Letter of Reference Guide for UBC Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program Applications

 

Dear Whom It May Concern,

Thank you for agreeing to write a reference letter for entry into the UBC Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program. Reference letters are a very important part of the selections process and are reviewed in detail. This guide will assist you in the process.

Reference letters must be submitted by September 1st, 2020. The letter can be emailed to the Education Program Coordinator, Paola Martens (paola.martens@ubc.ca).

The letter of reference should not be read by the resident, and should include the statement “(Resident Name) has not and will not see the final contents of this letter.” Your letter of reference will be confidential and will be reviewed only by the Forensic Psychiatry Selections Committee.

Prior to composing the letter you may want to ask the resident for a curriculum vitae or have a brief discussion with her/him in order to comment on both clinical and character skills as well as experiences and achievements. You are encouraged to include collegial impressions in addition to your own.

The content is similar to reference letters for entry to medical schools and postgraduate training programs. It should include information pertinent to CanMEDS competencies as well as personal content. CanMEDS competencies include the following areas:

  1. Medical Expert
  2. Communicator
  3. Collaborator
  4. Leader
  5. Health Advocate
  6. Scholar
  7. Professional

Please see the CanMEDS framework for more details.

Specifically, the UBC Forensic Psychiatry Program would like to know about the residents:

  • Clinical skills, including patient assessment and management skills
  • Specific areas of interest and skills in research, teaching, advocacy, manager roles
  • Personal achievements and diversity of experiences
  • Psychological mindedness and self-appraisal skills
  • Attitude and behaviour
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams
  • Communication skills
  • Sense of responsibility and motivation
  • Adaptability and open-mindedness

The UBC Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program thanks you in advance for taking the time and effort for this very important part of our selection process.

Sincerely,

 

Todd Tomita, MD, FRCPC
Program Director
UBC Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program