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Alberta Physician Recruiting 101

 How to find doctors for your clinic in Calgary, Edmonton, and rural Alberta. 

General Physician Recruiting Sources

A comprehensive list of physician recruiting resources to help you find doctors for free or for a fee across the province of Alberta. This repository of resources provides you many platforms to post your clinic opportunities and secure physician talent.

AMA Physician Locum Services (PLS) 

Utilize this job board to find general practitioner and specialist locum physicians or list more general employment opportunities.

  • Must be a member to add a new listing 

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Alberta Doctors Digest (ADD)

Place a display or classified ad in AMA’s digital magazine and/or MD Scope published six times annually and bimonthly, respectively. Ads appear in the current issue and all back issues for two months.

  • Classified ads: $85+ per ad

  • Digital ads: prices vary (see chart)

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University of Calgary

Department of Family Medicine - Post Community Practice Opportunities outside of AHS facilities.

  • Ads are generally posted for 6 months or until you fill the recruitment need, whichever is shorter. 

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University of Alberta

Post ads and jobs through the Family Medicine Residents Association (FMRA) 


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Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

PCN job boards function to attract family physicians to clinics in a specific region to help meet demand. The Calgary Foothills page is a prime example of this.


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Facebook Groups

Join physician Facebook groups to interact directly with doctors and post jobs.

The First Five Years in Family Practice - Alberta

Post your locum opportunity to a very targeted audience via this private, closed group for early-career family physicians throughout the province.

  • FREE

  • 1,300 members

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Family Physician Job Opportunities - Alberta

This private group was created to post job opportunities for family physicians in Alberta or for physicians seeking opportunities to promote themselves to available positions.

  • FREE

  • 700 members

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Rural Placement Recruiting 

Find physicians to fill rural placements across the province through the recruiting sources below.

AMA Rural Locum Program

Request a locum physician through the AMA PLS for coverage in communities with limited physicians.

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Rural Medicine Locum Program - Calgary Zone

Separate from the AMA PLS Program, this program supports locum coverage for our rural family physicians in the communities of the Calgary Zone.

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Practice Readiness Assessment

Submit a request to AHS to Sponsor a Physician Position for Practice Readiness Assessment.

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Rural Community Attraction & Retention Program

Rural Health Professions Action Plan offers rural Alberta communities resources to support the attraction and retention of health-care providers to their area.

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Join the Cherry Network

  • It’s fast, easy and, secure

  • Create a branded recruiting page

  • Gain access to over 2,000 Canadian physicians

  • It's completely free to search for and hire locums

  • Trusted by more than 500 medical facilities

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Cherry Health

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Additional Resources

Check out some additional links below to further enhance your physician recruiting experience.

Contract Templates

Health Force Ontario’s (HFO) Generic Locum 

  • See page 6 for a generic locum agreement template that sets out the terms and conditions of a locum arrangement.

Joule’s Group Practice Employment Checklist

  • Outlines 12 specific issues that a contract should include.

Comox Valley Example Locum Contract

  • A simple 5-page template that covers the main terms and conditions of the contract.

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HFO’s Physician Recruitment Essentials Toolkit


Joule’s Pre-locum Checklist

  • Evaluation checklist surrounding Scope and Style of Practice, Appointments, Medical Charts, Locum Preparation, and the Contract