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Program Highlights

The motto of the University of Rochester is Meliora or Ever Better.  

  • We strive for Ever Better for individual residents and the residency as a whole.
  • We strive for Ever Better for the mentally ill of our community.

Our Approach

Diverse Clinical Settings and Patient Populations

The Department of Psychiatry provides a full range of mental health services across the life span including all levels of care from general outpatient to crisis intervention, a range of inpatient and outpatient consultation-liaison services, partial hospitalization and inpatient care, as well as many preventive and supportive services. Our patient base ranges from rural farmers to affluent suburbanites to inner city residents.

Great Teaching

Our affiliation with the University of Rochester means we have the resources of one of the nation's best medical schools. Our residents have a high level of satisfaction with attendings, and residents (at all levels) are involved in teaching medical students.

Scholarly Distinction

Our large department boasts over 100 accomplished full time or part time clinical and research faculty members with various areas of expertise. Our well-funded, innovative clinic and community based research portfolio extends across the life span, and has local, national and international reach. Residents are encouraged to take an active role in research projects, with robust mentorship provided. We have an excellent track record of obtaining NIH Mentored Career Development awards for junior faculty.

Reasonable Workload

Clinical rotations are developed based on learning objectives, and many of our clinical services are not resident dependent. There is no overnight call.   The day call schedule and the duration/pace of the typical workday is manageable, allowing work/life balance.

Residents benefit from more individual attention and one-to-one supervision with attendings, involved program leadership, and ample opportunity to build rapport with colleagues.

Strong Fellowships

Many of our residents pursue fellowships within our institution, which means that if you are interested in forensic, geriatric, child/adolescent or consultation liaison psychiatry, you will have the opportunity for a considerable amount of exposure in your area of interest.

Our Goal

We will graduate residents who are:

  • Equipped to become lifelong learners, able to stay on top of the literature as it emerges and with sufficient flexibility to evolve with new understanding.
  • Equipped with a social conscience, aware of the social determinants of mental health, working towards leveling the playing field and maintaining high ethical standards of practice.
  • Equipped to understand and respond to patients from a biopsychosocial perspective avoiding reductionistic thinking and based on a framework of cultural humility. This means being open to being taught by our patients who grant us the privilege of allowing us into their lives.  This means the program has sufficient flexibility and respect for individual difference so as to allow residents to launch their careers as evolving clinicians, researchers, and teachers.
  • Willing to pursue their professional development, acknowledging the importance of the biopsychosocial perspective not only in those we treat, but in our colleagues as well.