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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.