Chief of Paediatrics and Co-Medical Director of the Maternal, Newborn and Paediatric Program
The position is comprised of Chief of the Department of Paediatrics and Co-Medical Director of the Maternal, Newborn and Paediatric (MNP) Program. The Chief works closely with the Administrative Director of the MNP Program and the Chief of Obstetrics/Gynecology. This position reports jointly to the Vice President, Clinical Programs, Quality, Long Term Care & Chief Nursing Executive and to the Vice President, Medical and Academic Affairs, and to the Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC).
Among North York General Hospital’s (NYGH) 931 physicians, the Department of Paediatrics’ 73 physicians are involved in a diverse range of clinical activities in the MNP Program. The Department provides care in the following areas: a 12-bed Paediatric Inpatient Unit, 2 bed Paediatric Short Stay Unit, 20 bed Level 2C NICU, 25-bed Postpartum Unit, General Paediatric and Subspecialty Ambulatory Clinics and a large Complex Care Clinic for children with medical complexity in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children. The MNP Program also runs Antenatal and Newborn Follow-up Clinics for jaundice/feeding support and for neurodevelopmental follow up of infants from our NICU. At Phillips House, the Program has a large outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic and an Adolescent Medicine Clinic. At the NYGH Champagne site, the department provides outpatient care to children with Type 1 and 2 Diabetes through the Diabetes Education Centre. Finally, since 2021, Clinical Genetics has been incorporated into the MNP Program, and Medical Geneticists are credentialed in the Department of Paediatrics.
The Department includes 16 active staff plus community Paediatricians, and subspecialists who provide care in Adolescent Medicine, Cardiology, Clinical Genetics, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Haemotology, Nephrology, Neurology, Respirology and Rheumatology.
Recognizing the complex nature of the program, its interface with almost every area of the hospital and its size and need for ongoing development and evolution, the Search Committee would be open to ideas around structure, leadership partnerships and other ways of making the position more flexible and attractive to those who are seeking balance.
The Chief works in partnership with:
- Board of Governors
- Medical Advisory Committee
- Senior Leadership Team
- Program Directors
- Clinical Team Managers
- Other Departmental Chiefs and Medical Directors
- Physicians, Staff and Volunteers
- Patient Experience Partners
- Hospital Foundation
- Other external partners and stakeholders:
- Ministry of Health and Ontario Health
- Chair of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
- Partner Hospitals
- Professional Associations
- Education and Training Institutions
- Other community partners
Key Leadership requirements for the new Chief/Program Co-Medical Director:
- Advance the Program’s vision by ensuring alignment with NYGH’s strategic mandate and continue to build on the Department’s clinical and academic strengths.
- Identify, develop and implement key program initiatives that can enhance the Department’s organizational impact and profile, while maximizing quality outcome and best practices across the continuum of the patient journey.
- Enhance and continue to build excellent relationships with academic partners and collaborators.
- Continue to enhance a culture of collegiality and collaboration by partnering with internal and external clinicians, teams, stakeholders and leaders to ensure optimal team performance and the provision of the highest quality and safest care to patients and families.
- Lead the MNP Program’s involvement in the redevelopment of the Birthing Centre and the New Patient Care Tower. Take advantage of these expansions to innovate in our clinical, teaching and research roles.
- Continue to champion work with Primary Care and our Ontario Health Team
- Provide oversight of the clinical aspects of the Regional Genetics Program
- Service Recovery post-pandemic
Key roles for the new Chief/Program Co-Medical Director:
- Responsible for the quality of care provided by the clinicians in the Department.
- Participate as an active staff member in the Department of Paediatrics, including a clinical case load and on-call services as part of the regular rotation/schedule.
- Ensure the implementation of best practices and maintain the oversight of skills required by staff to ensure optimal outcomes for patients and families.
- Review the credentials and recommend privileges for Departmental members.
- Manage physician scheduling.
- Ensure compliance with by-laws, policies, objectives and rules.
- Effectively manage any performance or professionalism issues that may arise among the credentialed medical staff.
- Work with the Program director and Co-Medical director for program planning and development, budgets and capital equipment.
- Represent the Department on the Medical Advisory Committee and the Program Leadership Committees.
- Guide the clinical and non-clinical practices of the non-physician professional staff and give input to the appropriate leaders.
Education & Academic Development
- Coordinate the academic program and establish a process for continuing medical education within the Department.
- Ensure staff participation in hospital initiatives such as professional development, physician engagement, and other projects and programs.
- Be actively involved in the University Department and encourage and support academic promotion and advancement of members of the Department.
- Encourage and support teaching, education and research initiatives in keeping with NYGH’s strategic plan.
Health Human Resources
- Recruit physicians as appropriate.
- Conduct regular performance reviews of the members of the Department with regard to their activities, goals and advancement.
- Provide career development coaching for the members of the Department.
Leadership & Community Engagement
- Understand the needs of the North Toronto community and support programs to create health equitably across the community.
- Foster collegial and constructive relationships with other leaders at NYGH and in the broader health care system.
- Facilitate effective communication within the Program and with other programs and services in the hospital, other Chiefs, the foundation, external stakeholders, and with the broader healthcare system.
- Foster a culture of safety, teamwork and learning at NYGH.
- Possess a high level of professional competency as a paediatrician with both clinical and leadership experience.
- Champion service excellence and patient safety.
