Call for Faculty to Take on Academic Advisor (AA) Role to Mentor Residents in the New CBD Curriculum



Dear colleagues,

Firstly, we would like to thank our faculty and staff who have been providing exceptional support to our first Competence By Design (CBD) cohort of PGY1 residents over the last several months.

As the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program is preparing to implement individualized, one-to-one coaching for our residents as they progress through the new CBD curriculum, we are sending a call-out to any Royal College-certified faculty members who may be interested in serving as an Academic Advisor (AA) to our residents.

Faculty members who serve as AAs will each be assigned one Psychiatry resident (or up to a maximum of three, at the AAs request) for whom they will be responsible for coaching and guiding through part or all of the resident’s training in the CBD curriculum. The AA role will involve meeting with assigned resident(s) on a quarterly basis and communicating at regular intervals, conducting progress reviews, guiding the creation and implementation of individualized learning plans, and facilitating residents’ learning by encouraging self-reflection and a growth mindset.Specific responsibilities of the AA will include:

    • Reviewing individual resident’s electronic portfolios
    • Guiding the assigned resident(s) in creating their own learning plans that should be shared by residents with supervisors in upcoming rotations or alternative learning experiences. These learning plans should document areas of strengths and weaknesses and identify priority areas/skills/competencies residents should focus upon
    • Giving guidance on the implementation of remediation/modified learning plans
    • Participating in faculty development and staying up to date with CBD developments, especially in regard to the AA role

In addition to 2-3 hours of training, the annual time commitment for activities pertaining to the AA role is approximately 8 hours per resident, which will be compensable for Clinical or non-GFT Faculty at the UBC rate for physicians. These hours will count towards minimum annual teaching hours required to maintain a clinical faculty appointment with the Department, and will form part of the file for promotion reviews. As AAs will play a very important mentoring role in helping our residents achieve their training goals within the CBD framework, we encourage eligible faculty members with a strong interest in education and CBD to consider this rewarding opportunity.

If you are interested in serving as an Academic Advisor (AA) to a Psychiatry resident, or have any specific questions about the role, please contact Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, at  Please note that the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program will enlist faculty members on an ongoing basis until all our residents have been assigned an AA.



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry