Western Extended Campus Program

The Extended Campus Program (ECP) is a member program of the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) and was originally established in 1985 to recruit psychiatrist to under-serviced northern communities. As faculty members of the Department of psychiatry at Western University, those psychiatrists provided a foundation for the ECP.

Over time, the mission of the ECP has shifted from a dedication to psychiatric recruitment to one that recognizes the changing roles and relationships with its regional partners and maintains strong collaboration ties that facilitate both academic growth (through collaborative education and research) as well as quality psychiatric care in under-serviced communities through support of continued recruitment and retention efforts.
ECP geographic program locations include:

  • North Bay - North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Sudbury - Health Sciences North Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay - Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital
  • Thunder Bay - Thunder Bay Regional Hospital


The North of Superior Program (NOSP) Psychiatric Outreach Services is a subprogram within the ECP. A group of faculty from the Department of Psychiatry at Western provide a fly-in and televideo psychiatric service to the North of Superior communities to five cities east of Thunder Bay. These consultations, which are a unique potential educational experience for psychiatry trainees in rural and remote areas, are both direct to the patient and indirect to local mental health workers.

The Director of the ECP and NOSP is Dr. Giuseppe Guaiana