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Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty Psychiatry

Role and Facility Information

The Cowichan Valley Department of Psychiatry with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) is seeking a General Practitioner who is interested in joining the Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) program working in the Cowichan District Hospital (CDH) with the emergency room crisis response MHSU team and the In-Patient Unit (IPU) team.

In the CDH Emergency Room and IPU the successful candidate will work with the Crisis Response Team (next day service) and participate in screening referrals to psychiatry and participate in care planning, including the decision to admit to the CDH IPU. In addition the successful candidate will work with the IPU team as the Most Responsible Practitioner for patients who do not have an admitting GP, and will plan and deliver in-patient care.

The core functions within each team are clinical assessment of patients referred from inside or outside the team, collaborating with other clinicians connected to those patients, and to expedite treatment.

Eligible applicants will hold or be eligible for full licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

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Compensation Type

Benefits and Incentives

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:
Retention Premium
Retention Flat Fee
Recruitment Incentive
Other Benefits/Incentives
Sessional Contract
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Known as the “City of the Totems,” the community of Duncan takes pride in its rich First Nations heritage. Over 75 totem poles embellish the townscape, along with fascinating cultural artifacts. Duncan is located in the Cowichan region in the south central part of Vancouver Island and is a supply and service hub for the area. It is home to some of British Columbia’s newest vineyards that grow amidst rolling hillsides and country lanes.

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