University of Manitoba - Psychiatry - Winnipeg

2021 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
IMG Stream for IMG

Last approved on January 19, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Michael Harrington
PsycHealth Centre 
PZ-412 - 771 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3N4
(204) 787-3610
(204) 787-4879
Department of Psychiatry University of Manitoba

Program Contacts

April Bodnarchuk
Program Assistant

Important Information

The Postgraduate Medical Education Orientation for all residents, which is MANDATORY, will be held on June 29, 2021.

All International Medical Graduates participate in a mandatory two week orientation in June preceding the commencement of the program start date of July 1.

Required for Application:

The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 

All applicants to the Psychiatry Residency Program, at the University of Manitoba are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. The CASPer score is utilized during file review as an aspect of ranking applicants to the program.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

Please go to to sign up and reserve a test using your student identifier and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the website.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Return of Service

The following applicants will be required to sign a Return of Service “ROS” contract with the Province of Manitoba. The ROS commitment is commensurate with the length of the training program.

  • All applicants entering the Family Medicine – Northern Remote Stream (including transfers into the program)
  • All IMGs entering all training programs

IMGs already holding a return of service obligation must disclose these obligations at the time of application. IMGs who have undischarged return of service obligations may not be eligible to begin training in a position funded by Manitoba Health.

Such individuals may wish to contact Shared Health at for more information.


General Instructions

Program application language: English

The University of Manitoba Psychiatry training program offers a supportive and welcoming learning environment. Residents are active and central members of the department of psychiatry, and the community as a whole comes together to ensure excellence in education.

Our program has been able to develop an excellent balance between the biological and psychological perspectives of treating psychiatric illness.  Residents receive expert training in biological and somatic treatments as well as a high level of training in several modalities of psychotherapy.


It is preferred that all required documentation is available at the time of the opening of the application review period.  Documents submitted after the deadline will be reviewed and considered to the extent possible given the timing of those documents becoming available.

Interview Information

Virtual interviews only. Interviews will only be considered for those candidates with completed applications. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by Ms. April Bodnarchuk (204) 787-3610.

The selection process includes two interviews of approximately 30 minutes each; one conducted by a committee and one by the residency program director.  

Candidates will be selected on the basis of a demonstrated interest in, aptitude and motivation for a career in psychiatry. Selection criteria include recent clinical clerkship and elective experiences in psychiatry, prior residency training in psychiatry or clinical work in the mental health field, along with relevant life experiences and test results. References from clinical supervisors that address an applicant's potential for work in psychiatry are very helpful. Demonstrated proficiency with the English language as evidenced through the nature of undergraduate courses completed including university level English courses, publications, the submitted personal letter and/or IELTS scores are also selection criteria. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated interest and curiosity about the human experience are important criteria that are explored in the interview process. Interest and experience in scholarly work and research are viewed as valuable assets.

While elective experience in psychiatry is an asset on-site electives are not required for application to our program.  We are looking for candidates that have completed electives in a broad range of topic areas that include our specialty and are enthusiastic about working with residents from a variety of backgrounds.


Supporting Documentation

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)


Language proficiency
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:

Language Proficiency
English is the language of study at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the file review opening date.


  • If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or the University of Ottawa where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.



  • IMG applicants must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

 Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing under the following circumstances:

  1. the language of instruction and patient care throughout the entire undergraduate medical education curriculum was in English. A letter of attestation obtained directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the majority of the language of instruction and patient care was conducted in English is required.
  2. their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the countries that have English as a first and native language (see list below)

All other candidates must have taken the Academic Version of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 in the same sitting.  IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.

List of countries that have English as a first and native language - Countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands - Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago

Please note the following:

  • Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Language Proficiency Attestations will not be accepted from the candidate or a third party.
  • Language Proficiency results will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.

Please note, for the 2021 R-1 Match cycle, the IELTS Indicator will be accepted as a substitute for the Academic Version of the IELTS.

