Indigenous Family Physician
About our Clinic & Team
Lu’ma Medical Centre Society (LMCS) provides wholistic, culturally safe and integrated primary care for Indigenous families and children. We provide the conditions individuals and families need to improve their health outcomes. LMCS provides education and disease prevention through: attachment to a primary care provider, access to traditional healers and Elders, connection to mental health counsellors, and social navigators. Our team members work closely together, to create a circle of care that braids the values of traditional and western health care, to meet the diverse needs of patients. We nurture permanency in health care relationships and team members have an interest in long-term career employment at Lu’ma Medical.
The Family Physician (MD) will provide culturally integrated, safe Primary Care within their scope of medical practice for Indigenous people living away from home and in the urban area of Greater Vancouver. The physician provides care to individuals across the life span, promoting a wholistic approach to health, preventing illness and assisting individuals, families and groups to achieve an optimal state of health and well-being. The Family Physician works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team including mental health and traditional healing services and provides consultation to the Nurse Practitioners as needed.
- Provide excellent comprehensive primary care services to clients of all ages, including primary prevention, health education, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, antenatal care, and acute/episodic visits;
- Conduct on site assessments, as well as telephone and outreach visits;
- Refer rostered clients to traditional healing providers and medical practitioners on and off site;
- Review client laboratory results, procedure reports and consultation notes;
- Arrange appropriate follow up/referrals as required;
- Document all patient contact and ensure all patient information is kept confidential at all times;
- Maintain close collaborative working relationships with inter-disciplinary team;
- Work in collaboration with and introduce other team members to ensure a broad range of services are available to individuals;
- Consult with other team members as needed regarding issues that are outside their scope of practice;
- Collaborate with community partners to offer outreach services as required;
- Some evening and Saturday coverage expected (in partnership with other MD’s and NP’s on the team);
- No ER, OB, or hospital coverage required; and
- This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned.
- Medical Degree and current license to practice medicine in the Province of BC (CPSBC);
- CCFP or equivalent post-graduate training in family medicine;
- Proficiency in the use of basic computer applications; OSCAR EMR competency an asset;
- Function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team (including Primary Care, Mental Health, and Traditional Healing) with respect, professionalism, co-operation, and cultural safety;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact positively with community members, management, and staff;
- Experience in community practice;
- Knowledge and understanding of issues impacting the health of the Indigenous peoples;
- Understanding of how culture and diversity influence the patients’ service plan;
- Ability to work with a collaborative, trauma-informed, harm-reduction-focused, and client-centered approach;
- Thorough understanding of the social/societal determinants of health of Indigenous peoples in Canada;
- Knowledge of the legacy of residential schools, colonization, assimilation, and the impacts of such history on the health of individuals;
- Ability to mentor, support and work alongside students and family medicine residents;
- Clinical teaching experience is an asset;
- Strong team leadership, relationship building, critical thinking and management skills;
- Demonstrated organization, time management, and problem solving skills;
- A commitment to developing permanency in practice at Lu’ma Medical Centre;
- Valid BC Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation;
- Clean Police Vulnerable Sector Check; and
- First Nations and other Indigenous ancestry is an asset and a preference.
Hours: 0.6 or 0.8 or 1.0 FTE on schedule from 9am-5pm or 1-8pm on weekdays. Saturdays 10am-6pm
Compensation: Competitive Service Contract. No overhead contribution required.
Apply: Please forward your cover letter, curriculum vitae, as well as, names and contact information of 3 references (two references from a clinical supervisor, manager or director) to: Andrea@LumaMedical.ca
Posting Date: December 1, 2019
Closing Date: Open until Position is filled.