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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 & 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)


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)

The PGY1 curriculum is designed to introduce residents to a variety of topics in psychiatry. 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.

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.


PGY2 (Foundations)

The PGY2 curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to General Adult Psychiatry. It is preceded by a two month seminar series covering Emergency Psychiatry. 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)

The PGY3 curriculum covers topics in Child Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.  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 is followed by 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)

The PGY4 curriculum is designed to provide residents with an in depth knowledge of major clinical syndromes and special areas in psychiatry, and 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)

The PGY5 curriculum focuses on preparation for transition to practice in several seminars over the year. 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

For more detailed information about electives, please view the Postgraduate Psychiatry Elective Catalogue.


Postgraduate Visiting Electives

All postgraduate electives arranged for any location within the province of British Columbia by out-of-province medical residents must be processed through the Postgraduate Dean’s Office. Please visit the Postgraduate Visiting Electives website for more information.


Academic seminars are held for a full day each Thursday for PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 Residents. The academic day at the home program for PGY1 Residents is provided monthly, except in July where seminars are provided weekly. Residents are excused from their clinical responsibilities for the day to attend an integrated series of seminars covering all aspects of psychiatry. PGY5 Residents have a flexible self-study program. The academic program is designed to meet the standards of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Didactic seminars are provided during the psychotherapy academic half-day in PGY 2-4, which is standardized and system-wide (see below). A comprehensive psychotherapy curriculum covering a number of validated treatment modalities runs on Thursday afternoons; in the PGY2 year this covers basic psychotherapy skills and increases in complexity and diversity in the PGY3 and PGY4 years.


The UBC Psychotherapy Program is dedicated to developing highly skilled psychiatrists who are able to practice a variety of psychotherapies with patients who suffer from the full range of psychiatric disorders. The Program emphasizes the provision of a broad-based, empirically oriented learning experience in line with the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The focus in training is to teach residents important general therapeutic skills, as well as specific skills associated with different psychotherapeutic modalities. Furthermore, specific skills that are required in the treatment of particular disorders are taught. Psychiatry residents who graduate from our Program will have developed a broad range of competencies that will enable them to effectively meet the challenges faced by psychiatrists in everyday clinical practice.

Resident training in psychotherapy is provided through didactic seminars and case supervision. The program also offers opportunities for residents to learn other approaches (e.g., mindfulness-based interventions, DBT, motivational interviewing, couples therapy), as well as opportunities for psychotherapy research electives.

Inquiries regarding resident psychotherapy training should be directed to Dr. Michelle van den Engh, Associate Program Director, Psychotherapy Training (

Additional information regarding the UBC Department of Psychiatry Psychotherapy Program can be found at

Didactic seminars are provided during the psychotherapy academic half-day in PGY 2-4, which is standardized and system-wide, and include:

  • Primer courses in supportive, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, & couples psychotherapies, as well as in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing
  • Foundations of Psychotherapy course
  • Parent Infant Psychotherapy course
  • Family and Marital Therapy course
  • Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course
  • Techniques and Applications of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course
  • Group Psychotherapy course
  • Formulation course
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) course
  • Psychotherapy Review seminar for Royal College Exam in Psychiatry

For clinical psychotherapy training, residents have 2 hours of protected time per week in PGY2 and 4 hours of protected time per week in PGY3 and PGY4. Clinical psychotherapy training includes:

  • Supportive psychotherapy (integrated with adult psychiatry core rotation activities)
  • Two cases of supervised individual CBT
  • 6 months of group therapy experience
  • A minimum of 8 sessions of family therapy (integrated with child and adolescent psychiatry rotation activities)
  • A two-year long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy case with weekly individual supervision
  • An IPT case with group supervision


Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Resident Scholarly Activity

Residents entering PGY1 after July 1, 2015 are required to complete a a scholarly activity project by the end of PGY5, as per Royal College certification requirements. For further details, please visit the Resident Scholarly Activity web page or contact Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity at


Dr. Sophia Frangou, Program Director, Research Track

A formal Research Track is offered for candidates 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 to identify a mentor/supervisor for their research project(s). Current Research Track residents are conducting research projects in neuroimaging for first-episode mania, delirium, brain trauma in the mentally ill homeless, social networks in chronic and persistent mental illness, effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on mindfulness, and cultural aspects of eating disorders.

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.

The Research Track program differs from the regular residency program in the following ways:

PGY1: The clinical placement is at St. Paul’s Hospital. 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 Clinical Neuroscience or other discipline.

PGY4: One day per week research for 9 months, 3 days per week for 3 months. 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: Four days per week research. Clinical training is one day per week in outpatient 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.

Listed by completion year

2026: Quinten Clarke; Vivian Tsang

2025: Alexander Levit; Evgenia Todorova

2024: Haroon Ahmad; Victor Li; Laura Labonté; Robert Nathan; Shawn Stochmanski

2023: David Long

2022: John-Jose Nunez

2021: Gurwinder Grewal (Fraser Program); Clara Westwell-Roper; Rebecca Zivanovic

2020: Nick Ainsworth; Gabrielle Bossé-Chartier; Marlon Danilewitz; Joel Fox

2019: Gillian Munro; Jane Ryan (Vancouver Island Program)

2018: Andrew Perrin (UBC Clinician-Investigator Program, Research Fellow, King's College London); Verena Langheimer (Clinical Instructor, UBC)

2017: Trisha Chakrabarty (now Assistant Professor, UBC Mood Disorders Program); Alexander McGirr (now Assistant Professor, University of Calgary)

2016: Ka Wai Leong (completed UBC Clinician-Investigator Program, 2017; Clinical Instructor, Community Psychiatry, UBC)

2015: Smita Naidoo (completed child psychiatry fellowship, 2016).

2014: Jennifer Li (now Clinical Instructor, BC Psychosis Program, UBC Hospital); Willough Jenkins (now in private practice in child psychiatry, Los Angeles, CA)

2013: Alan Bates (now Clinical Associate Professor and Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry, BC Cancer Agency)



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.

For additional information and inquiries, please contact Dr. Sophia Frangou, Program Director, Research Track at