Memorial University of Newfoundland - Psychiatry - St. John's


Program Director

Dr. Sarah Noble


Program Director

Dr. Sarah Noble

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The Discipline of Psychiatry at Memorial University offers a broad and solid foundation in general psychiatry. We strive to train residents with excellent clinical skills for patients across the lifespan in a curriculum that promotes continuing professional development, social accountability and wellness. We are large enough as a program to offer a diverse range of clinical experiences, but small enough to allow for easy communication and collaboration amongst faculty and residents. PGY 1 residents in our program are engaged with their "home" program from the commencement of residency. Our academic curriculum has been tailored to meet the requirements of Competence by Design and our transition has been guided by a dedicated faculty and our Discipline Chair, who is also the Chair of the Specialty Committee for Psychiatry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For residents who have an interest in pursuing other roles, there are longitudinal experiences in research, medical education, and administrative psychiatry that are facilitated and mentored.

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Please feel free to email Dr. Noble with any questions at

Similarly, our co-administrative residents are happy to hear from you and can be found at or


Where do residents train during the MUN Psychiatry program?

The majority of clinical rotations do occur in St. John's Newfoundland. In the first year, residents spend 4 weeks in Grand Falls Windsor, a town with a population of about 15000 located 4-5 hours from St. John's, which is an active teaching site for Memorial University with a faculty of academic psychiatrists. Residents work directly with an addiction psychiatrist and also have the advantage of early exposure to rural psychiatry should this be an area of interest.

PGY2 residents in Foundations stage of training may choose to spend part of the general psychiatry year in Grand Falls Windsor if they wish, but this is never required. Residents who have availed of this opportunity have really valued the experience. Similarly, residents can also spend up to 6 months in St. John, New Brunswick during the PGY2 year, but this again is never mandated.

Grand Falls Windsor also offers and excellent rotation in shared care psychiatry in a multidisciplinary clinic of family physicians and psychiatrists for interested residents during the PGY4 year.

Can I train in another province or country during my residency in psychiatry?

Yes. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has an agreement with the Government of New Brunswick such that residents in our program can complete core or elective rotations there that do not count as time away. Residents can also complete up to 6 months elsewhere during the Transition to Practice year, which facilitates subspecialty interests and fellowship training.