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Program Highlights

  • We offer eclectic training experiences in an academic environment.

  • The program is flexible, and geared to help trainees achieve their goals.

  • Incoming residents participate in our one-on-one Mentorship Program.

  • Residents may complete core training at up to 8 different accredited sites.

  • Residents have a wide array of elective opportunities.

  • The program has a long tradition of excellence in psychotherapy training.

  • There are numerous opportunities to carry out research projects half- or full-time during elective rotations.

  • McGill psychiatry residents may enroll in the two-year Clinician Investigator Program (CIP), and/or pursue a Masters Degree in Psychiatry during their 5-year residency.

  • McGill psychiatry residents may opt to pursue a two-year Diploma in Child Psychiatry, or a one-year Certificate in Geriatric Psychiatry.

  • McGill psychiatry residents may complete the Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents (HSIR) during their 5-year residency.

There is a high faculty / resident ratio (8:1) in the McGill Psychiatry Department.

Program Curriculum

Overview

Over the past 65 years, the Department of Psychiatry of McGill University has been at the cutting edge of development in neuroscience, diagnostic methods and therapeutic interventions.  The Postgraduate Program of the McGill Department of Psychiatry provides eclectic training experiences in an academic environment.  The program is flexible and geared to help trainees achieve their goals.  Teachers and residents are actively involved in planning, overseeing and evaluating the teaching program. 

The McGill Department of Psychiatry is fortunate to have a large number of excellent clinicians, teachers and researchers with diverse areas of interest. The University asks that residents rotate through a number of training sites in order to be exposed to different role-models and different subspecialties within psychiatry. Some of the currently accredited sites include: the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), Montreal General Hospital (MGH), Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH), and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) (all four are MUHC sites), as well as the Sir M. B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital (JGH), St. Mary's Hospital (SMH), Douglas Mental Health University Institute (DH), and Centre Hospitalier Pierre Janet (CHPJ).

Teaching Program:
There is a centralized teaching program, based at the University, which offers the core content of psychiatry in seminar form on Tuesday mornings. The primary goal of the centralized teaching program is knowledge acquisition.  Self-assessment examinations are given at the completion of each teaching block.

The primary goal of the hospital-based teaching programs is skills acquisition.  Most of the hospitals in the McGill network offer hospital-based psychotherapy seminars, psychopharmacology seminars, diagnostic interviewing courses, journal clubs, grand rounds and service-based rounds.

Mock oral examinations similar to that required by the Royal College are offered twice per year throughout residency.  In the last year of training, these are formally given by the McGill Psychiatry Examination Board, in accordance with Royal College guidelines.
 

CENTRALIZED TEACHING PROGRAM

 Course

Duration

Level

Crash Course in Psychiatry  

10 weeks 

R1 

Major Psychiatric Disorders I  

6 weeks 

R1 

Major Psychiatric Disorders II  

10 weeks  

R1 

Introduction to Child Psychiatry  

5 weeks  

R1 

Introduction to Psychotherapy  

6 weeks  

R1 

Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy I  

9 weeks 

R2 

Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy II  

10 weeks  

R2 

Child Psychiatry  

12 weeks 

R2 

Geriatric Psychiatry  

6 weeks 

R2 

Neuroscience / Neurobiology  

11 weeks 

R3 

Psychiatry and Medicine  

11 weeks  

R3 

Research Methods in Psychiatry  

8 weeks 

R3 

Gender, Social and Cultural Aspects of Psychiatry  

7 weeks 

R3 

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Psychiatry  

14 weeks 

R4 

 

Core Rotations:
The program is university based and five years in length.  Each year includes 13 4-week periods.  Presently, the R1 year is the basic clinical training year (including n periods of medical selectives and 4 periods of psychiatry selectives).  Medical selectives include rotations in Family Medicine, ER Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Endocrinology, etc.).  The R2-R3 years are the junior clinical years.  Typically, the R2 year consists of adult psychiatry (including inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatry), while the R3 consists of child and geriatric psychiatry.  Residents with particular interest in research may opt to complete some of their clinical rotations half-time in order to pursue a research project half-time.

 

The R4-R5 years are the senior clinical years.  They serve to consolidate the role of medical expert, and include rotations in C/L psychiatry (3 periods), continuing care (3 periods), and collaborative OR shared care (2 periods).  In accordance with Government of Quebec requirements, residents are expected to complete at least 3 periods of their psychiatric training in a non-urban and/or non-university area.  Please note that training requirements are continuously undergoing revision.

