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Women's Mental Health Track

The Women’s Mental Health Track provides opportunity for interested residents to develop expertise in managing psychiatric disorders related to reproductive life events such as pregnancy and postpartum, perimenopause, and gender-specific disorders in psychiatry. This two-year Track begins at PGY-3 and allows residents to seek in-depth clinical knowledge in diagnosis and managing psychiatric conditions related to women, familiarize with essential readings of women’s wellness, and participate in scholarly activities.

Track Components

Clinical Training – Track residents rotate at three core WMH training sites, the combined OB-complications and postpartum depression clinic (PPD) and violence intervention and prevention clinic (VIP) of the Parkland Health and Hospitals, the Women’s Stress Disorders and MST clinic at Dallas VA Medical Center, and with the Eating Disorders Research and Outpatient Clinic at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Under supervision of WMH track faculty, residents develop clinical skills to diagnose and manage psychiatric disorders in peripartum period, PTSD and trauma and stressor-related conditions, eating disorders and complex personality disorders in women using evidence-based treatments.

Psychotherapy – Track residents have opportunities to train in advanced, evidence-based psychotherapies such as cognitive processing therapy for PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy for peripartum disorders and eating disorders, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for personality disorders. In addition, residents attend a monthly psychoeducation group for women seeking psychiatric consultations.

Didactics – The Women’s Mental Health and Wellness Group and Reading elective is a yearlong, half-day rotation offering essential readings of women’s mental health and wellness.  

Scholarly Activities – Residents present at case-conferences at the end of their core clinical rotation, present at VA mental health grand rounds, and complete a scholarly project prior to graduation. Residents will work on preparation of an article (review, case report, or research) during their rotation with the eating disorder team.

For additional information, please contact WMH Track Director Geetha Shivakumar, M.D., MSCS via geetha.shivakumar@utsouthwestern.edu