CAGP Geriatric Psychiatry Training Award

The Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry will be offering $5,000, to help support sub-specialty training in geriatric psychiatry following completion of primary certification (FRCPC) in psychiatry. The goal of this award is to support graduating psychiatrists to participate in a subspecialty or fellowship training program in geriatric psychiatry.

This funding is to be utilized to support the award’s recipient to develop and complete an academic project in the area of research, education, service development or advocacy. It should also be used, if possible, to fund their travel to the 2015 and 2016 CAGP Annual Meetings. The award of $5,000 shall be given out in two installments of $2,500 over two years.

Applicant Requirements
Applicants must be Canadian citizens, have completed their psychiatric residency training and be eligible for, or have received, their FRCPC. The post-FRCPC training program will be at least one year in duration, must occur at one of the 16 medical schools in Canada that has a psychiatry training program, and should provide the fellow with a diverse clinical experience in geriatric psychiatry. Applicants are expected to complete an academic project in the area of research, education, service development or advocacy. Academic projects focusing on development of any one of the CanMEDs roles within a geriatric psychiatry context will all be considered. This project should be the equivalent of the advanced level academic project described in the Specialty Training Requirements for Geriatric Psychiatry (STR) at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Information by Discipline. The applicant will be expected to present their project at the CAGP Annual Scientific Meeting in 2016.

Graduating residents who are entering PGY-6 training in a Geriatric Psychiatry subspecialty training program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the 2015-2016 academic year are eligible to apply for this award.

Applicants must be current CAGP members.

Application Process
Given the diversity of geriatric psychiatry training programs, the application process should provide a brief description of the proposed program. A summary of the geriatric psychiatry program should be included, as well as a brief description of the following:

a.      Core clinical components – service description and duration;

b.      Supervising faculty and their credentials;

c.       Proposed academic project; and

d.      Other sources of financial support.

This should be accompanied by:

     e.    A letter indicating their reasons for pursuing a fellowship or subspecialty training in   
           Geriatric Psychiatry.
     f.    Letter of support from a supervising faculty (who is a CAGP member) indicating   
           recommendations and commitment to facilitate the proposed project.
     g.   Applicant’s curriculum vitae with both current and permanent contact information.
     h.   Letter confirming the applicant’s stage of training and FRCPC eligibility from their current 
           Psychiatry Program Director

     i.    Letter confirming acceptance into a post-FRCPC training program in geriatric psychiatry 
          for the 2015-2016 academic year (either subspecialty program accredited by the Royal  
          College or an informal fellowship training program, registered at a Canadian University
          where Psychiatry training is offered).

The Awards Committee of the CAGP will review all applications. They will be judged based on merit.

Application materials must be received by: April 30, 2015. Please submit your completed application package electronically, with all sections clearly marked to, and if you have any questions please contact us.

The successful applicant will be notified by May 29, 2015.


CAGP Geriatric Psychiatry Training Award

  • Dr. Nadeesha Fernando, University of British Columbia (2014)
  • Dr. Holly Dornan, University of Ottawa (2013)

Past CAGP Fellowship Award Recipients

  • Dr. Jennifer Brault, University of Ottawa (2012)
  • Dr. Andrea Iaboni, University of Toronto (2011)
  • Dr Tegan Sacevich, University of Manitoba (2010)
  • Dr. Jenny Rogers, University of British Columbia (2009)
  • Dr. Daniel Blumberger, University of Toronto (2008)
  • Dr. Dallas Seitz, University of Toronto (2008)
  • Dr. Peter Giacobbe, University of Toronto (2006)
  • Dr. Mark Bosma, Dalhousie University (2005)
  • Dr. Sara Thompson, University of Toronto (2005)
  • Dr. Cheryl Murphy Dalhousie University (2004)
  • Dr. Laura McCabe University of Toronto (2004)

Lilly Fellowship Awards

  • Dr. Supurna Madam University of Calgary (2003)
  • Dr. Jeannie Ferguson Dalhousie University (2002)
  • Dr. Mark Rapoport University of Toronto (2001)

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