Clinician Investigator / Assistant Professor – Palliative Care Physician

Clinician Investigator / Assistant Professor – Palliative Care Physician

Position Description: Assistant Professor – Palliative Medicine 

Position Field: Clinical

Faculty/ Division: Faculty of Medicine

Department: Department of Medicine

Hospital Affiliation: University Health Network (primary) and Sinai Health System (secondary)

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Posting Date: October 9th, 2018

Closing Date: November 14th, 2018


The Division of Palliative Care, University Health Network (UHN) and the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto are seeking a full-time clinician investigator with expertise in research and/or quality improvement in palliative medicine, to be based at the University Health Network. The successful applicant must be eligible for a full-time clinical academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. It is expected that the position will be approximately 50% research, 40% clinical, 5% teaching and 5% administrative service.  Expected start date is July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter.

The successful candidate must hold an MD degree or equivalent, have completed training in a recognized palliative medicine postgraduate training program, and have, or be eligible for, licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Candidates should have completed, or be willing to complete, a graduate degree in education or research, or have one or more years of post-residency fellowship. Advanced training and evidence of scholarship is a requirement for the appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. He/She should demonstrate academic experience through publications in leading journals and presentations at significant conferences. The successful candidate must be able to function proficiently in English.

The successful applicant will foster excellence in consultative palliative medicine and will have broad clinical and research interests related to palliative care. Responsibilities will include research, clinical care and teaching.

The Division of Palliative Care at the University Health Network spans four sites: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The interdisciplinary program includes inpatient consultations, outpatient clinics, an acute palliative care unit and a residential hospice. Department members have excellent opportunities for educational and research endeavours within an interdisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers, among others. There is protected time for scholarly activities to ensure rewarding, fulfilling career development.

Compensation will depend on the amount of clinical work performed (estimate based on fee-for-service billings and other sources of compensation) but will be in the usual range for an experienced Palliative Care Physician in the Province of Ontario at approximately $250,000 to $300,000 per annum and commensurate with academic rank, qualifications, and experience. Insurance and health benefits will be obtained by the candidate at their own cost. Candidate(s) may be reimbursed partial start-up costs with office expenses.  

Should you be interested in this opportunity, please forward a cover letter, your curriculum vitae and names and addresses of three (3) referees to:

                                            Dr. Camilla Zimmermann, Head, Division of Palliative Care 

                                            University Health Network

                                            610 University Avenue, 16th floor, Toronto, Canada M5G 2M9.



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The University of Toronto and the University Health Network are strongly committed to diversity within their communities and especially welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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