Postgraduate Education

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The Department of Psychiatry at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive training program. Our aim is to have our trainees not only increase their knowledge throughout educational experiences but also prepare them for lifelong learning.

Our vision is to support each learner with the theoretical and practical knowledge to work independently and proficiently in various areas of psychiatry, such as:

  • General Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Research
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Teaching in Psychiatry
  • Other Areas of Psychiatry

We have created a rich rotational and theoretical curriculum for our residents. Comparable with other academic programs, we have built the curriculum on the columns of practical learning during the rotations and theoretical learning in lectures and seminars. For better coordination we have created and will continue to provide most of the theoretical teaching during an academic day each week.

To facilitate the educational experience throughout the five year program we have designed the lectures on the academic day according to the level of education. In practice that means that each year has its own lecture schedule. The content of the lectures for each year are tailored to the main academic experience the resident is scheduled to have during that segment.

Parallel, we provide educational opportunities as longitudinal experiences in research, psychotherapy, addiction psychiatry, teaching, interviewing skills and ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy).

Our mentorship program for incoming R1’s is a unique feature of our program, helping the medical students after the Canadian Resident Matching Service exams (CaRMs) match to develop their first steps into their psychiatric career with the support of peers. In our first month we offer an orientation phase where you will have the opportunity to understand and learn about the hospital system, without patient care duties, while also learning about the community links that are essential in patient centered care.

The rotational experience utilizes our broad group of faculty, with specializations which cover the current, modern challenges in psychiatry.

Since academic development depends on continuous research and teaching, we have developed a strong module in these areas to support a high level education.