Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty Addictions

Role and Facility Information

Associate Physician, Concurrent Complex Disorder
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Vancouver and/or Coquitlam, British Columbia

General Information

The Associate Physician, Concurrent Complex Disorder, practices under the direction of the Medical Director and supervision of the site physician or designate and works in a structured team-based specialty care setting to increase capacity and service delivery.

The Associate Physician, along with other health care providers, participates in patient care at the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health & Addiction (RFHC) in Coquitlam and/or the Heartwood Centre for Women (HCW) in Vancouver. This role also participates in Medical Staff Meetings and other professional development activities.

Specific Accountabilities

Patient Care
• Conducts health assessments for each patient.
• Examines, diagnoses and treats patients who are presented for examination.

Patient Management
• Performs and documents admission history and physical examinations, progress notes, discharge summaries and medication reconciliations as per BC College and organizational standards, policies, and guidelines.
• Manages the day-to-day care of patients, including writing medical orders, on charts and consultations of other services.

Professional Development
• Makes a reasonable effort to participate in Medical Staff Meetings, chaired by the Medical Director, to discuss RFHC and/or HCW. These calls will be up to 1 hours in duration and are scheduled in advance.
• Participates in quality improvement projects.
• Participates in appropriate professional development activities (a minimum of 50 hours per year, 25 hours of which must be accredited training recognized by the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons’ Maintenance of Certification Program for healthcare professionals).
• Complies with Associate Physician programs reporting requirements.


This position requires a medical degree from a school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, a minimum of two (2) years of accredited postgraduate training verified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) and successful completion of Part 1 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) or Steps 1 through 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLEs). The applicant must also meet the CPSBC’s English language proficiency requirements, be eligible for registration with the CPSBC in the Associate Physician class and document in accordance with CPSBC and organizational standards, policies, and guidelines. Experience working with mental health and substance use is considered an asset.

The applicant must be able to perform within the scope of Associate Physician duties and responsibilities and should have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work within a team. This includes:
• Interacting effectively and collaboratively
• Adapting effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations
• Communicating and collaborating with families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and follow up
• Communicating and building relationships with other health professionals and disciplines using a variety of communication strategies.

The successful candidate will also be committed to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).

As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, etc.).

Applicants must also have Canadian Citizenship, be a permanent resident or be legally able to live and work in British Columbia.

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


Applications, accompanied by a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, and the name, title, rank and contact information of four references, should be directed to:

Kevin P.W. Wang
Advisor, Talent Acquisition – Physician Recruitment
Email: physicianrecruitment@phsa.ca

About Provincial Health Services Authority

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) 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. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

PHSA is 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.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Government unanimous passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to meaningful and lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as we move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.

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