Undergraduate Medical Education
All core teaching hospital sites off regular placement to medical students as their core rotation or as electives/selectives.
Within the Population Health module of community medicine, there is one half-day which explores populations approaches to psychiatry via an equity lens. There are also a number of lectures focusing on women’s health care. The medical student led group Multiculturalism iN Medicine (MNM) also has an annual series including a session on mental health and addiction.
Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty members in the division of EGP aim to ensure that concepts related to equity, gender and population health are integrated across the postgraduate medical curriculum. Specific training takes place in all years of the psychiatry residency program. With the introduction of the competency-based curriculum to psychiatry, there are major opportunities to ensure integration of the concepts of equity, cultural competency and advocacy into the residency curriculum. Examples:
Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY 1) Seminars:
- Homelessness in the ED
- Cultural Psychiatry Basics and Cultural Psychopharmacology
- Pharmacology in Women
- Cultural Psychiatry I (Global Mental Health ) and II (Aboriginal Mental Health)
- Boundary issues
Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY-2) Seminars:
- Advocacy: Advocating for Patients; Mental Health Advocacy and Community Visit-Progress Place
- Sociocultural Dimensions of Psychiatry Block
- Women’s Mental Health Block
- An integrated approach to Trauma and its impact
Postgraduate Year 5 (PGY-5) Seminar:
- Populationbased approaches to mental health and mental health care
EGP Faculty also offer Junior (half-day electives) and Senior (6 month) residency electives, with foci on cross-cultural psychiatry, immigrants and mental health and women’s mental health. Division faculty regularly host clinical elective students from outside of the University of Toronto with a special interest in equity, culture and gender issues in psychiatry. EGP members also provide outreach to multiple community sites through ICHA (Inner City Health Associates) including Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and Hong Fook which are both learning sites for PGY5 Integrated Mental Health Care rotations.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs
Clinical and Research postdoctoral fellowship programs are available in Women’s Mental Health, including with a focus on reproductive mental health, trauma and mature women (Women’s College Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University Health Network and Sinai Health System). Fellows in Women’s Mental Health have the option of spending time in the Women’s Inpatient unit at the Centre for Addicition and Mental Health, treating acutely ill women with trauma and multiple psychiatric comorbidities. Previous fellows have come from Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Israel, Singapore, UAE, Saudia Arabia, Oman and other countries. Women’s College Hospital has appointing a Fellowship Director who is working to create competencies in women’s mental health.
Department-wide learning opportunities in the area of equity, gender and population health include:
- Cultural Psychiatry Day (http://www.psychiatry.utoronto.ca/event/cultural-psychiatry-day-6/)
- Advocacy Day (http://www.psychiatry.utoronto.ca/event/advocacy-day/)
- Mental Health on the Margins (Resident-led seminar/reading group on cultural psychiatry)
- Trauma Talks Conference run by Women’s College Hospital(http://www.traumatalks.ca/)
- City wide trauma rounds have initiated in collaboration with all TAHSN hospitals
EGP faculty have been involved in developing developing training for health equity impact assessment tools, as well as an on-line course focusing on refugee mental healthfunded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada:
- The Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is a practical tool developed by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) in partnership with others in the health care system, including CAMH. This tool can be used to identify unintended potential health impacts of a policy, program or initiative on vulnerable or marginalized groups within the general population.
- CAMH developed and coordinates the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project (IRMHP), a capacity-building project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The IRMHP provides online training, tools and resources to settlement, social and health service providers across Canada, to support their work with newly-arrived immigrants and refugees.