Postgraduate Training Program

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Postgraduate Education in Psychiatry

Accredited program with the next regular survey by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2020.

Currently there are 115 residents in the five-year program with 22 PGY1 residents being enrolled each year. The academic year runs from July 1 to June 30. Training to be a general psychiatrist takes five years but as of 2012 a further year of training in the subspecialties of Child, Geriatric, and Forensic Psychiatry is available.

Clinical training takes place on hospital inpatient wards, at outpatient departments, at community mental health centres and subspecialty clinics. Mandatory rotations include: general hospital inpatient/outpatient, child, chronic care, addiction, consultation-liaison, geriatric, and community psychiatry. There is provision for 12 months of elective time.

For those residents with expertise and interest in research, a specially tailored training track has been developed that maximizes research time within the Royal College’s training guidelines. Many research opportunities also exist for all trainees outside of this track with projects being developed by the third year of training and completed during elective time in the last year of training. One day per week is dedicated to academic seminars.

The philosophy of our program is to train psychiatrists in the broad aspects of the bio-psycho-social model of medicine and psychiatry and to prepare those who are interested for further subspecialty training or Fellowships.

Graduate & Postdoctoral Programs in the UBC Faculty of Medicine

The UBC Faculty of Medicine hosts Masters and Doctoral graduate programs in a wide range of health-related fields, with over 1,200 students currently enrolled. If you would like more information, please visit their Graduate & Postdoctoral Programs webpage.


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