MONCTON (GNB) – A delocalized francophone residency program in psychiatry will be established through the collaboration of the provincial government, the psychiatry department of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, the Université de Sherbrooke and the New Brunswick Francophone Medical Education Program.

“Health care and supporting people with mental health challenges are among your government’s priorities, and we are working hard to protect and strengthen health-care programs,” said Health Minister Benoît Bourque. “We believe that implementing this program will help make the province more attractive to students wishing to pursue a career in psychiatry.”

The psychiatry residency program, offered under the New Brunswick Francophone Medical Education Program, will be five years in duration. Two residents will be admitted per year. The training will be provided at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.

“Having a francophone residency program in psychiatry in New Brunswick will allow for better retention of psychiatrists in the province,” said Dr. Michel H. Landry, director of the Centre de formation médical du Nouveau-Brunswick and associate dean of the faculty of medicine and health sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. “Above all, thanks to the collaboration of the key stakeholders involved in setting up the program, the training of these future psychiatrists in the province will create greater awareness of the needs of communities, including those of rural and francophone communities.” 

The New Brunswick Francophone Medical Education Program is managed by the provincial government in partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke and the Vitalité Health Network. It currently supervises the francophone residency program in family medicine offered in Moncton, which enables 16 medical residents to receive training in family medicine every year.

“The faculty of medicine and health sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke is extremely proud to improve the offering of residency programs in Moncton, this time through a program in psychiatry,” said Dr. Dominique Dorion, dean of the faculty. “The mission of the faculty is simple: rooted in the communities where it evolves and gets involved, the faculty of medicine and health sciences’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of people and communities. The university’s psychiatry program is a generalist residency program, which perfectly meets the demand of the francophone population in the Atlantic region. Teams of psychiatrists in Sherbrooke and Moncton have been collaborating on various projects for many years. This new program is the concrete result of the commitment of all these doctors and professors. Once again, the faculty shows its ongoing commitment to the New Brunswick community.”

“This announcement is very important because it is part of Vitalité Health Network efforts to optimize the mental health services we provide to the population,” said Dr. Martin Robichaud, the health authority’s medical director. “Being able now to train specialists at home highly increases our chances to recruit qualified candidates to fill our vacant positions.”

The psychiatry residency program is the second specialized medical education program offered in New Brunswick. A residency program in internal medicine is offered in Saint John by Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine in partnership with the Horizon Health Network.