Clinical Curriculum

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

  • PGY1 – Basic Clinical Training (12 months)
  • PGY2 – General Adult Psychiatry (12 months)
  • PGY3 – Child & Family Psychiatry (6 months), PGY3 – Geriatric Psychiatry (6 months)
  • PGY4 – Consultation-Liaison (3 to 6 months), PGY4 – Chronic Care (3 to 6 months), PGY4 – Collaborative/Shared Care (2 to 3 months), PGY4 – Addictions (1 month)
  • PGY5 – Selectives (6 months, no less than 3 months per rotation) PGY5 – Electives (6 months, no less than 2 months per rotation)

Concurrent & Longitudinal

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


Training occurs at one of three sites:
St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH), Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster (RCH), or Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH)/Victoria General Hospital in Victoria.

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.

Rotations differ between the training sites and include three blocks of Internal Medicine or Family Medicine or a combination, one block of Pediatrics, two blocks of Neurology to include one block of neuroimaging, one block of Emergency Medicine, one block of Emergency Psychiatry and two blocks of Psychiatry. The remaining three blocks can be taken as electives or selectives.

PGY2 and PGY3 (Junior Residency)

Training consists of twelve months of Adult Psychiatry in an inpatient/outpatient rotation and occurs at one of the following hospitals: Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), Richmond Hospital (RH), SPH, RCH and Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH).

Training consists of six months of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at one of three hospitals: BC Childrens Hospital (BCCH), RH and SMH and six months of Geriatric Psychiatry at one of the following hospitals: Mount Saint Joseph (MSJ), VGH, RH, RCH, Lion’s Gate Hospital (LGH) and Burnaby Hospital (BH).

PGY4 and PGY5 (Senior Residency)

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 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Collaborative/Shared Care, Addictions and Chronic Care Psychiatry.

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 Diagnosis
  • Consultation/Liaison
  • Early Psychosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Forensic
  • Gender Dysphoria Clinic
  • Geriatric
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Multicultural Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychotherapy OPD
  • Refractory Psychosis
  • Reproductive Psychiatry
  • Research
  • Sexual Medicine
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Student Health Services