Psychiatrist - Geriatrics


Set amid sandstone canyons, rolling grasslands, and magnificent evergreen woods, Kamloops is a flourishing city of 100,000 with an energetic character set against a stunning natural setting.

With its name stemming from the Secwépemc Tk’emlúps, meaning “where the rivers meet,” Kamloops reflects the land’s geography where the Thompson rivers converge. The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people have inhabited this region for millennia, nurturing a deep connection to their ancestral territory. Today, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation continues their legacy, shaping Kamloops’ cultural landscape.

Known for our welcoming spirit, our city has earned its moniker as the Tournament Capital of Canada, offering big city amenities including excellent eateries, unique shops and exceptional recreation facilities. We take immense pride in our dynamic arts community, and annual events including the Kamloops Film Festival, Wildlights at the BC Wildlife Park, and Music in the Park.

With eight beautiful provincial parks and over 100 lakes nearby, our city offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking and camping. With mountain, parkland and desert fairways dotting the landscape here, we’re fast becoming Canada’s premier golf destination. Come winter, Sun Peaks Resort transforms into a mecca for skiers and snowboarders, just a quick 45-minute drive out of the city.

With 300 sun-filled days and the warmest people you’ll ever meet, Kamloops is the perfect spot to set down roots and live life with passion.

Practice Details:

Be at the forefront of elevating support for the aged in the Thompson-Okanagan. As a geriatric psychiatrist at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) and the Kamloops Mental Health & Substance Use (KMHSU) centre, your specialized skills and compassionate approach will be key to providing unparalleled treatment to the elderly population.

In this essential position, you’ll serve as a critical resource for aging populations, managing their care on the newly established 30-bed inpatient unit at RIH and through consultation-liaison psychiatry. Your role will be instrumental in enhancing the lives of seniors, guiding them through their unique mental health journeys with dignity and respect.

At KMHSU, you’ll contribute to the Seniors Mental Health Program, offering short-term assessment and treatment for moderate to severe psychiatric diagnoses, including major neurocognitive disorders. Your expertise will support case management for those with extreme and persistent conditions, reflecting your deep commitment to this vulnerable population.

Through virtual services and in-person visits, you’ll expand access to healthcare for both local and rural communities beyond traditional clinical settings. These opportunities will emphasize the importance of your role in bridging disparities and ensuring that comprehensive psychiatric support is accessible to all seniors, regardless of their location.

Your unique strengths will be pivotal in navigating the complexities of geriatric psychiatric conditions, employing advanced pharmacological treatments, and providing psychosocial support. Educating patients, their families, and care networks is an essential part of your work, fostering understanding and better management of geriatric mental health issues.

Your dedication to educational excellence could lead to mentorship opportunities with peers, medical undergraduates, postgraduate Family Practice residents, and even an academic appointment with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. We’ll support your leadership and professional development, recognizing that your growth will enhance our collective mission in geriatric psychiatry.

In this role, you’re not just treating conditions; you’re also improving the quality of life for the elderly, marking a profound impact on the community. Your contributions to geriatric psychiatry will not only advance patient care but will also offer you a fulfilling professional journey, enriching both your career and personal satisfaction. Here, your work will leave a lasting legacy, transforming geriatric care in Kamloops and beyond.

Shape the Future of Healthcare: Begin Your Legacy Here
If you’re an empathetic and insightful geriatric psychiatrist, elevate your career at Royal Inland Hospital, where your expertise can change lives. Apply today to live, work and play where others only vacation! Email your CV to Physician Recruitment today. It's better here!

Are you interested in practicing at RIH, but prefer part-time hours? We welcome your preference for balance and flexibility! We recognize the vital role of talented geriatric psychiatrists, even on a part-time basis.

Step In, Stand Out: Make a Difference as a Locum
Come for a locum and contribute to healthcare advancements that enhance your skills and patient care. Reach out to Dr. Michael Weitzner to find out more.

This job posting is for a position covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination order, and selected applicant(s) must comply with the requirements of the order.

Call Schedule:

Hours of work: We want you to love life in and outside work, and we'll do our best to promote your work-life balance.
On call requirements: Expect approximately 1:12 rotation for on-call duties – plenty of time to relax and reset in between.

Estimated Gross Income

As a full-time geriatric psychiatrist in Kamloops, you can expect total compensation between $400,000–$600,000, derived from a combination of fee-for-service payments, sessional contracts, and MOCAP level 2.

Additional Incentives

For a full-time position, we offer $9,000 in assistance if moving within BC, $12,000 within Canada, and $15,000 from outside Canada. Please note, incentives are subject to change and current rates are confirmed at the time of offer.

Royal Inland Hospital:

Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), a 273-bed facility, serves as the primary referral centre for nearly 250,000 individuals within the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap Health Service Area. As the region’s leading tertiary referral hospital and Level 1 Trauma Centre, RIH expertly manages over 250 major trauma cases and accommodates 72,000 Emergency Department visits each year.

The Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Tower, a $417-million expansion opened in the summer of 2022, has propelled RIH into a new healthcare era, featuring advanced mental health units and surgical services. Upcoming enhancements include a new post-anesthetic recovery room by April 2024, a pediatric unit in June 2024, and a revamped emergency entrance by September 2024, with the full emergency department completion by autumn 2026. Further ambitious growth includes a $359-million cancer centre, set to enrich our cancer care services by 2028.

Our exceptional teams dedicate themselves to delivering comprehensive care across a broad spectrum of services, including internal medicine, OB/GYN, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, pathology, psychiatry, pediatrics, anesthesia, radiology, urology, and family practice inpatient care. We leverage our expertise and innovative facilities to provide the highest standard of healthcare to our community.

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