A weekly academic half-day is provided as protected time on Wednesday afternoons for all Psychiatry residents. The academic half-day begins with Grand Rounds, followed by seminar series geared toward each level of training. Journal Clubs and Resident Business Meetings also take place on academic half-days.
Bootcamps, which offer intensive preparation for the clinical content of each training year, are provided to each cohort prior to or at the start of the academic year.
PGY-1 seminars take place from September to June, covering a variety of introductory topics such as ER Psychiatry, Aggression and Violence, Introduction to Addictions, Taking a Personal, Sexual and Cultural History and Introduction to Psychotherapy, introductions to various psychopharmacologic interventions, development of research or QI scholarly activities, etc.
PGY-1 residents return to the University Hospital site each Wednesday for these seminars and/or a meeting with the Associate Program Director, to assist in maintaining a connection to their home program during the basic clinical training year. They are encouraged to participate in other educational activities scheduled on academic days (Grand Rounds, Journal Clubs, Resident Business Meetings).
A comprehensive seminar series is provided in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years on Wednesdays from September to June. These seminars include topics such as Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Concepts, Psychodymanic Concepts, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Child Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Family Therapy, Personality Disorders, transcultural issues, advocacy, etc. There are also seminars in the PGY-3 year dedicated to developing the CanMEDS Scholar and Professionalism roles.
PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents are provided seminars relating to Forensic and Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Interview Skills, Neuroscience of psychotherapy, various sessions geared toward exam preparation, grand rounds, study groups and theory of psychotherapy. Time is also afforded to accommodate study groups.
There is a summer seminar series, which provides mandatory training to the various cohorts as necessary, including ECT training, NonViolent Crisis Intervention, government legislation regarding treatment of psychiatric patients (Mental Health Act and Community Treatment Orders), Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an eclectic assortment of current topics, such as Fentanyl Crisis, Legalization of Marijuana, and some fun group activities such as Mock Court Room, Well-Being Day, and Transcultural Day.