Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Amarillo Department of Psychiatry is an innovative community based teaching program. The Department is governed by Regional Chair, Michael D. Jenkins M.D. who has been a faculty member since 1998 and earned his current position in 2006.
The Department of Psychiatry offers clinical experiences in treating children to geriatric patients with varying diagnoses of psychiatric conditions. A Texas Tech University Medical School student could expect to work in community organizations like Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation, Veteran's Administration Hospital and the Pavilion of Northwest Texas Hospital. To add to the clinical experience, community-based private practice psychiatrists serve as faculty preceptors and offer robust patient interaction at their respective practice locations. As a medical school student, you can expect heavy patient contact which also includes direct teaching from attending physicians and the Regional Chair. Students also have exposure to cutting edge technologies; such as, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the largest Tele-Medicine psychiatry system in the United States.
Students highly rank their experience in Psychiatry due to direct interaction with attendings, various clinical experiences, exposure to multiple psychiatric diagnoses, innovative technologies in serving rural patients with chronic mental illness and the high degree of patient interactions.
Outside of a medical student's studies, Amarillo is a great community with a diverse population. The city is close to 200,000 in population and is the original "hub city" as it is a primary point of commerce for the top 21 counties of the Texas Panhandle. If you like the outdoors, there is a variety of wildlife in the area and lakes within an hour's drive. Skiing is as close as a 4 hours drive and just 30 minutes away is the United States second largest canyon- Palo Duro Canyon (great hiking, the musical Texas and excellent mountain biking). Amarillo experiences all four seasons and is a delightful place to raise a family.