APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017
The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Program at McMaster University, in keeping with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requirements, consists of two years of training in geriatric psychiatry and related areas. The intent is for residents to enter this program as a PGY5 and complete training with a PGY6 year. Residents are asked to apply in the year prior to their anticipated entry.
The Department of Psychiatry is calling for Applications to the Geriatric Subspecialty Program for entry beginning July 2018. Residents entering their PGY4 or 5 year in July 2017 are eligible to apply.
One year of eligible rotations should be completed during PGY5 in a recognized Psychiatry Residency program in Canada and the resident must be eligible to write the RCPSC (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) examination in general psychiatry at the end of their PGY5 year.
Complete details on training requirements can be found on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Website under Geriatric Psychiatry
Applications for the Geriatric Subspecialty Program are due Monday September 11th, 2017. Interviews will be offered the sometime in October, date to be determined.
The Division offers an extraordinary breadth and depth of clinical experiences with excellent, dedicated supervisors and teachers. Training will occur primarily within the St Joseph’s Healthcare setting, with additional experiences in Hamilton Health Sciences, Community and Long-term care settings, and affiliated teaching sites in Waterloo and Niagara regions. We are affiliated with McMaster’s Institute of Geroscience Research.
Please refer to the list of requirements below. For consideration of enrolment in this program, please submit the documents listed below by mail, to the attention of:
Dr. Tracy Cheng
Address: 100 West 5th Street, room H117
Hamilton, Ontario L8N3K7
For further information about subspecialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry, please contact , Maria Benoit, Department subspecialty coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 905-522-1155 ext.39019
PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- A letter of Intent
- Completed: Application for Postgraduate Training Form
- ITERs for completed eligible rotations in PGY4
- Three Letters of Reference (one from current program director and at least one a from Geriatric Psychiatry supervisor)
- An updated C.V.
All application information must be received by September 11th, 2017. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All eligible applicants will have their file reviewed by the Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Committee. A short list of applicants will be selected and invited for interviews to occur the weeks *TBA*.
MCMASTER UNIVERSITY GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY MINIMUM TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
The Geriatric Psychiatry residency training is Twenty-four (24) months.
- Twelve (12) months of the training requirements in section 1 and 2 below is to be completed during fulfillment of the primary certification requirements in a Royal College-approved program in Psychiatry in the PGY5 level or higher.
- Twelve (12) months will be completed in the McMaster University Geriatric Psychiatry Program at the PGY6 level.
- Minimum requirements in each area are indicated below in bold.
Rotation choices should be discussed with the McMaster University Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Director and must be approved by the local Residency Program Director to ensure you are fulfilling your local program requirements.
1. Clinical training: Eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) months total, including:
1.1 Core Geriatric Psychiatry: At least twelve (12) months with a minimum of two months (2) or equivalent in each of the following settings:
- Inpatient (includes inpatient work on psychiatric units or consultation to other inpatient settings)
- Ambulatory care (includes outpatient clinics or day hospital settings)
- Outreach visits at a patient’s place of residence (must include a long-term care component)
Each of these components may be organized in a longitudinal fashion, and must allow the resident to provide both consultations and ongoing care. There must be supervision by a psychiatrist with appropriate Geriatric Psychiatry expertise and knowledge.
This does not include the 6-month mandatory Psychiatry Residency core experience in Geriatric Psychiatry in the PGY2/3 year.
1.2 Expertise with the medical problems commonly associated with psychiatric presentations in older adults:At least three (3) months. Rotations should be selected according to the individual resident’s career goals and prior experience, and may include any of the following:
- Geriatric Medicine clinics, day hospital or inpatient unit
- Movement disorders / neurology
- Stroke prevention clinic
- Palliative care
- Medical care in a long term care home
1.3 Electives related to the practice of Geriatric Psychiatry: Up to three (3) months. These are intended to augment the learning obtained in the core clinical rotations to ensure all the educational objectives are met. Rotations must have a clear geriatric focus and will be individualized to the experience and goals of the resident with the approval of the program director. Suitable rotations include:
- Addictions psychiatry
- Community/ shared care psychiatry
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Bioethics in psychiatry
- Consultation-liaison psychiatry
- Clinical psychiatric research
- Late life Mood disorders and ECT
- Emergency or urgent care
2. Advanced training and/or scholarly activities: Three (3) to six (6) months:
2.1 This will be related to Geriatric Psychiatry, as attested by the Program Director, in one or more of the areas outlined below. This may be completed in distinct blocks or integrated horizontally over the course of subspecialty training and must be completed by the end of the residency. Each subspecialty trainee will be expected to develop skills in one of the following areas in greater depth, to at least Advanced level competency, as defined in the Objective Training Requirements in Geriatric Psychiatry. All PGY6 residents at McMaster will be required to participate in the department’s annual leadership training program.
- Education: Advanced level competency may include the development and evaluation of a new educational program, or formal graduate studies in health professional education.
- Research: Advanced level of competency in this area will undertake a research project, and the training program will be expected to assist the resident in acquiring the necessary skills.
- Leadership, Service Development and Administration: Advanced level competency may include a critical evaluation and review of an existing model of service delivery, undertaking and documenting a new service development or capacity enhancement project, or graduate-level studies in Health Administration
- Other: Trainees may elect to develop advanced level competency in other areas such as advocacy, according to individual career goals, subject to approval by the Program Director.