Professional & Personal Development

Leadership and Career Development

Opportunities include:

  • Physician Educator Certificate Program (PECP) courses on developing effective clinical teaching skills
  • Teach junior residents and medical students in didactic and clinical settings
  • Resident Case Conference and Journal Club
  • Present at departmental and interdepartmental Grand Rounds
  • Resident leadership roles within the department: Recruitment Committee, Curriculum Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, Medical Student Education Lecture Committee
  • Involvement in GME House-staff Association
  • Both departmental and university-wide quality improvement projects
  • Chief Residency Year

Diversity and Inclusion

At the Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, we believe in the importance of striving for diversity among trainees, faculty, and staff. Living and practicing in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, we are convinced that diversity and excellence in patient care, teaching, and research walk hand-in-hand. We strive to attract residents from a broad range of backgrounds, beliefs, interests, and trajectories, with a goal of fostering a learning and professional environment characterized by fairness, respect, and creativity. Our department is eager to offer initiatives to build and promote a culture of inclusivity.

  • Creation of the Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Position within the Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Departmental research on mental health inequities
  • Continuation and expansion of formal didactics for residents including cultural psychiatry, health care disparities, sexuality, and incorporation of cultural examination topics into Wellness & Inclusion curriculum
  • Presentations given by McGovern Office of Diversity and Inclusion to trainees and faculty
  • Parental leave regardless of parental gender for birth, adoption, or foster care placement
  • Partnership with Texas Mental Health Equity Mentor Network
  • Access to scholarships, fellowships, and grants from APA, ADAA, and other special interest organizations

To learn more about our McGovern Medical School Office of Diversity and Inclusion institutional initiatives visit https://med.uth.edu/diversity/


Psychotherapy

Our program believes that to be an effective and versatile clinician it is important to develop our residents’ knowledge in the theory and practice of psychotherapy. We have several core experiences and opportunities in place for the advancement of their psychotherapy training.

  • Formal didactics on developing basic interviewing skills in PGY1.
  • Formal didactics focused on psychotherapy theory and practice from both psychology and psychiatry faculty in PGY2 and PGY3.
  • Elective rotation in inpatient adult psychology and elective rotation in inpatient child psychology available in PGY2.
  • Weekly outpatient continuity clinic in PGY3. One full day a week dedicated to psychotherapy with four patients per therapy day and goal case-load of eight psychotherapy patients. Residents are assigned to individual supervisors for the year to engage in weekly one-on-one supervision sessions.
  • Psychotherapy bootcamp prior to initiation of continuity clinic in PGY3.
  • Monthly faculty-led group psychotherapy supervision in PGY3.
  • Monthly resident-led Psychotherapy Interest Group meetings, open to all PG years.
  • Advanced inpatient psychotherapy elective in PGY4.
  • Access to scholarships to attend the annual American Group Psychotherapy Association conference.
  • Psychotherapy Chief Resident dedicated to assisting the Residency Training Office as a liaison for organizing and arranging core psychotherapy experiences and committed to fostering opportunities for further development of psychotherapy education and training.

Wellness

The well-being of our residents is a priority. There are several avenues through which residents, faculty, and administration foster a supportive environment to ensure resident well-being throughout their training. We understand the importance of addressing organizational barriers to wellness in addition to promoting individual interventions.

  • Weekly group supervision for PGY-1 and PGY-2
  • Weekly protected didactic time all 4 years
  • Wellness Curriculum
  • Wellness Committee
  • Two resident retreats per year
  • Resident social events
  • Access to the Recreation Center
  • Fellow and Resident Assistance Program with easy access to counseling, legal and financial services, and family care services

Mentorship

We believe that connecting with mentors is a process that needs to be cultivated, and we provide opportunities for residents to interact with a number of different faculty who may become mentors. One of the residents’ most beloved and valued opportunities are the close, collegial relationships with all the faculty built on an open-door policy and regular one-on-one meetings.

Opportunities include:

  • Scholarly Concentration & Scholarly Project
  • Both individual and class check-in meetings with the Program Director and Class Supervisors
  • Approachable faculty who are eager to work with residents
  • Resident-faculty social events
  • Annual holiday party

Community Engagement

Our residents are deeply committed to serving the community in which we live. The following are some of the partnerships through which residents have engaged with the community:

  • Working with Mental Health America, Houston Chapter
  • Involvement in the Harris County Psychiatric Society
  • Designing tailored opportunities for county-based rotations as part of scholarly concentration time
  • National Depression Screening Day
  • Annual NAMI Walk
  • Annual March of Dimes Walk