Infection Prevention and Control Physician

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Assistant / Associate Professor - Academic Infection Prevention and Control Physician

Division of Infectious Diseases

Department of Medicine, University Health Network,

University of Toronto

The University Health Network (UHN), in conjunction with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, is seeking an Academic Infectious Diseases Physician with interest in Infection Prevention and Control to provide leadership in preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infections in long term care and congregate care settings (IPAC LTC Physician). The successful applicant must be eligible for a full-time clinical academic appointment as a Clinician in Quality and Innovation at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor within the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The effective start date is January 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

A physician with excellent critical thinking and communications skills is being sought to support the UHN Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Department, while advancing knowledge acquisition and clinical care in infectious diseases in the University of Toronto, Division of Infectious Diseases. The IPAC LTC Physician will play an instrumental role in leading a new hub that provides IPAC support for approximately 55 long term care homes (LTCHs), retirement homes (RH) and congregate care (CC) settings in Toronto. This individual will provide clinical expertise on communicable diseases prevention and management, outbreak response, IPAC program elements (including surveillance programs, education) and will lead a Community of Practice of partnering agencies and LTCH, RH and CC settings. The ideal candidate has hands-on experience and/or specialized training in IPAC, including implementation and quality improvement training or experience.

The IPAC LTC Physician will work closely with the UHN Medical Director of IPAC and other members of the IPAC Department to build the UHN IPAC LTC/RH/CC hub. In addition to this, the IPAC LTC Physician will participate in research and quality improvement projects as appropriate and will provide inpatient and outpatient Infectious Diseases consultation at the University Health Network and Sinai Health System. The IPAC LTC Physician will dually report to the UHN Medical Director of IPAC and the Division Head of Infectious Diseases.

The successful candidate must hold an MD degree, be eligible for certification in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Infectious Diseases and have, or be eligible for, licensure in Ontario. An advanced degree (Masters or PhD) or equivalent in clinical epidemiology and health research, public health, quality improvement or a related discipline is required. Previous experience or advanced training in infection prevention and control or hospital epidemiology is a strong asset. Proven record of scholarly achievements, in the form of quality improvement projects, research grants, and peer-reviewed publications, would be valuable.

For the successful candidate, compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be competitive with the usual income range for an academic ID clinician in the province of Ontario, with a compensation no less than $240,000 per year. The IPAC Physician will be eligible to participate in the UHN-Sinai Health System Department of Medicine Practice Plan, as well as receive UHN benefits and contribute to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).

Applications will be accepted until December 4, 2020, or until the position is filled.

Should you be interested in this opportunity, please forward a one-page statement of interest, your covering letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three referees to:

Brian Hodges MD, PhD, FRCPC

EVP Education and Chief Medical Officer, UHN

Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

University Health Network

R. Fraser Elliott Building, 1st Floor – RFE 1-413

Toronto, ON    M5G 2C4

c/o Dr. Rupert Kaul

Email: rupert.kaul@utoronto.ca

For more information, please visit our website at www.uhn.ca.

For more information about the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, please visit our website at https://www.deptmedicine.utoronto.ca/. The Department of Medicine’s academic position descriptions can be viewed on this webpage: https://www.deptmedicine.utoronto.ca/academic-position-descriptions#AcademicPositionDescriptions

The University of Toronto and University Health Network are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes 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.