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Alternate Physician Roles

Working as a Clinical or Surgical Assistant with Alberta Health Services (AHS)

AHS provides alternative job opportunities for those International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are not able to obtain independent licensure and/or are unable to obtain a residency position.

What is a CA?

A Clinical or Clinical/Surgical Assistant (CA) functions as a mid-level provider under the supervision and direction of physician supervisor(s) to provide acute care coverage in a variety of departments.  Job duties often include examination of the patient, documenting the history, conducting a complete physical examination, developing a treatment plan in consultation with the attending/supervising physician, writing appropriate orders, and entering these orders into the patient care electronic or manual system.  If the CA also works in the surgical ward, the CA might also provide pre- and post-operative care as well as intra-operative surgical assistance.  The CA is an important member of the collaborative care team in the provision of patient care.

The CA Pre-Screening Process

In order to apply for CA positions within AHS, IMGs must meet certain licensure requirements, therefore AHS provides a pre-screening process to interested individuals.  Upon successful application, applicants will receive a letter indicating that they have passed the pre-screening process and allowing them to apply for any CA positions that may be posted on AHS Careers.

In order to apply for this pre-screening process, interested individuals must complete an application form and submit the necessary documentation.  Please see the links below for more information.

If your questions or concerns are not addressed here, please email CAprescreen@ahs.ca  for more information..

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