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Clinical Training PGY2-PGY5 Years

Academic Curriculum

Clinical training through PGY2 to PGY5 is delivered in core curriculum seminars per yearly cohort. Within this model, core academic curriculum that is complimentary to the clinical rotations of the stream is delivered.  The interactive and dynamic core curriculum seminars take place during weekly, protected academic days.  Academic Days remain protected during the latter half of PGY5 for individual study in preparation for the Royal College exam.

Weekly department-wide Grand Rounds provide high-caliber, interesting presentations on current and relevant topics.  In addition, rotation-specific rounds are held at each teaching centre.

Rotation Selection

At McMaster, residents choose the location and supervisor for each rotation.  This allows residents to individualize rotations to their learning needs, style and interest.  With the diverse clinical programming available in our multiple teaching sites, this provides tremendous variety and choice available to our residents.  Residents are NOT assigned to meet clinical needs.  

Residents are able to complete horizontal electives in clinical, research, educational, and administrative endeavours throughout the PGY2 to PGY5 years.

Junior Stream Rotations

Junior residency includes four six-month clinical rotations:  General Adult Inpatient, General Adult Outpatient, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Senior Stream Rotations (including block Electives and Selectives)

The Senior Stream includes twelve months of core rotations and 12 months of Selectives and Electives.  These rotations may be interspersed over PGY4 and PGY5 years to best fit each resident’s personal learning objectives and career exploration.  McMaster University offers senior core rotations in block rotation format, thereby enabling residents to focus on one area of study and develop a solid working relationship with their team and patients. The senior stream core rotations are: Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (3 months), Collaborative Care (3 months) and Rehabilitation Psychiatry (6 months).  While Selectives maintain a psychiatric focus, block elective time in any area of study and may be spent outside of McMaster for up to a total of 6 months.  Both Selectives and Electives may include research.

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