Postgraduate Subspecialties Training Programs

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UBC has an excellent clinical and academic program and has a strong commitment to teaching. The Head of the Division and the Department Head are very supportive of postgraduate teaching and work closely with the CAP Program Director and CAP Program Committee.  The Child Psychiatry faculty members are enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching and have a broad range of expertise in child psychiatric disorders, psychotherapy and research.

The UBC Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program (CAP) is an RCSPC accredited program that follows the RCPSC training requirements in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The training program is located in British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH).  Clinical training occurs in hospitals and community settings primarily in the Lower Mainland but also in locations throughout British Columbia.

Training to become a child psychiatrist takes two years and usually occurs in the PGY5 and PGY6 year with entry into CAP at the start of the PGY5 year.  Entry may occur in the PGY6 year if the Resident has already completed one year of training in a RCSPC accredited CAP program.  Child Psychiatry clinical rotations completed in the PGY4 year may qualify for CAP training at the discretion of the Program Director.

CLINICAL AND ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) requires at least eighteen months of clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry including six months of inpatient training, six months of ambulatory training in a minimum of three settings, regular emergency care and up to six months of clinical selectives or advanced areas of focus.  The RCPSC also requires specific competencies following the CanMEDS framework.

UBC CAP follows the RCPSC requirements for clinical training.  In addition to these training requirements UBC CAP residents complete a three month rotation in Consultation-Liaison in their PGY5 year.  Psychotherapy training will include the opportunity for longitudinal therapy with children, adolescents and families.  A wide variety of training in individual and group therapy is available including mindfulness-bases therapies, CBT, DBT, IPT-A, play, psychodynamic, parent skill development and family therapy.

An academic curriculum covering a range of topics including child development, child psychiatric disorders, special topics, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy is provided during the PGY6 year.

All CAP residents will complete a scholarly project and have many opportunities to pursue further research.  CAP residents will meet with the research director regularly for journal club and seminars on research methodology.

The Program Director meets with each Resident bi-annually to review their clinical rotations and work, their development of skills in teaching, management and health advocacy. The Psychotherapy Director meets with each Resident bi-annually to review their psychotherapy training.

CLINICAL TRAINING SITES

British Columbia Children’s and Women’s Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient clinical services for children, adolescents and women with a broad range of psychiatric conditions.  In addition to the inpatient wards and the Outpatient Clinic it has an active Consultation-Liaison service, and Reproductive Psychiatry, Telehealth and Concurrent Disorders Programs.

There are a number of training sites, both hospital and community based, throughout British Columbia including Richmond, Surrey, Victoria and Prince George that offer CAP clinical training.

Every community in British Columbia has a child and youth mental health team providing ongoing treatment to children and youth with significant psychiatric disorders.  A number of these teams are available for clinical training.

PROCESS FOR APPLICATION

Eligibility for Residency Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP)

  1. Candidates are eligible to start the Residency Program in Child Psychiatry after having completed a minimum of 4 years of postgraduate training in Psychiatry. Candidates may apply for their PGY6 year if they will have completed their PGY5 year at a Canadian University with an accredited CAP Program.
  2. All applicants must have a Canadian FRCPC or be eligible to write the psychiatry exam at the end of their PGY5 year.  All candidates must be eligible for an educational license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
  3. The annual deadline for application to the Residency Program is September 11th for a start date of July 1st in the following calendar year.
  4. The candidate’s application package will include:
    1. A completed UBC Child and Adolescent Psychiatry UBC Child Psychiatry Subspecialty Application Form
    2. A Letter of Intent, including:
      1. interest in Child Psychiatry
      2. interest in the UBC program specifically,
      3. possible career interests or directions after concluding training
    3. A CV outlining educational background and experiences, scholarly and other accomplishments.
    4. Letter of Good Standing from the Residency Training Director.
    5. Three letters of reference that include information about:
      1. Competency
        1. clinical skills
        2. communication
        3. collaboration
        4. health advocacy
        5. scholarly activity (research/teaching)
        6. professionalism
      2. Suitability for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Training Program
      3. Reference letters must follow the Applications - Letter of Reference Guide 2017

