The diversity of training sites at UT Southwestern is a spectacular highlight of the program. In many metropolitan areas (where diversity tends to be highest), there are higher concentrations of residency programs, and resources are often shared or monopolized. In smaller areas, diversity is often lacking.
In our program, residents train in an exceptionally broad range of environments, including:
- Veteran’s Administration (VA)
- VA experience helps residents learn about and interact with an important population in our veterans. The VA has a unique EMR and workflow, and is a site where several attendings have chosen to practice. The patient population has its own flavor and is host to many formative rotations.
- Parkland County Hospital
- Working in a county hospital is a unique experience. Patients are often indigent and uninsured. Parkland hosts a substantial amount of rotations for residents, granting exposure to many pathologies and presentations more often seen in third world countries. Along with these, there are many bread and butter cases that imbue residents with the competence to adeptly handle anything that comes their way.
- William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital & Zale Lipshy Pavilion—William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital
- The UT Southwestern System includes the university hospitals, which endow residents with the chance to experience tertiary care facilities and privately insured patients. Zale Lipshy Pavilion is a specialty neurosciences hospital that draws complex and rare cases from all over the region and beyond. Here, residents are able to see a wide variety of pathologies that have been referred to their care for the highest level of expertise.
- Metrocare Services
- Metrocare Services is essentially the mental health outpatient arm of the Parkland County system, and is a representation of community medicine. Residents get exposure to outpatient psychiatry in the community setting, including working with the poor and homeless from early stages of residency. In addition, there are other available opportunities include ACT teams and research. The CEO (John Burruss, M.D.) is an expert in public psychiatry and a frequent guest speaker and lecturer for the psychiatry department.
- Terrell State Hospital
- Terrell State Hospital holds a variety of patients, including those awaiting psychiatric competency evaluation for trial. Residents work with Dr. Mitchell Dunn, an expert in forensic psychiatry, who teaches about competency evaluation, malpractice suits, and determining what it means to truly be not guilty by reason of insanity while walking residents through individual, real-life cases.
- Lew Sterrett County Jail
- Residents spend a month at the County Jail providing psychiatric care to inmates. This is a very safe rotation with standardized procedures in place and constant guard and Attending physician supervision. It provides residents a chance to interact with a population with its own challenges and pitfalls, and helps residents to see a broader spectrum of humanity.
- Children’s Health Dallas
- Both psychiatry and neurology have several months of required rotations involving children and adolescents. These months will be proctored by the Children's Health Dallas, adjacent to Parkland and UT Southwestern in the Dallas medical district. Children’s is one of the top children’s hospitals in the country for neurology, and also has active inpatient and consult teams in psychiatry.
- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
- Residents will spend one month at the TSRH working with children in outpatient neurology. This is yet another venue to allow residents the greatest breadth of experiences during training.