Psychiatry Residency Committees and Task Forces
Residents in our program are encouraged to raise their concerns and their visions for future program improvement. One result is the creation of resident-led task forces that are empowered by the Residency Education Committee.
Diversity, Race, and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity, Race, and Inclusion Committee is a resident-created and resident-led initiative with the goal of moving from a mindset of diversity as an independent goal to a mindset of diversity as a path to excellence in our program through the implementation of four initiatives: recruitment, creating a safe place to train, patient care, and resident education. Our goals are to raise awareness in faculty, staff, and residents about issues pertaining to racism, create a safe place to train, increase recruitment efforts of underrepresented minority residents, and teach faculty, residents, and staff about issues pertaining to race in patient care settings.
We have expanded already existing lectures on how to incorporate topics of race and culture when providing care to our diverse patient population and invited several Grand Rounds speakers to deliver lectures pertaining to race and diversity. The task force has also created new seminar content, including two special seminar days focused on African American and Latino mental health, held at the Dallas African American Museum and the Dallas Latino Cultural Center. We work with the residency selection committee in our program to ensure we connect and recruit underrepresented minority residents.
We recently obtained a book fund to create a cultural library for our residents and to provide each resident with a copy of the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry.
Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Wellbeing Workgroup
The Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Wellbeing Workgroup is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental collaboration involving house staff, faculty, administrators, and university-based business personnel to improve access to health care and wellness for postgraduate trainees in our two departments. Our mission is to help improve the wellness and work environment of residents at UT Southwestern.
We collaborate with the Psychiatry Resident Education Committee, the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Wellness Work Group, and the GME Wellness Subcommittee on six areas of focus: resident socializing, nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, preventive care, and low-cost psychotherapy. Our meetings are interactive, wellness-centered events; so far, we have hosted “Wellness in the Park,” “Pizza and Stitch,” and “Welcome Back Kickball” (an interdepartmental activity open to all residency programs across campus) and have plans for a pool party, museum outings, bowling, and much more.
We have contributed to the implementation of a Resident Wellness Coordinator and have many program and interdepartmental projects in the works to reduce burnout and improve the daily lives of residents in Psychiatry and across campus. Our vision is to make our UT Southwestern programs the most engaging, supportive, and wellness-centered residencies they can possibly be, while striving to implement changes in a meaningful, progressive, and thoughtful manner.
LGBT Inclusion Committee
We created the LGBT Inclusion Committee to enhance awareness of the unique mental health risks and psychiatric needs of LGBT individuals. The task force seeks to accomplish this goal via four realms: didactics, patient care, mentorship, and resident recruitment.
Thus far, the committee has developed an LGBT mental health seminar, created a therapy group for LGBT individuals in the Parkland outpatient psychiatry clinic, advocated for patient registration template changes in the electronic medical record (EPIC), developed a campus-wide mentoring group for residents and fellows, created resident and medical student educational activities for improving LGBT health knowledge, and connected potential psychiatry residency applicants with interests or experiences within LGBT mental health with a member of the task force.
Future tasks include developing an elective working with transgender patients and incorporating more dedicated education of LGBT-specific topics into the didactics program.