McMaster Psychiatry residents gain tremendous expertise in Emergency Psychiatry through their on-call experiences. All call is completed in Emergency Psychiatry. There is no ward call for McMaster Residents.
During the PGY1 Psychiatry Rotations and as a PGY2, residents are considered junior in their emergency psychiatry training. The focus during these years is on patient assessment, development of interview and diagnostic skills and treatment plan development. The call frequency during these years averages 1/7 to 1/9.
As residents’ skills progress, they become senior residents on call once they are PGY3. At this time the focus is on further honing of medical expert knowledge and skills as well as the managerial and collaborative role of leading the emergency psychiatry team. Call frequency as a senior is on average 1/12 to 1/14.
The design of the call schedule differs between the Hamilton and Waterloo Regional campuses. Please refer to the Campus sections to read more on the unique aspects of each.