Psychiatry Training Program
Our four-year psychiatry-training program has been fully and consistently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since its inception in 1950. In accordance with the guidelines of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the clinical rotations in each residency year, the longitudinal experiences that span the years, and the associated didactics, provide a comprehensive training experience in the exciting and burgeoning field of psychiatry.
The primary training sites are the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KCVA). Other specific rotations are done at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leavenworth, KS (LVVA) and Topeka, KS (TVA), Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare (WyCCBH) and Marillac.
Throughout their four years of training, residents participate in a variety of formalized weekly seminars and lectures. The didactics are designed to parallel the residents progressively expanding knowledge and skills, moving from the more basic concepts to the more complex, and involving increasing participation on the part of the resident.
Summer Basic Series: Introductory series targeting the incoming residents. Covers important introductory information about the department, basic topics on interviewing techniques, evaluation of patients, diagnoses, pharmacotherapy, and treatment planning. Presented by faculty and senior residents.
First and Second Year Track: More in-depth coverage of a range of topics which are coordinated with assigned readings, including:
- neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuropathology, and neuroradiology
- growth and development
- psychiatric disorders affecting adults and children - natural course, diagnosis, and current treatment modalities
- pharmacotherapy and somatic therapies
- introduction to psychotherapy series
- PRITE ("Psychiatry Resident In Training Examination") Review series
- psychological testing
- psychiatric practice guidelines
Third and Fourth Year Track: Advanced lectures and seminars in which residents actively participate, including:
- child and adolescent psychiatry
- consultation/liaison psychiatry
- substance abuse
- business practices
- research methods and statistics
- diagnostic dilemma case conference
- psychopharmacology journal club
- ethics case conference
- forensic case conference
- advanced psychotherapy series
- sleep medicine
- sexuality and psychiatry
Interview Skills Training Sessions
A series of teaching sessions throughout the resident’s adult outpatient rotation on patient interviewing skills, including those necessary for board examination.
Tuesday mornings twice monthly, featuring locally and nationally recognized speakers invited to share their expertise on a number of topics.
Other Didactic Experiences
Various other didactic sessions are held in conjunction with specific rotations, including neurology; internal medicine; child and adolescent psychiatry; and rotations at the KCVA.
The Evaluation Process
Regular verbal feedback is an integral part of the training experience at all levels of training. Formal online evaluations are completed by the responsible supervising attendings, nurses and social workers and medical students at the conclusion of each rotation or on a quarterly basis.
All residents are required to take the Psychiatry Resident in Training Examination (PRITE) in each year of training. In further preparation for the board examinations, and to provide another opportunity for feedback based on a live patient interview, residents are expected to complete evaluated patient interviews and clinical skills examinations at regular intervals during their outpatient rotation.
Residents meet with the residency program director twice twice each year to review his/her progress (including evaluations, PRITE scores, etc.), to assess the trainee’s caseload, and discuss any of the resident’s concerns.
Finally, the Education Policy Committee, chaired by Dr. Angela Mayorga, Psychiatry Residency Program Director, and composed of representatives from the faculty and the Chief Residents, functions at the center of the resident evaluation process. This committee regularly reviews the performance of each resident, makes recommendations regarding promotion of residents, and plays a major role in the evaluation of resident applicants.
The Liaison Committee is a resident selected advisory group responsible for obtaining resident feedback, identifying areas within the residency program for improvement, proposing solutions and new resident policy. This committee has 10 total members (two members from each postgraduate level and two internal medicine/psychiatry representatives). Information is gathered by postgraduate year and relayed to program administration during Liaison Committee meetings. This information is then further discussed by residency administration and often the department’s Education Policy Committee
Additionally, at the annual resident retreat, the resident group evaluates the effectiveness of their learning experiences and the quality of teaching. This data is collated and supplied as anonymous feedback to faculty. It is also used in making revisions to the curriculum.
Residents also actively participate in the education and evaluation of medical students whom they have supervised and taught on the clinical services. In turn, the medical students provide anonymous written feedback about the resident’s effectiveness as teachers and psychiatrists/physicians.
Psychiatry Training Program
Program Director - Angela K. Mayorga, M.D.
Associate Program Director - Lisa A. Shenkman, M.D.
Residency Coordinator - Stacy E. Buckley