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 our membership to include focused sub-committees such as Recruitment & Retention, Education, Resident Experience, and Patient Experience & Advocacy. Each sub-committee works on a variety of projects, and we always encourage collaboration. We also work with the residency selection committee in our program to ensure we connect and recruit underrepresented minority residents.

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. This year, the residency program is restructuring our didactics to include a full Cultural Psychiatry & Antiracism Curriculum, which will begin to be rolled out this academic year. Our program has also developed and implemented an antiracism workshop, "Racism: A Black Mental Health Crisis," which is embedded within the Psychiatry Clerkship that includes participation from trainees, faculty, and staff.

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.

LGBTQI+ Inclusion Committee

The LGBTQI+ Inclusion Committee was created by residents to enhance awareness of the unique mental health risks and psychiatric needs of individuals in gender and sexual minorities. In order to accomplish this goal, the committee works to develop didactics focused on mental health challenges in the LGBTQI+ population, create projects that advocate for patient-centered care, offer mentorship opportunities, and recruit residents who have special interests in LGBTQI+ health and represent a diverse range of experiences.

Thus far, the committee has developed an LGBTQI+ mental health seminar and didactics series for residents, created a therapy group for individuals in the LGBTQI+ community within 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 mental student educational activities for improving health knowledge for people who identify as LGBTQI+, and connected psychiatry residency applicants with interests or experiences within LGBTQI+ mental health with a member of the task force.

At this time, the committee is working to create an LGBTQI+ mental health resource guide to distribute to clinicians and expand the LGBTQI+ mental health didactics curriculum.

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee is a group that is committed to creating a structure of support and interconnectedness between residents in our program. We strive to promote wellness by planning and coordinating a variety of resident events, creating an avenue for advocacy with program leadership, and assisting residents with low-cost psychotherapy options. Many of previous events and projects have fallen under the following categories: general socializing, mindfulness, fitness, nutrition, and parental support. To help achieve our goals, we work closely with the Resident Wellness Center, the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center, and our own program leadership.

Mentorship Committee

The Mentorship Committee was created to assist every UT Southwestern psychiatry resident with identifying a mentor and engaging in a rewarding relationship that fosters career and personal development. We help with assigning mentors to interns and helping connect residents in PGY2-4 with mentors at UT Southwestern and in the community. We also host various events throughout the year (e.g. Speed Mentoring, Women in Psychiatry Social, Parents Support Groups) to help residents meet potential mentors. For more information, please visit our webpage.

Bad Outcomes Committee

The Bad Outcomes Committee is a faculty- and resident-run committee that focuses on avenues by which we can discuss, process, and reflect on adverse outcomes in psychiatry. Our group defines a "bad outcome" as any patient care related event that causes a resident significant distress. Examples include a patient suicide or attempted suicide, a patient’s adverse reaction to medication, or violence by a patient. A main goal of the committee is to ensure that residents are supported when they experience an adverse outcome. We developed the standard operating procedure after an adverse outcome, which is a formal procedure that provides concrete steps that will happen after a resident experiences an adverse event to ensure that the resident is supported.

Currently one of our main projects is planning and implementing bad outcomes conferences (also known as morbidity and mortality rounds) quarterly during Grand Rounds. These lectures consist of a faculty member presenting an anonymized case in which an adverse outcome has occurred. The goal is to learn and reflect on the case. We are also planning a 4-hour special seminar during didactics in the spring where we will present various topics related to adverse outcomes in psychiatry.

Organized Psychiatry

The Organized Psychiatry Task Force seeks to serve the same purpose as organized psychiatry as a whole, to connect psychiatrists from various portions of the country, state, and local municipalities, in order to promote education, advocacy, and networking. The Task Force accomplishes this purpose by serving as a connection between the psychiatry residency and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (TSPP, a state organized psychiatry organization) and the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (NTSPP, a county organized psychiatry organization). Events throughout the academic year include, but are not limited to, biannual TSPP conferences (Fall and Spring), with their associated Resident Fellow Member committee gatherings, and monthly NTSPP dinner meetings, which include both didactic and networking opportunities.