Residency PGY-1 Overview

Schedule and Locations

The Psychiatry Residency Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center follows the ACGME requirements, providing interns rotations through different centers of care:

Primary Care

Duration: 4 months

  • 2 inpatient ward months
  • 1 month of palliative care
  • 1 month of geriatric medicine

Locations: Internal Medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center, or a combination.

General Neurology (Parkland)

Duration: 2 months
Locations: Parkland

  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
  • Stroke
  • Child Neurology
  • Neurology consultation

Community Psychiatry/Homeless Services Team

Duration: 1 month
Location: Metrocare Services

Psychiatric Emergency Services

Duration: 2 months
Location: Parkland

Addiction Psychiatry

Duration: 1 month
Location: Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Inpatient Psychiatry

Duration: 2 months
Location: VA Medical Center

What Residents Learn

Core didactics occur on Wednesdays following Grand Rounds and the Psychiatry Resident Organization meeting. As an intern, you will find that didactics consist of a general survey of all aspects of psychiatry, including an introduction to APA guidelines on the treatment of conditions frequently seen during inpatient rotations. Thus, you will receive a broad overview of the field of psychiatry.

Balance and Diversity

The first year of residency will expose you to the most common populations, disorders, and therapies. You will have the opportunity to observe diagnostic methods in action, and the results of a variety of therapeutic modalities.


The UT Southwestern Psychiatry Residency Program will provide you with the flexibility to develop the training program that best fits your career plans. This Residency Program includes elective clinical rotations in a variety of subspecialties, additional clinical training opportunities in psychoanalysis and primary care, and opportunities to participate in research studies.

What Makes Our Program Special


You can do all your primary care experience in medicine, pediatrics, or any combination of months that make sense for you individually.

Innovative Rotations

For example, if you choose primary care in medicine, this will include a month on the Palliative Care Service that has become one of our interns’ favorite rotations. Additionally, all PGY-1 residents will do a month of homeless services psychiatry, along with more traditional inpatient and emergency rotations.


As a first-year resident, you will be assigned a faculty advisor with whom you will meet throughout the year to discuss your training and professional issues. The Residency Program Training Director will meet with your intern class exclusively on a quarterly basis, and you will be assigned a senior resident "Big Sib" who is available to answer questions and provide additional guidance during your intern year.