Message from the Director
The University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences welcomes your interest in our residency program. Interest in psychiatry and intellectual curiosity are characteristics we value in our residents. We consider these strengths to be the building blocks for developing the future generation of psychiatrists. We want to provide the field of medicine with physicians who excel and contribute to furthering the knowledge and understanding of the specialty of psychiatry. We recognize that development is a key in the process of psychiatric education and commit to strive towards excellence in all spheres of education.
Led by our Chairman, Allan Tasman, MD, past president of the American Psychiatric Association and a former residency training director himself, the University of Louisville pursues excellence in the educatonal opportunities available to residents. While we are fortunate to offer a myriad of clinical settings, a diverse patient population, formal didactic sessions, journal clubs, case conferences, and an amazing supervising faculty, we are striving to offer much more.
We hope to develop exceptional residents into outstanding graduates that have the foundation to become leaders within their chosen area of interest. Every resident has different career interests and pursuits. We work hard to help you recognize your potential in your area of interest and achieve your goals.
Residents are encouraged to become active members of our department. While serving on University committees and committees within our own department, residents are integral members in asisting with the multiple issues that we face in the changing field of education. Residents have their own governing body, the Residency Association, which meets weekly and serves as an effective avenue of communication and advocacy within the program. Residents also play a major role in recruitment and selection of new residents as well as reviewing and developing the curriculum. Perhaps the projects which give us the most satisfaction are those that are resident driven. From active research projects to initiating a continuity clinic, we are embracing change and new ideas as part of our commitment to provide excellence in education.
We are also aware that environment is a major factor in any scenario of life. Residency is no different. Louisville is an environment that allows you to flourish beyond the academic walls. By offering natural beauty (our park system was designed by the designer of Central Park in NYC), top quality cultural events (one of the nation's top regional theaters, a ballet and Broadway shows), college sporting events (and a minor league baseball team with a picturesque ballpark), museums, the zoo, great restaurants and fun neighborhoods, Louisville is a wonderful place to call home.
Joyce A. Spurgeon, M.D.
Director of Residency Education