Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)

Consistently ranked #1! 

The Department of Psychiatry Undergraduate Medical Education program provides medical students with a foundation in psychiatry and mental health treatment. Our clerkship and Psychiatry course (Course VII) are consistently ranked #1 by University of Calgary medical students.

We are always looking for enthusiastic teaching-focused faculty to join our dynamic team of mental health professionals and physicians. If you are interested in becoming a preceptor or teaching, please contact us.

Program Structure

Course VII: Psychiatry

Course VII provides the first opportunity for medical students to learn, as a group, specifically about psychiatry. This course is offered every December for all second-year students.

Course structure

Lectures
Small group teaching (12 students)
Clinical Correlation (5 students, 6 hours of instructional time)
Podcasts

Course Chair – Dr. Philip Stokes
Evaluation Coordinator – Dr. Alex Di Ninno

Clinical Clerkship

Clinical Clerkship in Psychiatry is core training for third-year medical students. Clerkship runs for 6 weeks and consists of four weeks of core training and two weeks of specific training in child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, clerks receive half-day seminars and resident teaching each week.

Course structure

4 weeks core training at an Adult Site
2 weeks Child & Adolescent Site
Weekly half-day seminars
Weekly resident teaching

Sites: Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, South Health Campus, Alberta Children's Hospital and Alberta Hospital Ponoka

Clerkship Director – Dr. Tim Ayas
Evaluation Coordinator – Dr. Suneina Mohan
Child and Adolescent Coordinator – Dr. Waqar Waheed

Electives

Clerkship Electives

In addition to clinical clerkship, medical students may choose to take additional two-week psychiatry electives in a variety of specific psychiatric disciplines. This training is available at a variety of sites.

Other Electives

Evidence-Based Medicine course (Med 440)
Med 440 is a second-year course that focuses on evidence-based research or evidence-based clinical work.

Key Contacts

Dr. Nancy Brager
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
nancy.brager@ahs.ca

Dr. Tim Ayas
Director of Clerkship
tim.ayas@ahs.ca 

Dr. Philip Stokes
Chair, Course VII
philip.stokes@ahs.ca

Dr. Alex Di Ninno
Evaluation Coordinator - Course VII
adininno@gmail.com

Dr. Suneina Mohan
Evaluations Coordinator - Clinical Clerkship
suneina.mohan@albertahealthservices.ca

Mary McRae
Coordinator (Clinical Clerkship, Electives, Course VII, Med 440)
mary.mcRae@albertahealthservices.ca