On behalf of the Department of Medicine, please let us welcome you to the Department and the University of Calgary. Navigating the processes and systems required to get you up and running in your new position can be complex so the role of the physician recruitment coordinator is to facilitate that process for you. The Coordinator will be working closely with you to ensure that you are set up and ready in time for your start date and will be your primary contact person through this process.

Please follow the instructions in this reference guide to set up your Medical Staff Appointment, University of Calgary Clinical Appointment, Alberta Health Services Vendor ID, Alberta Health New Practitioner Registration, University of Calgary Medical Group Membership, as well as other important steps vital to your recruitment.

Please read through the guide below before completing any forms, these should be sent directly to Sandy Hafez. If you have any questions as you go through this guide, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Medical Staff Appointment (MSA)

A Medical Staff Appointment outlines the Practitioner’s rights and responsibilities associated with their appointment, it grants you Clinical Privileges and access to AHS facilities. Clinical Privileges are procedures that may be performed by a Practitioner; Sites of Clinical Activity in which a Practitioner may perform Procedures or provide care to Patients; and the AHS Programs and Professional Services that are available to a Practitioner in order to provide care to Patients.
Please send the following information to sandy.hafez@ahs.ca

  • Full name – last, first, middle
  • Date of birth
  • Your current home address, phone & cell
  • Your current office address, pager, phone, fax
  • Calgary address, phone & cell (if available)
  • Personal email address

Upon receipt of the above information, Sandy will initiate correspondence with the Medical Affairs Department of Alberta Health Services (AHS). They will be sending you a MSA package with further documents to complete.

When your documents have been received the Medical Staff Office (MSO) will send you an Appointment Offer Letter (AOL). Upon signing your AOL you have agreed to be governed by both the AHS Bylaws and AHS Rules which can be found on http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/medstaff/Page7086.aspx

Following this, the MSO will release a MSA memo confirming that Medical Affairs has verified your credentials and recognizes your clinical privileges as detailed in the document.

University of Calgary Clinical Appointment

Department of Medicine (DOM) Medical Staff are required to hold a University of Calgary Clinical Appointment if they participate in the following activities:

  • Clinical work with learners
  • Research
  • Education

Clinical appointments may be made for periods of twelve months up to five years. The University rank and years will be determined by the Department Head for individuals who do not currently hold a Continuing, Contingent Term or Limited Term appointment.

CV Guidelines

The DOM requires a copy of your most recent CV in UofC format.

Reference Letters

The DoM will ask your referees to provide a letter a reference commenting on how they would rate your expertise in your field, ability to meet deadlines, teaching abilities, communication skills, initiative/ problem-solving skills, leadership abilities, and other relevant information. Your referees must be prepared to submit this letter within 30 days of the DoM’s request.

Please send the following information to sandy.hafez@ahs.ca

  • Name of the referee
  • University rank
  • Department
  • Name of University
  • Email address

Clinical/Adjunct Personal Information Form

Alberta Health Services Vendor ID

A vendor ID is required in order for you to receive payments from AHS such as call stipends. Upon release of your MSA memo, Sandy will submit the required documents.
Please complete the following:

  • Medical Affairs Vendor Change Request form
  • Include a void cheque
University of Calgary Medical Group (UCMG)

All physician membership of the DOM must be members of the UCMG. The UCMG agency agreement can be found here. You will be required to added to the UCMG business arrangement number.*

*A business arrangement is an agreement for the payment of health services provided. All practitioner registered with Alberta Health and Wellness must have or be part of a business arrangement in order to claim for services.

UCMG provides you with the following Operational Services:

  • Clerical, Nursing, Chart Handling/EMR
  • Janitorial, Clinic Space, Procedures, Lab/Diagnostics
  • Clinical supplies, HVAC, Housekeeping, Security, General Maintenance
  • Shared administrative support, Office or touchdown space
  • AHS intranet/internal information technologies and systems, UCMG & AHS Transcription, Billing clerk, Sabbatical credits

Pagers are not included* – physicians are required to purchase a pager to maintain their independent contractor status. Pagers are $250.00 and can be picked up from Sandy's office (Room 924, North Tower, FMC) prior to your start date. Unfortunately, the DoM can only accept cheques at this time. Please make cheque payable to: Alberta Health Services. A receipt will be issued.
*Locum physicians are not required to purchase their own pagers, pagers will be provided by their Section and shall be returned at the end of their term.

If you already have a Prac ID, complete this form to be added:

  • Select 'Add me to the Business Arrangement'
  • Leave 'Business Arrangement Number' blank
  • Effective date is your start date, leave blank if unknown
  • If you have a current BA number, select 'End my relationship with the BA' and enter corresponding number
  • Effective end date is the day before your start date, leave blank if unknown
  • 'BA contract holder name' is University of Calgary
  • 'Practitioner name' is your name
  • Ensure you include your Prac ID
  • Enter your Section in the 'Indicate the skill that will be used on most claims' space
  • Under 'Section B' sign on 'Practitioner Signature'

Fee for Service Physicians

Physician pays 14 -18% of their total billings to UCMG (approximately $45k to a maximum of $96K)

Please complete the following forms and include void cheque:

ARP Physicians

Please complete the following forms:

Alberta Health New Practitioner Registration (Prac ID)

All practicing physicians require a Practitioner Identification Number also known as a Prac ID. Alberta Health registers practitioners for a claim payment or patient referral purposes.

Please see below for instructions on how to complete the required Practitioner Information form (AHC0912).

  • Complete sections A, B, D, H, F
  • Completing Section F:
    • Effective date is your start date – please leave this blank if you are unsure of the exact start date
    • Leave "I will be joining BA number" blank as UCMG has a BA number that Sandy will fill in
  • Send Sandy (sandy.hafez@ahs.ca) a copy of your CPSA License (practice permit), Registration & Understanding Agreement Letter (RUA) and Specialty Letter. **

** You can get your Practice Permit, Registration & Understanding Agreement (RUA) Letter, and Specialty Letter by contacting the College of Physician and Surgeons of Alberta at: http://www.cpsa.ca/about/contact -us/ | Phone: 780-423-4764

This process can take up to 90 days.
Waiting for your Prac ID?

  • Call Alberta Health Toll free 310-0000 then 780-422-1522
  • Have your CPSA number handy
  • Your Prac ID should be available approximately 5 business days after submission
  • If you are in the ARP please state that you are in the ARP when requesting your Prac ID
Reimbursement (Time Sensitive)

Recruitment Visit and Relocation Expenses can be offered to full time active members. Physicians under the Locum Tenens category are not eligible.

Any and all expenses being claimed for reimbursement require the approval of the Calgary Zone Medical Director, if you need clarity on whether an expense will be reimbursed, contact Brennan Leslie at 403-944-4910 or by email at brennan.leslie@ahs.ca

Recruitment Visit Expenses

Submit your expenses to Brennan no later than 30 days after your visit to Calgary. Expenses received after that length of time cannot be reimbursed. Please see instructions for reimbursement, here.

Relocation Expenses

Submit your expenses to Brennan no later than 60 days after your start date. Expenses received after that length of time cannot be reimbursed. Please see instructions for reimbursement, here.

Upon completion of the above items, click here to finalize your recruitment.


Sandy Hafez
Physician Recruitment Coordinator
Department of Medicine
Foothills Medical Centre
1403-29 St. NW

Tel: 403-944-2276
Fax: 403-944-1095
Email: sandy.hafez@ahs.ca