About the Program

The 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:

  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Medical psychiatry
  • Child psychiatry
  • Veterans psychiatry

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

• Adult psychiatry
• Child psychiatry
• Assertive community treatment (IMPACT)
Addiction Medicine/MAT Clinic 

Residents can also choose from a wide range of elective rotations.
The University of Iowa also has residencies in Family Medicine-Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine-Psychiatry. We are one of two institutions in the country with both a family medicine-psychiatry and an internal medicine-psychiatry residency program, and we also have an inpatient medical psychiatric unit. There are fellowship opportunities in a large number of sub-specialties.

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

Why Iowa?

University of Iowa Health Care

Initially founded in 1898, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the State of Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center. With over 800 beds, 200 specialties, and nearly 1800 physicians, UIHC serves as a vital resource to the people of Iowa and those across the nation. Working closely with the Carver College of Medicine, UIHC serves to support innovative research efforts, while also training the nation's next generation of physicians in both primary and specialty care.

In 2020, US News and World Report ranked UIHC the Number 1 hospital in the state of Iowa. Additionally, Forbes has ranked UIHC as one of 2020's best employers for women, and one of 202’s best employers for diversity.

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital is Iowa's only nationally ranked children's hospital. Opened in 2017, the hospital serves as a center for comprehensive pediatric care and research, and is also home to a heartwarming college football tradition known as the "Iowa Wave".

Graduate medical education at Iowa provides training in 29 residencies and 84 fellowships, and is home to nearly 800 trainees every year.

Iowa City

Iowa City is a small college town with a large variety of opportunities! We are located in eastern Iowa, two hours from the capitol, Des Moines, and four hours from both Chicago and Minneapolis. The University of Iowa is the oldest institution of higher education in the state, and is regularly ranked among the top public universities in the country, drawing a diverse group of faculty, staff and students from around the US and the world.

Iowa City is crazy for college sports, and proud home of the UI Hawkeyes, but we are also North America’s oldest UNESCO City of Literature, host to a world-famous writer’s workshop and a vibrant community art scene. We have numerous nearby state parks for year-round outdoor recreation, and our downtown district is home to some of the oldest museums this side of the Mississippi River. We also have great restaurants, an extensive park and trail system, and host numerous large community festivals throughout the year. If you love it, you can find it here!

Coming with a partner? Our primary industries are healthcare and education, but we have a number of opportunities in manufacturing, defense and other specialty industries as well. The university maintains an office dedicated to helping employees’ partners find jobs in their preferred area of work. Check out Dual Career Services for more details. 

Coming here with kids?

We enjoy a low cost of living and a wide array of family-friendly activities, including frequent summer festivals and numerous nearby state parks for outdoor recreation year-round. There are a number of affordable daycares near the main hospital campus and the area public schools are excellent. The residency program and the larger hospital take pride in being a family-friendly training environment.

  • To learn more about what Iowa City has to offer, check out the Visitor's Guide.
  • To find out more about what residents love about living here, visit our FAQ page.

Quick Facts

By the Numbers

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


  • •Competitive stipends
  • •A comprehensive benefits package
    • Medical, Dental, Hospitalization, and Pharmacy coverage
    • Life and Disability coverage
    • Malpractice coverage
  • 21 days of annual vacation
  • 5 additional personal days
  • 5 educational days (board exams, conferences, etc)
  • Yearly allowance for educational expenses

Program Accreditation

The Psychiatry Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our four-year training program leads to board certification eligibility in psychiatry.

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 diverse is your patient population?

We have a surprisingly large international community here, drawn both from the university students and staff and from refugee resettlement programs in the local area. Iowa City itself is 80% white and primarily English speaking, but it’s also quite common to hear Spanish, French, Swahili and Lingala whether you’re out around town on a weekend or working in the clinic. We also have several small Amish and Mennonite communities in the area. The University works hard to recruit and retain a diverse group of residents and faculty and is regularly named to US News & World Report’s list of top employers for diversity, as well as its list of top employers for women.

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! The major industries in our area are healthcare, education, manufacturing and defense, but many jobs in other fields are also available. The university maintains an office dedicated to helping partners of new hires find work in the area. See the University’s Dual Career Services page for more information on this service. 

What are the fellowship opportunities available?

