Dr. Ann Collins – President of the Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association has a wonderful series called Physician Changemakers, which features physicians around Canada, and highlights their unique story. This feature is all about Dr. Ann Collins, who has recently taken on the presidency of the CMA after serving on the board of directors for seven years.

Follow her story in the article here as Dr. Collins weaves through her life, from mere thoughts about working in the field of medicine to taking on many different roles including part-time hospital emergency department work, running her own family practice, and medical director of a local nursing home.

Taking on this role during an unprecedented time with the pandemic has also presented its challenges, where virtual care is becoming the norm, and both doctors and patients have had to grapple with a lot of changes, at a very fast pace.

Physicians for You is proud to share the story of this successful Canadian physician who has deep roots in her community of Fredericton, New Brunswick, and is dedicating her wealth of experience to the Canadian Medical Association. Thank you Dr. Collins!

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Canada Ranks #1 for Quality of Life Again!

Canada has ranked #1 in the world for quality of life for the 4th year in a row and we cannot be more proud. 
 
Countries were ranked on nine metrics: affordable, a good job market, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system and well-developed public health system.
 

Check out the full article from the Vancouver is Awesome for full details.

Interested to learn how you can make Canada your home?
 
Physicians for You is here to help you with all your doctor specific licence, registration and recruitment needs. 
 

We have physician jobs across this beautiful country. Contact us today! 

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How can clinics help recruit & retain doctors?

This question comes up over and over again. With a global doctor shortage, how do we recruit and retain physicians without having to lock them into unrealistic commitment restraints?

The answers are really quite simple. And proven effective. 

1. Be a Tour Guide!

Whether it’s yourself directly, or others in the company or community, provide local knowledge, show the physician (and family) around, give them a tour of your facility, but also the highlights and charms of your community. What kind of information would you be looking for if you were moving to a new town, city, or perhaps country? What would you want to know? If you are a small community, give them the unique info they won’t find on TripAdvisor.ca. Is there a local secret spot for the best breakfast in town? A unique Sunday drive location to take the family? What excites you about your community will surely delight newcomers. This is your chance to show off your community!

 

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The Future of Virtual Care in Canada

A major topic of conversation for both health care providers and patients alike is the frustration of health care delivery not aligning more quickly to our lives. We are using technology at our fingertips for so many things in our daily activities and workplaces, and yet that seems to halt at healthcare access.  A very interesting survey by De...
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Elections 2019 and Healthcare

Ahead of the 2019 Canadian Federal Election, healthcare is one of the top three issues on the minds of Canadians, along with cost of living and climate change concerns. As leading parties continue to make their intentions clear, here are some of the medical community's efforts to make votes count on the important topic of health care.&nbs...
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Congratulations to Dr. Angela Enright!

Dr. Angela Enright, B.C.'s very own anesthesiologist is the recipient of this year's Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. The prestigious Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award has a wonderful history, and you can find out more about the ambitious humanitarian couple the award is named after in our article here. "Arguably ...
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MCCQE1 Preparatory Exam is a hit!

The results are in. The MCCQE1 Preparatory Exam that launched this spring is proving to be a valuable resource for those looking to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam.  The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1 is a computer-based test that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-...
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Combating physician fatigue early on

Physician fatigue is not new. Nor will it likely be completely eliminated. But one thing that is important to recognize is that there are tools that can offer practical skills early on in a physician's career that can mitigate stress and offer the much needed support.  The development of the Resident Doctors of Canada Resiliency curriculu...
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Ontario’s New Super Health Agency

Ontario has unveiled its new integrated public health care system called Ontario Health. Last February the Ontario Health Minister announced that there were plans in the works, and now we are seeing those changes begin to integrate.  The Ontario government started by merging nine of the province's fourteen Local Health Integration Ne...
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Cannabis Resources for Physicians in Canada

Cannabis for medical purposes has been legal in Canada since 2001, when individuals with certain illnesses such as HIV/AIDS were authorized to grow their own marijuana or obtain it from authorized producers or Health Canada. This was a relatively small number of Canadians who had the legal right to possess the drug.As of October 17, 2018, cannabis ...
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Why Choose Our Qualified Physician Recruitment Service

Searching for the best staff members for your open roles and opportunities will not always be a straightforward process. There will be stumbling blocks along the way that can take a long time and become a burden on your daily practices. At Physicians for You we are regarded as a leading qualified physicians recruitment service which can help you mo...
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Finding Recruitment For Medical Staff With Industry Experts

