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Physician with Background in Substance Use Treatment - BC Children’s Hospital

Physician with Background in Substance Use Treatment

Department of Psychiatry, Consultation

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, BC Canada


BC Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry is seeking a physician with experience working with youth and with risky substance use and substance use disorders to work on a newly developed site wide substance use consultation service at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals (BCWH).


The Substance Use Guidance, Assessment and Referral (SUGAR) Program is a site-wide transdisciplinary substance use consultation service that will provide specialty care to individuals who use drugs and alcohol at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital.


As a consulting physician, you will work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team assessing and treating substance use presentations including management of intoxication, withdrawal and concurrent disorders for patients admitted to BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital. Physicians will provide substance use and mental health assessments and trauma informed care. In the Consulting Physician role you will work with the primary medical team and the SUGAR team to implement treatment plans and provide evidence based care in hospital to reduce risk of patient initiated discharges, and to help support community referrals. Providing support to the medical teams and emergency staff will also be an important role. The work is primarily clinical and is remunerated by a service contract. Previous experience in the assessment and treatment of children, youth and pregnant people with substance use and OAT prescribing 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.


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. You will have passed or be eligible for membership with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the Canadian College of Family Physicians (CCFP) and the College of Physician and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC). 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 substance using youth and pregnant people and required.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested individuals should submit their most current CV; covering letter and the names, academic rank and contact information of 4 referees to:


Roberto Britto Sassi, MD PhD FRCPC
Psychiatrist in Chief, BC Children’s Hospital / BC Women’s Hospital
Head, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UBC
UBC Associate Professor



BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province’s most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.


BCCH is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose


PHSA and BCCH 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.