About the Program

conferenceThe Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa is steeped in a rich history of achievement in residency training, as well as clinical practice, and in the realm of research. The department is thought to be the first university-affiliated psychiatric department west of the Mississippi River.

The four-year psychiatry training program provides each resident with the opportunity to be exposed to and excel in a diverse clinical population. Built on a neurobiological foundation, our program emphasizes the importance of patient care and treatment through an evidence-based approach, providing quality care to each patient in addition to providing each resident with knowledge of current psychiatric practices. 

As a psychiatry resident at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, you will gain in-depth clinical experience in outpatient and inpatient settings from experts in the field. You will get a well-rounded experience which will include working on units specializing in:

Residents also work in an array of outpatient settings, some of which include:

Residents can also do electives in:

Not only does University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics have an excellent adult psychiatry residency, UIHC also has residencies in Child and Adolescent PsychiatryFamily Medicine-Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine-Psychiatry. The University of Iowa is one of two institutions to have both a family medicine-psychiatry residency program and an internal medicine-psychiatry residency program. There are also fellowship opportunities in child and adolescence psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and post-traumatic stress disorder

Our training ultimately provides residents with knowledge of an array of DSM-5 diagnoses including anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.The experience of working at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is second to none. 

People love working here. Forbes Magazine recently named University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics the #1 employer in the entire national healthcare industry, based on employee satisfaction.

Why Iowa?

Our program will expose you to a broad range patients and learning situations. Additionally, our didactics will provide continued learning in a variety of topics. The community of Iowa City-Coralville will provide a high quality of living in a safe and friendly environment. And you’ll find a salary and benefit package that competes favorably with accredited programs in an academic medical setting.

Our Facilities

  • One of America's best hospitals, UI Hospitals & Clinics is a comprehensive tertiary care center dedicated to high-quality teaching, research, and patient care. The UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is the region’s largest children’s hospital. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City is a major medical center providing care to veterans of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Our Graduates

  • Our residency graduates are offered a wide variety of opportunities in academic medicine, private practice, and fellowships based on their preparation.

Iowa City, Iowa

  • Few cities can match our opportunities for living, learning, and recreation. It is home of the University of Iowa, Hawkeye sports, and the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


  • Our pay and care benefits make us a favorite choice among prospective residents.

Quick Facts

By the Numbers

  • 7 residents are accepted each year
  • 28 positions are approved for our program
  • 80+ faculty members train and mentor our residents


Program Accreditation

The Psychiatry Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. For more information specific to program requirements for a psychiatry training program, please read the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Psychiatry.

Board Certification

Our four-year training program leads to board certification eligibility in psychiatry. Visit the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for specifics on board certification requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Iowa City?

Iowa City is 220 miles directly west of Chicago on Interstate 80. It's also within a 4-5 hour drive to Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis. It has the cultural, educational, social and political opportunities of a bigger city with the values and ambiance of a midwestern town. Its clean, safe, nothing is farther than a 15 minute car ride, it has a great city bus system (with bike racks!), wonderful parks, sports, schools and even sailing. Those who have lived here and left, frequently return because what they were looking for was in their own back yard. But we're not the only ones who think Iowa City is great:

How ethnically diverse are the patients?

Like a lot of university towns, we have a large international community. Growing cultural diversity is another reason Iowa City is an interesting place to live. Diversity is embraced and celebrated with city and university events, festivals, clubs and programs. The University works hard to recruit and retain minorities with its affirmative action policies. About 13% of Iowa Citians are non-white.

What is there to do in Iowa City when you're not working?

There are 15 different festivals and art fairs, plus concerts and race events. There are many music venues, sports events and neighborhood street fairs and garden walks. We also have a really big mall and several smaller ones, 41 parks, 9 golf courses, 6 public tennis courts, 6 public pools, some lakes and a reservoir with trails, camping & boating. There are bike trails, some famous bookstores, a ton of galleries and excellent museums. There are half a dozen or more performing arts venues including Hancher Auditorium. There's always something going on. Find more information from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

What's Iowa City like for kids and families?

