Postgraduate Training Program

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Postgraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry

Ours is an accredited program with the next regular survey by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada taking place in 2028.

Currently there are 125 residents in the five-year program, with 24 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, an additional 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, emergency, geriatric, and community psychiatry. There is provision for 14 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 by 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 in further subspecialty training or Fellowships.


Want to learn more about a career in psychiatry?

Are you a medical student who is curious about a career in psychiatry? If so, tune into the podcast series The Right Psych! This podcast series features undergraduate medical students interviewing psychiatrists from a diverse array of subspecialties to explore the enormous breadth of practice in this exciting and evolving field of medicine. Discover what could be the Right Psych for you!


Episode 1: Perinatal Mental Health & Psycho-Oncology

Episode 2: Assertive Community Treatment & Outreach Psychiatry

Episode 3: Brain & Body

Episode 4: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Episode 5: Consultation Liaison


Should you have any questions regarding future Careers Nights or The Right Psych podcast series, please contact Dr. Clare Beasley at


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.