The following is an overview of regional, provincial, and national organizations that can support your local recruitment, retention, and practice coverage strategy.
- Enables divisions and their provincial partners to work together to support recruitment, retention, and practice coverage in BC.
- Coordinates a streamlined approach to addressing recruitment, retention, and practice coverage.
- Identifies and addresses system-level barriers to recruitment, retention, and practice coverage.
- Enables mobilization of resources to support the DoFP Recruitment & Retention Steering Committee’s work (e.g., to fund the R & R portal).
Access your local HA’s Website for further information.
- Health Authority staff can assist you by:
- Guiding you and physician candidates through the sponsorship and supervision process (for provisional license candidates).
- Facilitating the return of service process for international medical graduates.
- Supporting the credentialing process.
- Creating and marketing permanent family physician vacancies.
- FNHA can support you with building relationships - key to success and ability of physicians to provide care that meets the needs of local First Nations (see “Partnering with First Nations in Recruitment and Retention Plans” ).
- A free health professional recruitment service funded by the province of BC, Health Match BC can assist you by:
- Creating and marketing permanent and locum family physician vacancies through their website and at international conferences.
- Evaluating a candidate's professional qualifications (especially candidates trained outside of Canada).
- Facilitating contact with prospective candidates (registered with Health Match BC) who are interested in physician vacancies in your community.
- Advocates for rural health by attracting, recruiting, and retaining physicians and other health professionals.
- Supports and develops strategies for health professional recruitment as a key area of focus.
- A physician-run website that broadcasts your locum ad (short term or long term locums) and permanent GP postings to over 1,000 physician members; includes tips and resources.
- Supports small rural communities with practice coverage to enable physician in these communities to take leave for vacation and CME.
- Offers a range of services for new physicians including: billing education workshops, tips for new recruits, one-page fee summaries (“cheat sheets), and a simplified guide to fees.
- SGP locums website can advertise your posting for short term and long term locums at no cost to SGP members and an annual fee for divisions.
- The licensing and regulatory body for all physicians and surgeons in BC.
- Responsible for establishing, monitoring and enforcing high standards of qualification and medical practice across the province.
- Coordinates the review and verification of credentials of physicians seeking licensure, the provision of an application for licensure, and the personal interview required of all registrants.
- Oversees the process for supervision of provisionally licensed physicians.
- The only independent voice for BC's family physicians.
- Develops continuing education programs tailored to BC family physicians with a focus on:
- quality patient care, enhancing practice management, professional development.
- Advocates for family medicine with government and professional partners.
- advocates for the Patient's Medical Home (PMH) vision for family medicine and provides resources that family practices can use to implement this team-based model of care.
- A professional organization for non-profit physician recruiters.
- Members benefit from sharing best practices, techniques and tools for physician recruitment and retention as well as professional development.
- CASPR members can post recruitment ads on the CASPR website.
- Supports physicians to improve knowledge, professional performance, and technical skills through its medical education professional team.
- Delivers two years of evidenced-based training at 18 unique sites across BC, for residents (future locums and permanent family physicians).
Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)
(Access your local municipality’s website for further information).
- Two main roles include communicating to local government and advocating for provincial level.
- One policy area is Healthy Communities focused on health promotion and disease prevention- issues include health care funding and rural and remote healthcare.
(Access your local hospital foundation’s website for further information).
- Raise funds to support health care for families in local communities.
- Funds are used to meet a range of needs including medical equipment and special community based projects and initiatives such as resident electives.