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Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty Adult

Role and Facility Information

The Cowichan Valley Department of Psychiatry of Island Health has an opportunity for a Psychiatrist to provide ambulatory and outreach care through Assertive Community Treatment (ACT).

We are seeking a part-time Psychiatrist with strong leadership abilities to help lead clinical teams, and who is collaborative and enjoys working as part of a team. The successful candidate must have:

•Relevant experience or interest working in tertiary-level services.

•A recovery-oriented approach.

•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

•An established track record of exemplary teamwork, including experience working with team members to plan and lead discharges from the facility and admissions from inpatient and community referral sources.

•An interest and experience working with patients living with persistent or frequently recurring psychosis and other high-level tertiary care needs.

•A passion for delivering interactive and dynamic care in the facility, ambulatory and outreach work settings.

Clinical Duties

•Provision of clinical care to clients of the Cowichan ACT team together with other members of the clinical care team.

•Vacation and absence coverage for psychiatrists also working with the ACT team. Such coverage will also be provided to the successful candidate by these psychiatrists as needed.

•Participation in the CDH on-call schedule.

Administrative Duties

•Participates in the Cowichan Valley Department of Psychiatry including the promotion and fostering of programmatic evaluation and quality improvement.

•Attendance in clinical team meetings and providing reports to the Department of Psychiatry meetings.

Teaching & Research

•Coordinating and ensuring an excellent learning experience for medical and other students and residents. Appointment to the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Psychiatry, and with the UBC Island Medical School, is an expectation of this position.

•There is no research requirement but many opportunities for an interested psychiatrist.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Community Information

Located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, the City of Duncan enjoys Canada’s most temperate climate. Characterized by diverse landscapes from lush countryside to scenic coastal villages and charming inland communities, the Cowichan Valley, encompasses freshwater lakes, saltwater beaches and marinas, and farmland. The area offers a wide variety of attractions for outdoor enthusiasts including great hiking and biking trails, golfing, sailing, canoeing and ocean kayaking. In addition to many local artisans and attractions, the South Cowichan Valley boasts five top vineyards and wineries.

Public education in Duncan is complemented by renowned local private schools and located only 45 minutes south; Victoria also offers excellent educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Vancouver Island, one of Canada’s most livable regions, provides the very best in both urban and rural living. Renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, Vancouver Island offers an opportunity to combine a rewarding career with an enviable quality of life.

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Compensation Type
Estimated Remuneration
Clinical care is remunerated by Fee-for-Service for direct care and sessional billings. MOCAP for on-call work.

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
Office space, computer access and furniture is provided by Island Health. CME: Years 3 & 4: $3000/annum After 4 years: $6000/annum.
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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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