Psychiatry

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    Fellowship Programs

    The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa is proud to offer both ACGME accredited and non-accredited fellowship programs to those interested in further advancing their clinical and research training.

    Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

    Our one-year ACGME accredited program in geriatric psychiatry offers training across the full spectrum of care, including geriatric medicine, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, palliative care, and long-term hospital settings. Our fellows gain clinical experience by staffing a number of different care settings. As this is a small program, details of the clinical experience can be modified to meet the fellow's needs and interests. For more information, please visit the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship website.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neurobiology and Major Psychoses

    This is a two to three-year training program in integrative translational clinical neuroscience, with an emphasis on the study of the major psychoses. The program includes a combination of training techniques, including didactic coursework and mentorship from one or more training faculty members. The program stresses the acquisition and application of research skills in neuroscience technologies (neuroimaging, genetics, molecular biology, cognitive/affective neuroscience) to examine the mechanisms, lifetime trajectory, and treatment approaches to major mental illnesses. The program also emphasizes the acquisition of skills across all stages of research, beginning with study design and continuing through data acquisition, data analysis, and write-up of results. Trainees design and complete one or more research projects under the direction of their mentors and publish the results. They also receive training in grant writing and submission, with the goal of becoming early career independent investigators on completion of the program. Applicants must have completed a doctoral-level degree. The program is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For more information, please visit the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neurobiology and Major Psychoses website.

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Fellowship

    The Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VA) and the Department of Psychiatry University of Iowa offer a one-year fellowship designed to advance post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research and clinical training among psychiatrists. Fellows work closely with research mentors from the VA and Department of Psychiatry. The primary objective of this training program is to prepare individuals for academically-oriented careers in the following areas: clinical neuroscience research, PTSD treatment, and PTSD mental health services research. Other areas of research will be considered based on the availability of appropriate mentors. Fellows will devote 75 percent of their time to research and education activities and 25 percent to clinical care. Incoming fellows will be assigned to work with research mentors who best match their research interests. In special cases, a secondary mentor may be designated to advance the fellow's research career and interest. Fellows will work with mentors on ongoing and/or independent research projects, publish and present findings, and prepare applications to funding agencies for research support. Advance clinical training and supervision in evidence-based treatment for PTSD is also provided. Clinical duties are conducted at the PTSD Clinic at the VA. Fellows will benefit from a rich educational and clinical environment at the VA and University of Iowa. For more information, please contact Catherine Woodman, MD, at 319-339-7186 or catherine-woodman@uiowa.edu.

    Physician Assistant Training in Psychiatry Fellowship

    Iowa, like many other states, is in the midst of a crisis in terms of a shortage of mental health care providers. Because no single strategy is likely to solve this problem, a multi-pronged approach is clearly needed. One piece of the solution is to optimize the quantity and quality of psychiatric extenders, like physician assistants, who can provide psychiatric services in collaboration with psychiatrists. Our one-year program exposes physician assistants who are interested in specializing in psychiatry to a broad array of disorders in a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient. For more information, please visit the Physician Assistant in Psychiatry Fellowship website.

    Interested in something else? We suggest you review the work of the various research groups within the department and contact those researchers directly if you wish to explore other opportunities.