Single or multi-month PLEX rotation.
Residents will be working with both inpatients and outpatients, providing care to adult cancer patients and their family members. During your rotation you will learn about the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of cancer along the disease trajectory (at times of diagnosis, during active treatment, recurrence, completion of treatment, survivorship, and palliation and end of life care) and have opportunities to observe and perform psychiatric assessments of cancer patients with supervisors, aiding in further development of diagnostic, formulation and management skills.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity, dependent on your clinical volumes and availability, to join other clinics and work with other disciplines within our department (e.g. Half Day Adult and Young Adult AYA Palliative Psychosocial Clinic, Medically Assistance in Dying MAID Assessments, Caregiver Clinic, Music and Art Therapy, AYA Group, Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully CALM Assessments, Existential Group Psychotherapy, and clinical, research and educational experiences focused on LGBTQ2S and cancer).
These opportunities can be discussed in more detail with your primary supervisor. You may also have an opportunity to participate in an 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and/or learn how to provide short-term psychotherapy CALM (3-6 sessions) for advanced cancer patients with supervision.
Additional Learning Opportunities in Psychosocial Oncology:
- Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Clinic: Join virtual OTN/MS Teams including psychiatrist and palliative care MD Mondays 9am-1pm and Tuesdays 1:30-5pm
- Music and Art Therapy: Join virtual patient visits with Music and Art therapists
- Introduction to Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Psychotherapy: Clinical teaching about CALM, join weekly CALM supervision group for introduction
- Weekly Inter-professional LGBTQ2S and Cancer Clinical Experience: Friday mornings
There are multiple research streams within psychosocial oncology for trainees to participate in given sufficient time and advance planning with a supervisor.
*A separate Psychosocial Oncology & Palliative Care senior selective in research opportunity also exists within the Department. The resident will take part in the research program in the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of cancer and of end-of-life care as part of a multidisciplinary team. They may choose to develop their own project or assume primary responsibility for a portion of an ongoing project. They will learn research methodology from literature review through to project completion.
Opportunities also exist to participate in teaching and supervision of junior trainees.
Various education activities and rounds are offered:
- Department of Supportive Care Grand Rounds
- PSO Clinical Case Conference
- Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) Seminar