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Adolescent Medicine Specialist

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
23 days ago

British Columbia Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the most acutely ill or injured children and youth. BCCH also provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and operates a wide number of specialized health programs provided through a number of health services provider groups. As the main pediatrics clinical training site for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), BCCH is the leading acute care teaching facility in the province, and conducts research to advance health and knowledge through the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR), and collaborations with other institutions.

BCCH is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.

The Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine (DAHM) provides ambulatory and inpatient consultation and care at BC Children's Hospital for adolescents with complex and chronic health conditions including eating disorders, difficulty managing and coping with chronic illness, complex pain and somatic symptoms, behavioral and mental health symptoms in the context of chronic illness, and transition to adult care. Two emerging clinical priority areas are caring for adolescents with severe substance use and concurrent disorders, and care of gender diverse youth.

The Division delivers subspecialty pediatric expertise to a multi-disciplinary inpatient and outpatient specialized eating disorders program for adolescents with anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. The Division medical staff provide care as most responsible providers (including on-call service) for adolescents admitted to the pediatric acute medical ward with medical instability due to eating disorders and illicit substance overdoses, as well as consultation for adolescents with other complex biopsychosocial challenges such as complex pain and somatic symptoms. In addition, the Division medical staff are involved in the RICHER (Responsive, Intersectoral, Child Health Education, and Research) social pediatrics initiative to address health concerns of youth disproportionately affected by social determinants of health.

The Division also operates one of only four Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accredited Adolescent Medicine Subspecialty Residency (Fellowship) Programs. The Division is responsible for training UBC general pediatrics residents on the required adolescent medicine rotation, as well as UBC medical students in classroom and clinical settings. The Division includes collaborative academic faculty from the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia. The Division is closely associated with the McCreary Centre Society, a non-profit research institute that conducts a unique and influential periodic Province-wide BC Adolescent Health Survey to study adolescent health risk and protective factors in British Columbia, including analyses of conditions of specific vulnerable youth populations.

Members of the Division are highly values-driven, and are motivated and inspired by values including commitment to excellence in clinical care and teaching, improving access to care and equity for vulnerable youth and families, and fostering positive youth development and resilience among adolescents. The Division is highly collaborative within the team as well as with our partners and stakeholders in the hospital and the community, and strives to be youth-centered.

There are excellent opportunities to develop clinical and/or population health research projects. As a provincial resource, the Division works to support best practice in the care of youth throughout British Columbia and beyond.


Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Regular Full Time Position

The Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine (DAHM), BC Children's Hospital and the University of British Columbia have a full time clinical faculty position available.

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified Adolescent Medicine Specialist interested in clinical care of adolescents with eating disorders, substance use and concurrent disorders, complex pain and somatic symptoms, gender diversity, and other complex biopsychosocial problems, teaching, social determinants of health, program development and research to participate in building new clinical, educational and research capacity. The ideal candidate will align with the values of the Division, and will have strong clinical and academic skills as well as strong interpersonal and interprofessional collaboration skills to be able to contribute to the Division's strong team approach.

The successful candidate for this position will have passed or be eligible for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examinations in Pediatrics or comparable qualifications, will have completed a recognized fellowship training program in Adolescent Medicine, and will be eligible for a specialty medical license as determined by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the appropriate Clinical Faculty rank at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. Rank and salary will be based on qualifications and experience.

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Interested individuals should submit their most current CV, cover letter and names of three references as soon as possible to:

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Head, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, BC Children's Hospital

Director, BC Children's Hospital Centre for Mindfulness

Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia


Tel: 604-875-2970

BCCH and the UBC Department of Pediatrics hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified persons to apply. Canadian law requires that qualified Canadians and permanent residents will be given preference.

Labor Agreement Requisition # BCC-2334855 Work Site Job Type Regular, Full-Time FTE Hours of Work Work Days Expiry Date

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