News & Events

What's happening in the mental health community

News relevant to the Department of Psychiatry will be posted here in between issues of Headlines.

COVID-19 information

The Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University has compiled information on COVID-19 and pandemic protocols. Read more on their website.


SIIP: Summer Internship in Psychiatry

Are you a first year medical student at Dalhousie? Wondering what path to take in medicine? Thinking about a career in Psychiatry?

We are happy to invite you to SIIP: Summer Internship in Psychiatry! This is a 4-day program open to students who will have just finished Med 1 and are interested in learning more about psychiatry. This program will run at the end of the academic year from May 25 to 28, 2021. The program will be held in Halifax and is open to students from both the Halifax and Saint John campuses. 

While we intended to run this program in the summer of 2020, we had to make the tough decision to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, however, we are prepared to make this work within the restrictions of the pandemic, regardless of how things look, come summertime. Preferentially, sessions will be in-person but we will ensure that all sessions are adaptable to be held virtually so you won’t miss out! 

The 4-day program will include:

  • working with psychiatrists from various subspecialties, psychiatry residents and allied health professionals
  • opportunities to learn more about a career in psychiatry
  • interactive educational sessions
  • clinical skills practice
  • elective placements with exposure to different psychiatric presentations
  • social events

The application is simple - just a few short questions about you and your reason for applying! Applications will be open from January 4th to January 15th, 2021 and you can find it here:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at We look forward to you joining us this summer!

Dr. Alexa Bagnell participates in IWK back to school webinar series 

The IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program, in partnership with the Nova Scotia’s Department of Early Education and Childhood Development (EECD), has developed a new webinar series entitled Road to Resilience: Skills and strategies to prepare for the upcoming school year.  

The three webinars are intended to provide the tools, strategies and skills to help prepare parents and children for the upcoming school year. Dr. Alexa Bagnell, head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and chief of the Department of Psychiatry at IWK Health, delivers the second webinar, Coping with Change & Uncertainty

Watch the webinars