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General Psychiatry Residency Program

The University of Michigan Hospital and Health System blends academic excellence and front-line clinical experience, providing primary medical care for a broad cross-section of the community, as well as tertiary care for a much larger region.  The Health System stands at the forefront of innovation in such clinical areas as integration of primary medical and psychiatric care, comprehensive community psychiatry, translation of research into front-line care, and interdisciplinary clinical practice.

“Psychiatry finds itself at the crowded intersection of a variety of scientific disciplines.  I find myself fortunate to be a resident at the University of Michigan where these diverse aspects of mental health are researched, taught, and exemplified by our excellent faculty and staff.”
Scott Winder, MD - PGY III

Flexibility

The residency program recognizes the unique strengths and goals of each individual resident.  We tailor the educational experience to ensure that every resident masters the fundamental skills of psychiatry and has the opportunity to develop individual interests and talents. 

In addition to numerous options for meeting many training requirements, we have a well-established Research Track and an innovative Clinical Scholars Track for residents planning an academic career as a researcher or clinical educator.  Graduates of both programs may now be found on our own faculty and spread throughout first-tier institutions across the country.

“The program’s support staff members are very attentive to family and health-related concerns. They have skillfully and sensitively made adjustments in the schedule when residents need to attend to important personal issues.”
Katie Rockefeller, MD – PGY II

Our family-friendly approach to training recognizes the importance of personal as well as professional development, that family relationships are essential to well-rounded individuals, and that planning for a family cannot reasonably be deferred indefinitely.  We offer part-time options at all levels of training, a generous parental leave program, subsidized child care for house officers, and home care for sick children.

Mentorship

Residents have the opportunity to work directly with a large faculty of world-renowned researchers, respected clinicians, and award-winning teachers.  In contrast to some “ivory tower” academic settings, faculty members are directly involved in patient care, resident education, and individual mentorship.  Residents work side-by-side with faculty to provide care for patients from every socioeconomic and cultural background with the full range of psychiatric disorders. Clinical rotations are demanding and intensive, but faculty supervision and mentorship is equally intensive.  The result is clinical training of unparalleled excellence. 

“The faculty at Michigan Psychiatry is tremendously supportive. The attendings make teamwork fun and are open to questions. I feel comfortable honestly discussing my concerns when challenging clinical scenarios arise. Many faculty members are also excited about involving residents in their research projects and have guided my participation in national conferences even early in residency.”
Katie Rockefeller, MD – PGY II

Clinical Expertise

The University of Michigan Health System is a leader in innovative, front-line clinical care.  Residents have the opportunity to work alongside leading faculty in the University of Michigan Depression Center, the country’s first comprehensive center for research and clinical care of depression and bipolar disorder.  Elective rotations in Women’s Health and Psycho-oncology involve residents in state-of-the-art models of integrative care.  Core rotations in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic place residents at the forefront of broad-spectrum anxiety disorder treatment, combining intensive cognitive and behavioral therapies with medication management.  Residents in the Geropsychiatry Clinic work in close collaboration with Psychiatry faculty and the Turner Geriatric Clinic to provide both the psychiatric and medical needs of the older population.  Residents benefit from faculty expertise in individual and group dialectic behavioral therapy in the Personality Disorders Clinic.  Similar depth of experience is found in community psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, PTSD treatment, child psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, ECT, and many others.

Academic Excellence

The University of Michigan is a leader in psychiatric research, ranking among the top ten recipients of research grant funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health.  Research programs through the department’s Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, Depression Center, Stress and Anxiety Disorders Program, and the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, among others, provide a broad range of research opportunities for interested residents and create a strong academic environment for all trainees.

"I ranked Michigan first for various reasons, ranging from the academic (unlimited research opportunities with world renowned experts in any field or sub-field you could imagine), to the social (the amount of students and young professionals clumped into one dense zone offers plenty of pathways for a vibrant social life), to the practical (minimal traffic/driving, low cost of living with relatively high salaries, quality real estate options at attainable prices).  But the most important reason stems from the genuine happiness I witnessed from all of the residents.  I knew that even if I naively focused on shortsighted criteria in formulating my rank list, I'd still likely end up very pleased here in the end.  I am halfway into my intern year, and I'm happier now than as a 4th year med student.  Who can say that?  Choosing to train here was undoubtedly the best decision of my life."
Seth Eappen – PGY I resident