Residency Program, Department of Psychiatry
A formal Resident Research Track is offered for medical students with previous experience in research and a clear interest in pursuing an academic career in psychiatry. The Research Track offers dedicated research time in all years of the residency and an integrated, flexible curriculum that allows the resident to meet the full clinical training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada while engaging in research training. There is an opportunity for Research Track residents to complete an MSc/MHSc/MPH degree or start a PhD program during the residency. There is a separate CaRMS match for the Research Track and there are currently 2 positions available each year.
Are you a CaRMS applicant? Here’s an infographic about the Research Track Program.
Research Track residents will consult with the Research Track Director (Dr. Raymond Lam) to identify a mentor/supervisor for their research project(s). Current Research Track residents are conducting research projects in machine learning, effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on mindfulness, neuroimmunology, forensic psychiatry, NSAIDS for OCD, ECT outcomes, genetic counselling, and actigraphy in Parkinson’s Disease.
Current and Past Research Track Residents (completion year)
David Long (2023), John-Jose Nunez (2022),
Gurwinder Grewal (2021 – Fraser Program), Clara Westwell-Roper (2021), Rebecca Zivanovic (2021)
Nick Ainsworth (2020), Gabrielle Bossé-Chartier (2020), Marlon Danilewitz (2020), Joel Fox (2020)
Gillian Munro (2019), Jane Ryan (2019 – Vancouver Island Program)
Andrew Perrin (2018) – UBC Clinician-Investigator Program, Research Fellow, King’s College London.
Verena Langheimer (2018) – Clinical Instructor, UBC.
Trisha Chakrabarty (2017) – Assistant Professor, UBC Mood Disorders Program.
Alexander McGirr (2017) – Assistant Professor, University of Calgary.
Ka Wai Leong (2016) – completed UBC Clinician-Investigator Program (2017), now Clinical Instructor, Community Psychiatry, UBC.
Smita Naidoo (2015) – completed child psychiatry fellowship (2016).
Willough Jenkins (2014) – now in private practice (child psychiatry), Los Angeles, CA.
Jennifer Li (2014) – now Clinical Instructor, BC Psychosis Program, UBC Hospital.
Alan Bates (2013) – now Clinical Assistant Professor and Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry, BC Cancer Agency.
Research Track Program
The Research Track is available in Vancouver or any of the distributed training sites for the residency program. Whenever possible, clinical training placements for Research Track residents will be crafted to allow integration with research.
The Research Track program differs from the regular residency program in the following ways:
PGY1: The clinical placement is at St. Paul’s Hospital (for Vancouver track residents). During the PGY1 year, the research track residents have a one month research elective. With the assistance of the Research Track director, the resident identifies a mentor/supervisor and plans a research project.
PGY2: One day per week research time. The clinical placement is usually the integrated PGY2 program at Vancouver General Hospital/UBC Hospital. Clinical training is a combination of inpatient (6 months) and outpatient psychiatry (6 months), which includes a rotation in the Mood Disorders Centre at UBC Hospital, which integrates research with clinical care.
PGY3: One day per week research time. Clinical training is in Child Psychiatry (6 months) and Geriatric Psychiatry (6 months). During this year the resident has the option to enroll in a Master’s program in Health Sciences or other discipline.
PGY4: One day per week research for 9 months, 3 days per week for 3 months (elective). Clinical training is in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Chronic Care/Addictions and Shared Care. By the end of this year the longitudinal requirements for Psychotherapy Training are complete.
PGY5: Up to four days per week research. Clinical training is one day per week in elective clinics. The resident may complete a Master’s degree by graduation, or may switch or enroll in a PhD program and continue research training as a PGY6 and PGY7 through the Royal College/UBC Clinician Investigator Program.
How To Apply
The Research Track positions are offered through the CaRMS match in a process similar to the one used for the regular residency positions. In addition, there are also separate interviews with clinical researchers in the department, and the candidates are invited to give a brief presentation about a research project that they were involved with.
Please note that applying to the Research Track does NOT mean that you cannot apply to the regular UBC Psychiatry residency program. These are separate and independent processes, and applying to and ranking the Research Track does not affect or influence your application/ranking for the regular program.
For more information on the psychiatry residency program and how to apply to the Research Track, check the UBC Department of Psychiatry Residency Training site.
There are also limited opportunities for PGY1 residents in the regular UBC tracks to apply for transfer to the Research Track in PGY2.
For inquiries about the Research Track, please contact Dr. Raymond Lam, Director Research Track.