Job Posting
full time Family Practice at Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre
Burns Lake, British Columbia
Job ID: 16568

A beautiful Northern B.C. community is seeking a General Practitioner with a passion for working in small communities and improving First Nations healthcare in British Columbia. Live lakeside in the “Northern Gateway” to the largest wilderness park in British Columbia, surrounded by world-class trail networks and lakes that lend themselves to endless outdoor activities. Join a fantastic team of health care professionals who are dedicated to providing excellent health care in Burns Lake.

Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS), Northern Health (NH) and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) recognize the need for quality primary care services for First Nations communities in the Burns Lake area. The foundation of Carrier Sekani Family Services Primary Care Model is premised on nation rebuilding with an underlying philosophy that is grounded in Carrier and Sekani values and beliefs and based on an integration of services that supports a holistic approach to health.

The next phase of development of the CSFS Primary Care model is to enhance the First Nations Primary Care Homes already developed and increase reliable and equitable service for the communities of Tachet, Wet’suwet’en, Woyenne, Burns Lake, Fort Babine, Cheslatta, Nee Tahi Buhn and Skin Tyee.
Our goal is to remove barriers to accessing primary care and foster accepting and understanding environments that improve the health status of individuals and communities.

CSFS physicians truly value the relationship-building aspect of the CSFS primary care model because it allows them to provide cultural safety and overcome historical barriers of disjointed medical care. With additional consultation time with patients, there is opportunity to address multiple factors that contribute to a patient’s health and wellbeing.

To assist with our vision, a 1.0 FTE APP Service Contract for a full service family physician is available. In keeping with the value of providing services in underserviced areas where care did not previously exist, it is anticipated that the majority of clinical time will be spent on reserve enhancing access to primary care while developing and nurturing relationships and trust with community members. Additionally, it is envisioned that a CSFS physician presence will start to develop in the Lakes District Hospital where a large number of community members access acute care and diagnostic services. The projected split is 0.8 FTE primary care in community and 0.2 FTE acute care. To this end, the CSFS physician will work with the CSFS Medical Director, Northern Health Lakes Omineca Medical Director and the Lakes District Hospital Chief of Staff to establish a sustainable and progressive working relationship to advance acute and in-hospital care.

CSFS physicians will visit the communities within the Burns Lake Area, including visitations to Lakes District Hospital and long term care settings following up on CSFS primary care patients. Recognizing the challenges of geography, the position will also provide support through CSFS virtual health services, utilizing a shared EMR accessible by the team from any CSFS location.

The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre is a 16 bed facility that opened in 2015. It sees an average of 12,000 ER visits per year. The hospital houses 13 acute care beds, 1 isolation room, 1 palliative care room, emergency services, diagnostic imaging and laboratory, as well as a primary care home with three full time physicians.

Burns Lake services a local and surrounding population of approximately 13,000.The community has a strong sense of culture and incredible local talents. With more than 4828 km of lake shoreline, world class mountain biking trails and Olympic quality cross-country skiing, work/life balance is attainable.

Lakes District Hospital: 741 Centre Street, Burns Lake, BC

If extraordinary work and outstanding lifestyle are a priority for you, we look forward to hearing from you!

Health Match BC Vacancy NHA-4297

Family Practice
Province / State
British Columbia
Employment Type
full time
Family Practitioner/General Practitioner (Emergency)
Start Date
immediately, see description above, or enquire
Billing / Overhead Split
Vacation / CME Leave
Additional Benefits
Recruitment Incentive: $20,000
Other Benefits: If relocating within B.C.: $9,000 If relocating within Canada: $12,000 If relocating outside of Canada: $15,000 
Qualification Requirements
CCFP or eligible 
Emergency experience desired 
Institution / Community Information
Institution Name
Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre 
Street Address 1
741 Centre Street 
Street Address 2
City / Town
Burns Lake 
Postal / Zip Code
V0J 1E0 
Institution Description
Institution Size (Beds)
Institution Website
Community Description
Community Size
Community Website
Geographic location may be approximate
Contact for Applicants
Contact Name
Dr. Medical Staff Recruitment 
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Published on 2020-05-05
Edited on 2021-06-29