We currently offer fellowship opportunities in child and adolescent psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry, addiction medicine, palliative care and pain management, among others.

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 generous coverage options for spouses and children. There are several childcare facilities near the hospital and one on-site. The training program also has frequent group activities, many of which are kid-friendly, including pumpkin carving, the local NAMI walk and an annual Halloween party.

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 University Adult Psychiatry Clinic, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service, Huntington’s Disease Clinic, VA clinic, and the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health. Our department also receives and manages referrals for specialized services such as ECT and TMS.

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 about four times per month. Senior residents (third and fourth years) are on call two times per month. First and second year residents take call in-house with the senior resident available from home as backup. Two junior residents work together during the evenings and on weekend day shifts, and one resident is in-house overnight. We operate a night float system, meaning no one takes 24 hour in-house call.

Do you have a research project requirement for graduation?

All residents are required to fulfil the ACGME requirement of completing a scholarly activity or QI project during training. We have no additional formal requirement for research, but there are many options to pursue additional research if that is your interest.

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

  • A large catchment area and a wide array of specialized units and services, 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 and Second Year

During the first two years of education, residents receive training in psychiatry, medicine, and neurology. These experiences occur both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

First Year


Approximately half of the first year is spent training on the inpatient psychiatry units. This occurs at both the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa City VA Medical Center.
At UIHC, the adult psychiatry units are organized by primary diagnosis: mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and geriatric psychiatry. We also have an inpatient child psychiatry unit, with three pediatric inpatient eating disorder beds. UIHC’s Crisis Stabilization Unit and work on call provides residents with experience in the emergency psychiatry setting.

With a total of 86 adult psychiatric beds, 15 pediatric psychiatry beds, 15 medicine-psychiatry beds and 12 crisis stabilization beds, the University of Iowa provides residents with a diverse array of inpatient experiences. We also benefit from the use of large multidisciplinary treatment teams on all units, so residents will learn how to collaborate with social work, occupational therapy, dieticians, pharmacists, families and others in the care of complex psychiatric patients.


Residents will spend one month on the inpatient neurology service. They spend an additional month in the outpatient neurology clinic. When rotating on neurology, residents are supervised by senior neurology residents and staff with an attending neurologist.

The University of Iowa provides many additional opportunities to gain exposure to neurology, via participation in ongoing research or clinical electives in the Huntington’s Disease Clinic or the neuropsychology clinic.

Internal Medicine-Psychiatry

The University of Iowa boasts one of the nation’s 16 combined internal medicine-psychiatry residency programs, and is one of the few such programs with its own inpatient medicine-psychiatry unit. Patients on this unit meet inpatient admission criteria for both medical and psychiatric illness, and this unit is where psychiatry interns will complete their required two months of inpatient medicine. This is a great place to learn about the medical sequelae of psychiatric complications such as NMS or complex overdoses. The unit is typically staffed by attending physicians who are board-certified in both specialties, or by a team of two attending physicians (one psychiatrist and one internal medicine physician).

Primary Care Clinic

An additional two months of the first year are spent training in outpatient medicine. Residents may choose between internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. Residents who opt to participate in the rural medicine track will spend their primary care months at a rural family medicine clinic in Washington County, Iowa.

Second Year

Rotations through the general adult inpatient units continue in second year, and residents also begin their exposure to the psychiatric sub-specialties, including child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction medicine and interventional psychiatry. Additionally, residents begin their outpatient experience with one half-day per week in the university psychiatry clinic, where they will provide medication management and can opt to begin providing psychotherapy as well if desired.

Interventional Psychiatry

The interventional psychiatry rotation provides residents with exposure to procedures such as ECT, TMS, esketamine, and deep brain stimulation.

Addiction Medicine

Residents will spend one month in a variety of settings which focus on addiction medicine. These include the Coralville VA’s dual diagnosis clinic and UIHC’s medication assisted treatment (MAT) clinic, as well as the university’s dual diagnosis and substance abuse partial hospital programs. Residents will gain experience in the treatment of substance use disorders along with comorbid psychiatric diagnoses.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

During two months of the second year, residents receive training in child and adolescent psychiatry in a combination of inpatient and outpatient settings. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is home to a 15 bed child psychiatry unit and a large child psychiatry outpatient clinic. Additionally, residents who wish to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychiatric can continue their training in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency

Consult-Liaison Service

Residents complete at least one month of training on the consult-liaison service, which is staffed by a psychiatry attending and led by the consult fellow. Residents will evaluate a wide variety of psychiatric disturbances that among the medically ill. They will additionally gain experience consulting and collaborating with non-psychiatric colleagues. Residents return to the consult liaison team as seniors to deepen their exposure to this area.