There's ice skating, bowling, organized sports, 50 public parks, miniature golf, a great public library, a toy library, fun centers, swimming pools and 3 beaches, 9 museums including a children's museum, dance companies and public recreation centers that feature many activities for kids and families at little or no cost. We also have 20 movie screens and 50-licensed daycare providers. The Iowa City schools are perennially ranked among the top schools in the nation. Iowa City is unique in the facilities and services available for individuals with disabilities. Many families who have a family member with a disability are reluctant to leave Iowa City because they cannot duplicate those services in another location.

Are there any job opportunities for my spouse/significant other?

Yes, in May 2012, Iowa City had an average of 3.6% unemployment, one of the lowest in the country. 

What are the fellowship opportunities available?

We currently offer fellowship opportunities in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatric research, post-praumatic stress disorder, and neurobiology of schizophrenia. Approximately 50% of our residents participate in a fellowship opportunity of their interest.

Is this a family friendly program?

Yes, the residency is supportive of residents in their efforts to balance work with family life. We have several physician residents with young families and understand the stresses associated with attempting to find a balance. Women residents receive up to 6 weeks of paid maternity leave after delivery. Men get 5 working days off for paternity leave. The house staff health insurance policy provides full coverage for spouses and children. There are several childcare facilities near the hospital and one on-site. The training program also has activities during the year where all family members are invited, i.e. NAMI picnic, pumpkin carving, BBQs.

Is there sufficient patient volume so that I can have multiple exposures to a variety of diseases?

With 2,200 annual inpatient admissions and 31,000 clinic visits, our residents have the opportunity to see plenty of patients with the most common psychiatric presentations as well as the most complicated. Our inpatient units include specialized areas for adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance disorders. There are also specialized units for children and older adults. Residents see patients in various outpatient clinics, including the Adult Psychiatry Clinic, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service, Huntington’s Disease Clinic, VA clinic, and Community Mental Health Clinic. Our department receives referrals for specialized services such as electroconvulsive therapy.

What's the call schedule like?

As a resident in our program, you will not be on call more than every fourth night. Junior residents (first and second years) are on call four to five times per month. Senior residents (third and fourth years) are on call two times per month. First and second year residents take primary call with a senior resident. Two junior residents work together during the evening and weekend days. The longest call is a 12-hour shift on weekends. As a senior you take home call as a backup along with covering Veterans Affairs Medical Center by phone in the evening.

Do you have a research project requirement for graduation?

No, we do not have a requirement to complete a research project. Although residents have plenty of opportunities to do research projects and there are options for a research elective.

What's Iowa got that other programs don't?

A diverse patient population including eating disorders unit, geriatric unit, medicine psychiatry unit, electroconvulsive service, women’s wellness clinic, chemical dependency clinic, VA clinic,  and Huntington’s Disease clinic

A collaborative environment with opportunities to work with departments across the institution

A highly intellectual community with premier arts events that are accessible to residents in terms of cost and location

An outstanding school system for children in grades K-12

A great training program and a high quality of life at an affordable price

First Year

unitDuring the first year of training, residents are exposed to both disciplines of psychiatry and medicine.

Residents spend six-seven blocks on the inpatient psychiatry units at both University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City.

The remaining six-seven blocks are comprised of the following rotations:

One block on the inpatient unit and one block with the outpatient clinic/inpatient consult service
Medical Psychiatry
Two blocks treating medically ill patients who are also afflicted with primary psychiatric disorders
Primary Care
Two blocks in either an internal medicine clinic, a family medicine clinic, and/or a general pediatrics clinic
Consult-Liaison Service
Zero to one block evaluating a wide variety of psychiatric disturbances that occur among the medically ill, while consulting and collaborating with their non-psychiatric colleagues.

These rotations provide residents with a foundation in basic medical care and the ability to diagnose common medical and neurological illnesses as well as the psychiatric manifestations of physical illnesses.

