Residency Program Information | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Psychiatry Residency Program

The goal of medical education (residency training) is to become certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to practice in a medical specialty. The TTUHSC at the Permian Basin residency programs are developed in the context of the Physician General Competencies as expressed by the ABMS and the ACGME.Those are listed below.

Physician General Competencies as expressed by the ABMS and the ACGME:

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-Based Practice


The overall goal of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the TTUHSC at the Permian Basin is to have each resident develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to enjoy a productive career as a psychiatrist. Throughout the training experience, biological, psychological and social factors are integrated in didactic as well as clinical teaching. 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 every other week didactic courses/activities that are arranged and scheduled prior to the beginning of the academic year. The didactic activities are designed to integrate the art and science of teaching, learning and practicing in all core areas of psychiatric training.

The department is dedicated to providing the cutting-edge training to the residents including IV ketamine for resistant depression, buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, ECT and newly FDA approved intranasal esketamine for refractory depression.

About Midland-Odessa

When our residents are not at work, they take advantage of all the activities the Permian Basin has to offer. We are home to the Midland Rockhounds minor league baseball team, Odessa Jackalopes semi-pro hockey team, UTPB Falcon Football team, West Texas Drillers arena football team, Permian Basin Sandhills Rodeo, West Texas Relays, and of course Friday Night Lights high school football.

Midland is home to the I20 Wild Life Preserve. Admission is free and patrons can enjoy 3.4 miles of trails, 7 bird blinds, 4 butterfly gardens, 24' hawk tower, bridge, raised boardwalks and much more! Please take a moment to enjoy a walk around the preserve and be mindful of the natural environment.  

Midland-Odessa also houses the Commemorative Air Force Museum, Ellen Noel Art Museum, Globe Theater, Midland-Odessa Symphony Chorale, Permian Playhouse, Petroleum Museum, George W. Bush Childhood Home and Museum, Summer Mummers and the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. If you are more of a shopper, Midland-Odessa has over 225 stores including two great shopping malls and multiple shopping centers with a wide range of department stores and restaurants. For more information on these, and other exciting activities in the Permian Basin, please visit the city of Odessa and Midland. It is a safe and secure community for families!

Midland-Odessa is approximately an hour and half away from metropolitan cities like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, with frequent flights through Midland International Air and Space Port.

Working in a predominantly undeserved area, we encourage our residents to plant their roots in West Texas. A great number of our graduates have opened their own practices in the Permian Basin. Others have continued their education with fellowships. Some have even become teaching faculty with TTUHSC. If you enjoy a friendly teaching environment in a community with all the amenities of a big city but the hospitality of a small town, then Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin is the place for you!