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Postgraduate FAQs

What is living in the Maritimes like?

The Maritime provinces include Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Here you will find a variety of cultural events and entertainment as well as easy access to summer and winter sporting activities. Residents easily integrate into our communities and often feel so comfortable that they stay and start their career. Find out more about Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

What is the starting salary of a PGY-1 resident at Dalhousie University?

Please see the MarDocs website for more details of the current contract.

Does Dalhousie Psychiatry have Royal College subspecialty training programs?

Yes, we have Royal College accredited programs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in Geriatric Psychiatry.  

If I choose Dalhousie Psychiatry, where will my training take place? Throughout my residency, will I have to change locations?

Dalhousie University has a distributed education model. There are several sites across the Maritimes, including Halifax Regional Municipality and Saint John, New Brunswick. During PGY-1, residents spend 2-5 months outside of Halifax, while senior residents may be assigned to a core clinical rotation of up to six months at the Saint John campus. To develop both clinical and educational continuity, the amount of moving will be kept to a minimum. There is accommodation and travel allowances through the university.

Will I have a “Return of Service Contract”?

Every year, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness supports dedicated position(s) for IMG candidates which carry a return of service agreement.

What is your experience with residents who have partners, spouses and children?

We work hard to support residents who have families. Many of our residents arrive with families or build families during residency training.

Will I be invited for an interview for this residency program?

All applications are reviewed by experienced faculty. Short-listed candidates are notified by email if an interview will be offered to you. Those candidates offered an interview may also attend an open house where faculty and resident representatives from all sites are present to answer your questions.

Are interviews mandatory?

Yes. Interview scores are calculated into the overall ranking score. We feel interviews are crucial to help you learn more about the program and the location as well as to help us learn about you.

Can I do a telephone interview?

No.

Can I have an interview on a date outside of those posted?

No.