Navigating the Modern Healthcare Job Market: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals

The landscape of the healthcare job market is continuously evolving, influenced by technological advancements, shifting demographics, and global events such as the ongoing pandemic. Navigating this dynamic environment requires healthcare professionals to be equipped with a strategic approach that goes beyond traditional job-search methodologies. In...

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Global BC Interview Transcript

With Mike Smyth, 

Audio Transcript Mike: Short of everybody here, we certainly need more doctors. Let's discuss it now with my guest, Phil Martin. Phil is the CEO of a physician recruitment company. It's called Physicians for You, and I'm very pleased to welcome him. Phil, thanks a lot for coming on today. Phi...

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B.C. Targets U.K. Physicians with Double Salaries

There is a major doctor shortage in British Columbia. Intensive immigration, urbanization, and general population ageing create a higher demand for physicians and medical experts than the Canadian system is able to produce, and the Government of BC is trying to fulfil it. A few incentives and programs were introduced in recent years, but BC is stil...

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British doctors seek jobs abroad amid discontent over NHS pay

Audio Transcript Kristen Schwab:This is Marketplace, I'm Kristen Schwab. The number of workers in the US that went on strike in 2023 more than doubled from the year before. That's according to a report from the Labor Action Tracker, a collaboration from researchers at Cornell and the University of Illinois. And we're n...

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Interview with David Common, Toronto’s CBC Metro Morning host

Audio Transcript David: Let's turn now to the announcement on Friday, the federal government giving Ontario $3.1 billion in healthcare funding amid staffing shortages. Part of the agreement says that Ontario has to create new primary healthcare teams. That includes family doctors, nurses, n...

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Analyzing the 2023 Health Expenditure Trends in Canada: CIHI's Insights and Projections

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released the 27th edition of the annual publication on health expenditure trends which provides detailed information on health spending in Canada using the National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX). Here is a snapshot of the expenditure trends of 2023, according to CIHI: Total Health Expend...

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Recruitment Services For Hospitals

 Physicians for You specialise in helping those seeking work within the Canadian Medical Industry, as well as helping medical specialists find the right candidates for their available job roles. We work with health authorities, hospitals and private clinics all over Canada, to ensure that medical talents are being put to use. We're there for y...

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The College of Family Physicians of Canada will Not Implement a 3rd Year to the Family Residency Program

Last year we wrote a blog about The College of Family Physicians of Canada's plans to extend family medicine residency training from two years to three years. The intention was to expand the curriculum and prepare physicians to deal with more complex patient care including elder care, mental health and addictions, new technologies, and to help them...

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The Human Aspect of Remote Healthcare: Mental Health and Well-being

Introduction Rural and remote health care practice comes with its rewards and challenges. While the benefits of telemedicine and digital health solutions are evident, we must not overlook the mental health and well-being of the healthcare professionals who provide care in rural areas. In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of recognizing...

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Future-Proofing Your Clinic: Recruiting for Emerging Healthcare Technologies

The healthcare landscape is undergoing a rapid transformation driven by technological advancements. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), telehealth, and electronic health records (EHRs), are reshaping the way healthcare is delivered. To stay competitive and provide the best possible care, clinics must prepare for this digita...

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Remote Work in Healthcare: Staffing Solutions for Rural and Remote Clinics

The landscape of healthcare delivery has been undergoing a transformative shift in recent years, with remote work emerging as a significant solution to various challenges faced by the industry. While remote work has gained prominence across multiple sectors, it has proven to be especially vital in healthcare, particularly for clinics located in rem...

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Is MRCGP recognised in Canada?

Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) is the postgraduate medical qualification required to attain a certificate of completion of training (CCT) in General Practice in the United Kingdom. But what about Canada? Is MRCGP recognised in Canada? If you're a doctor in the UK considering a move to Canada, you may be wondering i...

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Is PLAB accepted in Canada?

If you're a doctor considering relocating to Canada, you may be wondering if your PLAB qualification will be accepted. Canada has its own medical licensure requirements, but the PLAB test is not one of them. The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test is a certification exam administered by the General Medical Council and is requi...

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Dr. Hatem Naal's Journey of Immigrating & Working as a Family Physician in Canada

Today we are taking a closer look at the journey of Dr. Hatem Naal, a qualified UK GP. After starting his training in Libya, Dr. Naal moved to the UK in 2013 with his family to complete his GP training and became a fully qualified GP who holds MRCGP certification. Dr. Naal came to Canada with his wife and three children with the help of Physicians ...

