PLEX (Formerly Electives)

(For 1/2 day and PGY4 electives)

PLEX - Update

PLEX – Personalized Learning Experience

Going forward at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program the term Electives has been formally changed by the PRPC to the acronym PLEX (Personalized Learning Experience). The reasoning for this change is to reflect the changes to the elective offerings as the CBD Rotation Structure (Competency by Design) is being rolled out. With CBD, residents will have increased opportunities to explore the rich and varied possibilities that await them as members of the Psychiatry profession. Within each year of training, time has been carved out for residents to navigate these opportunities based on their interests allowing them to personalize their residency experience and to shape themselves into the future Psychiatrists that they will become.

PLEX was also created as a way to support residents who need to demonstrate certain competencies without prolonging the overall duration of their training. Residents who require more opportunities to improve in a certain area,, at the discretion of the program, may be asked to use PLEX time to sharpen particular skills to become truly world class physicians.

Over the course of the next few months our website will be changing any reference from elective to PLEX to reflect this in all our documentation, policies, and forms. We appreciate your patience during this change, and hope to minimize confusion in the interim.

If you have any questions about how PLEX time relates to you please contact:

Robert Gardin and Michael John Hernandez at the postgrad office. or

Half Day PLEX

In accordance with the standards of accreditation of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Department of Psychiatry is pleased to offer a range of PLEX experiences to PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents. In general, these PLEX involve spending one half day per week with a supervisor in a setting and specialty area which is separate from the resident’s current rotation. This arrangement allows for several PLEXs during the final three years of training.

Electives are listed by various academic units which reflect the diversity and broad expertise in our Department. If you wish to pursue an elective outside the formal listing, please note that such an elective must be approved in advance by the Postgraduate Education Office. Certain PLEX span the entire academic year; in these cases, residents should choose the PLEX as two blocks.

Please feel free to inquire about details of any of the PLEX with the respective supervisors, and arrange your PLEX(s) directly with the supervisors listed in the description. Once you have arranged your PLEX(s), complete the enclosed Elective Choice Form and forward to the Director of Postgraduate Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: College Site by May 31st. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Postgraduate Education office at 416/979-4276, or email Robert Gardin at:

Link to half day electives booklet

PGY4 Month-Long PLEX

Beginning in January 2018 PGY4 residents will have the option of a month-long clinical PLEX block. Please note the following before applying for a month-long PLEX: 

  1. Residents who are already doing 3 months of research are not eligible.
  2. Residents in academic difficulty are not eligible.
  3. Two (2) residents cannot be away from the same service at the same time.
  4. This arrangement has to take into account the needs of the site (for example, if a service is already “down” a resident because of a pre-approved 3 month research PLEX, they can’t lose an additional resident because of the clinical impact on the service and any remaining learners).
  5. As with all PLEX, residents need to work out the relevant details and complete the elective forms on their own (approach a supervisor, secure office space etc.)
  6. Addictions experiences (where they are longitudinal) would continue throughout the PLEX block.
  7. Residents may not do both a 1/2 day PLEX and a one month PLEX – if interested, you must choose the one that is most compatible with your interests.


  1. Speak with the site coordinator at the site of your core rotation to check which months might be available for an PLEX experience given the number of residents and the clinical load.
  2. Identify an PLEX supervisor to see if they are available during the designated window.
  3. Confirm the availability of office space at the PLEX site (if required).
  4. Complete the PLEX application above and submit to the PG office with an appended agreement from the core rotation, indicating they support the PLEX.


Hospitals interested in submitting a Half-day elective, please use the downlaod the Half-Day Elective Hospital Request Form (140.42 KB). All electives must be approved in advance by the Postgraduate Education Office.

Resident Application for Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Program (TAAPP) Trips

 Download the TAAPP application form (15.53 KB). There is no set deadline to apply, please see the application for contact information.

Northern Outreach Program

The Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – (NPOP-C)

The Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, formerly known as the University of Toronto Psychiatric Outreach Program evolved from a 1993 Underserviced Area Program Committee. What began early in 1994 with consultation service to Kenora, Ontario, expanded in 1995 to include the sites of Parry Sound, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Sioux Lookout and Timmins, Ontario. Since 1999 NPOP-C has been a partner in the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Programs (OPOP; see below). NPOP-C has continued to expand with over seventy faculty consultants, and serves communities throughout Ontario including Atikokan, Baffin Island, Elora, Fort William, Kenora, New Liskeard, North Bay, Parry Sound, Sault St. Marie, Sioux Lookout, Surbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins, and Wawa.

In addition, NPOP-C staff and consultants participate in the delivery of clinical and educational telemedicine services from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to sites across Ontario, with priority given to Northern sites. This allows NPOP-C to complement fly-in/drive-in services offered to our partner communities as well as provide needed psychiatric consultations to more remote sites not served by visiting physicians. Connectivity and clinician fees for telemedicine are provided by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).


NPOP-C electives are available in most northern sites that NPOP-C deals with. One month selectives are also available at some of the sites.  Please contact Achira Saad, Education Coordinator (NPOP-C) at 416- 535-8501 or 416-535-8501 x34971 or via email, if you are interested in completing an elective/selective at any one of the sites or require further information. The electives are an excellent opportunity for residents to gain one on one education and experience from consultants with University of Toronto faculty appointments. The Program also serves Baffin Island, Nunavut with monthly consultation visits and resident electives.

The OTN infrastructure can be used to link residents completing Royal College accredited core rotations in North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay to seminars and supervision from CAMH and other University of Toronto-affilliated teaching hospitals. Continuing Education (CE) seminars and presentations by CAMH faculty are also being provided to a variety of remote sites within Ontario through the OTN connection.

Royal College Core Rotations and Selectives in the following sub-specialties can be completed at the sites listed below:

North Bay:

  • Senior Selective: 1) Psychotherapy, 2) Forensics

Sault Ste. Marie:

  • General Psychiatry
  • Senior Selective – Psychotherapy/Forensic/Addictions
  • Consultation Liaison

Thunder Bay: (On a case by case basis)

  • General Psychiatry
  • Chronic Care Rehabilitation
  • Consultation Liaison
  • Addictions

The Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP), formed in 1999, is a collaborative and dynamic network of dedicated academics and practitioners in the mental health field, sharing expertise and resources to deliver clinical services and education to Ontario’s rural, remote and under-serviced areas.

OPOP is committed to providing clinical service, education and support of the highest quality to communities throughout Ontario, particularly communities that are rural, remote or considered under-serviced in terms of mental health care. We will continually strive to provide multidisciplinary, contextually relevant, community-oriented service and education.

Currently, six university programs participate in the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP), along with the Ontario Child and Youth Telepsychiatry Program. Programs are based at university departments of psychiatry.

The six university programs that fall under the umbrella of OPOP are:

  • The Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – NPOP-C
  • Extended Campus Program (ECP) University of Western Ontario
  • McMaster University
  • Northern Ontario Francophone Psychiatric Program (NOFPP)
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)
  • Queen’s University Psychiatric Outreach Program

NPOP-C Office and Contacts:

Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
250 College Street, Room 827
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R8

Dr. Allison Crawford

Program Director

Voice: (416) 535-8501 Ext. 30318
Fax: (416) 979-6902

Ms. Rowena Figueredo


Voice: (416) 535-8501 Ext. 34484
Fax: (416) 979-6902

Ms. Nicole Lindros

Telepsychiatry Coordinator

Voice: (416) 535-8501 Ext. 34778
Fax: (416) 260-4186

Ms. Achira Saad

Education Coordinator

Voice: (416) 535-8501 Ext. 34971
Fax: (416) 979-6902