Clinical Curriculum


The following rotations are mandated by the
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:


TRANSITION TO DISCIPLINE Stage (first month of PGY1)


    • Basic Clinical Training (remainder of 11 months in PGY1)
    • PGY2 General Adult Psychiatry including inpatient and outpatient (12 months)


    • PGY3 Child & Adolescent  Psychiatry (6 months)
    • PGY3 Geriatric Psychiatry (6 months)
    • PGY4 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (3 months)
    • PGY4 Chronic Care or Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) Care (3 to 6 months)
    • PGY4 Addictions Psychiatry (3 months)
    • PGY4 Emergency Psychiatry (2 months)


    • PGY5 Selectives (6 months)
    • PGY5 Electives (6 months)


Concurrent & Longitudinal

Occurring within the 60 months of residency, training will include training in empirically supported psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, IPT, family and CBT. This must involve no less than 32 weeks or 8 months of the PGY2-5 experience. The psychotherapies will focus on children and adolescents, adults, the elderly, families, and groups. Training in the psychotherapeutic approaches will be documented and evaluated separately from other rotations.

PGY1 (Transition to Discipline and Foundations)

Training occurs at one of four sites:

    • Paul’s Hospital (SPH), Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster (RCH), Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH)/Victoria General Hospital (VGH) in Victoria or University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) in Prince George.

Assignments to these sites are made by the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education office based on ballots filled out by the Resident (each is asked to rank all three sites in order of preference). There is coordination between the PGY1 Training Directors at each hospital site and the Residency Program Directors. PGY1 Residents from all sites will spend one Thursday a month at the home program for didactic teaching.

The initial month long Transition to Discipline rotation will occur in a Psychiatry setting to complete the initial two Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA’s). Rotations then differ between the training sites, but all will include one block of: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Addictions, Emergency Psychiatry; two blocks of Internal Medicine electives and 2 additional blocks of Psychiatry.

PGY2 (Foundations)

Training consists of twelve months of Adult Psychiatry in an inpatient/outpatient rotation and occurs at one of the following sites:

    • Vancouver: Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital (UBCH), Richmond Hospital (RH), St. Paul Hospital (SPH)
    • Fraser: Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH), Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH)
    • Vancouver Island: Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH), Victoria Mental Health Care Centre, Urgent Short Term Assessment and Treatment Clinic
    • Prince George: University of Northern BC (UHNBC)

PGY3 (Core)

Training consists of six months of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at one of the following sites:

    • Vancouver: BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH), Richmond Hospital (RH)
    • Fraser: Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH)
    • Vancouver Island: RJH, Victoria General Hospital (VGH), Ledger House, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health
    • Prince George: UHNBC

Training consists of six months of Geriatric Psychiatry at one of the following sites:

    • Vancouver: VGH, RH, Mount Saint Joseph (MSJ), Lion’s Gate Hospital (LGH)
    • Fraser: RCH, Burnaby Hospital (BH)
    • Vancouver Island: RJH, VGH
    • Prince George: UHNBC

PGY4 (Core)

Training consists of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Chronic Care Psychiatry and 1 elective.  Training is not restricted to the home track but can occur in any track across the province on a first come first serve basis, and there can be consideration of a rotation out of province under special circumstances.

PGY5 (Transition to Practice)

During this period the resident assumes more leadership in the education and supervision of junior colleagues while consolidating and further developing career track interest through electives and selectives including research.

Training consists of six months each of Selectives and Electives. Selectives are limited to child & adolescent psychiatry; geriatric psychiatry; forensic psychiatry; psychosomatic medicine; psychiatric research; the psychotherapies; addictions; developmental disabilities and psychiatry in rural and/or remote locations. Electives should involve any aspect of training relevant to contemporary psychiatric practice, including research approved by the residency training committee. Electives may consist of an approved rotation in internal medicine, neurology or other branch of medicine relevant to psychiatry.


A wide variety of selectives / electives are offered along with flexibility in splitting these electives and/or arranging new ones. There are opportunities to spend all/part of the elective year in an approved residency program anywhere in North America or abroad:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Chronic Pain
  • Civil Forensics
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Consultation/Liaison
  • Cross Cultural Psychiatry
  • Early Psychosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Gender Dysphoria Clinic
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders Program
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychotherapy/OPD
  • Refractory Psychosis
  • Reproductive Psychiatry
  • Sexual Medicine
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Student Health Services