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Psychiatry Residency

The Psychiatry Residency at IU School of Medicine is an ACGME-accredited program designed to introduce the basics in diagnosis and pharmacological treatments while providing hands-on training in the subspecialties of psychiatry. Residents also learn to integrate medical and scientific literature with outstanding interview techniques and therapeutic skills, which is key to becoming an expert psychiatrist. Residents are given the opportunity to pursue their own interests in their fourth year of training by following one of three tracks in research, education or global health.

Program Progression

The categorical Psychiatry Residency program follows a four-year progression that includes training through both academic and clinical settings. First- through- third-year residents participate in didactic lectures and clinical rotations, and fourth-year residents create their own curriculum through an array of elective offerings to tailor their experience to their individual interests.

Throughout the program, residents attend weekly Grand Round meetings presented by nationally known professors of psychiatry and other disciplines. They also attend Neuroscience Grand Round meetings presented by Department of Neuroscience faculty. All psychiatry residents are encouraged to attend a weekly resident business meeting led by the chief resident. This meeting provides the opportunity for residents, as a group, to discuss their progress through the program, including asking and/or addressing questions or concerns as they relate to rotations, call schedule, and other topics.

Residents attend resident-facilitated morning reports three times per week at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, which provides the opportunity to foster an environment of self-directed learning while emphasizing various aspects of psychiatric practice in a relaxed, evidence-based manner. Journal Clubs in forensic psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and other topics are offered to all residents to examine articles from periodical literature. In addition, Research Track residents participate in the Institute of Psychiatric Research Seminars.

Block Schedule

PGY1 Psychiatry residents are introduced to the basics in diagnosis and pharmacological treatments through didactic courses and hands-on clinical experience. First-year residents rotate at four clinical locations, including Eskenazi Health Hospital (Inpatient Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology), Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (Inpatient Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Neurology), Riley Hospital for Children (Child Inpatient Psychiatry), and IU Health Methodist Hospital (Inpatient Psychiatry).

PGY2 residents continue their training through case-based didactic courses and hands-on clinical experience by rotating in two six-month blocks. One block consists of splitting time each week between two subspecialties; Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Also included is one day per week in an Emergency Psychiatry setting.  The second block consists of blocks of sub-specialties: Consultation-Liaison, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Rural Psychiatry rotations.

Similar to the PGY1 and PGY2 residency year curriculum, PGY3 psychiatry residents continue their training through case-based didactic courses and clinical rotations. In the third year, residents spend their time working in outpatient psychopharmacology at Eskenazi Health, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health Neuroscience Center. Also at the IU Health Neuroscience Center, PGY3 residents spend one half-day per week working in the psychodynamic psychotherapy clinic. During this year, residents may select one elective clinic that lasts throughout the year.

The fourth and final year of Psychiatry residency training consists of all selectives, allowing residents to follow their own interests. Rotations may be done on a monthly basis, similar to that of the PGY2 year, or on a half-day basis through multiple sites similar to the PGY3 year. PGY4 residents create their own experience to perfect the skills and techniques they determine to be the most beneficial for them upon graduation.

Program Leadership

Michael J. DeMotte, MD

Michael J. DeMotte, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry