MD Postgraduate


The five-year residency training program in Psychiatry at the University of Alberta is a well-established training program with broad-based academic and clinical orientations.

Program Goals

The program is designed to assist its residents to:

  • Become competent psychiatrists able to manage a variety of clinical situations and problems in different settings in an ethical manner
  • Gain background knowledge of the basic sciences applicable to psychiatry
  • Work in a variety of roles as member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Satisfy the training requirements of, prepare for, and pass the certification examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Develop skills and knowledge in the expanded roles of scholar, professional, advocate, manager, collaborator, communicator, and medical expert (CanMeds 2005)


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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program Call for Applications

The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Alberta is inviting applications for admission to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program (CAPS RP), with a start date of July 1, 2018.  The Program is fully accredited with the Royal College, and consistent with their requirements, it is two years in duration. The first year of the CAPS RP is also the PGY 5 year of the general psychiatry residency.  During the PGY 5 year CAPS resident rotations and academic curricula are all related to child and adolescent psychiatry. The second year of the CAPS RP builds on the clinical, academic and research skills and knowledge acquired during the first year of the Program, and helps Subspecialty residents prepare for transition to fully independent practice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORM - CLICK HERE.


Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program Call for Applications

On behalf of the Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program Committee, I am pleased to announce that the Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program at the University of Alberta received accreditation from the Royal College in September 2015. We are currently accepting applications for admission to the program with a start date of July 1, 2017.  

This is a two-year program with two funded positions available annually. During the PGY-5 year, residents meet the requirements of the General Psychiatry Program and the Subspecialty Program at the same time. The PGY-6 year is exclusively Subspecialty training and prepares residents for transition to fully independent practice. Typically, Psychiatry residents apply in their PGY-4 year and commence the program at the beginning of their PGY-5 year. There is flexibility to accommodate residents entering into the PGY-6 year. In these cases, we would need to review the application to ensure that the PGY-5 rotations meet the requirements of our program. 

The application deadline for this year is September 12, 2016. We require a CV, Letter of Interest, and 2 Letters of Reference. A sub-set of candidates are then chosen for interviews.

I would be happy to discuss the program further with any interested applicants.

Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program

We are excited to offer a position in our Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Residency Program in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Alberta.  A successful completion of this 12 month PGY-6 training program is a prerequisite for the Royal College examination in Forensic Psychiatry.

Residents will be exposed to a broad range of training experiences in all areas of Forensic Psychiatry, from court ordered assessments and report writing (including high-profile cases), to treatment and rehabilitation of forensic patients during their recovery and reintegration into the community, to civil assessments. Our inpatient services are located at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, which has over one hundred forensic psychiatry beds and includes the only maximum secure designated forensic unit in the province.  Our outpatient forensic service sees tens of thousands of client encounters yearly, and offers subspecialized assessment, treatment services, and outreach services.  Our Young Offender programs involve both inpatient and outpatient programs and have been recognized for leadership in rehabilitation of adolescent offenders. 

Details regarding the application process for a start date of July 2018 will follow.




Program Contacts

Sarah Alexander
Program Administrator
Tel: (780) 407-6938
Fax: (780) 407-6672

Katherine Henry
Program Administrator
Tel: (780) 492-6938
Fax: (780) 407-6672

Child & Adolescent Subspecialty
Sharon Murphy, Program Administrator
University of Alberta
Phone: 780-407-1611
Fax: 780-407-6672

Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty
Candace Walker, Program Director
University of Alberta
Phone: 780-342-6552 
Fax: 780-342-6579

Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty
Lenka Zedkova, Program Director
University of Alberta
Phone: 780-342-5555