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Fellowship Training

Developing expert skills

Director: Dr. Sherry James

The Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University is offering training in several different areas of psychiatry, which include:

Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders

A fellowship position is offered by the Mood Disorders Clinic of the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry. This position consists of clinical, research and teaching components, and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the fellow.

The research opportunities offered by this fellowship include:

  • Specialized clinical management of bipolar disorder and depression
  • Family and high risk studies of bipolar disorder
  • Treatment response and phenotypic spectra of bipolar disorder
  •  Molecular-genetic and mapping studies in bipolar disorder
  • Statistical-genetic analysis of genetics of complex traits
  • Clinical and population-based registry of bipolar disorder and major depression
  • Genetics of suicidal behaviour in mood disorders
  • Brain imaging studies related to mood disorders

The faculty include leading experts in the following areas:

  • Genetic factors in the risk and outcome of bipolar disorder, personalized treatment of bipolar disorder (Alda)
  • Metabolic dysfunction in mood disorders (Calkin)
  • Brain imaging, brain development (Hajek)
  • Psychological interventions for mood disorders and co-morbid anxiety disorders (Pavlova)
  • Early identification of risk, early intervention, personalized treatment of depression (Uher)

To Apply
For application instructions please contact Ms. Tracy Fraser-MacIsaac, education coordinator, at Tracy.Fraser@nshealth.ca. We are now accepting applications for 2019.

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

The program is actively involved in teaching and research, and provides intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy to patients with somatoform disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, depression and other conditions. The fellow would learn research methods and diagnostic and treatment procedures, and be able to participate in a range of research and teaching activities including a Cochrane review of STDP effectiveness, ISTDP in treatment of resistant depression, STDP cost effectiveness and modified STDP in severe mental disorders.

To Apply
Please contact Dr. Allan Abbass M.D., Director of Center for Emotions and Health, (allan.abbass@dal.ca) to express interest. For application instructions please contact Ms. Tracy Fraser-MacIsaac, education coordinator, at Tracy.Fraser@nshealth.ca. We are now accepting applications for 2019.

Psychodynamics and Group Psychotherapy

A fellowship position in Psychodynamics and Group Psychotherapy is offered by the Psychotherapy Program of the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry. This position consists of clinical, research and teaching components, and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the fellow.

The program provides many opportunities for the study and development of group programming including, but not limited to:

  • Exploring and integrating theories underlying psychodynamic group psychotherapy
  • Developing clinical skills including group leadership and facilitation
  • Attaining experience in leading process and skills based groups
  • Integrating medication and psychotherapy
  • Understanding systems theory
  • Understanding and advancing group program design
  • Situating and integrating group programs within mental health programming
  • Developing team leadership skills
  • Teaching group psychotherapy – curriculum design and delivery
  • Developing skills in group program administration
  • Becoming proficient in psychotherapy research by:
    • reviewing the evidence base supporting the psychotherapies and new areas of research.
    • understanding the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders and their impact.
    • improving upon and developing better research skills including developing research methodology (qualitative and quantitative), data entry and management skills, statistical analysis to interpret research findings, and writing.
    • developing the ability to communicate research findings via posters, presentations, and conferences.

To Apply
Please contact Dr. Jacqueline Kinley M.D., Director of Psychotherapy Training and the MHDTP Program, (jackie.kinley@nshealth.ca) to express interest. For application instructions please contact Ms. Tracy Fraser-MacIsaac, education coordinator, at Tracy.Fraser@nshealth.ca. We are now accepting applications for 2019.

Early Psychosis

A fellowship position is offered by the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) of the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry. This position consists of clinical, research and teaching components, and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the fellow.

NSEPP sees more than 90 new assessments per year and has an active case load of over 250 patients. The depth and breadth of active NSEPP research allows for a wide variety of research topics, including projects focusing on the biology of psychosis such as imaging and genetics, treatment (pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic), outcomes, education and health services investigations.

Because NSEPP provides psychoeducational programs for patients and families, outreach education to various community organization, and supervision of medical trainees, the fellow would have ample opportunities for teaching at various levels.

To Apply
Please contact Dr. Philip Tibbo, Director, Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program at Phil.Tibbo@nshealth.ca to express interest. For application instructions please contact Ms. Tracy Fraser-MacIsaac, education coordinator, at Tracy.Fraser@nshealth.ca. We are now accepting applications for 2019.


Conditions for application:

  • Applicants must have (or be in the process of getting) their FRCPC in psychiatry.
  • Applicants must be eligible for a full or educational medical license in Nova Scotia.
  • Applicants must be able to practice full time, starting July 1 of the year in which training will start.

A limited number of positions funded by the Department of Psychiatry are available annually. Positions will be remunerated at a PGY-6 level salary. Applications supported by external funding sources will also be considered.

Interested physicians should contact the education coordinator for application information. We are now accepting applications for 2019.

Dalhousie University requires all applicants to be eligible to register for a license in all provinces in which the program requires training. Both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island have specific regulations regarding English language proficiency for physicians from outside of Canada. Below are links to the policies for each of the colleges.  

CPSNS Language Requirement [PDF - 162kB]

CPSPEI Language Requirement [PDF - 282kB]

This will also apply to all elective rotations. We ask that all future applications sent to Dalhousie University follow this criteria.

Questions?

Ms. Tracy Fraser MacIsaac
Education Coordinator
5909 Veterans' Memorial Lane, 8th Floor
Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building
QEII Health Sciences Centre
Halifax, NS   B3H 2E2   CANADA
Tel: 902-473-5664
Fax: 902-473-4545
Email: tracy.fraser@nshealth.ca