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Forensic Psychiatry Residency Program


The Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program is located at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, West 5th Campus. This is an active, multidisciplinary group, led by Dr. Yuri Alatishe, Program Director of the Forensic Subspecialty Residency Program. Members provide state-of-the-art training in forensic psychiatry at all levels of medical, psychiatric, and allied health professionals in a variety of clinical settings. The strength of the program is based upon the active participation of a broad range of faculty including: psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, and judges. The Division has been very successful in attracting trainees to its Fellowship Program and has consistently had fellows for the last decade. The newly accredited, Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency training offers a wide range of forensic settings and services, combined with a formal academic core component which meets the Royal College requirements.

In addition to experience with inpatients and outpatients, residents can participate in a number of forensic clinical opportunities including Fitness to Stand Trial Assessments, Review Boards, both Consent and Capacity and Ontario Review Boards, as well as Correctional Psychiatric Assessments. There are also opportunities to do Sexual Behaviours Assessments and Management, assess Dangerous Offenders/Long-Term Offenders, Violence Risk assessments, as well working at the Aggression and Impulsivity clinic. Further, there are opportunities for videoconferencing with video clinics to assess patients in correctional facilities as well as northern native communities in Ontario.

Residents are encouraged to participate in tribunals, criminal and civil courtroom cases and testify. The Forensic Subspecialty Program also has a long-established relationship with key stakeholders and has monthly meetings with senior representatives from the Attorney General’s office, the correction system, probation and parole and police services. This is designed to ensure coordination of services for this population. The group has been very successful in developing processes and programs that enhance quality of services for populations served by the Forensic Psychiatry faculty, staff and learners.

The Forensic Service has an active research group with a number of postgraduate and other students in the group with an array of ongoing research activities.

We believe we are very well-situated to offer premier training experiences in Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program. 


The curriculum will be posted shortly. Current learners can view the schedule on MedSiS


Our training program will be posted shortly.



The Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program at McMaster University, in keeping with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requirements, consists of one year of training in forensic psychiatry and related areas. The intent is for residents to enter this program as a PGY6 and complete training at the end 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 Forensic Subspecialty Program for entry beginning July 2021. Residents in their PGY5 year in July 2020 are eligible to apply.

Complete details on training requirements can be found on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Website under Forensic

Applications for the Forensic Subspecialty Program are due Monday September 1, 2020.  Interviews will be offered in October 2020.

Please refer to the list of requirements below. For consideration of enrollment in this program, please submit the documents listed below by mail or email to the attention of:

Dr. Yuri Alatishe (
C/O: Maria Benoit (

100 West 5th Street, room B339
Hamilton, Ontario L8N3K7

For further information about subspecialty training in Forensic Psychiatry, please contact , Maria Benoit, Department Subspecialty Coordinator (905-522-1155 ext.39019).


  • A letter of Intent
  • Completed: ApplicationForm-PGME112015
  • Three Letters of Reference (one from current program director and at least one from a Forensic Psychiatry supervisor)
  • An updated C.V.

All application information must be received by September 1, 2020. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All eligible applicants will have their file reviewed by the Forensic Psychiatry Residency Program Committee. A short list of applicants will be selected and invited for interviews to occur in October 2020. 


PGY5 completion, meeting the Royal College training requirements of the General Psychiatry Residency training.

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