Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

The Vancouver Community Older Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services require a part time Psychiatrist to join an interdisciplinary team in caring for patients generally over 65 with mental health problems. The team consists of geriatric psychiatrists, other physicians, case managers, neuropsychologists and administrative staff. Clinical settings may include outpatient visits, community home visits/outreach, and residential care facilities, along with indirect case reviews within a collaborative care model.

Clinical skills

The successful candidate should have experience working with frail and elderly patients with physical and mental health concerns. The candidate should have experience and interest in teaching medical students, family practice residents, psychiatry residents or geriatric medicine fellows, as well as students from allied disciplines.

Furthermore, 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 will provide expertise and consults, respond to case managers, and 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 mental physicians and staff.

All VCH physicians must be appointed as medical staff of Vancouver Coastal Health; on-call participation is optional.


• Provisional or unrestricted license to practice medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
• Fellowship in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada , and ideally completion of a geriatric psychiatry subspecialty fellowship.
• Eligibility or current appointment as clinical faculty with University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine


Mixed fee-for-service MSP billing (physician is responsible for own submissions) and sessional support for indirect clinical activities. Overhead costs are borne by Vancouver Coastal Health.



Compensation Type
Physician Overhead

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