A Strong Balance in Training and Care
We designed our program around a true biopsychosocial, multidisciplinary model to give you an outstanding education and provide exceptional care for our patients. A strong balance exists between all aspects of the residency, including psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment approaches to patient care, alongside our commitment to your personal well-being, professional identity and growth.
Our residents progress through a series of clinical rotations with individual supervision and mentoring, and participate in a formal, core-competency-based didactic curriculum — all designed to provide you with clinical expertise, formal knowledge, critical thinking, professional integrity, leadership and communication skills.
We are highly committed to preparing all of our residents to be successful in all professional endeavors, especially both components of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) examinations. Our educational curriculum is not only rigorous but also a priority and includes yearly emphasis on core texts and scholarly works, neurology review, Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Examinations (PRITE), psychotherapy courses and evidence-based medicine. In addition, the program conducts semi-annual clinical skills assessments using the format of oral boards and faculty with experience administering or successfully completing the ABPN examinations. The program also assesses the interviewing skills of the residents in accordance with ABPN and Residency Review Committee guidelines.
Core Curriculum Components
This series of courses enhances your knowledge and treatment skills of patients with substance-related disorders and dually diagnosed patients. It presents the continuum from acute intoxication and withdrawal to longitudinal approaches to management, and explores attitudes toward people with addictions and comorbidities.
Business and Finance in Psychiatry
You will take part in various didactic seminars on topics related to mental health care financing, systems and practice considerations, physician finances and other practical skills.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
A course that emphasizes basic concepts of working with children and families, including development, manifestations and treatment of common childhood mental disorders, family issues and child abuse, it also includes a comparison with adult psychiatric practices. We will discuss interviewing techniques and history-taking.
Learn about multiple aspects of systems-based practice in community psychiatry, including organization, administrative and clinical foundations of various entities critical for successful mental health care delivery.
We discuss world events, historical evolution and theory, and the significance of variables such as cultural, spiritual, ethnic and sexual orientation and their relationships to modern psychiatry. You will learn practical applications to patient care as well.
Diagnostic Nomenclature: DSM-DSM-5
This class emphasizes the history and importance of classification of mental disorders. Faculty discusses the development, strengths and limitations of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and its construction as an instrument to survey mental disorders.
An introduction to specific expertise necessary for the assessment and intervention of emergent psychiatric conditions, including suicidality, homicidality, mood disorders, psychosis and substance-related emergencies, this course will also cover emergency treatment of disorders of childhood and adolescence.
Essentials of Clinical Psychiatry
This introductory but comprehensive overview of current knowledge in clinical psychiatry uses the current edition of a major psychiatric text, along with structured reading assignments and supplemental materials. Self-assessment exercises facilitate self-directed learning and stimulate discussion. We will cover epidemiology, etiologies, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of psychiatric conditions in detail.
This course, conducted yearly, stimulates awareness and understanding of the ethical issues associated with psychiatry beginning with the American Psychiatric Association code of ethics. You will become familiar with many approaches to applied ethics, including didactic instruction, role play and case-based discussion.
Evidence Based Psychiatry/APA Practice Guidelines
An in-depth look at evidence-based medicine offers you strategies for searching relevant psychiatric evidence to answer a specific question. We discuss theory and process of evidence-based psychiatry and emphasize the understanding and use of data to forward and improve psychiatric decision-making.
Essential concepts of the Forensic Psychiatry subspecialty will be presented, including the review of landmark cases, criminal and mental health law and forensic reporting.
A geriatric psychiatrist shares foundational knowledge about caring for the elderly patient, including cultural, social, economic, clinical and pharmacologic distinctions.
History of Psychiatry
Learn the historical foundations of psychiatry, its relationship to the evolution of medicine, and health care delivery throughout the ages. We will also review national and local influences on psychiatric health care.
Interviewing: Clinical Applications
Faculty presents advanced concepts of the comprehensive interview, including analysis of transference and countertransference, risk assessment and psychodynamic formulation. You will conduct patient interviews and receive feedback about the process and content from your colleagues, including faculty. You will also apply case formulation.
Interviewing: The Basics
We cover basic concepts of interviewing, including the role of patient and physician, participant observation, empathy and anxiety. You will learn the phases of an interview and how to use them in structuring an interview, as well as practical techniques for gleaning information from patients with varying degrees of cooperativeness.
Longitudinal Core Competency Course: The Psychiatric Professional
You will take part in a series of educational activities conducted at various intervals throughout your residency. The purpose is to develop and then assess your incremental mastery of the core competencies: communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and systems-based learning. Activities include clinical interviewing skills, simulated professional examinations, and critiquing your own performance to stimulate self-directed learning. Psychiatrists from the community will discuss professionalism.
