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Consulting Psychiatrist, Inpatient Psychiatry - BC Children's Hospital

Consulting Psychiatrist

Regular, Full-Time

Department of Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry, BCCH

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, BC Canada


The Department of Psychiatry, situated within BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH), is the only dedicated pediatric tertiary care centre for the province of British Columbia serving a population of approximately 4 million people. The BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) affiliated with BCCH provides support to clinical investigators. UBC is the second-largest university in Canada 60,000 students (undergraduate and postgraduate). The medical school admits 288 undergraduates per year in a distributed program of education and has excellent funding for residency and sub-specialty training.


BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) provides care for the most seriously ill or injured children and youth from across British Columbia.


The Inpatient psychiatry program consists of 6 short-stay emergency/crisis beds for children and youth ages 5-16, and 10 longer-stay beds for youth ages 12 – 18 years requiring psychiatric assessment and treatment. Units are staffed by multi-disciplinary teams including social work, psychology, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, youth and family counsellors, special education teachers and nursing. The units follow a Trauma-Informed Practice philosophy and families are actively engaged throughout the assessment and treatment process.


As a consulting psychiatrist, you will work within a multidisciplinary team assessing and treating complex mental health presentations for families across British Columbia and Yukon. Consulting psychiatrists provide psychiatric assessments and trauma informed care to children and families. Care is provided in-person, via virtual modalities, or a combination of both. The work is primarily clinical and is remunerated by combination of Fee for Service (MSP billings) and sessional support.   Previous experience in the assessment and treatment of children and youth with acute presentations of psychiatric disorders is desirable.


BC Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry is an active teaching program and supervision of medical students, pediatric and psychiatry residents, and adolescent medicine fellows is expected. While the position is primarily clinical, participation in research and health care quality improvement with the multidisciplinary team is encouraged.


As the successful candidate for this position, you will have demonstrated a commitment to academic and clinical excellence as well as patient and family centered care in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. You will have passed or be eligible for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examinations in psychiatry or comparable qualifications, and may have completed a recognized training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and have completed or be eligible to complete the RCPSC Child and Adolescent Psychiatry subspecialty certification examinations. The successful candidate will be expected to have or apply for a Clinical Faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multidisciplinary team environment and will demonstrate a trauma informed approach in their clinical work and professional relationships. Excellent communication skills and experience working with rural and remote communities are assets.


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Interested individuals should submit their most current CV; covering letter and the names, academic rank and contact information of 4 referees as soon as possible to: Dr. Susan Baer (contact information below):


Susan Baer, MD, FRCPC

Assistant Clinical Professor UBC Department of Psychiatry

Interim Psychiatrist-in-Chief British Columbia Children’s Hospital

Acting Head, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UBC


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



BCCH is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. You will be part of a network of more than 2,700 specialized physicians who impact patient care daily, within the largest network of tertiary services in B.C. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia are committed to employment equity and hire on the basis of merit. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.