General Psychiatry Residency
A distinction that sets us apart from other programs is that residents form close bonds with each other, faculty, and staff; however, we work in the midst of a growing, progressive academic medical center and department with cutting edge research in behavioral and neurosciences. That said, this program is ideal for those who want the comfort of a small and growing program yet like the excitement and challenges of a dynamic university environment.
Another distinction is our balance. While some programs place a great deal of emphasis on the biological approach for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, we provide training for psychiatrists who desire a good balance between psychopharmacology and rational psychotherapeutic modalities. We seek to develop psychologically-minded psychiatrists who provide the highest level of comprehensive, compassionate patient care. Our progressive faculty is committed to leading this effort with active mentoring, research, supervisory, and educational pursuits.
The program is fully accredited by the ACGME for a total of 20 residents. We were just approved to increase our complement, so we will be interviewing for five PGY-I resident positions per year. There are currently 80 faculty members in the department representing the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and social work at OU Medical Center and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We have 230 adjunct faculty members teaching rotations, grand rounds, and didactics.
The Oklahoma City metro and surrounding areas are rapidly growing and offer a tremendous variety of activities and cultural events to suit everyone’s tastes. On the 2014 Kiplinger Report, Oklahoma City ranked number one for starting a small business and has one of the fastest growing economies among US cities. It offers affordable housing, great climate, excellent schools, minimal traffic, a professional sports franchise, and a major military installation.
On behalf of the department chair, staff, residents, and faculty, we welcome you to Oklahoma City and hope you will consider joining our program.
Charles H. Dukes, MD Director, General Psychiatry Residency Program Kelsey Henson Residency Program Coordinator
(405) 271-4488, Ext.
Acquisition of the complement of abilities which characterizes the breadth and depth of the mature psychiatrist is a life-long process. The residency experience represents the most concentrated focus on these qualities and each individual brings unique characteristics to the process.
Since comprehensive patient care is the heart of psychiatry, our educational efforts begin with and emphasize scientifically-based, compassionate, cost-effective patient care. Indeed patients often are the best teachers because they stimulate patient-centered learning. As adult-learners, residents must find the format for learning which best serves their purposes. Clinical experiences, mentoring, didactics, group discussions, and directed or independent reading each have value. The Department provides structure and support for each of these approaches to resident education.
Patient-care activities with student, peer, and faculty colleagues form the essence of hands-on learning. Ample opportunity exists for broad-based patient contact. Indeed, the spectrum that is psychiatry is well represented in our hospitals and clinics.
We have faculty who specialize in every area of psychiatry.
Residents are allowed to work with sufficient autonomy so that they begin to develop practice patterns which will sustain them throughout their careers. But autonomy is balanced by thoughtful input from faculty functioning in their role as senior advisors. Residents have some clinical encounters observed directly by supervisory faculty in order that specific and meaningful feedback can be given. Similarly, as residents mold their own professional behavior, they have the opportunity to observe patient interaction and problem-solving by seasoned clinicians. This collegiality, coupled with a healthy spirit of inquiry shared by residents and faculty together, enriches the educational environment.
Rotations and Schedule
Didactics A very extensive 4-year system of didactics is in place. A diversity of faculty participate in these seminars, which occur on Friday mornings, as well as some noon hours. Our scores on the PRITE (Psychiatry Residents In Training Exam) evidence the depth and robustness of these didactics. Residents are successfully prepared to pass psychiatry boards upon graduation. We also have monthly conferences including: Journal Club, M&M, and Grand Rounds.
Clinical Sites Our residency program is offered through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Residents in psychiatry receive their educational experiences at several sites on and off campus.
PGY-IV Kalyan Muppavarapu, M.D.
Adil Tumbi, M.D.
Kevin Watson, M.D. (Co-Chief Resident, 2014-16)
Applications for any of our positions should be submitted via ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service) which is available to candidates through their College of Medicine Dean's Office. International graduates may apply through ECFMG (Educational Commision for Foreign Medical Graduates). For more information on applying, please see the GME website.
Interviews may be scheduled after receipt of all necessary application materials. Most applicants interview between the beginning of November and the end of January. Special arrangements can be made for candidates here on clinical electives. Typically, applicants visit formally with the Program Director, other faculty members, and current residents.
About Oklahoma City
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is located in the heart of Oklahoma City, the state capitol of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City offers a comfortable life style with access to civic, cultural, entertainment, and recreational activities to meet almost anyone's needs.
Downtown Oklahoma City has been revitalized in recent years through the development of the historic "Bricktown" area with its canal, restaurants, and shops. Several historic districts are undergoing substantial transformations. The Oklahoma River south of downtown is an official Olympic training site for rowing and kayaking and offers myriad entertainment options. Several other historic districts are undergoing substantial transformations as well. The Civic Center Music Hall serves as a state of the art venue for musical, theater, and dance productions. Oklahoma City enjoys an accomplished philharmonic orchestra, ballet, chamber music groups, and repertory companies, and serves as host to many of Broadway's touring presentations. The spring Arts Festival is a popular annual event held in our downtown Myriad Gardens. deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma's largest film festival and one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" and "Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" according to MovieMaker Magazine. Oklahoma City is the home of the world-renowned National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. The Oklahoma City Zoo is among the ten best in the nation, and is specifically known for the design of its natural habitats. Located nearby the Zoo is Remington Park, one of the nation's premier horse racing tracks. Minor league professional sports are popular, particularly our Oklahoma Dodgers baseball team. We are proud to say that we have a professional basketball team in the Oklahoma City Thunder. Collegiate athletics are well represented by our own University of Oklahoma Sooners (seven national championships) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Oklahoma City offers wonderful quiet residential areas with access to quality schools, and shopping areas. Public parks and golf courses are abundant and accessible, and our many regional lakes are popular among those who enjoy water sports. Weather presents the entire spectrum of seasons.
Possibly our greatest asset, however, is our people. The people of central Oklahoma are hard-working, friendly, and independent. They become fine neighbors and friends. It's easy to quickly feel at home in Oklahoma City.
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Please see the Resident Handbook for more information about residency at OU including: eligibility, sallary, benefits, leave, insurance, etc.