Geriatric Psychiatrist (300-0829)

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The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Island Health, is seeking a full-time Geriatric Psychiatrist to join 2 others in Geography 1 (Comox Valley & Campbell River).  

The patient population the successful candidate will be providing services to is Geriatric, generally over 65 years of age but with psychiatric and/or cognitive challenges and indices of frailty.  Clinical services provided include Consulting status for outpatients, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, direct and indirect care, multidisciplinary team leadership and medico legal expertise as required by the BC Mental Health and Adult Guardianship Acts.

The successful candidate will provide the following services:
 -  Inpatient Psychiatry and Consult Liaison services to patients at Comox Valley Hospital (0.6 FTE)
 -  Outpatient Practice with Geriatric Specialty Services (0.3 FTE)
 -  Long Term Care Outreach (0.1 FTE)
 -  Coverage as arranged with colleagues in Division, including covering inpatients when colleagues are away.
 -  Participation in the Comox Valley Hospital ECT roster, currently 1 in 6 weeks.

The Division is strongly committed to undergraduate and postgraduate education. Clinical faculty appointments are available for all geriatric psychiatrists through a joint application to the University of Victoria Island Medical Program and University of BC Faculty of Medicine.  Opportunities exist to teach Medical Students, Family Practice and Psychiatry Residents. 

The Division enjoys collegial relationships with the Island Health geriatric medicine, adult psychiatry and hospitalist services. 


May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA), including (subject to change): 

Recruitment Incentive:  up to a maximum of $10,000 (pro-rated based on FTE)
Relocation: up to a maximum of $15,000 (amount based on location relocating from)
Flat fee: $7,977.42
Fee Premium: 6.93%
CME: $2,200 annum year 3-4 and $4,400 annum after 4 years in the community.…  

Start Date

July 1, 2023

Community Information

Surrounded by majestic mountains, rushing rivers, lush rain forests and shimmering seas, this region is highly attractive to those seeking variety and a superb quality of life. 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. Educational facilities range from elementary to full degree programs at the North Island College, with English, Aboriginal, French Immersion and Francophone programs available preschool to Grade 12.

The Valley enjoys short mild winters and warm dry summers. The Comox Valley is 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 or Comox Avenue in Comox. Visit local restaurants, farmers markets and vineyards for the renowned local food scene. The Comox Valley Airport boasts connections to major Canadian hubs and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Job Types
Permanent Specialty

NIH, Comox Valley Hospital


For more information on this and other Psychiatry opportunities please contact:

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruiter
Island Health 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and CV to

Shift/Hours of Work
40-50 hours per week
FFS, Sessions and MOCAP
Education, Training and Experience

• FRCPC Eligible (mandatory)
• Eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
• Eligible for membership in the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry
• Experience in inpatient, facility and outreach experience. Skills in psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, ECT, collaborative, multidisciplinary, community psychogeriatric care required.
• Fellowship is considered an asset, but not required
• Exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills 

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