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Geriatric Psychiatry

Welcome to Queen’s University’s Residency training Program in Geriatric Psychiatry! 

Our program is also notable as the first Geriatric Psychiatry program in the country to have implemented a competency-based medical education (CBME) training program. This officially commenced July 1, 2018 although elements were in place prior to the official date, and we have continued to build and refine the program.

Some of the strengths of our program include the opportunity for the residents to work with richly collaborative multidisciplinary teams across different clinical settings; exposure to outreach visits in both urban and rural settings; and a close collaboration with our acute care hospitals, which also includes the Behaviour Supports Transition Unit. The division of Geriatric Psychiatry also has close ties and regular educational events with our Geriatric Medicine colleagues which lays a fertile ground for collaboration in education and research. Our division is academically orientated and there are numerous opportunities for the residents to engage in research in diverse areas including educational and clinical research, as well as several teaching opportunities. The training will be tailored to suit the residents’ learning objectives, with protected time to meet the residents’ educational needs in addition to their clinical activities within the framework of the Royal College Subspecialty Training Requirements.

For further information about the Geriatric Psychiatry residency program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Maria Hussain, at:

Application Process

Learn more about Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen's University.

Application Process and Submission:

The application can be accessed on our website at:

In addition to the completed application, the applicant should submit:

  1. A letter of intent outlining
        a) The desire to apply for the Residency Program in Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen’s University
        b) Career plan and how the Residency Program in Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen’s University will help to further this plan
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of good standing from the current Psychiatry Residency Program Director, if in a residency program. If residency training has already been completed, the applicant should arrange for a letter from their Department Head or equivalent, or from a past Residency Program Director if their training ended less than five years ago. The eligibility to enroll will be determined on an individual basis.
  4. Copy of ITERs and other assessments, if applicable, from the General Psychiatry residency program
  5. Two other letters of reference, at least one of which should be from a Psychiatrist practicing Geriatric Psychiatry

Application Deadline:

  • All application documents must be received before midnight on September 1, 2021.
  • Interviews for the Geriatric Subspecialty Program at Queen’s University will take place virtually on October 1, 2021.
  • Successful candidates will be notified on October 28, 2021 and will have until 2:00pm EST November 4, 2021 to respond either accepting or declining the offer.

Applications should be submitted electronically to
Ms. Susan Beck, Program Assistant at: 

For further information about the program or to discuss your application, please feel free to contact Dr. Maria Hussain directly at and please copy