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Directors of Undergraduate Education (Psychiatry):   
Pre-Clerkship -  Dr. N. Wijeratne
Clerkship - Dr. D. Hamer                                       

Welcome to Undergraduate Education for Psychiatry. All your course materials, schedules and notes and teaching faculty appear on Elentra.

The psychiatry course spans longitudinally over years one to four.

The overall aim is to develop competence in the diagnosis of common psychiatric illness, biopsychosocial  treatment planning and  to recognize the role of the multidisciplinary team in the provision of care for psychiatric illness. 

Given that 20% of Canadians have a diagnosable mental illness in a given year and that psychiatric illnesses make up five of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide; it is essential to have a good working knowledge of psychiatric illness no matter what specialty one chooses.

Preclerkship Curriculum

Year one involves a brief encounter with psychiatry when the psychiatric history is demonstrated in supervised group setting.

Year 2 involves the MEDS 246 course which runs in term 4.  The course will be delivered with a mix of pre assigned reading for team based learning activities, didactic lectures and expanded clinical skills sessions. The Curriculum will expose the medical students to a broad range of common psychiatric illness across the life span including child, geriatric and special populations.

Clerkship Curriculum

The core clerkship in psychiatry is a comprehensive 6 week rotation with a mix of seminars and clinical teaching. One afternoon a week is dedicated to seminars covering a variety of topics. Interprofessional learning opportunities are available and are part of the students' clinical experience which also allows the student direct patient encounters supervised by vaculty and senior psychiatry residents. Students in Kingston are on call until 10:00 pm. Currently, hospitals in Brockville, Markham, and Oshawa take two medical students each. 

Medical students interested in subspecialty areas such as Child and Adolescent or Geriatrics can request half of their rotation to be done in a subspecialty of their choosing.

Medical students can also choose to do the Integrated Program which is 18 weeks in duration. The medical student is placed with a family doctor in Picton, Perth or Brockville. The medical student fulfils the requirements of the clerkships in Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Apartments are porvided to the student free of charge in each of the three communities.

Medical students are encouraged to review MEdTech for detailed, up-to-date curriculum and contact information for their rotation.


A variety of full day or half day observerships are available for students who have an interest in Psychiatry and would like to “test the water”.  The goal is to improve awareness of Psychiatry and provide an opportunity to experience the practice of psychiatry in either a hospital or clinic setting. This opportunity is open to Queen’s University first and second year medical students.


Queen's Psychiatry Interest Group (QPIG) is an AS-affiliated student group that is dedicated to educating first and second year medical students about the field of psychiatry. Specifically, the group is interested in discussing current issues and topics as well as practical career information within the field of psychiatry. The group's activities will consist of a series of 8-10 lunch-hour talks presented by residents, staff, and faculty affiliated with psychiatry. QPIG events not only allow students to further their understanding by asking questions both during and after the presentations, but they also afford students the opportunity to connect with faculty and residents during social events such as wine and cheese and movie nights. In 2016, our most successful event was the SafeTALK workshop, which introduces students to suicide awareness and prevention techniques. This year, our goal is to run another SafeTALK module, host mindfulness-based stress reduction sessions, and collaborate with other interest groups in order to expose students to the many subspecialties of psychiatry, such as women’s, emergency and child and adolescent psychiatry.