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Physician Assistant, Surgery – Gynecologic Oncology

University Health Network

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted October 6, 2020.



JOB TITLE:         Physician Assistant  (2 positions)
LOCATION:        Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto General Hospital
CLINICAL AREA: Gynecologic Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
REPORTS TO:     Dr. Marcus Bernardini, Head, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University Health Network
SALARY RANGE: $75,000 – $93,500 per annum based on skills and experience
DURATION:        One year contract position

With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a vision of achieving global impact through exemplary patient care, research and education, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together some of the world’s top medical, research and clinical specialists. The University Health Network, frequently ranked among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, represents the coming together of shared values and diverse expertise in patient care, research and education. Each of our facilities – Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute- makes a unique contribution to the whole. Together, we create something far greater than the sum of our parts. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world. UHN is a fully affiliated teaching hospital within the University of Toronto.

The Division of Gynecologic Oncology is committed to providing the highest quality care for this patient population.  Providing care includes ensuring the highest quality surgical techniques, staying at the forefront of innovation all the while providing the sensitive environment to care for these women.  Our division is heavily involved in various aspects of research for women with gynecologic cancers.


The Physician Assistant (PA) will be based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre  but will function at both sites: Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Working within a defined scope and with identified populations, the PA will work closely with the assigned supervising physician(s) within agreed upon guidelines and under specific medical directives. 

The PA will function as a vital part of the team of surgeons, nurses, clinical fellows and allied health professionals providing care for gynecologic oncology patients in a physician-extender role.   This will include but will not be limited to ambulatory clinic patient assessments, (exercising clinical skills, physical examination, interpretation of test results, ordering of tests and procedures) and comprehensive inpatient unit medical management. The PA will be offered training and education opportunities both at orientation and also at an ongoing basis. There is also potential for involvement in many of the research clinical trials available onsite. 

The principal responsibilities include: utilizing and demonstrating a comprehensive theoretical knowledge base and advanced level of clinical competence in caring for Gynecologic Oncology patients. The PA will play a vital role on the interprofessional team and will have quality improvement, research and administrative responsibilities. There will also be opportunities to participate in policy or clinical pathway development as well as education and professional development. The PA will interact with other team members including staff gyne-oncologists, other PAs, trainees (residents and fellows), nurses, and other clinical and allied health staff both within the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The PA will perform other duties consistent with the job classification, as required.


  • Graduate of a Physician Assistant Program (Canadian/US) or equivalent.
  • Certified by the Physician Assistant Certification Council of Canada or National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (US)
  • Eligible to work in Canada/Ontario
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and with respect in an oral and written format with patients, public, colleagues and other health disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complete and appropriate clinical assessment and development of a treatment plan in accordance with medical directives
  • Proficient and appropriate use of diagnostic and procedural skills
  • Demonstrated effective problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated and proven ability to work in a collaborative care model with all members of the health care team
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in critical and high stress situations
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education activities supporting ongoing professional learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to patient safety
  • Demonstrated ability to apply basic computer skills
  • Experience in a surgical/oncology setting preferred

POSTING DATE:  October 6, 2020   CLOSING DATE:  until filled

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.