In keeping with the development of psychiatry into an increasingly broad based and
complex medical specialty, it is the goal of this program to combine traditional psychosocial
knowledge with the new scientific advances in the neurobiological sciences. Throughout
the program didactic teaching, clinical experience and supervision are combined in
a comprehensive training program aimed at helping to integrate the psychological,
social, biological and clinical aspects of patient care.
The Psychiatry residency is a four-year program, fully accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education. The residency is offered in West Texas where
urban centers lie adjacent to areas of critical medical shortages. The program emphasizes
general psychiatry supported by department and community resources in specialized
care areas. Residents participate in a progression of experiences which blend inpatient
and outpatient care responsibilities with a series of didactic seminars. Research
activities are required through opportunities in ongoing clinical and basic science
studies. Junior and senior medical students serve rotations in the department and
residents have an opportunity to participate in their education. Likewise, senior
residents participate in the education of junior residents.
Residents are eligible to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Continuing
Education Programs. The Health Sciences Center provides liabi8lity insurance coverage.
Housestaff participates in group life, health and major medical insurance programs
at rates shared by the school. Other department benefits include paid educational
leave, an annual book allowance, pagers, lab coats, parking, and food allowance. Access
to Texas Tech University recreational facilities and cultural events are also available.
The first year of the Residency Program includes rotations in primary care medicine,
pediatrics, neurology, and inpatient psychiatric treatment in an acute care mental
health unit. During the second year the resident has additional adult inpatient psychiatric
experience, substance use, as well as child and adolescent outpatient experience.
Emergency psychiatry and consultation/liaison rotations also occur during this year.
The resident also beings a limited outpatient longitudinal experience including follow-up
of selected psychotherapy cases. The third year is devoted to outpatient psychiatry
with emphasis on psychopharmacology and several different psychotherapy, student health,
and VA orientations. The fourth year offers a variety of neurologic, neuropsychological,
forensic and other clinical or research elective opportunities.
In addition to clinical rotations, didactics, seminars and conferences, each resident
is assigned to faculty members who act as site and psychotherapy supervisors. These
supervisors are rotated so that the resident may be exposed to all faculty members.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate Medical Education (TTUHSCGME)
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