The physician who chooses to specialize in psychiatry will enter an exciting and dynamic field, where advances in neurobiology and psychotherapy are continuously increasing our understanding of brain and behavior. Psychiatry has undergone rapid and dramatic shifts in the past few decades, with clinical research contributing to evidence-based practice and new pathways and targets being identified using the tools of contemporary biomedical science that will allow development of novel treatments for mental disorders.
Residents training at Jackson Health System will receive the benefit of interacting with members of the hospital’s excellent clinical attending staff, almost all of whom are also faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and active in teaching, research and clinical practice.
ACGME Accredited: 1969
Residents per year: 13
Duration: Four years
Postgraduate Training Required: No
U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:
- University of Miami
- Florida International University
- Yale University
- University of Florida
- Stanford University
- New York University
- Jackson Memorial Hospital
- University of Miami Hospital
- Miami Veterans Affairs Health System
Applications for PGY-1 positions are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Fourth year medical students in the United States should contact their Dean’s Office for information on ERAS and should be enrolled in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Others qualified and interested in the PGY-1 program in psychiatry should enroll in the NRMP, One American Plaza, Suite 807, Evanston, IL 60201 and can apply through ERAS either through their medical school Dean’s Office or, for International graduates, through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
Our Applicant Review Committee pays close attention to the following:
- Documentation of excellent academic records and medical school performance.
- Scores on USMLE step 1 and 2 of over 200 or COMLEX equivalent. Only applicants with two or fewer attempts on any one step will be considered.
- One full year of clinical experience in a US hospital is strongly recommended for International Medical Graduates.
- Applicants who demonstrate an interest in the field of Psychiatry through research, publications, volunteer work, Mental Health advocacy, etc.
- Applicants must not have been dismissed from a previous residency program.
It is recommended that applications are received in ERAS by Dec 1. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews between October and January.
In the first year, six months consist of rotations to Medicine or Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Neurology. The six months remaining include an inpatient-based Psychiatry assignment and community-focused crisis intervention. Several hours each week are set aside for didactic training activities including lectures, seminars, and case conferences. Demonstrations and departmental scientific meetings are also included. Clinical activity on the inpatient service is under direct supervision of an attending assigned to the unit. Training is designed to give the trainee a working knowledge of evaluation, diagnostic, and therapeutic techniques utilized in psychiatry. A high degree of individual supervision, plus the didactic program, forms the nucleus of this rotation, during which emphasis is placed on quality patient care.
In the second year, five hours each week are devoted to protected didactic activities and the rest to clinical experience. Residents continue to have their hospital-based assignments and they also maintain an outpatient clinic one half-day per week. In addition, a two month rotation to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a two month rotation to Consult/Liaison Psychiatry are provided during this level of training.
The resident experience in psychiatry during the third year concentrates on the outpatient experience. The assignment pattern is full time with two days a week in the Mental Health Ambulatory Services Division of Jackson Memorial Hospital and two days at the Veterans Administration Medical Center Mental Hygiene Clinic. An additional half day is available (site optional) for supervision and ongoing psychotherapy patients. The remaining half day is protected for Didactic activities.
The fourth year is devoted to experience advanced treatment and research, as well as a continued outpatient experience. Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Hospital and Veterans Administration Clinics, account for the resident’s weekly clinical schedule alternating over the year. Research time is protected for four months or more during this year. Those who have previously elected the Psychotherapy Track will have time provided for additional instruction and supervision in psychotherapy. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship can begin in the fourth year.
Board Exam Requirements
Successfully complete all required residency training
Successfully pass three (3) Clinical Skills Verification exams
Have an active, full, unrestricted US medical license
Educational & Other Experience
Throughout the entire four-year program, considerable time is spent by the resident in organized instruction, including seminars, teaching conferences by the faculty and visiting lecturers, continuous case conferences, journal club and up to two hours per week of individual supervision. Methods of therapy include the various somatic therapies, pharmacotherapies in combination with psychotherapy, dynamically-oriented, as well as brief, cognitive, and supportive individual and group psychotherapy. Appointments to the House Staff are made yearly. Advancement to a higher level depends upon the caliber of work done in the preceding year. Competency evaluation is Web-based and meets all ACGME requirements.
The University of Miami’s Department of Psychiatry is ranked in the top 25 in NIH funding among all 140 medical school departments of psychiatry. Residents are encouraged to pursue research throughout their residency careers in conjunction with faculty in the department and in related departments. Opportunities to attend national and international meetings to present research are available.
- PGY-1s, approximately two weekday calls per month at Jackson from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and approximately two weekend calls per month at Jackson, 12 hour day/night on Saturday or Sunday.
- PGY-2s, approximately two weekday calls per month at the VA from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and approximately two weekend shifts every three months.
- PGY-3s, approximately two weekday calls per month at UMH from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and approximately five weekend calls per year at UMH, including daytime Saturday & Sunday calls; hours vary. No overnight calls!
- PGY-4s, No call.