Academic Day Curriculum

Dr. Joanne Sinai , Associate Program Director Curriculum

Academic seminars are held for a full day each Thursday for PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 Residents. The academic day for PGY1 Residents is provided monthly at the home program. 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 is covers topics in Child Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. The PGY4 curriculum is designed to provide residents with 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 first years of practice and is held over two days.

A comprehensive psychotherapy curriculum covering all 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.