Residency Program

Residency Program


The University of Louisville General Psychiatry Residency Program is a dynamic program offering a broad array of closely supervised clinical experiences paired with talented faculty poised to provide our residents with the knowledge and skills to become outstanding board certified adult psychiatrists. Strongly invested in providing the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to gain clinical excellence, our residents gain a extensive and in depth foundation in both pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions.

Excellence in education is the core value to our General Psychiatry Residency Program. Whether in formal didactics, journal clubs, rounding, or curbside discussions, our commitment to learning is clear. Excellence in clinical supervision is the core of our program, and supplementary supervision is available when requested.

In 2007, a track system was instituted to provide additional structure and opportunity for those interested in academic or community psychiatry. Also, with a wide array of research actively taking place in the department, residents learn from those contributing knowledge on the cutting edge of psychiatry. As testament to the excellence of our faculty and residents, many regularly serve at the regional and national level in professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association. Because we highly value the benefits of professional networking, we encourage residents to attend national conferences, work with faculty on research projects and publishing, and participate in professional organization sponsored fellowship programs.

Our residents work and are supervised by full time faculty in psychiatric care in the academic clinical system, the private sector, the Veteran’s Administration system, the local community mental health system, and state hospital. Because of this diversity of training settings, we have been highly successful in training residents to gain the skill and expertise needed to work in any setting they choose.

With our strong commitment to educational excellence, paired with Southern and Midwestern hospitality and charm, the University of Louisville is an exciting place to train and call home.

Mission Statement

The University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences seeks to recruit outstanding students with a high sense of professionalism and compassion, a strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, creativity and self reflectiveness.  Excellence in residency education is the department's priority.  Our goal is to graduate residents with outstanding clinical skills, knowledge and experience to advance the field of psychiatry and become leaders in the profession.

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Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Once a week from September through June, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences sponsors a Grand Rounds for the faculty, staff, students, and private practitioners in the medical community of Louisville. The quality of the programs in this series have been consistently high. Many guest lecturers from other medical centers and institutions participate; individual senior residents and faculty from our own department also make presentations. Each PGY-4 resident is responsible for planning and presenting one Grand Rounds.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

The fourth Tuesday of each month with presenters from various clinical sites, include case presentations and outcomes. Special topics are often included. Held in the HCOC 6th floor resource center.

Dates and Clinical Sites:

  • July 23, 2013 EPS
  • August 27, 2013 Child
  • September 24, 2013 Norton 6 East
  • October 22, 2013 ULH Consult
  • November 26, 2013 ULH 5 East
  • January 28, 2014 EPS
  • February 25, 2014 Child
  • March 25, 2014 Norton 6 East
  • April 22, 2014 ULH Consult
  • May 27, 2014 ULH 5 East
  • June 24, 2014 Norton Consult

Journal Club

The second Tuesday of each month with residnets presenting an article and related material. The journal article is distributed the week before to all residents. Faculty attend and assist in fascilitating the discussion. Held in HCOC 6th floor resource center.

Dates and Presenters:

  • July 9, 2013 - Dr. El-Mallakh (faculty presentation)
  • August 13, 2013 - Dr. Casey (faculty presentation)
  • September 10, 2013 - Dr. Vincent (faculty presentation)
  • October 8, 2013 - Dr. Lippmann (faculty presentation)
  • November 12, 2013 - Dr. Shaban
  • December 10, 2013 - Dr. Ahmad
  • January 14, 2014 - Dr. Kaur
  • February 11, 2014 - Dr. Amon
  • March 11, 2014 - Dr. Schuhmann
  • April 8, 2014 - Dr. Garrett
  • May 13, 20143 - Dr. DuBosque
  • June 10, 2014 - Dr. Saiyad

Applications are considered for a PGY-1 match position through the NRMP and ERAS only, if the following minimum requirements are met:


  • Must have passing scores on all tests (no minimum score). Must have passed within 3 attempts. 
    USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 = passed by 3rd attempt 
    USMLE Step 2 CK/COMLEX Level 2 CE= passed by 2nd attempt 
    USMLE Step 2 CS/COMLEX Level 2 PE = passed on first attempt
  • Must have taken and passed USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 in order to apply. (Your score for USMLE Step 2 CK/COMLEX Level 2 CE must be available and posted in ERAS by February 1, 2014.)
  • Recommendation letters from at least 3 physicians in the U.S. who have worked with you recently.
  • Demonstrated interest in psychiatry through work in this or your native country.
  • We sponsor the J-1 Exchange Visitor Medical Trainee Category visa only. Please check to be sure that you completely understand the requirements for the J-1 visa beforeapplying to our program.
  • International Medical Graduates must obtain ECFMG certfiication by NRMP Match week (2nd/3rd week of March) andmust have the actual ECFMG certificate in hand in order to complete the J-1 visa process.
  • US citizenship or permanent resident status preferred.
  • Deadline for application is November 1, 2013; Preference given to those received by October 1, 2013.

Cheri Bingham
Residency Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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