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Department of Psychiatry

Houston, Texas

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Psychiatry Residency Program Overview

Psychiatric Education - Teaching Facilities and Clinical Opportunities

The Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine utilizes facilities at:

  • The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Harris Health Systems (a county hospital system)
  • Several private, not for profit, hospital affiliations in both general and child psychiatry such as:
    • The Menninger Clinic of Houston
    • The Methodist Hospital
    • Texas Children's Hospital.

The central administrative offices of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic are located in the Lee and Joe Jamail Specialty Care Center where the residency also holds didactic seminars at least five hours per week for each residency class level.


First and second year residents rotate through the affiliated institutions in the Texas Medical Center: The Methodist Hospital, Ben Taub Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Texas Children's Hospital. Second year residents also spend two months at The Menninger Clinic.

Third year residents are assigned to outpatient facilities for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center or Ben Taub General Hospital), for outpatient psychotherapy (to the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic) and to a variety of community agencies or subspecialty clinics within the Texas Medical Center and the greater Houston community.

Fourth year residents choose elective and selective rotations available within the Texas Medical Center, such as, the Women's Pavilion, the Intensive Outpatient Program at Ben Taub Hospital, Professionals in Crisis program at The Menninger Clinic of Houston, sleep medicine and pain management at The Methodist Hospital and specialty units at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Psychoanalytic Training

The faculty of the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute are all active members of the Baylor faculty. Furthermore, formal psychoanalytic training is available through the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, which is approved by the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association. After the second year of psychiatric residency, the resident is eligible to apply for candidate status to the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. Personal (training) analysis begins with one of the training analysts in the Houston-Galveston area. Formal class work begins at a later date and requires four years. Shortly after beginning course work, the candidate may begin the psychoanalytic treatment of patients. Personal analysis, supervision for the required minimum of three cases, and all course work are available in the medical center area. The HGPI also offers a two-year Advanced Studies in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course. Many residents avail themselves of this outstanding educational experience. James Lomax, M.D. serves as the director of Psychotherapy Education for the general psychiatry residency program and serves as the Brown Foundation chair for Psychoanalysis in the department. For further details, consult the bulletin of the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute.

Research Opportunities for Residents

The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a wide range of opportunities for clinical and basic behavioral and neuroscience research. The department faculty interests include psychotherapy development and evaluation (Drs. Cully, Stanley, Teng, Allen, and Fowler), clinical trials of medications and behavioral treatments (Drs. Marsh, Mathew, Kosten, Lindsay, Domingo, Graham, Shah, De La Garza, Yoon, Verrico, Shorter, Fowler, Allen, Sharp, Ellis, Al Jurdi, Teng, Arciniegas, and Zhang), human and animal behavioral pharmacology (Drs. De La Garza, Yoon, Verrico, Kosten and Newton), molecular biology and human genetics (Drs. Nielsen, Zhang, and Kosten), neuroimaging (Drs. Salas, Baldwin, Graham, Newsome, Levin, Scheibel, Arciniegas, Kosten, Mathew and Newton), cellular and systems neuroscience, neuropharmacology, psychoneuroendocrinology (Drs. Newton and Haile), and health services research (Drs. Kunik, Stanley, Graham, and Cully). Among the major psychiatric disorders with research opportunities are addiction disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, geriatric psychiatry (anxiety disorders, depression, dementia), mood disorders, childhood trauma, schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly mild traumatic brain injury. The Resident Research Track offers the resident an opportunity to do clinical research during the third and fourth year general curriculum.

Residents for the Resident Research Track will be identified during the interview process, orientation, PGYI and PGYII. In January, residents will apply to be on the research track. The applicants will be screened and selected by the Residency Training Director and the Departmental Research Committee based on the applicant's curriculum vitae and a one-page letter from the mentor and applicant describing their research plans. During PGYIII, the residents will have 25 percent protected time to do research. In PGYIV, the resident will have 50 percent or more protected time for research and will have the opportunity to present at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. Many of the residents in the Resident Research Track may also pursue academic fellowships and research in subsequent years.

Application Information

The program is fully approved by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. Residents are required to complete four years of graduate medical education to be eligible for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Candidates may apply at either the first or second postgraduate year level. The department accepts individuals at the second postgraduate year level who have completed a Categorical first postgraduate year in psychiatry elsewhere or who have completed some other first postgraduate year, including at least four months of pediatrics or internal medicine. In addition to the basic application procedures through the Electronic Residency Application Service, the Department of Psychiatry requires personal interviews for all applicants. Interviews are held with junior and senior faculty with lunch provided on interview day. A resident-organized informal dinner is held the evening prior to the interview day. The interviews provide an opportunity for applicants to develop as accurate and comprehensive a picture of the department as is possible in a short visit.

Interview Day Overview

Form to Receive Information and Application

For more information about Baylor's psychiatry residency program, please contact:

Cassandra Shorter
Recruitment Coordinator
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
One Baylor Plaza, MS 350
Houston, TX 77030
Phone 713-798-4870
Fax 713-798-1479

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