Selection of Candidates

  1. Invitations to interview are extended following an initial screening of the completed applications by the Program Director and/or Selection Committee.
  2. Invitations for interviews will be extended to the selected candidates by October 10th , annually.
  3. Interviews will be conducted between on Monday, October 23rd 2017.
  4. Applicants invited for interviews will meet several members on the Selection Committee including both staff and residents. The interviews will include predetermined interview questions and may include predetermined scenarios that will be consistent for all candidates.  The interviewer for a specific candidate should not be someone who has provided a letter of reference.
  5. The Selection Committee reviews the complete file of all of the candidates.  The application documents and interviews for each candidate will be evaluated on a number of dimensions.  These dimensions include:
    1. diversity of experience
    2. notable personal achievements
    3. motivation to enter Child Psychiatry
    4. self-appraisal and capacity for self-evaluation
    5. psychological mindedness
    6. interpersonal relatedness
    7. adaptability
    8. problem solving ability
    9. sense of responsibility/maturity
    10. clinical skills
    11. communication skills
    12. scholarly activity(research/education)
    13. advocacy
    14. manager skills
  6. The Selection Committee will advise applicants of their decisions by November 15th.
  7. No candidates are offered a position without benefit of an interview. One objective of the interview is to evaluate their command of English and their ability to communicate effectively with patients and faculty.
  8. Successful applicants must respond to UBC of their decision to enter the Residency Program by November 21st

IMPORTANT DATES – 2017

Timelines for Application for 2017-18

  • September 11th, 2017 – Application Deadline
  • October 16th, 2017-October 27th 2017 – Interviews
  • November 15th, 2017 – Offer letters mailed to selected applicants
  • November 21st, 2017– Selected applicants to confirm acceptance to the program

Contact information:

Dr. Andrea Chapman
Program Director, UBC CAP Subspecialty Program
Phone: 604 875 2093
Email: achapman@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Ashley Miller
Psychotherapy Director, CAP
Phone 604 875 2010
Email: amiller5@cw.bc.ca

Shilpa Samji
Senior Education Programs Manager
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia
Tel: 604 875-4111 Ext. 68102
shilpa.samji@ubc.ca

Linda Chang
Education Program Assistant
Tel: 604 875-4111 Ext. 68098
edu-prog.assistant@ubc.ca

The UBC Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Training Program

The University of British Columbia offers a one-year Forensic Psychiatry Training Program. The program is an accredited training program that follows the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada training requirements in Forensic Psychiatry. Psychiatrists who successfully complete the training program will be eligible to write the Royal College certification examination in Forensic Psychiatry.

The goal of our training program is to produce a generalist in forensic psychiatry with the capacity to teach, consult, assess and manage referrals in criminal, correctional, and civil forensic psychiatry.

The training program provides exposure to all aspects of forensic psychiatry in inpatient, outpatient and correctional settings, including the assessment of fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, disability and personal injury, and risk for violence. Training includes the treatment and management of people who have been found Unfit to Stand Trial, Not Criminally Responsible on account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD), and youth and adult probationers and correctional inmates.

The program follows the Royal College subspecialty requirements for Forensic Psychiatry training.  There is six months of core training in criminal matters related to Forensic Psychiatry.  The remaining six months of training are rotations in civil forensic psychiatry, youth forensic psychiatry, and correctional psychiatry.  Sexual behaviours and risk assessment training is incorporated longitudinally throughout the twelve months of training.  Forensic research is available as a selective training option.

An academic curriculum covering a range of topics including expert witness work, criminal forensic psychiatry, violence risk assessment, youth forensic psychiatry, civil forensic psychiatry, correctional psychiatry, research, and special populations and topics is provided weekly during the PGY6 year.

