The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston

General Psychiatry Residency Program

The graduate training curriculum is geared around the overall educational objective of teaching residents the fundamentals of acute, long-term treatment, and follow-up care.


The Residency Training Program in General Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a four-year training program. The Program is geared around the overall training objective of teaching residents the fundamentals of acute and long-term treatment of psychiatric patients. The Program offers training in the biological, psychological, behavioral, and socio-cultural aspects of psychiatry and strives to prepare residents for successful careers that emphasize clinical practice, scholarship, teaching and research.

The General Psychiatry Residency Training Program, which began in 1974, received its most recent five year renewal of full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2000. It has a number of facilities, which include the Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC), a 190 bed psychiatric facility which opened in 1986. HCPC now has about 5,000 admissions yearly.

The General Residency Training Program is designed to offer residents a comprehensive exposure to many facets of contemporary psychiatric practice. Rotations include treatment experience with patients ranging from children to the older adult. All residents rotate on services devoted to the assessment and management of patients with acute psychotic states of both toxic-organic and functional etiology, patients with forensic problems, patients with longer-term relapsing major psychiatric disorders, and patients requiring psychotherapy. Experience in consultation psychiatry on medical/surgical units is a part of the training experience.

There is an extensive four-year series of seminars covering all major topics within psychiatry. The series is different for each year of the program and are given in each of the four years. The topics include psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, brief therapy, childhood disorders, geriatrics, neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology, addiction psychiatry, developmental disorders, neuroscience, affective disorders, anxiety and compulsive disorders, community psychiatry, cross-cultural psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

Since the start of The University of Texas-Houston General Residency Training Program in Psychiatry, the rule has been that the residents were not to be over-worked and not to be exhausted. It is expected that the residents have ample supervision to make sure that this exposure is an educational and not just a service program.

From its inception, the residency training program worked on the idea that, within a given year and across all four years, collegiality was to be supportive. The residents are encouraged to help all of their colleagues do the best they can.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has always had an open door policy for residents to have access to faculty in addition to their assigned supervisors and attendings. These traits - faculty accessibility and attention to supervision of residents - have been stressed since the start of the program.

Graduates from the training program are highly sought after by fellowships, academic departments, employers, and colleagues nation-wide. An outstanding success rate on the ABPN examinations attests to the goals of the training mission. UTHSC-trained psychiatrists are regional, national, and international leaders in patient care, administration, education, and research.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building
1941 East Road
Houston, TX 77054
713-486-2570 (phone)
713-486-2565 (fax)