Consultation Liaison

Program Members

The Program of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry is an Academic and Clinical Program created in 2007.  The Program aims to promote excellence in teaching in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at both clinical and academic levels and to encourage research and participation in other Department based activities.  Most members are very active in the training of medical students and residents in various hospital settings, i.e. ICU, CCU, Transplant Psychiatry, Cardiac Psychiatry.  Many of our members have been recognized locally and nationally for their excellence in teaching and their contributions to this field.  We are closely affiliated with and participate in the Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Our Program members meet regularly, and provide Consultation-Liaison (CL) Psychiatry services and training across the lifespan.  There are formal criteria established for program membership:

  1. Being a faculty member in the UBC Dept. of Psychiatry
  2. Working in inpatient or outpatient CL Psychiatry at a recognized UBC Dept. of Psychiatry-affiliated site
  3. Working a percentage of time in CL Psychiatry, suggested to be at least 30% of full-time work,  equivalent to 3 sessions per week of CL work (1 session=3.5hrs)
  4. Fulfilling the objectives of the Program, as a member, as comprehensively as possible:
    • Promote excellence in psychiatric care to those who are medically or surgically ill across the lifespan
    • Promote strategic measures to prevent the development of mental health symptoms or illness in those medically or surgically compromised
    • Foster education and collaboration with patients, families, and clinical staff in non-psychiatric health settings, in order to reduce the stigma of mental illness in these settings
    • Promote collaborative and continuing care for patients transitioning between psychiatric settings and non-psychiatric health settings
    • Promote excellence in the teaching of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, including the psychosomatic manifestations of disease, to undergraduate and postgraduate trainees
    • Actively participate in local (re: CL journal clubs and scientific events), national (eg: CAPM) or international (eg: Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine) organizations which promote scientific interest and knowledge translation in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
    • Actively promote the education of mental health professionals through continuing professional development and knowledge translation
    • Promote research in the fields of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine
    • Actively engage institutions such as hospitals, universities, professional bodies, health authorities, and government agencies in order to promote mental health care or well-being in those with a medical or surgical condition
    • Promote Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry as a specific area of competence within the discipline of Psychiatry
    • Promote the practice, teaching, research and administration of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry with professionalism and high ethical standards

Our sites offer core CL training for Psychiatry residents over 3 months, usually in their PGY-4 year. We encourage medical students and residents to spend elective time with us. Our training sites include all the major UBC-affiliated teaching hospitals within the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. There are also opportunities to conduct research, particularly in the area of delirium.

Program Director – Peter Chan MD, FRCPC
Clinical Professor
Vancouver General Hospital
5th Floor, Centennial Pavilion
855 12th Ave West
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

Tel.: 604-875-4728
fax:  604-875-5652