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Program Information

Our four-year Psychiatry residency has been fully and consistently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since it began in 1950. We provide a full, rich, well-rounded training experience in accordance with the guidelines of the AGGME and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

Didactics
Throughout the 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.

Tuesday Lectures
PGY-1 Series

Introductory series for our incoming residents. Led by our faculty and senior residents, this series covers important introductory information about our department and the basics of interviewing techniques, evaluation of patients, diagnoses, pharmacotherapy and treatment planning.

Track 1 (PGY-1 and PGY-2)
A series of lectures and seminars on the basics of psychiatry.

  • Psychiatric disorders affecting adults and children
    • Natural course
    • Diagnosis
    • Current treatment modalities
  • Neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuropathology and neuroradiology
  • Growth and development
  • Pharmacotherapy and somatic therapies
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy Series
  • Psychiatry Resident In Training Examination (PRITE) Review Series
  • Psychological testing
  • Psychiatric practice guidelines
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Diagnostic Case Conferences
  • Ethics Case Conferences

Track 2 (PGY-3 and PGY-4)
A series of lectures and seminars on advanced topics in psychiatry.

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Consultation/liaison psychiatry
  • Geriatrics
  • Substance use
  • Business practices
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Psychopharmacology Journal Club
  • Ethics Case Conference
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Advanced Psychotherapy Series
  • Sleep medicine
  • Sexuality and psychiatry

Grand Rounds
Tuesday mornings twice monthly, local and national speakers are invited to share their expertise on a variety of topics related to psychiatry.

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 Kansas City VA.

Our Evaluation Process
Regular verbal feedback is an integral part of the training experience at all levels. 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. The resident also has the opportunity to evaluate each attending and rotation.

Additionally, at the annual resident retreat, the resident group evaluates the effectiveness of the 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 residents' effectiveness as teachers and psychiatrists/physicians. This feedback is given to residents during the semi-annual meeting with program administration.

PRITE
All residents are required to take the Psychiatry Resident in Training Examination (PRITE) in each year of training. Each resident will receive their score to help them focus their studying.

Observed Interviews
Residents are expected to complete evaluated patient interviews and clinical skills examinations at regular intervals during their residency. Residents must complete one patient interview during the first year of residency and then each year after complete two patient interviews. Residents must pass 3 clinical skills examinations during residency to be eligible to sit for boards. 

Semi-Annual Meetings with the Program Director
Residents meet with the residency program director or associate program director twice each year to review their progress, including going over evaluations, PRITE scores and other important details. This also is a chance to discuss resident concerns.

Committees
There are many ways to be involved during residency.

  • The Liaison Committee is a resident selected advisory group responsible for obtaining resident feedback, identifying areas within the program for improvement, proposing solutions and new resident policy. This committee has 10 members (two 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.
  • The Social Committee is a group of residents who plan social activities for the residency program. The goal is to have one member from each PGY level, but all are welcome.
  • The Department of Psychiatry Diversity Committee began convening in May 2017. Since that time the committee has provided a space for discussing issues and concerns related to diversity, reviewing literature, case discussion and finding new ways to push our department to continue making diversity a priority. In July 2021, the Diversity Committee added a resident member who is peer-elected from the psychiatry residency program. This committee meets once a month.
  • Resident Council is a subcommittee of GME that includes members from all residency programs. Resident Council meets during even numbered months to discuss resident issues.

For more information or questions about our residency program, contact Stacy E. Buckley, Residency Coordinator, at sbuckley2@kumc.edu.

Program leadership
Angela K. Mayorga, M.D., Program Director
Christine Duncan Glenn, D.O., Associate Program Director
Stacy E. Buckley, Residency Coordinator
sbuckley2@kumc.edu
913-588-6412

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Kansas Medical Center
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mailstop 4015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6433
Fax: 913-588-6414