Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Training

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa is pleased to offer a subspecialty training program that has been accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Application Process:

The Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Training Program has the capacity to accommodate up to three PGY-6 residents:

For candidates applying to PGY6, you must have completed PGY4 by the end of December of the year you are applying.

  • Up to one funded position through the Post-graduate medical education office; will depend on availability of this funding
  • The balance where alternate sources of funding are available and arranged by the applicant and deemed acceptable by the Faculty of Medicine

Applicants will be applying to this program for their PGY-5 and/or PGY-6 training years. We welcome applicants from other universities.

One year of eligible rotations should be completed during PGY-4 and/or PGY-5 in a recognized Psychiatry Residency program in Canada and the resident must be eligible to write the RCPSC (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) examination in general psychiatry at the end of their PGY-5 year.

Complete details on training requirements can be found on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Website under "Information by Subspecialty".

For consideration of enrolment in this program, please submit the documents listed below to the attention of:

By Mail:

Dr. Holly Dornan
Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Director (interim)
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
1145 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Canada, K1Z 7K4.

By E-mail (in PDF or Microsoft Word Format):

Nathalie Azzi, Program Administrator


Please include the following:

  • A letter of Intent
  • Completed Subspecialty Application Form (PDF)
  • ITERs for completed eligible rotations in PGY-4
  • Three Letters of Reference; At least one a from Geriatric Psychiatry supervisor
  • An updated C.V.
  • A letter of good standing from the current program director

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline is Wednesday, September 1, 2021 
  • Offers of positions will be sent out Thursday, October 28, 2021 
  • Candidates will have until Thursday, November 4, 2021 to accept
  • Second offers will be sent out Thursday, November 4, 2021
  • Interested applicants should contact programs directors directly
  • Note that after second offers have gone out, applications for any remaining spots will be re-opened to all candidates; it is not necessary to have applied in the first round of applications

All eligible applicants will have their file reviewed by the Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Committee. A short list of applicants will be selected and invited for interviews.

Late applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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