Geriatric Psychiatry

Subspecialty Residency Program
Co-Program Directors, Tracy Cheng and Jessica Waserman

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.

Overview

Program Overview
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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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Certification Outcome
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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.

Entry Requirements 
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Residents will apply in their PGY-4 year. Applicants must complete the PGME application form​, along with the following supportive documents:

  • Updated CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Letter of good standing from current residency program director
  • Three reference letters with contact information (in addition to the letter of good standing)
  • Medical school transcript

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.

Application Deadline
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The application deadline is September 2021.

Postgraduate Medical Education
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McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) provides an environment where learners can develop the skills to become expert physicians and leaders in health care.

Education

Length of Training
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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.

Curriculum Highlights
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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.

Clinical

Overview
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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.

Hospital Sites
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  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
  • Hamilton Health Sciences (Juravinski Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital)
  • Grand River Hospital (Kitchener-Waterloo)

Research

Overview
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Residents are expected to complete a scholarly project during their training and present at an appropriate venue such as:

  • Grand rounds, research day, senior mental health clinic rounds
  • Published article/article submission proof
  • Oral/poster presentation at Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP) or other suitable conference.

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.

Contact Us

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.

 

tracy-cheng

Tracy Cheng

Co-Director, Geriatric Subspecialty Program

Chengt23@mcmaster.ca

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Menika McKeegan

Education Team Lead & Administrative Assistant, Associate Chair, Education

mckeegm@mcmaster.ca

Jessica Waserman

Co-Director, Geriatric Subspecialty Program

wasermje@mcmaster.ca

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