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Education and Training

Psychiatry education

Sunnybrook's Department of Psychiatry is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is proud to offer medical students a rich six-week core rotation learning experience. The curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical and didactic experiences geared to enhancing the competency and knowledge of medical students in their clerkship year.

Our department provides core rotation experiences in inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, consultation liaison and emergency psychiatry. Throughout the six-week course students have the opportunity to learn about and treat mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, cognitive and personality disorders and substance-use disorders. Students are assigned both primary and secondary supervisors to diversify clinical exposure and feedback. Upon request, we can also help arrange half-day "mini-electives" in one of our subspecialty clinics mentioned below.

Dr Zaretsky speaking to class

In addition to a robust centrally delivered curriculum that showcases experts from around the city, we provide several important local educational seminar-based experiences. The interview seminar provides an opportunity for students to practice their assessment skills on patients with important psychiatric diagnoses. Seasoned instructors provide valuable and immediate feedback on the content and process of the interaction. In addition, psychiatry residents teach students about personality disorders using an innovative and engaging curriculum. Students will also have a hands-on psychotherapy experience while counseling their own patient through the Clerk Clinic for Supportive Counseling. This is a six-week multidisciplinary experience in which students utilize one of several short-term crisis models with a suitable patient.

We also offer elective opportunities in our subspeciality clinics. We have large clinics in child and adolescent psychiatry, mood disorders, geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry.

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