Inpatient psychiatry unit rotations at both University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center are supervised by psychiatry staff. When rotating on neurology, residents are supervised by senior neurology residents and staffed with an attending neurologist. On primary care, residents are supervised directly by a primary care staff physician.

By the end of the first year, residents will be able to diagnose common medical illnesses and more complex psychiatric illnesses. They will have exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of medical ailments while participating in off-service rotations. While on the inpatient psychiatry units, residents will learn how to integrate social work, occupational therapy, and family into the care plan of psychiatric patients. Additionally, they will have opportunities to participate on multiple units to determine areas of interest.

Second Year

BoyumAs residents progress to the second year of training, they continue their training on the inpatient psychiatry units as well as additional psychiatric specialty rotations to provide them with a robust inpatient experience.

Rotations include the following:

Geriatric Psychiatry Unit
Residents will be responsible for the care of older psychiatric patients. Many have disorders primarily seen later in life such as dementia, and have comorbidities that include Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit
Residents will spend two blocks learning about the intricacies of treating patients under the age of 18 years old including evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and coordinating care with families and social work.
Consult-Liaison Service
Residents will spend one-two blocks evaluating a wide variety of psychiatric disturbances that occur among the medically ill, while consulting and collaborating with their non-psychiatric colleagues.
Electroconvulsive Therapy
One block will be spent evaluating patients for appropriateness of electroconvulsive therapy and administering this treatment modality.
Chemical Dependency Service
Residents will spend one block working both in the clinic and as a consultant for patients with substance use disorders.
Emergency Psychiatry
Residents will spend one to two blocks as the “night float” covering the emergency room, the inpatient psychiatry units at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and patient telephone calls over night.
Eating Disorders Unit
Residents will spend one block working with patients diagnosed with eating disorders and who require inpatient care. In addition to pharmacotherapy, residents are involved with the psychotherapy that these patients receive.

This second year provides residents with a broader experience in psychiatric disorders of multiple sub-specialties. These additional experiences prepare residents for increased responsibility as they transition to their third year.

Third Year

The majority of a resident's third year is split between the the Adult Psychiatry Clinic at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City. Residents also spend one half day per week for half of the year seeing patients at the Abbe Center Iowa City.

At University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, residents see patients with a variety of illnesses – depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, etc. Appointments are generally 90 minutes in length for a diagnostic evaluation and 45 minutes for follow-up medication management. In an appointment, residents interview the patient, staff the case in a conference room with an attending staff member, and return to the patient (with staff) to finalize the treatment plan. Psychotherapy patients are also scheduled during clinic months with a minimum expectation to be following three patients per week.

At the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, residents are exposed to a wide range of diagnoses, including a large amount of post-traumatic stress disorder cases. Appointments are the same length as those at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, but there is more autonomy in the decision making process. For example, residents are not required to staff each patient and staff do not see the patients unless the resident feels there is a compelling reason. Instead, residents sit down with staff between patients or at the end of the day to discuss cases and get feedback on treatment plans.

In both locations, third year residents provide on-call support, usually once every other week. At University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, on-call time is spent on emergent appointments and phone calls. At the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, on-call time is spent on consults and emergency room patients.

Fourth Year

During the fourth year, residents are able to further pursue their own specialized interests. 11 blocks of the year is dedicated for electives where the resident can organize their schedule to include a variety of educational experiences. A resident may choose to repeat past rotations for more in-depth learning, as listed under the first three years. Designing one's own electives is also supported. Options might include work in pharmacology, psychotherapy, community psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and/or research. One may opt to rotate in settings such as a prison, the partial hospitalization program, a homeless shelter, a drug treatment facility, or the Center for Disabilities and Development. These are only some examples, a resident need only demonstrate that an experience be educational and coordinate with the appropriate people.