This course covers basic concepts of clinical neurology and neurobiological science, emphasizing knowledge and skills relevant to clinical psychiatry. Students will study the current edition of Kaufman, Clinical Neurology for Psychiatrists. We will review structured reading assignments and supplemental materials, assign take-home practice quizzes, and hear brief presentations by faculty.
A clinical psychologist will train you in the use, indications and interpretation of various psychological testing instruments.
We review the most recently administered Psychiatry Resident-in-Training Examination (PRITE) and discuss critical learning points in psychiatry and residents, so you gain an understanding of your own intellectual strengths and any areas in need of improvement.
The psychopharmacology curriculum is integrated at all levels of postgraduate training with introductory, advanced and controversial topics in the current literature. It emphasizes a critical and evidence-based approach to psychopharmacological decision-making and biological and explores the socioeconomic implications of treatment.
We present introductory and advanced concepts in communication, patient care and systems-based practice as they relate to psychosomatic medicine and the consultant's role.
This is a longitudinal series of educational activities that occur throughout your residency, beginning in the first postgraduate year. The curriculum emphasizes theoretical and practical applications of major psychotherapeutic modalities. Various formats are used including didactic instruction, clinical experiences, individual and group supervisory experiences, structured time with a psychotherapist and a cognitive behavioralist, simulated exercises and recorded material. You will achieve competency in brief therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, psychodynamic therapy and supportive therapy. You will also gain proficiency in understanding family systems and couples therapy, with additional psychotherapy training opportunities available based on your interests.
Introductory Lecture Series
Faculty presents the generally accepted theories and major diagnostic and therapeutic strategies pertaining to the field of psychiatry to PGY-1and PGY-2 residents.
Advanced Lecture Series
Faculty presents advanced issues in psychiatric theory, including neurobiology, development, cultural diversity and therapeutic modalities to PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents.
PGY-3 Psychotherapy Courses
Designed for PGY-3 residents, these courses emphasize various psychotherapeutic modalities through didactic sessions, group supervision and individual supervision with a psychotherapist and cognitive behavioral therapist.
PGY-4 Psychotherapy Courses
Faculty presents advanced concepts in psychotherapeutic theory and application to PGY-4 residents. The courses also cover family systems and cognitive behavior therapy; residents receive individual and group psychotherapy supervision.
Resident Classes (All Residents)
Each year we design classes for residents at all levels of training, such as ethics, evidence-based psychiatry and neurology classes. The expertise of trainees at different phases of their residency enhances the learning environment, shares practical experience and promotes collegiality.
Grand Rounds are held the first three Wednesdays of each month from 1-2 p.m. at Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute Auditorium (DHLRI 170). Internationally and nationally recognized psychiatrists, OSU faculty and PGY-4 residents (with faculty oversight) make presentations.
Held throughout the academic year, this forum is conducted by and for residents (with faculty oversight) who present clinical cases, special topics and interviews. Faculty are present to facilitate.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Case Conference
Conducted monthly throughout the academic year, this conference features faculty with subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Fellows also attend and participate.
Neurobehavioral Case Conference
Psychiatry faculty in collaboration with colleagues from other medical specialties and mental health disciplines present clinical cases with a neurobehavioral emphasis on the third Thursday of each month from noon-1 p.m.
Psychotherapy Case Conference
Psychiatrists with psychotherapy experience facilitate this group week for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents.
Resident/Faculty Journal Club
The Journal Club meets several times annually to review and criticize a relevant, timely article of psychiatric significance. Both residents and faculty participate.
All residents and faculty meet on the first Tuesday of each month from noon-1 p.m. to discuss issues concerning the program and department.
Residents meet to discuss relevant issues on the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of each month from noon-1 p.m.
Educational Policy Committee (EPC) Meeting
Faculty and peer-selected residents participate in EPC meetings conducted throughout the year. The objectives of this group are described further in the residency manual.
Faculty Education Meeting
Faculty from OSU and our affiliate sites gather monthly to discuss various issues related to the education program, including faculty education about policies, the evaluation and promotion process, etc.
Introduction to the Practice of Medicine: On-line, On-Demand Lecture Series
This lecture series was designed to increase the exposure of house staff to non-traditional curricular topics mandated by the ACGME
. All residents must complete the “Sleep Deprivation” and “Impaired Physician” lectures within the first year of their training and, in addition, are required to complete 10 modules throughout the course of their training program.
Tracks and Career Development
During the fourth postgraduate training year, residents may select educational pathways specific to their interests. The goals and objectives of these rotations are commensurate with the resident’s level of training and experience. There are a host of elective rotations available, in addition to the identified pathways discussed below. Residents are encouraged to discuss their interests with the program director to develop educational plans and may complete more than one track.
