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Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM)

IWK Health
Halifax (City), Nova Scotia (CA)
Estimated Annual Salary: 250,000 - 300,000 CAD
Closing date
Nov 29, 2023

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Specialty / Focus
Emergency Medical Services
Position Type
Practice Type
Urgent Care Center
Practice Setting
Hospital / Health System
Employment Type
Employee (W2)
Patient Care

About the Opportunity

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University is seeking a physician for a clinical position in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) at IWK Health. 

IWK Health is a respected academic center and serves as the only pediatric trauma and referral center for the Maritime provinces. The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine is an academic department of approximately 25 physicians who proudly lead the on-site subspecialty training program in PEM. As members of the Dalhousie University Academic Department of Emergency Medicine we work and collaborate closely with approximately 50 EM physicians at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Clinicians within the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine possess expertise in research, medical education, health informatics, quality improvement & patient safety, point of care ultrasound, simulation, disaster medicine, social pediatrics, and pre-hospital care & trauma systems. Members are compensated in an AFP model that rewards non-clinical activities including academic pursuits, teaching, and administrative work for many physicians. The PEM group understands work-life balance, which allows for flexibility in scheduling, a one-month unpaid wellness sabbatical, and frequent social gatherings, providing a sense of community. As a member of Doctors Nova Scotia, physicians enjoy many benefits including an affordable health and dental plan and parental leave. 

  • 19-bed unit
  • 44,000 annual visits 
  •  Redevelopment project to see construction of new 35-bed unit. 


  • Duties include full scope of practice in Emergency medicine providing care to Pediatric patients. 
  • Physicians will be responsible to the Division Head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Expected Hours

  • 6- to 8-hour shifts
  • Full time clinical position
  • Rotating schedule of days, nights, evenings, and weekends
  • More than 60 hours of physician coverage/day


  • Eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
  • Eligible for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)

To Apply

Please send your letter of interest, CV and 3 reference letters by December 15, 2023, to: 
Dr. Katrina Hurley, Chief, IWK Emergency Department, IWK Health
5850/5980 University Avenue, Halifax NS, B3K 6R8

Community Details

Halifax, Nova Scotia is a vibrant and growing ocean-front city with a population of approximately 500,000. Ranked #1 in MacLean’s Best Communities, Halifax boasts diverse neighbourhoods, many of which are an easy walk, bike, or short drive to IWK Health. Enjoy many excellent restaurants, trails, parks and frequent community events around the “City of Trees”. A quick drive outside the city will bring you to spectacular beaches, vineyards, hiking and mountain bike trails, sailing, surfing, and other outdoor adventures.

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. 

IWK Health is committed to promoting an anti-racist environment and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia, and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. Nova Scotia has the highest percentage of people with disabilities and the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  

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