Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Interviews with U of T CAP Subspecialty Residents

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. 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.

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Additional funding pathway

In the event that the University is unable to fund training positions for all deserving candidates, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences could provide additional funding pathways to support two eligible candidates- one position in the child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) subspecialty program and one position in the geriatric psychiatry subspecialty program.

Ontario Shores could provide salary support for one CAP trainee and one geriatric psychiatry trainee who: a) meet the respective training program’s standards for acceptance; b) meet Ontario Shores’ internal criteria for funding; and c) commit to a return of service agreement with Ontario Shores that is equal to the length of the training that is supported by Ontario Shores.

Ontario Shores is located just east of Toronto atop 76 acres of Lake Ontario’s shoreline in the picturesque town of Whitby. With 346 beds and over 70,000 outpatient visits annually, Ontario Shores has an innovative approach to mental health care that uses clinical best practices and evidence-based care in an environment built on compassion, empowerment and hope. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jacqueline Forrester, Manager, Medical Affairs at or 905-430-4055 x 6237. Please be assured that Ontario Shores will keep all inquiries confidential; the subspecialty program will not know which candidates are willing to be considered for the return of service position.