Print this page

General Psychiatry Residency Program

Anjan Bhattacharyya, M.D.
Director, General Psychiatry Residency Program

Fouad Reda, M.D
Associate Director, General Psychiatry Residency Program

Pamela Whisenhunt
Residency Program Coordinator

For an application use


Program Size

6 PGY-1s
6 PGY-2s
6 PGY-3s
6 PGY-4s
24 Total

We offer a 4-year fully accredited program through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) match.

Goals and Objectives of the Residency Program

The objective of this program is to provide a comprehensive educational experience for residents with increasing levels of responsibility in the care of all patients with psychiatric disorders. Our program emphasizes the residents' continued professional development and competence for the 21st century practice of psychiatry. Our clinical faculty represents many points of view, and our clinical settings expose our residents to culturally and economically diverse patient population. Both contribute to a rich training experience that offers many exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Residents at SLU are educated to be proficient in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all major psychiatric disorders and common medical and neurological disorders that interface with the practice of psychiatry. During the course of the training our residents develop essential clinical aptitude and judgment, professionalism, and the sensitivity necessary to become both skilled and empathic physician, and consultant psychiatrist in the settings of academic medicine or psychiatric practice. Our program includes training in clinical skills, in the doctor-patient interactions, in administrative and organizational skills and exposure to the requirements of managed health care. Our program encourages active involvement in research activities to stimulate and develop the residents' ability to critically evaluate psychiatric literature and to promote those interested in pursuing an academic career.

Didactic Curriculum

Crash Course in Basic Psychiatry: an intensive Introductory overview covering essentials of diagnosis and treatment, legal and ethical issues and administrative procedures.

Introduction to Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: the foundations of the spectrum of disorders, psychopathology, diagnosis and treatment. Effects of divorce, child abuse and, suicide are also covered.

Basic Clinical Psychiatry: establishes a sound foundation of knowledge to support and develop the development of psychiatric clinical skills. Systematic study of the main psychiatric disorders and the foundation of the use of psychiatric medications.

Consultation and Emergency Psychiatry: the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose, triage and treat psychiatric emergencies and psychiatric disorders encountered on the medical-surgical services. It includes clinical case presentations and seminars and meets weekly throughout the year.

Research Methods: basic principles and applications of research methodology, statistical analysis of quantitative daw, enabling residents to re ad, critique and apply research findings published in the literature.

Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology:

Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychiatry: familiarizes the beginning resident with the core Psychodynamic concepts, understanding patients behavior and symptoms, the doctor-patient relationship and the biopsychosocial model of illness.

ECT: covers issues of patients selection, methodology, anesthesia and side-effects.

Family Therapy: basic concepts of family therapy, utilizing lectures and videotaped family sessions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: theory and case studies are used to illustrate how a variety of disorders can be conceptualized and treated using t his method.

Psychological Testing psychometric principles, assessement techniques, personality testing and testing to specific psychiatric conditions, Both lectures and clinical case material are used.

Psychosocial Development: aspects of normal psychological development through the life cycle. Various theoretical perspectives are introduced through guided readings of selected literature and class discussion.

Representative course: may changes as revisions occur.

Dynamic Theory & Technique: lecture format on the process of psychotherapy, evaluation, diagnostic assessment, indications, beginning phase, mid-phase aud termination of treatment. Aspects of the therapeutic relationship, transference, interpretation, and other aspects of technique are discussed.

Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction: normal developmental and physiological aspects of human sexuality. Interview and sexual history taking are presented through lecture and group exercise. Various aspects of sexual dysfunction and therapeutic interventions are introduced. Advanced level courses are given in subsequent years of training.

Family Therapy Clinical Seminar: advanced seminar in the clinical setting. Residents observe and actively participate as co-therapist with the instructor in ongoing family therapy sessions, Discussions, supervision and readings are also provided.

Clinical Issues Seminar: weekly, year long seminars covering a variety of clinical issues, treatment approaches (somatic and psychodynamic), and other areas of special interest.

Outpatient Case Conference: residents alternate presenting new cases. Issues of differential diagnosis, treatment plan, family/marital issues, sociocultural issues and countertransference aspects are discussed.

Psychodynamic Clinical Case: case presentations are analyzed to sharpen the residents skills in making Psychodynamic formulations and identifying and handling various issues of ongoing dynamic therapy, including combined use of medication with psychotherapy. This cours is the clinical parallel to the theoretical course in the previous year.

Group Psychotherapy: year long seminar covers both theory and technique. Process group, readings, class discussions and participation as co-therapist in an ongoinL, patient group are provided.

Representative course: may changes as revisions occur.

Psychopharmacology Case Conference: a two-year course providing an indepth familiarity with clinical issues in the use of various medications.

PGY 3-4
Cultural Issues in Psychiatry:
various cultural and social values in American societv and views of mental illness in other cultures.

Ethics in Psychiatry: medical and psychiatric ethical issues And guidelines

Private Practice and Managed Care: developments in health care, managed care protocols, quality assurance, utilization, mental care economics and issues confronting the psychiatrist in today's private practice.

Law and Psychiatry:

Clinical Rotations:


  • 4 months Inpatient Psychiatry, including Major Psychiatric Syndromes, Substance Abuse and Emergency Psychiatry
  • 4 months Medicine/Pediatrics
  • 2 months Neurology
  • 1 month Addiction Psychiatry
  • 1 month Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry


  • 1 month Geriatric Psychiatry
  • 4 months Inpatient Psychiatry
  • 2 months Child Psychiatry
  • 2 months Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry
  • 1 month Forensic Psychiatry
  • 2 months Night Float
  • 12 months Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, 1/2 day per week

  • 12 months full-time outpatient psychiatry including Community psychiatry


  • 3 months Junior Attending at the VAMC
  • 2 months Administrative Psychiatry and forensic psychiatry as well.
  • 2 months Consultation-Liaison
  • 5 months Selectives

Previous page: Geriatric Psychiatry
Next page: PGY 1