Electives

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University offers elective opportunities for medical students interested in a clinical experience within a vast variety of general and subspecialty areas. We have dedicated supervisors throughout Hamilton and the surrounding areas who are committed to providing an enriching clinical experience designed to meet individual and unique learning goals. We also have placement opportunities in general inpatient or outpatient psychiatry as well as sub-specialty placements within both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Please note that these electives are currently on hold.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences offers horizontal elective opportunities to McMaster medical students. Our horizontal opportunities are observational only. All psychiatry electives must be booked centrally through our electives coordinator. Please do not contact supervisors directly to book these placements. 

To get started, please review our horizontal electives guide for the varied clinical settings we have to offer.



Once you have reviewed the guide, please email us advising your preferred areas and include the dates you are available. Our coordinator will liaise with our supervisors and contact you once a placement is secured and confirmed. Please note that some areas are quite popular and fill up fast, so please contact us early to avoid disappointment. 

Once the placement date/s are confirmed be sure to register is MedSIS prior to the first placement date.



The McMaster undergraduate medical education program office requires a horizontal teaching contribution record to be completed at the end of your placement signed by both yourself and your supervisor. Please look for more details in the Medportal electives page.



Return your completed evaluation to Deb Klunder at klunder@mcmaster.ca.

For questions or information about our psychiatry horizontal elective placements, contact Claudia Castellanos, electives coordinator, at castell@mcmaster.ca.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences offers block elective opportunities to McMaster medical students. All McMaster electives must be booked centrally through our electives coordinator. Please do not contact supervisors directly to book these placements. 

It is important to note that the Department of Psychiatry does not currently participate in a lottery process for McMaster students, except for the psychiatry summer boot camp. Therefore, requests will be triaged on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To get started, please review our horizontal electives guide to decide which area of psychiatry interests you.



Next, book your request through MedSIS advising your areas of preference in the comment section.



Our coordinator will liaise with our supervisors and contact you once a placement is secured and confirmed.  Please note we may have to divide your time between preceptors depending on both popularity and unforeseen scheduling conflicts. Further, at high volume request times, we may cap the total number of requests accepted so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

For questions or information about our psychiatry block electives, contact Claudia Castellanos, electives coordinator, at castell@mcmaster.ca.

Please note that these electives are currently on hold.

Applications will be processed by the McMaster undergraduate medical education program office only. They are not arranged by the learner directly with the department/division. 

A new portal for visiting electives is in development.



For more information or questions about Canadian visiting block electives, email mdelect@mcmaster.ca.

For more information or questions about international visiting block electives, email mdelectvisiting@mcmaster.ca.

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