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W.O. McCormick Academic Day

Our largest annual conference

Academic Day is an annual event jointly sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, the Nova Scotia Health Authority Central Zone Addictions and Mental Health Program and Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development. It features multiple speakers focused on a chosen theme. In 2014, for the first time the day was recognized as the W.O. McCormick Academic Day in honour of the late Dr. William Ormsby McCormick who passed away in 2013. Dr. McCormick was a fixture in the Department of Psychiatry and was the mastermind behind Academic Day.

The inaugural Nova Scotia Hospital Academic Day, as it was originally called, took place in 1989 at the Nova Scotia Hospital and was part of Dr. McCormick’s strategy to have all clinical sites active in the academic mission of the department.

Academic Day was popular from the very beginning, but once established the numbers wishing to attend often exceeded capacity and people had to be turned away. Today, not a year goes by that Academic Day, which is open to faculty and the public, is not sold out.

This year’s Academic Day, held on April 29, on the theme “Psychotherapies in Clinical Practice: A Potpourri” was another highly successful, sold-out conference with 230 multidisciplinary mental health professionals, residents and students participating. Chaired by Dr. Heather Milliken, the morning session featured presentations by Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD., Drs. Jacqueline Cohen, David Whitehorn, Dayna Lee-Bagley, Zenovia Ursuliak, Selene Etches, and Scott Janssen. Dr. Patricia Pearce chaired the afternoon session, which began with keynote speaker Anne Mahoney, Ph.D, who was followed by Drs. Jackie Kinley, Marie Claire Bourque, Allan Abbass, and finally Dr. Joel Town. Find the annual conference information on our news & events page. Registration typically opens in early March, don’t miss out!

You can view all presentations from XXVII W.O. McCormick Academic by visiting our YouTube channel or clicking on the video below.