Electives: psychiatry residents

Rural Rotation (stage en région)

Refer to the detailed Rotation Specific Objectives of Training in Research in Community or Rural Psychiatry on one45.

In accordance with government of Québec requirements, residents are expected to complete at least 3 periods of their psychiatric training in a non-urban and/or non-university site.

We have three designated sites for rural psychiatry rotations:

  • CSSS de Suroit in Valleyfield offers a selective rotation in rural psychiatry that can be completed in the senior years.

Rotation Directors:
Dr Henriette Kotue: henriette_carine.kotue_kemgni.cisssmo16 [at] ssss.gouv.qc.ca
Dr Paule Kemgni : paule.kemgni.cisssmo16 [at] ssss.gouv.qc.ca

  • Centre hospitalier Pierre Janet (CHPJ) in Gatineau offers the following rotations:
    • Selective in rural psychiatry
    • Core rotations available at CHPJ include:
      1. In-patient psychiatry (PGY2)
      2. Geriatric psychiatry (PGY3)
      3. All PGY4 core rotations except Addictions (CL, SC and SPMI)
      4. Forensic psychiatry (PGY4-5)
  • Northern Track: Rural Rotation in Northern Québec Communities.

This rotation consists of week-long visits to Northern Québec aboriginal communities to deliver psychiatric services, as well as a one-month rotation in Abitibi. The 3-month equivalent rotation consists of 6–8 visits spread over residency beginning in the second half of the PGY2 year. Child psychiatry visits may be done during the child psychiatry core rotation, adult psychiatry visits may be done during the second half of the PGY2 year, while the remaining visits are done as electives in the senior years. Applications for this rotation can be made along with other rotation requests in November of the PGY1 year to begin in the PGY2 year. This rotation is considered part of clinical training and is not considered time away from core rotations. If there are more residents wishing to complete this track than there is space (usually 4 spots per year), all applicants will be required to write a short essay explaining why they are motivated to complete this track, will be interviewed and selection of residents will be made by Dr. Nadeau and other Northern Track staff. The program office and the director of this rotation will select residents with the most compelling essays. Participation in the northern track is not considered an absence from clinical duties during the PGY2-3 year and should not be counted towards the 75%. If a resident on the Northern Track is experiencing difficulties during core training, the Competence Committee might recommend and/or require that the resident take a leave from this Track while addressing the areas requiring improvement. In order to remain on Northern Track, more than 75% of visits need to be completed.

Rotation Director : Dr Lucie Nadeau: lucie.nadeau [at] mcgill.ca

Residents are provided with housing and a monetary supplement to cover the cost of travel during rural rotations. Residents who are not proficient in French should contact the program office to make other arrangements. For more information on rural rotations, visit the website: https://www.mcgill.ca/med-dme/training-sites/rural-specialty

Malartic Rotation Funding

Residents need to contact the McGill Distributed Education office (https://www.mcgill.ca/med-dme/node/1375/psychiatry-malartic-val-dor) to enquire about housing opportunities in Malartic.

Distributed Medical Education (DME) office:
Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, 6th floor
Montréal (Québec) H3G 1Y6
Tel: 514 398 5666 / Fax: 514 398 3595
Director: Dr Dominique Archambault

Officer: Ms Paola Colapelle: dme-officer [at] mcgill.ca / Tel.: 514 398 1700
Coordinator: Ms Samantha Hanley: sersec.med [at] mcgill.ca / Tel.: 514 398 5666

Designated Rural Rotations Sites at other Québec Universities

Other options for rural rotations include rotations at designated rural sites of other Québec universities. These can be requested as an inter-university rotation through the BCI system. The designated sites affiliated with other Québec universities can be found on the following website: http://www.cmq.org/page/fr/agrement-programmes-et-milieux.aspx

Rural rotation exemptions

The program will consider exempting residents from the rural rotation requirement under the following circumstances. In order to request exemption residents must write a request that will be presented to the competence committee.
Cases for consideration include:

  1. Complicated pregnancy (requires a physician’s note).
  2. Residents with children where the resident is the primary caregiver.
  3. Medical condition(s) requiring ongoing care from a physician (requires a physician’s note).
  4. Unique family circumstances where the resident is the primary caregiver to a sick family member (requires a physician’s note).
  5. Any other special circumstance.

Rotation outside McGill

Refer to the McGill Postgraduate Medical Education website for details on applying for rotations outside McGill: https://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/current-trainees/elective-rotations

Inter-university rotations are less than 12 months in duration (trainees remain based and paid at their home school). Inter-university rotations to other Québec universities are available at: Université de Montréal, Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke. Requests are made through the BCI system a minimum of three months in advance. A "carte mobile" is an inter-university rotation that is 12 months long and during which trainees are based and paid by the host school.

Rotation at a non-accredited site

Residents may also spend up to 6 months at a non-accredited site. A non-accredited site is a site in Québec that is not affiliated with a Québec university or that is outside of Québec. For your application to be valid, the PGME office must receive the CMQ form Request for a Rotation in a Non-Accredited Site a minimum of 3 months prior to the start of the rotation. Late submissions will be declined. Please note: rotations at an unaccredited site cannot last more than 3 consecutive months (after a 3 month rotation at an unaccredited site, a resident must do a minimum of 1 month at an accredited site before doing another rotation at an unaccredited site).


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