Hospitals & Sites

General Hospitals

Vancouver Hospital (VGH), St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH),Richmond Hospital (RH), Peace Arch Hospital (PAH), BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH), Lion’s Gate Hospital (LGH), Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital (MSJH), Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH), Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH), University of British Columbia Hospital (UBCH), Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria (RJH), University Hospital of Northern BC, Prince George (UHNBC)

Rural Sites

Duncan, Comox, Nanaimo, Penticton, Prince, George, Vernon, Nelson/Trail, Kamloops

Special Training Sites

  • The Vancouver Community Mental Health System (VCMHS) is comprised of community-based, multi-disciplinary mental health teams catering to the needs of clients suffering from chronic mental illness.
  • BC Children’s Hospital is the tertiary care pediatric hospital for the Province of British Columbia.
  • Forensic Services is affiliated with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission and provides extensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of adults in conflict with the law, including the opportunity to participate in intensive treatment of sexual offenders. Residents may choose to do their Chronic Care rotation at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. There are also opportunities for Outreach placements and research.
  • Specialized Geriatric Psychiatric Services are offered through MSJH, VGH, RH, RCH, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services (VCMHS), St. Josephs Hospital in Comox and PAH.
  • Outreach Community Placement provides training in general community psychiatry in suburban areas outside of Vancouver, designated rural sites in the province and outreach facilities providing consultation to outlying areas in the province on a regular basis.
  • The Psychiatric Assessment Unit (PAU) is a unique emergency service within Canada. It is designed with a crisis stabilization model, providing assessments to the ER, immediate intervention, containment, stabilization and short term triage of patients.  It is adjascent to the ER at VGH, consists of 20 beds (incl. 8 seclusion rooms) and 10 ER psychiatrists of varied backgrounds attend the unit.
  • Clinical investigation units dedicated to research, evaluation and clinical service are well established in Mood Disorders at UBCH and in Schizophrenia/Psychosis at VGH.
  • The Neuropsychiatry Unit at UBCH evaluates and treats disorders of mood, behaviour, cognition and intellect produced by disturbances in brain structure and function. A fundamental goal is the understanding of how the brain mediates neuropsychiatric illness.
  • The Reproductive Psychiatry Program, based both at BC Women’s Hospital and SPH, evaluates and treats women with psychiatric problems associated with their reproductive years.
  • The Sleep Disorders Program is a multidisciplinary program based at UBCH with inpatient/outpatient programs involved in the assessment and evaluation of sleep disorders.
  • The Division of Sexual Medicine provides clinical services to patients with sexual dysfunctions and gender dysphoria through the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine at UBC. The Sexual Medicine Consultation Clinic is part of VCMHS and provides consultation services to both patients with severe mental illness and their therapists. Both sites also provide opportunities for education and research.
  • SPH offers residency training opportunities in the assessment and management of patients with Chronic Pain and HIV-related psychiatric illnesses.
  • The Eating Disorders Clinic at SPH evaluates and treats disorders associated with eating through inpatient/outpatient and outreach programs.
  • Hillside Centre in Kamloops provides specialized tertiary services for adult and geriatric patient from the southern and northern interior of BC, while the neuropsychiatry program there provides specialized services for the province, as part of the BC Neuropsychiatry program linked with the UBC site. South Hills provides tertiary psychosocial rehabilitation and sub-acute stabilization for people from throughout the Interior Health Authority with severe, refractory illness in a community setting.
  • In the unique setting of Vancouver’s multicultural society, the Multicultural Psychiatry Program emphasizes: an academic and research base combined with service at ambulatory and inpatient levels; the acquisition of skills through electives; and the sensitization of all staff to these areas through active liaison and teaching at all levels.