The Department of Psychiatry teaches M.D. students, principally during their third year, and trains resident physicians for academic and clinical careers in psychiatry.


Department of Psychiatry staff members are involved in genetic and family studies of psychiatric disorders and research in genetic and biological psychiatry, neurochemistry, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, neuropsychiatry, and psychosocial aspects of behavior.

The department's students and residents have many research opportunities in psychiatry and in the basic science areas of neurochemistry, neurophysiology, and electrophysiology. The clinical areas of psychology, child psychiatry, and psychotherapy also offer opportunities for research and further study to a limited number of students.

The department offers a four-year training program approved by the Residency Review Committee of the American Medical Association. Training experiences are available at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and at the Iowa City VA Health Care System. Additional experiences are available at affiliated institutions: Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale, the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa in Iowa City, and the Independence Mental Health Institute (Iowa Department of Human Services).

The department also offers an approved two-year residency in child psychiatry. Fellowships in geriatrics and psychosomatic medicine are available after residency training.

Psychiatry Courses

PSYC:8267 Psychiatric Epidemiology3 s.h.

Population-based studies of psychiatric disorders and associated etiologic tools; diagnostic criteria used in psychiatric research, common structured interviews and rating scales; recent research relevant to common psychiatric disorders; experience writing a research idea using NIH PHS grant form. Recommendations: EPID:6400 or two years of resident training in psychiatry. Same as EPID:6670.

PSYC:8301 Clinical Psychiatry4 s.h.

Requirements: third-year M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8401 Adult Psychiatry, Pappajohn Pavilionarr.

Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8402 Child Psychiatry, Pappajohn Pavilionarr.

Roles of child psychiatry as a consultation service. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8403 Adult Outpatient Psychiatry and Psychotherapy2,4 s.h.

Diagnostic assessment, evaluation, treatment of psychiatric patients; exposure to both psychotherapeutic, psychopharmacologic treatments. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8404 Women's Wellness and Counseling Service4 s.h.

Experience evaluating and treating women with mental illness, with some emphasis on practitioner's autonomy; four-week rotation. Requirements: psychiatry clerkship.

PSYC:8405 Subinternship in Medical Psychiatry4 s.h.

Hands-on experience in evaluation and treatment of patients with combined medical and psychiatric disease; decisions regarding appropriate consultations, diagnostic tests, treatment; etiology and pathophysiology. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8408 Subinternship in Mood/Psychotic Disorders4 s.h.

Subinternship in adult psychiatry; experiences that maximize autonomy and responsibility; inpatient rotation focuses on one subspecialty area (psychotic disorders or mood disorders); emphasis on substantial medical comorbidity; assess and address medical and psychiatric needs of assigned patients in a collaborative and integrative fashion; assess and manage patients independently at the level of a psychiatry intern, reporting directly to the attending; call is required; didactic curriculum focuses on critical appraisal of medical literature. Prerequisites: PSYC:8301. Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8409 Eating Disorders2,4 s.h.

Inpatient rotation; emphasis on co-occurring psychiatric and comorbid medical conditions associated with eating disorders; patient assessment and management at an advanced level; direct patient care and engagement in clinical decision making for complex patients with substantial comorbidity; call is required; student experience maximizes autonomy and responsibility; didactic curriculum; focus on critical appraisal of relevant medical literature. Prerequisites: PSYC:8301. Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8410 Intellectual Disability2,4 s.h.

In-depth two week clinical experience in the interdisciplinary approach to assessment and management of individuals with intellectual disability. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8411 Substance Abuse2,4 s.h.

In-depth clinical experience in assessment and management of individuals with alcohol and drug abuse. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8412 Emergency Psychiatry2,4 s.h.

In-depth clinical experience in assessment and management of acute psychiatric illness under supervision of faculty with expertise in care within this setting; clinical experiences centered in emergency department at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Prerequisites: PSYC:8301. Requirements: third- or fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8413 The Thriving Physician2 s.h.

Two-week elective for medical students in their clinical years; designed to promote awareness, wellbeing, compassion, and career satisfaction through contemplative practices and the integration of concepts of positive psychology into daily living; through readings, discussions, and experiential activities, physicians-in-training will learn how to engage in reflective personal and professional self-care; classes will be half-day in length with time outside of class dedicated to practicing and incorporating skills into everyday activities. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8414 Consultation Psychiatry2,4 s.h.

Opportunity for in-depth clinical experience in psychiatric assessment and management of general medical and surgical patients; elective clerks serve on consultation-liaison psychiatry teams at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System; may include opportunities for outpatient work in relevant settings (e.g., emergency psychiatry, outpatient clinics providing integrated psychiatric and medical care). Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8450 Continuity of Care in Psychiatry4 s.h.

Experience in Psychiatry Continuity of Care Clinic; maximizes autonomy and responsibility in an outpatient continuous care setting. Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8497 Research Psychiatryarr.

Experience and training in practical application of scientific methodology; work with research project at psychiatric service or affiliated cooperating research centers. Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8498 Psychiatry On Campusarr.

Arranged by student with departmental approval. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PSYC:8499 Psychiatry Off Campusarr.

Requirements: M.D. enrollment.