General Psychiatry Residency Program

Psychiatry is a five-year program. The PGY-1 year is a basic clinical training year, intended to prepare the resident for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II, to aid the consolidation of knowledge, attitude and skills learned in medical school, and to prepare the resident for the pure psychiatry rotations in the ensuing four years of training.

The aim of the Residency Program in Psychiatry is to train physicians with a broad grasp and full experience in clinical and academic psychiatry, leading to certification by the Royal College of Physicians.

All residents are supervised by senior attending psychiatrists in the care of the widest possible range of patients across all settings. All residents receive training in general adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, consultation liaison, psychotherapy, care of the severe and persistently mentally ill, shared/collaborative care, care of the developmentally delayed adult, and rehabilitation psychiatry. The wide range of optional training experiences are available including, forensic psychiatry, community psychiatry, sleep disorders, research, addictions, neurology, pediatrics and endocrinology amongst others. Considerable flexibility in arrangements is emphasized, giving the individual resident an excellent opportunity to pursue areas of interest. A wide variety of research opportunities are described in other sections.

The five-year residency training program in Psychiatry at the University of Alberta is a well-established training program with broad-based academic, clinical and research orientations.

Program Goals

  • The program is designed to assist its residents to:
  • Become competent psychiatrists able to manage a variety of clinical situations and problems in different settings in an ethical manner
  • Gain background knowledge of the basic sciences applicable to psychiatry
  • Work in a variety of roles as member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Satisfy the training requirements of, prepare for, and pass the certification examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Develop skills and knowledge in the expanded roles of scholar, professional, advocate, leader, collaborator, communicator, and medical expert (CanMeds 2015)
  • Upon completion of training, residents in Psychiatry will have demonstrated the ability to assume the role of consultant in the specialty. Residents must demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to this role, including incorporating gender, cultural and ethnic perspectives, and including the ability to function in diverse learning environments and with diverse populations.

Program Overview