Geriatric Psychiatry

Elective: Geriatric Psychiatry Elective for Residents

Place: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 700 Gordon Street, Whitby, ON L1N 5S9
Inquiries: Dr. Robyn Waxman 905.430.4055 ext. 6228
Supervisors: Dr. Ilan Fischler and Dr. Robyn Waxman

The Geriatric psychiatry program includes a 23 bed inpatient dementia unit, a 25 bed general geriatric psychiatry unit, an outpatient program with group therapy, and an outreach service into homes and long term care facilities.  All of our supervisors also provide ECT service to the hospital. We also serve some geriatric patients on a 25 bed adult Neuropsychiatry unit which treats patients with Acquired Brain Injury, Huntington Disease, and some younger dementia patients, among other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Electives can be tailored to students learning needs. In particular, students can gain experience with a very strong inter-professional model of care which is patient-focused and follows the recovery model. We have a large specialized program and therefore have patients with a wide variety of diagnoses at varying stages of illness, and often see more complex and unique presentations. In addition to learning first line treatment approaches, the students at Ontario Shores will have significant exposure to the treatment of refractory patients.

Electives can be of varying lengths and foci, and some examples of suggested elective experiences are as follows: 

  1. Experience in Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia:  a 1-4 week elective in the assessment and management of the dementia patient.  Students will gain exposure to the use of clinical practice guidelines developed for this population and a variety of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches to care. 
  2. Geriatric Mood Disorder elective: a 1-2 day elective at a clinic that focuses on the assessment and treatment of complex and/or treatment resistant mood disorders in the elderly. Involvement in a Cognitive behavioural therapy group for patients over age 60 with mood disorders may be available as well.

Available to: Residents in Psychiatry in PGY 3-5