• Community Information

    Inuvik is located in the Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie Delta close to the Arctic Ocean. It is the third largest community in the Northwest Territories and the region’s major commercial and administrative centre. Inuvik means “Place of People”, has a population of 3,484 (2006), and is home of a large variety of Aboriginal people such as the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in. Inuvik was settled around 1953 and was a replacement administrative centre for Aklavik on the west of the Delta. In the 1970s and 80s, the economy was supported by the Canadian Forces station as well as petrochemical companies exploring the Mackenzie Valley and Beaufort Sea. Currently, the main industries of the region are public administration, transportation and furs.

    Due to its northern location, Inuvik receives an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight in the summer and 30 days of polar night in the winter. Inuvik experiences a Continental Arctic climate characterized by cool temperatures in the summer and extremely cold winters.

    INDUSTRY:
    The main industries of the region are public administration, transportation and furs


    • Population

      Town Population: 3,484 (BC Stats, 2006 Census)

      Patient Catchment: 7,000


    • Practitionesr + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 5

      Specialists in Town:

      1 to 2, OBS/Surgeon/Anaesthetist – rotating

      There are GPs with enhanced skills and/or special interests in this community, including:

      Obstetrics, Diabetes, Public Health, Dermatology

      Clinic

      Arctic Family Medical House

      Inuvik Medical Clinic

      Bag #2

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-2954 | F: 867 777-2653


  • Inuvik Regional Hospital is accredited and offers acute, long term, preventative and rehabilitative care as well as elective and emergency surgery. The seven physicians based in Inuvik are supplemented with residents and medical students from a number of teaching facilities.

    In addition, the region is well served by various specialists with more than forty clinics offered annually (80-200 clinic days). Specialists are also consulted through the latest Telehealth system, a technology which is being increasingly utilized in the region.


    • Contact Info

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8108 | F: 867 777-8016

      http://polardoc.typepad.com/


    • Hospital Info

      The 51-bed hospital provides the following services:

      • Emergency Room (24/7 on an on-call basis)
      • Operating Room
      • Obstetrical Care
      • Acute Care
      • Long Term Care
      • Pharmacy
      • Diagnostic Imaging
      • Laboratory
      • Physician Family Clinics
      • Visiting Specialist Clinics
      • Medical referrals to southern facilities

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service Emergency Room in this community. It is open 24/7 and physicians are available to attend to emergencies on an on-call basis.

      Number of Visits per Year: 20 per day

    • Anaesthetics

      There are anaesthetic services available in this community.

    • Surgery

      There are surgical services available in this community, including major, minor, and orthopaedic surgery.

    • Maternity

      This hospital averages 130 deliveries per year through its obstetrical service.

      Irnisuksiiniq Inuit Midwifery Network

      TFP: 1 877 602-4445 ext. 252 | F: 613 237-8502

      http://69.27.97.110/inuit-midwifery/english/index.php

    • Lab services

      Inuvik Regional Hospital Lab

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8156 | F: 867 777-8016

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 9 am – 12 pm

    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Inuvik Regional Hospital Imaging

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8025 | F: 867 777-8016

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm

      Ultrasound

      There are ultrasound imaging services in this community.

      CT

      There are CT imaging services in this community.

      Mammography

      Mammography clinics offer 3 – 4 times per year. Contact hospital for details.


    • BC Ambulance

      St. Johns Ambulance Services

      P: 867 777-444

      Blue Ice EMS Ltd.

      P: 867 678-0105

    • Pharmacy

      Inuvik Regional Hospital Pharmacy

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8108 | F: 867 777-8016

      In-community

      Inuvik Rexall Drugs

      Box 1860

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-2266 | F: 867 777-2535

      Northmart Pharmacy

      160 MacKenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-2812 | TFP: 1 866 777-5865 | F: 867-777-5895

    • Nurse Practitioner

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8025 | F: 867 777-8016

    • Extended Care

      Inuvik Regional Hospital (25 beds)

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8130 | F: 867 777-8016

      In-community

      Charlotte Vehus Home Community Group Home

      Box 1800

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-4780 | F: 867 777-4687

      Billy Moore Home (Adult Disabled)

