Dear Department Members,
I am delighted to share the exciting news that the UBC Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the Interior Health and the PGME at UBC, has secured funding to establish a new residency track in the Interior Health region. As such, this new track will be included in the CaRMS match process this coming year, with two new residency positions commencing in the Interior Health region in July 2023.
Additionally, I am pleased to announce that we have obtained funding for two re-entry positions for 2023. As of now, their specific track allocation is to be determined, but I anticipate sharing further news and updates regarding these positions soon.
These developments are a very positive outcome arising from extensive discussions and negotiations over the last several months between the UBC Department of Psychiatry, the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Education, Health Authorities’ Regional Heads and the Ministry of Health. With the success of this recent endeavour, I believe we are making meaningful steps toward accomplishing some of the major goals we have set forth in our Strategic Plan.
As stated, the Department is committed to leveraging our partnerships to enhance residency training capacity across all health authorities and in underserved communities, address the anticipated shortfall of psychiatrists in our province, and transform care for people with mental illness and addictions.
Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry