UBC Fraser Health Psychiatry


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Dear CaRMS Applicants and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Fraser Health Greater Vancouver UBC Psychiatry Residency Program Website.

The UBC Department of Psychiatry Residency Program has embraced a “Distributed Model” of postgraduate medical education reflecting the broad pan-provincial scope and educational mission of our Faculty of Medicine, which has grown in size from 120 students per year to over 300 in less than 10 years to meet the rapidly growing health needs of the citizens of B.C. As the UBC Faculty of Medicine has nurtured Undergraduate Education sites across Greater Vancouver and around the province, it was a natural evolution to move forward with the expansion of postgraduate training and the distribution of that training in the diverse communities of Greater Vancouver and the Province of B.C. in sites that have a record of excellence in clinical care and education.

The UBC Psychiatry Residency Distributed Programs available through CaRMS are: Fraser Health Greater Vancouver (6 positions), Vancouver (8 positions), Victoria-Vancouver Island (3 positions), North-Prince George (1 position). All of these programs are administered through the UBC Department of Psychiatry and all standards and training requirements are uniform across all distributed sites. Each program has an Assistant Program Director who is a member of the UBC Psychiatry PGE Committee. Medical students can indicate the UBC Psychiatry “Distributed Programs” they wish to apply to on their CaRMS application. Representatives of the different UBC Distributed Psychiatry Residency Program tracks will participate in a single set of interviews which will occur during the national CaRMS interview period in January and February 2017.

The UBC Fraser Health Greater Vancouver Psychiatry Residency Program (UBC-FHGV) is located in Greater Vancouver, a city and region which The Economist recently declared the “World’s Most Livable”. Our program is based out of two main Regional Teaching Hospitals and a number of other hospitals located throughout Greater Vancouver. The Royal Columbian Hospital is in New Westminster, 15 minutes from the City of Vancouver, and is located directly on the Skytrain Rapid Transit Line. Surrey Memorial Hospital is located in Surrey, 25 minutes from the City of Vancouver, and is also accessible by Skytrain. Our residents live throughout Greater Vancouver. The Fraser Health Authority serves the largest (1.6 million) and fastest-growing population of all provincial health authorities. Our hospitals and Psychiatry programs are growing to meet increasing needs, and we have hired over 75 skilled psychiatrists over the past five years to help meet the mental health needs of the citizens we serve. Many residents who have trained with us have joined us after graduation as staff psychiatrist colleagues.

For 2017, UBC-FHGV is accepting 6 positions for clinical training through CaRMS. Core rotations in the junior residency (PGY1-3) are based at Royal Columbian Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital. Selective and elective rotations in the senior residency (PGY4 and PGY5) are offered at a number of clinical settings in the Fraser Health Region and Greater Vancouver. Over the past several years, we have filled all six of our positions in the first round of CaRMS with outstanding medical students.

At the undergraduate medical student level, we offer core 3rd year clerkship Psychiatry rotations at the Royal Columbian Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital, and 4th year elective rotations at the Royal Columbian Hospital. Both of these sites offer highly rated clinical psychiatry rotations. These experiences offer medical students the opportunity to spend time in our two main teaching hospitals, meet our psychiatrists, and find out more about our residency program.

Please view our Program Videos in which current and former UBC Fraser residents and current staff psychiatrists speak about their experiences in our program, and also about the incomparable lifestyle offered by the Vancouver region. The most commonly asked questions about our program are answered in the “FAQ” section of this website.

We hope to meet you soon.


Anson Koo, MD, FRCPC Division Leader, Fraser Health Authority Psychiatry Education Programs
Nigel Fisher, MB, FRCPsych, Chief Psychiatrist, Fraser Health Authority
Kevin Wong, MD, FRCPC Assistant Program Director – Fraser Health, UBC Psychiatry Post-Graduate Eduction