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Medical Director, Colon Cancer Screening Centre

Full Time Practice
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2022-01-22  Time: 23:59
As soon as possible
AHS Sponsorship for CPSA Practice Readiness Assessment is not offered for this position.
Position located in: Calgary Zone To learn more about this zone
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This position is open to qualified AHS employees only

AHS is committed to providing services based on the population needs of AHS and promoting a shared responsibility for improved health.

The Contractor shall provide services to the Calgary Zone in the Colon Cancer Screening Centre as Medical Director.

The Colon Cancer Screening Centre is a state of the art non-hospital endoscopy unit operated by Alberta Health Services and located in the Teaching, Research and Wellness building of the University of Calgary adjacent to the Foothills Medical Centre. Functioning under a programmatic model, the centre provides colorectal cancer screening related colonoscopies to medically stable individuals without gastrointestinal symptoms. Services provided at the centre include colonoscopies for primary screening post-polypectomy surveillance and for the investigation of a positive primary screening test such as FIT/FOBT or CT colonography. The Centre serves as a valuable resource to promote teaching and research. The Centre operates a comprehensive quality assurance program, based on the Endoscopy Global Rating Scale, and an active program of research directed at improving the quality and effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening. Approximately, 17,000 colonoscopies are performed at the Centre annually by a group of 40 – 50 gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons. The Centre also provides specialized care, including single balloon colonoscopy and management of large polyps, and collaborates with the Department of Diagnostic Imaging to provide high quality CT colonography, when appropriate. The Medical Director provides leadership in ensuring the centre provides safe, high quality, evidence based care and functions in a collaborative manner with key stakeholders, most notably the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (ACRCSP). The Medical Director will also serve as the Medical Lead, Calgary Zone to the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.

The Medical Director CCSC will report to and be supported by the Associate Zone Medical Director, Calgary for all matters related to the CCSC and to the Medical Lead, Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program for matters related to that program.

In a competent and professional manner, the Contractor will:

1. Ensure that the CCSC’s triage algorithms and post-colonoscopy surveillance recommendations are kept current and reflect best available evidence and are consistent with prevailing clinical practice guidelines.

2. Ensure that the CCSC’s eligibility criteria and pre-colonoscopy medical assessment support the provision of safe care to medically low risk individuals.

3. Support the CCSC Manager and Director in the training of staff in the CCSC’s triage guidelines, medical assessment and post-colonoscopy surveillance recommendations to support safe and high quality care.

4. Work closely with the other zone medical leads and the provincial medical lead of the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program to ensure successful implementation of population-based screening within Calgary and the provision of timely access to high quality colonoscopy to support the program.

5. Ensure that the CCSC’s Policy on “Physician Responsibilities at the CCSC” supports high quality and safe colonoscopy and ensure that all endoscopists at the CCSC adhere to their responsibilities.

6. Ensure that CCSC’s endoscopist credentialing criteria and processes ensure that only medical staff with the appropriate training and skill set are given privileges at the Centre.

7. Collaborate with the AHS Section Head, Gastroenterology and AHS Section Head, General Surgery in the recruitment of appropriate individuals to the Center, balancing the clinical needs of the CCSC with the clinical needs of the Acute Care Sites.

8. Ensure that systems of performance measurement exist for individual medical practitioners working at the Centre and that mechanisms are in place to address and remediate sub-standard performance.

9. Thoroughly and rapidly investigate adverse events, medical misadventures or physician performance concerns as they occur and identify actions required to prevent future similar events.

10. Support medical education, training and communication through a multi-faceted approach, including formal educational events and endoscopist meetings, educational/informational email bulletins and dissemination of relevant CCSC clinical policies and guidelines.

11. Support and promote nursing and administrative staff education.

12. Support and promote a program of research at the CCSC directed at improving the quality and effectiveness of colon cancer screening and, when feasible and appropriate, facilitate research related to other digestive diseases that would benefit from the clinical material at the CCSC.

13. Oversee quality of care at the CCSC and involve operational and clinical leaders (Department or Section Heads, Associate Zone Medical Director) as necessary and appropriate to help ensure quality of care is maintained at a high standard.

14. Produce regular reports documenting the quality and outcomes of care at the CCSC.

15. Assume the role as the Medical Lead for the Calgary Zone to the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.

16. Liaise with key stakeholders (eg. lab services, primary care physicians) to promote optimal and appropriate use of resources, address access issues and promote a broad understanding of screening guidelines.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Medical Staff

Alberta Health Services has approved a mandatory Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 vaccine policy, effective immediately. In accordance with the Policy, all contractors and AHS employees, including medical and midwifery staff are required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 prior to their first day of practice.

The candidate must be eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Must read, write and speak English.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

To be discussed during interview.

Dr. Peter Jamieson

Associate Zone Medical Director Calgary

Phone: 403-944-1045


Applicants are to submit three letters of reference and curriculum vitae (in pdf format) to by 22-Jan-2022

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