The Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto has 3 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredited subspecialty programs (Child and Adolescent, Forensic and Geriatric Psychiatry). Consistent with the Royal College requirements, the Geriatric and Child and Adolescent programs are two years. The intention is for residents to enter these programs as PGY5’s and complete it with a PGY6 year. However, there may be occasions when a resident enters the program as a PGY6 and completes the program with a PGY7 year. The Forensic program is a one year program with entry for the PGY6 year. Residents are asked to apply in the year prior to their anticipated entry into these programs.

Call for Applications

The Department of Psychiatry is calling for Applications to these Subspecialties for entry commencing July 2024. The deadline for applications for all 3 Subspecialty Programs is Friday, September 1, 2023.

All current PGY 4 or 5 residents are eligible to apply to the Geriatric or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Programs. All current PGY 5 residents are eligible to apply to the Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) with outside funding from approved sponsors are eligible to apply to the U of T subspecialty programs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry. Like all eligible applicants, they must have Royal College Certification in Psychiatry or be enrolled in a Royal College-accredited Psychiatry program. Their applications will be considered using the same procedures and standards used for Canadian applicants. All applicants will be ranked according to the merits of their application, and will be considered for acceptance only if they are deemed to be sufficiently competent and likely to succeed in the program. Based on their ranking and the number of funded positions available, Canadian applicants who meet the standard of competence will be offered acceptance first. IMGs with outside funding who meet the same standard may then be offered acceptance if the program has the capacity to accommodate them.

For applicants who have also applied to the U.S. match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy.  The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver."  More information is accessible at 

Only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified.

Subspecialty interview dates and additional information

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Interviews: October 18, 2023

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in person site tours October 19, 2023

Forensic Psychiatry Interviews: TBD

Canadian Forensic Psychiatry Residency Application and Matching Process

Geriatric Psychiatry Interviews: October 13, 2023

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

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

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Vice Chair Education, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Karen Wang, Subspecialty Program Director – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. S. Chatterjee, Subspecialty Program Director – Forensic Psychiatry

Dr. M. Rapoport, Subspecialty Program Director – Geriatric Psychiatry

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