Medical Lead

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Temporary, full-time position (August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2026) – Guelph, ON


The Medical Lead (ML) is a contributing member of the Student Wellness Services (SWS) Management Team, reporting to the Director of SWS. In this position, you will support the physical and mental health of students and their dependents on campus, and provide medical leadership to the team of family physicians in both Student Health Services and Health & Performance Centre (HPC). The ideal candidate for this position has a strong background as a primary-care physician including mental health, gender-affirming care, and experience with post-secondary student health as well as experience in clinical leadership and administration. Carrying both a care-provider and administrative role, you will liaise and collaborate with the Clinical Services Manager to ensure the effective delivery of person-centered care.


Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Working on-site, and being available to address any urgent health-related issue that occurs in SWS; 
  • Seeing patients in Same-day/Drop-in clinics as well as following patients in pre-scheduled clinic appointments; 
  • Providing back-up coverage to the Same-day/Drop-in clinic when required to maintain service delivery;
  • Collaborating with psychiatry and interprofessional team members as required such as case conferences;
  • Overseeing result management of all diagnostic investigations: ensuring labs that are not attached to a responsible physician are reviewed or if ordering physician is not available, or arranging for adequate coverage by a back-up physician; 
  • Acting as an after-hours contact, as required, for campus medical emergencies and critical lab values. Acting as the “ordering physician” for requisitions during special clinics/events (drop-in STI clinics, vaccination clinics);
  • Participating in the development of Medical Directives to increase access to services and to expedite care by other regulated health care professionals under specific conditions; 
  • Participating in policy development as it relates to clinical operations in Health Services and Health & Performance Center;
  • With the Director, advising the university community on health-related matters that require the expertise of a physician; 
  • Bringing physician concerns or suggestions related to clinic service delivery, efficiency, and quality of service to the Clinical Services Manager and/or Director as well as contributing to solution-generation and implementation; and
  • Working with the Director and Clinical Services Manager on campus-wide medical issues including communicable disease outbreaks, pandemic, epidemic and other situations that threaten the health and wellbeing of staff or students, and on liaising with community organizations.  


Leadership and Administrative Responsibilities

  • Participating in the recruitment, hiring and management of contracted physicians for Student Health Services and the Health and Performance Center, and ensuring their commitment as required by fluctuating operational needs;
  • Coordinating the onboarding of new physicians, and cultivating team integration for new and existing physician team members;
  • Providing ongoing mentoring and coaching of physician group, and demonstrating positive role-modelling that fosters a healthy work environment; 
  • Participating as a contributing member of the SWS Management Team to provide input from the physician perspective and to communicate relevant information;
  • Organizing a Most Responsible Physician (MRP) schedule, and securing vacation coverage for same; 
  • Responding to student concerns and questions regarding medical care, bringing complaints related to professional practice to the attention of the Director, and addressing with the physician involved; 
  • Working with the IT department to support physicians in maximizing their utilization of the EMR system for billing and documentation through specific training and communication of issues; 
  • Holding regular physician meetings to foster collaboration, effective communication, collaborative problem-solving and relationship building;
  • Determining learning needs of the physician team, and working with the SWS Management Team to facilitate continuing relevant professional development and to build clinical capacity; 
  • Creating and participating in Quality Improvement working groups that are designed to improve patient care and enhance relationships with campus and community partners, and working directly with health care providers to help educate them on new care initiatives and processes;
  • Facilitating regular physician meetings collating new ideas, issues and concerns, and being a representative for the physician team when communicating these to the most appropriate person(s);
  • Demonstrating positive leadership attributes, such as effective communication, and management of self, and actively contributing to a healthy work environment; and
  • Undertaking other responsibilities as specifically agreed upon with the Director, Student Wellness Services.



To be considered for the role of Medical Lead, you must be an experienced primary-care physician with excellent assessment skills and outstanding leadership qualities, and whose profile includes:

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) member in good standing.
  • College of Family Physicians Certification (CFPC).
  • Demonstrated exceptional assessment skills including physical, mental health and risk assessments.
  • Competence in the management of medical and psychosocial health needs for individuals seeking gender-affirming care. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and effective leadership. 


Hours and Location of Work:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30 to 16:30, in addition to any special events that extends outside regular business hours.
  • This is an on-site position (University of Guelph Main Campus) to provide consistent on-site clinical support.


Distribution of Time:

  • Clinical Appointments 2 days per week (40%) with a combination of same-day and booked appointments. (This includes performing MRP tasks.)
  • Leadership and Administration duties 3 days per week (60%).


The University of Guelph ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.


To view a detailed posting for the role of Medical Lead, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2024-0292, must be sent by e-mail, only to: [email protected].

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.