Third Year

The majority of a resident's third year is split between the adult psychiatry clinics at University of Iowa and the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, with an additional elective longitudinal component at the Abbe Center, a local community mental health center, for residents with interest in community psychiatry. All residents participate in both medication management and supervised psychotherapy during this year of their training.

Residents also have opportunities for elective continuity clinics in a wide range of specialty areas, including medication assisted treatment, community psychiatry (based in the local homeless shelter), women’s wellness and crisis stabilization. Those who are interested in deepening their psychotherapy experience can choose to work with one of our group therapy offerings, including STEPPS (developed here at Iowa!) or DBT.

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. This gives residents time to take a thorough, independent history while also allowing time for staffing and education.

After seeing the patient independently, residents will staff with an attending physician in a dedicated conference room, and then both the resident and the attending physician return to the patient’s room to finish the visit. Residents also have at least one half day of clinic reserved to see patients for psychotherapy.

At the Veterans Affairs clinic, return appointments are 30 minutes. An attending physician is always in-house and cases must be discussed before leaving for the day, but residents may conduct and conclude the appointment independently if they feel comfortable doing so, providing an opportunity for increased autonomy.

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


As 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.” A PGY-2 is also in-house to assist during training.

After the completion of 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” or “day call”). Additionally, a junior resident takes call from Saturday at 8pm to Sunday at 8 am.

The other six nights of the week are covered by a dedicated PGY-2 night float resident. Call coverage is limited to the University of Iowa, and junior residents take an average of four call shifts per four week block.

Night Float

A PGY-2 will spend one four-week block on night float. The night float resident works 8pm to 8am on Sunday night and 9pm to 8am Monday through Friday night.

Senior Call

The PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents take home call, serving as a back-up to the junior residents. During senior call, the senior resident is available by telephone or pager if juniors need support during their call shift. Most often, this involves staffing consults or patients to be discharged from the emergency room. The senior resident will 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 include high patient census, junior resident illness, or a very complicated case. On average, senior call occurs twice per block.

Didactics and 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. Most grand rounds include a case presentation, typically with a live 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, noon 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. Journal club always begins with a “mini-lesson” by a faculty member on a selected topic in evidence-based medicine. 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. These lectures review the neurochemistry, efficacy, side effects, contraindications, drug interactions, and long term effects of the medications we commonly prescribe. 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. Some topics include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • Family and Marriage therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Practical applications include the therapist-patient alliance, transference, countertransference, resistance, strategies for change, and termination. The purpose of this series is to provide residents with a solid foundation for their supervised psychotherapy experience in their third and fourth years.

Foundational 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, substance use, forensic psychiatry, 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: The history of psychotherapy, interview methods, and types of psychotherapy are discussed by faculty members. Some topics include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • Family and Marriage therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Practical applications include the therapist-patient alliance, transference, countertransference, resistance, strategies for change, and termination. The purpose of this series is to provide residents with a solid foundation for their supervised psychotherapy experience in their third and fourth years.

Foundational Psychiatry Lectures

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

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

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. 

Psychiatry Conferences

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 Consult-Liaison Psychiatry, 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, 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, separate from their other paid time off, as well as a small academic fund to help defray the associated expenses.

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.

Second year residents are also given the option of beginning longitudinal psychotherapy cases with supervision for a half day per week.

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.

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. Thus, research mentors are also available in other departments within the Carver College of Medicine. Residents are provided with dedicated research time during their four years of training. These experiences involve supervised laboratory and/or clinic experimentation, as well as independent scholarly literature review.


Resident is assigned a faculty mentor Training plan is developed to fit trainee’s research interests One block dedicated to research experience


Two blocks dedicated to research experience


Resident transitions to outpatient clinic blocks in third year 40% effort (2 days per week) allotted to research experience


Continued engagement in research block electives as able Develop applications for fellowship training or individual career development awards Apply for faculty positions, if desired

RT residents are encouraged to publish a scholarly review or empirical experimental findings. They are additionally encouraged to participate in a national or international scientific meeting (supported by the department).

