Elective Rotations: Eating Disorders

Elective Rotation: Eating Disorders


The Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry - The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus

Brief Description of Rotation

The resident will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team in a hospital based Day Hospital Program for the treatment of eating disorders. In addition to understanding the possible aetiologies and the management of eating disorders, the resident will develop valuable skills in conducting group therapies by acting as a group co-therapist. He/she is expected to participate in the Centre's research activities.

Principal Supervisor

Hany Bissada M.D., FRCP(c) - Director, Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus


The resident will be able to perform a comprehensive psychiatric assessment on eating disorders patients referred to the Center by their family physicians.

Based on the psychiatric assessment mentioned above, the resident will be able to articulate a comprehensive formulation of the events which triggered the eating disorder and the biological and psychosocial factors which perpetuate this eating disorder. The resident will pay attention to the differential diagnosis of possible underlying psychiatric disorders and/or personality disorders.

At the completion of the psychiatric assessment, the resident will be able to recommend a referral to the appropriate treatment option available at the Center. The treatment options available at the Center include any or a combination of the following:

  • Psycho-education Groups and/or Cognitive-Behavioral group Therapy, both offered on outpatient basis
  • Pharmacological stabilization
  • Referral to the Day Hospital Program for Eating Disorders
  • Hospitalization in the Symptoms Interruption (six-bed unit)

The resident will acquire sufficient skills to act under supervision as a co-therapist conducting group therapies for patients attending the Day Hospital Program for Eating Disorders. The program accommodates eight patients that require intensive treatment for their serious eating disorders. Psychological therapy is provided in group format and covers several themes relevant to eating disorders such as body image issues, family relations issues, relationships issues, assertiveness training, eating attitudes, and expression through art.

The resident will follow some eating disorders patients hospitalized in the Symptom Interruption Program, where their management includes nutritional rehabilitation and medical stabilization, in addition to group therapy and pharmacological treatment if appropriate. The resident will be able to grasp the relevant theoretical concepts related to healthy nutrition as recommended by Heath Canada according to the Canada Food Guide. He/she will also acquire the medical skills to help underweight patients struggling with the medical complications of malnutrition and electrolyte imbalance, achieve medical stabilization. The resident will also participate in family therapy meetings offered to inpatients with eating disorders.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Debbie Hall, Postgraduate Coordinator
The Ottawa Hospital (General Campus), 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6
Phone: 613-737-8955
Email: dehall@toh.ca

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