About NOSM Education Research Communities

NOSM Psychiatry

The NOSM Psychiatry residency program includes core rotations in Psychiatry and subspecialty rotations selected to incorporate a diversity of experience and proficiency in subspecialty areas integral to community-based practice but less commonly emphasized in traditional Psychiatry residency programs.   

All rotations will be completed in distributed Northern sites, including Thunder Bay, North Bay, Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie. Based on the resident’s personal learning plan, the content, sequence of training, and schedule of movement between teaching sites may vary. It is strongly recommended that residents have a laptop computer.  

Rotations are supervised by highly experienced and committed clinical academic faculty and the resident will have an opportunity to be involved in the care and management of patients in a wide variety of clinical areas. 




Family Medicine - 4 weeks 

Psychiatry - 12 weeks 

Emergency Medicine – 4 weeks  

Emergency Psychiatry - 4 weeks 

General Internal Medicine – 8 weeks

Neurology and Neuro Imaging – 8 weeks

Selectives – 8 weeks

Elective - 4 weeks



PGY 2 (junior residency)


General Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry (13 blocks) (break down = 6 months Outpatient, and 6 months Inpatient)


PGY 3 (junior residency)


Child/Adolescent Psychiatry (6 months)

Geriatrics Psychiatry (6 months)


PGY 4 (senior residency)

12 months total that provide complex care to the expected volume and variety of ADULT patients in General Psychiatric Practice. These 13 blocks of providing complex care must include:

  1. Supervised experience in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry (3-6 blocks)
  2. Collaborative/Shared Care with Family Physicians, specialists, and any other mental health  professionals (2 blocks)
  3. Supervised experience in the care of patients with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) (3-6 blocks)
  4. Supervised experience in the care of patients in Addictions-Psychiatry (3-6 blocks)





Selectives (6-7 blocks): Child and Adolescent, Geriatrics, Forensics, Research, Psychotherapies, Development Disabilities, Addictions, Rural and Remote Psychiatry. Six months of selective in Psychiatry: preferably one content area but may be comprised of two content areas with experience of no less than three months each.

Electives: (6-7 blocks): Research in psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Neurology, and or any other branch of medicine related to Psychiatry. More than one practice area may be chosen but the duration of any experience must not be less than 2 months each.





Academic half-day sessions occur weekly (every Wednesday) throughout the entire academics year. Attendance is required.  Academics are  protected time from clinical duties.


Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in local community educational rounds, presentations, journal clubs and rounds through the Ontario Telemedicine Network when stationed outside their main training site.


Academics are delivered via Web Ex. However, from time to time – residents will be asked to attend academics in-person. This will be communication via your program coordinator.



Residents are expected to present a research project. Expert guidance and funding for research will be available through the faculty members. 


Contact Information: 

Dr. Diane Whitney
Acting Program Director

Dominique D. Boyd
Postgraduate Coordinator, Psychiatry Program
Tel: 705.662.7174
Fax: 705.662.7143
Email: dboyd@nosm.ca







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