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Requisition ID: 45238 

Opportunity Type: Locum to Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 200,000 - 250,000 

Type of Remuneration: APP- Alternate Payment Plan 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs: Relocation Program; Site Visit Program 

Department of Health & Wellness Incentives: Debt Assistance; Family Medicine Bursary Program; Tuition Relief 

Other Incentives: Enhanced Locum Incentive; Provincial Locum Program 

About This Opportunity

Digby & Area Health Services Centre is looking for a family medicine physician for a locum in a collaborative practice in a bright and wecoming space. Located adjacent to the Digby General Hospital, the staff working at the centre includes two nurse practitioners, a family practice nurse, a licensed practical nurse, diabetes clinical staff (a Chronic disease management nurse and dietitian) and a clerical team. Several part-time physicians support the practice as well. The centre has a spacious reception and waiting area, nine exam rooms, a staff kitchen/meeting room, and six office spaces. The exam rooms are fully equipped for primary care, including access to an electronic medical record.



Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • ensure the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to patients of all ages and stages of health or illness
  • be accountable for appropriate workload and practice
  • continuum of patient care with health care providers within your practice and/or community
  • provide care and coordination of community-based care, secondary and tertiary level heath care
  • build to capacity within the first two years (new primary care providers)
  • operate within the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • work toward same day or next day access for the practice population
  • work in collaboration with other team members in the practice to best suit the community’s health needs
  • work with other providers to provide after-hours access and emergency coverage when required
  • participate in quality improvement and evaluation activities
  • utilize an electronic medical record (EMR) and record all relevant patient details in a provincially approved EMR which is accessible to all collaborating team members

Expected Hours


  • Guaranteed APP daily rate or fee for service, no overhead
  • Minimum of 25-30 scheduled daily appointments
  • Collaborate with all team members on patient care
  • Participate in orientation and coordinated transition of care as you finish your locum
  • Provide feedback on how to improve your experience
  • Flexibility to choose dates that are convenient for you and your family, including weekends
  • Complimentary access to a furnished apartment (provided by the Digby & Area Health Services Centre Charitable Foundation) 
  • Efficient orientation to immediately provide care to patients


  • all applicants must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)
  • all family physicians must be eligible for certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) 
  • membership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)


Community Details

At the edge of some of the most dynamic marine wonders in the world, Digby is Canada’s Natural Aquarium and a key destination in the tidal-phenomena Bay of Fundy. Known as the home to world famous Digby scallops, the Digby area features some of the most engaging and authentic experiences anywhere. Millennia of history, centuries of stories, whale watching, coastal intertidal excursions, hiking, fresh seafood and tidal rivers highlight this beautiful area. Start your practice in one of our safe communities with your family!

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine.  

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