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Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

The Department of Psychiatry South Island has an opportunity for a Psychiatrist to provide inpatient and community consultation on Salt Spring Island. Key components of this position include:

1. Share hospital coverage of 19 bed General Hospital with our other Psychiatrist – on call from 1800 Sunday through 1700 hours Friday, approximately 5 – 15 hrs a week at the hospital. Coverage is largely adult but includes patients of all ages from child and youth to geriatrics.

2. Outpatient treatment at the local Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Team, providing consultation to Severe and Chronically Mentally Ill, Urgent Short Term Assessment and Treatment, and Drug and Alcohol programs working with the case managers. Approximately 10-18 hours a week. The team treats adults over the age of 18.

3. Private office practice responding to needs for ongoing care, shared care and consultation from local GP’s – as much time as wished.

There are a total of 93 sessions per year, shared with the other psychiatrist for use in inpatient coverage and with the Adult Team. This position involves more time with the Adult Team and will use the larger share of sessions associated with the Adult Team.

The ideal candidate would be an experienced professional with comfort applying the principals of large city training and practice in a small community with less psychiatric infrastructure. Psychological mindedness, self-reflective capacity, and working understanding of boundaries are assets in a setting when one meets one’s patients on the street every day.

The working matrix of a small community provides challenges but also the opportunity for a deep sense of belonging, being an active part of a warm and supportive island, and living in a great place to raise a family.

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Compensation Type
Estimated Remuneration
Fee-for-Service & Sessional billings & MOCAP

Benefits and Incentives

Other Benefits/Incentives
May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement including: Fee-for-Service Premium - 9.52%
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Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island is located in the sheltered southern waters of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Because of its close proximity to Vancouver Island, it is the most accessible of the Gulf Island group, with frequent ferry sailings to three different ferry terminals. The island’s shoreline is varied and beautiful, offering rocky shores, tidal pools, and a wide variety of sandy beaches to explore. The year-round residents of Salt Spring Island include an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Many vacationers come to Salt Spring simply to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and soak in the quiet island lifestyle. Farming is important on the island, which bills itself as the Organic Gardening Capital of Canada, and local farmers form the backbone of the popular Salt Spring Market. Island farm products include sheep and lamb, poultry, cheese, tree fruits, and certified organic produce.

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