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

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 fellowship upon completion of his/her third year of adult training (i.e., a fast-track into child training). Residents accepted into the CAP track 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

Resident formally enters the CAP Residency

For more details related to the University of Iowa’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, please visit the program’s webpage.

Public and Rural Health Track

The Public and Rural Psychiatry Track is designed to provide an added focus for residents who are passionate about mental healthcare delivery models and would like increased experiences in the public psychiatry sector. Residents who complete the track will be equipped to become leaders in community psychiatry and engaged in population-level mental healthcare. Residents will be introduced to a variety of models of care throughout their training. The goal of the track is to increase the number of psychiatrists prepared to meet the recruitment and retention needs of public agencies in Iowa.

Residents are assigned a mentor who has an interest in public and rural psychiatry to work with throughout their training. During the 4 years of psychiatry training, a variety of additional opportunities are available to track residents, including family medicine rotations in rural communities, opportunities to work with community agencies, participate in telepsychiatry to rural communities, engage in additional lectures and workshops focused on public and rural psychiatry, and work in a variety of psychiatry practices located in rural Iowa settings.

For physicians who choose to practice in rural or underserved areas, the state of Iowa offers resources for student loan repayment

Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Track

The UI Department of Psychiatry offers an Intellectual and Development Disability (IDD) Track to psychiatry residents who are interested in obtaining specialized training, education and experience in working with individuals with an intellectual and/or development disability (IDD). UI Hospitals & Clinics is home to numerous specialized programs which all focus on improving the lives of individuals with IDD through clinical care, education, advocacy and research. This track can be tailored to focus on clinical, advocacy and/or research experiences depending on the learner’s interests. For residents that want to focus on research, this track can be combined with the Research Track at UI Hospitals & Clinics.

The IDD Track supervisor will work with each resident in this track to tailor their experiences to their individual interests. In addition there will be a monthly IDD journal club offered to all IDD Track participants.

Research Opportunities


At the University of Iowa, residents with and without previous research experience have the opportunity to participate in research during residency. They are encouraged to select a project and a mentor that is tailored to their areas of interest. For those seeking to make research a core component of their residency training, the program offers a Research Track for selected residents with a strong interest in research. Additionally, those with previous research experience are encouraged to participate in the Physician-Scientist Training Pathway, to further advance their skills.

Through the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, the University of Iowa remains a leader in ongoing neuroscience research. The institute allows for neuroscience research to be conducted collaboratively, amongst scientists in diverse fields of study. A few areas of research include neurodegenerative diseases, molecular psychiatry, and behavioral neuroscience. Additionally, the University is home to the Iowa Neuroimaging Consortium, recognized as one of the founding leaders in the field of neuroimaging.

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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 weekly didactic seminars, psychotherapy supervision, and clinic experiences.

During the PGY1 year, residents will have weekly didactics seminars on the topics of supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.

In the PGY2 year, training expands to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, and Family Therapy. Second-year residents begin getting exposure to CBT and DBT group therapy sessions while on selected clinical rotations. As early as the PGY2 year, residents can begin seeing psychotherapy patients in the adult psychiatry clinic.

For PGY3 residents, psychotherapy seminars are lengthened to include the theoretical basis and practical aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (an advanced seminar series), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mentalization-Based Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

During the PGY 3 and 4 years, residents see patients for individual therapy on a weekly basis, and they 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 one of the department’s STEPPS groups, designed to support patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. The program, originally developed by clinicians at the University of Iowa, is utilized on an international scale as an evidence-based treatment for BPD.

Residents may also choose from a variety of psychotherapy-specific electives during their PGY4 year. Learn more about elective opportunities. 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.

