Adult Psychiatry Program
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Thank you for your interest in the University of Utah Psychiatry Residency Program. This is an exciting time to join our department as we continue to develop new training opportunities. In August of 2011, our department moved into the expanded University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). The new UNI pavilion is an extraordinary building that combines architectural beauty with state of the art facilities for inpatient and outpatient care. The new space also houses classrooms, a research MRI, and a new auditorium. In addition to the expansion of UNI, our Veterans Medical Center has recently opened a new psychiatric outpatient building which also has space for resident training.
The upgrading and expansion of our facilities coincides with increasing numbers of faculty and residents in our department. We are pleased to announce that we have been approved to expand the size of our training program. Starting in July of 2013, we will accept eight residents per year. We are excited about the opportunity to train more residents!
Training in Utah allows you to live in one of the most beautiful locations in the United States and at the same time experience a rigorous, academically based education in psychiatry. We are dedicated to providing a balanced training with strong experiences in psychotherapy as well as biologically based treatments. Most of our residents are involved in research during the course of their training, and many have publications by the time of graduation. Our residents are enthusiastic, well-rounded, and collegial. We encourage diligence during work hours, but also believe that having fun during time off is integral to a healthy lifestyle.
Our program continues to offer numerous training sites, including a university “medical-psychiatric” unit, a free standing university affiliated psychiatric hospital (the University Neuropsychiatric Institute), the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as numerous outpatient clinics. We have recently opened the Resident Continuity Clinic (RCC) in the UNI expansion which allows residents to follow outpatients for up to three years during their training.
Residents have always been happy with the flexibility our program allows in choosing elective rotations, especially during third and fourth years. We offer a wealth of choices and interesting opportunities from rural to international experiences. Our first resident to take advantage of international psychiatry traveled to Peru in October of 2011.
Our department’s faculty is involved in research in many areas, including the neuroimaging of addiction, mood and psychotic disorders; the epidemiology and genetics of suicide; the epidemiology and genetics of autism; and neuroimaging and treatment of PTSD. Residents have opportunities to participate in research beginning in their second year, and a research track is available for those who want to focus on research during their training.
We aspire to developing ethical psychiatrists who are dedicated to excellent patient care and are capable of practicing in a variety of settings, whether that setting is a community, academic or research practice. We encourage resident participation in the enhancement and the ongoing quality improvement of our program. Residents are members of our Resident Training Committee, our Curriculum Committee, and our Executive Committee, which is involved in the daily running of the residency program. We hope you have the opportunity to visit our department and learn more about us.
Roxanne L. Bartel, M.D.