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Curriculum & Academics

Clinical Curriculum – CBD STREAM

 Transition to Discipline  (First 3 blocks of PGY1) 

  •  Psychiatry Inpatient & Outpatient – 3 blocks

Foundations 1 (Last 10 blocks of PGY1) 

  • Addictions – 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine – 1 block
  • Internal Medicine – 1 block
  • Neurology – 1 block
  • Family Medicine – 1 block
  • Emergency Psychiatry – 1 block
  • Selective – 3 blocks
    • Addictions
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Neurology
    • Family Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Palliative Care
    • Geriatric Medicine
    • General internal medicine or other subspecialty
  • Elective (e.g. consultation liaison psychiatry; forensic psychiatry; community psychiatry; research) – 1 block

Foundations 2 (PGY2)

  • Personalized Learning in Psychiatry – 1 block
  • Inpatient Psychiatry – 6 blocks
  • Outpatient Psychiatry – 6 blocks

Core (PGY3 & 4)

Longitudinal Psychotherapy training will occur on a weekly basis during the entirety of Core of Discipline training.

  • 6 Blocks Geriatric Psychiatry (scheduled during first 12 blocks of Core)
  • 6 Blocks Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (scheduled during first 12 blocks of Core)
  • 6 blocks of SPMI training (3 blocks inpatient and 3 blocks community/outpatient)
  • 2-3 blocks of Addictions medicine/psychiatry
    • This may be scheduled as psychiatry for 1-1.5 days a week with the remaining days of the week spent in an FM/RAAM clinic
  • 3-4 blocks of Consultation Liaison psychiatry
  • 2 blocks of Collaborative/shared care

There is opportunity to arrange for longitudinal experiences in addictions medicine, consultation liaison, and collaborative/shared care based on educational needs and availability of clinical services. The resident will need to work with their site director and academic advisor to arrange and ensure EPAs/objectives can be met with their alternative plan.

Transition to Practice (PGY5) 

Personalized Learning Year in Psychiatry (13 Blocks)

Suggested clinical experiences include:

• Addictions Psychiatry
• Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
• Consultation Liaison
• Development Disabilities
• Forensic
• Geriatric Psychiatry
• Inpatient Psychiatry
• Outpatient Psychiatry
• Psychotherapies
• Research
• Rural and Remote Psychiatry

The above noted list is not exhaustive, please work with the Site Director to determine the best course of training for your needs.  It is expected that each selective rotation will be a minimum of 3 blocks in duration. Each elective rotation will be a minimum of 2 blocks in duration.

PGY 4 (senior residency) (Traditional Stream)

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:

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

PGY 5 (senior residency) (Traditional Stream)

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.

Psychotherapy Training

During the PGY2-5 years residents will be provided with training in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, Crisis Intervention, Family Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Group Therapy.


Academic half day sessions occur weekly throughout the year during protected time from clinical duties in the PGY1 year and full day in PGY2-4 years. 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.


Residents are expected to present a research project or a scholarly activity during their residency. Expert guidance and funding for research will be available through the faculty members. Residents will also present at Research Day (usually in June).