Concurrent and Optional Residency Programs

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

McGill’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) subspecialty program received approval from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) at the end of 2012. The program is designed for residents who have completed, or are on track to complete, training in Psychiatry at a recognized institution. Successful completion of this program qualifies graduates to take the RCPSC subspecialty exam in CAP.
Please contact the program director for child psychiatry: Dr Jason Bond ( [at], as well as the residency program directors (Drs Low and Noël) to ensure that rotations in the general psychiatry program are compatible with the subspecialty training. For more information, please refer to

Geriatric Psychiatry

The Royal College Subspecialty Training in Geriatric Psychiatry has been approved at McGill. Please contact the geriatric psychiatry program director, Dr Jess Friedland, jess.friedland [at] to ensure that rotations in the general psychiatry program are compatible with the subspecialty training.

Clinical Pharmocology and Toxicology Program

The residency program in clinical pharmacology and toxicology is a two-year supervised training program open to qualified residents who have completed four years or more in psychiatry or other in disciplines, including emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and anesthesia. The objective of this program is to provide research training to residents interested in clinical pharmacology and toxicology (psychopharmacology).

This program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and leads to a fellowship certificate (that would be FRCPC – do we mean subspecialist affiliate attestation?) in clinical pharmacology and toxicology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada upon completion of the second year and after successfully sitting the Royal College examination. This fellowship program is based at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit of the MUHC and is carried out in collaboration with a number of university hospitals and centers, namely the MGH, RVH, JGH, DH, and the MNI, as well as the Departments of Pharmacy, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Emergency Medicine (Medical Toxicology), and Anesthesia.

The mandatory content of the first year consists of 6 periods in the clinical psychopharmacology unit concentrating on psychopharmacological consultations, followed by 3 periods in clinical neuropsychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry, anesthesia, or pediatrics-pharmacokinetics. This is followed by 3 periods in geriatrics (neurology) and internal medicine, focusing on clinical pharmacology in areas that are important to psychiatry (dementia, Parkinson's disease, HTA).
The elective content of the second year is flexible and tailored to the specific interests of the trainee. The following rotations are available: clinical pharmacology research in psychiatry; clinical exploratory pharmacology research in psychiatry; pre-clinical psychopharmacology research; statistics and epidemiology; and pharmaceutical sciences. Other research electives may be arranged.

In addition to regular teaching rounds, we provide clinical pharmacology and toxicology academic half-days and psychopharmacology seminars.
Admission is based on a resident’s record, autobiographical letter and curriculum vitae, letters of assessment, and interviews with the selection committee (director and supervisory team).

Enquiries should be made well in advance of the anticipated date of entry to the program in order to arrange rotations congruent with the trainee's future career plans. A one-year training program is also available and leads to a one-year completion certificate.

For further information please contact:
Clinical Pharmacology Residency Program
Email howard.margolese [at]
Tel. 514 843 1672

Master’s Degree in Psychiatry

McGill psychiatry residents may also pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychiatry during their five-year residency. This degree program provides residents with more rigorous training as medical scientists, including course work in research methods specific to their area of supervised research, leading to the presentation of a master's thesis and to scholarly publications. Precise courses vary depending on the research area. For more information please refer to:

The M.Sc. program in psychiatry is designed to provide advanced research training in the basic, applied, and social sciences relevant to issues in psychiatry. The M.Sc. in Psychiatry requires the completion of 45 credits. Nine credits (typically three one-semester, 3-credit courses) are to be taken in approved graduate-level courses. If a student has not already completed a course in statistics before entering the program, such a course will be required. The remaining 36 credits are obtained through registering for the “Thesis Research” courses PSYT-691, 692 and 693 (12 credits each), which are not classes, but rather a means of recording credits for work done on a research project. If you wish to apply for the M.Sc. in Psychiatry, the most important (and time consuming) part of the process is to identify a supervisor with whom you will develop a research proposal.

