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Undergraduate Electives

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences offers elective opportunities for Undergraduate learners interested in a clinical experience within a vast variety of general and subspecialty areas.  We have dedicated supervisors throughout Hamilton and the surrounding areas who are committed to providing both stimulating and enriching clinical experiences designed to meet individual and unique learning goals.  We have placement opportunities in general inpatient or outpatient psychiatry as well as sub-specialty placements within both inpatient and outpatient settings.

For questions about potential elective placements contact our Electives Coordinator Cheyenne Reid.

For questions about a career in Psychiatry, please contact our Undergraduate Director Dr. Lentz

McMaster Psychiatry - HORIZONTAL ELECTIVES

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences offers horizontal elective opportunities to McMaster medical students.  Our horizontal opportunities are observational only.  All psychiatry electives must be booked centrally through our electives coordinator - Please do not contact supervisors directly to book these placements

First review our  Guide of Possible Horizontal Placement Areas in Psychiatry for an idea of the varied clinical settings we have to offer.   Email us advising your preferred areas and include the dates you are available.  Our coordinator will liaise with our supervisors and contact you once a placement is secured and confirmed.  Some areas are quite popular and fill up fast so please contact us early to avoid disappointment. 

Once the placement date/s are confirmed be sure to Register in MedSIS PRIOR to the first placement date.

The MD office requires a Summary of Student Elective Performance Form  to be completed at the end of your placement signed by both yourself and your supervisor.  Return your completed evaluation to Deb Klunder

For questions or information on psychiatry horizontal placements contact our electives coordinator Cheyenne Reid

McMaster Psychiatry - BLOCK ELECTIVES

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences offers block elective opportunities to McMaster medical students.  All McMaster electives must be booked centrally through our Electives Coordinator - Please do not contact supervisors directly to book these placements.

It is important to note that the Department of Psychiatry does not currently participate in a lottery process for McMaster students, with the exception of Psychiatry Summer Boot-Camp, therefore, requests will be triaged on a first-come-first-serve basis.

First review our McMaster Block Electives Placement Guide-2018 to decide which area of psychiatry interests you.  Book your request through MedSIS advising your areas of preference in the comment section. Our coordinator will liaise with our supervisors and contact you once a placement is secured and confirmed.  Please note we may have to divide your time between preceptors depending on both popularity and unforeseen scheduling conflicts. Further, at high volume request times, we may cap the total number of requests accepted so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on possible elective placements contact Cheyenne Reid our electives coordinator

McMaster Psychiatry - CANADIAN & INTERNATIONAL VISITING BLOCK ELECTIVES

Applications will be processed by the MD Program office only, not arranged by the learner directly with the department/division. 

To register for a psychiatry visiting elective at McMaster University click here

For information regarding your initial application please contact our Visiting Electives Office:

Undergraduate Medical Education Electives Office
McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

1280 Main Street West, MDCL - 3111

Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Office hours 830am-400pm

Phone: (905) 525-9140 x20256

Fax: (905) 546-0349

Email: for International applicants

Email: for Canadian applicants

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