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StatusVacancy Closed

PositionPermanent full-time

CommunityCalgary(Calgary Zone)Read more about this community

Closing DateOctober 31, 2017

Posted DateJuly 18, 2017


Hospital NameFoothills Medical CentreRead more about this hospital

Job Description

The University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services invite applications and nominations for the joint position of Head, Department of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine and Clinical Department Head, Psychiatry, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services. As the most senior physician leader in Psychiatry in the Calgary Zone and the academic department, this is a key leadership position within Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM).

The Department of Psychiatry is a major department within the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. The Department fully contributes to the research, educational and service missions of the Cumming School of Medicine. It has a fully accredited residency training program and a record of accomplishment in research. In partnership with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, in 2012 the Department created the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education ( The Centre focuses on understanding the causes of mental illness and determining the most appropriate ways for prevention, early identification and early intervention. It is home to 36 mental health researchers and provides an enriched environment for mental health research and the training of students and fellows

Inspired by the university''''''''''''''''s Gaelic motto, which translates as ''''''''''''''''I will lift up my eyes,'''''''''''''''' the University of Calgary launched an ambitious “Eyes High” vision to become a leading Canadian research-intensive University. Within this goal, Brain and Mental Health is a named strategic priority of the University, including a campus-wide focus on Child and Youth Mental Health.

The Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH), Psychiatry will work collaboratively in a dyad leadership model with the Executive Director for Addiction and Mental Health to lead and participate in the development of system wide clinical services throughout a large and diverse population that incorporates the rapidly growing urban centre of Calgary, as well as surrounding suburban and rural communities. The Department of Psychiatry has approximately 190 members in six clinical divisions. The ZCDH will maintain and recruit an appropriately trained physician workforce, ensure high standards of clinical care and ethical conduct of the medical staff, foster maintenance of competence and promote a learning environment for physicians, students, staff and researchers within the Zone. Furthermore, the ZCDH will participate in strategic planning for mental health and addictions in both the clinical and academic context in conjunction with Alberta Health Services. This offers an important opportunity to integrate evidence based programs and services at a population level to deliver both primary mental health care and specialized mental health care.

The ZCDH reports to the Calgary Zone Medical Director. All other Calgary Zone medical leaders and physicians in Psychiatry report to this position. The Academic Department Head reports to the Dean, Cumming School of Medicine.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour''''''''''''''''s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The Cumming School of Medicine is committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests and talents feel welcome and included. This includes the provision of a formal mentoring program, internal review programs that enhance success in research grant applications, pilot funding programs and other support programs.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, administrative philosophy, academic goals, and the names of three referees should be forwarded by September 30, 2017, to:

Dr. Jon Meddings, Dean, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, and
Dr. Sid Viner, Calgary Zone Medical Director, Alberta Health Services

Office of the Dean, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
7th Floor, TRW Building, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4Z6

Range of remuneration for the academic position is $103,020 to $170,000 from the University of Calgary. Additionally, $100,000 to $140,000 in remuneration will be provided directly by Alberta Health Services.

The Practitioner is responsible for purchasing health and insurance benefits.

Continuing Medical Education, provided by the Alberta Medical Association, reimburses physicians for eligible continuing medical education costs. Each eligible Practitioner receives a $2,656 annual allotment which can be carried forward for three years.

Qualifications & Experience

We are searching for an outstanding leader to be the joint ZCDH, Psychiatry, and the University’s Department Head of Psychiatry. Qualifications include an MD, eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta, and certification in Psychiatry. The selected candidate must have a strong academic background with academic qualifications commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor as well as demonstrated research and educational achievements, proven administrative ability (with a minimum of five (5) years of leadership experience) and clinical skills.

The candidate must be eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Must read, write and speak English.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.


Compensation Type
Average Annual Income
$250,000 - $400,000
Physician Agreement Incentives

A Flat Fee is paid to physicians who practice & reside this community of $0 per year provided his/her annual income for insured services is greater than $50,000. (Residency conditions apply, including living in the eligible community for nine of the previous twelve months ending on the payment date.) The Variable Fee Premium paid is an additional 0% for insured services provided in this community.

Rural, Remote, Northern Program (RRNP) - Please note, payments through the RRNP are capped at $60,000 per physician per year.

Retention Benefit - supports and promotes the retention of physicians in Alberta by rewarding their continuous years of service to Albertans. Physicians receive between $5,141 and $12,852 depending on their years of service to Albertans.

Medical Liability Reimbursement - reimburses physicians for their medical liability protection costs less a $1,000 deductible.

Continuing Medical Education - reimburses physicians for eligible continuing medical education costs. Each eligible physician receives a $2,656 annual allotment which can be carried forward for up to three years.

Parental Leave Program - provides $1,063 per week for up to 17 weeks to physician parents of a newborn or newly adopted child.

Business Cost Program - addresses escalating practice costs in community based practices. This fee modifier is added automatically to select office visits and consultations. This program applies across the province and all physicians who provide visit services in an office based setting will receive an additional $2.75 with the exception of Calgary and Airdrie where the fee modifier is $3.25 on select office visits and consultations.

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