The training sites are a mix of inpatient and outpatient settings located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  There are opportunities for training in other locations beyond the Lower Mainland throughout British Columbia.

The core training site for Criminal Forensic Psychiatry is the 190-bed Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam and the six regional forensic clinics. The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is part of the BC Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission which is a service that provides forensic mental health care and specialized treatment throughout British Columbia.  A network of regional forensic clinics provides outpatient care.  The clinics are located in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, and Prince George.

The Youth Forensic Psychiatry rotation is a mix of inpatient and outpatient settings.  The main training site will be in Burnaby at the Inpatient Assessment Unit, outpatient clinic and Youth Custody Centre.  These training sites are part of the BC Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services network that, like the adult forensic service, provides forensic mental health care and specialized treatment throughout British Columbia.  There are eight regional youth forensic clinics located in Burnaby, Vancouver, Langley, Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Prince George.

The Civil Forensic Psychiatry rotation training sites is in Vancouver at St. Paul’s Hospital and in a private forensic practice office.

The Correctional Psychiatry rotation training site is with the Correctional Service of Canada at the Pacific Institution/Regional Treatment Centre in Abbotsford.  Other correctional training sites include provincial pretrial remand facilities and parole offices in the Lower Mainland.

The clinical faculty in the University of British Columbia Forensic Psychiatry Division are a diverse group.  Trainees will have an opportunity to work with clinical faculty members with a broad range of forensic psychiatric practice.  Some of our clinical faculty are forensic psychiatrists primarily engaged in forensic treatment and management work; others are in private practice doing a range of expert witness work; some engage in both forensic psychiatry and general psychiatry practice.   The breadth of exposure to clinical faculty with different forensic practices is a principle ingredient in development into a generalist in forensic psychiatry.

The PGY6 training position is funded through the University of British Columbia under the terms of the Collective Agreement for PAR-BC Professional Association of Residents of British Columbia.

PROCESS FOR APPLICATION

Eligibility for Residency Program in Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program

Candidates are eligible to start the candidacy program in Forensic Psychiatry after having completed five years of post-graduate training in Psychiatry.

The annual deadline for application to the Residency Program in Forensic Psychiatry is September 11th for a start date of July 1st in the following calendar year.

All applicants must have a Canadian FRCPC or be eligible to write the psychiatry exam at the end of their PGY5 year.  All candidates must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

The Candidate application package must include:

  1. Completed UBC Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Application Form
  2. A letter of interest to address the following:
    • The nature, or development of your interest in Forensic Psychiatry
    • Your interest in the UBC program specifically
    • Possible career interests after successful training in Forensic Psychiatry
  3. A current CV detailing educational background and experiences, scholarly and other accomplishments
  4. Letter of good standing from the Director, Postgraduate Education
  5. A minimum of two letters of reference

SELECTION OF CANDIDATES

    1. Invitations to interview will be extended following an initial screening of the completed applications by the Program Director and the Selection Committee using a document scoring sheet. Invitations for interviews will be extended to the selected candidates by October 10thannually.
    2. Interviews will be conducted in the month of October.
    3. Applicants invited for the interview will meet with members of the Selection Committee.
    4. The Selection Committee reviews the complete file of all of the candidates. The application documents and interviews for each candidate will be evaluated on a number of dimensions. These dimensions include:
      1. Motivation to enter Forensic Psychiatry
      2. Knowledge about Forensic Psychiatry as a career
      3. Self –appraisal
      4. Psychological mindedness
      5. Interpersonal skills
      6. Adaptability
      7. Scholarly activity / research / education
      8. Sense of responsibility
      9. Maturity
      10. Diversity of experience
      11. Notable personal achievements
    5. The Selection Committee will advise applicants of their decisions by November 15th.
    6. No candidate will be offered a position without benefit of an interview.
    7. Successful applicants must respond to UBC of their decisions to enter the Residency Program by November 21st, 2016.

