Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

The Department of Psychiatry at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) has opportunities for full-time Psychiatrists to join a collegial team of 10 Psychiatrists in Nanaimo.

We seek Psychiatrists to support outpatient and inpatient practice including provision of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Applicants with ECT training will be considered an asset. Applicants without ECT training will be required to complete training to provide this needed service.

Community services consist of mobile crisis response, walk-in crisis counseling clinic as well as community mental health and substance use teams providing treatment, rehab support and supported housing options for adults.

Acute services are provided at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital which has 224 acute care beds and a 24-bed inpatient psychiatry unit. In September 2012 our new Emergency Department opened which a 6-bed Psychiatric intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Psychiatric Emergency Unit (PES). NRGH is a UBC Postgraduate Family Practice Residency Program site providing opportunities for teaching and academic affiliation.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Community Information

Nanaimo, population 90,000, is a growing and vibrant urban centre situated on the east coast

of Vancouver Island, located approximately 100 kilometers north of Victoria and offers

excellent access via commercial flights, float plane or ferry to Vancouver. The community

offers a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities including the 800 seat

waterfront Port Theatre, the Vancouver Island University and is adjacent renowned private


Nanaimo is the outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise, providing year round access to a wide array of

recreational activities including kayaking, kite boarding, windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking,

running and golfing. Nearby Mount Washington frequently boasting the deepest snow pack in

North America, has excellent downhill, snowboarding and cross country skiing.

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Compensation Type

Benefits and Incentives

Other Benefits/Incentives
Mixed fee-for-service and sessional billing. Medical On Call Service Availablity Program (MOCAP)
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The bustling harbour city of Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island and is often known as the “gateway city” or the “gateway to Vancouver Island” with easy access to both the north/ south regions of the Island. Nanaimo also features easy access to the mainland/ Vancouver via ferry, seaplane/ commercial plane (15 mins). Boasting a diversified economy, the city is a regional centre for technology, manufacturing, tourism, retail, health, and government services. Nanaimo offers an attractive quality of life (interconnected bike route, minimal traffic, and excellent public transit), with a family-oriented culture, friendly people, and stunning views. Residents and visitors to Nanaimo enjoy hiking, kayaking, golfing, biking and swimming (multiple lakes within city limits, Nanaimo River, and Departure Bay) as well as world-class scuba diving and snorkeling.

“I love Nanaimo, it is the best-kept secret on Vancouver Island – I have the best job in the world!”

Dr. Chris Collins

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