 

Rotation

Duration

Sites

Medical Rotations including Medical Stage-en Région 9 blocks JGH, MCH, MGH, SMH, RVH, CLSCs, and 13 non-urban settings
Inpatient Psychiatry 6 blocks JGH, MGH, RVH
Outpatient Psychiatry 6 blocks JGH, MUCH, SMH
Child Psychiatry 6 blocks CHPJ, DH, JGH, MCH
Continuing Care 3-6 blocks DH, JGH, MUCH
Geriatric Psychiatry 3-6 blocks CHPJ, DH, JGH, SMH
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 3-6 blocks JGH, MCH, MGH, RVH
Psychiatry Stages-en-Région 3 blocks CHPJ, LGH, Nunavik, Val d'or / Malartic

Elective Rotations:
Residents generally complete their electives/selectives during the last two years of their residency. However, residents have the option of completing brief electives earlier in their residency.
N.B. Starred elective rotations may be counted as Royal College "selectives".

Rotation

Duration

Sites

ADHD  

2 – 6 periods  

DH, MCH  

Addiction Psychiatry* 

3 – 13 periods

MGH  

Adolescent Psychiatry* 

2 - 6 periods 

CHPJ, DH, JGH, MCH 

Anxiety Disorders  

2 – 6 periods  

MUHC  

Autism Spectrum Disorders* 

2 – 13 periods 

MCH  

Behavioural Pediatrics* 

2 – 6 periods  

MCH 

Child Psychiatry* 

2 – 13 periods  

MCH, CHPJ, DH, JGH  

Consultation-Liaison: Adult* 

1 – 6 periods  

JGH, MGH, RVH, SMH  

Consultation-Liaison: Child* 

3 – 6 periods  

MCH  

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy* 

6 – 13 periods 

CHPJ, MUHC  

Intensive Psychiatric Intervention (PACT)  

3 – 13 periods 

MUHC 

Continuing Care 3 – 6 periods DH, JGH, MUHC

Crisis Intervention  

1 – 6 periods  

DH, MUHC, SMH  

Day Hospital: Adult 

1 – 6 periods  

JGH, MUHC  

Day Hospital: Child* 

1 – 6 periods  

CHPJ, JGH, MCH 

Developmental Pediatrics  

1 - 2  periods 

MCH 

Dialectic Behaviour Therapy* 

6 periods

CHPJ  

Dynamic Psychotherapy: Long-term 13 periods JGH, MUHC
Dynamic Psychotherapy: Short-term 6 – 13 periods  JGH, MUHC

Eating Disorders  

6 periods  

DH  

ECT  

1 period  

DH, MUHC

Emergency Psychiatry  

1 – 6 periods  

DH, JGH, MGH, RVH, SMH  

Family Therapy* 

6 – 13 periods 

JGH, MUHC 

First Episode Psychosis  

3 – 13 periods 

DH, JGH, MUHC  

Forensic Psychiatry 1-6 periods CHPJ

Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit* 

1 – 6 periods  

JGH, SMH  

Geriatric Psychiatry* 

2 – 13 periods

CHPJ, DH, JGH, MUHC, SMH 

Group Therapy* 

6 – 13 periods  

CHPJ, DH, JGH, SMH 

Human Sexuality Clinic  

3 – 6 periods  

MUHC

Inpatient Psychiatry 

1 - 6 periods 

JGH, MUHC 

Psychiatry Intensive Care Unit 

1 – 2 periods  

DH, JGH  

McGill Univ. Mental Health Services  

3 – 6 periods  

MUHC  

Mood Disorders  

3 – 13 periods  

DH, MUHC 

Neurology: Adult 

1 - 2 periods 

JGH, MGH, MNI 

Neurology: Child 1 - 2 periods MCH

Neuropsychiatry  

3 – 6 periods  

MNI  

Neuroradiology 

1 period 

MGH, MNI 

Pain Clinic 

1 period 

MGH 

Palliative Care 1 period MGH

Pediatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit*  

1 – 6 periods  

MCH, CHPJ  

Psychopharmacology  

2 – 13 periods  

DH, MUHC  

Psychiatry Research: Adult* 

1 - 13 periods 

DH, JGH, MUHC, SMH 

Psychiatry Research: Child* 

1 – 13 periods 

DH, JGH, MCH 

Sexual Identity Clinic  

2– 6 periods  

MUHC 

Shared Care 

2 – 6 periods  

JGH, SMH 

Transcultural Psychiatry: Adult  

3 – 13 periods

JGH  

Transcultural Psychiatry: Child* 

3 – 13 periods

MUHC 

 

Rotations Outside McGill:

 

Residents are expected to complete approximately 3 to 6 months of training in a non-urban and/or non-university setting.  This includes a variety of 1-month family medicine rotations, as well as a 3-month psychiatry rotation at Centre Hospitalier Pierre-Janet (CHPJ) or at another non-urban site.  Residents are provided with housing, and a monetary supplement to cover the cost of travel.

