Director's Message

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Psychiatry Residency Program is dedicated to educating the very best psychiatrists for the 21st century, and we are uniquely suited to providing the learning environment to meet this goal.

We are a medium-sized program – eight residents per class – situated within a world-class university and medical school, with a full-time faculty of over 400 psychiatrists and psychologists, and active research in the areas of mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, dementia, mental health services, and early childhood trauma.

Diverse Experiences, Extraordinary Facilities

The range of our clinical services is broad and deep – on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus, our residents train in our 30-bed psychiatric inpatient unit, state-funded community Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program, federally-funded housing programs, and our Outpatient Treatment Center. We also provide psychiatric consultation services to Northwestern Memorial Hospital(NMH), Prentice Women’s Hospital (the largest free-standing women’s hospital in the US), and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, we are affiliated with several top-ranked hospitals: the renowned Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital in Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (top rehabilitation hospital in the US) and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.  Our residents also pursue family therapy training at Chicago’s Family Institute and a variety of elective rotations such as Refugee Mental Health through Heartland Alliance, Neurospsychiatry at Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), Sleep Disorders at NMH, Student Mental Health at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and intensive diagnostic evaluation at Chicago’s Institute for Psychoanalysis.

We have exciting updates in our clinical services, research opportunities, and faculty roster.

Resident Training

Residents learn evidence-based treatments – both somatic interventions and the psychotherapies -from experts in each area.  We believe that psychiatrists must understand and treat the whole person; therefore trainees must learn an essential range of treatment modalities.  We believe that experience in a continuing care outpatient clinic, with excellent supervision, is a key element to training, and so our residents have 30 months half-time experience in outpatient treatment, with three to four hours of formal supervision per week,  in addition to onsite “in the moment” feedback from faculty members.

More importantly, we place the highest value on the personal and professional development of residents. In addition to ensuring that residents gain competence in all essential areas of knowledge and skill, we believe that resident’s talents and interests should be fostered throughout training, so that his or her profession continues to be challenging and rewarding for many years to come.  Individual mentoring is essential for this kind of growth, and our program has core faculty educators who are invested in providing this mentorship and support.

These are some more unique aspects of the Northwestern psychiatry training program:

We are glad you visited our website.  Please free to contact us with any questions or feedback.

Joan Anzia

Joan M. Anzia, MD
Residency Training Director

Kara Driscoll

Kara Driscoll, MD
Associate Training Director