Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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.