Advanced Clinical Psychiatry
For residents interested in gaining additional expertise in clinical psychiatry, you may select various assignments, including consultation, emergency, geriatric and inpatient psychiatry rotations designed to foster clinical expertise and administrative, teaching and team leadership skills. You may pursue training in advanced psychopharmacology and work with subspecialty trained psychiatrists in geriatric psychiatry and/or psychosomatic medicine.
Residents interested in receiving advanced training in electroconvulsive therapy may also elect to participate in this experience. You may receive funds to defray expenses related to attending the Association for Convulsive Therapy Annual Meeting and completing the related electroconvulsive therapy certificate course.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in affiliation with The OSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, offers a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. The fellowship program is awaiting accreditation approval. Residents complete their first three years of postgraduate training at OSU where they participate in clinical rotations designed to complement their interests, such as pediatric medicine and pediatric neurology. Residents can complete the adult program in three or four years. Interested residents are encouraged to speak with the program director and fellowship director to facilitate planning for this career pathway and to apply for selection to the fellowship through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and Common Child and Adolescent Psychiatry application during general residency.
College Mental Health
The OSU Counseling and Consultation Service provides mental health treatment for many college students and their spouses. Residents may elect to rotate at this site longitudinally to develop diagnostic and therapeutic skills. A non-accredited fifth-year fellowship is offered in college mental health by The OSU Counseling and Consultation Service. Residents considering this fellowship or interested in this unique patient population are encouraged to consider participating in this elective assignment.
Public and Community Psychiatry
To maintain and further nurture skills and interests in community and public psychiatry, residents, residents treat patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses in the public sector. Residents also develop further understanding of cross cultural psychiatry and public mental health administration and policy. Myriad rotational sites and outpatient experiences are available, including exposure to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, mobile van services, correctional settings, etc.
Those interested in forensic psychiatry may pursue advanced rotations under the direction of faculty with this subspecialty expertise. A faculty mentor will assist you in developing rotations and experiences aligning with your interest. The clinical site for this track is our affiliated site, Twin Valley Behavioral Health; experiences may occur at other sites as well.
Leadership, Administration and Education
You may elect to participate in this pathway if you wish further expertise in psychiatric leadership and administration. Experiences are individualized based on interests, and can include exposure to leaders at mental health organizations like the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Alcohol Drug Addiction Mental Health Board of Franklin County, and Twin Valley Behavioral Health. Residents may also work closely with The OSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health administrators such as the chairman, program director and director of clinical services and participate in select committees, like those related to quality assurance, clinical operations, etc. This rotation may include significant oversight and participation in educational administrative activities and teaching.
Residents with an interest in neurobehavioral aspects of psychiatry and medicine may work with faculty from the disciplines of psychiatry, neurology and medicine as well as allied health and neurobehavioral psychology specialists. You will gain clinical knowledge of this diverse patient population and work in various clinical sites.
Longitudinal psychotherapy experiences are available for further expertise in selected psychotherapies in cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, family and couples therapy and other specific therapy domains or combinations of therapeutic modalities. Residents may also participate in an alternative medicine rotation or dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Residents pursuing this track identify and work closely with a psychotherapy mentor.
Research and/or Academic Psychiatry
Departmental or interdisciplinary clinical or neurosciences research is available to those interested. Residents identify and are supervised by a research mentor. Individuals interested in pursuing an academic psychiatry career are encouraged to consider this track. Residents receive departmental or university support for their scholarly endeavors, such as technical assistance, statistical assistance and funds to defray costs of travel related to presentations or attendance at relevant academic meetings.
If you are considering a subspecialty of sleep medicine or a fellowship in this field, you are encouraged to complete this rotation. Based on your individual considerations, this rotation can prepare you for a sleep medicine fellowship and include rotations on pulmonary, neurology, and sleep medicine services. It is completed under the direction of the sleep medicine fellowship director and psychiatry program director.
Women’s Mental Health
Those interested in women’s mental health issues are encouraged to complete rotations in this program, designed to address the individual learning interests of residents. It may focus on mental health issues across the lifespan and reproductive cycle or in conjunction with various disease mechanisms, such as patients with endocrine or cardiac concerns. Residents may identify specialty populations, such as postpartum or geriatric patients, for further emphasis.
These are potential elective opportunities. Others may be available upon request.
- Addiction, emergency or inpatient psychiatry
- Administrative psychiatry at Ohio Department of Mental Health
- Advanced cognitive behavior training
- Alternative and complementary medicine
- Child and adolescent psychiatry
- Community psychiatry
- Consultation/liaison psychiatry
- College mental health
- Developmental disabilities
- Eating disorders
- Educational administration
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Health care policy and hospital administration
- Interdisciplinary behavioral health systems
- Juvenile justice system
- Mental retardation
- Neuropsychological testing
- Pain and palliative medicine at James Cancer Hospital
- Rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury/cerebrovascular accident
- Sleep medicine