Dr. Ryan Knebel

Program Director

Linda Chang

Manager, PGME Programs
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Program Highlights

BC’s Southern Interior is home to approximately 760,000 residents. The largest metropolitan center in this region is Kelowna, with a population of approximately 222,000. In fact, Kelowna is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in all of Canada. As a newer residency training site, the psychiatrists of the Southern Interior are excited to uphold UBC’s world-class standard of teaching. Starting in Kelowna and Kamloops, our program is working to develop a diversity of training opportunities across the region.


The current focal point of this residency program is at Kelowna General Hospital, which offers a litany of psychiatric services. This includes: Psychiatric Emergency Service, Adult Inpatient Unit (34 beds), Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (9 beds), Addictions Medicine Service, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service, Geriatric Psychiatry Service, and Pediatric Psychiatry Service. The Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, a specialized tertiary unit with 9 beds, is also located at KGH.


Kelowna outpatient services are provided out of ‘Mental Health and Substance Use’, located within the Interior Health Building downtown. Services provided here include: ACCESS Psychiatry (intake), Early Psychosis Intervention, Counseling and Treatment (mood and anxiety), Treatment Stabilization and Recovery (severe and persistent mental illness), Assertive Community Treatment, Alcohol and Drug Service, Opioid Agonist Treatment Clinic, and Senior’s Mental Health. Child Psychiatry Services are offered through ‘Child and Youth Mental Health’ and ‘The Foundry’.


The Southern Interior track is expanding to additional communities as our program grows: including Kamloops, Vernon, Trail, and Penticton. We have began expanding to Kamloops, home to several unique tertiary services in addition to their diverse inpatient (Royal Inland Hospital) and outpatient services (MHSU-Kamloops). Hillside Centre (40 beds) provides tertiary psychiatric care for general adult, geriatric, and neuropsychiatry with a multidisciplinary lens. South Hills Centre (40 beds) provides tertiary rehabilitation to adults with severe and persistent symptoms of mental illness.


The program still maintains close linkages with the other UBC Psychiatry Residents in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver, Richmond, and Fraser Valley) through the Thursday Academic Days for PGY2-5. Residents attend most of these sessions by videoconference, but once a month, the Southern Interior residents will travel to Vancouver to join the seminars in person. Southern Interior-based residents also have frequent opportunities to travel to Vancouver for other special academic and social events enjoyed by the entire UBC program.


The Southern Interior strikes a gentle blend of rural and urban life, making it a popular vacation spot that you have the opportunity to live in year-round. Kelowna and the Okanagan boast a sunny and dry climate, with hot summers (28oC July average) and mild winters (1oC January average). Breathtaking views are seen in every direction, with landscapes decorated by beautiful mountains, hills, lakes, beaches, vineyards and orchards. Several provincial parks are situated along the regions spectacular lakes. Kalamalka Lake was named by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world.


Because of the landscape, the Okanagan is often described as a four season playground, with natural amenities offering outdoor activities all year round. In the winter, experience the region’s famous ‘champagne powder’ by visiting our various local ski resorts. In the summer, soak up the sun while enjoying watersports, boating, and beaches. Or stay active by quickly accessing a variety of well-established trail systems for hiking and cycling.


Kelowna is BC’s third largest metropolitan area, acting as a focal point of recreational and cultural experiences. Here is found the Okanagan Symphony, Kelowna Actors Studio, and Theatre Kelowna. A bustling brewery district offers local craft beers, ciders, and spirits. The Okanagan boasts hundreds of vineyards, and is known for producing world-class wines. Foodies can access award-winning farm-to-table restaurants, or pick up theirs own locally grown produce from fruit stands and farmers markets.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of British Columbia - Psychiatry - Interior.
British Columbia
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 onsite/1 in 3 offsite
Maternity Leave
17 weeks, plus up to 78 weeks Parental Leave
Provincial Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Extended Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
CMPA Dues Paid
Yes, mandatory
Dental Plan
100% Premiums Paid
Statutory Holidays
2x pay plus extra day with pay
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes 100% Premiums Paid
Sick Leave
Life Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Updated July 25, 2023

Terms of Agreement April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
Resident Doctors of BC website

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Explore Location

Waterfront view of Kelowna with hilly landscape in the background
Kelowna Regional
Kelowna is a city in the south of Canada’s British Columbia province. It’s in the Okanagan Valley, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains. Its downtown area incorporates waterfront City Park and a lakeside cultural district. More than 20 local vineyards offer wine tours and tastings.

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