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  • Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program

    The psychiatry residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is a four-year ACGME-accredited program. It has trained a generation of psychiatrists now practicing throughout the United States in the private and public sectors in both academic and nonacademic fields. The Department of Psychiatry's abiding commitment to high standards for patient care, teaching, and research has garnered the training program a national reputation for training outstanding clinicians and psychiatrists.

    UMMC's psychiatry residency curriculum prepares trainees for the challenges of contemporary psychiatric medicine. We teach a wide variety of clinical evaluation methods and interventions. We are committed to develop new treatments through clinical research. We emphasize continuity, collaboration and cost-effectiveness. We are here to support you in becoming a competent physician and outstanding psychiatrist.


    The mission of the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is to train psychiatrists to excel in the practice setting of their choice. Our graduates are prepared to be solid clinical practitioners whether they choose solo practice, a hospital or community-based setting. The program can prepare those who choose a research or academic career, without compromising the basic training requirements to achieve board eligibility.

    This multi-faceted mission is accomplished by providing an educational environment that is intense, comprehensive and rich in clinical and didactic experiences for our trainees. The program offers all mandated rotations, an array of electives (e.g., forensics, sleep medicine, research) and opportunities to learn basic and clinical research throughout the training years. The clinical experiences are enriched through exposure to a broad range of patients in different systems and settings (university, VAMC, community mental health centers, state hospital).

    The philosophy of the program is comprehensive in that it espouses the biopsychosocial model. Residents learn to practice biological and psychosocial approaches in diagnosing and treating patients and they succeed in integrating apparently diverse approaches into a unifying concept of mental illness. Residents experience an extensive and rich didactic curriculum that is combined with a carefully selected group of assessment tools and methodology to determine competence. There are frequent mock board examinations that are meant to provide the residents with a report of their growing accomplishments.
    Since the Department of Psychiatry also operates an independent Psychology Internship and Fellowship Program, Psychiatry and Psychology trainees share some didactic experiences that are mutually beneficial and enriching. This unique feature of the Residency Program enables psychiatry and psychology trainees to understand and respect the differences and similarities between the roles of psychiatry and psychology with the ultimate goal of benefiting patient care.

    There is a commitment to encourage trainees to learn steadily while at the same time supporting them in achieving the goal of excellence. The Residency Director is directly involved in residency training and encourages all residents to develop to their highest potential. Residents have the opportunity to become involved in ongoing research projects with many faculty members. The medical psychiatry rotation exposes the resident to the supervised management of patients with both psychiatric illness and medical or neurological disorders that require inpatient hospitalization. Each resident is assigned a personal faculty mentor. Residents graduating from this program possess expertise in pharmacotherapy, diagnosis, treatment planning, ECT and psychotherapy.