Reference documents
Number requested: 3

Three references are required, and should be written by a Faculty member (or senior resident if necessary) directly involved with the clinical training of the applicant. We encourage applicants to choose referees with a familiarity of your capacity for psychiatric work as reflected in your interpersonal/empathic skills, clinical experiences and knowledge base. 

Additional documents
FAIMER / World Directory of Medical Schools 

NAC examination - Statement of results 

NAC examination - Supplemental Information Report 

Graduate Transcript (Master/PhD Degree) 

MCCQE Part I - Statement of Results 

MCCQE Part I - Supplemental Information Report 

Medical School Transcript 

Medical Student Performance Record 

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

Applicants must write a self-authored letter of no more than 500 words highlighting their reasons for selecting psychiatry as a career including personal attributes, qualities and experiences that led to an interest and aptitude for training in psychiatry. It would be beneficial to include an explanation of your specific interest in the University of Manitoba program.

Custom Résumé / CV 

CASPer exam 

“CASPer™ Test 

All applicants must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Test dates for 1st Iteration:  A limited number of test dates and times will be available in October. Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

Test date for 2nd Iteration:  The test date will be scheduled for the first week of March. Please note this is the only test date available and no additional tests will be scheduled. Please refer to the following website to confirm the test dates.

To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit take

Please direct any inquiries on the test to<

Optional - will be reviewed
IMG-BC Clinical Assessment Program 

CFPC Certification Examination in Family Medicine 

ECFMG Certificate 


Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 

Name Change 

Required if appropriate

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on February 8, 2021

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  February 8, 2021

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on February 8, 2021

Applications, references and documents which arrive after February 8 may not be able to be considered.

All completed applications submitted by the time the file review period has opened will be considered for selection for interview.



  • March 10, 2021
  • March 11, 2021
  • March 12, 2021
  • March 15, 2021
  • March 16, 2021
  • March 17, 2021
Interview will be held on March 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 2021.  Only virtual interviews will be conducted.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Virtual interviews only. Interviews will only be considered for those candidates with completed applications.  Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by Ms April Bodnarchuk (204) 787-3610.

The selection process includes two interviews of approximately 30 minutes each; one conducted by a committee and one by the residency program director.  


Selection Criteria

International Medical graduates must have completed and passed the MCCQE-I as wel as the NAC OSCE.


Program goals

The five-year residency training program in Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba is a well established, thriving and growing program designed to produce psychiatrists with broadly based academic and clinical expertise. Residents receive clinically based training with a focus on mastering all aspects of psychiatric practice  including biological and psychological therapies. The University of  Manitoba program also focusses on the care of vulnerable and underserved populations, and exploring models to deliver effective mental health treatment to distant areas.

Selection process goals

Successful applicants to the residency program will demonstrate academic excellence, excellent communication skills, and a history of advocating for patient mental health. CVs, and application packages are reviewed to assess these attributes and they are also assessed during the interview process. As an aspect of our selection process, applicants learn about the unique opportunities available at the University of Manitoba, including opportunities to develop mental health resources and deliver care to various vulnerable populations. The selection process is viewed as occurring collaboratively with applicants.

File review process

Review team composition : Invitations are determined based upon review of submissions. A composite score is developed based on academic achievement, demonstrated ability in communication with patients, success in clinical rotations and psychiatry, and strong references

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV All experiences relevant to psychiatry considered
Electives Psychiatry electives encouraged but not mandatory
Extra-curricular Relevance to Psychiatry
Leadership skills CV is broadly considered
MSPRs Document reviewed for evidence of success
Personal letters Communication of Character Traits and Professional Achievements
Reference documents Documents considered
Research/Publications Any research or publications are considered beneficial
Transcripts Reviewed during file review
Other file component(s) CASPer exams are used for file review to determine candidate ranking

Elective criteria

We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :

We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Evaluated within the structured interviews
Collegiality Evaluated within the structured interviews
Communication skills Evaluated within the structured interviews
Health advocacy Evaluated within the structured interviews
Interest in the discipline Evaluated within the structured interviews
Interest in the program Evaluated within the structured interviews
Leadership skills Evaluated within the structured interviews
Professionalism Evaluated within the structured interviews
Scholarly activities Evaluated within the structured interviews
Other interview component(s)  

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:

Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :

Program Highlights

The five-year residency training program in Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba is a well established, thriving and growing program designed to produce psychiatrists with broadly based academic and clinical expertise.


