Featured Member: Lindsay McDow

Lindsay McDow

Physician Resource Planner/Recruiter
Alberta Health Services

Blackfald’s, Alberta

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lindsay completed her Medical Office Administration program in 2009 in Halifax. She started her career as a Medical Secretary in the Department of Medicine – Cardiology Division where she worked for 8 years. In 2016 she became the Resident Coordinator for the Division of Cardiology in conjunction with Dalhousie University for one year before making the move to Alberta in 2017. She joined Alberta Health Services as an Admin in Operations for 2 years while completing my Business Administration Diploma, and then moved on to the Physician Recruiter role in Medical Affairs in 2019.

As the Physician Resource Planner for Central Zone Lindsay’s role includes working with communities and AHS departments/facilities to identify physician resource needs, planning and implementing recruiting strategies to attract appropriately trained physicians, facilitating retention strategies, fulfilling employer immigration requirements and on-going physician workforce planning.

She enjoys being able to facilitate bringing a new doctor to a community in need, as well as being able to be a part of helping an IMG come to Canada and getting them and their family settled in a new country. A challenge for her is navigating the politics that can take place in small rural communities when doing physician recruitment.

“I still consider myself fairly new at physician recruiting, but the biggest thing I would tell new recruiters is the importance of building relationships. Being able to build a strong relationship with community members, medical leaders, and the physicians being recruited will not only help attract physicians but retain them for the long term as well.”

Outside of recruitment, Lindsay enjoys hiking, weight lifting, camping, and pretty much any outdoor activity with my dogs!


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