The other two blocks of the year, the fourth year resident will function as a senior resident on one of the inpatient psychiatry units or the consult service. The resident will have more of a leadership role and will be responsible for supervising junior residents and medical students. There will also be significant opportunities to teach junior residents and medical students. Fourth year residents on the inpatient units usually carry one to two patients on their own and are not expected to round on the inpatient units on holidays and weekends.

For a half day each week, the resident is allowed to continue treating a sample of his or her patients from the year prior in a continuity clinic. Residents are given greater autonomy with patients during the fourth year, and the continuity of care can be truly rewarding. Two hours each week of psychotherapy patients are also required during the fourth year and are often included in half day a week of continuity clinic. The fourth year resident also continues to learn by attending didactic sessions and providing support on back-up call about twice per block.


Junior Call

residentsAs a PGY-1 and PGY-2, the junior residents take in-house call. For the first four call shifts, the PGY-1 residents are on-call with an in-house senior resident taking “training call.” Additionally, a PGY-2 resident is also in-house to assist should the call shift become overwhelming. For training call, PGY-1 residents will gain autonomy with each call shift:

  • 1st call – Observe as the senior resident takes care of all consults, floor calls, and patient calls
  • 2nd call – Interview patients, return floor calls, and return patient calls while the senior resident holds the pager and helps complete these tasks depending on the junior resident’s comfort level
  • 3rd call – Junior resident takes care of all the consults, floor calls, and patient calls while the senior resident observes and provides recommendations
  • 4th call – Similar to the 3rd call, except the senior resident is in-house for consultation and not directly with the junior resident

After the completion of the training call, two junior residents are in-house from 5 pm to 10 pm on Monday through Friday (short call) and from 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday (long call). A PGY-2 acts as night float, and works from 9 pm to 8 am on Sunday night through Friday morning. This allows the short call team to finish seeing patients at 9 pm to ensure their work is completed by 10 pm. On Friday and Saturday night, a junior resident takes solo long call from 8 pm to 8 am.

Junior residents only take psychiatry call at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and average about four to five call shifts per block. 

Senior Call

The PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents generally act as “back-up” call. During the first couple of months, they may be in-house taking training call with junior residents. After training call is complete, senior call is generally taken from home. They are responsible to be available to junior residents by telephone or pager if they need support during their call shift. Most often, this involves staffing consult cases or patients to be discharged from the emergency room – the senior resident must listen to the case, ask pertinent questions, and help develop an appropriate management plan. On rare occasions, the senior resident is called into the hospital; examples of this include high patient census, junior resident illness, or very complicated case.

On average, senior call occurs twice per block.

Psychiatry Conferences


Didactics for All Psychiatry Residents

Grand Rounds

  • Who: Residents and faculty
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon

Description: Distinguished visitors or departmental faculty members present interesting and challenging patients, or discuss topics of special interest. When a case is presented, the patient's history is reviewed, which is followed by an interview. Relevant literature, including the natural history and current treatment of the disorder, is presented, reviewed, and discussed.

Journal Club

  • Who: Residents
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Tuesdays, twice a month, 12:10 to 1 p.m.

Description: In this twice monthly seminar, a resident presents a current journal article for review and discussion. With a faculty member serving as facilitator, the methods and design of the study, as well as the results and conclusions are discussed. In addition to helping residents remain well-informed on current research topics, the seminar encourages critical thinking about current literature.


  • Who: Residents
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Description: Faculty members and clinical psychopharmacologists provide up-to-date information on psychotropic medications and their use. The lectures review the neurochemistry, efficacy, side effects, contraindications, drug interactions, and long term effects of drugs. Additional topics include acute and maintenance treatment of the major disorders, considerations for pediatric and geriatric populations, treatment of refractory cases, management of drug-induced illnesses and side effects, and treatment of drug overdose and withdrawal.

Chair Rounds

  • Who: Residents
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Thursdays, twice a month, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Description: Each week a resident presents a detailed case summary to a rotating faculty member. After the presentation, the patient is interviewed by the faculty member. Following the patient interview, the faculty member leads a discussion in which residents are encouraged to comment on an aspect of the case.

