Program Overview

Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program

The Residency Program of the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University adheres to the basic belief that human beings exist in biological, social and cultural matrices which directly affect their sense of psychological well-being. With this firmly in mind, the training program emphasizes clinical proficiency in assessing and intervening within these matrices for the benefit of patients. Insights thus gained have led graduates to become leaders in their community as psychiatric clinicians and academicians.

Organized in 1887, OHSU immediately encouraged lectures and seminars devoted to "diseases of the mind." The Department of Psychiatry appointed its first full-time chair in 1957, and since then, has grown to include over 60 full-time academic faculty members, who are concerned with the quality and availability of patient care, psychiatric education, and mental health research throughout OHSU.

Fully Accredited Four-year Program

While psychiatry residency training at OHSU has existed for many years, it was reorganized in 1977 into a four-year program. The residency training program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and meets the requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. It has established a reputation as a program of medium size and high quality, which permits individual growth and opportunities for future professional placement. There is a sense of family both within the program and among program graduates who have remained in Oregon. Most graduates maintain clinical teaching responsibilities within the volunteer clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry.


The program offers up to eight training positions, including 1 dedicated research track position, per year for a total of 32 in the four-year curriculum. In addition, the department has the following ACGME accredited fellowship programs available:

Child and Adolescent: two year program with three positions available per year; Geropsychiatric: one year, one position available per year;

Addiction Psychiatry: one year, two positions available per year;

Forensic Psychiatry: one year, two positions available per year;  

Psychosomatic Medicine: one year, one position available per year.

Geriatric Psychiatry: one year, two positions available per year.

Psychiatry Residency Training Program at OHSU

The basic philosophical themes in the Department of Psychiatry form the foundation for all the educational programs. The specifics of the RTP rotation plan are then briefly outlined, as are the training facilities, didactics and seminars, and the experiences available to residents in biological psychiatry, psychotherapy, social and community psychiatry, research, teaching and faculty supervision. This description also includes a brief overview of the Residency Training Committee, a discussion of evaluation mechanisms, a summary of what recent graduates are doing professionally, and a list of current residents and their medical schools.

Residency Training Office

manages the Education and Training Program, assisted by

When you apply to psychiatry training programs, the training office can assist you in the application and interview process (directions, maps accommodations, things to do while in Portland, etc.). If you join the residency program in psychiatry, the training office will be your resource for questions about program policies, contracts, rotation assignments, licensing, leave, exams and any other items/issues of an administrative nature which arise during training.



Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.