Mentorship

Mentorship Opportunities

The Ontario District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association is pleased to offer our Medical Student and Resident members an opportunity to meet informally in groups of 3-5, with an established Psychiatrist and discuss career and practice-related interests over a casual meal. If you would like to sign up, please indicate the Mentor of your choice, and leave your name, affiliation, and contact information with Colleen at odbapa@rogers.com . Once this group is filled, the Mentor will get back to you with next steps.

The following Psychiatrists are members in good standing with the APA, and have volunteered their time:

Dr. Kathy Margittai – Psychosomatics and Women’s Mental Health, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Psychiatric Consultant, Ambulatory Mental Health, North York General Hospital
Psychiatric Consultant, North York Family Health Team

Presently 80% in private practice, 20% at North York General Hospital doing outpatient assessments, and Mindfulness groups (MBSR). Current research interests include how to increase Family Doctors’ capacity to deal with mental illness in their practices (shared care); and the impact of Mindfulness training on individuals with different health challenges. (Past research includes papers on Medical Student Abuse, and the neurophysiology of ADHD.)

Formerly at Womens’ College Hospital: Co-ordinator of the Consultation-Liaison Service; Co-ordinator of Undergraduate Education in Psychiatry at WCH (Peters Academy).

Always busy with a spouse, two children, and maintaining that optimal work – family life balance, she loves science fiction, Indian food (eating, not cooking), and Photography.

Dr. Frank G. Sommers is a 1970 graduate of the University of Toronto.  After a period in general community practice, he completed psychiatric residency, mostly at Toronto General. His research monograph documents the pioneering history of this Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, the first such unit in a general hospital in Canada. As a medical student, he was a co-founder of the Student Health Organization, University of Toronto (SHOUT) Clinic, offering free medical, dental and social services to the Alexandra Park community.

His career has included the private practice of mindfulness based psycho-sexual therapy, work with chronic mental illness at Queen Street Mental Hospital, school psychiatry consulting, and military psychiatry service in Afghanistan while deployed with the Canadian Forces.

At a very dangerous time during the Cold War, in 1979, he initiated, and in 1984 was elected Honourary and Founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Canadian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipients of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2007, he initiated, and since organizes the award winning CME Psychiatric Salons of the Ontario District Branch, American Psychiatric Association, where he currently also serves as President.

In 2009, he joined the Executive of the Central Toronto Clinical Society, and serves as a delegate to OMA and CMA Councils.

Dr. Sommers was elected a Distinguished Fellow by the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations, and is recipient of the General Service Medal with ISAF bar for service with the Canadian Forces “in the presence of an armed enemy”.

At the University of Toronto medical school he has been an admissions interviewer for 10 years. His 2 books, Curing Nuclear Madness (1984) and Lose Weight, Stop Stress and Make Love Better (2012) reflect his professional and personal interests which have included, flying small planes, and trying to hit the sweet spot while playing tennis.

Dr. Renata Villela, MD, FRCPC, has an independent private practice in Thornhill focusing on long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and on couples therapy. Her career interests also include transition to practice following residency and she has spoken at CPA and UofT panels on this topic. To help foster a regular supportive space for an integrated understanding of complex cases, she runs a Peer Supervision Group consisting of fellow psychiatrists working in various practice models.

ODBAPA Mentorship Project, Part One (Kathy Margittai, MD, FRCPC)

Review by Dr. Candice Kung

Review by Dr. Oluwatoni Oyewole-Eletu