 

Residents have the opportunity to complete up to 12 months of their training at another Quebec university, as a "carte mobile".  Residents may also spend 3 months of their training outside Quebec (n.b. it is possible to receive full remuneration for 3 months of out-of-province elective training).

 

Psychotherapy Training:
The McGill Department of Psychiatry has a long tradition of excellence in psychotherapy. A variety of psychotherapies are taught in didactic lectures, clinical seminars and one-on-one supervision. There are opportunities to audiotape and/or videotape therapy sessions, and to have your tapes reviewed in one-on-one supervision.  Current psychotherapy requirements include:

  • Open-ended dynamic psychotherapy: residents are expected to carry a minimum of 2 cases (corresponding to no less than 160 hours of clinical exposure, and 80 hours of clinical supervision).

  • Short-term dynamic psychotherapy: residents are expected to carry a minimum of 4 cases of at least 10 sessions each.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: residents are expected to carry a minimum of 2 to 3 cases (corresponding to no less than 40 hours of clinical exposure, and 20 hours of clinical supervision), and to attend a comprehensive 60-hour CBT course.

  • Family / couple therapy: residents are expected to carry 2 to 3 families and/or couples for a total of 10 to 15 sessions.

Elective psychotherapy training experiences include dialectic behavioral therapy, existential therapy, sex therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, etc.

Research Opportunities:  

1. On “residency program” webpage: http://www.mcgill.ca/psychiatry/education/residency-program 

Research-track program 

The McGill Department of Psychiatry offers the unique opportunity of becoming an efficient and competitive clinician-scientist to a select number of students.

Link to below

 2. On “post-grad” webpage: http://www.medicine.mcgill.ca/postgrad/programs/Psychiatry.htm#Research%20Opportunities 

Research-track program

In 2011, the McGill Department of Psychiatry initiated a research-track program to support residents with strong research interests. Our goal is to provide select residents with the ability to becoming clinician-scientists. Clinician-scientists occupy a unique position at the interface of research and medical practice. With 3 research Institutes and more than 300 faculties, the McGill Department of Psychiatry is the perfect location to achieve this goal. Ultimately, residents from the research-track program will be more competitive to apply to an academic position and more effective to conduct their own research and teaching alongside their clinical practice.

The program provides support during the residency training for: matching research interests with the most appropriate research supervisor, conducting a research project, choosing rotations conducive to the time required for research and managing the time restraints of clinical training for research, and if applied, obtaining an MSc or PhD diploma. Progress is routinely monitored. Residents selected to the research-track program are expected to have a regular activity of publication and presentations including the annual departmental research day.

Interest in the research-track program will be surveyed at the time of application to the residency program. Our research committee will review candidates for suitability for the research track program.

All McGill psychiatry residents complete the required 8-week course in research methods. Optional 4- or 8-week courses are available regarding biostatistics and epidemiology. There are numerous opportunities to carry out research projects part-time during some core rotations, and half- or full-time during elective rotations (residents may opt to spend up to one year full-time or two years half-time carrying out psychiatry research electives).

Emphasis is placed on the scholarly work of our residents, and there are many opportunities in our network for recognition of academic productivity. Residents typically have written at least one publishable paper (research or clinical) before graduation. There are several monetary prizes awarded for excellence in scholarly endeavors, including the Chairman's Prize (for the overall best research or clinical paper written by a resident); Saul Wilner Prize (for the best unpublished clinical paper); Innovative Publication Prize (for the best published research or clinical paper); Gabrielle Weiss Prize (for the best paper relevant to Child Psychiatry); Geriatric Psychiatry Prize (for the best paper relevant to Geriatric Psychiatry); and the Serge Bikadoroff Prize (for the best paper relevant to C/L Psychiatry).

As of the Spring of 2009, residents will also be able to compete for internal funds for their research projects.  An annual award of $10,000 (renewable) will be granted for the best resident research proposal.

Clinician Investigator Program:

The Clinician Investigator Program is also available for McGill psychiatry residents. The CIP's mandate is to assist in the career development of clinician / investigators by providing a formalized postgraduate educational program that fulfills the existing clinical specialty training requirements of the Royal College, as well as a minimum of two years of structured rigorous research training. Up to one of the research years may also be credited to fulfill the individual's specialty requirements.  It is preferred that the two years of research be sequential (i.e., R5 plus a one-year fellowship).  For psychiatry residents, acceptance into this Program requires the joint approval of the CIP and the Psychiatry Residency Program Committees.  For more information please refer to: http://www.med.mcgill.ca/postgrad/programs/cip.htm

 

Master's Degree In Psychiatry:

McGill psychiatry residents may also pursue a Masters Degree in Psychiatry during their five-year residency.  This degree Program provides residents with more rigorous training as medical scientists, including course work in research methods specific to their area of supervised research, leading to the presentation of a Master's thesis and to scholarly publications.  The precise courses vary depending on the research area.  For more information please refer to:

http://www.mcgill.ca/psychiatry/education/graduate-program.

