Why choose a career in Medicine/Psychiatry?
Clinical experience reveals a multitude of patients with:
- Psychiatric problems that negatively impact the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems
- Medical illnesses that often go unrecognized and untreated because of chronic psychiatric problems
- Medical illness that present with psychiatric/behavioral symptoms
- Developmental disabilities with difficult to diagnose medical and psychiatric symptoms
- Substance abuse disorders causing significant medical complications
A depth of knowledge of both medicine and psychiatry allows the physician to provide better care for these patients. Additionally roles exist for the dually trained physician to provide for the primary care needs of underserved psychiatric patients as well as the needs of medically ill patients who would not otherwise accept mental healthcare.
Why choose SIU School of Medicine for residency in Medicine/Psychiatry?
- Both the Departments of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine strongly support the Med/Psych program.
- Outpatient integrated Med/Psych clinic provides experience in managing patients at the interface of these disciplines.
- Strong training in psychotherapy in addition to biological psychiatry.
- Strong training in ambulatory general medicine
- Well-developed educational system encouraging the resident to develop integrative knowledge and skills.
- Resident education and development is a strong focus at SIU.
- Our Psychiatry department is now part of a greater Neuroscience Institute, a collaborative approach with the Neurology and Neurosurgery departments.
- All upper level faculty are readily accessible according to the residents. They are open to feedback and very responsive to it.