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.

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.