Clinical Curriculum

The program is based at UNR. Fellows rotate at community-based institutions for required and elective rotations. The clinical curriculum:

  • utilizes the strengths of the institution and area, particularly in collaborations with diverse, community-based institutions, providing residents the opportunity to participate in a range of activities with a diverse patient population, including the underserved
  • works in collaboration with our community partners and institutional structure to meet community needs
  • emphasizes activities that enhance physician training. Opportunities include:
    • patient centered care
    • longitudinal outpatient experiences in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology
    • integration and collaboration with primary care specialties
    • community-based activities
    • opportunities for advocacy
    • opportunities to participate in ongoing educational, research, and administrative projects
  • values residents as educators, with numerous clinical interactions with medical students, primary care residents, and trainees from other specialties and disciplines
  • encourages increasing autonomy and confidence by allowing residents to provide limited after-hours coverage for some sites and patients

Fellows have a mix of required rotations during their two years and an elective half-day built into their 2nd year.

Core rotations include:

  • Community Psychiatry
  • Inpatient/Residential Psychiatry
  • Consultation Liaison
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Eating Disorders - IOP/PHP/Outpatient
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Primary rotation sites

University Health (UH) Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 

A multi-specialty group that provides outpatient primary care and some specialty services at several locations. UH provides services to children, adolescents, adults and families that include assessment, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. UH is part of the Renown Health System. The clinic serves a wide range of individuals, including some uninsured. Fellows have both a longitudinal psychiatric clinic and a psychotherapy clinic that spans the 2 years of fellowship.   

Renown Regional Medical Center 

A general community hospital with several locations that provides acute and ongoing primary, emergency and specialty care for children, adolescents and adults. Fellows have rotations in Emergency Psychiatry, Pediatric Consult-Liaison Psychiatry, and Pediatric Neurology. Renown and UNR-Med are partners which include University Health Clinics.  

Willow Springs Residential Treatment Center 

A 116- bed residential treatment center for adolescents that has a strong clinical focus in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Willow Springs RTC treats adolescents from across the country. Fellows rotate through the residential treatment program providing psychiatric inpatient care.  

Thrive Wellness of Reno

A metal health agency that has a strong focus on treatment of Eating Disorders but also treats a wide range of mental health disorders. Thrive Wellness has outpatient services, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and a Partial Hospitalization Program. Fellows rotate through Thrive during their second year and follow patients across their treatment in the program.

Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center is a Washoe County agency that houses both court proceedings, probation services, and juvenile detention for youth. Fellows provide consultation and evaluation services to youth who need psychiatric evaluations in their care.   

Washoe County School District is our county's public school system, home to more than 60,000 enrolled youth. The fellows provide both formal and informal consultation to schools and work to provide psychiatric evaluations to students struggling with mental health services. Fellows also work with school-based teams on assessments for diagnosing Autism and also working with psychologists providing school based testing.   

Northern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services (NNCAS) is a mental health clinic under the Washoe County Division of Child and Family Services. The clinic provides mental health services to children and adolescents who have no insurance, Medicaid, or are in the foster care system. Fellows have a longitudinal clinic providing care to patients over two years.   

Nevada Rural Mental Health Clinics (Tele-psych) is a system of rural clinics run through the Nevada State Department of Behavioral and Public Health. The clinics serve Nevadan's throughout the rural areas of the state. Fellows provide tele-psychiatry services to children and adolescent through various rural clinics.