Psychiatry ON-CALL - Stratford

The duties will involve primarily providing on-call coverage to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Stratford General Hospital, part of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA). This is a dedicated 15 bed adult inpatient unit staffed by a team of psychiatrists and hospitalists. In this role, the resident will be expected to see patients admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit, as well as provide consultation to other services. Responsibilities will also involve phone consultation with emergency medicine physicians, crisis team, and local family physicians. On occasion, the resident may be asked to provide pre-screened, one-time outpatient consultations for non-urgent cases.

1) Provide clinical guidance during on-call responsibilities at Stratford General Hospital;

2) Ensure patient safety through the monitoring of the services provided;

3) Support the resident's knowledge related to mental health services in a community hospital setting

As a member of the Department of Psychiatry, the resident will function within the scope of accepted Psychiatry practice and the guidelines of the Department. The resident will be expected to use mutually accepted, evidence-based protocols for the delivery of mental health inpatient care within the HPHA.

Dr. Theoren Judson, Psychiatrist will act as the primary supervisor and will provide monitoring on a regular basis to ensure the resident is practicing within the above stated scope. Dr. Judson has been practicing independently since July 2021 and holds a faculty appointment with McMaster's Department of Psychiatry. Should Dr. Judson be away, Dr. Kathleen Broad, Medical Program Director, Department of Psychiatry has agreed to act in this capacity. Dr. Judson and Dr. Broad regularly take students and residents for their elective rotations.

Supervision provided would include:

Month 1:

-direct supervision for an introductory period to facilitate orientation and support transition to inpatient medicine at HPHA

-Availability for on-site presence during call and ready access by telephone

-Review of medical cases daily if required to help negotiate use of medical resources and support care decisions

-Review of a selected sample of charts (approx 10) every two weeks

-Feedback will be provided to the resident directly by the Supervisor, with input from other members of the healthcare team.

Month 2/3:

-Graded transition to low-medium supervision as defined by the CPSO

-Readily available by phone, and if required, on site support

-Availability to review medical cases daily if required, with a minimum review weekly

-Review of a selected sample of charts (approx 10) every 2 weeks

Month 4-12:

-Anticipate a low-medium level of supervision as outlined by CPSO

-Readily available by phone, and if required, on site support

-Review of a selected sample of charts monthly (approx 10)

General Issues/Opportunities:

-Review with the resident any formal patient complaints or unusual incidents that relate to on call and/or practice issues

-Monitor and provide feedback to the resident regarding formal patient complaints or unusual incidents that may indicate risk to patients

-Actively engage the resident in opportunities for continuing professional development both within the Department and the HPHA.

Min Requirement:

Additional Requirement:
Interest in community medicine


Start Date:

One weekend per month or as agreed upon with resident
Dr. Theoren Judson