During the fourth year, residents may choose one or more elective tracks. If a resident has a specific interest not reflected below, they may meet with the program director to discuss additional options.
Advanced Clinical Psychiatry
Consultation, emergency and inpatient psychiatry rotations are designed to foster clinical expertise and administrative, teaching and team leadership skills. Residents may pursue training in advanced psychopharmacology and work with various subspecialty trained psychiatrists.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
In affiliation with our department, Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. In advance of this, residents participate in clinical rotations designed to complement their interests, such as pediatric medicine and pediatric neurology. Requirements for the adult program can be completed three or four years prior to fellowship training.
College Mental Health
Residents work alongside faculty to develop diagnostic and therapeutic skills while providing mental health treatment for Ohio State students and their spouses at the Ohio State Counseling and Consultation Service.
A myriad of rotational sites and outpatient experiences are available, including exposure to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, correctional settings and population-specific services. Residents gain experience treating severe and persistent mental illness and gain a better understanding of public mental health administration, leadership and policy.
A faculty mentor works with residents to develop scholarly works, rotations and experiences related to the resident’s specific interests within this subspecialty. Rotations are typically based at our affiliated site, Twin Valley Behavioral Health.
Leadership in Psychiatric Administration and Education
This pathway develops a resident’s leadership and administration skills with experiences at mental health organizations such as the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Alcohol Drug Addiction Mental Health Board of Franklin County and Twin Valley Behavioral Health. Residents may also teach, complete administrative activities, work closely with our department’s chair, program director or director of clinical services, and participate in select committees, including those related to quality assurance and clinical operations.
Faculty from psychiatry, neurology and medicine, as well as allied health and neurobehavioral psychology specialists, help residents gain valuable neurobehavioral clinical knowledge at various clinical sites.
Advanced training in the modalities of electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation with ample opportunity for clinical experience with faculty who provide this care daily.
Residents can gain hands-on experience with brief therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, psychodynamic therapy, supportive therapy, family systems, couples therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Depending on personal interests other psychotherapy training can also be included.
Residents are paired with mentors for departmental or interdisciplinary clinical or neurosciences research projects. Individuals interested in pursuing an academic psychiatry career are encouraged to consider this track. Department or university support is provided and may include technical assistance, statistical assistance and funds to defray costs of travel related to presentations or attendance at relevant professional meetings.
This rotation, which is completed under the direction of the sleep medicine fellowship director and psychiatry program director, can prepare a resident for a sleep medicine fellowship and includes exposure to pulmonary, neurology and sleep medicine services.
Women's Mental Health
Focus is on the mental health issues women face across their lifespan and reproductive cycle. Also included is consideration of the mental health impact of various diseases, such as those related to endocrinology or cardiology. Residents can choose emphasis on a particular specialty population, such as postpartum or geriatric patients.
Additional Elective Opportunities
In addition to the opportunities outlined above, residents can request and design rotations based on personal interests. This could include:
- Addiction medicine
- Alternative and complementary medicine
- Developmental disabilities
- Eating disorders
- Healthcare policy and hospital administration
- Integrated care
- Pain and palliative medicine
- Rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury/cerebrovascular accident