Psychiatry Training Overview

UMMC psychiatry residents

The University of Maryland Medical Center's psychiatry residency is structured to prepare you to succeed in your career.

Learn more about what to expect in each year of the residency, and also take a look at a sample rotation schedule.

Six months "On Service"

Four and a half months of adult inpatient psychiatry.

  • Six weeks at Springfield Hospital Center, one of the Maryland state hospitals.
  • One month at Sheppard Pratt on the psychotic disorders or dual diagnosis unit.
  • One month on the Treatment Resistant Unit (TRU) at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC):
    • Tour of MPRC Research Facility
    • 2 days on Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team
  • One month of addiction psychiatry at Sheppard Pratt or downtown between UMMC and VAMC.
    • Interns attend weekly case conferences and didactic sessions to supplement the experience.
  • Six weeks of Emergency Psychiatry in the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at UMMC.
    • First-year residents work 12 hour shifts, most of which are during the day, and there is no additional call.

Residents typically carry no more than six inpatients at a time and receive regular attending supervision from the unit attending as well as an outside supervisor.

Inpatient, outpatient, substance abuse and rehabilitation services in these facilities are closely coordinated so residents experience the full range of patient care.

Short-call is on average every sixth night at Sheppard Pratt during non-PES psychiatric rotations. Short-call begins at 5 PM and ends between 10 PM and midnight. During this shift, the resident works up two admissions under the supervision of a senior resident.

Interns take about three additional short calls during their six months on psychiatry at UMMC on Fridays supervised by the PGY-2 and senior (PGY-3/4) residents. This was added in 2014 in response to residents’ requests to get experience at UMMC before second year.

There are weekly didactics during the “on service” months with lunch provided by the training office. There is a monthly PGY-1 class meeting with the Training Director which gives the residents an opportunity to discuss the training experience thus far.

PGY-1 Didactic Topics

  • Child development
  • Child psychopharmacology
  • Community psychiatry
  • Cultural psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Internal Medicine / Neurology
  • Introduction to psychotherapy
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Psychiatric interviewing
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Substance abuse

Six months "Off Service"

Internal Medicine

Three months of internal medicine at Mercy Medical Center, a private hospital located downtown, about 10 minutes from campus.

Our PGY-1s work alongside interns in Mercy's Preliminary Internal Medicine Program. Half of the internal medicine rotation is spent on the wards, during which time there is no call.

Mercy is closely affiliated with the UMMC IM Residency Program, and UMMC senior residents provide supervision on the ward teams. Other members of the team include an attending, third-year medical students from the University of Maryland, and often a PA and/or a sub-intern from the University of.

The rest of the rotation is spent covering admissions in shifts from 7a-7p, 12p-10p, or 3p-MN. Admissions are capped at five per day for interns.

Adult or Pediatric Emergency Medicine

One month of adult or pediatric emergency medicine at UMMC. Residents work 12 hour shifts, and there is no call.


Two months of neurology on two of the three following services:

  • General inpatient neurology at UMMC
  • Stroke service at UMMC
  • Outpatient and consult neurology at VAMC
  • Both months of Neurology include Monday afternoons at Neuropsychiatry Clinic at SEPH

There is no call during these months, but interns work every other weekend. There are no overnight calls during the first year of residency.

During the intern year, you are allotted 20 vacation days, which are distributed according to rotation.