Vancouver Coastal Health

Associate Physician, Intensive Care Medicine

Job ID 2024-122145
City Vancouver
Work Location
VGH 12th & Oak
Supplementary Job Title
Physicians & Medical Staff - Associate Physician
Home Worksite
00 - Excluded - VCHA
Labour Agreement
905 - Mgt/Excluded-VCHA (37.5 Hr)
Position Type
Job Status
Regular Full-Time
Standard Hours / Week
Job Category
Salary Grade
Min Hourly
CAD $54.19/Hr.
Max Hourly
CAD $77.89/Hr.
Shift Times
Days Off


The salary range for this position is CAD $54.19/Hr. - CAD $77.89/Hr.

Job Summary

Job Title:

Associate Physician, Intensive Care Medicine

Work Site:

Vancouver General Hospital



Start Date:

May 6, 2024

Compensation Type:



Come work as an Associate Physician with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!


The Associate Physician (AP) Intensive Care Medicine will provide clinical services within the scope of an Associate Physician’s clinical duties and responsibilities and serves as a physician extender to patients in need of critical care services within Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).


The AP works under the supervision of the attending Intensivist on a day-to-day basis and is accountable to the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit or documented delegate for the overall provision of clinical care and professional development.

The AP supports the provision of care in a team-based environment working collaboratively with the most responsible physician (MRP), fellows, residents, nursing, and allied care providers to care for critically ill patients.

The AP has demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with other health professionals and disciplines and holds excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team. The AP also demonstrates ability to document in accordance with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) and organizational standards, policies, and guidelines.


Education, Licensing, & Experience:

  • Medical degree from a school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. Minimum of two (2) years of accredited postgraduate training as a medical or surgical specialist, verified by the 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. The AP must have Canadian Citizenship, be a permanent resident, or be legally able to live and work in British Columbia.
  • Qualified candidates will hold or achieve Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification prior to commencing orientation and will maintain such certification throughout their employment.

Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills to diagnose and manage common issues arising in critically ill patients including but not limited to: decreased LOC, hypoxemia, hemodynamic instability, rhythm disturbance, pain agitation and delirium, electrolyte abnormalities, sepsis, haemorrhage, etc.
  • Ability to perform within the scope of Associate Physician duties and responsibilities as
    well as be able to interact, and adapt effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations.
  • Confidence and experience in recognizing and initiating response to emergency situations such as respiratory and cardiac compromise, infection, metabolic disturbances and the like. Ability to recognize medical instability and address initial priorities of resuscitation and liaise with appropriate services in the hospital as indicated, including and always the attending intensivist.
  • Excellent communication, including with patients, families, and other health care professionals. Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and follow up.
  • Computer and written communication skills including order entry, clinical documentation, and ability to review relevant diagnostic information and health history.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute professional duties in the face of multiple, competing demands.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


During a 12-week probationary period, the AP will undergo assessment and evaluation of their competence to perform the duties in the intended specialty areas under a supervising physician. The evaluation will include assessment of:

  • Basic clinical skills
  • Communication skills
  • The ability and willingness to function as a member of a clinical team
  • Specialized knowledge and skills applicable to the intended clinical placement
  • Clinical decision-making and the appropriate use of clinical and diagnostic resources
  • Clinical documentation
  • Procedures required to function effectively within the team environment

Ongoing employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period, and subject to a six month and annual reviews.


The AP is an employee of VCH and will be paid in accordance with the provincial guidelines established by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) at the pay level of Range 9 following a successful 12-week orientation and assessment period, and receives requisite benefits, including four (4) weeks of paid vacation and extended health, dental, life and disability insurance. During the 12-week assessment and orientation period, the AP will be remunerated at pay level Range 8.

Closing Statement

To apply now please visit Health Match BC (HMBC) via the link below:




Please note that a resume and cover letter is required to apply for this position.


As per the current Public Health Orders, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination status will be required.



VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2023.



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