The Organization

Langara College is recognized as a leading undergraduate institution with a reputation for providing exceptional learning opportunities. Through the collective contributions of an outstanding faculty and staff, Langara provides university transfer courses, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 23,000 students annually. Langara’s programs and services continue to grow and innovate to meet the changing needs of the community.

Position Title:                Medical Director (Lead Physician)

Department:                  Health Services

Reports to:                    Dean of Student Services (or delegate)

Review Date:                August 2018

The Clinic

Langara’s Health Services department is an on-site full service medical clinic that provides primary care to Langara students, employees, and daycare children.  Reporting to the Dean of Student Services (or delegate), it is a key component of the College’s student services team and is aligned with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for the purpose of providing primary patient care, outreach programming, community health, team collaboration and crisis response. The mission of the department is to provide confidential, quality, friendly, inclusive and accessible medical care and wellness services for the college community with a primary focus on students. 

The clinic is staffed with:

  • 1.14 full-time equivalent (FTE) General Practitioners (currently shared between 2-3 physicians; contractors of Langara College, funded through allocations received by VCH)
  • 1.0 FTE Registered Nurse with expanded practice (Langara employee)
  • 1.0 FTE Medical Office Assistant (Langara employee)
  • 0.2 FTE psychiatrist with college student population expertise (most work done via fee for service, but some base funding provided by the College).

The clinic operates between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday and has approximately 7,000 patient encounters annually.  The office is equipped, cleaned and maintained by the College and supplies are purchased using departmental funds.

Physician Duties

Patient Care: Provide students and employees with a wide range of primary health care to address physical, emotional, social and other health concerns impacting academic achievements.  This is done through conducting examinations, recommending relevant testing and referrals, providing medical guidance and offering treatment and follow-up. 

Community Health: Contribute to the enrichment of a sense of community and good health practices on the campus through health promotion campaigns, including health fairs and flu shot clinics. Both the Medical Director and the RN are active members of the Employee Wellness Committee and the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC).  When necessary, provide guidance and expertise in injury and illness prevention activities and assistance with the response to local and community communicable illness outbreaks and alerts. 

Team Collaboration: work to establish a circle of patient care model that includes various campus resources such as psychiatry, counsellors, and accessibility resource specialists.  Communicates and fosters respect with all team members and consults with various generalists and specialists within and outside of the department as needed.

The Medical Director

All physicians within the clinic, including the Medical Director, operate as independent contractors under a Clinical Service Contract with the College in accordance with the Master Agreement, the Working Agreement, the Provincial Service Agreement and the Provincial Salary Agreement governing the terms, conditions and compensation that apply to the provision of government-funded physician services as interpreted by the Medical Services Commission.

The Medical Director duties are in conjunction with the work completed as outlined within the Clinical Service Contract.  The main function of the role is direct patient care.  It is preferred but not required that the Medical Director is scheduled for a minimum of four days per week and a minimum of four hours per day.  The majority of time in the clinic is scheduled as session time for the purposes of direct patient care.  A minimum amount of five hours per week and a maximum of 15 hours per week will be scheduled for non-direct patient time to conduct the administrative work of the Lead Physician.  The Medical Director receives a pay differential of 10% for compensation of extra duties and responsibilities.  The position is hired on a 12-month cycle with an annual option for renewal.  Renewal will be mutually discussed two months prior to the completion of each 12-month cycle. 

The main function of the Medical Director (Lead Physician) is to provide administrative and clinical leadership of the clinic and other physicians.  This is accomplished by:

  • Overseeing the standard of medical care of the clinic and  ensuring medical practices meet established medical guidelines for quality, safety, records management, and reporting by:
    • Reviewing and researching current medical guidelines as established by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and other governing agencies
    • Informing the Dean of Student Services (or delegate) of any changes or gaps in service delivery and recommending changes to office protocols and practices
    • Informing the Dean of Student Services (or delegate) of any records management or safety issues that must be addressed and recommend solutions
    • Ensure the clinic is in compliance with all requirements as outlined by the Doctors of BC
  • Ensuring clinic compliance with all privacy and confidentiality requirements as required for medical records usage by:
    • Researching the appropriate rules and regulations regarding medical records management and advising the Dean of Student Services (or delegate) of required changes to existing or new requirements and implementing any required changes
    • Reviewing all medical legal, FOIPOP, and other requests for release of medical records and informs the Dean of Student Services (or delegate)  of any requirements to release to third parties or pending legal action and following through  as appropriate
    • Reviewing clinic records management practices and making recommendations to comply with regulating guidelines
  • Coordinating the clinical requirements of a team of Service Contract Physicians by:
    • Providing medical guidance on clinic operations and practices
    • Reviewing and directing urgent patient care needs (such as reviewing lab reports, reviewing medical legal requests) if other sessional physicians are unavailable
    • Developing and/or participating in institutional teams and services promoting health and wellness
    • Ensuring scheduling needs are met
  • Responsible for managing clinic personnel including working with the Dean of Student Services (or delegate) and Human Resources on all matters relating recruitment, selection, evaluation, supervision, and discipline and ensures alignment with College Policy and Collective Agreements
  • Reviewing and analyzing clinic usage data and recommend actions to address any gaps, medical issues, or public health educational opportunities
  • Providing clinical guidance in the event of local or global medical incidents (such as epidemics or pandemics) by:
    • Researching medical guidelines and recommending changes to medical operations
    • Informing the Dean of Student Services (or delegate) of any medical cases reported to a Public Health Unit and working collaboratively to develop Langara’s  action plan for localized medical incidents such as measles, tuberculosis, etc.
  • Recommending professional development opportunities for clinic staff in order to remain current on medical guidelines.
  • Fulfilling reporting obligations to VCH including monthly MD hours.
  • Participates on college committees pertaining to student health and wellness.
  • Assists with budget review and forecasting for departmental expenses
  • Responding (on a very occasional call-back basis) to after-hours emergency calls.  Physicians Replacement Service is available for after-hours coverage.


  • A medical degree and a valid licence to practice medicine in the Province of British Columbia; enrolment in the Medial Services Plan; evidence of current professional malpractice insurance; and documented continuing medical education. 
  • A minimum of two years related practice in a primary care setting, family medicine, or public health
  • Experience in medical office management, clinical teaching, or medical team leadership
  • Experience working with Electronic Medical Records
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Preference given to physicians with previous experience providing care at post-secondary educational medical clinics.

Competition No.: O007-18

Closing Date: Until Filled

Application Information: Please read the posting carefully and ensure you have your documents ready prior to applying. Please submit your resume and cover letter by the closing date and time.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide proof of educational and professional credentials noted on their resume.

We thank you for your interest and advise that only those shortlisted will be contacted. Langara is committed to enhancing our diverse workforce

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