Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sophia Frangou has been appointed to the role of Director, Research Track (RT) for the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program, effective November 15, 2021. Her new role and responsibilities will be incorporated into the portfolio of her current role as Associate Head, Research and International Affairs for the UBC Department of Psychiatry. This appointment follows the decision made by the previous Director, Dr. Anthony Bailey, to step down after serving admirably in this role since 2019. As such, I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Dr. Bailey for his outstanding leadership over the last two and a half years, and for his many notable contributions to the Research Track program, which included devising and implementing a new mentoring scheme for RT Residents.
As the new Director, Research Track, Dr. Frangou will be responsible for ensuring the quality and success of the Resident Research Track program in meeting the Royal College training requirements and fulfilling all clinical and research objectives. Her key duties will include meeting with RT residents to identify supervisors for their research projects, allocating their mentors, and conducting their progress reviews on an annual basis. Dr. Frangou will also head the RT selections committee and will be engaged in all activities related to the guidance and consideration of residents in the general program for entry into the Research Track. As well, she will lead the CaRMS process for the Resident Research Track program, participate in activities related to accreditation of the program, and will attend all committees and meetings relevant to this role.
Additionally, Dr. Frangou will be tasked with developing updated terms of reference for the RT selection committee, as well as documentation outlining the goals of the RT program and renewed guidelines with regard to the selection process, the regular monitoring of residents’ progress in the RT, decision-making around resident research projects, and other processes and activities related to the program.
Please join me in both warmly welcoming Dr. Frangou to this new leadership role, and once again thanking Dr. Bailey for his many significant and valuable contributions to the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program.
Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)