IMPORTANT DATES – 2017

Timelines for Application for 2017-18

  • September 11th 2017 – Application Deadline
  • October 10, 2017 – Offer for interviews to selected applicants
  • October 16th, 2017-October 27th 2017 – Interviews
  • November 15th, 2017 – Offer letters mailed to selected applicants
  • November 21st, 2017 – Selected applicants to confirm acceptance to the program

For consideration of enrolment in this program, please submit the documents listed above to the attention of:

Todd Tomita, MD, FRCPC (Forensic Psychiatry)
Program Director, UBC Forensic Psychiatry Training Program

Broadway Forensic Group, 101-1090 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 1C4
Telephone: (604) 733-5722    Fax: (604) 739-3734

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, 70 Colony Farm Road, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 5X9
Telephone: (604) 524-7748

Fax: (604) 523-7896
Email: todd.tomita@ubc.ca

Shilpa Samji
Senior Education Programs Manager
Tel: 604 875-4111 Ext. 68102
shilpa.samji@ubc.ca

Linda Chang
Education Program Assistant
Tel: 604 875-4111 Ext. 68098
edu-prog.assistant@ubc.ca

UBC was given official standing as a training site for Geriatric Psychiatry in 2012. This is a 24-month program to train residents in Geriatric Psychiatry to be able to write the Subspecialty Royal College Exam.

Geriatric Psychiatry, a psychiatric subspecialty, focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of complex mental disorders uniquely occurring in late life. Geriatric Psychiatry is focused on providing care for intensive need patients and their caregivers at the end of the life cycle, a time when many complex physical and mental health issues coalesce. Geriatric Psychiatry organizes service delivery of psychiatric care to the elderly in multidisciplinary teams and in locations that best serve the needs of this elderly population. Geriatric Psychiatry is engaged in advocacy and development of health policy and planning related to late life mental illness and mental health, caregiver and care provider support, and systems of care.

Goals

The goals of the program include creating a resident who is expected to be a competent specialist in Geriatric Psychiatry and capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the subspecialty. The residents must also acquire a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Requirements for Geriatric Psychiatry Training
The UBC Program follows the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons training requirements in Geriatric Psychiatry. The Royal College requirements include 24 months of approved residency with eighteen to twenty-one months clinical training, which will include at least twelve months or equivalent devoted to clinical training in core Geriatric Psychiatry, with a minimum of two months or equivalent in each of the following settings: Inpatient (includes inpatient work on psychiatric units or consultation on other inpatient settings), Ambulatory Care (including outpatient or day hospital), or Outreach visits at patients’ places of residence, and this must include a long-term care component. It will also include at least three months devoted to developing expertise with medical problems commonly associated with psychiatric presentations in older adults. It will also include three months of electives related to the practice of Geriatric Psychiatry. Both the medical rotations and the electives must have a clear geriatric focus. Finally, the Royal College requires 3-6 months of advanced training and/or scholarly activity in education, research, service development or administration, or another area of competency including advocacy or leadership according to individual career goals subject to approval by the Program Director.

The Royal College will allow up to twelve months training at a PGY4 level, to be given credit for dedicated Geriatric Psychiatry at the Program Director’s approval.

The UBC requirements follow the Royal College requirements, but are slightly different. Within the twenty-four month program, UBC requires six months of secondary inpatient with ECT and outpatient or outreach or day hospital and this mix may include psychotherapy cases. It also requires 3-6 months of psychiatry electives, three months of medical rotations, three months of inpatients tertiary care, three months of acute care hospital consult liaison and some urgent care, along with 3-6 months of an advanced practice project. All medical rotations and electives must be approved by the Program Director, with specific Objectives of Training approved by the Subspecialty Geriatric Psychiatry Program.

UBC will allow up to three months of a PGY4 Program credited to the 24-month Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Program at the discretion of the Program Director for Geriatric Psychiatry. This will not change the requirement of a 24-month Geriatric Psychiatry Program in PGY5 and 6; it will just allow for increased elective time.

