Residency Curriculum

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Our psychiatric residency program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is dedicated to providing balanced training in both effective psychotherapies and Pharmacotherapies. Training is also balanced between both public and private settings. We believe that psychiatrists of the future need to be physicians of the mind. As a result, our curriculum focuses not only on neurobiological factors, but also past and present psychosocial factors contributing to the way individuals feel, think, and act.


  • Internal Medicine @ VA – 4 months (combination of ambulatory, geriatrics, cardiology)
  • Inpatient Psychiatry @ NNAMHS – 2 months (State/Community Mental Health Center) 
  • Inpatient Psychiatry @ VA – 4 months (includes some chemical dependence)
  • Neurology @ VA – 2 months
  • PGY-1 Call: Weekend training call @ VA, no after-hours call


  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry C/L @ Renown – 2 months (may include participation in other child experiences)
  • Consult/Liaison Psychiatry @ VA – 2 months
  • Emergency/Administrative Psychiatry @ VA – 2 months
  • Inpatient Psychiatry @ NNAMHS - 2 months
  • Substance Use Disorders/Chemical Dependency @ VA - 2 months
  • Geriatric Psychiatry @ VA - 2 months
  • PGY-2 Call: Average of 1 weekend per month, q6 weekday overnight home call


  • Outpatient Continuity Psychiatry – 12 months continuous
    • Site options available and may include 1 site or a mixture of sites depending on availability. Sites include University Health, NNAMHS (may include some tele-psychiatry), and VA (may include some tele-psychiatry)
  • PGY-3 Call: Two non-consecutive weekend days per month, scheduled on back-up call schedule


  • Variety of electives: determined by resident interests and elective availability
  • Electives may change from year to year based on needs and availability
  • Options include: NNAMHS inpatient Jr. Attending, Forensics Psychiatry @ Lakes Crossing Center, Tele-psychiatry, VA electives (Substance Use, PTSD, C/L Geriatrics, and other options), Student Health Psychiatry, Outpatient Private Practice/Administrative Psychiatry
  • PGY-4 Call: One weekend day each month and backup call schedule.