Centralized Teaching Program

  • Please refer to the centralized teaching lecture schedule and assigned readings on one45

The centralized teaching program, based at the university, offers the psychiatry core content in module form. The primary goal of the centralized teaching program is knowledge acquisition. The lectures are scheduled on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:45. Out of respect for your peers and lecturers, please ensure you are on time for the start of the lectures. The schedule for the centralized teaching program is on one45.

It is suggested that you sync your one45 calendar with your personal calendar using this link: https://one45software.na2.teamsupport.com/knowledgeBase/5376394


Centralized Teaching Guidelines

  • Attendance will be taken weekly; attendance sheets will be provided by the program office each week and must be filled out and submitted back to the program office weekly by the Module Chair.
  • Residents who are not present for their centralized teaching lectures and have not given notice of absence to either the Module Chair or Training Director will be docked half a day from their personal and/or sick days (approved by the Curriculum Subcommittee, May 2016).
  • Module lecture attendance is MANDATORY. Residents who are absent from a centralized teaching lecture are required to notify the Module Chair in advance. Remediation of missed lectures is at the discretion of individual Module Chairs. However, residents who have missed a lecture are generally required to review the topic on their own using the reference materials uploaded on one45 and supplemented by literature from PubMed and textbooks from PsychiatryOnline, both available to residents training at McGill. Other resources include: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ http://www.psychiatryonline.com/textbooks.aspx
  • Absences in excess of 25% will be signaled to the program office, the module chair, and reviewed by the Competence Committee. Remedial work may also be requested by the Module Chair in these situations. Remedial work may take the form of written reports, submitting questions, presentations, and more.
  • PGY1 – PGY4 are expected to go to their clinical rotations when centralized teaching lectures are not scheduled. Centralized teaching time is a protected time and residents are excused from their clinical rotations and other duties in order to attend centralized teaching session.
  • PGY5 are expected to study for their Royal College exam at the beginning of the year prior to the start of the centralized teaching lectures as well as throughout the year when centralized teaching lectures are not scheduled. Once the PGY5 complete their Royal College exam, they are expected to go to their clinical rotations.
  • Over the coming year, centralized teaching will continue through a combination of videoconference and in person sessions. Efforts will be made to record sessions and store them on myCourses to allow residents to review these sessions at a later time to account for absences and redeployments.

Centralized Teaching / Module Schedule 2020-2021





Number of Weeks

Extra Weeks

Dates (9 - 11:45 AM)

Notes / No Class/ Holidays










Location for R1:

Classroom 1, Ludmer

Transition to Discipline


Rabinovitch, Mark


Tue, Wed, Thurs AM


July 1 – August 23

Sim Center Activity date: TBA Ideally August 7th

Major Psychiatry Disorders I & II


Traicu, Alexandru



August 25- February 16

December 22 (holiday)

December 29 (holiday)

October 6 (Resident retreat)

November 24 (COPE exam)

December 1 (CBME Half day)

December 22 (holiday)

December 29 (holiday)

Evidence Based Psychiatry



Wazana, Ashley Daniel



Feb 23-March 9

March 2 (Advanced training)

Research Methods


Chachamovich, Eduardo



March 16- May 11

April 20 (Career day)

May 4 (APA/CBME)

Introduction to Psychotherapy



Soucy, Rosemarie



May 18-June 29

June 15 (Resident retreat)










Location for R2:

Classroom 2, Ludmer

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


Banon, Elisabeth



August 11– October 13

October 6 (resident retreat)

October 20 (Mock oral)

Evidence Based Psychiatry Part 1


Wazana, Ashley Daniel



October 27- November 3




Zigman, Daniel

12+1 sim center


November 10- March 9

November 24 (COPE exam)

December 1 (CBME half-day)

December 22 (holiday)

December 29 (holiday)

March 2 (Advanced training)

Sim Center activity: TBA

Family Skills


Carmel, Jean-Philippe

Vogel, Judy



March 16-April 13

March 23 (Mock Oral)

April 20 (Career day)

Introduction to Child Psychiatry


Wazana, Ashley Daniel




April 27 - June 29

May 4 (APA/CBME)

June 1 (Mock oral)

June 15 (Resident retreat)


Thursdays 1:30PM – 3:00PM


Myhr, Gail



Fall and Winter Sessions



Additional Mandatory Academic Teaching

Note that in addition to the centralized teaching half-day lectures, all residents must attend or complete the following:

  • The CBT seminar at the MUHC or by videoconference in the PGY2 year.
  • The Child Psychiatry 1 (CP1) course during the core child psychiatry rotation in PGY3 (Thursday mornings).
  • The Research Seminar Series is an annual curriculum that is required for Research Track residents and open to all residents throughout their training to help develop the necessary research skills and receive guidance from active researchers in the department. The Research Seminar Series is optional, but encouraged, for residents not on Research Track and any resident can attend the sessions in any year of training.
  • Educational activities offered by the postgraduate medical education (PGME) such as:
    • Teaching residents to teach: online course for PGY1 residents.
  • SIM activities
    • PGY1: Agitated patient
    • PGY2: ECT Simulation
    • PGY3: First Episode Psychosis Communication skills
    • PGY4: Capacity Assessment Simulation
    • PGY5: Forensics (TBC)






Hospital-Based Teaching

The primary goal of the hospital-based teaching programs is skills acquisition. Most of the hospitals in the McGill network offer hospital-based psychotherapy seminars, psychopharmacology seminars, diagnostic interviewing courses, journal clubs, grand rounds and service-based rounds. Hospital-based teaching will occur on the first Tuesday afternoon of every period. This scheduled time be same across all sites, though content will vary by site.

Please review the expectations for attending hospital-based teaching with the training director and rotation director prior to beginning each rotation






Other educational/Advanced training/Wellness activities

  • Ice Cream Rounds
    • This activity is offered by the Well Office to all residents and organized 3 times a year.
  • Departmental Day (annual event)
    • This activity is organized by the Chair’s Office and all residents are invited.
  • Advanced Training
    • These trainings have been offered to the residents in the last five years. Residents are able to request advanced training and if budget allows, the program organizes the training. Some examples of previous advanced training sessions include:
      • Forensics
      • Motivational Learning
      • IPT
      • Opioid Use Disorder (Methadone training)
  • Cultural Psychiatry Day
    • This activity is organized by the Division of Cultural and Social Transcultural Psychiatry. This is an example of a local activity that residents can attend as a “McGill Based/McGill organized accredited event”
    • More details to follow regarding availability and format of these courses this year.
    • ACLS: Advance Cardiac Life support provided and organized by the Continuing Education Office of the McGill University Health Centre.
      • The Advanced Cardiac Life Support course is an intensive scenario-based program for health care providers. The course is presented over two days and is intended to provide health care professionals with guidelines for the recognition and treatment of lethal arrhythmias and acute coronary syndromes aimed to reduce death and disability for patients who suffer cardiovascular emergencies. The Instructor to Participant ratio averages 4-6, which allows intense participation and easier interaction/learning within the group. ACLS is about preparing you to provide the best care possible for the most dramatic moment of a person’s life.
  • BLS: Basic Life support provided by Ambulance St John organized by the Residency Program office (in groups)
      • CPR and Automated External Defibrillation course enables Residents to master cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques and automated external defibrillation. This course is given only for groups of 12 to 18 people.
        • Certification: CPR LEVEL C and AED
        • Valid for 3 years, but must be renewed every 2 years to meet program requirements.
        • Duration: 4 hours
        • Residents can register to this course directly at Ambulance St. John as per demand.
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