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Waterloo Campus

In 2010, the innovative and personalized training that defines the McMaster program expanded to include the expertise of our community-based faculty in the Waterloo and Wellington regions. The Waterloo Regional Campus (WRC) program affords residents all of the educational and service highlights of the Hamilton program, with further opportunities to learn through innovative and technologically advanced strategies in community settings.

As psychiatric care becomes more focused within the community, particularly for those with severe and persistent mental illness, the training of psychiatrists within this setting will foster the necessary skills required for community-based psychiatry practice of the future. At McMaster University, we are delighted to offer training within the WRC, which is rich in learning opportunities and dedicated faculty, yet only 65 kilometers away from the city of Hamilton. Training within the Waterloo division of the McMaster provides residents with experiences in a variety of community and rural settings, while maintaining strong connections to the academic environment.

The Waterloo program is fully integrated with the Hamilton site of the McMaster Psychiatry program, with ongoing opportunities for residents and faculty of each site to work and learn together. Such collaboration allows residents a greater pool of expertise and experiences from which to draw in order to tailor their training to their individual interests and needs.

The majority of rotations will be completed in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, with only four months of BCT training being completed in Hamilton.

  • Community Psychiatry

  • Addiction Psychiatry

  • Traumatic Stress Recovery

  • Psychiatric Eating Disorders

  • Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

  • Emergency Psychiatry

  • Additional Outpatient Programs

  • Grand River Hospital (GRH)

  • Grand River Hospital Freeport Site

  • Guelph General Hospital

  • Homewood Health Centre

To enhance the community-based experience, WRC residents take call for Emergency Psychiatry, learning to manage cases within a community hospital emergency room. Cases may be seen only until 11pm after which time residents go home. As there is no overnight call, residents attend their clinical rotation the next day, resulting in less fragmentation of their core experience. Residents on-call are always supported by a psychiatrist on-call. Call frequency for junior residents (PGY1 & PGY2) ranges from an average of 1/7 to 1/9. Frequency for senior residents (PGY3 to PGY5) goes down to an average of 1/12 to 1/14. Residents are not required to cover ward call.

Beginning in January 2021, Pgy2 to Pgy-5 residents will gain experience with Inpatient Psychiatry Call, with approximately 4 shifts per academic year. The location of the call will be aligned with the resident’s core rotations during that academic year.​

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