Recruitment & Retention
The Vancouver Division Recruitment & Retention (R&R) Team has a variety of resources and support available to member physicians. Aside from networking and development events, R&R can assist you in career and practice development, particularly for new-to-practice and mid-career family physicians, and practice closures and retirements, particularly late-career family physicians.
Please visit Work in Vancouver to view our locum and permanent opportunities. On behalf of clinics in Vancouver, we are looking for family physicians to fulfill numerous locum opportunities, which vary in duration, flexibility, and location. On top of this, we can assist family physicians looking to join a practice permanently and build a patient panel. Depending on what you are looking for, we will provide you with guidance and introduce you to the clinics that fall in line with your preferences and requirements.
If you are looking to join a clinic permanently, there are many important considerations before committing to longitudinal primary care. For example, different types of remuneration, specifically the new NTP PCN Contracts. Please visit NTP PCN Contracts for more information.
Another key part of the R&R Team is our retirement support program. If you are thinking about closing your practice, the R&R team can provide you with an in-depth overview for your retirement plan to support your patients and more as you transition out of practice. Please visit Retirement Support.
Who We Support
Our R&R Team supports a variety of physicians including:
- Family medicine residents
- Family physicians with training from Canada, USA, Australia, Ireland, and the UK
- Fully and provisionally licensed family physicians
- Clinics within the city of Vancouver
- Family physicians retiring or closing practice
- Nurse practitioners
- IMG-BC ROS and PRA BC ROS candidates
We are involved in the following events:
- Resident and new-to-practice career fair
- Resident tax clinic
- Financial literacy seminars
- Retirement information session
The R&R team participate in the following conferences as exhibitors:
- Family Medicine Forum (FMF)
- Nurse and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) Conference
- Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC)
- Pri-Med NOW
- St. Paul’s Hospital Scholarship Day
- St. Paul’s Hospital CME Conference for Primary Care Physicians
- UBC Med Zero Medical Student Event
Types of Work
Please visit Work in Vancouver for the types of opportunities we help recruit for.
A variety of licensing support services are available to physicians including:
- Health Match BC is an organization that works directly with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC). As each province in Canada has different rules, if you plan on practicing as a family physician, please visit Health Match BC and create an account. Their physician services team will be able to assist you with licensing and registration procedures in BC. When creating you user account, be sure to upload your CV to your profile. A Health Match BC representative will contact you thereafter.
- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) is the licensing and registration body for physicians in BC. To be eligible to work in BC as a family physician, you must be licensed with CPSBC. For information on practice standards, guidelines, and more visit their website.
- Provisional License: R&R works with family physicians within and outside Canada. If you are a family physician who completed their residency training in the UK, USA, Ireland, or Australia and you would like to work in BC, let us know and we can provide guidance on how to do so. Under a provisional license, you require a supervisor. In other words, there are only certain clinics that support and supervise a provisionally licensed family physician for the designated period of time. Therefore, please reach out to our team to inquire about clinics who have a supervisor if you are or will be a provisionally licensed family physician.
Types of Remuneration
A variety of remuneration models are available to physicians practicing in Vancouver as outlined below.
|NTP PCN Contracts||Visit our NTP PCN Contracts webpage for more information|
|Fee for Service (FFS)||A payment model utilized by the majority of walk-in and family practice clinics in Vancouver. In the FFS model, the family physician is an independent contractor who bills our public insurance plan (Medical Services Plan (MSP)) to each service provided. There is a separate billing code and rate associated with each service negotiated between the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC. Under this model, family physicians who pay out a predetermined portion of their billings to the clinic, which helps cover clinic costs, such as staff, leasing, and supplies.|
|Salary||The most common salary positions are hospitalists and emergency positions administered by health authorities.|
|Sessional||The sessional model is mostly utilized by Community Health Centres (CHCs), which utilizes an hourly or session rate of payment. A session is defined as 3.5 hours of service. Rates are defined by an agreement between the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC. This type of payment model is generally used for more complex patient populations or those appointments needing more time than an FFS model could reasonably accommodate.|
|Longitudinal Family Physician (LFP) Payment Model||Please visit BC Family Doctors LFP Payment Model and Doctors of BC for more information. If you are currently not a member of Doctors of BC you can visit: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/your-benefits/join-us|
Grow Your Practice
The Vancouver Division has two patient matching programs to help physicians (FPs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) build their patient panels:
Please visit these program pages to learn more about our patient attachment programs, especially if you are a family physician or nurse practitioner looking to build your patient panel based on your preferences.