Our residents come to Brown from all over the country. Their varied backgrounds and experiences diversify and strengthen the training program.
The Brown psychiatry residency training program offers residents a balanced approach to the study and treatment of psychiatric illness. Our program aims to train physician leaders in academic psychiatry through a core curriculum of clinical assignments, seminars, and individual supervision. Residents learn psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments for disorders throughout the life cycle, and attain an advanced competence level in multiple psychotherapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. The program’s weekly didactic seminars complement each resident’s hands-on clinical experiences, providing for a comprehensive curriculum.
Programming Tailored to Each Resident
Our program provides gradated patient care responsibilities for each resident according to their individual experience, interests, and educational needs. Supervisory experiences are designed to assess, stimulate, and sharpen each resident's diagnostic and therapeutic skills.
Choosing a Specialty to Cultivate
Residents are encouraged to focus on an area of special strength within the department, including (but not limited to) child psychiatry, general hospital psychiatry, women's mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, neuropsychiatry, geriatrics, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive and panic disorders, psychoendocrinology, psychotherapy, or community and forensic psychiatry. Residents interested in research are encouraged to participate in research through specialized research tracks.
Teaching and Leadership Opportunities
There are a number of leadership opportunities for residents. The Leadership, Education, Administration Program (LEAP) allows residents protected time to pursue quality improvement projects, small research projects, and curriculum evaluations. Residents can also develop their teaching skills with medical students and junior residents through the Resident as Teacher Program (RAT). There are also many committees that residents can join and lead. On the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committees, residents help evaluate and shape educational programming. Residents on the Selection Committee are charged with the task of interviewing and recruiting a well-balanced and stimulating group of new residents.
Residents also have the opportunity to meet regularly with the Chairman of the Department, the Director and the Associate Director of the Psychiatry Residency in small and large groups to facilitate the residency’s functioning.