In October 2006, the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) created the Emergency Department Locum Program (EDLP).
Operated by HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency (HFO MRA), the EDLP provides urgent ED (Emergency Department) locum coverage as an interim measure of last resort to designated hospitals that are facing significant challenges covering ED shifts.
Under the EDLP, physicians from EDs in Ontario who are able to maintain their home hospital commitments, assist other designated hospitals in the province with coverage for their ED shifts. Through a password-protected portal on the HealthForceOntario website, the program posts vacant hospital ED shifts for participating physicians to book.
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For advice with physician shift coverage for your ED, or for additional information or questions about the Emergency Department Locums Program, please contact the EDLP Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This Toolkit is an update to the 2007 HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency (HFO MRA) “ED Staffing Reference Guide.” The original ED Staffing Reference Guide provided general strategies regarding staffing as well as information about ED staffing support programs. Recognizing that there is no “one size fits all” solution for physician staffing in Ontario emergency departments (EDs), the concept of a “Staffing Guide” has evolved here into a “Toolkit,” designed to capture the best practices developed by ED physicians and hospital leaders across the province and collected by the HFO MRA Emergency Department Locum Program (EDLP). The toolkit offers suggestions, scenarios and resources, and helps the user to reflect and determine what strategies would be most effective and appropriate to make his/her ED recruitment-and-retention-ready.
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