Medical practice in the Qikiqtaluk Region is based out of the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, the Capital of Nunavut.
The 20-bed general hospital is staffed by family physicians, family practice and specialized anesthetists, pediatricians and a general surgery department. In addition, pediatric and family medicine residents are present at QGH throughout the academic year.
Family practice work consists of ambulatory care clinics, 8, 10 and 12-hour-long emergency room shifts, phone support to nurses in remote health centres, community visits, surgical assists, and the occasional medevac. Obstetrical care is also provided. Over 400 births take place at the hospital each year.
Family physicians in Iqaluit are expected to work a combination of outpatient clinics and/or emergency coverage and/or hospitalist coverage. Each family physician working at the hospital for more than one month may have the opportunity to travel to one or two designated communities in Baffin region.
Kivalliq and Kitikmeot Regions
The Kivalliq region is found along the west coast of Hudson's Bay. Rankin Inlet is the administrative centre.
The Kitikmeot region is the western most region of Nunavut. Cambridge Bay is the administrative centre.
Cambridge Bay and Rankin Inlet each have a regional health centre, which offers an expanded range of services. Family physicians are based in these centres, with regular visits to communities. Medical practice in the Kivalliq and Kitikmeot regions requires physicians to work closely with community health nurses, seeing patients referred by them, doing antenatal care (but no elective deliveries), providing support by phone or telehealth to the other health centers, arranging specialty referrals, and participating on the occasional medevac.
Kivalliq patients who need advanced care are referred to Churchill or Winnipeg. Kivalliq-based physicians benefit from the strong support of Ongomiizwin – Health Services (formerly Northern Medical Unit) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Kitikmeot patients who need advanced care are usually referred to Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife, although circumstances occasionally require transfer directly to Edmonton. Kitikmeot family physicians are supported by Stanton's Emergency Room physicians and other specialists there.
Family physicians in these two regions will be expected to provide both outpatient clinics and emergency care.