University of Alberta

Division Director and Section Chief, General Internal Medicine for the Edmonton Zone

Department of Medicine

Competition No.  -    A100635906
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Medicine in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), invites applications for the position of academic Director, Division General Internal Medicine (GIM) Section Chief for the AHS Edmonton Zone.  Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is recognized as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions.  AHS, employing nearly 110,000 people, is recognized among the top 100 employers in Canada.

The Division of General Internal Medicine is leading the way in enhancing patient-centered care, driving frontline engagement, and the development of meaningful metrics in support of team performance.  The Division now meets or exceeds national benchmarks in health system performance and educational outcomes.

The Division consists of 13 full-time academic and 75 clinical staff, representing a blend of senior, internationally recognized expertise and youthful, emerging talent. The Division is uniquely situated to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of General Internal Medicine in Canada.  The Division’s unique integration of community and academia embraces the mission of balancing the Faculty’s education, research and clinical pillars.

The scholarship of about one-third of our full-time academic faculty is focused on education, and just over one-third devote 50% or greater effort to research. Among the research-focused faculty members, most hold peer-reviewed salary awards or endowed chairs and are recognized internationally, they collectively hold substantial tri-council and other peer-reviewed funding, and all are engaged in supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

With a strong commitment to education, the Division hosts one of the most highly ranked General Internal Medicine fellowship programs in Canada and is internationally known for its strength in clinical and pharmaco-epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and health outcomes research.  It offers a two-year subspecialty training program that is tailored to the individual resident career goals and practice settings in either Community or Academic General Internal Medicine.  Core objectives are common to all.

The position of academic Division Director and AHS Edmonton Zone Section Chief is usually, but not necessarily combined.  The successful candidate for each role is expected to be a leader who will further develop the Division and the clinical Section to rival the best GIM Groups worldwide.  We value, above all, strong, effective leadership and outstanding collaborative skills.  Individuals who can skillfully combine the clinical and academic missions will be given preference. The incumbent will build relationships with other subspecialty groups to advance areas of successful collaboration and will have the influence to bring about meaningful change where necessary in patient care, research, education and administration.  Leadership will be a key attribute, and the candidate must have outstanding people skills to build a vision for growth and development within GIM over the next 5-10 years.

The successful candidate must be a respected general internist holding an MD or equivalent, be eligible for licensure in Alberta, and have a fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of intent outlining your vision on Academic, Clinical & Education for the division and an update Curriculum Vitae to:

Barbara J. Ballermann, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Alberta
Head, Clinical Department of Medicine
AHS Edmonton Zone 

Executive Assistant: Sonia Gisenya,

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.