While there is a set of core experiences and education that all Psychiatry trainees are exposed to, we also keep in mind individual interests and needs. We encourage a broad range of elective opportunities in the fourth year where the residents design their individual year. Additionally, third years have the opportunity to choose between a VA track, Integrative Medicine and Perinatal Psychiatry.
- Integrative Psychiatry Elective Track
- Psychiatry Research
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Perinatal Psychiatry
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The Department of Psychiatry offers unique opportunities for active research involvement with close mentoring by award-winning research faculty. Research tracks can begin as early as the PGY-I year, and can be tailored to address individual interests and needs. Less formal involvement is also encouraged for those who select to participate in research at a more general level.
Research mentoring affords access to faculty members with outstanding credentials. Richard Lane, MD, PhD, is world-renowned expert in the field of cognitive neuroscience. Eric Reiman, MD, the Scientific Director of the Samaritan PET Center in Phoenix and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona, recently received national press coverage when his research using brain imaging and genetic screening to test potential treatments of Alzheimer's was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Residents in the research program have been very successful in being awarded fellowships in Minority Research Training, fellowships to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, New Investigations Award to the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit, and NIMH-sponsored fellowships and awards.
A wide spectrum of research opportunities exists, including: clinical services and service systems research in the public sector; neurobiological research, primarily focused on the biological aspects of mood disorders and on PET studies; psychopharmacology research, exploring treatments for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; emotion research; health psychology research related to the psychological aspects of medical illness and consult-liaison issues; crosscultural research with an emphasis on Hispanic and Native American mental health; and research in child psychiatry. Individualized research tracks can be created to accommodate any combination of interests in these areas.
Scott Killgore, PhD is a neuropsychologist whose current research, funded by the Department of Defense, utilizes neuroimaging to study performance in active military personnel and combat veterans.
The Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter) aims to study and treat patients ages 15-35 with early onset psychosis.
Residents receive a rich exposure to forensic psychiatry during their residency. We have two Board-certified forensic psychiatrists on staff and also have a forensic fellowship affiliated with our program. Residents have experience in their first and second years with civil commitment. During their third year residents, receive a fifteen-week course in ethics and forensic psychiatry. In the fourth year, residents may elect to receive more intensive exposure to forensic psychiatry, including observing and participating in a wide variety of forensic evaluations. Finally, there are a number of psychologists and psychiatrists in the community and the department who perform forensic consultations for various issues, both civil and criminal. These clinicians welcome residents to participate in their frequent evaluations.
We have had women’s health programs in various forms associated with our program for a long time. Currently we offer an outpatient experience for both PGY3 and PGY4 residents. Our clinic offers consultation and treatment for any woman with a mental health condition who is pregnant, considering becoming pregnant or who has recently given birth. Residents get trained in assessment and associated psychopharmacology. We also focus on preconception counseling regarding management of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy/lactation to help patients prepare for the healthiest pregnancy possible. Residents learn informed consent, medication management and therapeutic challenges in this population. There is also a focus on working collaboratively with other providers managing the pregnancy.
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