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Psychiatry Residency Training in Thunder Bay. Objectives. To review the past 20 years of Psychiatry Residency training in Thunder Bay To plan for future training. Where is the training?. A look at the region…. Largest urban centre - Thunder Bay Populations from 1,000 – 109,000

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Psychiatry residency training in thunder bay

Psychiatry Residency Training

in Thunder Bay



  • To review the past 20 years of Psychiatry Residency training in Thunder Bay

  • To plan for future training

Where is the training

Where is the training?

A look at the region

A look at the region…

  • Largest urban centre - Thunder Bay

  • Populations from 1,000 – 109,000

  • Specialists concentrated in Thunder Bay

Psychiatry residency training in thunder bay

  • Accessible to outdoor recreational opportunities

  • 4000 acres green space within city limits

  • Lakes and Wilderness to suit every interest

  • 2200 hours of sunshine annually

  • And seasons…We have four of them!

Affiliated teaching sites

Affiliated Teaching Sites

  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Acute Care Regional Referral

  • St. Joseph’s Care Group

    -Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital Regional Mental Health Centre

    -St. Joseph’s Hospital where construction of new 38 bed wing for people with mental illness will begin in 2007/08

Psychiatry residency training in thunder bay

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Lakehead psychiatric hospital now part of sjcg

Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital(now part of SJCG)

A look at the region1

A look at the region…

  • Largest urban centre - Thunder Bay

  • Populations from 1,000 – 109,000

  • Specialists concentrated in Thunder Bay

A look at the region2

A look at the region…

  • Largest urban centre - Thunder Bay

  • Populations from 1,000 – 109,000

  • Specialists concentrated in Thunder Bay

About us

About Us…..

Commitment to High Quality Teaching

  • Adherence to teaching standards of national certification bodies: ie CanMeds

  • A comprehensive evaluation process

  • Acquired McMaster University faculty appointments

  • Preceptor participation in faculty development

  • Demonstrated teaching awards

  • Access to a broad array of electronic and on-site learning resources

Learning resources available

Learning Resources Available

  • Tele-learning including; Web based curriculum, videoconference rounds and academic half-day sessions, Continuing Medical Education and Clinical Consultations across Canada and beyond

  • Innovative learning approaches that foster self-assessment and skill development

Our partners

Our Partners

  • University of Western Ontario

  • NOMP/Health Sciences North

  • University of Toronto

  • McMaster University

  • University of Ottawa

University of western ontario

University of Western Ontario

  • 8 Psychiatrists were faculty of the Extended Campus Program in the mid 1990s and we met regularly with colleagues from across the province-our salary flowed through ECP and we had UWO benefits

  • I attended monthly Post Grad meetings to bring the perspective of the north and to encourage training

Health sciences north

Health Sciences North

  • A collaborative training program between McMaster University and Health Sciences North (HSN)

  • 30 years of coordinating learning experiences for residents and undergraduate medical students

University of Western Ontario

Information about hsn

Information about HSN

Community-Based Clinical Teachers

  • Total of 347 physicians practicing in the region

  • 2/3 (275/347) of them are preceptors in HSN

    • 1/3 teaches 1 month/year

    • 1/3 teaches up to 3 months/year

    • 1/3 teaches more than 3 months/year

    • ½ have earned academic appointments at the Academic Centres

Learning resources available1

Learning Resources Available

  • Health Sciences North Library and access to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Library

  • Full time Librarian

  • Health Sciences is wireless

  • Computer lab

  • Remote access to state of the art biomedical databases including over 10,000 electronic books, journals and other resources

University of toronto

University of Toronto

Accredited rotations in 2003 for core training in

  • Chronic Care

  • Acute InPatients and Out Patients 1yr

  • CL

Re entry through uoft

Re-entry through UofT

  • Allowed 2 thunder Bay Family Physicians working at the LPH to re-enter Psychiatry Residency training and complete 2 years in Thunder Bay with virtual rounds and psychotherapy support and complete their

    residencies at University of Toronto

Nosm mcmaster

NOSM -McMaster

  • With the advent of NOSM we needed to prepare for our own residency programs

  • a partnership with McMaster, joint programs were established in several specialties inaddition to the FMN that had previously existed

Hamilton ontario mcmaster university

Hamilton Ontario, McMaster University

Thunder Bay Ontario, Health Sciences North

Why community psychiatry

Why Community Psychiatry?

  • Gain perspective on the skills necessary for a successful community practice

  • Understanding of the unique geographical, cultural and socioeconomic factors and the skills required due to relative isolation from tertiary care centres (i.e. skills in First Nations issues, solvent abuse)

Highlights of the program

Highlights of the Program

  • A community hospital, a specialized psychiatric hospital, community based clinics, and a large urban teaching centre

  • Curriculum that will prepare the learner for a successful career in Psychiatry

  • One on one learning while working with preceptors in Northwestern Ontario

  • Adventurous learning experience where spectacular scenery combined with many recreational opportunities will give balance to resident responsibilities

Where was the training

Where was the training?

* It is expected that the Community Psychiatry program will evolve over time and respond to the learning needs of residents. Some of the rotations may vary within and across postgraduate years and the locations may vary.

Unique learning opportunities

Unique Learning Opportunities

  • First Nations Issues

  • Solvent Abuse

  • Concurrent Disorders Program

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams

Teaching resources

Teaching Resources

  • 19 Psychiatrists in Northwestern Ontario(1 rural and 18 in the City of Thunder Bay)

  • History of providing accredited core training in Adult General In & Out Patient Psychiatry

  • Chronic Care and Consultation Liaison

  • Selective and elective training in Child & Adolescent, Forensics, Assertive Community Treatment and Concurrent Disorders

Teaching resources1

Teaching Resources

Psychiatry Specialties:

  • Forensics

  • Child & Adolescent


  • Assertive Community Treatment

  • Geriatrics

  • Concurrent Disorders

  • Chronic Care/Rehabilitation

Education and training

Education and Training

Access to Academic Sessions & Rounds

  • All HSN sites have videoconferencing links via a videoconference network

  • Residents will be able to participate in grand rounds and teaching sessions with McMaster peers

  • Residents will be participants in HSN’s Regional Rounds through Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and can participate in other local teaching sessions, rounds and CME activities

Pan northern residency

Pan Northern Residency

  • With the goal of achieving a stand alone Psychiatry Residency Program the NE site (affiliated with UofO) and NW site merged

  • Pan northern training established and I became a Site Director of a program affiliated with UofO

University of ottawa

University of Ottawa

  • We have interviewed in Ottawa for residents but have not always filled positions

  • We are now looking to get accreditation as a stand alone program but look to the ongoing support of past and future partners!

Contact information

Contact Information

For General Information about Psychiatry ResidencyTraining

Dr. Suzanne Allain

Interim Regional Program Director

(807) 343-4333 Ext. 4278

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