Residency Program Overview
Our residency program is dedicated to training well-rounded psychiatrists to meet the rigorous practice demands of tomorrow. Trainees in our program are supervised and educated by University faculty with a variety of interests and backgrounds. Faculty in our program are involved on the national level with various committees and task forces of the American Psychiatric Association and American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. In addition, we have faculty working on clinical trials funded by NIMH, private foundations and pharmaceutical companies. One of our faculty, Dr. Sheldon Preskorn, has published more than 500 articles, is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on psychopharmacology, and has been a principle investigator studying the majority of psychotropic medications currently marketed in the United States.
The benefit of being a resident in a relatively small to medium sized department is that renowned faculty are easily accessible to residents and are involved with teaching and supervision on a regular basis. In addition, the size of our department allows for continuity experiences with many of our faculty, which allows for greater mentorship and often leads to resident involvement in research and scholarly activity.
The program structure begins with inpatient experiences in the first and second year, a full-time outpatient experience in the third year, and a fourth year that includes opportunities for electives, supervision and teaching of junior residents, as well as research and scholarly activity. The first year of training is separated into six months of psychiatry and six months of general medicine and neurology. The six months of non-psychiatry include experience in multiple primary care settings including inpatient, outpatient and emergency room settings as well as a two-month rotation in neurology. The psychiatry experiences in the first year include inpatient, consultation-liaison, and emergency psychiatry, and utilize a team model where junior and senior residents work together.
While the first year serves as an introduction to medicine and psychiatry, the second year of training exposes residents to subspecialty rotations including geriatric and child and adolescent psychiatry. The second year also has additional exposure in consultation-liaison psychiatry, as well as a month long experience with electroconvulsive therapy. The second year allows residents to gain more autonomy and independence compared with the first year of training, along with the opportunity to mentor new first year residents.
The third year of training is when residents become more polished and start to prepare for independent practice. Third year residents work in ambulatory settings with patients of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and diagnoses. These experiences include working in hospital based clinics, community mental health centers, and medical-school based outpatient settings. Fourth year residents have the opportunity to develop greater depth of knowledge in areas of interest, become involved in research, and prepare for independent practice and the board certification examination. Research experiences may include quality improvement, clinical trials of investigational new drugs, and can be tailored to the interest of each resident.
Didactic sessions utilize interactive seminars, lecture, and case based discussion. Each post-graduate year has it’s own didactic curriculum tailored to the goals and objectives of that year and taught by faculty at the University of Kansas. This includes an interviewing seminar in the first year where faculty demonstrate patient interviews for residents, followed by residents performing interviews and receiving feedback from faculty. We also have a four year psychopharmacology curriculum that starts with the basics of psychopharmacology and grows into more advanced discussions of neurobiology and drug development, culminating in a senior seminar using case based discussions to further prepare residents for independent practice. We also have monthly, resident-lead, journal club and quality improvement conferences which include participation from both residents and faculty.
The program also offers twice monthly Grand Rounds where we invite visiting professors from other universities to provide formal lectures to the greater Wichita psychiatric community as well as informal sessions with only our residents. Recent speakers include some of the foremost minds in the field today: Dilip Jeste, M.D., Zachary Stowe, M.D., Madhukar Trivedi, M.D., and Timothy Walsh, M.D. just to name a few.
We believe in well-rounded training and have psychotherapy education and training experiences embedded in all four years of the program. This includes several case conferences and discussions, a formal lecture series, as well as rotations where residents initially observe psychotherapy and then later get to utilize these skills. Several of our recent graduates have active psychotherapy practices, which is a testament to the training they received in our program.
Most importantly, we have a 100% board pass rate for more than 5 years and have produced graduates that are highly sought after. Our graduates hold leadership positions in community mental health centers and hospitals around the country, are working in faculty positions at Universities nationwide, and work in well-established private practices of a variety of sizes.
If you choose to train with us for the next four years, you will find a welcoming group of faculty and residents, a wonderful and affordable place to live that offers the same amenities as a larger city at half the price, and will have the privilege of being one of our highly sought after alumni.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
Matthew Macaluso, D.O.
Director of Residency Training Program
For further information, please contact:
Matthew Macaluso, D.O., Director of Residency Training Program
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Mike Parmley, Residency Program Education Coordinator
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