Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine Queen's University

PGY 2 - 5

Core Residency Program (PGY 2 & 3)

One year general adult psychiatry, divided between inpatient and outpatient psychiatry (2 blocks of emergency psychiatry is incorporated in the outpatient blocks)


6 months Child & Youth Psychiatry, 6 months Geriatric Psychiatry

Senior Residency (PGY 4 & 5)
Mandatory rotations include 3 blocks of Consultation-Liason psychiatry, 2 blocks of shared care psychiatry, 2 blocks of addiction psychiatry, 3 blocks of chronic care psychiatry and 1 block of emergency psychiatry.

During the senior residency years, the resident assumes more leadership in the education and supervision of junior residents, while consolidating and further developing career track interest through electives and selectives, including research.

Academic Program
Our Academic Curriculum consists of didactic and clinical skills development aimed at training residents to become leading tomorrow psychiatrists.  This includes organized core didactic seminars, interviewing skills sessions, small group practices in Phenomenology, Diagnosis and Management and psychotherapy teaching which occur throughout the year.

Residents have protected time from 10:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. one day each week during their PGY-2 to 5. Journal club occurs monthly during the academic day.

During the PGY1 year summer teaching tutorials include a number of introductory topics: History of psychiatry, Diagnosis and classification, resources, children & adolescents in the ER, adults in the ER, the Mental Health Act, etc. 

The focus in junior years is on small group teaching encompassing core topics in psychiatry including etiology, phenomenology, descriptive psychopathology, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the life cycle as well as interviewing and case formulation. 

Residents in their senior years PGY 4 and 5 are involved consolidating knowledge at an advanced level to prepare for the Royal College examination and to prepare to work as an independent psychiatrist.  Senior residents  prepare for their Royal College final examinations through practice long case examinations and PDMs (Phenomenology Diagnostic and Management Practice Stations).   

Senior Residents have the opportunity to attend Annual Review Courses in Psychiatry, and are relieved of clinical duties to attend.

Psychotherapy teaching includes theory of psychotherapy practice, research methodology and critical appraisal.  Residents gain proficiency in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy (IPT), family, group and couple therapy.  Our program follows the Royal College Guideline requirements.

Emergency psychiatry rounds (weekly), journal club reviews under the supervision of a staff psychiatrist (monthly), and grand rounds (weekly), supplement the core academic teaching.  Individual services have formal case based teaching and specialty specific literature reviews (weekly).

Practice STACERs or Diagnostic Interview examinations are integrated into every core rotation. The STACER examinations in the senior years are integrated into the rotations of the Senior Residency. Residents have multiple opportunities to meet the STACER requirement by the early PGY5 year leaving ample time to prepare for the written and oral Royal College Exams.

Research Training Program 
The Department is dedicated to clinical research and provides residents with opportunities to be mentored by Faculty actively involved in research. The residents participate in ongoing research projects and are encouraged and mentored to initiate their own research projects. Guidance is available from departmental members for study design methodology and statistical analysis as well as preparing projects for publication in peer reviewed journals. Residents are encouraged to participate in national and international conferences to present their research.

The Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is also available for Queen’s psychiatry residents. The CIP's mandate is to assist in the career development of clinician / investigators by providing a formalized postgraduate educational program that fulfills the existing clinical specialty training requirements of the Royal College, as well as a minimum of two years of structured rigorous research training. Up to one of the research years may also be credited to fulfill the individual's specialty requirements. It is preferred that the two years of research be sequential (i.e., R5 plus a one-year fellowship).