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Provincial Medical Director, Virtual Health Part-time Job

2 weeks ago   Doctor / Physician   Alberta   3 views
Job Details


Job Summary:

The practitioner acts as a catalyst within the medical community to facilitate the integration of telemedicine into everyday medical practice and support clinicians to provide patient centred and evidence informed care using Unified Communication Technologies. The Provincial Medical Director will work in close partnership with the Provincial Director to advance the vision of virtual care to be a mainstream option of healthcare delivery in Alberta. The Provincial Medical Director and the Provincial Director are jointly responsible and accountable for providing leadership required to implement various virtual care strategies, and manage stakeholder relationships to promote sustainable clinical application of virtual health technologies.

Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

Quality management

  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, ensure that provincial Virtual Health initiatives and defined health outcomes are being achieved. Includes:
    • Co-developing AHS policy frameworks, workforce plans, and supports that will ensure that delivery of Virtual Health is provincially consistent and tailored to each zones needs.
    • Ongoing monitoring of provincial initiatives.
    • Ensuring effective processes and mechanisms are in place to encourage best practices and improve clinical outcomes/quality.
    • Functioning as a strong advocate for sound medical/clinical practice.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of overall strategic plans to support operations in providing patient focused care programs and virtual care services delivery
  • Establishes a research and education agenda for the Virtual Health portfolio;
  • Develops and executes processes related to accreditation and quality compliance of Virtual Health services across the province; and
  • Develops educational strategies and programs to ensure sustainability of major changes in service delivery and/or clinical practice.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Fosters the innovation and integration of high quality patient-focused clinical care by establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with AHS Senior Executives and other relevant partners;
  • Maintains linkages and collaboration with the Connect Care Program and the Chief Medical Information Office;
  • Collaborates with Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) in the development of clinical pathways and promote Virtual Health integration, as applicable;
  • Identifies, builds and maintains collaborative relationships with key sector stakeholders, academic partners, Alberta Medical Association (AMA), Alberta Health, and other medical communities for the development of effective strategies, education and evaluation processes related to Virtual Health services;
  • Collaborates with key national and international stakeholders, including Digital Health Canada and Canada Health Infoway, to understand various emerging practices in Virtual Health, and to advise on AHS readiness for the implementation of such practices;
  • Sponsors and champions Virtual Health initiatives on behalf of AHS with Government of Alberta, Alberta Medical Association, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and other external stakeholders;
  • Acts as clinician resource for communication and engagement needs related to Virtual Health; and
  • Support change management efforts with clinicians to increase the acceptability and utilization of virtual care in clinical practices.

V-CAN Portfolio Engagement

  • Meets regularly with other medical and operational leaders in the V-CAN portfolio (RAAPID, PADIS, Health Link) to further develop strategy and execution of integrated virtual care across the care continuum;
  • Collaborates with other stakeholders in AHS and AH to provide consultative expert advice and co-design facilitation in the integration of virtual care models within and external to the portfolio;

Effective and Consistent Communication:

  • Meet monthly or as required with the Provincial Director, Virtual Health to:
    • Determine and evaluate provincial and organization priorities, establish and monitor program requirements;
    • Develop and sustain an effective collaborative dyad relationship and provincial medical management system; and
    • Collaborate with the SPO of CSAMH on financial decisions that impact the AMH portfolio.
  • Meet monthly, or as required, with the Senior Medical Director, V-CAN to provide progress updates on projects, as well as seek advice on navigating challenges;
  • Effective medical management that will facilitate the department members involvement in problem solving, decision making which is an essential part of engagement and ensures the efficient delivery of care;
  • Oversees the performance of other contracted AHS medical leaders in the Virtual Health portfolio;
    • Establish frequent progress meetings with direct reports to establish collaborative objectives
    • Provide coaching, mentorship, and support for direct reports as needed;
  • Meet and collaborate with Zone Medical Directors, Associate Zone Medical Directors, and other senior medical leaders to ensure Virtual Health services are integrated into clinical operations in a manner that is provincially consistent and allows for zone variability; and

Committee Participation:

  • Co-chair the Virtual Health Evaluation Advisory Core Group
  • Participate in:
    • Connect Care Portals, Ambulatory Care, and other committees as required
    • Core member of the Virtual Health Executive Committee
    • Alberta Virtual Care Coordinating Body
    • TOH/UHN/AHS Virtual Care Collaborative
    • Other working group meetings involving Virtual Health as a stakeholder as required

Reporting Relationship:

The practitioner will report to the Senior Medical Director, Virtual Care, Access, and Navigation (V-CAN) and will have a minimum of 2 medical leads, Virtual Health, as direct reports.

Term and FTE:

This is a 0.5 FTE contracted role with a start date of November 1, 2022. Term is negotiable.


  • The successful applicant must hold an MD or its equivalency and shall have or be eligible for certification in Family Medicine with the Canadian College of Family Physicians or a Specialist with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
  • Should have a broad understanding of different aspects of virtual care delivery, and experience in delivering virtual care in ambulatory and acute or in-patient settings.
  • Ideally should have experience in medical leadership, at the zonal or provincial level.
  • Experience in quality assurance project development, clinical research, and patient engagement is an asset.
  • AHS physician executive training, CCPE qualification, or Masters of Health Administration/Masters of Business Administration is desirable.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • The practitioner will obtain and maintain an AHS Medical Staff Appointment.
Additional Information
  • Position Classification: Part-time
  • FTE: 0.5
  • Department: Virtual Care, Access, & Navigation
  • Recruiting Organization: Alberta Health Services
  • Sponsorship Eligible: No
  • Compensation: In accordance with the CMO Policy 01-01.
  • Posting Date: Sep 9, 2022
  • Closing Date: Oct 7, 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.