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Program Details


  • The enthusiastic and collegial resident body.
  • The moderate size of the program. 
  • Protected time for academic teaching, via a weekly academic day. 
  • Dedication to supporting wellness and personal balance.
  • The opportunity for residents to apply to the Clinical Investigators Program.
  • A vibrant psychotherapy program, designed to attend to the resident's cognitive and emotional development as a psychotherapist.  
  • Research funding available exclusively for residents, supporting up to $2500 per resident.
  • A maximum travel allotment for conference attendance of $1500 per year for 4 out of 5 years of residency.
  • A provincial Locum Tenens program, allowing senior residents to locum on weekends in underserviced communities.

The clinical experience

The clinical supervision of residents provides residents with a greater degree of supervision in the early years of training. PGY2 and PGY3 supervision is focused on skill development in interviewing, assessment, communications, diagnosis and development of management plans.


·  1 block of Emergency Psychiatry
·  1 block C-L Psychiatry at the Saint John training site
·  1 block of Community Psychiatry at the Saint John training site
·  2 blocks of General Medicine
·  2 blocks of Neurology
·  2 blocks of Emergency Medicine
·  1 Block of Family Medicine
·  3 blocks of selective choices


·  6 months of General Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
·  2 months of Short Stay Psychiatry or 2 months of Psych Assessment Unit
·  4 months of General Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
·  Longitudinal psychotherapy supervision
·  Emergency Psychiatry through participation in the after-hours call schedule


·  3 months of Child & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry
·  3 months of Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry
·  2 x 3 months (6 months total) of Geriatric Psychiatry
·  Longitudinal psychotherapy supervision
·  Emergency Psychiatry through participation in the after-hours call schedule


·  6 months of Rehabilitation Psychiatry
·  3 months of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
·  2 months of Shared Care
·  1 month of Addictions Psychiatry
·  Longitudinal psychotherapy supervision
·  12 months of elective and selective experiences
·  Emergency Psychiatry through participation in the after-hours call schedule


Our research curriculum includes teaching of evidence-based practice and critical review of literature. Residents are encouraged to read the literature and apply critical evaluation in assessing the validity and relevance to their own clinical practice. Each resident is expected to complete a research project and present at a minimum of two critical appraisal journal clubs during their training. Time for research is available in the form of elective time or a longitudinal protected half-day per week.

There is also a dedicated research fund for residents, providing up to $2500 per resident. Residents are able to apply for funding up to $5000 in competition with others from the Department of Psychiatry. They will also have access to funds from the Kilpatrick Endowment to a maximum of $1500 per year for attending conferences, travel, computers, software and books. Residents are also eligible for research funding from the QEII Research Fund.

Explore Research taking place in the Department of Psychiatry.

Learn more about the CIP Program at Dalhousie.