Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty Geriatric Psychiatry

Role and Facility Information

Geriatric Psychiatrist - Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service

St. Paul’s Hospital - Providence Health Care (PHC)


In accordance with the Standards of Practice and the established Visions and Values of Providence Health Care, the psychiatrist that accepts this position will:

 Provide geriatric psychiatry assessment and treatment as part of the geriatric

psychiatry consultation-liaison service at St. Paul’s Hospital. The service receives

consultation requests from the hospital acute care services. It provides direct and

coordinated care with treating teams and with community providers and service


 Be expected to support educational opportunities for the community regarding

management of patients with late-life psychiatric illnesses.

 Be expected to be involved in teaching specific students, residents and fellows

assigned to the service.

 Be expected to participate in evaluation and quality improvement programs for the


 Will participate in the on-call schedule.

The model of care is collaborative. The SPH and MSJ geriatric psychiatry teams will closely

collaborate with: primary care physicians relating to SPH and MSJ and community health

units, other specialist physicians from the mental health teams, the Vancouver Coastal

Mental Health Central Intake Service and SPH/MSJ Acute Care services. The geriatric

psychiatry team at PHC provides care for older adults with mental health needs who live in

the City of Vancouver.


 A medical degree and full licensure with the College of Physicians and

Surgeons of British Columbia.

 Specialist’s qualifications in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and

Surgeons of Canada

 Ability to meet Privileging and Credentialing requirements for Providence Health


 A completed Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry is required.

 Interest and/or experience in electroconvulsive therapy and other neurostimulation

modalities are desirable.

 Interest and/or experience in substance abuse treatment is desirable.

 Demonstrates an ability to work in an interdisciplinary team setting.

 Shows a commitment to work towards innovations in care.

 Apply for and gain clinical faculty appointment with the University of British

Columbia Medical School Department of Psychiatry:



The psychiatrist reports to the Head of the PHC Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department

of Psychiatry, for their professional role. The psychiatrist will also report to the Physician

Leader, Geriatric Psychiatry of the PHC Elder Care Program for their clinical service delivery



The psychiatrist will provide a minimum of four half-days per week in a blended billing

model (sessional and fee-for-service). The psychiatrist is responsible for their own billings.

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