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Residency Program

During the last 65 years, the McGill University Department of Psychiatry has been at the cutting edge of development in neuroscience, diagnostic methods and therapeutic interventions.  The Postgraduate Program provides eclectic training experiences in an academic environment, which is flexible and geared to help trainees achieve their goals. 

Residents have a wide array of elective opportunities with a high faculty to resident ratio. In addition, there are numerous opportunities to carry out research projects half- or full-time during elective rotations.

The McGill Department of Psychiatry is fortunate to have a large number of excellent clinicians, teachers and researchers with diverse areas of interest. The University asks that residents rotate through a number of training sites in order to be exposed to different role models and different subspecialties within psychiatry.

Postgraduate Curriculum

Teaching program

Centralized teaching program

  • Based at McGill
  • Offers weekly psychiatry core content in seminar form
  • Self-assessment examinations are given at the completion of each teaching block
  • The primary goal is knowledge acquisition

Hospital teaching programs

  • Based at McGill network hospitals
  • Offers hospital-based psychotherapy and psychopharmacology seminars, diagnostic interviewing courses, journal clubs, grand rounds and service-based rounds
  • The primary goal is skills acquisition

Core rotations

The program is university based and five-years in length.  Each year includes 13 four-week periods.

Elective rotations

Residents generally complete their electives/selectives during the last two years of their residency. However, residents have the option of completing brief electives earlier in their residency.

Rotations outside McGill

Residents are expected to complete approximately three to six months of training in a non-urban and/or non-university setting. 

Clinician investigator program

The Clinician Investigator Program is also available for McGill psychiatry residents.

Master's degree in psychiatry

McGill psychiatry residents may also pursue a Masters Degree in Psychiatry during their five-year residency. 

Research opportunities

 All McGill psychiatry residents complete the required eight-week course in research methods. Optional four or eight-week courses are available regarding biostatistics and epidemiology.

Research Track Program

The McGill Department of Psychiatry offers the unique opportunity of becoming an efficient and competitive clinician-scientist to a select number of students. 

Child and adolescent psychiatry

 McGill Psychiatry residents may obtain their Diploma in Child Psychiatry. Four sites are available for child and adolescent psychiatry training, including one non-urban site (CHPJ, DH, JGH, MCH).

Geriatric Psychiatry

McGill Psychiatry residents may obtain their Certificate in Psychiatry, with Proficiency in Geriatric Psychiatry. Five sites are available for geriatric psychiatry training, including one non-urban site (CHPJ, DH, JGH, MGH or SMH).

Psychotherapy training

A variety of psychotherapies are taught in didactic lectures, clinical seminars and one-on-one supervision.

Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents

The Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents (HSIR) at McGill is a multi-disciplinary program that provides residents with robust, didactic teaching in humanitarian studies.

Procedure for admissions

Please visit the medicine postgraduate website to apply to the residency program


Contact information

Ms. Tammy Thibault & Ms. Dalia San Martin
Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator
Postgraduate Education, Department of Psychiatry
McGill University, Irving Ludmer Psychiatry Research and Training Building
1033 Pine Avenue, West - Room 107
Montreal, QC, H3A 1A1
Tel.: 514-398-7294
Fax: 514-398-4370
Email: residency [dot] psychiatry [at] mcgill [dot] ca