Post Graduate Residency Program

We are a 5 year Royal College accredited program that prepares physicians for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons examinations leading to certification in Psychiatry.  

At the end of our program you will be a part of a growing and dynamic team of Mental Health Practitioners.


Our Program

Prepares Physicians for:

  • A career with a sound clinical and scientific basis, with skills for ongoing acquisition of knowledge.
  • The faculty to seek and convey basic knowledge and the latest advances.
  • A sound research basis to help think critically about research issues, and to carefully evaluate the literature.

Teaching and service (s) are based at:

  • Foothills Medical Centre
  • Peter Lougheed Centre
  • Rockyview General Hospital
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital South Health Campus

Program Structure

Using a combination of service and preceptor-based models, our program allows for varied learning, as well as, fostering relationships with specific teachers.  Our program size enables each student personal attention, but is large enough for group cooperation with fellow students.  As educational objectives have priority over service delivery, all of our clinical services are designed to function without residents, thus enabling an adequate and individualized approached for each resident.

Selection Criteria

  • Reference letters from preceptors in the field of psychiatry are preferred
  • An acceptable academic record which demonstrates special proficiency in those subjects related to the specialty
  • Candidates should demonstrate an interest in the specialty (This may be described in the personal letter)
  • Willingness to contribute and enhance the residency program experience
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Behaves with maturity, empathy, sensitivity

Curriculum Overview

The program holds a half-day protected time throughout the residency for formal seminars or self-directed learning.  There is an introductory block of seminars and academic case discussions for PGY-1 residents.  These seminars cover clinical skills, essential knowledge that is needed early-on (such as emergency psychiatry and safety issues), and psychiatry in the general hospital setting.

Practice oral examinations are held twice a year.

Projects

With the assistance of the Residency Research Director, residents are provided with a research mentor in their junior years. It is expected that at some time during the five year program, the resident will complete an academic project that would be suitable for submission to a peer review process.  The project can be a research project or it might be a project related to a critical appraisal of the literature or an interesting case report with accompanying literature.

Residents are encouraged to present their projects at provincial or national meetings and at the departmental research day (Littmann Research Day), which is held every spring.  Here, residents and faculty present their academic and research interests. Residents have been active participants in these highly successful events.  Prizes are awarded for the Best Resident Research Project and Most Innovative Resident Research.

Program Details

PGY-1

PGY-1 is a rotating internship year with a minimum of 8 months rotating through specialty areas outside of Psychiatry.  Time is also available for electives.

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PGY-2

The goal of the first six months of our Year 2 program is for the resident to become familiar with basic interviewing, diagnosis and treatment options for the major psychiatric disorders.

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PGY-2 con't, 3, 4

The emphasis of the rest of Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 is on understanding childhood disorders in the context of the child’s development, family and social system, as well as, acquiring skills with individual and family assessments, interviewing and treatment approaches.  Residents will attend clinics dealing with mood disorders, psychosis, eating disorders and addictions during their adolescent psychiatry portion.

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PGY-5

During the resident’s last year of psychiatry, they will be able to complete their  core rotations and/or do electives in their area of interest in Psychiatry.

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Key Contacts

Residency Program Coordinator:
Pauline Burgess
Email: pauline.burgess@albertahealthservices.ca

Residency Program Director:
Dr. Greg Montgomery
Email: gregory.montgomery@ahs.ca

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry
1403 - 29 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 2T9
Tel: (403) 944-1271
Fax: (403) 270-3451