Department of Psychiatry



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June 2017

Attention: All PGY 4 and PGY 5 Residents

RE: Application to a Subspecialty Program for July 2018

The Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto has 3 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredited subspecialty programs (Child and Adolescent, Forensic and Geriatric Psychiatry). Consistent with the Royal College requirements, the Geriatric and Child and Adolescent programs are two years. The intention is for residents to enter these programs as PGY5’s and complete it with a PGY6 year. However, there may be occasions when a resident enters the program as a PGY6 and completes the program with a PGY7 year. The Forensic program is a one year program with entry for the PGY6 year. Residents are asked to apply in the year prior to their anticipated entry into these programs.

The Department of Psychiatry is calling for Applications to these Subspecialties for entry commencing July 2018. Applications for all 3 Subspecialty Programs are due Monday, September 11, 2017.

All current PGY 4 or 5 residents are eligible to apply to the Geriatric or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Programs. All current PGY 5 residents are eligible to apply to the Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) with outside funding from approved sponsors are eligible to apply to the U of T subspecialty programs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry. Like all eligible applicants, they must have Royal College Certification in Psychiatry or be enrolled in a Royal College-accredited Psychiatry program. Their applications will be considered using the same procedures and standards used for Canadian applicants. All applicants will be ranked according to the merits of their application, and will be considered for acceptance only if they are deemed to be sufficiently competent and likely to succeed in the program. Based on their ranking and the number of funded positions available, Canadian applicants who meet the standard of competence will be offered acceptance first. IMGs with outside funding who meet the same standard may then be offered acceptance if the program has the capacity to accommodate them.

Only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified. Interviews will take place for each subspecialty as follows:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: October 12 – 13, 2017

Forensic Psychiatry: Between October 16 – 27, 2017

Geriatric Psychiatry: October 13, 2017

Information about the application process can be found on the Department of Psychiatry website:

Completed Application Packages are to be submitted electronically to:

Administrative Coordinator

Department of Psychiatry

University of Toronto


Any questions regarding the process can be directed to Sandra Caswell at or 416-535-8501 x30868

Dr. S. Lieff, Vice Chair Education, Department of Psychiatry

Dr.  D. Gorman, Subspecialty Program Director – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. L. Ramshaw, Subspecialty Program Director – Forensic Psychiatry

Dr. R. Madan, Subspecialty Program Director – Geriatric Psychiatry


Call for Subspecialty Applications (Deadline: Monday, September 11, 2017):


  1. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  2. Forensic Psychiatry
  3. Geriatric Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program: Overview

The University of Toronto has a long tradition of training senior residents and fellows in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP), and in 2012 our CAP subspecialty training program was among the first in Canada to receive full accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

U of T CAP subspecialty residents have access to an extraordinary range of clinical settings and supervisors within the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health (DCYMH), as well as numerous opportunities for research, teaching, administration, and leadership.

For their clinical rotations, residents may choose from over 10 training sites, which include a world-class children’s hospital (The Hospital for Sick Children), Canada’s largest teaching hospital devoted to mental health and addiction (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), other superb academic centres, and a number of excellent community hospitals and children’s mental health agencies located throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Given the large size and academic excellence of the DCYMH, the range of scholarly opportunities available to residents is virtually endless. For example, residents may participate in research programs in areas as diverse as ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, medical psychiatry, street youth, brain imaging, genetics, clinical trials, health services, and implementation science. U of T also has a strong commitment to educational scholarship, and residents are encouraged to develop their teaching and supervisory skills through interactions with junior residents and medical students.

Given the many sites that constitute the DCYMH, our CAP subspecialty program makes a deliberate effort to develop a warm and close-knit training community. Residents come together once per month for an academic day that includes seminars and a meeting with the program director. The program also organizes regular social events for residents and supervisors, including a summer barbeque, “child psych cinema” nights, and an end-of-year celebration. To view photos of some recent program social events, please visit Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Resident Profiles and scroll down.

In short, the U of T CAP subspecialty program is committed to providing top-notch clinical and scholarly training in CAP, while fostering a training environment that is friendly, supportive, and collegial.

CAP Subspecialty Resident Welcome BBQ (2017)


For more details about the program and applying, please visit Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program: Applications and Program Information.

To learn about our CAP subspecialty residents, please visit Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Resident Profiles.