- Have excellent analytical skills.
- Have the ability to adapt to continually changing priorities.
- Be aware of program planning and evaluation.
- Demonstrate the ability to achieve goals and objectives within specified time frames.
Required attributes of the candidate fall into the following categories:
- Demonstrate ability to balance patient and provider priorities.
- Be highly strategic in setting objectives and goals in the context of and contribution to the strategic plan for the organization.
- Understand the broader issues in health care systems and incorporate and adjust for relevant issues.
- Demonstrate ability to manage complexity and associated logistics.
- Be committed to strong Nurse –Health care team--Physician collaboration.
- Demonstrate the values of fiscal responsibility.
- As an outstanding role model for a practicing Physician, have strong clinical expertise and clinical leadership skills, including the ability to recruit physicians.
- Have the ability to:
- Mentor clinicians and future medical leaders.
- Commit to Physician Wellness as a high priority.
- Demonstrate expertise in quality and safety improvement.
- Dedicate the Department to the academic mission in teaching and research.
- Embrace new innovative approaches to care.
Communication & Leadership
- Visionary, visible and forward-thinking leader with the goals of developing a unified Departmental vision and strategy that fosters collaboration and teamwork.
- Strong communicator with passion, commitment, transparency, positivity and competency.
- Leader with courage and integrity to navigate difficult conversations.
The candidate will be an experienced, inclusive and encouraging leader with experience in medical leadership and clinical practice mentorship.
- Licensed by the College of Physicians Surgeons of Ontario, or eligible for licensure.
- Eligible for, or already have an academic appointment at the University of Toronto.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
The leader will consider EDI in everything they do.
- Recruits candidates from all walks of life in alignment with the Hospital’s EDI Framework
- Keeps an open-door policy, fosters a culture of belonging, and communicates with staff in an inclusive manner
- Considers NYGH’s health equity goals and the diverse population we serve when proposing and developing clinical initiatives.
North York General Hospital (NYGH) is a community academic hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. In 2023, NYGH was named #1 community academic hospital in Canada by Newsweek Magazine for the fifth year in a row and named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine. NYGH was most recently recognized as one of the World’s Best Smart Hospitals for adopting advanced technologies for patient care. Through partnerships, collaboration and academic endeavours, NYGH fulfills its purpose of Making a World of Difference. With a strong financial track record over the last 10+ years, NYGH continues to advance excellence in care while ensuring fiscal accountability and efficiency.
NYGH serves a local population of approximately half a million people in North Central Toronto. The 2022-23 services included:
- 110,558 Emergency visits
- 27,795 inpatient visits
- 480 acute care beds
- 4,233 live births
- 192 long-term care beds
- 29,707 surgical procedures including endoscopy
- 248,764 outpatient visits
In 2022-23, we had 4101 staff, 931 physicians, 287 volunteers, and 27 patient experience partners. North Central Toronto is one of the city’s most diverse and rapidly growing areas. Our catchment area is comprised of a growing seniors population, with more than 50% of people being immigrants to Canada. Additionally, 53% of our catchment population are considered visible minorities and 20% struggle with financial insecurity
Equity, diversity and inclusion are a core part of the culture at NYGH. In keeping with our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework, we encourage applications from people who reflect the population we serve.
North York General’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Thinking Beyond
NYGH is guided by a transformational five-year Strategic Plan, Thinking Beyond. This Plan will place NYGH at the forefront of quality, equity and safety, enabling exciting new partnerships to drive improvements in population and community health. Integrated care is central to our Plan, with an ambitious Clinical Services Plan, Digital Health agenda, and NYGH’s leadership in North York Toronto Health Partners, one of the province’s first and largest Ontario Health Teams (OHTs). The Plan enables NYGH to shape the health system of tomorrow through a commitment to exceptional learning and world-class, applied health research. Over the next five to 10 years, we will embark on the most significant expansion and modernization in the organization’s 50 plus history. Here are our four Strategic Directions:
People come first in everything we do. At NYGH, we view people in the broadest sense – patients, families, caregivers, community members, physicians, staff, learners and 6 volunteers. We are proud to have a comprehensive framework for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to guide our actions. Our Wellness framework, based on international best practices, cultivates the health and wellbeing of our team. We seek empowerment for all in an environment of discovery and development.
Driving the future of integrated care. Partnerships and collaboration are vital to our work and to our pursuit of continuous improvements for our people and patients. We are part of the Toronto Region, and our broad partners include North York Toronto Health Partners, our local Ontario Health Team; Ontario Health; the Ministry of Health of Ontario; and City of Toronto. We partner with Sinai Health through the Schwartz/Weisman Emergency Medicine Institute, a not-for-profit research, education and health policy institute. We have expanded our digital platforms and virtual care to help achieve health and wellness throughout our communities.
Being an exceptional learning community. With a passion for learning and teaching, we provided clinical placements for over 1500 learners in 2022-23. We have five on-site Research Chairs guiding us to leverage data and analytics and carry out applied community health research on a provincial, national, and international scale. The University of Toronto is a significant partner in our scholarly endeavours.
Investing in a better tomorrow. We are undergoing the largest expansion in our history, with a new, advanced inpatient care tower and a new long-term care home and integrated seniors’ campus of care, across the road from the hospital. These are being designed with the guidance of our Patient Experience Partners and our Environmental Sustainability Committee.