Didactics for First and Second Year Psychiatry Residents


  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. 

Description: The history of psychotherapy, interview methods, and types of psychotherapy are discussed by faculty members. Topics include discussions on Freud, the Neofreudians, Mahler, and Erikson in addition to introductions to motivational interviewing, group therapy, and evidence-based psychotherapies. Practical applications include the therapist-patient alliance, transference, countertransference, resistance, strategies for change, and termination. The purpose of this series is to provide junior residents with a solid basis with which to base their supervised psychotherapy experience in their third and fourth years. 

General Psychiatry Lectures

  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Fridays, 1 to 1:45 p.m. 

Description: Faculty members lecture on the psychopathology of major psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. The series also provides an introduction to the mental status examination, psychiatric emergencies, psychological testing, commitment procedures, and utilization review.

Didactics for Third and Fourth Year Psychiatry Residents


  • Attendance: Required for third year residents
  • When: Tuesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. 

Description: A seminar series presenting both the theoretical basis, as well as the practical aspects of various psychotherapy schools, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Supportive Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Practical applications include therapies that are illness and psychosocial-situation specific. This lecture series is required for third year residents who are excused from clinic, although all residents are welcome.

General Psychiatry Lectures

  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Tuesdays, 8 to 8:45 a.m. 

Description: Comprehensive didactic series covering general topics on psychiatry. This includes lectures on psychosomatics (including transplant, HIV, hepatitis C, psychiatric oncology, and psychiatric manifestations of neurologic disorders), geriatric psychiatry, theories of personality development, forensic psychiatry, eating disorders, gender differences in psychiatry, neuropsychology, substance abuse, sexual disorders, career options, and many other topics.

Clinical Care Conference

  • Attendance: Required for 3rd year residents
  • When: Mondays, 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Description: A weekly case conference for residents who are in the outpatient clinic to discuss a case that the presenting resident finds to be interesting or challenging. The conferences are attended by the clinic residents as well as clinic faculty. Conferences are also occasionally attended by specialty faculty in the department depending on the case that is being presented.

Other Didactics

Clinical Skills Exams

All psychiatry residents have biannual clinical skills exams with an assigned faculty member. This involves interviewing a patient unknown to the resident and then presenting the case to the faculty member, including all relevant history, discussing case formulation, differential diagnosis and treatment plans.

Psychotherapy Supervision

Third and fourth year residents are required to meet regularly with their assigned psychotherapist (one hour per week) to discuss ongoing therapy patients and their treatment. 


All residents are encouraged to attend annual psychiatry conferences that take place throughout the United States. These include, but are not limited to, conferences held by the American Psychiatric Association, Iowa Psychiatric Society, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and American Neuropsychiatric Association and conferences sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In addition to conferences, residents are encouraged to attend psychotherapy workshops including training events sponsored by the Iowa Psychotherapy Training Institute at the University of Iowa. These events have new topics annually and include training in interpersonal psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Residents are given five excused educational days each year to attend educational events related to psychiatry.

Specialty Tracks

The Department of Psychiatry offers three specialty tracks for residents who desire a special emphasis on research, geriatric psychiatry, or chid and adolescent psychiatry during their residency training.  

Research Track 

The University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry has a robust research program with opportunities in neuroimaging, molecular psychiatry, neuropsychology and cognition, psychotherapy, epigenetics, disease phenomenology, and more. RT residents are encouraged to publish a scholarly review or empirical experimental findings, and participate in a national or international scientific meeting (supported by the department).

Beginning in the PGY1 year, elective time can be embedded in the resident’s curriculum to provide a 1-block dedicated research experience, with a 2-block dedicated research experience in the PGY2 year. These experiences will involve supervised laboratory and/or clinical experimentation as well as an independent scholarly literature review. RT trainees may spend up to 40% effort (2 days per week) of their PGY3 year in a mentored research experience.  The mentored research experience is expanded in the PGY4 year. At that time, the RT resident is encouraged to develop applications for fellowship training or individual career development awards. Click to learn more about the research track.

