Acute Care General Surgeon at the Kelowna General Hospital Trauma, Division of General Surgery

Kelowna General Hospital is seeking a Trauma and Acute Care General Surgeon to join the Division of General Surgery.

Kelowna General Hospital is the largest tertiary care hospital in the Interior of BC (440 bed) and serves the local greater Kelowna area (~235,000 residents) and is the primary referral centre for the Interior Health Authority (~840,000 residents).  KGH provides full spectrum surgical care including General, Thoracics, Cardiovascular, Vascular, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Spine, Plastics and Urology.

Kelowna General Hospital sits on the shores of the beautiful Okanagan Lake which is the centrepiece of the Okanagan Valley.  This area hosts beautiful lakes, rolling hills and stunning wineries.  The Okanagan valley is a world-renowned recreational paradise that offers true four-season living.  World class boating, golfing, hiking, biking and skiing are accessible within the immediate surrounding area.

Our Division of General Surgery consists of a highly collegial group of 9 General Surgeons who support Complex Surgical Oncology, Colorectal, MIS/Bariatric, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic, Endoscopy and Trauma surgery.  Division members share call and resources equitably based on FTE appointment and supported a shared referral model.

The Acute Care Surgery program at KGH is supported by protected daytime OR access 3 days a week and an on-site supported “rapid access” clinic 2 days a week.  All Division members participate in ACS call.

KGH is also the largest tertiary trauma centre in the BC interior and is supported by a 24/7 inpatient Trauma team that consistent of a multi-specialty trauma service including 2 other Fellowship-trained trauma surgeons. The program is supported by a full spectrum of medical/surgical subspecialties, 24/7 interventional radiology and critical care.  KGH also boasts a state of the art hybrid operating theatre.

Job Description

A full-time position is being offered and will include Acute Care Surgery (8 weeks minimum) and Trauma (8 weeks minimum).  Opportunities for more ACS weeks are available depending on the candidates preferences.  The position also offers optional elective OR time outside of ACS responsibilities to ensure a balanced and rewarding practice for the candidate (~1.5 OR days per ACS week).  The position does not include endoscopy responsibilities.

KGH is a teaching site for the University of British Columbia Southern Medical Program.  The candidate will be expected to work with and teach students and residents who also support the ACS service.  No research responsibilities are a requirement of the position however such opportunities are available if desired by the candidate.

Locum experience with the Division is an important asset and candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the Division about locum opportunities.


The ideal candidate will require well-rounded General Surgery skills to support a high-volume and complex community practice environment.  The candidate will also require advanced training in Trauma and/or Acute Care Surgery and have demonstrated interest and commitment in leadership in these areas.

Doctor in Medicine with Residency in General Surgery

Fellowship with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Fellowship in Trauma and/or Acute Care Surgery

ATLS Certification

CPSBC licence (eligible)


Acute Care surgery is remunerated through MOCAP (Level 1) and fee for service.  Trauma is remunerated via sessional contract.  Remuneration is competitive for this position.

Financial assistance to support relocation is provided by the Health Authority (up to $15,000).

Application Process:

Please send CV including references to Dr. Gareth Eeson (






Queen’s University Trauma and Acute Care Academic Surgeon

2024 Call for Nominations for the Dr. Charles Burns Award

Deadline for Nominations: Friday, April 26th, 2024

Nominations may be submitted by any TAC member to:

The Dr. Charles Burns Board Recognition Award was created in 2015 to recognize and honour the visionary leadership of  the late Dr. Burns. In 1983, Dr. Burns became the first President of the Trauma Association of Canada.  Dr. Burns’ hard work and volunteer efforts, combined with his unrelenting passion to make a difference to the care of trauma patients and their families resulted in a significant contribution to the creation of TAC, bringing together and strengthening the network of trauma specialists who care for the injured patient.  Dr. Burns was highly respected for his efforts in developing, maintaining, and sustaining the Trauma Association of Canada over many years. The TAC Board of Directors created the award to recognize those that exemplify the spirit of Dr. Burns by demonstrating outstanding leadership, endless passion, a spirit of volunteerism. vision and innovation in the field of trauma care.

Eligibility Elements

The Board of Directors will consider the following elements in the selection of candidates for this prestigious award:

  • An active Member or Affiliate of TAC for a minimum of five (5) years
  • Aminimum of five (5) years of trauma care experience.
  • Registered to practice in Canada (or has been)
  • Demonstrated volunteerism and a significant contribution to TAC at the local, provincial, national or international
  • Promoted and/or conducted basic science and clinical trauma research.
  • Promoted the adoption of best practices in trauma care in their organization/region.
  • Demonstrated a leadership role or has held a key leadership position in an organization related to the specialty of trauma care.
  • Demonstrated political advocacy to promote legislation designed to reduce the incidence of injury.
  • Built coalitions with key partners in trauma care and injury prevention
  • Promotes the highest standards of interprofessional care of the trauma patient.
  • Effectively engaged, encouraged, collaborated with others in the speciality of trauma care
  • Role modelled commitment to professional self-development and lifelong learning

Application & Selection Process:

Nominations may be submitted by any TAC member to:

The nomination must speak to any of the elements that apply to the candidate. Additional information highlighting the candidate’s suitability for this award will be welcomed by the Board for their consideration.

