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Medical Director (0.4 FTE) - BC Women's Fir Square Perinatal Addiction Program

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is seeking a Medical Director for the BCW Fir Square Perinatal Addiction Program. BC Women’s Fir program is a recognized leader in Perinatal Addiction programming that upholds Indigenous Cultural Safety and Trauma and Violence Informed Practices. Guiding principles of Harm Reduction, Recovery oriented Practice, and equity oriented care are core to the work we do on Fir Square. We support interdisciplinary team work to collaboratively support women’s goals and provide rooming in as a standard for women with substance use disorders.


Reporting to the Senior Medical Director, Maternal Newborn Program, the Medical Director leads BC Women’s Fir Perinatal Addiction Service. As the successful candidate, you will apply current research evidence and best practice standards to guide program development. You are an innovator, accountable for quality of care in accordance with established policies and philosophies. You will lead regionally, and provincially and you will have opportunities for research and education initiatives. You will apply your knowledge and experience to monitor operations and lead continuous quality improvement for your clinical service area while remaining a practicing physician. You will participate in the collaborative development of clinical practice standards relating to this unique population.


You have an affinity for leadership in an academic health centre. You have an ability to work in an inter-professional unit, collaborating with partners in nursing, social work, pediatrics, hospital leadership and all practitioners of obstetric and newborn care. You also have expertise in Addiction Medicine, ideally having completed an accredited addiction medicine fellowship and experience working with women and families with substance use disorders.


You are committed to your clinical practice and strive to provide the highest level of care. You will lead a strong team of physicians providing care to this population both in an inpatient and outpatient clinical setting. You will work in collaboration with program leadership to lead the team in facilitating complex medical and ethical patient care plans. You are capable of leading staff, problem solving, achieving results and developing coalitions. You lead by example, providing support and developing strong working relationships through inter-professional collaboration.


You are eligible for medical licensure in the Province of British Columbia. You will have CCFP Accreditation for Family Physicians and additional training in Addiction Medicine.

As the successful candidate, you will be recommended for clinical faculty appointment to the University of British Columbia. Academic rank will be dependent on qualifications and will be recommended by the Department of Family Practice of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine.


BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s provides Ambulatory and Inpatient Services for women with substance use disorder. Advances and provincial expansion of service for this population is a strategic priority. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.


BCW is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which provides specialized health care services across BC. PHSA is committed to excellence. Our values include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.


For more information about BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, please visit


BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, this advertisement is first directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents but international candidates are invited to apply. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals

For further information on the position contact:


Dr. Ellen Giesbrecht

Senior Medical Director, Maternal Newborn Program

BC Women’s Hospital



Please send your application, accompanied by a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, and the names of four references to:


Nancy Pearce, Assistant to Dr. Ellen Giesbrecht



Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preferred start Date: As soon as possible.

Labor AgreementExcluded
Requisition #MedDir-2327421
Work Site
Job TypeRegular, Part-Time
Hours of Work
Work Days
Expiry Date30-Sep-2019

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