Specialty Psychiatry

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As one of British Columbia's six regional health authorities, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world-class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, and delivering service to more than one million BC residents. Dedicated to delivering the highest quality services, VCH is fully committed to supporting healthy lives with the robust resources of 13 hospitals, a number of community health centres, 2,500 physicians, more than 13,500 full-time staff, and over $3 billion in funding.

But that's only part of our story. VCH is about something bigger; we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" – on everything from new surgical techniques to funding models – when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We are proud to hold best-in-class awards in everything from research, surgical care and infection control, to harm reduction, community care, communications and community engagement. At our core, we are people-focused with an entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep, where opportunity exists for those with a passion to transform health.

With a growing patient population, we have the opportunity for a psychiatrist to join the VCH team based at Vancouver General Hospital. The role will require that the psychiatrist physician be able to demonstrate ability working as a member of an interdisciplinary mental health team. A commitment to participate in new methods in health improvement and care deliver. The ideal candidate will have experience working with General Psychiatric disorders population of varying complexity. Experience with academic psychiatry, including publications in academic journals is preferred.


This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impact on the delivery of care at Vancouver Coastal Health. The psychiatrist position will be based in Vancouver General Hospital Concurrent Disorder Inpatient Unit at Segal 8.

This unit a 20 bed psychiatric inpatient ward at Segal 8. It accommodates 60- 70% patients with acute substance induced mental health exacerbations or substance use and alcohol as a comorbidity. It also accommodates general adult psychiatric patients. It offers excellence in clinical care based on the best available evidence and treatment tailored to each person’s individual needs. The clinical program integrates biological treatments (pharmacotherapy, ECT and Psychotherapy).

The Psychiatrist will report to the Head and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry, Vancouver Acute through the Medical Manager, Inpatient Services. In accordance with the standards of practice and the established vision and values of Vancouver Coastal Health, the psychiatrist who accepts this position will evaluate, diagnose and provide state-of-the-art, specialized inpatient treatment for patients of ages 17 and up suffering from wide spectrum of serious psychiatric disorders. The psychiatrist will serve as a resource in dealing with mental health issues and symptom management with a strong knowledge base in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. The psychiatrist will also be involved in innovative treatment interventions and will participate in the training and education of medical students, residents and other allied health professionals. The psychiatrist should have a good knowledge of Community resources.


• Eligibility: Current College of Physicians of BC License (Full) and specialist qualifications in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCP) is required. Candidates must also obtain their Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) certification. Eligibility for a clinical faculty appointment with the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

• Experienced: The candidate should have a demonstrated ability working as a member of an interdisciplinary mental health team. A commitment to participate in new methods in health improvement and care delivery. Experience working with a general psychiatric disorders population of varying complexity. Experience with academic psychiatry and publications in academic journals.

• Passionate: Passionate about patient welfare you understand the importance of delivering high quality care in the context of complex health care systems.

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

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

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