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Moving Medicine Forward

Position title
Epileptologist
Description

The Department of Medicine and the Division of Neurology at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital is seeking a clinical epileptologist to join a rapidly expanding Ottawa Hospital Adult Epilepsy Program (ottawaepilepsyprogram.ca). The program includes outpatient clinics in general epilepsy as well as specialized care in the First Seizure Clinic, Women with Epilepsy and a Transitional Clinic for pediatric patients graduating from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

 

The Division of Neurology is renowned for the delivery of outstanding care and is recognized internationally for its programs, including neuromuscular, MS, neuro-ophthalmology, movement disorders, epilepsy, and stroke. Members of the Division have a wide range of clinical and basic science research skills. Their work includes cutting-edge clinical trials, translational research, and epidemiology. In addition to modern outpatient clinical units, the Division has a 4 bed EMU, 20 bed inpatient general neurology unit, 15 bed stroke inpatient unit, and consult services at both campuses of The Ottawa Hospital.

 

The Ottawa Hospital is a 1150 bed tertiary-care hospital serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec at four inpatient sites (Civic, General, Heart Institute, and the Rehabilitation Centre) and one ambulatory centre (Riverside).  There are approximately 50,000 inpatient admissions, 160,000 emergency visits, and over one million outpatient visits annually.

 

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is TOH’s research arm. It ranks fourth out of more than 600 Canadian hospitals for competitive, peer-reviewed grants from the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research. OHRI houses over 2,200 researchers, publishing more than 2,000 studies yearly, with hundreds being high-impact publications (top 10% or citations), and places 5th overall in Canada for research funding.

 

The Department of Medicine is a research-intensive Department. Members currently hold 28 University Research Chairs. The Department receives approximately $60 million per year in

external research funding and members publish approximately 1200 peer-reviewed publications annually.

 

The Faculty of Medicine is a nationally recognized leader, ranked among Canada’s top-tier medical faculties. The Faculty ranks 3rd in Canada for research intensity in Medicine/Science (Maclean’s) and 4th in Canada for citations (2022 THE rankings). The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world and the first and largest bilingual medical school in Canada. The Faculty of Medicine has a long history of conducting the highest quality basic and clinical research, in close partnership with affiliated hospitals and research institutes. The Web of Science recently published a list of the most highly cited researchers in the world, where seven out of eight researchers identified from the uOttawa are from the Faculty of Medicine. Together, these remarkable achievements are a strong testament to the competitiveness and excellence of our Faculty.

 

Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Head of the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa, the successful candidate will work in both outpatient and inpatient environments. Outpatient clinics are supported by 2 nurses. Inpatient care includes an EMU bed expansion to 4 beds as of July 2023. Epilepsy surgeries are performed at an NAEC level III equivalent, including temporal lobectomies, callosotomies, VNS implantations and DBS implantations. The EEG laboratory has 3 cEEG machines used primarily in critical care, 4 routine video EEG machines and the ability to perform ambulatory video EEG monitoring for outpatients.  We offer a 6-month EEG fellowship as well as a 12-month epilepsy fellowship.

 

The individual will be expected to engage in all program activities including; 1) evaluation and management of epilepsy patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, including subspecialty clinics, 2) interpret diagnostic standard, ambulatory, ICU and continuous video-EEG monitoring (EMU), 3) perform epilepsy pre-surgical evaluations, 4) participate in outpatient general neurology clinics and on the neurology inpatient and consultation services, 5) educate clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy fellows, 6) precept medical students and neurology residents and 7) actively participate in epilepsy research activities.

 

The physician will participate in the Neurology on-call rotation on a regular basis and expected to cover the EMU over weekends with resident support as per the on-call schedule. The incumbent will be expected to participate in a variety of clinical duties as well as education and academic opportunities and initiatives at the University of Ottawa.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be fellowship trained in epilepsy/EEG with experience in epilepsy monitoring (EMU, cEEG, Ambulatory EEG) and management of epilepsy in the outpatient and inpatient settings and must hold added subspecialty certification in Epilepsy and/or Clinical Neurophysiology.  A track record of peer-reviewed publications and post-fellowship clinical experience in epilepsy monitoring is also desired.

 

The successful candidate must hold an MD degree; be a member of, or be eligible to be a member of, the Canadian Medical Protective Association; are expected to hold or challenge for the CSCN (EEG) examination; be eligible for certification in Neurology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and have, or be eligible for, licensure in Ontario.

 

The successful candidate will have experience teaching medical students and residents and be eligible to hold an academic appointment at the rank of an Assistant Professor or higher at the University of Ottawa within the Department of Medicine where clinician teachers are valued and recognized for excellence and scholarly contributions in medical education and clinical care. Academic rank will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

 

The University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital are bilingual institutions and therefore in the case of potentially successful candidates of equal ability, a bilingual (French/English) candidate is preferred.

Job Benefits

The income for this position is derived from a variety of sources including but not limited to clinical billings (fee-for-service), salary support (AFP) as well as honorariums/stipends.  Health and welfare benefits including extended health, dental and disability insurance as well as life insurance are offered to full-time physicians.

The Department of Medicine is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work environment. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, and women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities. We encourage qualified applicants from all groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity to apply. Upon request, accommodations are available throughout the recruitment process.

 

Please note that Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contacts

Please forward a 1-2 page letter of intent, 3 references (who will not be contacted without permission) and a CV to Dr Grant Stotts, Head Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa at .

Employment Type
Full-time
Beginning of employment
November 2024
Industry
Healthcare
Job Location
1053 Carling Ave, Ottawa
Base Salary
$$250,000-$$350,000 Per year
Date posted
April 16, 2024
Valid through
July 31, 2024
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