Our general psychiatry residency is a four year program which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In addition to developing psychiatric knowledge and skills, we emphasize developing neuropsychiatric knowledge/skills including the neurologic examination, neuropsychological evaluation of cognitive disorders and neuroimaging. Our residency enjoys a rich relationship with the University of North Texas Health Science Center by virtue of the fact that our faculty are all employees of the medical school. Not only does JPS Health Network host the psychiatry residency program, but it is the core psychiatric rotation site for UNTHSC medical students and physician assistant (PA) students. House staff participates in the education of junior residents, medical students and PA students.
Residents are exposed to biological, psychological and sociocultural theories of human behavior, methods of prevention, diagnosis, and clinical intervention and research projects. Residents learn to diagnose mental illness, to ascertain individual and family needs, to assess the social context of mental illness, to formulate treatment plans and to make appropriate interventions, including follow up. Residents also learn somatic therapies, such as psychopharmacology and ECT, as well as psychotherapy and the proper utilization of outside resources, such as vocational rehabilitation, 12-step programs and the legal system.
Resident performance is monitored through written evaluations by clinical service chiefs at the end of each rotation and by psychotherapy supervisors every six months. The residency director meets with each resident semiannually to discuss all evaluations and to help individualize training goals. Clinical records are regularly reviewed to evaluate a resident's ability to record an adequate history, mental status, physical and neurological examination, justification for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and discharge summary.
Residents take the Psychiatric Residents In Training Examination (PRITE) each year to help assess their progress, identify strengths & weaknesses and assist in preparation for general psychiatry certification examinations taken after graduation. They also participate in clinical skills examinations in which they interview a patient, present the case, and answer questions about the case. Faculty members, who have served as examiners for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, are among those who critique the interview & its presentation. Research projects are a required part of the residency program and a variety of research mentors are available to assist.