Geriatric Psychiatry Track

Residents may opt to participate in the Geriatric Psychiatry Track in their PYG-4  year.  This 6-month experience provides a cohesive exposure to various disciplines pertinent to Geriatric Psychiatry as well as participation in the geriatric didactic series.   Options include but are not limited to:

  • At least 1 month as a sub-attending on the Geriatric Inpatient Unit (2JPE)
  • Outpatient COC experience managing geriatric patients in the psychiatry clinic
  • Outpatient clinic experiences in Neurology for Cognitive Disorders or Movement Disorders
  • Outpatient experience in Geriatric Medicine including multidisciplinary nursing home rounds (with Geri-Medicine, Dentistry and Psychiatry)
  • Long-term care experiences via telepsychiatry and standard nursing home care
  • Rotation with Palliative and Hospice care
  • Exposure to Pathways (adult day center) including caregiver education groups
  • Neuroradiology experience
  • Outpatient Neuropsychology evaluations
  • Occupational Therapy evaluations to assess functional abilities

The Geriatric Didactic series meets monthly with discussion of the following topics:

  • Sleep Medicine
  • Dentistry – oral assessments in cases of “failure to thrive”
  • Nursing Home Regulations
  • Pharmacy - Biology of aging and pharmacokinetics
  • Driving evaluations
  • Department of Human Services and  when to refer
  • Post-stroke depression and vascular depression
  • Anxiety disorders and aging
  • Bedside cognitive testing
  • Parkinson’s disease and depression/dementias
  • Bereavement/Palliative care
  • Non-pharmacologic management of disruptive behaviors

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Track

During the 1st year of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics General Psychiatry Training Program one resident intending to complete a CAP fellowship has the opportunity to participate in our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) track.

If selected to participate in the CAP track, the resident is guaranteed acceptance to the CAP residency upon completion of his/her third year of adult training (i.e.,  a fast-track into child training). Residents accepted into the CAP track program will have the following experiences during their General Psychiatry training:


  • Assigned Child and Adolescent faculty mentor
  • 1-2 blocks of Pediatrics as part of primary care requirement
  • Invitations to CAP didactics


  • Optional 2nd year COC clinic in the CAP outpatient clinic
  • 2-3 blocks of Child and Adolescent psychiatry (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Invitations to CAP didactics
  • Opportunities to receive mentorship from CAP research faculty


  • One half day of CAP clinic during the 3rd year outpatient clinic experience
  • Opportunities to co-facilitate outpatient DBT group with adolescents
  • Opportunity to participate in preschool observation or autism full team evaluations

PGY 4&5

  • CAP Residency



FiedorowiczResearch Opportunities

Residents with and without research experience have the opportunity to participate in research during their time at University of Iowa. They are encouraged to select a project and a mentor that is tailored to their areas of interest. Additionally, those with previous research experience are welcome to participate in the Physician-Scientist Training Pathway to advance their skills.

Read about current research projects in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Iowa.

Research Track

The UI Department of Psychiatry offers a research track (RT) for selected residents with a strong interest in research. Typically, these individuals will have demonstrated interest through prior research experiences, publications and presentations. The expectation is that RT residents will develop into highly skilled physician-scientists.

RT residents are assigned a faculty mentor to help begin the process of professional development. The mentor is typically a senior investigator in the trainee’s area of interest. During the PGY1 year, the RT trainee will meet with his or her mentor and develop a personalized training plan designed to fit the trainees’ research interests. Specific developmental benchmarks are clarified and a curriculum is individualized for the RT resident. Research mentors are also available in other departments within the Carver College of Medicine.

