Department of Psychiatry

Psychiatry Institute for Medical Students

This is a one-week program held at the end of the academicPostgraduate Residency Program year for first and second-year medical students from medical schools across Canada to expose them to potential role models and mentors in the field of psychiatry. Each day consists of morning interactive seminars and afternoon elective placements.The week serves both an educational and social function and is meant to give those who may be uncertain about a life as a psychiatrist more information.


Registration for Summer Institute 2018: June 4-8

Online application available here:

Summer Institute 2017: June 5 – 9:

We had yet another fulfilling Summer Institute. A total of 24 students from various medical schools across Canada attended the week-long program. Our participants came from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Alberta, Dalhousie, Queen’s, Saskatchewan, Western, and Toronto. This week-long experience provided them with the chance to meet our faculty in different subspecialties such as addictions, child and adolescent psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, medical psychiatry,  psychotherapy, and women’s mental health. Many left with positive attitudes and reinforced their interest in pursuing a residency in psychiatry.

The Psychiatry Institute was a truly formative experience, especially coming out of first year medical school. The diversity and breadth of speakers, content, and electives sparked my interest in Psychiatry and I learned a lot about the field and the program. The Institute was also a great opportunity to meet students from other medical schools with similar interests. I would highly recommend the Institute to anyone who wants to learn more about Psychiatry, hear from excellent lecturers, get some clinical experience, and make awesome friends!”

Read about the experience one of our Summer Institute students had in 2016: 

Photos from the Summer Institute in 2015:

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