Career Development

Our best tips on how find your first job opportunity and begin your professional obligations

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We offer several seminars in the Transition Into Practice series that will help you develop your career goals and opportunities. Many of these sessions were designed with both Family Medicine and Royal College residents in mind.    We recommend the following topics for everyone:

  • Physician heal thyself:  4 supports to know about at the beginning of your residency
  • How to get ahead quick:  Tips for using Pathways
  • CMPA – Safe medical care
  • Licensing, credentialing and hospital privileges
  • MSP Fees, billing and audit

Please visit the Events page to register for all sessions.

Transition Into Practice Events

How to maintain an up-to-date CV
Having an up-to-date and professional looking medical style CV is important to maintain.  The best model to start with is standardized for UBC Faculty of Medicine and if you choose this option, it will save you considerable time.   You are generally expected to update your CV annually and provide it to your department for renewal of UBC teaching appointment.  You may also need it for renewing hospital privileges.

An alternative option is provided at Health Match BC.  Health Match BC is a free health professional recruitment service funded by the Government of B.C. The site offers a database — searchable by profession and region — of all part-time, full-time, and locum positions listed by B.C.’s health authorities.  You can find their examples here.  Health Match BC guide: Preparing a medical CV.  A cover letter may be needed to apply for a job posting or a locum position.

How to prepare for an interview

After graduation, interviews become more targeted and less generic.  It may still be helpful to review sample questions and some of these are provided at Health Match BC .  However, be prepared to discuss your relevant experiences and skills including leadership roles.  Most interviewers provide an opportunity to ask questions at the end and your thoughtfulness may set you apart.  It is worth taking the time to learn about the position/facility/community that is being offered.

How to find a job posting

  1. BC Medical Journal (BCMJ) employment classifieds section
  2. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) has a classified section.  Click here to see the most recent edition.

 

More information for Family Medicine trainees:

Specific career development seminars we have designed to help you are:

  • Family Medicine Job Landscape 1.0:  What job opportunities are available out there
  • Locum Pay vs Anchored Physician Pay
  • How to pick your first locum clinic
  • Wait, I’m not done learning?  Navigating Mainpro+

How to find a job posting

  1. BC Medical Journal (BCMJ) employment classifieds section
  2. Divisions of Family Practice
    There are currently 35 Divisions of Family Practice in B.C. These divisions are community-based groups of family physicians working together to achieve common health care goals, including GP recruitment. Visit their website to browse by region.
  3. Locum Listings at the Society of General Practitioners of BC provides an up-to-date list of GP locum positions available throughout the province.
  4. Locums.ca is a physician-run website featuring resources and jobs in Canada, especially for BC.
  5. If offered, Job Fair at the Practice Survival Skills Conference hosted by UBC’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

More information for Royal College trainees:

We offer several seminars in the Transition Into Practice series that will help you develop your career goals and opportunities. Many of these sessions were designed with both Family Medicine and Royal College residents in mind.    We recommend the following topics for everyone:

  • Physician heal thyself:  4 supports to know about at the beginning of your residency
  • How to get ahead quick:  Tips for using Pathways
  • CMPA – Safe medical care
  • Licensing, credentialing and hospital privileges
  • MSP Fees, billing and audit

Specific career development seminars we have designed to help you are:

  • Are there any jobs out there?  Help for Specialty Residents
  • Maintenance of Certification of New to Practice:  A first time user’s guide for specialty residents

Please visit the Events page to register for all sessions.

Rural Mentoring Program

Did you know that there is a mentoring program established for physicians who are new to rural practice in BC? This program is available both to Family Physicians and Specialist.  Click this link to learn more about this opportunity.