Psychiatrist 300-0516

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The Department of Psychiatry of Island Health has an opportunity for an Adult Psychiatrist in the Comox Valley doing both inpatient and outpatient general psychiatry. This is funded via mixed billing of MSP and sessional billing. We are a growing community with a new hospital and subspecialist clinicians available for child and adolescent, geriatric and addictions medicine care. Call is shared among the other 9 psychiatrists.

The successful candidate will provide:

Collaborative Care Consultation: Provides semi-urgent and ambulatory psychiatric service. An initial psychiatric consultation with some limited short term follow-up will be offered. The referrals will be from Primary Care providers.

MHSU Consultation & Outreach in Person and via Telehealth: The successful candidate will work with community teams providing consultations and follow-up and leadership with clinical teams as they continue to grow. These teams include the ICT (Integrated Community Treatment), ACS and ASTAT teams as well as Substance Use consultative care. There is opportunity for rural and remote visits both in-person and via Telehealth.

Inpatient Psychiatric Care: This would include management of general psychiatry inpatient cases and in a Consultation/Liaison capacity elsewhere in the hospital. There is opportunity to be part of an ECT provider roster.

General Psychiatry On Call: This would be provided at the Comox Valley Hospital Site. This is shared with a roster of collegial general psychiatrists and subspecialists.

Specific Deliverables:

  • Work collaboratively with Emergency Department, Primary Care, other specialist physicians, Nurse Practitioners and midwives along with the crisis team and MHSU staff to provide consultation, develop treatment plans and facilitate inpatient care when required as a consultant.
  • Educate nursing, MHSU staff, crisis regarding care plan development and in supporting treatment plans.
  • Provide psychiatric assessment, treatment, concurrent patient education and follow-up as appropriate for patients.
  • Complete appropriate clinical documents
  • Participate in case management meetings and clinical administration meetings.
  • Liaison with other related community institutions and services.
  • Participate in Quality Assurance projects as required.


May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including: Recruitment Incentive - $10,000; Fee Premium - 6.93%; Annual Flat Fee - $6,967.62; Rural CME - $3,000 after 3 years in community to maximum $6,000 after 4 years.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Community Information

Situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Comox Valley is comprised of the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Village of Cumberland and the idyllic rural areas from Fanny Bay in the south to Black Creek in the north, and includes the islands of Hornby and Denman.

Surrounded by majestic mountains, rushing rivers, lush rainforests and shimmering seas, this region is highly attractive to those seeking variety and a superb quality of life, as well as affordable housing.  A great place to raise a family, we have a strong sense of community and a shared spirit of cooperation.  We are one of the fastest growing areas in Canada and educational facilities range from elementary to full degree programs at the North Island College.

If you enjoy the outdoors, the Comox Valley is the place to be.  Mount Washington Ski resort, which has 1700 acres of terrain, is only 30 minutes outside the city.  World-renowned mountain biking trails that can be ridden year round are located in Cumberland.  Furthermore, the beautiful west coast community of Tofino is only 2.5 hours away.  A typical weekend in the region can include superb salmon fishing, paddle boarding at Goose Spit or on Comox Lake, a tube float down the Puntledge River, or time spent on a patio at one of the three local micro-breweries.

The valley enjoys short mild winters and warm dry summers.  The Comox Valley is also host to over 50 annual festivals, and the local Sid Williams Theatre provides year-round performing arts.  For great boutique shopping, go to 5th Street in Courtenay and visit the local restaurants, farmers market and vineyards for the renowned local food scene.

The Comox Valley is one of the Island’s best-kept secrets!

Job Types
Permanent Specialty

Comox Valley Hospital


Interested candidates, please attach your CV, letter of interest, and names and contact information for 3 referees. 

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator

Island Health


Fax:  250-716-7747Image removed.

Shift/Hours of Work
1.0 FTE
Fee-for-service and Sessions, MOCAP
Education, Training and Experience


Eligible for Full Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC

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