Deadline: Application for admission

March 15 for entry in September
September 15 for entry in January

For further information please contact:
Dr Naguib Mechawar
Director, Graduate Program
Email: naguib.mechawar [at]
Tel. 514 761 6131 ext. 3365

Ms Cindy Lui
Undergraduate & Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: graduate.psychiatry [at]
Tel. 514 398 4176

Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)

The Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is available to McGill psychiatry residents. The major goal of the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is to assist in the career development of clinician/investigators in Canada by providing a formalized postgraduate educational program that fulfills the existing clinical specialty training requirements of the Royal College and further provides a minimum of two years of structured, rigorous, research training. Up to one of the research years may be credited toward the resident’s specialty with joint approval of the faculty, the CIP committee and the program director. It is preferred that the two years of research be sequential training requirements. Exceptions must be approved prospectively by the CIP RPC Committee and the RCPSC must be informed. Retroactive recognition of research credits obtained prior to acceptance into a CIP is not be allowed. McGill's CIP is completed concurrently with a graduate school pathway (graduate diploma, M.Sc. or Ph.D.); a non-graduate school pathway is open only to those who have already completed a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree. For psychiatry residents, acceptance into this program requires the joint approval of the CIP and the psychiatry residency program committees.

For more information please refer to:

Application process

To apply to the McGill CIP, residents and clinical fellows must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in RCPSC accredited specialty or subspecialty programs at McGill
  • Be currently registered in a course of graduate studies leading to a graduate diploma, M.Sc. or Ph.D. unless you already hold a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree
  • Meet with the CIP program director (see address below)
  • Complete the CIP application form, and obtain all necessary signatures from:
    • your program director
    • the CIP program director
    • graduate school (Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dawson Hall) where you are registered for your graduate diploma
    • Other requirements may be added, depending on current requirements of the CIP program (ex. potential application for funding)

Lastly, submit the fully completed form to the Associate Dean, postgraduate medical education, Faculty of Medicine, c/o Nafeesa Durgahed, email: [at]

Your complete application will be sent to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, so that you may register to the McGill CIP.

For further information or counselling on a course of research, please contact:

Dr Nathalie Johnson, Assistant Professor
Email : nathalie.johnson [at]
Tel.: 514 340 8222 ext. 8405

Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents


The McGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents (HSI) is a multidisciplinary program that provides residents with rigorous didactic teaching in humanitarian studies (seminars plus a 2-week intensive course at Harvard University), a 3-day weekend disaster-simulation in Massachusetts, as well as a 1 to 3 month international field placement. If selected for this program, McGill psychiatry residents may complete the HSIR during their five-year residency.

Humanitarian U

Humanitarian U is an educational organization founded by Dr Kristen Johnson (Emergency Physician working at the RVH). It is a program aimed at giving interested individuals the possibility of acquiring the knowledge required to face challenging situations.

Humanitarian U, DisasterReady and Team Rubicon are working together on a Humanitarian Healthcare Program that includes training on COVID-19. Learn more about our latest program and support their crowdfunding mission!

They offer FREE on-line training programs:

  • Healthcare Provider Program:
    • CME accredited preparatory course designed specifically for healthcare professionals interested in working in the global humanitarian sector.
    • The program addresses the need for accredited competence training to ensure that practitioners do the right thing in disaster and humanitarian response.
    • The on-line program is free and offered in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Core Humanitarian Certification:
    • Humanitarian U partnered with DisasterReady, one of the world’s largest online learning platforms, built to better prepare humanitarians and development professionals.
    • Together, they offer an accredited certification in core humanitarian skills free of charge.
    • To earn the certification, you must achieve a passing score of 75% on four online tests:
      • Humanitarian Context, Systems and Standards
      • Building Blocks for Humanitarian Practice
      • Cross-Cutting Themes and Future Directions
      • Case Study: Online Disaster Response Simulation
    • The curriculum consists of a total of 16 hours of online course
    • Maintain certification by completing 48 continuing professional development credits (12 hours) every 2 years (cost free).
  • Humanitarian U Face-to-Face Training Program (Simulation program):(not offered during pandemic)
    • Designed to simulate a complex humanitarian emergency, allowing members to put in practice what they have learned.
    • Simulation Training is a great opportunity to get in touch with experts in the field and creating a network.

Université Laval

Offers training in humanitarian simulation.

It is possible for psychiatrists to incorporate global health in their practice. Some psychiatrists have a full or part-time clinical practice and work in humanitarian response a few times per year (ex. Doctors of the World Canada).

For further information, please contact:

Dr Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH, HSI Director

Email: kirsten.johnson [at]

Ms Andrea Zdyb, HSI Administrative Coordinator

Email: international.fammed [at]

Tel 514 398 7375 ext. 0748


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