General Practitioner in Oncology - Inverness

Date: Jun 23, 2024

Location: Inverness, NS, CA, B0E 1N0

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Requisition ID: 136559 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: $138,690

Type of Remuneration: APP- Alternative Payment Planmodel (non-FFS) to be determined

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs:  

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About This Opportunity

The Nova Scotia Health Cancer Care Program, Eastern Zone, Inverness Cancer Clinic, has an opportunity for a General Practitioner in Oncology (GPO) working in collaboration with a dynamic interdisciplinary team, consulting with members of other health professions within the Eastern Zone and provincially as appropriate. The GPO will collaborate with oncology specialists for clinical care, will be accountable to the Nova Scotia Health Authority Cancer Care Program (NSHA CCP) Senior Medical Director, and will be accountable to the Executive Medical Director in their respective zone for professional matters and scope of practice. The GPO will work in a shared care model along with specialists from Medical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Hematology, Radiation Oncology, Urology,  Surgery Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, and Palliative Care, as well as other cancer site teams to manage care for cancer patients.  
The Nova Scotia Health Authority Cancer Care Program is responsible for cancer programs and services across the province including: cancer prevention and early detection, treatment, follow-up, supportive care, palliative care and end-of-life care. 


  • Provides outpatient care to cancer patients seen in a variety of clinical settings including oncology clinics, chemotherapy units, and virtual care clinics. 
  • Where feasible, provides inpatient consultation and support for patients requiring admission to hospital.
  • May assist in the accelerated workup of suspected cancer 
  • Manages cancer symptoms and treatment-related adverse effects in collaboration with the specialist and health care team.
  • Assists in the management of patients undergoing local therapies for cancer including radiotherapy and intra-vesicular therapy.
  • Provides follow-up assessments and examinations for cancer patients undergoing surveillance
  • Notifies the specialist of changes in the patient’s condition 
  • Provides on-site support as appropriate
  • Available and responsible for providing urgent coverage for cancer systemic therapy infusion reactions
  • Available during working hours to address questions related to patient care and to assist with treatment
  • For absences, the GPO is responsible for arranging coverage and handover with covering physician.
  • If a covering physician is not available, the GPO must contact the referring specialist or Senior Medical Director for Cancer Care to discuss alternative arrangements. 
  • Participates in oncology-related meetings and continuing medical education.
  • Adheres to NSHA Cancer Care Program guidelines and policies to ensure that expected standards of care are achieved.
  • Participates in medical practice that is compatible with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s mission, values and strategic directions.
  • Provides local academic and clinical leadership related to the care of cancer patients such as working in a co-leadership capacity with the clinic manager and/ or providing zone medical leadership as needed.
  • Participates on Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program initiatives and committees including co-leadership role on zone-based operations and quality committees as time permits. 
  • Where possible, provides back-up GPO support in other sites within the zone in the absence of the site-specific GPO to ensure there is no compromise to clinical care. 

Expected Hours

  • Part-time hours (0.5 FTE)
  • Patient load is variable


  • Candidates must be eligible for certification by  College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
  • must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS).
  • Must maintain active Canadian Medical Protective Association coverage as well as have active hospital privileges at their designated site.

Other competencies:

  • Previous oncology training and experience is an asset.
  • Completion of GPO orientation is required prior to assuming their role within the Community Cancer Clinic. 
  • Commitment to ongoing professional education through attendance at educational conferences, Provincial Cancer Network Meetings, Oncology Grand Rounds and other oncology related learning opportunities in order to stay current and maintain competency in oncology care. 

Support is available for a site visit and relocation.

Community Details

Once an active coal mining town, today the town of Inverness is better known as a golfer's dream destination with Cabot Cape Breton's Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links golf courses situated prominently along the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait.

Beach lovers will love to visit Inverness Beach, a long stretch of sandy coastline that is popular with ocean swimmers and beachcombers alike. Walk the boardwalk that overlooks the beach from the sand dunes above and be sure to time your stroll to catch one of the gorgeous sunsets over the ocean. You may even spot a pod of Minke or Pilot whales passing by!

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine. 


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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