Geriatric Psychiatry

The Geriatric Subspecialty Program is currently accepting applications

Applications for all 3 Subspecialty Programs for a July 2024 start are due Friday, September 1, 2023.

How to apply

Further information and the application form can be found at the following links.

September 2023 Subspecialty Application Document

September 2023 Subspecialty Application PDF

Residency Experience Form

Completed Application Packages are to be submitted electronically to:

Administrative Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto

Interview dates

If you are applying for the Forensic Subspecialty Program, please hold the following date in your calendar.

Geriatric Psychiatry Interviews: October 13, 2023


Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to Sandra Caswell at or 416-535-8501 x30868.

The University of Toronto Geriatric Psychiatry Program offers a comprehensive and innovative training program. A variety of tools and activities are used to ensure that trainees meet the objectives of training in the CanMEDS roles. The medical expert content is delivered through a comprehensive core curriculum series. The other CanMEDS roles are taught and evaluated using innovative techniques with the goal of graduating Residents who are well-rounded and effective geriatric psychiatrists for the future.

There are 7 academic centres and 79 Faculty members involved in the training program. We have updated our curriculum integrating Competence by Design. 

Our Transition to Discipline (TTD, one month) and Foundations of Discipline (FOD, five months) will involve a choice of one of our outpatient, outreach or inpatient settings, and will include one months each of Memory Clinic and Geriatric Medicine. TTD will focus on an orientation to our program, to the local systems of care, and on assessing current knowledge and skills pertaining to the assessment, diagnosis and management of older adults. In FOD, training will focus on core areas including comprehensive geriatric psychiatry assessments, diagnosis and management, typical and atypical presentations of major neurocognitive disorders, safe prescribing practices, and medical presentations of psychiatric illness in older adults.

Core of Discipline (COD, 16 months) will include a minimum of three months each in outpatient, outreach, and inpatient settings as well as four months in which residents can chose from a variety of interesting and educational electives. COD will ensure a graded increase in responsibility and skill focus on further finessing comprehensive formulations and management plans, dealing with nuances of providing ongoing care with a longitudinal clinic, achieving expertise in management of BPSD, and effective use of brain stimulation therapies (eg. ECT). There is a focus on providing integrated care with health-care teams, dealing with emotionally charged family encounters, as well as teaching and training junior trainees.

Residents will be involved in projects pertaining to advocacy, collaboration, conflict management, and quality improvement. A formal didactic lecture series with prominent faculty will be supplemented by the CAGP online course, as well as the national seminar series.

The advanced training/scholarly activities portion of the training program spans the 2 years. The goal is to develop an advanced level of competency in areas such as education, research, or quality improvement– according to individual career goals, subject to approval by the Program Director. The University of Toronto Geriatric Psychiatry Program offers a wide range of research and other scholarly activities. The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is home to internationally renowned expert researchers who have done seminal work in the area. The program supports and encourages research activities. Residents have a significant amount of protected time to be involved in research given amount of time designated for the clinical psychiatric research selective and advanced training/scholarly activities.

Our Transition to Practice phase (TTP, two months) will ensure that residents are ready for the training program to end and that they will succeed in their launch to independent practice. The focus will be on understanding clinical and administrative aspects of geriatric psychiatry practice, completing their scholarly project, and formulating a lifelong-learning plan of continuing professional development.

For further information about the subspecialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry contact Dr. Mark Rapoport Program Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty,

The Department of Psychiatry is committed to enabling a positive learning and working environment for everyone in our community.