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Residency Program

Welcome to the Psychiatry Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center in Tulsa! We are an ACGME fully-accredited training program in General Psychiatry, committed to training outstanding physicians skilled in the diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders. We have a strong didactic core curriculum emphasizing neuroscience, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, child psychiatry, and evidence-based medicine, among other topics. We are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the well-being of our trainees and have developed a robust Wellness Initiative that includes resident leadership.

Within our community-based program, our residents rotate at the major hospitals in Tulsa and receive training and supervision from university and volunteer faculty. This combination provides residents with exposure to a wide range of psychiatric conditions and patient populations. We have a strong didactic core curriculum emphasizing neurology, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, geriatric, and child psychiatry among other topics. Additionally, our residents participate in required scholarly projects with opportunities to participate in clinical research, to present at regional and national academic meetings, and to publish original research in peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Tulsa is a very friendly city with excellent restaurants, shopping and cultural activities and the family environment of our department makes it an enjoyable place to work and learn. Please call (918) 660-3518 or e-mail if you would like to learn more about our program.

Program Aims:

Our program aims are situated within those of the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, focusing on training physicians to utilize knowledge of social determinants of health, positively impacting the health of the greater Tulsa area, reducing healthcare disparities, and contributing to a more just society. We aim to accomplish these goals by training our residents in community-integrated sites, emphasizing psychiatry’s focus on the intersection between medical/biological and psychosocial factors that lead to illness and impairment. We aim to train graduates who are prepared to obtain board certification in general psychiatry, as well as immediately begin clinical practice in our community, but who may pursue subspecialty training or careers in academic medicine. The program also aims to provide residents with an appreciation for the importance of physician well-being, so as to be advocates toward achieving the quadruple aim in healthcare.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment:

Our program is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment for all. We recognize that particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations of both physicians and patients is vital to our pursuit of excellence and achievement of our program aims. We believe in celebrating the multiple dimensions of diversity that each of us offer, such as but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstances, immigration status, physical ability and disability, veteran status, religion, and age. We support diverse applicants in their journeys to become psychiatrists and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to our program.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action:

We have developed and continue to refine curricula to enhance resident and faculty awareness, reflection, and empowerment on issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational and patient care settings. We are collaborating and disseminating these resources with others in our institution as well as nationally. We have enhanced recruitment efforts of underrepresented minority residents. As a program we have committed to the lifelong journey towards cultural humility and the pursuit of social justice and health equity.