Division of Mental Health and Addiction Education

There is a growing need for excellence in mental health training for family physicians, as mental health conditions and substance use disorders are increasingly common in Canada. That's why trainees at all levels within DFCM are exposed to mental health topics and clinical visits throughout their studies. Learning opportunities to explore Mental Health & Addictions care in Family Medicine training are outlined below.

Undergraduate Medicine

Medical students participate in primary care mental health visits during Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience (FMLE) and a Core Clerkship rotation in Family Medicine. Elective rotations in Mental Health and Addictions are available to Clerkship students, and can be found on the Undergraduate Medicine Electives Portal.

Postgraduate Medicine

Residents gain experience in management of mental health diagnoses in their Family Medicine clinics. Residents also participate in dedicated Mental Health rotations at their site. Click here for site-specific rotation descriptionsClinical rotations and academic teaching in Mental Health & Addictions are designed to address essential areas of competency outlined in the Family Medicine residency curriculum. Click here for further information on the competency-based curriculum

Enhanced Skills in Addictions Medicine

The Addiction Medicine program is a one-year program aimed at providing the family physician with skills to treat patients with substance abuse disorders in urban or rural settings. For program eligibility, sample rotations, requirements, and to apply visit the Enhanced Skills in Addictions Medicine page.

Education Scholarship

Faculty who are interested in pursuing scholarly work in Mental Health and Addictions Education are encouraged to apply for the Art of the Possible (AOP) grant. The AOP grant is offered by the Office of Education Scholarship, and provides seed grants to support education scholarship projects in the DFCM.