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Opportunity ID:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Requisition ID: 124125 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 350,000 - 400,000 

Type of Remuneration: AFP - Academic Funding Plan 


About the Opportunity

The Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University is recruiting for two fulltime psychiatrists.
The Department of Psychiatry is a mid-sized clinical academic department within the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry work as members of multidisciplinary teams within the Nova Scotia Health Mental Health and Addiction Program to provide general psychiatric services to patients primarily in the Central Zone and specialty services to patients across the province.
The positions will be co-located at the emergency department and the day hospital program at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
Clinical duties will be directed by the section head for acute, consultation and emergency psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Central Zone, and the position reports directly to the section head, and ultimately to the department head.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Act as attending or consultant physician to patients within the Mental Health Day Hospital Program
  • In collaboration with other psychiatrists on the team, act as attending or consultant physician to patients within the mental health program, psychiatric emergency and urgent care services. This includes emergency services, urgent care (rapid follow-up) and mobile crisis
  • Conduct, order or ensure appropriate psychiatric assessments, appropriate psychosocial and laboratory investigations, and pharmacological & psychosocial treatment interventions as per current standard practice by adult psychiatrists
  • Provide telephone consultations to primary care providers
  • Take part in a psychiatry on-call schedule as required within the clinical program
  • Share in the short-term coverage of other services as needed during holidays or illness of other members of staff
  • Contribute to the academic mandate of the department and Dalhousie University by supervising residents, medical students and other learners in psychiatric emergency assessment and management; participating in didactic teaching; and engaging in other academic activities at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels

There is the opportunity for a clinical leadership role in emergency psychiatry.



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Remuneration is based upon a highly competitive Academic Funding Plan, which pays for time spent in clinical service, teaching and research. Successful candidates will receive academic rank commensurate with qualifications and experience as per university protocols.
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

Applications will be accepted until January 4, 2022. Please send CV and cover letter to: Dr. Scott Theriault, clinical director, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University via the physician resource manager

Community Details

Halifax, the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia's capital city, sits in the center of Nova Scotia's east coast and is an important seaport that looks out over one of the world's largest natural harbors.
Halifax is a perfect paradox. We are where land meets sea, old meets new, urban meets rural, and traditional meets trendy. We balance a relaxing pace with modern urban amenities and affordability with world class-experiences. We value our strong historical ties but drive to shake up the norm. This perfect balance makes Halifax one of the best places in the world to visit, no matter what a visitor is looking for: see for yourself in this video!

Nature lovers will find sandy beaches, beautiful gardens, and hiking, birding, and beachcombing. Urbanites can enjoy the symphony, live theater, art galleries, and museums, along with a lively nightlife that includes brewpubs and a great culinary scene.

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine. 


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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Central Zone: Halifax, Eastern Shore, and Windsor-West Hants

From the modern yet historic city of Halifax, to the rugged and wild Eastern Shore, this region of Nova Scotia is a compelling study of contrasts. The largest city east of Montreal, Halifax is the cosmopolitan centre, bursting with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. But just a short drive (or bike ride) out of the city, the allure of nature envelopes you. Imagine dinner and the theatre at night, surfing and hiking the next morning.