School of Medicine

Psychiatry

Welcome from the Program Director

paul-carlson-600x400.jpgWelcome, and thank you for your interest in the University of Utah's General Psychiatry Residency Program! This is truly an exciting time to join us. In the last couple of years, our department has received significant public and philanthropic support (including an unprecedented $150 million gift) to continue to expand our educational, clinical, advocacy, and research missions as the community becomes increasingly aware of the critical need for mental health care and mental wellness.

For 2021, we are expanding our incoming class size to 14 residents, which includes up to 2 specialized research track positions and three rural Idaho track positions. We are well-situated to support this expansion, with more than 110 full-time faculty and 150 adjunct faculty, and an ever increasing diversity of clinical and research opportunities available to trainees.

I believe that our greatest strength is the group of talented, diligent, and collegial residents that call this program home. Our residents make every effort to maintain a standard of excellence in their rotations; in turn, the training team makes every effort to provide high-yield and stimulating training that leaves residents with the time and energy to fully engage in their academic and personal pursuits outside of work. The training structure reflects our dual commitment to resident education and resident well-being, with minimal scut-work, adequate spacing of our more time-intensive rotations, full-day didactics each week, and reasonable call expectations.

Residents are invited to personalize their education by designing their own electives and concentrating in one or more areas of psychiatry, including global mental health, women’s mental health, rural and community psychiatry, and neuropsychiatry. Research and other scholarly pursuits are well-supported with readily available faculty mentorship and the option to use some elective time for dedicated research time.

Training in Utah means living in one of the most beautiful (and fun!) locations in the United States at the same time that you complete a rigorous, academically-based education in psychiatry. I encourage you to take a look around our website to learn more about us, and contact us if you have additional questions.

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