The division and its members promote education, including the residency training programs in Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry Residency, Geriatric Medicine, Family Medicine, Care of the Elderly Program and the undergraduate training program at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine. Supervision, provided in both official languages, involves small and large group teaching. Supervision and education are enhanced through the coordination of those in leadership positions and committees. The division also puts an emphasis on training allied health professionals, including those in rural areas. Several of our members are also involved in leadership or working group positions at the Faculty of Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Medical Council of Canada. Division members are involved in leadership and advocacy at the Canadian Psychiatry Association (CPA), CAGP, and the International Psychogeriatric Association.
The division's commitment to education also extends beyond the psychiatric community in Ottawa. Our members have presented in international forums on Geriatric Psychopharmacology and ECT and provided leadership in the Canadian Academy for Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP), the National Review Course in Geriatric Psychiatry and the Council of Psychiatry Continuing Education. We continue to offer the first Simulation-Based Course in ECT in the world. Many of the division members are also involved in the CAGP Online Study Group, an innovative and interactive on-line educational program. We are also connected to GeriMedRisk through the activity of division members. Several division members are engaged in research collaborations.
The University of Ottawa's Department of Geriatric Psychiatry is:
- One of the first programs in Canada to offer a Royal College approved PGY-6 year in Geriatric Psychiatry
- Actively involved in teaching, research and clinical care of older adults with mental health problems.
- Involved in the assessment and treatment of both out-patients and in-patients throughout Champlain LHIN
Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Training
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa is pleased to offer a subspecialty training program that has been accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Training Program has the capacity to accommodate up to three PGY-6 residents:
For candidates applying to PGY6, you must have completed PGY4 by the end of December of the year you are applying.
- Up to one funded position through the Post-graduate medical education office; will depend on availability of this funding
- The balance where alternate sources of funding are available and arranged by the applicant and deemed acceptable by the Faculty of Medicine
Applicants will be applying to this program for their PGY-5 and/or PGY-6 training years. We welcome applicants from other universities.
One year of eligible rotations should be completed during PGY-4 and/or PGY-5 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 PGY-5 year.
Dr. Sarah Russell
Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Director
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
1053 Carling Ave
The Ottawa Hospital Civic-Campus
Department of Mental Health-D6
Ottawa ON K1Y 4E9
Please include the following:
- A letter of Intent
- (PDF, 110KB)
- ITERs for completed eligible rotations in PGY-4
- Three Letters of Reference; At least one a from Geriatric Psychiatry supervisor
- An updated C.V.
- A letter of good standing from the current program director
- Application deadline: Friday September 1, 2023
- Interview date: Wednesday October 4, 2023
- First offers will be sent: Thursday October 26, 2023 1400 EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Candidates can accept/decline up to: Monday, October 30, 2023, 12:00 EST
Second offers will be sent: Monday, October 30, 2023 15:00 EST
Candidates can accept/decline up to: Thursday, November 2, 2023 12:00 EST
Further offers to be sent: Thursday, November 2, 2023 14:00 EST
Optional interviews: November 13-30, 2023(more than one program can combine)
- Interested applicants should contact programs directors directly
- Note that after second offers have gone out, applications for any remaining spots will be re-opened to all candidates; it is not necessary to have applied in the first round of applications
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.
Late applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.