Academic Emergency Physicians

Sunnybrook Emergency Services

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is now recruiting permanent full-time academic emergency physicians to join our Emergency Department (ED) team in July 2024 (start date negotiable). Sunnybrook is a tertiary care hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and a core training site for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program as well as many other Postgraduate and Fellowship Programs at the University of Toronto. Sunnybrook is Canada’s largest Trauma Centre, as well as a regional centre for burn, stroke, cancer, and high-risk maternal/ neonatal care. It is also a primary referral site for interventional cardiology, neurosurgery, vascular and spinal surgery. We are fortunate to enjoy excellent and collaborative relationships with all departments in the hospital.

The ED has a census of 64,000 patients annually, with the highest acuity level and admission rate in Ontario. Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine serves as the base hospital for Toronto EM services, and all ED physicians are also base hospital physicians. The ED is part of Sunnybrook’s Integrated Community Program, and we are privileged to work with the nationally renowned ED One Team: a diverse group of allied health professionals who work in the ED every day to help facilitate safe transitions for patients back to the community. We are also fortunate to have seven physician assistants and a large group of skilled and dedicated registered nurses on the ED team. 

Sunnybrook ED is the lead site for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for the University of Toronto Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program, with national leaders in POCUS within our group. The ED has six portable ultrasound machines, two dedicated completely for teaching. There are opportunities for teaching as well as Continuing Medical Education of advanced POCUS skills.   The Sunnybrook ED Simulation program provides the opportunity for interprofessional team-based clinically relevant simulation training. ED staff participates regularly in high fidelity, interprofessional, in-situ simulations that involve managing challenging and infrequent emergency presentations.  We are a collegial and innovative group of about 40 physicians, with a reputation for academic success and clinical excellence.

We value diversity and encourage applications from candidates who will increase representation of the diverse community we serve.

The ED has well established programs in research and education, with faculty who are recognized leaders nationally and internationally in these domains.

Other important areas of Departmental focus include quality improvement and patient safety, ED flow management, clinical informatics, trauma care and staff wellness.

Duties during your Emergency Department shifts will include the clinical care of patients, supervision and bedside teaching of trainees, as well as responding to the paramedic patch phone as needed. Outside of your clinical shifts you will be expected to contribute to the academic priorities of the University through research, education, administration, and/or quality improvement as relevant to your academic job description.

If you are a FRCPC, CCFP-EM or DABEM certified in Emergency Medicine, and hold an MD or equivalent, are able to function proficiently in English, are eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, have strong clinical and teaching skills and want to join Sunnybrook and University of Toronto faculty with the goal of developing or continuing a career that contributes to both the University and Sunnybrook’s Strategic Plans, please contact us. Estimated compensation for this is $300,000-$400,000 per year based on clinical work via our Alternate Funding Arrangement (AFA) and academic work via our Alternate Funding Plan (AFP).

To apply, submit a CV, cover letter, one reference letter (must be from your most recent ED Chief or Program Director) and two additional referee names/contacts by Sept 4, 2023, to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre care of: Dr. Aikta Verma, Chief Department of Emergency Services ([email protected]) AND Ms. Paola Tiveron ([email protected]). We will contact each of your 3 referees. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this opportunity further, we encourage you to email us to arrange a meeting, which can be done virtually. Please note, while all candidates are encouraged to apply, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.