For prospective applicants who are interested in the UBC Postgraduate Psychiatry Program, please visit the CaRMS page.



About Our Program

Through an integrated program of clinical placements and academic seminars, the UBC Psychiatry Residency Program is designed to achieve the goals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and UBC Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME).

The philosophy of our program is to train psychiatrists in the broad aspects of the bio-psycho-social model of medicine and psychiatry, and to prepare those who are interested in further subspecialty training or Fellowships.

For those residents with expertise and interest in research, a specially tailored Research Track has been developed that maximizes research time within the Royal College’s training guidelines. Many research opportunities also exist for all trainees outside of this track with projects being developed by the third year of training, and completed by the last year of training. One day per week is dedicated to academic seminars.

Program Overview

Currently there are 125 residents in the five-year program. A new residency track in the Interior Health Authority was announced in Fall 2022, with two new residency positions commencing in the region in July 2023, which has increased the number of PGY1 residents being enrolled each year to 26. The academic year runs from July 1 to June 30. Training to be a general psychiatrist takes five years but, an additional year of training in the subspecialties of Child, Geriatric, and Forensic Psychiatry is available.


  • Fully Accredited Program with the next regular survey by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2028.
  • Our Program follows a distributed model with equivalent learning opportunities at each site.
  • Learners have opportunities to complete rural, outreach, or out-of-province/country electives during their residency, if interested.
  • Our Program has a dedicated Research track for those who’d like to pursue Research. Research track residents have protected time to work on their Research Project(s).
  • All residents have one protected day every week (except for the PGY1’s who have one day per month) for a Full Academic Day.
  • Our program offers a significantly increased number of mock OSCE’s throughout PGY5 to help prepare our residents for the oral component of the Royal College Exam.
  • For the last two years, all our PGY5’s have passed their Royal College Exam.
  • There are opportunities to pursue interprovincial or international electives
  • Opportunity and funding for two trips to rural communities in BC to provide Outreach care (PGY2-5)
  • Fellowships available in Neuropsychiatry, Reproductive Mental Health, Schizophrenia, Neurostimulation, Addiction Psychiatry/Medicine, and Mood Disorders
  • Subspecialty programs in Child, Geriatric, and Forensic Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry currently offers training throughout its distributed residency tracks. The following positions are available through CaRMS:

  • Vancouver Program (12 positions, including 2 IMG positions and 2 Research positions)
  • Fraser Health Greater Vancouver Program (7 positions)
  • Vancouver Island Program (3 positions)
  • Prince George Program (2 positions)
  • Interior Program (2 position beginning July 2023)

All programs are administered through the UBC Department of Psychiatry. The standards and training requirements are uniform across all distributed sites.

Clinical training takes place on hospital inpatient wards, at outpatient departments, at community mental health centres and subspecialty clinics. Mandatory rotations include: general hospital inpatient/outpatient, child, chronic care, addiction, consultation-liaison, emergency, geriatric, and community psychiatry. There is provision for 14 months of elective time.

General Hospitals

  • Vancouver Hospital (VGH)
  • University of British Columbia Hospital (UBCH)
  • St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH)
  • Richmond Hospital (RH)
  • Peace Arch Hospital (PAH)
  • BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH)
  • Lion’s Gate Hospital (LGH)
  • Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital (MSJH)
  • Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH)
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH)
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria (RJH)
  • Victoria General Hospital (VGH)
  • University Hospital of Northern BC
  • Prince George (UHNBC)

Rural Sites

  • Duncan
  • Vernon
  • Nelson/Trail
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Kootenays
  • Comox
  • Nanaimo
  • Penticton
  • Prince George

Special Training Sites

  • Vancouver Community Mental Health System (VCMHS)
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission
  • Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
  • Specialized Geriatric Psychiatric Services (MSJH, VGH, RH, RCH, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services (VCMHS), St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox and PAH)
  • Outreach Community Placement
  • Psychiatric Assessment Unit (PAU)
  • Mood Disorders and Refractory Psychosis at UBCH.
  • Neuropsychiatry Unit at UBCH
  • Reproductive Psychiatry Program
  • Sleep Disorders Program
  • BC Centre for Sexual Medicine at UBC
  • SPH Chronic Pain and HIV-related Psychiatric Illnesses
  • Eating Disorders Clinic at SPH
  • Hillside Centre

As of July 1, 2020, all Psychiatry Residency Programs in Canada have launched Competence Based Medical Education. The Royal College's CBD Residents Guide is designed to help the medical students understand what CBD in Postgraduate Education is all about.

