ZCSC General Surgery - North Zone Clinical Section Chief

Medical Leader (non-clinical position)
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Zone Clinical Section Chief (ZCSC) – Program and Performance

Reporting to the Associate Zone Medical Director, Program and Performance (P&P), the Zone Clinical Section Chief (ZCSC) is a key leadership position within the North Zone and Alberta Health Services. The ZCSC is accountable for all physician-related matters, as well as all operational and strategic issues and decisions requiring physician input or leadership that arises within their department.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has adopted a Dyad Model for leadership. This refers to a leadership model in which a medical leader and an operational leader are partnered in a shared and complementary decision-making relationship. Significant decisions and recommendations are made jointly, and there is considerable overlap in the accountability of the two partners.

In a competent and professional manner, the ZCSC must possess a Zone-wide perspective and an approach to leadership by contributing to the broader AHS vision. The ZCSC will promote an environment that fosters quality improvement, a safe, culturally-diverse environment for staff, physicians and patients and a commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. 

Key Responsibilities are:

  • Meet with your operational DYAD partners and AZMD, (P&P) regularly
  • Effective and Consistent Communication to support front line practitioner engagement;
  • Advocating for the provision of high quality and safe patient care in the Rural Hospital/Community;
  • Physician Workforce Planning including the reviewing and recommending of privileging for practitioners working in the North Zone’s department;
  • Liaising with and assisting ZCDHs, ZCSCs, or ZPMDs for practitioner performance reviews, quality initiatives, health service planning and other objectives as requested by the AZMD P&P;
  • Ensuring compliance of front line practitioners with AHS MSBs/MSRs, and Zonal MSRs;
  • Liaising with Health Advisory Council (HAC) members, external stakeholders and community members at the AZMD P&P’s direction;
  • Participating in NZ physician leadership development events such as PLI courses approved by NZMA and fully funded by AHS;
  • Recording ongoing demonstrative/written evidence of work product consistent with the position’s full FTE calculated weekly for financial audit/general accounting purposes regarding an independent contractor;
  • Ensuring that Locum Physician Evaluations are completed by the appropriate local physician as required;
  • Performing all duties as may be designated or delegated by the ZMD, AZMD P&P or designate.
  • Attend North Zone Senior Leadership meetings as required
  • Represent the facility positively to external stakeholders


A full job description can be available upon request.

Qualifications: The candidate must be eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta

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