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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:


Learn more about Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen's University.


A complete application package is comprised of: 

  1. A brief letter of intent outlining
    • The desire to apply for the Residency Program in Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen’s University
    • 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 already completed residency training, 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
    • Two other letters of reference, at least one of which should be from a Psychiatrist practicing Geriatric Psychiatry