Psychiatry Residency General Information


First Year Resident

Primary Care: 4 months
Adult Inpatient Psychiatry: 5 months
Consultation Liaison: 1 month
Community Psychiatry: 1 month
Neuro Rehabilitation: 1 month
Acute Care Psychiatric Clinic:  8 months (once per week - every Monday afternoon supervised by an attending)

Second Year Resident

Adult Inpatient: 3 months
Night Float: 6 weeks (2 weeks at a time)
Child and Adolescent Inpatient: 2 months
Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry: 2 months
ECT: 1 month
Neurology:  1 month
Substance Abuse: 1 month
Hospital Follow-up Clinic: 4 months

Third Year Resident

Outpatient Psychiatry: 12 months
Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic: 6 months
Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic: 12 months
Telepsychiatry Clinics: 4 months
Forensic Clinic: 2 months
New Patient Evaluation and Disposition Conference: 4 months
Psychotherapy: 12 months
Neurology/Psychiatry Morning Report - every Thursday morning

Fourth Year Resident

Adult Inpatient Chief Resident: 3 months
Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry: 1 month
Electives: 8 months


Psychiatry residents while rotating on psychiatric services will cover the inpatient psychiatric services, the emergency departments, seclusion and restraint evaluations, and emergent consultation-liaison requests during the on-call period.  Residents work in concert with the emergency department staff and the Psychiatric Response Team (PRT) personnel to provide psychiatric consultation and management routinely until 8 p.m. each night.  The Call resident will sign out to the night float resident who will start at 7:30 p.m.  There is a call room available at each affiliated hospital for those on night float.

First Year

Shadows senior call and night float senior until 9 p.m.  6 nights per month
Weekends:  7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Second Year

Psychiatry short call from 4:30 to 8p.m. 4-5 nights per month
Weekends:  7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Third Year

Psychiatry short call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. 3-4 nights per month
Occasional Weekends or Holidays:  7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fourth Year

No call
For further benefit information, please go to the website of the Office of Graduate Medical Education.


The formal educational curriculum features regularly scheduled seminars, case conferences, and presentations that run throughout the year.  Seminars follow a format that can be lecture based, experiential, or resident directed in keeping with the educational approach of the School and of the department that active learning is most effective, and that all of us are lifelong learners.  All residents participate in a journal club, an evidence-based psychiatry case conference, a neuropsych morning report, and a psychotherapy case conference each month.  All residents are encouraged to attend special conferences and workshops that are periodically available within the Springfield area and financing is made available to residents for travel to and from national conferences when presenting at that conference.  Fourth year residents present at the psychiatry grand rounds to the department, school, and interested public.
SIU School of Medicine was one of the first programs in the country to institute a universal issues curriculum for the residency training programs.  This is an annual sequence of presentations open to faculty and residents in which residents of all specialties meet and learn about issues that are common to all specialties, such as ethics, medical economics, lifelong learning and teaching skills, and practice management.
Our core seminar series is designed and timed to support the residents' level of training and experience.
Training and experience in providing both long-term and time-limited psychotherapy is an integral part of the training program.  It is directly and continuously supported by seminars, case conferences, and direct, individual supervision.  An eclectic approach is used to promote professional versatility. Residents are exposed to a range of strategies and techniques and are expected to be competent in supportive, brief and long term psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, group, family and couples and other evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices.  Training and experience emphasize the expertise needed in current psychiatric practice whether as the primary provider, student of further training, a member of a multi-specialty team, or a referring professional.

Division of Medicine Psychiatry

Medicine Psychiatry is a branch of Internal Medicine that provides care to patients with problems at the interface of adult general medicine and adult psychiatry.  Patients, for whom we care, are afforded a high level of care that can encompass primary care delivery, psychiatric care or a combination of both.  Our goal is to provide and advance quality health care to patients with psychiatric, medical and combined illness while assisting in the improvement of skill and knowledge of the residents and students we teach.