Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty

Program Overview

McGill’s CAP subspecialty program is designed for residents who have completed, or are on track to complete, training in Psychiatry at a recognized institution. Successful completion of the program qualifies graduates to take the RCPSC subspecialty exam in CAP.

General Goals of the Program

The program aims to prepare subspecialist graduates who are competent and compassionate consultant clinicians and who have acquired CAP-specific competencies in all of the RCPSC CanMEDS roles. A priority goal is to also promote competencies in the fields of research and / or education in order to prepare residents to assume leadership positions in their future academic and clinical careers.

The program follows the structure of Competency By Design, with an average of two years total of training. Prospective residents may apply to begin McGill’s CAP residency in their final year of their Psychiatry residency (i.e. PGY5)- or following completion of their Psychiatry residency (i.e. PGY6) - both funding options are available. Rotation selections respect the RCPSC subspecialty training requirements - and consist of a variety of clinical rotations, psychotherapy / psychopharmacology learning opportunities, academic seminars, and scholarship activities.

The three core clinical and research sites of our program are the Montreal Children’s Hospital/McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital, and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Rotation and research highlights include inpatient, consultation-liaison/medical psychiatry, emergency department/crisis clinic, day programs, eating disorders, developmental disorders, depressive disorders/suicide studies, perinatal/epigenetics, disruptive disorders/forensics, eating disorders, ADHD, psychosis, transcultural/anti-radicalization work, and outreach to Inuit and Cree communities.


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