Training in B.C. can occur in Vancouver, Victoria, or the Fraser Health Authority according to local capacity. UBC can accept four subspecialty Geriatric Psychiatry residents as a maximum in a given year.

It is expected that most residents will be PGY5s and PGY6s, with the PGY5s funded through a general psychiatry program. During the PGY5 and 6 years there may be ½ day allocated for an academic project and there will be a full day allocated for lectures and study time. All residents will follow UBC Department of Psychiatry policies and will have access to UBC Department of Psychiatry resources.

The pay scale is according to the PARI contract at a PGY5 and PGY6 level. Moonlighting is allowed following the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Guidelines. As of July 13, 2013, firm funding has not been established.

PROCESS FOR APPLICATION

All applicants must have their Canadian FRCP or be eligible to write it at the end of their PGY5 year.

Candidates are eligible to start the program after having completed a period of four years of postgraduate training in Psychiatry.

The annual deadline for the application for the residency program in Geriatric Psychiatry is September 11th, for a start date of July 1 in the following calendar year.

Candidates must be eligible for educational license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

UBC will accept PGY6 candidates from across Canada.

THE CANDIDATE’S APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL INCLUDE:

A completed UBC Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Application Form.

A Personal Statement including the candidate’s interest in Geriatric Psychiatry. The Personal Statement may include the following: The nature or development of their interest in geriatric psychiatry, their interest in the UBC program specifically, and possible career interests or directions after concluding training in geriatric psychiatry. The personal statement is to be no longer than three pages.

A CV outlining educational background and experiences, scholarly and other accomplishments.

Three letters of reference will be required. One letter is required from the General Residency Training Director indicating that the candidate is in good standing and will have completed the PGY4 year or PGY5 year prior to starting the program. The other two references should be from other psychiatrists that the candidates have worked with. Reference letters must follow the Geriatrics Letter of Reference Guide

 Applications will be accepted by Email only (PDF/Microsoft Word Format)

SELECTION OF CANDIDATES

Invitations to interview will be extended following an initial screening of the completed applications by the Program Director and Selection Committee. Invitations for interviews will be extended to the selected candidates by October 10th, annually.

Interviews will usually be conducted between October 15-30 annually.

Applicants invited for the interview typically meet 2-3 faculty members on the Selection Committee as well as a current resident.

The Selection Committee reviews the complete file of all of the candidates. The application documents and interviews for each candidate will be evaluated on a number of dimensions. These dimensions include: motivation to enter geriatric psychiatry, knowledge about geriatric psychiatry as a career, self-appraisal, psychological mindedness, interpersonal relatedness, adaptability, scholarly activity/research/education, sense of responsibility, maturity, diversity of experience, and notable personal achievements.

The Selection Committee will advise applicants of their decisions by November 15th annually.

No candidates will be offered a position without benefit of an interview.

Successful applicants must respond to UBC of their decision to enter the Residency Program by November 22nd annually.

It should be noted that these annual deadlines were established by Program Directors of the accredited Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Programs across the country.

IMPORTANT DATES – 2016

Timelines for Application for 2017-18

  • September 11th 2017 – Application Deadline
  • October 10 – Offer for interviews to selected applicants
  • October 16th 2017-October 27th 2017 – Interviews
  • November 15th 2017 – Offer letters mailed to selected applicants
  • November 21st 2017– Selected applicants to confirm acceptance to the program

 

IMPORTANT DATES – 2017

For consideration of enrolment in this program, please submit the documents listed above to the attention of:

Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy

Program Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program,

Email: Ashok.Krishnamoorthy@vch.ca

Shilpa Samji
Senior Education Programs Manager
Tel: 604 875-4111 Ext. 68102
shilpa.samji@ubc.ca 

Linda Chang
Education Program Assistant
Tel: 604 875-4111 Ext. 68098
edu-prog.assistant@ubc.ca