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Chief, Department of Pediatric Critical Care

IWK Health Centre
Nova Scotia (CA)
Closing date
8 Sep 2022
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IWK Health is recruiting a leader for the IWK Health Department of Pediatric Critical Care. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced and accomplished individual with demonstrated leadership, clinical and academic credibility, and strategic vision to direct and manage clinical and academic affairs in the Department.   

This role requires dynamic leadership and vision in clinical and academic domains, together with management skill to effect excellence in care, education and research within available resources, and to align strategically and operationally within the Health Centre. The leader will negotiate, nurture and leverage opportunities to maximize productivity through collaboration, partnership and integration of academic and clinical practice. The successful candidate will be expected to be an MD who is:

  • Eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons Nova Scotia
  • Has Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification (or equivalent) in Pediatric Critical care, with a suitable base specialty (e.g. Anaesthesia, Pediatrics, or Pediatric Surgery) 
  • Has extensive experience in the pediatric critical care environment.

As Chief, IWK Department of Pediatric Critical Care, you will be responsible to the CEO through the Vice President Medicine, Quality & Safety for all medical administration and functioning of the Department and will work in partnership with the Manager of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Directors of the Children’s Health Program to ensure the effective provision of critical care services for our pediatric population. Within the Dalhousie University, the Chief will be responsible to the Dean of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine through the Head of the Department of Critical Care. The Chief will also supervise all academic aspects of the work of the IWK Department in collaboration with the Departments of Anesthesia and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University.

IWK Health provides quality care to women, children, youth, and families in the Maritimes and beyond. It is engaged in leading-edge research; works to promote healthy lifestyles for families; and supports education opportunities for health professionals and other learners.  Services provided by the Health Centre are delivered through three programs: Children's Health; Mental Health and Addictions; and Women's and Newborn Health. The 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit provides a full range of Level Three Pediatric Critical Care Services including mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, dialysis, and ECMO. The members of the Department of Pediatric Critical Care currently provide comprehensive clinical care to PICU patients, and an active teaching and research program. 

Dalhousie University’s Medical School serves Maritime Canada: the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. The Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine is located immediately opposite the IWK, greatly facilitating education and research collaboration.

Halifax is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and serves as its cultural, entertainment and recreational centre. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, the city combines great natural beauty, an enviable lifestyle and a climate that is unusually mild for Canada! The IWK is located close to the downtown core and within a few minutes’ walk of many city amenities as well as parks and the ocean. Many desirable living areas are within walking distance of the hospital, or within a few minutes driving time.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. IWK Health and Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The University encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

To apply for this exceptional opportunity, applications should include a curriculum vitae and a summary statement of clinical, teaching and research interests. Applicants are asked also to name three referees, who will be contacted later for letters of reference should the applicant be named to the short list for this position. Applications are due no later than September 15, 2022, and should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Douglas Sinclair
Vice-President Medicine, Quality & Safety, IWK Health
5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3K 6R8

Tel: +1 (902) 470-7144
Email: by clicking the apply button.


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