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Residency and Fellowships


Welcome and thank you for visiting the University of Missouri Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program. The University of Missouri Psychiatry Residency Training Program is a fully accredited four-year residency with available fellowships in Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry. We provide excellent clinical training on inpatient, outpatient, emergency, consultation-liaison, addictions, geriatrics, and child and adolescent services, as well as in a variety of specialized and elective settings.

Here at the University of Missouri, we offer a balanced program with Psychotherapy and biological aspects of Psychiatry both emphasized from early on in training. Our residents develop a wide range of clinical skills which enable them to practice effective psychiatry in a wide range of settings. Clinical experience is gained at the University Hospital, Missouri Psychiatric Center, Harry S. Truman VA Hospital, Fulton State Hospital, University of Missouri outpatient psychiatry and a variety of community psychiatry rotations. Excellent supervision and didactics are provided throughout the training years and clinical experiences.

The greatest strength of our Department is our commitment to a quality environment in which our residents can flourish. Residents are actively involved in residency training issues and decisions. We constantly evaluate their input and work to continually improve our program. We have a broad range of faculty and teach in a highly supportive environment. Because of the diverse interests of our faculty and the many areas of strength within the department, we are interested in and attract residents with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Our goal is to nurture the specific interests of each resident and help them reach their ultimate goals and potential in whatever way possible. Whether it be research, clinical subspecialty, fellowships, education or other interests, we strive to make these dreams a reality for our residents.

Please feel free to contact us with any further inquiries about our Psychiatry Residency Training Program!


Andrew G. Resnik, MD
Psychiatry Residency Training Director
University of Missouri

Click here to see a video featuring one of our former residents, Dr. Efosa Airuehia, M.D., discussing the training program at MU.

Philosophy of the Program

The Psychiatry Resident Program at the University of Missouri provides a four-year program of training in General Psychiatry of which one year may be integrated with a two-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program. During the program, residents gain experience in a variety of clinical settings with a diverse patient population. Residents are taught psychopharmacology as well as psychotherapy to treat their patients.

The residency program combines a highly structured didactic program with comprehensive clinical and research experience. There is continuous one on one contact among residents and attending physicians. The Program Director meets monthly with the residents in an open session to discuss training and residency needs. The program is designed to foster the development of well rounded competent general psychiatrists.

Residents rotate at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, University of Missouri Psychiatric Center, University Hospital, University Physicians Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, as well as in psychiatry outreach placements throughout the Columbia area. Each resident is also provided with the opportunity for elective time.

Summary of the Training Program

The psychiatry residency offers a four-year, fully accredited training program. The program includes clinical rotations as follows:

      • PGY 1: Clinical rotations in the first year include inpatient psychiatry, internal medicine/child health, child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry.
      • PGY 2: Clinical rotations in the second year include inpatient psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, neurology, and emergency psychiatry. Additional rotations in addiction, geriatric, and child psychiatry may be assigned.
      • PGY 3: Most residents will complete their 12-month outpatient year during their third year. Residents assigned to outpatient will also complete a one-half day per week community placement assignment.
      • PGY 4: Residents in their fourth year will complete remaining requirements for program completion and also complete elective experiences. Residents may also choose to transfer into a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship in their fourth year.

The 2012-2013 training stipend for first year residents in psychiatry (PGY I) is $48,353. In addition, residents are offered a comprehensive benefit package.

Selection and Appointment

Selection and appointment of residents to the residency program is in accordance with the procedures defined by the institutional Policy on Selection and Appointment of House Officers. All applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) for review. Applications will be screened by the Education Committee and selected applicants will be asked to come for an interview. Candidates are interviewed by the Resident Selection Committee which is composed of representative department faculty along with the Program Director, Chair, and Chief Resident. The program seeks to accept candidates who have a solid academic foundation and genuine interest in pursuing psychiatry training.

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