Vancouver Coastal Health

Geriatrician

Job Description

We are seeking a permananet part time Geriatrician for Stat Centre in Patient and Day Program starting January 2, 2021. 

 

 

The Short Term Assessment & Treatment (STAT) Centre is a specialized unit for seniors experiencing health challenges that interfere with functioning and independence. Services are provided by an interdisciplinary team with a holistic approach to client-centred care. The STAT Centre Program is composed of a Day Program and an In-Patient Unit. The Inpatient unit has a capacity of 17 patients currently with a typical length of stay of 30-40 days. The Day Program has an active patient list of 50, where a GP is the MRP. The STAT Centre Day program is located at Vancouver General Hospital and In-Patient program will temporarily move to UBC hospital in mid-November 2020 to accommodate VGH COVID Planning. Day program will also move shortly after in order to reunite the two programs. The move to UBCH is anticipated to be for 6-12 months.

 

 

This position is in addition to another geriatrician who currently works 0.6 FTE; the work schedule will be coordinated between the 2 geriatricians. The geriatricians working in this program collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of health care professionals to serve a vulnerable population. The Day Program provides a patient-centred, geriatric-friendly environment where assessments and management can be done thoroughly and progress can be monitored. STAT Unit inpatients are increasingly complex with medical and psychiatric co-morbidities as well as functional challenges. These patients require a high level of support as they undergo medical and psychiatric assessments and management. These patients are under the primary care of a GP MRP and need the oversight of a consulting specialist to monitor their medical issues. Geriatric Psychiatrists are available in both the in unit and day hospital.

  • Consultant role for appropriate STAT Day Hospital and STAT Unit inpatients (approximately 3-5 new consultations per week, shared between those two populations)
  • Work with the GP MRPs, the interdisciplinary team, and other specialists to optimally assess and treat patients
  • Follow the complex medical issues and medication regimes of appropriate patients
  • Involvement in interdisciplinary team rounds, care conferences and family meetings on appropriate patients (approximately 3 hours per week
  • Involvement in the regular intake meetings and in the triage process to identify and prioritize appropriate STAT patients for either the Day Hospital or the Inpatient unit (approximately 2 hour per week)
  • Liaison with STAT Centre GP MRP’s, community primary care providers, involved specialists, and pharmacists to facilitate safe, optimal discharges
  • Liaison between Inpatient Unit and Day Hospital for appropriate patients who transition from one to the other

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Full or provisional licensure by the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Current fellowship or eligible for fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada
  • Current membership in the Canadian Medical Protective Association

 

He or she will report to the Program Medical Director, Community Geriatric Health Services, the local Medical Coordinator(s), and through them to the Senior Medical Director, Vancouver Community. All VCH physicians must be appointed as medical staff of Vancouver Coastal Health. A clinical faculty appointment with the University Of British Columbia Faculty Of Medicine is expected as resident supervision and involvement in education initiatives is an expectation.

 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please connect with the lead recruiter on the search, Robin Hancock at robin.hancock@vch.ca!

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