Elective Rotations: First-Episode Psychosis

Elective Rotation: First-Episode Psychosis


The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus & 1355 Bank Street

Brief Description of Rotation

Supervised management of inpatient population consisting primarily of first episode psychosis patients, mornings Monday through Friday. Supervised outpatient first episode consultation one to two afternoons per week. Residents may follow newly-enrolled patients with supervision throughout the course of their rotation.


Principal Supervisor: Dr. Paul Roy (Outpatient Consultations)
Additional Supervisor: Dr. J. Moise (Inpatient Supervision)

Description of Supervision

There will be daily clinical supervision on the ward. Resident will perform outpatient consultations in the First Episode Program under the supervision of Dr. Roy.


As per the terminal cognitive, skill and attitudinal objectives of the Resident Training Objectives of the University of Ottawa, Department of Psychiatry and distributed yearly to Residents in the Orientation Package.

Expectations and Opportunities


  • The resident will become confident in patient interviews and family interviews.
  • The resident will be competent in the treatment algorithms for a variety of mental illnesses, especially first episode psychosis.
  • The resident will be encouraged to be as independent as possible in managing the inpatient service and managing newly-enrolled first episode patients.


Daily supervision. Numerous opportunities for mock oral supervision and interviewing skills, differential diagnosis and treatment modalities. Royal College exam preparation will be stressed.


The resident will be welcomed to participate in research activity in the First Episode Psychosis Program, and to contribute as a co-author in relevant publications as well.

General Information

Residency Level: PGY-2 to PGY-5 Residents

Rotation Length: Three to Six Months

Number of Residents: One

RCPSC Core Rotation: Yes, Inpatient

Rotation Specific Objectives

As noted above, this is a general inpatient, core rotation with specific emphasis on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of first episode psychosis. The Principal Supervisor has 12 years experience with treatment and research in this population.

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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