We see our responsibilities as including the following:

1.  To train psychiatrists who are fully qualified to practice within the complex, changing field that is modern psychiatry.

2.  To provide a breadth of exposure and opportunity for in depth training in the many varied aspects of psychiatry appropriate to the candidate's chosen community of practice.

3.  To provide a formal education program which prepares the residents not only for success at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) specialty examinations but will also fulfill the many roles of a competent physician including:

Medical expert/clinical decision maker



Medical manager

Health Advocate



4.  To continue to change and evolve our training program in response to the changing needs of residents, community and the specialty of psychiatry.

The program is designed to meet these objectives through several overlapping approaches including clinical rotations, seminar series, psychotherapy training program, research, community-based experiences and continuing education.

While our program has been growing it has maintained all the advantages of a medium- sized program.  We have all of the resources of a larger program and the welcoming, friendly and personal atmosphere of a smaller program.  Training in our program will leave you ready to comfortably move into your career as a psychiatrist.

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.


The PGY-1 year is a basic clinical training (BCT) year, designed to meet the requirements of the RoyalCollege and to prepare trainees for Part II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE).

There is a protected time academic half day from PGY-1 through PGY-5 when the core academic didactic series occurs. In addition, clinical service rounds, general departmental teaching rounds, continuous case seminars and grand rounds are available for all residents. An ongoing interview skills and OSCE course done by former RCPS examiners at both teaching hospitals is available for PGY-1 to PGY-5 residents.

Residency enhancing opportunities exist in psychiatric teaching, psychiatric research, and rural/remote clinical work.


The PGY-1 is a Basic Clinical Training (BCT) year preceding four years of formal psychiatric training.  The PGY-1 year consists of 52 weeks of training divided among core rotations in psychiatry including rotations in inpatient psychiatry, emergency room psychiatry, and community psychiatry. This is combined with rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, neurology and internal medicine that give a foundation of practice for psychiatric work.

During the second half of PGY-1 residents begin psychotherapy training consisting of weekly psychotherapy sessions with one patient and supervision sessions in a group format.  This is incorporated into the Academic half day and represents a unique and early exposure to psychotherapy training which reflects the department's commitment to psychotherapy training overall.

There is a weekly academic half-day (protected) which covers the areas of pharmacology, psychopharmacology, research methodology and an introduction to the main models and formats of psychotherapy seminars in psychiatry over the course of the PGY-1 year. The second half of the protected academic half-day series is clinical in nature and includes training in interview skills and initiating an individual psychotherapy case with psychotherapy supervision provided in a small group format. The inclusion of psychotherapy training in the PGY-1 year represents an early exposure and reflects the program's commitment to and strengths in the area of psychotherapy training.


This year is composed of two, 6-month serial blocks of adult inpatient psychiatry and adult outpatient psychiatry. A core seminar series runs, in addition to the clinical service rounds, grand rounds, general departmental teaching rounds and workshops for all residents. The core seminar series occurs during a protected 1/2 day and covers a variety of areas including, phenomenology diagnosis, psychotherapeutic modalities and psychopharmacology. One individual psychotherapy supervisor is assigned at the beginning of this year. Residents are also assigned to a two-hour Family Therapy Clinic in pairs and have supervised experience in supportive psychotherapy.


This year consists of two, 6-month blocks, one in each of geriatric psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. There is a core seminar series throughout this year, the focus of which is both child and adolescent psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.  The seminar series is taught by the faculty members from the sections of child and adolescent psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.  The seminar series in PGY-3 enhances and consolidates understanding of normal and pathological development throughout the life span.  As of the PGY-3 year, residents are assigned to two individual psychotherapy supervisors.


