Training and Education

The Addictions Unit is part of the MUHC, a teaching hospital affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The MUHC Addictions Unit is the principal training and teaching unit for McGill residents and medical students in this subspecialty. It provides clinical training for McGill medical students (during psychiatry core and elective rotations), Psychiatry residents and fellows, Family Medicine residents and fellows, Psychiatry MSc and PhD students, medical students from other universities (elective rotations), as well as physicians from other countries (observerships). At the present time, we are training up to 12 senior psychiatry residents per year. Their training involves 3-month part-time rotations, with exposure to consultations, outpatient and inpatient detoxification, outpatient rehabilitation, integrated care for psychiatric and substance use disorders, and training in specialized pharmacotherapy. It is a teaching unit for allied health professionals, providing training and education to McGill students in Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Occupational Therapy. Clinical clerks rotating at the MUHC Inpatient Psychiatric Service are assigned to our inpatient treatment arm regularly. Most recently we have become involved in the training of physician assistants for the Armed Forces.

There are ongoing monthly educational sessions, attended by both trainees and staff that explore topics relevant to evidence-based addiction treatment. The Unit is also responsible for Continuing Medical Education activities in its field at McGill. Lectures at McGill University and at other academic institutions are regularly provided by our staff, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (see descriptions of McGill courses in the following section).

Addictions Training Program

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Addiction (for McGill Students only)