For further information about CAP subspecialty training at U of T, please contact Ms. Sandra Caswell, Coordinator for Postgraduate Initiatives and Subspecialties (


Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of Psychiatry accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The University of Toronto has a one-year PGY-6 Training Program in Forensic Psychiatry. The Program provides an immersion in all aspects of Forensic Psychiatry. Residents will be trained in assessments of individuals involved in the legal systems, and consultations on behalf of third parties, through to specialized psychiatric treatment (risk management and recovery) required by those involved in jails, prisons and specialized forensic psychiatric hospitals. Residents will gain expertise in report writing and in providing expert testimony. They will have opportunities to be involved in research in forensic mental health and they will have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of forensic subpopulations including youth, and individuals in high secure, correctional and community settings.

The curriculum will include 2 to 3 days a week of Core Training, 1.5 to 2.5 days a week of Selectives, involving a total of 4.5 days a week over the year. Core Training will be divided between Forensic Psychiatry Assessments (fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence risk) and Longitudinal Care of individuals under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Code Review Board. Selectives will include two or more of: Correctional Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry, Civil Psychiatry, Sexual Behaviour Assessment and Treatment, Complex Violence and Sexual Violence Risk Assessments, and Research in Forensic Psychiatry. Weekly Academic Half-Days, including seminars, mock trials, journal club and case discussions, will complete the 5-day week. There will be opportunities for training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and other sites in Toronto, at Ontario Shores Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, and at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene. There will be further potential opportunities in rural settings including areas such as Kenora, Nunavut, Peterborough and Kingston.

For further information about the subspecialty training in Forensic Psychiatry, please contact Dr. Lisa Ramshaw, Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director,

Geriatric Psychiatry

The University of Toronto Geriatric Psychiatry Program offers a comprehensive and innovative training program. A variety of tools and activities are used to ensure that trainees meet the objectives of training in the CanMEDS roles. The medical expert content is delivered through a comprehensive core curriculum series. The other CanMEDS roles are taught and evaluated using innovative techniques with the goal of graduating Residents who are well-rounded and effective physicians for the future.

There are 7 academic centres and 41 Faculty members involved in the training program. Year 1 of the program consists of a combination core clinical work (outreach and ambulatory care) along with a wide choice of electives and advanced training/scholarly activities. In Year 2, ambulatory care continues as a longitudinal clinic. Residents complete the inpatient portion of the rotation and continue electives and advanced training/scholarly project.

The advanced training/scholarly activities portion of the training program spans the 2 years. The goal is to develop an advanced level of competency in areas such as education, research, service development and administration, advocacy, or leadership – according to individual career goals, subject to approval by the Program Director. The University of Toronto Geriatric Psychiatry Program offers a wide range of research activities. The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is home to internationally renowned expert researchers who have done seminal work in the area. The program supports and encourages research activities. Residents have a significant amount of protected time to be involved in research given amount of time designated for the clinical psychiatric research selective and advanced training/scholarly activities.

For further information about the subspecialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry, please follow this link or contact Dr. Robert Madan, Program Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty,


Life in Toronto 

Nicknamed “Toronto the Good,” “Hogtown,” and “The 6” (after its 416 area code), Toronto is distinguished for its higher education, arts and culture, sports, entertainment, and shopping. And despite a population of over 5 million in the Greater Toronto Area, it is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. This is likely because it is a city of neighbourhoods that reflect its extraordinary cultural diversity. From Chinatown to Greektown, Little Italy to Little India, and Portugal Village to the stretch of Ethiopian restaurants on Bloor Street West, virtually all of the world’s cultures are represented in this vibrant city. It is also easy to get around on the TTC, the city’s public transportation system that includes buses, streetcars, and four subway lines. Toronto is home to the Leafs, Jays, Raptors, and other professional sports teams, and its Theatre District is the third-largest in the English-speaking world. Film lovers flock to the world-class Toronto International Film Festival in the fall and the Hot Docs Festival in the spring, while arts and culture aficionados are regulars at the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the city’s many smaller galleries. Toronto’s restaurant scene has also exploded in recent years, with everything from white-table-cloth fine dining to hipster haunts. Finally, for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Toronto has many parks and an extensive ravine system, as well as easy access to short trip destinations such as cottage country, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Stratford.

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