 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:
McGill Psychiatry residents may obtain their Diploma in Child Psychiatry. This is issued by the McGill Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research upon meeting all requirements of the Psychiatry Residency Program PLUS the specific requirements of the Division of Child Psychiatry Residency Program. The latter comprise two years of child and adolescent psychiatry training, a passing grade on a scholarly paper, and successful completion of an oral examination linked to the submitted paper. The 2 years of child and adolescent psychiatry training include the 6-period child core rotation, 3-period child C-L rotation, and 17 periods of additional child rotations (e.g. electives rotations in transcultural, infant team / autism, adolescent inpatient / first-episode psychosis, research, etc.). Four sites are available for child and adolescent psychiatry training, including one non-urban site (CHPJ, DH, JGH, MCH).  For more information please refer to:

http://www.med.mcgill.ca/psychiatry/postgrad/child/index.htm.

 

Geriatric Psychiatry:
McGill Psychiatry residents may obtain their Certificate in Psychiatry, with Proficiency in Geriatric Psychiatry. This is issued by the Faculty of Medicine upon meeting all requirements of the Psychiatry Residency Program PLUS the specific requirements of the Geriatric Psychiatry Training Committee. The latter comprise one year of geriatric psychiatry training, and a scholarly paper written with the supervision of an academic mentor.  Five sites are available for geriatric psychiatry training, including one non-urban site (CHPJ, DH, JGH, MGH or SMH). For more information please refer to the Geriatric Psychiatry website:

http://www.medicine.mcgill.ca/psychiatry/postgrad/geriatric/index.htm.

Mentorship Program:
Incoming residents participate in our one-on-one Mentorship Program.  Mentors meet with R1s approximately 6 to 12 times during their first year.  Mentorship may involve 1) shadowing of mentors involved in clinical areas of interest, or 2) meeting with mentors to review readings on academic topics of interest. Incoming R1's inform our office whether they prefer a clinical or academic mentorship experience, and list three areas of interest so that we may select an appropriate mentor for them.

Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents:

The Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents (HSIR) at McGill is a multi-disciplinary program that provides residents with robust, didactic teaching in humanitarian studies (monthly evening seminars plus a 2-week intensive course at Harvard University), a 3-day weekend disaster-simulation in Massachusetts, as well as a 1- to 3-month international field placement.  If selected for this program, McGill psychiatry residents may complete the HSIR during their five-year residency.

 

Training Sites:

GENERAL ADULT HOSPITALS:

  • Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH)

  • Montreal General Hospital (MGH)

  • Sir M. B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital (JGH)

  • St. Mary's Hospital (SMH)

PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE

  • Douglas Mental Health University Institute (DH)

GENERAL PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL

  • Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH)

NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

  • Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)

COMMUNITY / RURAL TRAINING SITES (Psychiatry)

  • Centre Hospitalier Pierre Janet (CHPJ) (Hull)

  • CSSS de la Vallée de l'Or (Val d'Or)

  • Lakeshore General Hospital (LGH)

COMMUNITY / RURAL TRAINING SITES (Family Medicine)

  • CLSC Côte-des-Neiges

  • CLSC Metro

  • CSSS des Collines (Wakefield)

  • Conseil Cri SSS de la Baie James (Chisasibi)

  • CSSS du Haut St-Laurent (Huntingdon, Ormstown)

  • CS Inuulitsivik (Puvirnituq)

  • CSSS de Papineau (Buckingham)

  • CSSS la Pommeraie (Cowansville, Knowlton)

  • CSSS du Pontiac (Shawville)

  • CSSS du Suroit (Valleyfield)

  • CSSS de Temiscaming et de Kipawa (Temiscaming)

  • CS Tullatavik de L'Ungava (Kuujjuaq)

  • CSSS de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (Maniwaki)

  • CSSS de la Vallée-de-l'Or (Val d'Or)

  • CSSS Vaudreuil-Soulanges (Rigaud)

Additional Information:
An attraction of the McGill program is its location in a cosmopolitan French milieu.  Facility in French is an asset but not essential requirement for acceptance into the program.  For those who wish to improve their language skills, courses are available at McGill at reasonable cost.