  • 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

Warren Kane, MD

Warren Kane, MD
GME Housestaff President (2019-2020)

Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, portrait

Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, MD
APA/SAMHSA Substance Abuse Minority Fellowship

Kevin John Rivera, portrait

Kevin John Rivera, MD
APA/APAF Diversity Leadership Fellowship

Stephen Brennan, photo

Stephen Brennan, MD
UIHC Quality Leadership Academy

Michael Strong, MD
GME Resident Teaching Collaborative Resident Representative

Yang Roby, MB
NIMH Outstanding Resident Award (ORAP) Honorable Mention

Faisal Tai, MD
GME House Staff President

Bennett Poss, MD
Iowa Psychiatric Society Resident Excellence Award

Michael Strong, MD
Iowa Psychiatric Society Executive Council Resident-Fellow Member Representative

Emily Morse, DO
ABPN Maintenance of Certification Delirium Performance in Practice (PIP) Tool Development

Bennett Poss, MD
Iowa Psychiatric Society Executive Council Resident-Fellow Member Representative

Alyssa Wood, DO
2016 Arnold Gold Humanism and Excellence Teaching Award

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.

Resident Publications

Nicholas Bormann, MD

  • Bormann NL, Borcherding N, Crotts SB, Ortolan LS, et al. A transcriptomic map of murine and human alopecia areata. JCI Insight. 2020 Jul;5(13). DOI: 10.1172/jci.insight.137424.

Jacob Miller, MD, PhD

  • Miller JN, van der Plas E, Hamilton MJ, Miller JN, et al. Brain Structural Features of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 and their Relationship with CTG Repeats. Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases. 2019 ;6(3):321-332. DOI: 10.3233/jnd-190397.
  • Miller JN, Black DW. Bipolar Disorder and Suicide: a Review. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2020 Jan;22(2):6. DOI

Nicholas Bormann, MD

  • Bormann NL, Allen J, Shaw M, Black DW. Religiosity and chance beliefs in persons with DSMIV pathological gambling enrolled in a longitudinal follow-up study. J Gambl Stud. 2019 Borcherding N, Bormann NL, Voigt AP, Zhang W. TRGAted: A web tool for survival analysis using protein data in the Cancer Genome Atlas. F1000Res. 2018;7:1235.
  • Shinozaki G, Bormann NL, Chan AC, et al. Identification of high mortality risk patients and prediction of outcomes in delirium by Bispectral EEG. J Clin Psychiatry, 2019 in press.
  • Kolb R, Kluz P, Tan ZW, Borcherding N, Bormann NL, ... , Zhang, W. Obesity-associated inflammation promotes angiogenesis and breast cancer via angiopoietin-like 4. Oncogene. 2019;38(13):2351-2363.
  • Heinzman JT, Hoth KF, Cho MH, ... , Bormann NL, ... , Shinozaki G. GWAS and systems biology analysis of depressive symptoms among smokers from the COPDGene cohort. J Affect Disord. 2019;243:16-22.

Shea Jorgensen, MD

  • Jorgensen SM. A Place Called Home. American Association of Community Psychiatrists Newsletter. 32(2), Oct 2018.
  • Jorgensen SM, Jorgensen MC, Fiedorowicz JG, Williams NA. Increasing the impact of IMPACT on preventable health conditions. Poster presentation at the American Psychiatric Association IPS Conference, Chicago, IL. Oct 2018.

Jacob Miller, MD, PhD

  • Miller, JN, Black DW. Schizoaffective Disorder: A Review. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. 2019;31(1):47-53.
  • van der Plas E, Hamilton MJ, Miller JN, et al. Brain Structural Features of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 and Their Relationship with CTG Repeats. Journal of Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Miller JN, van der Plas E, Koscik TR, Magnotta V, Gutmann L, Nopoulos PC. Sep 14th 2018. Abnormal amygdala-striatal network relates to apathy in Myotonic Dystrophy 1. Poster Presentation. 2018 MDF Annual Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Miller JN, van der Plas E, Koscik TR, Magnotta V, Gutmann L, Nopoulos PC. Dec 12th 2018. Abnormal amygdala-striatal network relates to apathy in Myotonic Dystrophy 1. Poster Presentation. ACNP 2018. Hollywood, FL.

Yang Roby, MD, PhD

  • IPS Poster: the Mental Health Services Conference (2018)-Chicago Associations Between STS Gene Polymorphisms and Risk of ADHD

Michael Strong, MD

  • Poster “Improving Psychiatry Resident Knowledge and Patient Education Practices Regarding Safe Medication Disposal” presented at APA Institute on Psychiatric Services, Chicago, IL