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.
- In September 2011, we moved into our state-of-the-art Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, which occupies an entire floor of the Galter Pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital; it is a truly modern healing environment and a “home space” for residents and students
- We have a brand-new center for neuromodulation in our outpatient setting
- In July 2012, Katherine Wisner,MD, leading clinical researcher in women’s mental health, was appointed the director of our Asher Center for Mood Disorders
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:
- Full day of didactics from mid-PGY-1 year through graduation
- All PGY-1s complete medicine and neurology requirements in the first six months, so that the entire class begins psychiatry together in January
- The ABPN Part II pass rate of our graduates is 100 percent – an affirmation of the quality of our residents’ education
- PGY-3s present a group “Grand Rounds” on a topic of their choosing
- PGY-4s pursue scholarly research with individual faculty mentors in the “Keystone Project”, which culminates in a graduation paper.
- The department sponsors a yearly “Scholars’ Day” in which faculty and trainee posters are presented
- Travel funding available for resident presentations
We are glad you visited our website. Please free to contact us with any questions or feedback.
Joan M. Anzia, MD
Residency Training Director
Kara Driscoll, MD
Associate Training Director