      Box 1909

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-2472 | F: 867 777-2244

    • Home Nursing

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-7246 | F: 867 777-3255

    • Dietetics

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8149 | F: 867 777-8079

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8091 | F: 867 777-8079

    • Physiotherapy

      NWT Physical Therapy Association

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8026 | F: 867 777-8079

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority

      Mental Health and Addictions

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8102 | F: 867 777-8049

      Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority

      Rehab Services

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag 2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8026 | F: 867 777-8079

      In-community

      Canadian Mental Health Association

      Family Counselling Services

      Box 1915

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-4148 | F: 867 777-2235

    • Social workers

      Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag #2, 285 Mackenzie Road

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8032

  • Youth and Family Support – Inuvik
    190 Kingmingya Road
    Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0
    P: 867 678-2548 | F: 867 678-2549
    Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Healthy Babies
    Box 1293
    Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0
    P: 867 777-2166 | F: 867 777-2837

    Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre
    Box 1293
    Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0
    P: 867 777-2166 | F: 867 777-2837
    Services: Youth Wellness program (includes HIV/AIDS education), literacy, Healthy Babies program, Elder services.

    • Practice Site Information

      Inuvik Regional Hospital

      Bag Service #2

      Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0

      P: 867 777-8108 | F: 867 777-8191

      http://polardoc.typepad.com

      Physician Site Coordinator(s)

      Dr. Roohina Virk, Dr Ryan Falk

      Physician Recruitment Coordinator

      Ms. Leanne Goose

      Specialities

      Obstetrician, Anesthetist, Televised Rounds

      Practice Profile

      Full spectrum practice.

      This is a hospital rotation so your days are broken up into segments so you will rarely do an 8 hour clinic shift. Mornings are usually spent on inpatients or in the OR with clinics starting at 10:00 am. You will work a maximum of 3 days as usually one day will be on-call with the next day being a post-call day, meaning after you have finished with your hospitalized patients, the rest of the day is yours. R2s will be left to manage cases on their own after an initial evaluation period.

      There are always physicians in the hospital on ER call during the day. Physician back up always available in minutes.

      We have multi-disciplinary rounds twice a week (on all hospitalized patients and medevacs) with a presentation by physicians/residents/students on Mondays. We usually have either an Obstetrician or Anesthetist on staff and they will teach when working with you. Every weekeday afternoon there is a teaching session from 4 to 5 pm on practical rural remote topics. There is also Televised Rounds with Calgary some mornings.

      You will be involved in 40 to 50 deliveries and approximately 8 to 10 C-sections. Resident involvement in C-section depends entirely on interest and technical ability of the resident. Involvement would range from second assist to first assist and perhaps closure.

      For more information visit our website.

      On-call Schedule

      1/4 to 1/5 Expected to rounds on weekend on your own patients.

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC, Out of Province

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC, Out of Province

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On the Community

      “Isolated small town, lots to do if you have a wide variety of interests. Food is expensive.”

      On the Experience

      “Good emergency medicine, operating room, obstetrics experience. Opportunity to do community visits to surrounding areas.”

      Challenges

      “On call a lot, very busy rotation. Can’t come home for short visits- very expensive to travel out of Inuvik.”

    • “Patient”

      % low: 50%

      % medium: 40%

      % high: 10%

    • Patient Load

      Physician per Day: 20

      Resident per Day: 15 – 30

    • Office Set-up

      Does your office have a surgical suite? No

      Do you use a consistent charting system in your practice? Yes

      Is there a problem list on each chart? No

      Is there space for the resident to have an office an an examination room? Yes

      Would you expect the resident to rotate offices on a regular basis? Yes

      Technology:

      Billing

      Email

      Internet

      Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      Hospital Rounds: Yes

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

      Videoconferences: Yes, there are opportunities for videoconferences.

      Conferences: Yes, there are opportunities for conferences.

      Journal Clubs/Reading: Yes, there are opportunities for journal clubs/reading. (Individually.)

      Computer-based: Yes, there are opportunities for computer-based education.

      Small Group Learning: Yes, there are opportunities for Small Group Learning.

      Resident Interview Audit: Yes, there are opportunities for a Resident Interview/Audit.

      What other educational opportunities are available to your students and residents (e.g., rounds, CPD)?

      Visiting specialist in-services, NWTMA programs


    • Physician Preceptors

      Dr. Leah Seaman

      Dr. Nadia Salvaterra

      Dr. Mark Prins

      Dr. Roohina Virk

      Dr. Ryan Falk