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Co-Chairs, AHS Scientific Advisory Group Part-time Job

2 months ago   Doctor / Physician   Alberta   16 views
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Job Summary:

We are seeking two Co-Chairs for the AHS Scientific Advisory Group, key leadership positions in the Alberta health system. Together, the two Co-Chairs provide overall leadership and scientific direction for the Scientific Advisory Group, supporting decision makers with actionable evidence syntheses. The Co-Chairs work collaboratively with the SAG Program Lead, Executive Leadership Team (ELT) sponsors, review teams, and SAG committee to produce high-quality rapid evidence syntheses that inform recommendations on priority policies and operational questions applicable to AHS and the health system. The Co-chairs use their health system knowledge and relationships with clinicians and operational leaders across the organization to identify relevant stakeholders to engage and provide input to topic reviews. The Co-Chairs have experience in evidence-based medicine and evidence-informed policy and are committed to the Scientific Advisory Group principles of transparency, timeliness, rigour, intellectual honesty, practicality, and collaboration.

Responsibilities / Accountabilities (in conjunction with the SAG Program Lead):


  • Provide oversight for SAG and collaborate with the Program Lead to operationalize SAG processes and activities.
  • Co-lead the triage, planning, and approval of SAG evidence products and collaborate with ELT sponsors to prioritize review requests.
  • Act as the public face of SAG in both internal and external communications. Advocate for maximum transparency in SAG processes and deliverables.

Stakeholder Communication

  • Meet regularly with ELT sponsors to share priorities, articulate research questions, and discuss current and upcoming evidence synthesis needs
  • Develop and maintain relationships with transdisciplinary clinical, operational, and academic colleagues who can paticipate in SAG reports
  • Engage with leaders/stakeholders to gather context and inform recommendations arising from SAG reports
  • In collaboration with the SAG Program Lead, communicate SAG products and priorities to SAG members, organization partners, and other stakeholders

Critical Analysis and Decision-Making

  • Provide organizational perspective as an expert in evidence-based medicine and evidence-informed policy as reviewers for SAG evidence products .
  • Synthesize SAG recommendations, reflecting committee and stakeholder discussions, and record committee discussions for each review
  • As part of a transparent consensus process, record any dissenting opinions and with that, mediate consensus and approval to share the final review
  • In collaboration with the SAG Program Lead: identify, monitor, and report indicators of the impact of SAG evidence syntheses. Support ongoing process quality improvement efforts by regularly eliciting feedback from SAG members, stakeholders, and AHS leadership.
  • Use the skills, expertise, linkages and resources SAG possesses to respond to requests from the AHS executive, balancing rigor with timeliness as needed.

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Work closely with the SAG Program Lead to ensure SAG operations function smoothly and in accordance with AHS/Clinical Operations Executive Committee (COEC) priorities
  • Collaborate with relevant leaders within Alberta Health (AH) to maintain a positive relationship and ensure that SAG does not encroach on areas of AH jurisdiction
  • Collaborate with the leadership of key support portfolios to ensure that SAG has access to the AHS resources required to conduct evidence reviews in a timely manner (eg. writing support, libraries, data and analytics, etc.)
  • Maintain a collaborative relationship with the leadership of other AHS specialist committees (eg. Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, Technology Advisory Committee, Provincial Advisory Committee on Surgical Innovation, etc.)
  • Meet regularly with academic and non-academic evidence producers (eg. Alberta Health Evidence Reviews, Institute for Health Economics, Health Technology Assessment Units, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, etc.) to keep abreast of current evidence needs and streamline ongoing work
  • Engage with faculty members from Alberta post-secondary institutions to support evidence into action activities as writers, reviewers, and stakeholders for SAG review requests
  • Provide input to AHS leadership and other stakeholders into provincial planning and priorities on behalf of SAG

Knowledge Translation

  • Support effective knowledge translation, including (but not limited to) communication with operational partners and effective clinical engagement, as required.
  • Ensure SAG evidence products have public communication elements (e.g. with lay syntheses and infographics) to support a variety of knowledge users. Actively advocate for public sharing of SAG reviews and participate in knowledge translation/mobilization activities
  • Collaborate with internal and external groups to extend the reach of SAG reviews and ensure consistent messaging across domains.

Reporting Relationship:

The Co-Chairs report to:

  • Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations, Primary Care & EMS
  • Vice President and Medical Director, Clinical Operations
  • Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer

Direct Reports:

The Co-Chairs of SAG have no direct reports.

Collaborative Relationships:

  1. Program Lead, Scientific Advisory Group
  2. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations, Primary Care & EMS
  3. Vice President and Medical Director, Clinical Operations
  4. Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer
  5. Vice President, Provincial Clinical Excellence
  6. AHS CEO and President
  7. AHS operational and corporate leaders of relevance
  8. Executive Director, AHS Data and Analytics
  9. Senior Medical, Senior Provincial and Scientific Directors of SCNs
  10. Zone Medical Directors & Chief Zone Officers.
  11. Dean, University of Alberta School of Public Health
  12. Scientific Director, University of Calgary OBrien Institute for Public Health
  13. Alberta Health


  • Significant professional experience with evidence-based medicine and creation of evidence-informed policy
  • Experience with/support for health research and/or education (academic credentials or appointment are not essential)
  • Clinical, academic, and operational experience is an asset
  • Respected profile in the clinical and / or academic community
  • Effective communicator using multiple media and forms of engagement
  • Ability to foster partnerships and build networks to achieve goals
  • A strong commitment to patient / public-centered health care system in Alberta, and experience working with patient partners within a health services provision context
Additional Information
  • Position Classification: Part-time
  • FTE: 0.3
  • Department: Strategic Clinical Network
  • Recruiting Organization: Alberta Health Services
  • Sponsorship Eligible: No
  • Compensation: Within the range of Level ML-2 of the AHS Medical Leadership Compensation Grid and in consideration of the candidates other professional income opportunities.Interested candidates should forward a Letter of Introduction and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae NO LATER THAN Oct 31, 2022 to (Chair, Search and Selection)
  • Posting Date: Sep 21, 2022
  • Closing Date: Oct 31, 2022
Company Description
Albertas health care system is one of the best in the world and physicians in Alberta experience a variety of challenging and rewarding opportunities while also enjoying a high standard of living. Whether you are interested in practicing in a large hospital in an urban centre or a small community clinic in a rural area, Alberta offers plenty of choices to suit your skills and interests.
General Practitioners and Family Physicians are licensed health care professionals and are educated in the general practice, with opportunities to focus their practice in specialized areas.
Specialist physicians are trained and certified to provide patient care within a specific discipline. They also act as consultants to other physicians; perform surgery and supervise surgical procedures; and may conduct research on the nature, cause and development of diseases.