Department of Psychiatry
Dedicated to Quality
The Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's School
of Medicine is dedicated to the provision of quality programs in education, patient
care, and research.
The overall goal of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock is to have each resident develop
the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enjoy a productive career as psychiatrists.
In order to achieve this goal, the resident is active in a progressive and contemporary
series of clinical, educational and scholarly experiences designated to continuously
enhance residents' abilities. Throughout the training, biological, psychological and
social factors are integrated in didactic as well as clinical teaching so that the
resident is able to conceptualize syndromes and constellation of signs and symptoms
of psychiatric disorders in a comprehensive and integrative perspective. Each resident
participates in a variety of clinical and educational activities including Case Conferences,
Journal Clubs, standardized clinical skills examination, and scholarly activities.
Residents attend a half day per week didactic courses/activities that are prearranged
and scheduled prior to the beginning of the academic year. Didactic teaching provides
an augmentation of the clinical training. The didactic activities are designated to
integrate the art and science of teaching, learning and practicing in all core areas
of psychiatric training. A series of several lectures and other didactic activities
are arranged for all levels of trainees PGY I-IV, while a major part of the didactic
package is delivered to residents focusing on their level of training and expertise.
With regard to psychotherapy teaching, our residency training program has carefully
designed a psychotherapy curriculum that includes didactic courses, clinical learning,
and practicing of the different areas of psychotherapeutic intervention. Each consecutive
year, the residents assimilate new material and experience starting from basic skills
to more advanced levels while continuing to apply the previously learned principles
in supportive, dynamic, and cognitive-behavior therapy as well as group therapy. The
gradual immersion of residents in the world of learning and practicing psychotherapy
makes the learning of the specific therapies ( cognitive-beharioral therapy, psychodynamic
therapy, and supportive therapy), a smoothly evolving experience with both trainees
and faculty. Didactic courses and clinical practice with ongoing faculty supervision
for the respective forms of psychotherapy are introduced beginning with year 1 of
training. In PGY-I, residents are exposed to didactic teaching in supportive psychotherapy.
In the year 2 of the postgraduate training, teaching in psychotherapy focuses on psychodynamic
therapy. During the PGY-III, residents receive didactic and practical training in
cognitive-behaviroal therapy. Group therapy is introduced during the PGY-IV level.
For more information about how you can become a part of our tradition of excellence
in health care, contact Sherry.Drake@ttuhsc.edu