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Program Curriculum

The curriculum in the Psychiatry Residency program at Merrillville integrates residents with community mental health providers in clinics and facilities throughout northwest Indiana. With the program’s unique structure, residents are afforded opportunities in research, scholarship, didactics and educational support at Indiana University School of Medicine. 

Resident Life

All residents attend protected half-day didactics and have the opportunity to teach and mentor medical students. Integrated distance learning with the Department of Psychiatry, including Grand Rounds, is provided to ensure residents stay connected with department staff, faculty and residents outside of Merrillville. Residents have full access to the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in bimonthly journal clubs, research electives and participation in national meetings.  

PGY-1 Schedule

Outpatient Family Practice Neurology Inpatient Psychiatry
Four months Two months Six months
Regional Health Clinic One month inpatient neuro consults
Regional Mental Health Center 
One month outpatient neuro consults 


PGY-2 Schedule

Residential Addictions Service Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Adult Long Term and Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Psychiatry Primary Care - Integrated Care
Three months Three months Three months Three months Three months


Didactics for PGY-1 and PGY-2

Introduction to Residency; Introduction to Techniques; Introduction to Integrated Care; Development through the Lifespan; Residents as Teachers in conjunction with Indiana University; Addiction Psychiatry I and II; Consultation Liaison Psychiatry; Diagnostic Interviewing; Journal Club; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Process Group; Introduction to Community Psychiatry; Cultural Psychiatry; Neuropsychiatric Testing; Biological Psychiatry; Biological Pharmacology; Emergency Psychiatry; Geriatric Psychiatry; Neuroanatomy and Physiology; Professional Development; Intro to family and couples therapy; group therapy and, Evidence-based medicine.

PGY-3  Schedule

Outpatient Psychiatry
Twelve months
Regional Mental Health Center


PGY-4  Schedule

Psychiatric Emergency Services Outpatient Psychiatry - Clinical liaison Electives
Three months  Three months Six months


Didactics for PGY-3 and PGY-4

Advanced Psychotherapy, BIOPSY II, Board Exam Review, EBM II, Forensics and Ethics, Group Therapy, Introduction to Outpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Supervision, Professional Development, and Psychodynamic Therapy.


Chief resident; therapy electives; trauma focused therapy; eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and exposure; cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy; group therapy; family and couples therapy; psychodynamic therapy; addiction; psychopharmacology; oncology; OB/Gyn; cardiac; rehabilitation and geriatrics; primary care consultation liaison; sleep medicine; neurology outpatient child and adolescent outpatient psychiatry; outpatient serious mental illness; medically fragile and geriatric psychiatry; forensics; and, young adult and adolescent psychiatry.

Residents will have the opportunity to develop electives based on personal interests.