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The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) Report Quick Facts

The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) published a report compiling the most recent data on selected health professionals, including physicians, to shed light on the impacts of the pandemic on health care professionals, supply and distribution, migration, and physician payments and utilization.  Key findings: Supply of doctorsIn 2...

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Testimonial of a Clinic Owner - A live case study of how Dr. Saima Khan found right Physician for her Clinic

Running a family medicine clinic can be a daunting task, especially when working alone. That's why the clinic owner in this story decided to search for an associate family physician. She had placed an ad online and received a call from Mr. Phil Martin, owner of Physicians for You Recruitment, who offered his services in providing trained family phy...

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Pharmacy Services in BC and Ontario Expanding in 2023

With BC’s health system and emergency rooms continuing to experience significant strain, including close to one million British Columbians unattached to a family doctor, expanding the range of services available at community pharmacies will help to increase British Columbians’ access to critical medications and improve patient health outcomes. 

This announcement by Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and other healthcare initiatives have been rolling out since mid 2022 in an attempt to strategize the best way forward for British Columbians and medical services across the province.

In spring of this year, pharmacists in BC will be able to prescribe some medications independently. This will include some forms of contraception and medication for minor ailments like urinary tract infections and allergies. This means you will be able to access care faster when you need it.

Pharmacists in Ontario also got new powers on Jan. 1, 2023, allowing them to prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments including urinary tract infections, tick bites, pinkeye, cold sores and dermatitis. According to the announcement, pharmacy prescribing will also help free-up doctors’ bandwidth to provide care for more complex needs, helping to reduce wait times for these services.

A 2019 University of Waterloo study estimated that almost one third of non-urgent emergency room visits were for conditions that could potentially be managed by pharmacists if they had the scope of practice available in other parts of the country.

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Family Members of Temporary Foreign Workers Will Now Have Access to Work Permits

The Canadian government has announced that beginning in January 2023, temporary foreign workers’ family members will be eligible for work permits.

Prior to this, only spouses of the principal applicant in the high-skill occupation group were eligible for a work permit. Working-age children will now be able to work through this phased approach.

According to Canada’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC), this temporary measure aims to improve the emotional well-being, physical health, and financial stability of workers by keeping families together.

As a result, it is expected that the worker will better integrate into their overall work environment and community.

Expanding the eligibility for work permits to family members accompanying the principal applicant will in turn help address the labour shortages Canada is facing.

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Longer Family Medicine Residency Training in The Works

The beginning of this year saw the release of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) report: Preparing our Future Family Physicians: An educational prescription for strengthening health care in changing times.

The report has since received significant attention to one of the recommendations outlined in the release - plans to extend family medicine residency training from its current two years to three years.

Recommendations outlined in the report indicate that a plan is in motion based on CFPC consultation findings that two years isn’t adequate to expand the curriculum on increasingly important topics such as seniors’ care, changing technologies, mental health and addictions, and the health impacts of racism and colonialism, and more. The current two-year curriculum does not allow for expansion on these topics.

There are concerns that lengthening training could worsen existing shortages in both family and emergency medicine, since many emergency doctors pursue a family medicine residency followed by a one-year certificate of added competency in emergency medicine. There are plans to continue discussions and further consultation, including with other provinces and faculties of medicine.

The CFPC has enlisted an education reform taskforce whose “main deliverable” will be a “re-designed three-year core family medicine training.” The taskforce will engage in this work over the next five years, meaning the first three-year family medicine program won’t launch until 2027, at the earliest.

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BC Family Doctors Get Pay Rise under New Payment Model

British Columbia has struggled with an ongoing doctor shortage, with an estimated one million British Columbians without a family doctor. This is now being addressed through several initiatives, including a pay increase, meant to help support primary care physicians with costs associated with running a practice.

The British Columbia provincial government announced it is making big changes to how general practitioners are paid. The governement, along with 

Beginning on Feb. 1, 2023, full-time family physicians who opt into the new Longitudinal Family Physician Payment Model will make $385,000 per year. The Ministry of Health says this is based on a doctor working 1,680 hours, holding a roster of 1,250 patients with average complexity and completing 5,000 visits a year.  

The new model represents a 54 per cent increase in gross salary, and accounts for a system that compensates doctors for visits, hours, and volume and complexity of patients.

This is welcome news to doctors and patients throughout the province and will help address the challenges in primary care.

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