Child & Adolescent Sub-Specialty Program

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Memorial CAP) Subspecialty Program is able to offer a high degree of individual attention, teaching, supervision and support to our residents. We are a close knit program with all supervising Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists working together in the province’s children’s hospital. Our residents and faculty enjoy a collegial work and educational environment.

The Memorial CAP Subspecialty Program shares one position per year with the Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Program, with the most promising candidate between the programs being selected each year, resulting in approximately one Child & Adolescent Psychiatry subspecialty resident every other year.

We offer a variety of educational opportunities to ensure our residents can become clinical and academic Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. We work with our residents to ensure their educational experiences are tailored to meet their individual needs and goals.

Competency By Design

The Memorial CAP Subspecialty Program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our residency program has been redesigned to align with Competency By Design (CBD), and the philosophies of competency-based medical education in general. The program is designed to span over two years, although in keeping with the tenets of CBD, this timeline is no longer fixed. Our curriculum and rotation schedule is designed to ensure our residents have the best clinical and educational experiences to achieve their competencies at each stage of training. Each resident is assigned a CBD Competencies Coach to guide them through the CBD curriculum.

Clinical Experiences

The Memorial CAP subspecialty residents will encounter a wide variety of clinical educational opportunities/settings, including:

  • inpatient care
  • outpatient care
  • urgent care
  • consultation/liaison
  • emergency psychiatry
  • adolescent forensics
  • adolescent residential treatment (psychiatric and addictions)
  • eating disorders program

There are also opportunities for specialized electives to meet the resident’s career goals. Our residents experience on-call psychiatry with a gradual increase in autonomy and responsibility, which includes functioning as a junior staff person on-call during the last portion of training.


Psychotherapy training is guided by the Royal College’s guidelines. For psychotherapy supervision, our residents have access to supervisors with expertise in a broad range of psychotherapy modalities, including cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural, interpersonal, psychodynamic, family, group, and mindfulness.

Non-Clinical Education

In addition to participation in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry National Seminar Curriculum, our residents participate in a weekly seminar series in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry topics, weekly case conferences, biweekly grand rounds, and biweekly critical appraisal sessions. Our residents are expected to present grand rounds once per year. There is a full year academic curriculum specifically for final year residents covering a broad array of topics in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Our residents complete a scholarly project, which can include but is not limited to quantitative research. Residents are paired with scholarly project supervisors who share their interests and provide them with guidance, support, and mentorship.

Resident Involvement

Our residents are actively involved in shaping their own training and contributing to the evolution of the program as a whole. The Program Director meets with residents individually every month to review their progress and address any individual concerns. The Program Director also meets with the residents as a group (when applicable) on a monthly basis to elicit their input and feedback.

Our residents are members of the Residency Program Committee (RPC), which meets quarterly. The various program subcommittees all have resident representation as well. We also support our residents participation in national committees, such as CAP COPE.

International Medical Graduates

The Memorial CAP Subspecialty Program welcomes applications from International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Such candidates will be considered using the same procedures and standards used for Canadian applicants, and those completing Psychiatry training at MUN.

Special Application Requirements

In addition to the standard requirements, we require:

  1. MUN-CAP-Subspecialty-Application-2022
  2. Residency-Experience-Form
  3. Copy of all ITERs from the resident’s General Psychiatry training program
  4. 2 reference letters

Contact information

Program Director

Weldon Bonnell, MD, FRCPC

Program Administrator (Contact Person for Applications)

Ms. Jacqueline Doran

Telephone: (709) 864-3384