Medical staff consists of 9 physicians. We try to have a GP anesthetist and a GP surgeon on staff at all times. When this is not possible, we enlist semi-retired surgeons, obstetricians and anesthetists to do locums in order to provide expertise and a break for our GPA and GPS. When in Inuvik, physicians do morning and afternoon clinics: patients are booked every quarter hour from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Early mornings, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., are spent at the hospital in following-up in-patients or perfecting airway and anesthesia skills in the OR. Our backup is legendary: help is only a phone call and two minutes away.