School of Medicine


Message From the Training Director


Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the University of Utah General Psychiatry Residency Program! Our program has many strengths, and we feel that the greatest strength of the program is the bright, talented, dedicated, and collegial group of residents and faculty you will find here.

This is an exciting time to join our department! Our program has been expanded to 13 residents per year, including one research track, and three rural Idaho track positions. Our department is now home to over 110 full-time faculty and 150 adjunct faculty.

Our residents develop outstanding clinical skills through core rotations in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry in various settings, consult-liaison psychiatry, and mental health integration. In addition, we provide a broad range of specialty opportunities and electives. These range from community and underserved experiences (such as a free clinic, refugee clinics, intensive case management for those with severe mental illness, and rural and prison telepsychiatry) to a state-of-the-art treatment-resistant mood disorders clinic, including exposure to ECT, TMS, and ketamine. Other specialty clinics include psycho-oncology, cognitive disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and HIV, to name a few.

Because we desire to fully support our trainees’ career trajectories of choice, we have developed several specialized tracks within the residency program. Our Research Track is designed to help residents be well-positioned for a successful research career. Our Global Mental Health Track exposes residents to the knowledge base and experience to become leaders in University-based outreach to underserved communities locally and abroad. This year, we are implementing a Women’s Mental Health Track for residents who are passionate about developing expertise in this critically needed area. We are also excited to be developing a Rural Track at this time in collaboration with the state of Idaho.

We are highly committed to education and remain one of the few programs in the country with a dedicated didactic day. In addition to didactics, we value experiential learning and encourage all residents to become involved in research and/or other scholarly activity in areas of particular interest to them. We are dedicated to providing a balanced training with strong experiences in psychotherapy as well as somatic treatments.

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. Our residents work hard during duty hours, but we also believe that having fun during time off is integral to a healthy lifestyle. We hope you have the opportunity to visit our department and learn more about us.

Paul J. Carlson, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Training Director, General Psychiatry Residency Program