Psychiatry Residency Program Structure

The UT Southwestern Psychiatry Residency Program follows the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), providing interns rotations through different centers of care:

PGY-1

Your first post-graduate year is designed to establish your identity and competence as a physician and your ability to manage medical emergencies, primary care, and the fundamentals of psychiatric assessment and treatment. 

Clinical Components

  • Primary Care (adult and/or child)
  • General Neurology
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Community Psychiatry at Homeless Services
  • Psychiatric Emergency
  • Addiction Psychiatry

Additional Information about PGY-1

PGY-2

Your second year is designed to consolidate your identity and competence as a psychiatrist and your ability to diagnose and manage the acute presentations of all major areas of psychopathology in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population of patients.

Clinical Components

  • General Inpatient Care
  • Psychiatric Emergency
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Community Psychiatry at the County Jail
  • Community Psychiatry at Metrocare
  • Consult-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Selective

Additional Information about PGY-2

PGY-3

The third-year curriculum aims to deepen your understanding of diagnosis and formulation and develop your competence in the long-term management of psychiatric illness. As elective time becomes available in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 year residents can craft an individualized schedule, or apply for entry into one of our tracks: Community Psychiatry, Women’s Mental Health, or Clinician-Educator. All PGY-3 residents participate in a quality improvement project.

Clinical Components

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Subspecialty care (Child Psychiatry and electives)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Student Mental Health or Psychiatry Primary Care

Additional Information about PGY-3

PGY-4

Your final year is when you will consolidate your skills, pursue your specific interests and passions, and begin to develop specific expertise. As elective time becomes available in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years, residents can craft an individualized schedule, or apply for entry into one of our tracks: Community Psychiatry, Women’s Mental Health, or Clinician-Educator. All PGY-4 residents participate in a scholarly project.

Clinical Components

  • 10 months of electives
  • Consult-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy

Additional Information about PGY-4

What Residents Will Learn

The didactic curriculum reflects the Psychiatry Residency Program’s eclectic model of understanding and treating mental disorders. Learning experiences are diverse and incorporate theoretical and scientific aspects of the psychiatric knowledge base, while accomplished faculty members provide ideal opportunities for learning from experts on a wide variety of topics. These experiences and resources prepare residents to be leaders in the psychiatric field and provide the skills to deliver the best available care over the course of their careers.

The Residency Program is undergoing an exciting transition in the teaching approaches it utilizes. As a theme, passive lecture formats are being replaced by active learning experiences. A pilot of team learning was extremely successful in the PGY-1 half-day curriculum and has been extended to multiple aspects of the Program. Additional innovative methods of active learning are incorporated into the Residency Program, including an increased emphasis on self-learning through a web-based component.

The content of the curriculum has also undergone change in recent years. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is now an organizing them of the curriculum, and a formal course in the use of EBM techniques has been incorporated with the goal of enhancing life-long learning interest and skills. 

A rich experience in psychotherapy training has always been a priority of the Residency Program. Didactic components taught by Departmental faculty of the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center and an internationally recognized program in cognitive behavior therapy offer intensive and state-of-the-art training throughout the Psychiatry Residency Program.