Message from Co-Program Directors, Tracy Cheng and Jessica Waserman
The Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program at McMaster University provides an enriching education experience that fosters excellent clinicians and future educators. In addition to furthering geriatric psychiatry knowledge during training, residents will also establish lifelong connections and friendships. Our subspecialty program has a reputation for flexibility and we make every attempt to customize residency training to suit individual career goals. Our small program is also known for its enthusiastic faculty members.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program is an active, multidisciplinary group, led by Tracy Cheng, program director. Division members provide state-of-the-art training in geriatric psychiatry at all levels including medical students as well as to general psychiatry residents and subspecialty residents.
Our subspecialty residency program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It provides training experiences in outpatient, inpatient, outreach, nursing home, and consultation settings. The strength of the program is based upon the active participation of a broad range of faculty members including geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists and other allied health professionals.
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After successful completion of the Geriatric Psychiatry program and Royal College Examination, individuals will receive a certificate of completion from the McMaster University’s Postgraduate Medical Education office and Royal College certification in Geriatric Psychiatry.
Residents will apply in their PGY-4 year. Applicants must complete the PGME application form, along with the following supportive documents:
PGY-5 applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis and if funding allows. Interested PGY-5 applicants should contact the program administrator and program director directly prior to the application deadline to enquire.
The application deadline is September 2021.
McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) provides an environment where learners can develop the skills to become expert physicians and leaders in health care.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Program at McMaster University, consistent with the Royal College requirements, is a two-year program. The intention is for residents to enter this program as PGY-5’s in an overlap year with their General Psychiatry Residency Program and complete it with a PGY-6 year solely in the Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Program.
The geriatric subspecialty provides interdisciplinary shared teaching sessions with neuropsychology, geriatric medicine, and other psychiatric subspecialty residents. Our formal curriculum also includes e-modules developed by McMaster University and Dalhousie University. Well-established electives are available to subspecialty residents in areas such as geriatric medicine, shared care in long-term care settings, and GeriMedRisk. The program also supports residents who wish to pursue unique experiences as flexibility is built into our curriculum.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program provides training experiences in outpatient, inpatient, outreach, nursing home, and consultation settings. The strength of the program is based upon the active participation of a broad range of faculty members including geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists and other allied health professionals.
Residents are expected to complete a scholarly project during their training and present at an appropriate venue such as:
Residents meet early on with the program director and research coordinator to identify areas of interest and subsequently identify a faculty supervisor who will guide them through the scholarly process and submission for presentation. Residents are also expected to complete a quality improvement project as part of their scholarly work.
We invite you to learn more about the Geriatric Subspecialty Residency Program and the opportunities that are available at McMaster University. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.