Below is a summary of what residency will look like at UBC for all incoming cohorts. Note that all changes were made to satisfy the new Royal College requirements.


There are four stages of the residency program each with designated numbers of Entrustable Professional Activities that must be met. An Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a task in the clinical setting that may be delegated to a resident by their supervisor once sufficient competence has been demonstrated. The number of EPAs for each stage is listed below.

Transition to Discipline (PGY1) (2 EPAs)

  • One month of Psychiatry, including a new didactic Psychiatry “Bootcamp" to bring all residents to the same level of competency.

Foundations of Discipline (PGY1 + PGY2) (5 EPAs)

  • Medical & Psychiatry rotations in PGY1
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Psychiatry in PGY

Core of Discipline (PGY3 + PGY4) (10 EPAs)

  • Child & Geriatric Psychiatry in PGY3
  • Chronic Care, Addictions, Emergency, Consult-Liaison, Electives in PGY4


Transition to Practice (PGY5) (3 EPAs)

  • Electives/Selectives


  • Academic Full Days
  • Mock OSCEs
  • Psychotherapy (timing may change, but core training experiences remain the same


  • First Month: The first month of training will be in psychiatry for all new residents to complete initial two EPA’s.
  • Psychiatry Bootcamp: During the first month of training, the entire cohort, including residents from distributed sites, will be attending a four- to five-day Psychiatry “Bootcamp” in Vancouver to bring all residents to the same level of knowledge competency. This will include orientation to CBD, orientation to the basics of psychiatry, psychiatric interviewing and management, documentation, risk assessment and the legal aspects of psychiatry.
  • Royal College Exams: Have been decoupled such that they are separated by a few months, and passing the written exam is required in order to challenge the OSCE exam. The exams have also been moved to the end of Core (Spring of PGY4).
  • EPAs: Moving to competency-based learning rather than time-based.
  • PGY1: Less Internal Medicine, more Psychiatry, adding Addictions.
  • PGY4: Emergency Psychiatry instead of Shared Care.


Learn all about life and training in the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program from those who know it best: our residents!



PGY1, Fraser Track

Find out what Dr. Kang has to say about our program!

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PGY3, Prince George Track

Find out what Dr. Kennedy has to say about our program!

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PGY1, Vancouver Track

Find out what Dr. Lu has to say about our program!

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PGY2, Vancouver Island Track

Find out what Dr. Nathan has to say about our program!

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PGY5, Vancouver Island Track

Find out what Dr. Nicholls has to say about our program!

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PGY1, Fraser Track

Find out what Dr. Song has to say about our program!

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We welcome applicants to contact the following people if they want to learn more about the Program:

Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director:

Residents from CaRMS Welcome Committee:

Linda Chang, PGME Programs Manager:

Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program

If you are a first year medical undergraduate student at a Canadian university and are considering a career in psychiatry, the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program (PSIP) was created for you! Visit our web page to learn more!


Want to learn more about a career in psychiatry?

Should you have any questions regarding future Careers Nights or The Right Psych podcast series, please contact Dr. Clare Beasley at

Are you a medical student who is curious about a career in psychiatry? If so, tune into the podcast series The Right Psych! This podcast series features undergraduate medical students interviewing psychiatrists from a diverse array of subspecialties to explore the enormous breadth of practice in this exciting and evolving field of medicine. Discover what could be the Right Psych for you!

Episode 1: Perinatal Mental Health & Psycho-Oncology

Episode 2: Assertive Community Treatment & Outreach Psychiatry

Episode 3: Brain & Body

Episode 4: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Episode 5: Consultation Liaison

Mental Health Resources For Clinicians & Patients

Please check out the Mental Health Resources For Clinicians & Patients website that was developed by our residents, Dr. Lingsa Jia and Dr. Raman Srivastava. The website acts a central resource repository centre for learners, clinicians and patients to look up helpful information around Psychiatry.

Rural Outreach Program

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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