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For International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
Navigating Psychiatry Residency in the United States A Guide for International Medical Graduate Physicians
Loma Linda University students have put all previous PRITE questions into an easy format along with notes for study, and an Anki deck (a type of electronic flashcards). All their materials can be downloaded for free at:
Clinical tips for residents
Tips about terminating treatment towards the end of residency training. I co-authored a short article with practical advice about what residents should do during the last few months of their residency. It was written along with Dr. Abigail Kay who was supervised by me as a resident during the process of terminating with her patients. It as published as a “Pearls” article in Current Psychiatry and can be accessed for free at http://www.mdedge.com/…/D…/September-2017/0611CP_Pearls1.pdf
Meetings for psychiatry residents
For “in-coming Chief Residents and Fellows with leadership responsibilities”.
Awards for psychiatry residents
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry: Travel awards. For medical students, residents, and fellows. (Separate travel awards are also given to early career psychiatrists.) Click HERE for more information.
American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT): George Ginsberg Fellowship Awards. The candidates must be in an approved general or child and adolescent psychiatry residency program or in a psychiatry subspecialty fellowship
American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT): Nyapati Rao and Francis Lu International Medical Graduate (IMG) Fellowship. To be eligible, the nominees must be in an approved general, or child and adolescent psychiatry residency program, or in a psychiatry subspecialty fellowship. They must also be PGY 2 or above. Click HERE for more information.
American College of Psychiatrists: Laughlin Fellowship Program. For third, fourth, and fifth-year psychiatry residents from the United States and Canada. Click HERE for more information.
American Psychiatric Association: APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship. This fellowship aims to develop national leaders in the field of organized psychiatry. To be eligible, the trainee must be at least a PGY-2 with two remaining years of training in an accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program. Click HERE for more information.
American Psychiatric Association: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. This is a confusing name; this fellowship is for those who are “at least a PGY-2 in an accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program with two remaining years of training” and is “designed to promote interest and a career in child and adolescent psychiatry.” Click HERE for more information.
American Psychiatric Association: Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators. Click HERE for more information.
American Psychiatric Association: Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators (International Applicants). Click HERE for more information.
American Psychiatric Association: Resident Recognition Award. For residents or fellows from each department or institution. Important! Multiple awards are given. The deadline for nominations is March 31 of each year. Click HERE for more information.
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology: Nina Schooler Early Career Research Award. For psychiatry residents and fellows who are interested in or are beginning to engage in clinical psychopharmacology research. Click HERE for more information.
Association for Academic Psychiatry: Resident Psychiatric Educator Award. For psychiatry residents who demonstrate particular promise as educators and scholars in academic psychiatry. Click HERE for more information.
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Top ten psychiatry training programs: 2019 rankings
The ten best psychiatry training programs according to US News and World Report’s 2019 rankings are shown below. I (Rajnish Mago, MD) completed my (second) psychiatry residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 (no. 9 in the list below) and am on the faculty there as director of the psychopharmacology curriculum in their residency program.
1. Harvard University
2. Johns Hopkins University
3. Yale University
4. Columbia University
5. University of California–San Francisco
6. (Tie) Duke University, University of California–Los Angeles (Geffen)
8. University of Pittsburgh
9. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
10. Stanford University
The methodology of these rankings isn’t impressive, unfortunately. US News and World Report states that the specialty rankings were “based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the list of schools surveyed” and that “Those schools receiving the most votes in each specialty are numerically ranked in descending order based on the number of nominations they received…”
What do you think? What is particularly good or special about the training at these programs? Which other psychiatry residency programs are excellent and should be considered to be among the best in your opinion? Please post your comments at the bottom of this page.
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