There are approximately sixty primary care physicians in Chatham-Kent. There are many residents waiting for a family physician in Chatham-Kent. You may choose to take over a retiring physician’s practice or start your own new practice where there will be support with the onboarding of patients.
Contact Kim at FamilyPhysiciansCK to determine which practice opportunity is right for you.
Team-Based Practice Models
Family Health Teams are primary health care teams are teams of interprofessional health providers that provide comprehensive primary care. Although team composition may differ, they typically include family physicians- solo or a group- who work in concert with other healthcare providers, such as nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and more.
More information on Family Health Teams https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/fht/
More information on Primary Health Care Teams https://www.afhto.ca/what-are-primary-health-care-teams
Chatham-Kent currently has 3 Family Health Teams and 1 Community Health Centres over 13 locations across our community.
Thamesview Family Health Team (TFHT)
TFHT provides comprehensive, patient-centred primary health care for patients of all ages in an environment of mutual respect and collaboration within our team and the community. There are multiple locations across Chatham-Kent with a large number of physicians to work with. Physicians in TFHT are able to practice inpatient work at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance through a team system. Physicians also have the ability to offer obstetrics in the community if they desire.
TFHT is a centre of excellence for the training of future generations of health care professionals. Weekly lunch and learns, some of which count towards CME credits, are available to further individual education. TFHT physicians are also able to become preceptors with Schulich School of Medicine teaching Family Medicine residents and medical students.
For more information, please visit the Thamesview Family Health Team website and view the Thamesview Family Health Team physician recruitment 4 min video –https://vimeo.com/686271951/dc1a8f73f3
Chatham-Kent Family Health Team (CKFHT)
The Chatham-Kent Family Health Team will offer you the opportunity to tailor your family practice. You will join a 23-member (and growing) FHO who are located across the five sites of your FHT. We offer modern, well equipped clinical facilities that are in both rural and urban settings. Our offices are turn-key and fully staffed for your convenience. We use Accuro EMR and all sites are inter-connected. You can choose to live in an urban centre if you wish and enjoy all the benefits of a rural practice.
It’s all about lifestyle:
- a short commute
- surrounded by the Great Lakes offering endless outdoor recreational activities for every season
- a moderate climate means less snow and a longer growing season
- affordable housing and cost of living
- major sporting and entertainment events and international travel within an hour’s drive
For more information on Chatham-Kent Family Health Team, please visit www.ckfht.ca and review our recruitment video at Chatham-Kent Family Health Team Video (ckfht.ca)
Tilbury District Family Health Team (TDFHT)
The Tilbury District Family Health Team (TDFHT) is an interdisciplinary team committed to improving health and well-being of our community through accessible primary health care programs and services.
TDFHT is an inter-professional group of health care practitioners, providing health care in an integrated, respectful and holistic environment to help keep patients healthy before illness occurs. TDFHT includes services such as: Nurse practitioners; A dietitian; Social workers; Pharmacists; A chiropodist; Registered nurses; Certified diabetes and lung health educators; A phlebotomist; A respiratory therapist
The focus of the health team is on disease management and prevention, acute care and health promotion.
Our community boarders the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions. Both districts offer great climate and a variety of activities for people of all ages and interests.
For more information please visit the Tilbury District Family Health Team website and view our Physician recruitment 4 min video https://vimeo.com/686270053/f25963fbb8
Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre (CKCHC)
The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres are non-profit, community governed, multi-service health centres that provide primary health care, health promotion and community development services all under one roof.
We are designed with the community in mind and for that reason we serve persons of all ages who are economically and/or socially disadvantaged with a focus on:
- Mental health and addictions
- Persons that face barriers such as race, language, culture and sexual orientation
- Persons who are homeless/under-housed or at risk for homelessness
CKCHC has a diverse healthcare team including: addictions and Mental Health therapist, child & youth workers, chiropodist, health promoters, low german family support worker, NP’s, Eating Disorders NPs, physiotherapists, Registered Respiratory Therapists, occupational therapist, physician assistant, dietitians, RN’s, RPN’s, kinesiologists, social workers, traditional healers, and traditional healing community outreach worker.
For more information, please visit the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre website and view our Physician recruitment video
Chatham is small enough that Family Physicians play an integral part with regards to Primary Care, but also in the ED, inpatient hospital care, the Hospice, and for me, Low-Risk Obstetrics. It is important for me to do all of the varied aspects of medicine that I love and working in Chatham-Kent allows me to do that!
Chatham-Kent is a wonderful place to start a practice and raise a family. I like to keep busy and do a range of things, so this is the perfect place for me. Along with my family practice, which allows me to practice a broad range of family medicine with special interest in Diabetes, I support in-patients, functioning as a Hospitalist. I also do shifts in the Emergency Department, provide treatments in Ambulatory Care and care for seniors in nursing homes to help keep them out of hospital. And since I enjoy teaching, I am an adjunct professor with the Schulich School of Medicine.
I chose to establish my medical practice in Chatham-Kent because I have deep roots here. I’m close enough to major centres that I don’t feel alone, but also far enough that I still get to manage complex cases by myself. As a Family Physician in a Family Health Team I don’t have to spend time worrying about how to staff my clinic or what equipment to buy…someone takes care of that for me. Also, there are many services for my patients to access within our Family Health Team and good coverage for my patients after-hours and when I am on vacation.