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Physician, On-Call - BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

Physician, On-Call

Perinatal Addictions

BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

Vancouver, BC Canada


BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre’s FIR Program is a provincial specialized perinatal service that provides primary care to antenatal and postpartum women who use substances and to infants exposed to substances with an interdisciplinary approach. FIR opened in 2003 and is a first-of-its-kind program in Canada. Through the provision of treatment and supports focused on principle-based practice and integrated programming, the interdisciplinary team at FIR focuses on stabilization and harm reduction in a recovery-oriented approach to care.


The FIR Model of Care is focused on keeping mother and baby together by rooming-in. This acute care service has 12 beds for individuals wanting to stabilize their substance use and address any pregnancy-related concerns and/or withdraw from drug use during pregnancy. The FIR program also values supporting and educating our multi-disciplinary teams and physicians about trauma and violence practice and harm reduction and promoting awareness and practice of Indigenous Cultural Safety.


The FIR program is a recognized leader in Perinatal Addiction programming that upholds Indigenous Cultural Safety and Trauma and Violence Informed Practices. Guiding principles of Harm Reduction, Recovery-oriented Practice, and equity-oriented care are core to the work we do on FIR. We support interdisciplinary teamwork to collaboratively support women’s goals and provide Rooming-In as a standard for women with substance use disorders.  


Reporting to the Medical Director, Perinatal Addictions, you will provide on call service to unattached patients impacted by substance use presenting for pregnancy addictions stabilization, labour or other perinatal urgent concerns to BCWH. In addition you will provide after hours on call to PAS patients on FIR and other inpatients units.   Duties will include the provincial Raceline for Perinatal Addictions Services, as well as Perinatal Addictions Consultations for patients admitted under other services at BCWH requiring this expertise. As a successful candidate, you will apply current research evidence and best practice standards to guide your practice.


You have an ability to work in an inter-professional unit, collaborating with partners in nursing, social work, pediatrics, hospital leadership and all practitioners of obstetric and newborn care. You also have expertise in Addiction Medicine, ideally having completed an accredited addiction medicine fellowship, or enhanced skills program and have substantial postgraduate experience working with women and families with substance use disorders.


You are committed to your clinical practice and strive to provide the highest level of care. You will work with a strong team of physicians providing care to this population in an inpatient clinical setting.  You will work in collaboration with program leadership to facilitate complex medical and ethical patient care plans. You are capable of problem-solving, achieving results and developing coalitions. You lead by example, providing support and developing strong working relationships through inter-professional collaboration.


You are eligible for medical licensure in the Province of British Columbia.  You will have CCFP Accreditation for Family Physicians and additional training in Addiction Medicine. As the successful candidate, you will be recommended for a clinical faculty appointment at the University of British Columbia. Academic rank will be dependent on qualifications and will be recommended by the Department of Family Practice of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine.


Please send your application, accompanied by a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, and the names of four references to:


Dr. Charissa Patricelli
Medical Director, Perinatal Addictions
BC Women’s Hospital


BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s provides Ambulatory and Inpatient Services for women with substance use disorder. Advances and provincial expansion of service for this population is a strategic priority. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.


BCW is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which provides specialized health care services across BC. PHSA is committed to excellence. Our values include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BCW are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. 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.