Postgraduate Education Research and Scholarly Activity for Residents

Welcome! Our objective is to encourage, enhance and evaluate research and scholarly activity within the residency program of the UBC Department of Psychiatry. We hope you will find these resources helpful.


What is scholarly activity?

The definition includes “big R” research, but scholarly activity encompasses a broader concept that includes systematic inquiry and critical appraisal of medical information.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) CANMEDS roles for medical experts states that: As Scholars, psychiatrists demonstrate a lifelong commitment to reflective learning, as well as the creation, dissemination, application and translation of medical knowledge.

The RCPSC training objectives includes the following key competencies for Scholarly Activity:

  1. Maintain and enhance professional activities through ongoing learning;
  2. Critically evaluate medical information and its sources, and apply this appropriately to practice decisions;
  3. Facilitate the learning of patients, families, students, residents, other health professionals, the public and others, as appropriate; and
  4. Contribute to the development, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge and practices.

Residents entering PGY1 after July 1, 2015 are required to complete a scholarly activity project by the end of PGY5.

For further details please contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity: