Academic seminars are held for a full day each Thursday for PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 Residents. The academic day at the home program for PGY1 Residents is provided monthly, except in July where seminars are provided weekly. Residents are excused from their clinical responsibilities for the day to attend an integrated series of seminars covering all aspects of psychiatry. PGY5 Residents have a flexible self-study program. The academic program is designed to meet the standards of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The PGY1 curriculum is designed to introduce residents to a variety of topics in psychiatry. The PGY2 curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to General Adult Psychiatry. It is preceded by a two month seminar series covering Emergency Psychiatry. The PGY3 curriculum covers topics in Child Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. The PGY4 curriculum is designed to provide residents with an in depth knowledge of major clinical syndromes and special areas in psychiatry including Consultation-Liaison, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychiatry, Reproductive Psychiatry, etc. The PGY5 curriculum focuses on preparation for transition to practice in several seminars over the year.
A comprehensive psychotherapy curriculum covering a number of validated treatment modalities runs on Thursday afternoons; in the PGY2 year this covers basic psychotherapy skills and increases in complexity and diversity in the PGY3 and PGY4 years.
Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Program Director, Curriculum