Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Curriculum
The program is based at UNR. Residents rotate at community-based institutions for required and elective rotations. The clinical curriculum is

  • designed to utilize effectively the strengths of the institution and area, such as collaborations with diverse, community-based institutions, participation in a range of community-based interventions with a commitment to a range of populations, including the underserved.
  • organized to utilize effectively the strengths of the institution and area, such as collaborations with diverse, community-based institutions, participation in a range of community-based interventions and a commitment to meet community needs. It also is organized to emphasize activities that enhance physician training, for example, patient centered care, outpatient experiences in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, integration and collaboration with primary care specialties, community-based activities, advocacy, and opportunities to participate in ongoing educational, research and administrative projects. On a number of rotations, residents work with medical students, primary care residents, and trainees from other specialties and disciplines. As part of the clinical experience, residents will provide limited after-hours coverage for some sites and patients.

Residents have a mix of required, selective and elective rotations with a number done in a block. Additional longitudinal experiences are being built in. There is a mix on inpatient and outpatient experiences with the 4th year being primarily elective. Residents finish their required psychiatry experiences by the end of their 3rd year.

Core rotations include:

  • Ambulatory Medicine/ Primary Care
  • Geriatric Medicine/ Palliative Care
  • Neurology - Clinic and Inpatient Consultations
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Consultation Liaison/ Emergency Psychiatry
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Child/ Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation Liaison and Clinic
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy Clinic
  • Electives: Student Health, Private Practice, Forensic Psychiatry, Research/ Education/ Administrative Experiences, Chief Resident, Others tailored to Resident Interest

Primary rotation sites include:

  • UNR University Health is a multi-specialty group that provides outpatient primary care and some specialty services at several locations. Residents rotate in the psychiatry clinic provides services to children, adolescents, adults and families that include assessment, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. The clinic serves a wide range of individuals, including some uninsured. Other rotations at this site include educational, scholarly and administrative electives.
  • The VA Sierra Health Care System is a federal health care system that primarily provides services and care for US Armed Forces veterans though some services are available for dependents of veterans. The facility provides a range of inpatient, outpatient and community-based services, primarily with one major site and some satellite sites. Most of the patients are from Washoe County though it is regional system and serves Northern Nevada. The mental health services has acute inpatient psychiatry units, outpatient mental health clinic, consultation liaison service and an addiction service.
  • Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health System (NNAMHS) is a comprehensive, community-based behavioral health system for adult consumers. Inpatient services are provided through Dini-Townsend psychiatric hospital, located on the same campus as the central NNAMHS site. Numerous outpatient services are available which include but not limited to the Washoe Community Mental Health Center, Outpatient Pharmacy, Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program, Medication Clinic, Service Coordination, Mental Health Court, Residential Programs and Telepsychiatry. This system serves an indigent adult population.
  • Renown Regional Medical Center is a general community hospital with several locations that provides acute and ongoing primary, emergency and specialty care for children, adolescents and adults. Psychiatric services include general and child/ adolescent psychiatric consultation liaison services and outpatient clinics.
  • UNR Student Health Center is an outpatient center that provides general medical care with some specialty services to the undergraduate and graduate students at University of Nevada Reno. In addition, the center provides educational and outreach activities.
  • Lake's Crossing is a maximum security, forensic psychiatric facility. The program provides inpatient and outpatient services statewide to patients with mental health issues who are involved with the criminal justice system. The majority of the population served are individuals with potential competency issues and who may need restoration to competency so they can proceed with their adjudication. The program also treats individuals who are found not guilty by reason of insanity as well as those who cannot be restored to competency and need the level of care of a maximum-security facility.
  • Other sites such as community-based outpatient private practices and agencies.