work actively to encourage a culture of teamwork, collaboration and respect within the entire healthcare team. You will actively work to promote patient safety including participating in the Divisional Patient Safety Quality & Improvement Programs. BCCH hosts the longest-standing PICU fellowship program in Canada and has a proud tradition of training future Pediatric Intensivists. In addition, you will mentor and teach Undergraduates and Resident staff (Pediatrics, Emergency and Anesthesiology) in the ICU.


You will be expected to promote collaborative research in Pediatric Intensive Care and the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in clinical and scientific research in a relevant field; working towards a higher degree (PhD), would be an advantage.


In addition to base specialty training in pediatrics, anesthesia or surgery, successful applicants will have completed training in an accredited pediatric critical care specialty-training program. Additional training in both pediatric cardiac intensive care and/or pediatric cardiology would be a strong asset, including expertise in ECLS and VAD. The preferred applicant would have a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working with cardiovascular teams and caring for children with complex cardiac lesions. You will be expected to promote collaborative clinical care in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Your responsibilities will include clinical care, bedside and didactic teaching, and improving the quality of care delivery. The successful candidate will be able to promote and participate in clinical and scientific research in cardiac sciences.


The experience you possess in managing critically ill children will ensure your success in this rewarding role. Applicants are also expected to have PALS and ATLS, or equivalent, certifications. Candidates must be eligible for licensure in British Columbia as well as eligible for certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


The anticipated start date is January-July 2022.


Qualified candidates should send their CV and the name, title and contact information of 4 referees to:


Dr. Peter W Skippen

Division Head and Medical Director, PICU

BC Children’s Hospital



Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.


PHSA is 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.