Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Education


The Department of Psychiatry is very involved with the education of all levels of medical students at the University of Ottawa. This through both active and didactic learning such as the Year 1, 2 and 4 electives through various clinical rotations; Year 2 Unit III Psychiatry Block; and Year 4 Back-to-Basics teaching. In addition, Faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry participate in other teaching activities such as cased based learning as well as being involved in the mentorship program.

During the 3rd year clerkship, students spend three weeks of their six-week rotation in an adult psychiatry setting at either the Ottawa Hospital General or Civic Campus, The Royal or the Queensway Carleton Hospital. The francophone student do their adult rotation at the Montfort Hospital. 3rd year medical student also do a 1-week clinical rotation in each of Child Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. Students can also choose to complete their adult psychiatry rotation at one of our established rural setting.

Throughout the six weeks, students work on call with residents and staff at the Ottawa Hospital to gain experience in managing patients with psychiatric emergencies. The first week of their rotation in psychiatry is where the students received the majority of their didactic learning where they review the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with major psychiatric disorders from across the life span.

For more information on undergraduate psychiatry, please contact Carmen Lefebvre in the Undergraduate Education Office, Department of Psychiatry at 613-722-6521 ext. 6811.