Psychiatrist - Addictions


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:

At Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) and Kamloops Mental Health and Substance Use (KMHSU), you’ll serve as an integral part of the addictions treatment team. Here, you’ll apply your unparalleled expertise and profound compassion to help navigate the complexities of addiction, working to transform lives through individualized care and support.

As an addictions psychiatrist, you’ll play a key role in our collaborative efforts to provide compassionate, comprehensive care. You’ll work with individuals and families facing addiction across diverse settings, including inpatient, outpatient, community-based and concurrent disorder programs. Ensuring culturally-safe, equitable access to mental health and addictions support for all is a top priority.

Within our interdisciplinary team, your expertise will be crucial. You’ll engage in thorough psychiatric assessments, spearhead the crafting and application of sophisticated treatment strategies, and execute vital psychosocial interventions. Enlightening patients and their support circles, you’ll demystify addiction’s intricacies to foster better comprehension and management of these challenges.

The new Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Tower at RIH provides advanced child and adolescent mental health services, a specialized mental health and substance use inpatient unit, and a 30-bed general psychiatric unit. This includes 20 general beds, 10 high observation beds, and 3 seclusion beds.

Your method will emphasize empathy, advocating for harm reduction, and endorsing a recovery-focused outlook, all of which underscore your commitment to patient welfare. You’ll champion the integration of mental health and addiction services with broader health initiatives, aiming for a unified and effective treatment trajectory for each patient.

Your dedication to educational excellence will shine as you mentor peers, medical undergraduates, postgraduate Family Practice residents, and participants in the UBC–Okanagan Psychiatry program. We’ll support and encourage you to embrace leadership roles and pursue professional development.

Shape the Future of Healthcare: Begin Your Legacy Here
If you’re an empathetic and insightful addictions 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 addictions 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 addictions psychiatrist in Kamloops, you can expect total compensation between $380,000–$575,000, from 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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