Parhelion Medical

Locum physician required for private practice. CCFP required.

Watson Lake

Situated in the rolling hills of southeast Yukon, Watson Lake offers many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Watson Lake is often called "The Gateway to the Yukon." The community is located in the southeastern corner of the Territory, just 14 km from where the Alaska Highway crosses the British Columbia border. Watson Lake is a key transportation hub. It sits at the junction of the Alaska Highway, the Robert Campbell Highway to the central Yukon and the Northwest Territories, and the Stewart-Cassiar Highway from central British Columbia. The Yukon's capital, Whitehorse, is 455 kilometres to the northwest.

The community of Watson Lake consists of the town of Watson Lake and the adjoining settlements of the Liard First Nation, including Upper Liard. Watson Lake lies within the traditional territory of the Liard First Nation, part of the Kaska Tribal Council. A community was established at Watson Lake in 1939, when the Canadian government decided to build a chain of airports across the North, including one at Watson Lake. The new community was a supply and accommodation centre for airport construction in 1941 and for the building of the Alaska Highway a year later. After these were completed, Watson Lake became a service centre for the highway and, later, for the resource-rich region of the upper Liard River and its tributaries.

Watson Lake, with a population of 800, is a town at historical mile 635 in the Alaska Highway in the southeastern Yukon close to the British Columbia border and offers many ways to enjoy the outdoors.  Watson Lake is home to the Sign Post Forest, the Northern Lights Space and Science Centre and the gateway to the history and breathtaking scenery of Yukon.   

Watson Lake is the key transportation, communication and distribution centre for mining and logging in the southern Yukon and Northern British Columbia.  It is also a major service area for tourism. 

The Department of Health and Social Services, Insured Health and Hearing Services is currently looking for qualified locum physicians to provide rotational services (2 week rotations or longer are available) to provide medical care to the residents of Watson Lake and Northern British Columbia. 

It is anticipated that the newly constructed Watson Lake Hospital will open its doors in the Summer of 2013 which will include a relocated medical clinic from the community to the hospital. 

Position Title

Rural Locum Family Practice - General Practitioner

Position Overview

To support physician services in the rural community of Watson Lake and surrounding areas. Rural clinic practice, on-call obligations and hospital in-patients.



Essential Qualifications
Candidates must hold certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and be eligible for a license to practice family medicine in Yukon, as well as be eligible for hospital privileges.

Currency of Practice
Candidates must be able to demonstrat their currency of practice in an ER setting within the last 2 years.


Ideal candidates will be certified in the following:

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Ideal candidates should have the following certifcation in anticipation of the occassional delivery that does occur in the community:

  • Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM)/Advanced Life Support in Obestetrics (ALSO)
  • Neonatal Resusciation Program (NRP)
  • Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS)


For more information on this position please contact:

Lorraine Nixon,
Parhelion Medical Services Inc.
Phone: (867) 536-2565
Email:  admin@parhelion.ca

You must hold a valid license from the Yukon Medical Council (YMC) to work as a physician in Yukon.

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