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Program Highlights

Victoria has a population of around 380,000 and is the main medical centre for all of Vancouver Island. This offers residents the full range of training options with the benefit of a smaller, more personalized program. Residents can be assured of the time and attention they require to maximize their learning.

The residency program is based primarily at the Royal Jubilee Hospital where the Psychiatric Emergency Service (Archie Courtnall Centre), Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Victoria Mental Health Centre, and all of the adult and geriatric psychiatry inpatient units are located.  Residents gain exposure to Victoria General Hospital during their PGY1 Basic Clinical Year, in the PGY3 rotations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry and in the senior years with a rotation in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.  Additionally, residents have the opportunity to work in a number of community-based sites, at Queen Alexandra Hospital and Homewood Ravensview.

Our 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. These sessions are by videoconference, but once a month, the Victoria residents travel to Vancouver to join the seminars in person – often by float plane or helijet. Victoria based residents also have frequent opportunities to travel to Vancouver for other special academic and social events enjoyed by the entire UBC program.

Victoria offers an exceptional lifestyle with easy access to many recreational and cultural activities. Residents have access to facilities and events at the University of Victoria, which is only a few minutes away from the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Outdoor activities include world class cycling, hiking, and kayaking. People come from around the world to hike the West Coast Trail, or explore the world heritage site at Cape Scott. Vancouver Island also offers excellent opportunities to enhance cultural awareness of Indigenous peoples.

For additional information and inquiries, please contact Dr. Alison Gregson at Alison.Gregson@islandhealth.ca.

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General Information

Top Ten Reasons You Should Choose Victoria for Your Residency

The “20 minutes or less” commute.

Living in the Greater Victoria area means that you’ll never be stuck in 2 hour commutes from home to work. Some of our residents live so close by, that they walk home from the hospital for lunch! Short commutes mean more accessibility, more transportation options, and more time doing what’s really important to you.

Live in “The City of Gardens”

Up to 8.5 million colourful blossoms have been counted in the annual flower count that Victoria holds each spring. The world-famous Butchart Gardens, along with the Butterfly Gardens, Glendale Gardens, Government House, Finnerty Gardens, Hatley Castle, Abkhazi Garden, Beacon Hill Park and Playfair Park all provide a charming escape from the bustle of city life.

The Great Outdoors is just next door

From serene beaches to temperate rainforests, Victoria has it all for the outdoor enthusiast. Kayak between the Gulf Islands or ski Mount Washington; surf in Tofino or swim next to a waterfall, the opportunities are endless! Even Mount Douglas and Mount Tolmie are just a few minutes away from the main hospital site.

50% less precipitation than Vancouver

Victoria’s sub-Mediterranean climate means an average of approximately 2,000 hours of sunshine, and only 4 months of frost yearly. The offshore breezes prevent the summer from becoming too hot, and the winters are mild, rarely including snow. Who could say no to the mildest climate in Canada? 50% less precipitation than Vancouver.

Wildlife right at your doorstep

Victoria is surrounded by ecological reserves that provide a safe haven for all sorts of wildlife. There are whale watching tours out of the Inner Harbour, and Marine Naturalists can provide guided tours of Victoria’s protected waters. Deer roam freely in Victoria, hardly a day will go by without seeing at least one!

Enjoy an active lifestyle

Because Victoria’s climate is so mild, the opportunities for outdoor activities and exercise are endless. Most Victoria dwellers participate in a variety of activities, from running, to swimming, to yoga. The city is bike-friendly and many choose to commute by bike.  There are also plenty of community sports leagues and group activities for everyone to participate in.

Experience the architecture of a different world

With carefully preserved reminders of its colonial past, Victoria is home to several castles, cathedrals, hotels and a wide variety of 19th and early 20th century historical buildings.  Our Provincial Legislature is steeped in tradition and sets the atmosphere of downtown Victoria, lighting up the night with over 3,000 lights commemorating the birthday of Queen Victoria.

Explore a diverse array of multiculturalism

Between Canada’s oldest Chinatown and rich First Nations heritage, Victoria is a welcoming and inclusive city that showcases diversity through its community.  BC is the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, with many organizations and community groups promoting the integration of traditions into the social fabric of our province.

Victorians know how to eat

You’ll never have to fear food-boredom in Victoria! The Irish Times, and The Bard & Banker are landmarks that feature décor reminiscent of Victorian & Edwardian era opulence. Shine Café, The Blue Fox, and Floyd’s Diner are all popular brunch locations. And these are just a few of the over 500 different food joints in Victoria alone.

So much room for festivities!

Being the province’s capital has its perks! Victoria is host to a variety of music festivals, the Symphony Splash, and a variety of holiday celebrations. The Legislature lawns and the Inner Harbour are used for free shows and events for young and old alike, providing a community atmosphere unique to the city.

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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 - Vancouver Island.
British Columbia
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
$65,332.37
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
$72,818.39
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
$79,301.62
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
$85,318.65
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
$91,710.67
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
$97,877.39
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
$104,271.09
Educational Leave
Yes
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
No
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)
1.50%
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
Yes
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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Aerial view of Victoria from the harbour
Vancouver Island
Discover an ocean-carved land of extremes ranging from mild to wild, cultured to life-affirmingly raw. Backpack in majestic wilderness parks. Marvel at orcas, black bears and the sheer abundance of furred, feathered and finned wildlife. Gaze at distant snowcapped mountains while splashing barefoot along softly curving beaches. Relax, restore and recharge yourself in the region’s cosmopolitan centres, small towns and snug harbours. That’s Vancouver Island.

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