Anesthesiologists belong to the Medical Specialist occupationin the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and provide specialized emergent resuscitative and anesthesia care for CAF members, whether in Canadian Forces Health Services domestic clinics/operating theaters or deployed in support of international operations.
Anesthesiologists belong to the Medical Specialist occupationin the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and provide specialized emergent resuscitative and anesthesia care for CAF members, whether in Canadian Forces Health Services domestic clinics/operating theaters or deployed in support of international operations. They have the opportunity to be a leader within the CAF Health Services and serve as mentor and educator to the full spectrum of military health care providers.
Their primary responsibilities are to:
- Provide anesthetic consultation for CAF Members in Canada;
Be part of emergency resuscitation and surgical teams in Canadaand in deployed settings, internationally;
Provide in-transport care for injured or ill CAF members during evacuation back to Canada;
Educate and advise multidisciplinary teams on emergency resuscitation, airway management, sedation and acute pain management;
Maintain a high level of clinical skills, by holding a position within a civilian health care facility;
Contribute to the development and application of health care policies within the CAF
Anesthesiologists in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) maintain their clinical readiness by being embedded as staff in tertiary care civilian hospitals across Canada, working alongside their civilian colleagues. Part of their time may be spent providing consultative services to support Primary Care Clinicians at Canadian Forces Health Services Clinics in Canada. Participation in education and training tasks, as well as research opportunities, occur nationally and internationally.
They belong to 1 Canadian Field Hospital and maintain their operational readiness by participating in annual military skills training and field exercises. When required, they will be called upon to deploy to unique and challenging clinical environments as part of a Health Services team on domestic and international operations.
Anesthesiologist (Medical Specialist)
I’m Lieutenant-Colonel Leilani Doyle, I’m an anesthesiologist in the Canadian Armed Forces.
I decided to join in medical school because I was looking for something a little different, maybe a little bit of adventure – and to be quite honest, I was also a little bit sad about being an impoverished medical student. So the money was a bit of a motivation as well.
Like our civilian colleagues, I work at the Ottawa Hospital. But when there is a deployment, there is work-up training that is involved, and I would be called to do that. And then for the deployment, obviously, I would be gone for the duration of that deployment and working with the Canadian Armed Forces during that time.
It’s incredible how the camaraderie just comes together, that’s definitely one thing that I miss when I’m working in a civilian setting because we tend to hang with our own and maybe are a little bit more in silos, whereas on a deployment, we tend to hang out more as all the specialists together, and that makes us work better together, I think.
There’s definitely things that I have done that I would definitely categorize as exciting – flying in the back of a Chinook while they’re doing tactical flying; flying in an F-18; I’ve done training such as basic dive medicine and flight surgeon training, which has enabled me to work with other countries; I’ve been on training in Europe, where I worked with other flight surgeons.
I don’t think I would have ever had these kinds of opportunities anywhere else, and I’m thankful for that.
Pay and Benefits
A competitive compensation and benefits package is available for this medical specialization. Contact a Health Services Specialist Recruiter to learn more: HSRecruiting-RecrutementSS@forces.gc.ca
If you are a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have an unrestricted licence to practise in Anesthesia in a Canadian province or territory, you may be eligible for enrolment and to commence basic training.
To find out more information or to apply to the CAF as an anesthesiologist list you can contact our recruiters at:
Please indicate in the subject line of your e-mail: MEDICAL SPECIALIST
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