University of Calgary - Psychiatry - Calgary
The University of Calgary's Department of Psychiatry is locally and nationally renown for its collegiality between undergraduates, residents and faculty. It supports student interest in not only clinical, psychotherapy and academic learning, but also in pursuing research and teaching opportunities. For over a decade, Undergraduate Psychiatry teaching and the mandatory clerkship rotation at the University of Calgary's medical school are consistently rated amongst the highest undergraduate course and rotation respectively, in part to resident involvement.
All residents participate in mentorship programs with both a near peer (in PGY-1) and with faculty. The latter mentorship program contains a mini curriculum designed to help residents establish a relationship with faculty to discuss a wide range of topics over approximately 4 sessions annually. In 2018, at the request of both residents and faculty, the mentorship program expanded to include evening events for residents and faculty to meet informally and develop additional mentorship opportunities.
The interview process is meant to not only provide the training program with opportunities to meet potential new recruits, but also for the applicants to learn more about the program and to compare it to other training programs in Canada.
Short-listed applicants are encouraged to ask questions and will be provided with an e-mail address monitored by residents that can address any questions prior to the interview.
What is the program looking for in applicants?
A sincere interest in both the specialty and the program with a willingness to learn and work in teams. Integrity, professionalism, reflectiveness and aptitude for psychiatry are all valuable characteristics.
What kinds of educational opportunities are available?
The program supports participation in conferences related to mental health as well as other related topics ranging from refugee health to medical leadership. Residents can also contribute to medical school teaching through a number of vehicles outside of the wards.
How is CBD being implemented?
As one of the last specialties to launch, physicians training Psychiatry PGY-1s in off-service rotations are already well-versed in using the CBD model. Workshops and Grand Rounds hosted by the Program Director and Competency Chair for departmental faculty before and after the July 2020 launch to prepare them for CBD have been well-attended.