Beginning in the PGY1 year, elective time can be embedded in the resident’s curriculum to provide a 1-block dedicated research experience, with a 2-block dedicated research experience in the PGY2 year. These experiences will involve supervised laboratory and/or clinical experimentation as well as an independent scholarly literature review. RT trainees may spend up to 40% effort (2 days per week) of their PGY3 year in a mentored research experience. RT residents are encouraged to publish a scholarly review or empirical experimental findings, and participate in a national or international scientific meeting (supported by the department). The mentored research experience is expanded in the PGY4 year. At that time, the RT resident is encouraged to develop applications for fellowship training or individual career development awards. The RT trainee may choose to enter a research fellowship at the University of Iowa or elsewhere. Some trainees will progress directly into a faculty position.

Candidates interested in the RT are encouraged to discuss their interest with Dr. Alexander Thompson. The RT resident may be eligible to enter the Physician Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP). Find additional information about the PSTP program.

Physician-Scientist Training Pathway

Our Physician-Scientist Training Pathway allows residents to continue to develop as scientists and to keep abreast of advances in technology and in their area of research.

A limited number of residents are admitted to this program as it is designed for those who have developed laboratory or clinical research skills prior to entering residency.

Residents may elect to spend up to three months of each post-graduate year in a molecular genetics, neuroscience, or neuropharmacology laboratory, or in a clinical neuroscience laboratory, to learn new techniques or to assist in on-going research projects.

Participating residents may tailor this track to meet their individual needs and interests.

Each resident is paired with a mentor who provides supervision and evaluates the resident’s progress. Each participant will also become part of the broader Carver College of Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Pathway, and thus benefit from the interaction with trainees from Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, and other departments.

Psychotherapy Training

The psychotherapy curriculum includes longitudinal training through ongoing weekly didactics seminars and weekly psychotherapy supervision. 

During the PGY1 year, residents will have weekly didactics seminars on the topics of supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Lectures occur Wednesdays from 1-2 PM.  

In the PGY2 year, training expands to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, and Family Therapy. Lectures occur Wednesdays from 1-2 PM. Also, second-year residents begin getting exposure to CBT and DBT group therapy sessions while on selected clinical rotations.

For PGY3 residents, the seminar series is lengthened to 1.5 hours a week and presents the theoretical basis and practical aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (an advanced seminar series), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mentalization-Based Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This lecture series is required for third year residents, who are excused from clinical duties during this time.

As early as the PGY2 year, residents can begin seeing psychotherapy patients in the adult psychiatry clinic with appropriate supervision. Third and fourth year residents are required to see patients for individual therapy on a weekly basis and to meet weekly with their assigned psychotherapy supervisor. Residents have one half-day per week starting in their third year dedicated to seeing psychotherapy patients. 

Another opportunity for psychotherapy training includes co-leading a Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) group (http://www.steppsforbpd.com/)  during the third or fourth year with the clinicians who developed this therapy for borderline personality disorder. Residents may also choose from a variety of psychotherapy-specific electives during the PGY4 year, including an opportunity to gain further experience with CBT and DBT groups through an elective rotation at our Partial Hospital Program. Residents can also elect to use their CME funds to attend a conference for more in-depth training into a specific psychotherapy.

Social Opportunities

An outstanding feature of the Psychiatry Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is the camaraderie among residents. Residents enjoy many activities together, including casual get-togethers, annual parties, and conferences.

Group sharing a meal

  • Welcome Dinner at the Chairman’s house
  • Matball - Residents vs. Faculty
  • Iowa State Fair (a group of residents go most years)
  • Karaoke
  • Halloween Party
  • Ugly Sweater Party
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Doc Dash
  • NAMI Walk
  • Trivia nights
  • Orchard visit
  • Local minor league games (baseball, indoor football, hockey)
  • Farmer’s market visits
  • Community Theater and Shakespeare in the Park
  • Physician on the Hill Day (a group of residents joined visited with congress people at the state capitol)
  • Several conferences including APA (American Psychiatric Association), IPS (Iowa Psychiatric Society), AMP (Association of Medicine and Psychiatry) and others


Honors and Recognition

Theresa Clemmons, D.O., Psychiatry graduate
June 2015
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Fellowship (continued since November 2012)

