General Psychiatry Residency

Residency Education:

To ensure that the program reflects the housestaffs' professional interests and meets their academic needs, residents participate in designing administrative policies
Representatives elected from each postgraduate year serve as voting members on the Residency Education Committee, along with faculty members from each departmental division.
Policies developed by the committee are implemented by the Program Director and Associate/Assistant Directors, with help from the Chief Residents and other faculty members.
Once the recommendations are approved by the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, cooperating institutions adhere closely to these recommendations.


The transition from student to professional is necessarily abrupt but invariably rewarding. Proper supervision can ease the passage, maximizing both educational benefits for the resident and the therapeutic benefits for the patient.

At each stage of training, residents rely on experienced professionals for guidance. The demands made upon the residents' personal sensitivities as well as their clinical abilities are considerable and remain as challenging throughout psychiatrists careers as they are during the first months of training.

As residents gain experience, perceiving more complex problems and formulating more sophisticated questions, the degree and form of supervision needed varies accordingly. Supervisory services afforded throughout the UTHSCSA psychiatry training program are designed to meet these changing needs. Supervisors provide continuity, a stable source of advice and reference, and a fresh point of view when change is in order. With a faculty/resident ratio of nearly 2 to 1, there are ample opportunities for informal consultation.

Training directors oversee the educational experience of the residents to ensure an appropriate mix of the various components; recommend appropriate reading material; review evaluations with the residents; assist in solving problems and in selecting elective activities; and help the residents design the most appropriate courses to take in the pursuit of personal and professional objectives.

Clinical supervisors work with residents at each clinical rotation to assist with patient care issues as well as professional development.

Two psychotherapy supervisors are assigned to each resident to assist in the logic, application, and integration of techniques used in psychotherapy. Residents follow selected patients over a prolonged period to assist in developing treatment skills and an understanding of the psychodynamics which cause behavioral reactions.
As residents gain proficiency and continue through the program, they are assigned an increasing number of patients with appropriate levels of supervision.

Application Information:

Application Process

All applicants to the General Psychiatry residency program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio should submit the following materials through ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service) no later than December 1, for entry the following July 1:
In addition to the ERAS application, the following documents are also required:
U.S. Applicants:
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE scores, Parts I and II
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • CV

Foreign Medical School Applicants:
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE scores, Parts I and II – minimum score required by the ECFMG
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • ECFMG certification

Please note that the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio only sponsors J-1 Visas.
After all the above documents have been received through ERAS, applicants who are judged to be competitive will be invited for interviewing.  Interviews generally are scheduled on Monday, and Fridays, from late October through January.  Each applicant will meet with three or more faculty members and with several residents.
Applicants must be eligible for institutional licensure in the State of Texas.
New residents of the Health Science Center must not have any current federal sanctions in place.

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