Finding a new role that is enjoyable and exciting is the first step, but you will often be rebutted by the distance, the commute or the pay. We understand that there are many different things to consider as you look for recruitment as a trained doctor, physician or medical staff. Our team at Physicians for You work on both sides of the employment c...
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Where To Find Family Doctor Jobs For Your Future In Canada

 Locum, short term and long term. Everyone's future prospects will be different. Your career deserves, however, to have the best chance of blossoming. Our support for those looking for family doctor jobs in Canada has become a leading choice across the country. Physicians for You offer free recruitment support for individuals who are searching...
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Canadian Medical Recruitment

We know it is cliché to say it, but we can't believe it is December! This year seems to have flown by and we are pleased to say that it has been an excellent year for us here at Physicians for You. To-date, we have been bridging the gap between medical candidates and clients to ensure that our clients get the best staff for their positions and our ...
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Healthcare Recruitment Agency

 Physicians for You, is here to help whether you are looking to recruit top talent for your practice, or you are looking to secure the next perfect role for yourself for 2020. As the leading healthcare recruitment agency in Canada, we make it our responsibility to bridge the gap between employers and employees and get the right fit, every time...
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Medical Recruitment Agency

At Physicians for You, we offer dedication unlike any other, our driven team are experts in their field, having accumulated experience in medical fields across Canada for many years, we have the knowledge and understanding to help you get your career moving. We utilise the relationships we have built over the past 10 years with clinics, surgeries, ...
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Canada Medical Recruitment

We pride ourselves on the support we give to those looking to recruit or be recruited within the medical industry across Canada. We work with all manner of practices, whether it's clinics, hospitals or Health Authorities. Getting the job done as one of the most competitive and effective Canadian Medical Recruitment agencies. Our work with these cli...
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Recruitment For Hospitals

 Physicians for You specialise in helping those seeking work within the Canadian Medical Industry, as well as helping medical specialists find the right candidates for their available job roles. We work with health authorities, hospitals and private clinics all over Canada, to ensure that medical talents are being put to use. We're there for y...
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Canadian Healthcare Jobs

 Are you looking to get into Canadian Physicians jobs, but don't know where to start?  Physicians for You are a company that prioritises your wants and your needs, finding suitable physician roles in Canada that match those requirements. We pride ourselves on providing excellent guidance and support throughout the recruitment pr...
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BC Air Ambulance Pilot – An interview with Ian Jones

We recently caught up with our friend Ian Jones, who gave us some insight on what led him to a career as a BC Air Ambulance Pilot and some of the things we might like to know about the job. Him and his team provide an incredible service that enhances our healthcare in Canada, and we thank them!

What company do you provide services for?

I provide services for Helijet International. It is a helicopter airline and charter service based in Vancouver, British Columbia that has been contracted to provide helicopter transport for the British Columbia Air Ambulance Service using air medical equipped helicopters.

What is your Title?

My title is Training Captain.

What type of aircraft do you fly?

Sikorsky 76A, 76C+ and 76C++

How long have you been a pilot?

I have been a pilot for 28 years.

You are originally from Wales, correct? How did you end up coming to Canada?

Yes, I'm from Wales and my wife is from Germany. After I retired from the Army, I had not really been back in the UK for anything but Pilot courses. We both liked Canada and so made plans to move. At the same time the Army wanted to keep me on, so I got posted to Canada as I emigrated.

What type of team do you have with you when you fly? 

The team consists of two Critical Care Paramedics, or two Infant Transfer Team (ITT) Paramedics, and sometimes a Physician or third Paramedic under training.

Does the team size depend on the emergency or is it a standard requirement?

The team size is pretty standard, maybe with or without an incubator if it is an Infant Transfer Team (ITT).

What is your designated travel zone? 

My designated travel zone is BC's Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, up to 3 hours of flight time.

Has that always been your travel zone?

In Canada yes, this has been my travel zone. I have also flown Africa and former USSR in the offshore oil role as Medivac and transfer.

What type of medical training are you required to have?

As a pilot, I do not require medical training. 

What question(s) do you get asked the most?

The question I get asked the most is: Are you a Paramedic?

What is something that has surprised you about the job that you wouldn't have thought?

Something that surprised me was the amount of phone calls required to fly each mission.

Perks or likes of the profession?

Great flying scenery. The profession is always a mix of fun and challenging moments. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an air ambulance pilot?

The best advice I can give is to fly and accumulate good hours and experience on other types first, and log as much night and instrument time as possible 

Thanks Ian! It has been great getting to know a little bit more about the work that you do. We appreciate the service you and Helijet provide.

My pleasure, thank you. I love what I do. 

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