Jennifer Donovan, M.D., Family Medicine-Psychiatry graduate
June 2015
Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Martin Fenton Award

Matthew Klein, D.O., Psychiatry 
June 2015
2015 Arnold Gold Humanism and Excellence Teaching Award

Amanda Schlesinger, M.D., Psychiatry
June 2015
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Program Travel Award

Benjamin Stacy, D.O., Family Medicine-Psychiatry 
June 2015
Iowa Medical Society Resident Director

Rachel Maurer, MD, Family Medicine-Psychiatry; and Andrew Segraves, DO, Psychiatry
June 2015
Junior Resident of the Year Award for Outstanding Performance

Amanda Forystek, MD, Psychiatry
June 2015
Senior Resident of the Year Award for Outstanding Performance

Amanda Forystek, MD, Psychiatry
June 2015
Thomas Brigham Award for Clinical Excellence

James Amos, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
June 2015
John W. Clancy Faculty Award for Outstanding Inpatient Teaching 

Paul Pomrehn, MD, Visiting Faculty of Psychiatry
June 2015
John W. Clancy Faculty Award for Outstanding Outpatient Teaching

Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; and Elaine Himadi, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
June 2015
John W. Clancy Faculty Award for Outstanding Didactic Teaching

Michael Flaum, MD, Clinical Professor Psychiatry; and Elaine Himadi, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
June 2015
John W. Clancy Faculty Award for Outstanding Psychotherapy Didactic & Supervision Teaching

Amber Johnson, MD, Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry
June 2015
John Reuben Stoltzfus Award

Samuel Kuperman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry
June 2015
Child Residents’ Faculty Appreciation Award

Hristina Koleva, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
June 2015
Clerkship Faculty Educator of the Year

Alexander Gamble, MD, Internal Medicine-Psychiatry
June 2015
Clerkship Resident Educator of the Year

Theresa Clemmons, DO, Psychiatry
July 2013
Iowa Psychiatric Society Resident-Fellow Member Representative
Theresa Clemmons was elected as Resident-Fellow Member Representative for the Iowa Psychiatric Society, district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, for a 2-year term beginning July 2013. The Society is governed by the Executive Council which is comprised of committees which act to make policies, manage the affairs of the Society, advocate for psychiatrists and their patients, and promote excellence in psychiatric care. The Resident-Fellow Member Representative serves on the Executive Council and acts as a liaison for residents/fellows and the Society.

Theresa Clemmons, DO, Psychiatry
April 2013
Theresa Clemmons was selected as one of sixteen fellows for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) which meets biannually in New York. The Group is comprised of psychiatrists from around the country who have expertise and interests across all disciplines of psychiatry. Their vision is to act as a “think tank of top psychiatric minds whose thoughtful analysis and recommendations serve to influence and advance modern psychiatric theory and practice.” Dr. Clemmons served on the committee for Aging from April 2013-November 2014. Additionally, as a GAP fellow, she collaborated with other  fellows to complete a plenary regarding Gun Violence and Psychiatry which was presented in November 2014.

For more, see the Honors and Recognition Archive.


Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City has been caring for United States veterans since 1952. Services are available to more than 184,000 veterans living in 56 counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. The system consists of a main hospital in Iowa City, seven outpatient clinics in Eastern Iowa, and three outpatient clinics in Western Illinois. Veterans Affairs Medical Center also provides care to outlying clinics via telehealth technology.

Abbe Center Iowa City

Abbe Center Iowa City has been reaching out to the underserved and uninsured populations of Johnson County for over 40 years. The center provides psychiatric care to over 200 established patients and performs new diagnostic evaluations regularly. Because most patient are uninsured, obtaining medication requires use of patient assistance programs or other resources of free or low cost medications. Support from the staff allows for multiple ancillary interventions to be utilized by the resident for the patient’s benefit. Supervision is provided by one physician, thus maintaining a degree of continuity of care. Residents consider the rotation an outstanding learning experience in public health psychiatry.