Philosophy and Goals

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 in that it occurs in 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.

An effort is made to integrate these areas. As much as accreditation requirements allow, training experiences are tailored to the individual needs of residents.

We seek applicants who have the capacity to sit with patients experiencing physical and emotional pain, realizing that listening is a powerful healing factor.

We are interested in individuals who are psychologically minded and interested in their own personal growth. We know that someone having these attributes will delight in understanding the personal psychology of their patients. Finally, we look for applicants who demonstrate existential passion, even if it has little to do with medicine. The breadth of our field is so great that such an individual will find personal satisfaction in being a psychiatrist.

Over the four years of training our residents are exposed to an excellent mixture of patients of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and a wide variety of psychiatric illness. Under individual supervision, residents are given increasing responsibility as they develop professionally. Our program attempts to foster a mutually supportive resident team. The faculty attempts to listen closely to resident feedback about their personal and professional development. There is also emphasis on using resident feedback to improve the training program. Throughout training, at least a half-day each week is designated for lectures, seminars, case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, and an all-resident support group. Lectures and seminars are strategically scheduled to relate to rotations and levels of professional development. An additional half-day during PGY-2 through PGY-4 is provided to follow long-term patients.

Individual and group supervision regarding patient management occurs several hours weekly.

Reno/Sparks is a small community. This affords residents the comfort of having all training sites within 15 minutes of each other. After hours call is taken from home.

Nevada is one of the fastest growing states in the nation. It has ample opportunities for practice following residency in areas of Reno/Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and throughout rural Nevada. Reno rests on a high desert plateau with sunny days throughout the year. An array of opportunities exists for a variety of outdoor activities including ghost town exploration, four wheeling, skiing backpacking, and sailing. Gaming, mining, and ranching are Nevada's primary industries. Easy air transportation is available from most worldwide destinations.

At a Glance Facts

  • Fully accredited university program with balanced training in both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy
  • Total number of residents: 21
  • Multiple training sites in both public and private sectors with reasonable on-call mainly from home during all four years
  • Individual attention to both personal and professional development of residents
  • Spectacular high desert and mountain environment