Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Director

Psychiatry Department and Alberta Health Services

Competition No.  -    A106045226
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Position Description: 

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Alberta (, in partnership with Alberta Health Services(AHS), Edmonton Zone, Addiction and Mental Health, are inviting applications for an Academic Medicine and Health Service Program (AMHSP) position for a psychiatrist with special interest in Geriatric Psychiatry residency education.  The Department of Psychiatry has been approved by Alberta Health as a new AMHSP program which is jointly overseen by Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta.  This presents an exciting opportunity to lead the recently established geriatric subspecialty program as the Program Director. 

The candidate(s) selected for this position will be referred to the AMHSP Arrangement Management Committee to finalize yearly individual service agreement jointly approved by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services. 


Candidates must have an MD and must have at least two years of appropriate experience relevant to geriatric psychiatry. Previous experience in administration and education is required. The successful candidates will be expected to work at least 0.2-0.4 clinical FTE with AHS.

More information about this position:

The University of Alberta Department of Psychiatry has an excellent and well-established residency training program in psychiatry, with Royal College accredited sub-specialty training programs in child & adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and a new sub-specialty training program in geriatric psychiatry that has received provisional Royal College approval.  The successful candidate will lead the geriatric psychiatry residency as the program director.  In addition to post-graduate residency training, the Department has commitments to education as a part of the MD Program with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, providing both pre-clinical and clinical teaching for core and elective experiences for undergraduate MD students.  The successful candidate may also integrate undergraduate medical educational leadership in their position.

AHS is Canada’s first and largest province wide, fully integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C., and the Northwest Territories. Alberta’s health care system is one of the best in the world and physicians in Alberta experience a variety of challenging and rewarding opportunities while also enjoying a high standard of living including exceptional recreational options. Our multi-disciplinary teams in the Edmonton Zone consisting of nursing, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, education, and speech language pathology provide education and assistance for more than 1.4 million people in Edmonton and surrounding areas.

At the provincial level, researchers in the Department are working closely with AHS in the context of the Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN, and there is excellent alignment between the SCNs and the priorities of the provincial health research funding agency (Alberta Innovates Health Solutions).

The Department has an excellent suite of educational programs, including well established M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in psychiatry and participation in graduate programs in Neuroscience. The Department also has an excellent and well-established residency training program in psychiatry, with Royal College accredited subspecialty training programs in child & adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and a new subspecialty training program in geriatric psychiatry that has received provisional Royal College approval.  The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s premiere health sciences institutes, and in recent years has ranked among the top 50 medical schools in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University of Alberta has more than 39,000 students and, in 2011, The Scientist magazine ranked our university as one of the top 10 best places to work in academia in non-USA institutions. Excellent opportunities exist for collaborative research with other disciplines within the Faculty and University and other Faculties, as well as outside the University.

The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of 1.4M and the provincial capital for Alberta. This friendly city offers a rich cultural life and diverse recreational opportunities. The campus on which the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is located is adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River with one of the largest municipal park systems in North America. Edmonton is approximately 3.5 hours by car from Jasper and from Banff in the Canadian Rockies.


Remuneration for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be based on the income scale of the six step Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP), with Step 1 – further details available on request.

Recruitment Contact:

Interested applicants are invited to apply online by sending a covering letter, their curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three referees, one of which must be the current supervisor or the most recent supervisor.  The covering letter should outline the applicant physician’s vision for an AMHSP position in the key pillars of clinical service, education, administration / leadership, and, if desired, research.  

AMHSP Search & Selection Committee


To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.  

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

The University of Alberta and AHS are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.