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General Psychiatry

Clinical Senior Elective for Psychiatry Residents

Elective: General Psychiatry Elective for Residents

Place: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 700 Gordon Street, Whitby, ON L1N 5S9
Inquiries: Dr. Daniela Hlousek 905.430.4055 ext. 6290
Supervisors: Dr. Daniela Hlousek, Dr. Shammi Chekkara and Dr. Christopher Tam

The Assessment and Reintegration Program at Ontario Shores includes five inpatient units and an interprofessional treatment team that provide care for adults faced with mental illness. Electives in this program can be tailored to students’ learning needs. Students will be working in a patient-focused interprofessional setting, which follows the recovery model. 

Electives can be of varying lengths and foci.  Some examples, ranging from one to six months include:

  1. Rapid Assessment Service: On the five-bed Rapid Assessment Unit, students will have the opportunity to assess patients with chronic mental illness who are in crisis.  The focus on this unit is formulation and assessment, addressing bio-psycho-social factors as they contribute to the decompensation of illness and readmission to hospital.  Students will participate in developing targeted treatment and management plans to assist patients in returning successfully to the community.  Students will have regular opportunities to be involved with outpatient treatment teams and family members to assist with the transition.
  2. Assessment and Stabilization Unit:  This 27-bed inpatient unit for clients with a wide range of psychiatric presentations requiring diagnostic clarification and medication reviews.  Students will have the opportunity to review various modalities of treatment for individuals with complex presentations, predominantly with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder, who are refractory to treatment.
  3. The Skills, Training, and Education Program, is an inpatient setting for young adults suffering from psychotic disorders, requiring both stabilization and development of various life skills to assist with recovery.  Students will assist patients in learning to recognize and manage symptoms, address confounding factors such as substance use, and provide assistance with education and employment.  There will be a focus on assessment and diagnosis of psychotic disorders, and developing multifactorial treatment plans.
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