The postgraduate program for physicians wishing to specialize in psychiatry was developed in 1957. Since the program's first resident met the Royal College requirements for psychiatry, many of its graduates have made significant contributions to this field of medicine provincially, nationally and internationally.
The residency program develops academic and clinical psychiatrists with skills suited to contemporary best practice patterns based on evidence-based medicine. It provides training in an atmosphere of close working relationships amongst the residents and faculty. Two general hospitals and a provincial psychiatric hospital, situated in close proximity, form the institutional basis, which links the academic department at Queen's. These together with community outreach programs provide the residents with opportunity for the development of comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and management skills for the spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
The five-year residency program offers an ideal combination of clinical rotations, academic teaching, electives, and research opportunities: