PGY-2 Overview

Schedule and Locations

The second year of residency is designed to establish your identity 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.

General Inpatient

Duration: 5 months
Locations: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Zale Lipshy University HospitalVA Medical Center

Psychiatric Emergency Services

Duration: 1 month
Location: Parkland Psychiatric Emergency Room


Duration: 1 month
Location: Depends on selective chosen

Geriatric Psychiatry

Duration: 1 month
Location: VA Medical Center

Community Psychiatry

Duration: 2 month
Location: Dallas County Jail; Metrocare

Consultant-Liaison Psychiatry

Duration: 3 months
Locations: Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center

What the Resident Will Learn

One day each week is set aside for seminars.

Psychosocial Foundations of Psychiatry: Covers the life cycle, basic psychoanalytic concepts, socio-cultural psychiatry, learning theory, cognitive theory, and  family-systems theory.

Fundamentals of Neuroscience: Learn the neuroscientific underpinnings of modern diagnosis and treatment.

Psychotherapy Continuous Case Conference: Discuss your new psychotherapy case with experienced and supportive faculty.

You will also devote an hour each week to the unstructured Training-Group (or “T-Group”) that emphasizes mutual support, problem solving, and experiential learning about small group processes. You will follow this up with eight weeks of introductory didactics covering small group theory and process.

If you elect to pursue the Research Track program, you will attend weekly sessions covering topics such as research design, data analysis, writing grants, and the critical evaluation of research literature. You will also attend a seminar series that will familiarize you with the research process.

Balance and Diversity

As a second-year resident, you will learn inpatient management skills for adult inpatient and consult services at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems, the North Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and Zale-Lipshy University Hospital. PGY-2 residents will become intimately acquainted with the major psychiatric disorders and will learn pharmacologic, psychotherapeutic, electroconvulsive, and team management approaches to severely-disturbed psychiatric patients.

Community Psychiatry is strongly emphasized in every rotation and especially during the one month at Parkland Hospital’s treatment team at the Dallas County Jail, an innovative program aimed to provide top quality psychiatric treatment to inmates, a historically underserved group.

The full range of the life cycle is experienced during your second year, with rotations in Geriatric Psychiatry at the VA Medical Center, and Child Psychiatry on the consult-liaison service at Children’s Hospital. You will also return for one month to emergency psychiatry where you will experience a step up in responsibility - overseeing other mental health professionals, managing acute crises, and taking the lead in medical student education.


You will be provided a broad range of options for your one-month selective, including:

  • Clinical rotations that include inpatient child psychiatry, child day-treatment, sleep medicine, forensics, telepsychiatry, and many others
  • Additional community programs including ACT teams, adolescent treatment at the juvenile detention center, and many others.
  • Clinical research clinics (Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Family Studies, Women’s Mental Health)

Residents in the Research Track program will begin to meet with their mentors to establish relationships with research faculty and to begin to explore areas of research interests.

What Makes Our Program Special


In your second year as a resident, you will begin treating your first psychotherapy patient in the fall, adding a second long-term case in the winter. You will be supported with individual supervision, as well as a psychotherapy case conference during your didactics day.

Elective Time

We reserve one month in the PGY-2 year as elective so that you can begin to explore and define your own passions and aspirations for your career.