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RGPLP - General Practitioner needed for Sparwood Primary Health Care

Role and Facility Information

This is a rural locum posting in Sparwood, 25 minutes from the Fernie Ski hill and located in the Elk Valley - somewhere the Rolling Stone called "The Coolest Town in the world."

I am looking for definite thursday and friday coverage along with tuesdays +/- mondays. If you really want to work 5 days I will look at that. If you want to work some days and have some days off to ski Fernie resort, tour, crosscountry ski or Fatbike in this beatiful area we can make that happen. I am very flexible about coverage on this assignment - any time february or early to mid march (ending March 21.)

*** As of April 1st 2018, the daily rate for Sparwood is $1045. ***


Eligible for Enhanced Skills Stipend

Coverage Information

Coverage Dates - Flexible

Jan 25 2021 to Mar 21 2021
Regular Scheduled Office Hours
Negotiable. Office days are usually 9-5, some emerg coverage starting at 9. There is some call at a rural emergency department but it shuts its doors at 7 pm: There is no overnight call on this assignment
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On-Call Date(s) / Hours
Very flexible. Preferable would be consecutive weeks of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday coverage. I would especially like to have March 13-21 off but I'm not super fussy about this

About the Clinic

Clinic Description

Clinic Composition

Sparwood has a primary care health centre with a clinic and a rural emerg. There is some clinic work, some Emerg work.

Local Resources

Lab, x-ray, public and mental health, diabetic educator, urgent care, dialysis, pharmacy, physio, social workers, immunization services, postpartum and prenatal services, electrocardiogram, 3.0 FTE

Emergency Framework

Our small emerg closes from 7 pm until 8 am: No overnight calls on this assignment. Emerg is well supplied with glidescope, U/S. We actually have built 2 emergs here so could run hot/cold for covid-19 if there were a spike in cases.

Call Expectations

Call 1 in 5. 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. No overnight calls to the emerg department. Locum must carry a phone from 7:00 pm to 8:00 am for urgent telephone advice.

CME Schedule

Probably irrelevant for a 10 day locum. Did I mention you get to do emergency medicine without having to work after 7 pm?

Visiting Specialist/Consultant Information

Contact list of specialists available to locums upon arrival. Cranbrook is our local regional centre. We are a 55 minute helicopter ride from Foothills hospital in Calgary.

EMR Information

EMR System


What training is provided for the EMR System

Training upon arrival with IT staff.

Level of Support/Care and Policy

Welcoming Procedures

Welcome package and key to accommodations provided in Emergency upon arrival.


Staff orients locum upon arrival.

Social Involvement

Doctors are very friendly and the host of this assignment is sticking around town and would love to show you around the ski hill and/or ski trails! +/- fatbiking.

Clinic Policy

Provided upon arrival. We are a very friendly group. We are all on contract and so do not overbook.

Accommodation and Transportation

The clinic does provide accommodation.

Accommodation Description

An apartment is provided across the street from the hospital if the locum wishes. Key to apartment is picked up at Emergency upon arrival.

Most Convenient Mode of Transportation

Fly to Canadian Rockies International Airport at Cranbrook.

Car rentals available at the airport. 90 minute drive to Sparwood. Alternatively could fly into Calgary, it is a lovely 3 hour drive from the Calgary Airport

Closest Amenities

Grocery Store

Save-On-Foods 0.5 km from Clinic. YIG and Save-on-Foods Grocery stores also in Fernie 25 minutes away

Community Centre

A free pass to the rec centre available upon request. There is a pool and a gym. There are TONS of outdoor recreation activities here both in Sparwood and Fernie: skiing, snowshow, fatbike, snowmobiling, ice fishing,

Other Closest Amenities

We are 25 minutes away from Fernie: a premier resort town. Their ski hill is roughly 30 minutes away. This is a skiing Mecca: rated #2 ski town in the entire world. We have been able to recreate outdoors safely throughout the covid pandemic.