Future Students

The Postgraduate Training Program in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto is the largest of its kind in North America. It has over 185 residents training in 15 sites across the city and 9 sites in five cities in the North (Mississauga, North Bay, Sault St. Marie, Thunder Bay, and Whitby).

The training sites in Toronto include 6 general hospitals (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Mount Sinai, St. Michael’s, Sunnybrook, and Women’s College; one large psychiatric centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), encompassing three sites (Queen Street, College Street, and Russell Street); two adult specialty hospitals (Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Princess Margaret Hospital); 6 child teaching sites (Hospital for Sick Children, Sickkids Centre for Community Mental Health (Formerly Hincks-Dellcrest), Humber River Regional Hospital, George Hull Centre, CAMH Child and Adolescent Program, and Surrey Place) and 4 community teaching hospitals (North York General Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences).

We have added two teaching sites based in Mississauga: Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre. Residents spend variable amounts of time rotating through these teaching sites during their five years of training. Each site has a local coordinator for postgraduate education, each of whom sits on the Postgraduate Education Committee.

Who Should Come to UofT?

  • If you want to enjoy all that a big city has to offer during your residency
  • If you want to become a well-trained general psychiatrist
  • If you have an interest in research

Highlights of the Psychiatry Program:

  • Largest psychiatry residency program in North America
  • Diverse opportunities to branch out with 8 established Divisions
  • Active and supportive Psychiatric Residents Association of Toronto (PRAT) involved in all departmental committees
  • Protected research time for residents and a Clinician Scientist Program

More Information:

  • Prospective IMG (international medical graduates) Residents:
    • Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents who completed their medical training outside Canada should apply through the CaRMs website at: http://www.carms.ca/.
    • Non Canadian citizens should visit the Post MD Education site.

We highly encourage any applicants interested in applying to CaRMS for the 2018 or 2019 years to carefully review the University of Toronto CaRMS description for Psychiatry.

Transfers

The University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry considers possible transfer applicants into our postgraduate training program each year. Over the last several years, we have filled all our spots through the CaRMS process, but some years, we have remaining training capacity. All application materials will be submitted directly to the Psychiatry Postgraduate Office at the University of Toronto by April 11, 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by a team of reviewers to determine whether or not the applicant has met the program admission and selection criteria and the standard for an interview. If candidates are deemed acceptable by the program residency training committee, we then attempt to secure funding to support the transfer from the University PGME Office. A position can never be offered until all the funding to support a candidate has been confirmed. Securing funding from the University is an inherently uncertain process and it may take until May or even June before funding capacity is certain.

Download the Transfer Application (19.1 KB)

Please note that there are transfer guidelines to assist with local (University of Toronto), provincial (Ontario), and national transfer requests – all three guidelines can be viewed at http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/about-pgme/policies-guidelines/

The first point of contact is your home PGME office to register your interest in a possible transfer.

Accreditation Status- RCPSC

Full Accreditation – April 2013 – with regular follow-up in 2019.

Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada – April 30, 2015.  Click here (148.13 KB) to view the confirmation letter.

Mandatory Core Rotations

PGY-1

The clinical rotation consists of three months psychiatry (a combination of crisis, addictions and consultation-liaison), two months of general internal medicine, one month each of emergency, palliative care, neurology, behavioural neurology, Family Medicine or Pediatrics. There are two months of elective which may be clinical or research-based. In addition, it may be possible to spend up to two months in research activities during the PGY-1 year. In PGY-1, half a day each week is devoted to core didactic teaching. In addition, there is a special Neuroimaging Week for all PGY-1’s.

PGY-2 to 5

PGY-2 consists of a whole year general hospital type of rotation, both inpatient and outpatient. This rotation, along with those of the next two years constitutes the core training requirements mandated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as follows: child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, chronic care and substance abuse, consultation-liaison and collaborative shared care. In the final year (PGY-5) the trainees pursue senior selective rotations in preparation for community or hospital practice, or a university career. PGY-5 residents may choose 2 half-year or a full year selective rotations from the 8 Divisions: Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems, Brain and Therapeutics (addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, neuroscience, schizophrenia), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, Equity, Gender and population (culture and community health; women’s mental health; TAAPP), Forensic Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychotherapy (various modes of psychotherapy, health, arts, and humanities; research innovation & scholarship in education). Following completion of the postgraduate program, numerous fellowships are available for advanced training in one of the divisions.

PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents will obtain extensive psychotherapy training through supervision and seminars in: long-term and short-term psychodynamic therapy, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, and interpersonal therapy, multi-person therapies including couple, family and group therapy.

PGY-3, PGY-4 and PGY-5 trainees also have the opportunity to participate in half- day electives outside their hospital rotation.


Integrated Care Training

Integrated Care training experiences afford unique perspectives on our health care system, including understanding the needs of people receiving care outside of the psychiatric system (e.g. before, after, or instead of receiving psychiatric care), and appreciating what support their health care and social service providers need from us as physicians and psychiatric specialists. Through this training you will gain a better understanding of community needs, and have an experience of consulting to a team and organization to meet the mental health and addictions needs of a defined population.

Observerships

In the past, the IMG office used to approve a very small number of applications each year. However, this has been phased out as of January 2016, due to numerous reasons. Despite this, the vast majority of IMG observerships have been obtained by IMGs through their own initiatives (i.e. contacting faculty, hospital departments themselves).

We continue to encourage IMGs interested in securing an observership to:

  1. Review our postgraduate website to learn more about our program
  2. Read and learn about the various activities happening in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (free public lectures, events like Mindfest, etc.) and participate or attend those events if interested and available to do so
  3. Learn about the various areas of research and education our faculty are involved in and if interested in someone’s work, consider contacting them directly to learn more about their work or their field
  4. Consider contacting the various hospital departments of psychiatry to see if there is someone offering an observership opportunity, or consider contacting individual faculty whose work you’ve read about or learned about to see if they are taking on observers
  5. Attend conferences where University of Toronto psychiatry faculty will be speaking to learn more about their work
  6. Please be aware that securing an observership in our program is not a mandatory part of our selection process for CaRMS (i.e. if you have psychiatry observerships from other programs these are also viewed as valuable)

Please be aware that our faculty are very keen to teach and supervise however they also have a number of educational demands placed on them, and many who do offer observerships can only do a few a year as a result. Planning well in advance (often a year at times) is key if you are trying to look for one.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the information above, you can contact Ms. Nithya Ravi in the postgraduate office at nithya.ravi@utoronto.ca

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