The PGY-4 year includes 6 months of consultation-liaison psychiatry and 6 months of chronic care. In addition there are longitudinal experiences in Shared Care/Collaborative Care that occur throughout the PGY4 year.  The PGY-4 academic half-day constitutes an advanced seminar series covering the topics of object relations theory, self psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy, advanced psychopharmacology and research issues, ethics, palliative care and mood and anxiety disorders, professional development, office practice,  etc.


The PGY-5 year consists of 6 months of elective time and 6 months of selective training.  Residents can chose from a wide variety of elective rotations.  Our program has approximately 35 different rotational experiences available as an elective.

The PGY-5 academic half-day is comprised of group study time and an exam preparation course.

Formal psychotherapy supervision continues through the PGY2-5 years of the program and opportunities for training in a wide variety of psychotherapeutic modalities are significant components of the overall program.

Clinical oral examinations are held annually for all PGY2-5 residents.  Written examinations are held at the end of each of PGY 2,3 and 4.

Residents in PGY2-5 are expected to participate in Community Psychiatry placements in community clinics, community based agencies, rural sites and Arctic sites under the supervision of faculty.  These community exposures range in duration from one half day several times per year to a single four day exposure in a remote, northern or arctic site.

The Department of Psychiatry provides financial support for residents to attend and/or present at conferences and workshops.

The University of Manitoba Departmentof Psychiatry has a Royal College accreditated subspecialty residency program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  It is anticipated that subspecialty programs in both geriatric Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry will be developed in the near future.



The development of resident research skills is an important focus of the training program.  All residents are provided with teaching in this area.  All residents are encouraged to participate in academic projects within the scope of their individual interests.  All residents are required to complete at least one publishable research paper prior to the completion of PGY4.  Resident presentations at cross service rounds, departmental grand rounds and academic meetings are an important part of the residency training program.  Up to one year of residency, during PGY5 elective/selective time may be dedicated to research.

The opportunity to spend one month during PGY1 in a research elective is also available to interested residents.

Residents are strongly encouraged to present their research projects at our Annual Resident Research Day.

There is also a Research Track available during residency with a focus on the creation of clinician scientists.  The Department of Psychiatry will provide research track residents additional support and mentorship to foster the development of research as a significant component of their future career.

Training Sites


The major teaching sites are at the PsycHealth Centre a state of the art facility at the Health Sciences Centre, the McEwen Building at the St. Boniface General Hospital and the Victoria General Hospital. Elective opportunities exist at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre. Community training experiences are available at community hospital based clinics and hospitals including the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. Community psychiatry experiences in Northern Manitoba and the Arctic are available through the Northern Medical Unit which provides for exposure to the unique health care needs of Aboriginal and Inuit communities.

Additional Information

All International Medical Graduates participate in a mandatory two week orientation in June preceding the commencement of the program start date.

Return of Service

All IMGs will be required to sign a return of service contract with Manitoba Health, in the specialty (including Family Medicine) in which they have completed residency training.

IMGs already holding a return of service obligation must disclose these obligations at the time of application. IMGs who have undischarged return of service obligations may not be eligible to begin training in a position funded by Manitoba Health. Such individuals may wish to contact Manitoba Health for further information.


*Due to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted virtually.


Where are interviews held?

All CaRMS interviews are held at the PsycHealth Centre which is part of the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.  Our facility is located on the Bannatyne Campus of the University of Manitoba.  The address is 771 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.


How long should I plan to be in Winnipeg for interviews?

Each applicant offered an interview will have two interviews with members of the Department of Psychiatry.  Out of respect for the hectic travel schedule implicit to the CaRMS process we will attempt to schedule both interviews during the same half day.  There is also an information session during the lunch hour each interview day that outlines more highlights of our program.  In addition, there are social events held either the evening prior to interviews or the evening following interviews that applicants are invited to attend.


Where should I stay when I visit Winnipeg for interviews?

Please contact Andrea Klymasz, our program assistant, for information about accomodations while in Winnipeg. One convenient option for accomodations during the interview period is the CanadInns Destination Health Sciences Centre.  This hotel is conveniently located on the Health Sciences Centre campus.

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