Psychiatric disorders are now recognized the world over as major causes of disability and premature death. Both the WHO and the Department of Health and Human Services recognize major depressive disorder as the predominant public health problem in the world, with anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance abuse all high on the list. Psychiatrists treat these disorders in a variety of settings.
Psychiatrists may work in private offices, multispecialty group practices, community mental health clinics, hospital-based clinics, hospital consultation services, and inpatient units. Many psychiatrists work in collaboration with primary care and specialty physicians in several of these settings concurrently. The psychiatrist's role includes patient evaluation, supervision of a multidisciplinary treatment team, medication management and psychotherapy.
- Duration of training: Four years for Adult Psychiatry.
- Number of programs nationally: 200.
- Number of entering residency positions per year: 1,080.
- Types of fellowships or subspecialties: Addiction (1 year), Forensics (1 year), Child/Adolescent (2 years; can start after third year of Adult training), Geriatrics (1 year), Psychosomatic Medicine (1 year).
- Type of Match: Regular.
- Overall competitiveness: Not Very Competitive. The average student is very likely to match.
Primary Faculty Contact for M1's and M2's
Medical Student Club or Interest Group
PsychSIGN (Student Interest Group Network)
Shadowing or Mentoring Experiences Available to M1's or M2's
Suggested Journals, Books & Information for Interested Students
American Journal of Psychiatry