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Medical Leader - Scientific Director Part-time Job

2 weeks ago   Doctor / Physician   Alberta   1 view
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The Scientific Director (SD) is a key member of the Medicine Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Hospital Medicine Section leadership team, responsible for leading the scientific office and developing, implementing, and evaluating a research and knowledge translation strategy that supports the SCNs mandate and objectives. In partnership with the Senior Medical Director (SMD), Senior Provincial Director (SPD), and Assistant Scientific Director (ASD) and members of the research community, the SD will champion and facilitate a broad research agenda that addresses the health needs of the SCNs populations and focuses on improving the quality, safety, and sustainability of Albertas health system. The SD will support individual researchers, help them access funding to advance SCN research priorities, and facilitate the creation of an efficient research network. The SD is responsible for publishing results of SCN research and working with the SMD and SPD to translate evidence into practice.

Responsibilities / Accountabilities:


  • Work with the SMD, SPD and ASD to identify research opportunities and priorities that reflect the SCNs transformational road map (TRM) andbuild collaborations with academic researchers to work on projects that align with these priorities.
  • Lead and promote SCN research excellence through collaboration and engagement with a variety of academic partners, health researchers, front-line and knowledge users (e.g., patients, clinicians, policy makers, community leaders, industry, and others).
  • Identify key stakeholders, skills and inputs necessary for the SCN to ensure that SCN projects are executed in a scientifically rigorous fashion.
  • Support the success and methodological rigor of SCN projects by providing robust input on research priorities and evaluation methods. Participate in peer review and provide technical feedback, support and recommendations to researchers.

Stakeholder Communication

  • Seek opportunities to exchange ideas and communicate research priorities, strategies and outcomes with various research communities, universities, hospitals, governments, non-governmental organizations, health charities, industry, and the public.
  • Seek input from patients and front-line clinicians on SCN research priorities and incorporate their feedback into the SCNs TRM and research strategic plan.
  • Work with the SMD, SPD and ASD to develop strategies to enhance communication across the network. Engage key stakeholders (both within the SCN and among SCNs) and build trust, consensus, and positive relationships with all partners and health disciplines.

Critical Analysis and Decision-Making

  • Work with the SMD, SPD, and Assistant Scientific Director(s) (ASD) to identify appropriate indicators, track outcomes and system performance, and interpret results.
  • Critically evaluate data quality and, where appropriate, use measurement data, research outcomes, and feedback from stakeholders and the core committee to inform SCN priorities, actions and decision making.
  • Use the skills, expertise and resources the SCNs possess to respond to requests from the Alberta Health Services (AHS) executive.

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Work closely with the various research communities and academic partners to build positive relationships and promote research excellence in all pillars of research within the SCN.
  • Align the needs and research priorities of the SCN with other provincial health research strategies, including theAlberta Health Research and Innovation Strategy(AHRIS), theAHSStrategy for Clinical Health Research, Innovation and Analytics(CHRIA), and theAHS2020-22 Health Plan and 2021-22 Business Plan. Work with academic and funding partners (including Alberta Innovates and health centres) to build on Albertas existing research capabilities and expand the SCNs research capacity over time.
  • Foster and nurture strong partnerships and alliances with the SDs, ASDs, and SMDs of all SCNs. Collaborate on matters of common interest and seek opportunities to bring interdisciplinary research communities together to address pan-SCN priorities in health research and knowledge translation.
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with national and international partners and stakeholders through consultation and participation in a variety of meetings.

Knowledge Translation and Capacity Building

  • Support effective knowledge translation within the SCN, including (but not limited to) publication of new knowledge and effective clinical engagement, as required. Incorporate knowledge translation and evaluation into all SCN research and innovation projects, and work with the ASD to achieve the SCNs research and knowledge translation goals.
  • Plan, direct and manage research-related funding and human resources within the SCN. Provide direction, mentorship and oversight for the ASD, and work together to attract provincial, national, and international funding partners in a coordinated way.
  • Facilitate potential commercialization opportunities within the SCN, where feasible, by identifying successful innovations and helping to evaluate their commercial viability.
  • Collaborate with the SDs and ASDs in the Medicine SCN and all other SCNs to build research and knowledge translation capacity through education and training. Seek opportunities to launch pilot projects or studentships that support SCN research.

As the most senior provincial research leader of the Hospital Medicine Section of the Medicine SCN and with expertise in clinical, health systems, and/or population health research areas aligned with the SCNs mandate, the SD will be a key member of the SCNs core strategy and leadership group.

The SD will champion a broad provincial health research agenda that addresses the health needs of the SCNs populations with a focus on generating and applying research evidence to achieve the SCNs priorities. All health research is in scope for this role, including building bridges back to discovery research for a better understanding of diseases, new diagnostics, and new therapeutics of interest. It is expected that the SDs of the Medicine SCN will collaborate and help to promote all SCNs. The SD will make a particular effort to facilitate research that improves quality/safety and cost effectiveness/sustainability in the respective SCN and broader health system.

Most importantly, the SD will enable the success of both individual researchers and groups of researchers within the SCN to facilitate the creation of an efficient and effective research network in the province; one that successfully attracts national peer reviewed funding as well as funding from other local, provincial, and national sources. In addition, the SD will be accountable for the SCNs production and publication of new knowledge and, wherever possible, enabling new knowledge to be translated into action in Alberta.

The SD doesnotneed to be a physician but must be an outstanding, nationally or internationally recognized health services research leader within the scope of the SCN. The applicant must have leadership experience and a proven record of nurturing partnerships, effectively engaging a variety of stakeholders and facilitating the success of others.

A doctoral degree (PhD) or equivalent or alternatively an MD with a Masters in Science or Public Health degree, are preferred. An academic appointment with a relevant Alberta post-secondary educational institution is required.

The SD will obtain and maintain an AHS Medical Staff Appointment as a Physician or Scientist Leader if applicable.

Candidates will need to provide a letter of support from their institutions Department Head to confirm they are supportive of their application for this role.

Additional Information
  • Position Classification: Part-time
  • FTE: 0.3
  • Department: Medicine, Strategic Clinical Network
  • Recruiting Organization: Alberta Health Services
  • Sponsorship Eligible: No
  • Compensation: Remuneration is within the range of the ML2 Level of the AHS Medical Leadership Compensation Grid. Contingent upon annual funding and approval by the Vice President, Provincial Clinical Excellence, and based on progress toward a written "SCN Research Development Plan" (with a justified budget), the Medicine SCN Hospital Medicine Section SD will direct an annual "SCN Research Development Budget" of up to $80,000 (for provincial workshops, training, mentorship and/or seed funding or operational development of provincial SCN research or innovation projects of value). If required to backfill his/her personal research program, the SD will be eligible for a research grant of up to $30,000 per year in order to support his/her own research program.
  • Community Info:

    TheStrategic Clinical Networks(SCNs)have been created as the provincial vehicle for evidence-based improvement of outcomes for patients and sustainability of health and health care in Alberta. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the steward of the networks and provides support for each SCNs core structure. Each SCN has a membership model that includes patients & families, care providers, clinicians, administrators, zone operations, as well as other partners and stakeholders, including key members in each of the Universities in Alberta. Each SCN develops an embedded, provincial health services and clinical research and knowledge translation team designed and supported to appeal to University-based researchers and educators. Facilitating, coordinating, and supporting the SCNs to perform world-class health services research and functions will require high level in-kind partnership support from the Universities, including the support of some senior research expertise for each SCN to support translating that research into common practice

  • Posting Date: Apr 25, 2023
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.
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