Primary Care Physician Lead

Primary Care Physician Lead, Metabolic Follow-Up and Depot Medication Clinic, Outpatient Mental Health Division, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Unity Health Toronto

Unity Health Toronto, St Joseph’s Health Centre site in Toronto is inviting applications for an Active Staff part-time position in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic of the Mental Health and Addictions Program. St. Joseph’s is a fully accredited community teaching hospital within the Unity Health Toronto network, serving Toronto’s west-end.

St. Joseph’s provides care to a culturally and economically diverse population of about 530,000. Our hospital is a 400-bed facility that employs approximately 2,500 staff, along with 500 credentialed staff physicians. Unity Health Toronto’s values center around Inclusivity, Community, Excellence, Compassion and Human Dignity.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in patients who require mental health and addictions services. They will be part of an inter-professional team in the Outpatient Psychiatry Division. Interest in education, and/or quality improvement would be an asset but is not required.  The successful candidate will be supported with a 0.4 FTE role (2 full days per week) that includes supervision, clinical reassessment and program development of a clinic that provides patients with long-acting injectable medication and metabolic management at the St. Joseph's Health Centre site.

The successful candidate will join an inter-professional team of psychiatrists, case managers, mental health clinicians, and mental health nurses.  An interest in brief psychotherapy is an asset but not required. There are no weekend, after-hours or call coverage requirements.

Instrumental tasks to the role include:

  • Providing interim primary care to patients who lack a primary care provider (PCP)
  • Facilitating transition of patients to community PCPs with the assistance of dedicated caseworker(s) in the Clinic
  • Monitor and manage metabolic effects of psychotropic medication
  • Provide clinical support to nurses administering long-acting injectable antipsychotic medications
  • Assist with short-term prescription management
  • Liaise with PCPs as needed for patients being discharged from the Clinic

The candidate must possess exemplary clinical skills and professionalism, with evidence of excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.  The candidate will be required to support the academic mission of the Department of Psychiatry as it applies to the Clinic.

The successful candidate must be proficient in English and be eligible for an academic appointment at the University of Toronto at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor. Certification by the College of Family Physicians of Ontario as well as licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is a requirement.  Candidates must have Canadian Medical Protective Association coverage or equivalent in good standing.

Compensation will be through a combination of stipends and OHIP billings.

The anticipated start date is November 1st, 2022, or as mutually agreed upon.

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a description of previous academic experience and the names of three personal references no later than October 1st, 2022 to:

c/o Maria Martins
Vice-President, Medical Affairs Office, Unity Health Toronto
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
30 The Queensway
Room 1M124
Toronto, ON, M6R1B5

The University of Toronto and Unity Health Toronto are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons, persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disability, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.