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We thank you for your interest in the Rush University Medical Center general psychiatry residency program. We hope that your review of our website will help you determine if we are the program that will help best lead you to your career and professional goals. Our program offers residents the opportunity to receive superb training from distinguished faculty in a stimulating academic environment.
Our curriculum has been designed to accelerate your exposure to the area of psychiatry that most psychiatrists ultimately pursue. We designed our program to best reflect how most psychiatrists practice. Almost all psychiatrists practice some aspect of outpatient psychiatry. We have set up the curriculum to begin outpatient exposure in the second year and provide intensive outpatient psychiatric training during third year of training.
Our program strives to teach residents to integrate both the psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic paradigms in the assessment and care of people that require psychiatric treatment. We have numerous attending psychiatrists whose focus is to provide onsite supervision to our residents. We also have an extensive curriculum with countless seminars and courses that the residents attend throughout their training in our program.
Residents in our program are educated in a department with a strong academic environment. All of our residents are trained in research design and in the interpretation of the psychiatric literature and have the opportunity to pursue numerous research opportunities available in the department. Our research faculty have been investigators in numerous research projects funded by NIMH, other federal grantors, private industry and collaborative grants with cooperative institutions (i.e., Stroger Hospital). Topics from those funded studies are quite diverse and include randomized trials with novel interventions in the treatment of depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
Many leading experts in the psychopharmacological approaches to psychiatric care mentor residents in our program. Our chairman, Mark Pollack, MD, is an internationally-recognized scholar in the treatment and research of anxiety disorders and depression. Dr. Pollack has an open door policy with our residents and is closely involved with the design and management of our residency program. He is available for career and research mentorship for all of our residents. Our former chair, William Scheftner, MD, has decades of experience as a clinical psychopharmacologist and researcher. His areas of research interest are in the epidemiology and genetic etiology of mood disorders. Bezalel Dantz, MD, one of three double-boarded psychiatrists and internists in our department, teaches two of our PGY-1 courses: Review of Psychopathology and Introduction to Psychopharmacology. Dr. Dantz has won numerous teaching awards from our residents. 
The strength of our faculty lies not only in biological psychiatry, but also in training residents to become superb psychotherapists. Our faculty is replete with experts in both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy. We have multiple faculty from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis on our staff that teach our residents as well as multiple faculty members who integrate psychodynamics into their general practice of psychiatry. All residents participate in at least two different psychodynamic psychotherapy courses per week and all PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents receive weekly psychodynamic supervision. Over the past three decades, our curriculum has evolved into one of the most in-depth psychotherapy training programs in the country. Sheila Dowd, PhD, one of our associate program directors, leads our cognitive behavioral therapy training. Dr. Dowd is highly regarded by all of the residents for her expertise and teaching style. Dr. Dowd and our other cognitive behavioral therapy faculty provide our residents with instruction in this treatment modality during each year of training in our program.
Our residents benefit from training in a strong academic department and also an outstanding Medical Center. Rush University Medical Center offers outstanding residency and fellowship training in most medical specialties and sub-specialties. There are approximately 620 housestaff per year. Rush Medical College trains approximately 520 medical students per year. The institution is widely recognized as one of the leading patient care hospitals in the nation.
Rush University Medical Center is located in heart of one of the world’s great cities. There are wide varieties of neighborhoods in which to live. Chicago is world-renowned for the numerous parks that run along the entire beautiful lakefront, with some of the most famous skyscrapers in the world as a backdrop. There are world famous restaurants, great museums of art, natural and technological science, the second largest aquarium in the nation and two great zoos.
We accept six residents each year into our general psychiatry residency program. These residents, as well as residents in our child psychiatry fellowship program, and our Rush Medical College medical students, all help foster an exciting intellectual atmosphere.
We provide an extremely strong educational opportunity for residents interested in learning psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and clinical research. We pride ourselves in creating an environment conducive to learning. I hope you will strongly consider our program. I would like to wish you the best of luck with your match and your future career in psychiatry.

Cathleen Gould, MD
Director, General Psychiatry Residency Program


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