Geriatric Psychiatry

Understanding Geriatric Depression

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 contact Dr. Robert Madan, Program Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty,

For information about how to apply for the Geriatric Phsychiatry Subspecialty, visit the Subspecialties webpage.