Upon receiving the application, a Director on the Board (Past President), will present the candidates to the full Board of Directors for consideration.

The BOD by majority vote will select the individual for the Award.

Candidate Notification:

The Candidate will be notified of the Recognition Award by the President of TAC for acceptance.

The Award

The Candidate will be invited to attend the TAC Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference to receive their Award on Friday, May 10th at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax, NS.

TAC Statement on the Care of the Injured Patient

Download TAC’s newly approved Statement for Care of the Injured Patient here.


TAC Statement on Care of the Injured Patient

TAC strongly endorses the principle of a rigorous, evidence-based, regular, accreditation process for trauma care.

The Trauma Association of Canada endorses the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient (aka the Grey Book, released March 2022, revised December 2023) as a general set of standards in trauma care that can be applied to Trauma Centres in Canada.  The Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC) Program by the ACS-COT and the INESSS Program in Quebec both represent endorsed pathways to improve the quality of injury care in Canadian trauma centres.

Approved by TAC Board of Directors

March 22, 2024

Call for Nominations for the TAC Board of Directors

(1 Position)

The Board of Directors is issuing a call for nominations for the position of Director to serve on the Board for a term of three (3) years (renewable for another 3 years). There is one (1) vacancy for 2024.

Please email your interest to stand for the Board to the TAC Nominating Committee to the TAC President, Dr. Andrew Beckett at

Your email should state why you are interested in standing for the Board and describe your past TAC volunteer involvement, and strengths you would bring to the position. Please provide a short bio or send along your resume/CV.

All nominations must be received at the TAC office by April 23rd, 2024.

Directors will be elected at the Annual General Meeting taking place in Halifax at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel on  Thursday, May 9thh at 1630. (No nominations will be accepted from the floor. You must submit your interest to stand for the Board by April 23rd, 2024.)

TRISC (Trauma Registry Information Specialists) News

Download the TRISC March 2024 Newsletter Here!


1. TRISC Executive Nominations

As this is an election year, TRISC is seeking nominations to the TRISC executive. This is a great way to be involved and contribute to the TRISC subgroup and beyond. TRISC has recently begun work with TACPIC colleagues to explore national data standardization—exciting times! New and returning members are welcome. TRISC always seeks to have representation from across the country.

The deadline to send in your nominations is April 8th, 2024.

Download the 2024 TRISC Nomination Form here!


2. Call for Rapid Fire Presentations

As always, we look forward to hearing about all the fantastic work you’ve been doing over the year! Presentations are 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/discussion.

The deadline for Rapid Fire Presentations is April 8th, 2024.

Download the TRISC Rapid Fire Call for Abstracts here.


3. #TRISC20YearChallenge

We’re celebrating 20 years of TRISC! Do you have any photos to share from over the years? Please send them along for inclusion in our day. Note that submitting a photo implies consent to share—ensure you confirm with those included in the photo.

Please send any questions to 


4. TRISC Coffee Calls 

In February, TRISC members gathered to discuss the ACS/NTDS’s directive to move to AIS2015 in the US and for TQIP participating sites. Thank you to everyone who participated!

TRISC’s next Coffee Call will be held in the fall —stay tuned for more details.


ITNC Day May 8, 2024 at the TAC Conference in Halifax

Don’t miss the ITNC day at this year’s TAC conference!

On the ITNC Day agenda this year:

Several networking activities

Exchange on innovative projects carried out across Canada in adults, peds, IP, military.

Code Orange simulation activity

Joint ITNC-TRISC-TACPIC* meeting: improving trauma registry data collection.

See our ITNC newsletter for more information!


Call for Rapid Fire Presentations

Would you like to share a quality improvement project or an innovation from your trauma centre during ITNC day?

Submitted abstracts should be original work, and not accepted to the general TAC conference as an oral or poster presentation.

Submit your abstract (150 words or less) to:

Deadline: April 5, 2024

Download the ITNC Call for Rapid Fire Presentations here!


ITNC Executive Nominations

Four positions are open for the ITNC 2024-2025 Executive Committee:

o Present elect

o Secretary

o Two members at large

Download the ITNC Executive Nomination Form here!

The deadline for nominations is April 24, 2024.