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Family Medicine Primary Care Obstetrics - Amherst

Amherst, NS
  • To be discussed
  • As soon as possible

Requisition ID: 34778

Opportunity Type: Permanent

Estimated Annual Salary: 250,000 - 300,000

Type of Remuneration: FFS - Fee For Service

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

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

About This Opportunity

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre (CRHCC) is seeking a primary care obstetrics physician to join their team. Like the other primary physicians, the successful candidate will cover their own inpatients during the week, with general sign-out to each other on the weekends. The physicians also have back-up from respiratory therapy (off-site) and an on-site emergency medicine physician. There are neonatal resuscitation program courses offered on-site, where many nurses are trained with advanced life support in obstetrics (ALSO) and lactation courses. CRHCC opened to patients in 2002. It provides high-quality, efficient care to residents of Amherst and surrounding areas as well as specialty services for residents of Cumberland County. Located in Upper Nappan just on the outskirts of Amherst, CRHCC has 46 inpatient beds. It offers a wide range of programs and services including primary and secondary services through in-patient, outpatient, and satellites:


  • ambulatory care
  • anesthesiology
  • cancer and supportive care
  • cardiac respiratory services
  • chronic pain services
  • diabetes education services
  • diagnostic imaging
  • dietary and nutrition services
  • emergency medicine
  • general medicine
  • intensive care unit
  • internal medicine
  • laboratory services
  • medical and surgical unit
  • mental health and addiction services
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • occupational therapy
  • otolaryngology
  • palliative care
  • physiotherapy
  • volunteer services

The facility sees an estimated 180 - 260 deliveries a year, with numbers increasing with a stable epidural service and specialist coverage from two talented obstetricians. For the successful candidate, established primary physicians would plan to be available for the first few deliveries.

  • provide prenatal clinic care one day a week, staffed with an obstetrical nurse
  • provide inpatient coverage at CRHCC
  • participate in perinatal care, outpatient visits, and follow-up visits
  • provide neonatal care (with the intention to limit deliveries to 36 weeks and no GA) and neonatal resuscitation
  • cover low-risk deliveries perform cesarean surgical assists
Expected Hours
  • full-time, part-time, and locums
  • coverage of own inpatients during the week, with general sign-out to others on the weekends
  • all family physicians must be eligible for certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
  • all applicants must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)
  • membership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
  • current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • current Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM)

The Town of Amherst is located at the northeast end of the Cumberland Basin, an arm of the Bay of Fundy. Known as the gateway to Nova Scotia's culture and heritage, Amherst is the second largest ''small town'' in Nova Scotia and is known for its vibrant and active community. Home to the Amherst Ramblers, a junior hockey league, a popular running club, and an annual baseball tournament, an active lifestyle is present in everyday life. Walk, run, cycle, snowshoe or ski along Amherst’s picturesque 1.25 km marshside trail! No matter the season, there is something in Amherst for everyone.

In addition to sport recreation activities, Amherst has an abundance of heritage centres that promote the tourism and business sector. With dozens of independent boutiques, services, restaurants, and chain stores, you'll find all you need here. We are a central hub in close proximity to. We're just a two hour drive from Halifax, 90 minutes from Stanfield International Airport, an hour from Prince Edward Island, and 40 minutes from Moncton, New Brunswick.

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.

Nova Scotia Health (NSH) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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