Residency Training Details



Dr. Sophia Frangou, Program Director, Research Track
Dr. Erin Michalak, Oversight Director, Research and Scholarly Activity

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.


Research Track Program

Note: the program is currently being reviewed and revised.

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.


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.

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


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

Didactic psychotherapy training includes:

  • 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

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

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


If your preceptor is a specialist providing outreach services to a smaller community in B.C. (either through NITAOP, the Rural Specialist Locum Program, or an academic agreement with a health authority) or if you have interest in accompanying one of these clinicians – you may be eligible for REAP funding to accompany him/her to rural communities. Through the Postgraduate Rural Rotation Support, you can receive up to $1,000/month for travel and accommodation expenses. This program is eligible to all residents.

To learn more about this program, e-mail or call 604 822-2675.


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Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Program Director Curriculum

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.

The PGY1 curriculum is designed to introduce residents to a variety of topics in psychiatry. 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. The PGY3 curriculum covers topics in Child Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. The PGY4 curriculum is designed to provide residents with an in depth knowledge of major clinical syndromes and special areas in psychiatry including Consultation-Liaison, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychiatry, Reproductive Psychiatry, etc. The PGY5 curriculum focuses on preparation for transition to practice in several seminars over the year.

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.


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.

The Postgraduate Psychiatry Elective can be found here: Postgraduate Psychiatry Elective Catalogue.