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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