EDiCare Physician

Full Time

Website Vancouver Coastal Health

Job Summary

Job Title:

EDiCare Physician, Geriatrics (VGH)

Work Site:

Vancouver General Hospital


Locum – Full Time

Start Date:

To be mutually agreed upon

Compensation Type:

Alternative Payment Arrangement

Come work as an EDiCare Physician with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

The EDiCare program is a team-based Geriatrics program implemented in the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Emergency Department. The mandate of EDiCare follows the “Home is Best” philosophy for the Frail Elderly. Its goal is to redirect frail elders from a path of hospital admission towards discharge home when it can be safely facilitated with community and medical supports.

The EDiCare Physician role presents a unique opportunity for physicians with a passion for our growing frail elderly population. The EDiCare Physician works as a member of a decade strong interdisciplinary team within the Emergency Dept at VGH with a focus on disposition planning. Frail Elders in the Emergency Department are identified and reviewed for appropriateness for a safe discharge home rather than a prolonged hospitalization, often associated with detrimental effects on a frail elder’s quality of life. Apply today to join our ream!

As a Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) EDiCare Physician with Vancouver Coastal Health, you will:

  • Responsible for developing and implementing safe discharge plans in collaboration with acute care services, community primary care physicians and community/Home Health services.
  • Provide patient and family centered care
  • Support the Emergency Department in managing complex vulnerable Geriatric patients, to avoid hospital admission when appropriate
  • Develop collaborative trusting professional relationships with interdisciplinary team members, health authority staff and community physicians.
  • Liaise with relevant community primary care providers and specialists to support safe discharge plans in the Frail Elderly
  • Communicate clearly with patients, families and other health care providers.
  • Initiate and engage with patients and family members in challenging Goals of Care discussions
  • Provide medical oversight for home health nurses providing care for patients in the community
  • Partner with Home and Community Health to promote team-based care to prevent unnecessary ER visits and admissions.


Education, Licensing, & Experience:

  • Current College of Physicians of BC (CPSBC) License – Full
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) – Mandatory
  • Canadian College of Family Practitioners (CCFP) – Mandatory

Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Geriatric interest and or training
  • Believe in “Home is Best” philosophy (model of care)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working as an interdisciplinary team member

Closing Statement

Interested in applying? Feel free to reach out to one of the members of our team, Donna Sangster: or click “Apply Now.”

Please note that a resume is required to apply for this position.

As per the current Public Health Orders, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and “going first” when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2023.


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