Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

The psychiatrist will work with other physicians and clinicians in a multidisciplinary team to provide psychiatric care for youth and young adults ages 13-30 with suspected or confirmed first-episode psychosis. The physician role involves assessment and ongoing care as appropriate, medication management, individual and family therapy, crisis management, and consultation. The multidisciplinary team services include case management, occupational therapy support, cognitive remediation, concurrent disorder counselling, individual placement support for employment, and patient and family groups. Vancouver/Richmond EPI Program offers a full range of services and complies with almost all British Columbia Standards and Guidelines for Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Programs.

Time commitment: 0.2 FTE, equivalent of 1 day per week.

Clinical skills

Psychiatrists working in Vancouver Community settings will approach care by:

* Placing the patient at the centre
* Utilizing a team based approach, providing consultations as required and longer-term psychiatric care when necessary
* Providing culturally safe and responsive care for Indigenous patients
* Practicing trauma- informed care
* Having a recovery-oriented approach
* Including families whenever possible
* Employing the principles of community-based psychiatric care
* Collaborating in the management of concurrent substance use disorders

Further information and expectations

Reporting to the Medical Director, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services, the local Medical Manager, and through them to the Senior Medical Director, the successful candidate should have a strong knowledge base in psychopharmacology and cognitive/behavioral interventions. Additionally, he/she will facilitate continuity of care between hospital and community and liaise with hospital physicians and staff. Occasional outreach visits in the community may be expected.

All VCH physicians must be appointed as medical staff of Vancouver Coastal Health; on-call participation is optional. A clinical faculty appointment with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine is highly encouraged as resident supervision and involvement in education initiatives is an expectation.


* Provisional or unrestricted license to practice medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
* Eligibility or active fellowship in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada
* Eligibility or current appointment as clinical faculty with University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

Please include with your application a cover letter, CV, and any other relevant documents for review.

Interested applicants, please apply to Health Match BC Posting #3376 by clicking on the "Request Info" link below.

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Compensation Type
Estimated Remuneration
Mixed fee-for-service MSP billing (the physician is responsible for own submissions) and sessional support for indirect clinical activities.
Physician Overhead
To be discussed during interview process
Billing Split
To be discussed during interview process

Benefits and Incentives

Vacation Leave
To be discussed during interview process
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