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General Residency Program - Details


The curriculum is an evolving component of the program. A standing Curriculum Committee, on which residents sit as full members, introduces revisions and changes to improve education and training. Thus, the curriculum described here is illustrative and subject to modification. The candidate is assured that by the end of the program all of the experiences required for Board Certification will have been provided.

Sample Curriculum:


8 months on General Adult Inpatient Psychiatry with possible substitution of up to 1 month on Emergency Psychiatry Rotation 4 months primary care ( Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics )


2 months Neurology, 2 months Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 4 months Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, 2 months Geriatric Psychiatry, 2 months Addiction Psychiatry


A full 12 month experience in outpatient psychiatry, with specific components in child/adolescent outpatient psychiatry.


6 months Service Chief Selective 6 months Elective

Program Enrichment:

Institute for the Medical Humanities

Unique in this country, the IMH has nine full-time faculty members who provide consultation and teaching in the history of medicine and psychiatry, biomedical ethics, perspectives from selected humanities disciplines, and also provide consultation on ethical issues in clinical work.

Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

A fully accredited training institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute is located in Houston , 50 miles north of the UTMB campus.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship:

An ACGME accredited two-year residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Both Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Division, and Christopher R. Thomas, M.D., Program Director, are well-know nationally for their research, academic, and clinical accomplishments.

Applicants who are committed to training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry may submit a combined application to UTMB General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry programs simultaneously. If accepted, they will obtain a commitment from UTMB to provide three years of General Psychiatry training, followed by two years (PGY-4 & PGY-5) of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training, which will lead to eligibility for board certification in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Active Research Within the Department:

Mood disorders, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, narcotherapy, neurobiology of aggression, lipid peroxidation, neurodegenerative disorders, psychiatric epidemiology, aggression in adolescents, PTSD and the history of psychiatry.

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