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.
Research Track residents will consult with the Research Track Director (Dr. Sophia Frangou) 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.
HOW IS THE RESEARCH TRACK PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM THE REGULAR RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
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 Emergency Psychiatry. 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.
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.
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.