The Department of Psychiatry of The University of Arizona College of Medicine provides the accredited training programs for adult, child and adolescent psychiatry in Southern Arizona. For those who wish to specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; they offer an accredited fellowship program The University of Arizona Health Network’s Department of Psychiatry has earned a stellar reputation for our community based, multidisciplinary approach to mental and behavioral health care. Their offerings include services for adults, seniors, children and adolescents, as well as a renowned Mind-Body program and an Early Psychosis Intervention Center.
Students will be taught to undertake initial clinical and laboratory studies of patients presenting with a broad range of common medical and surgical disorders, to provide limited and appropriate continuous care of patients with medical illnesses and make appropriate referrals, be especially conversant with medical disorders displaying symptoms likely to be regarded as psychiatric and with psychiatric disorders displaying symptoms likely to be regarded as medical and be especially cognizant of the nature of the interactions between psychiatric treatments and medical and surgical treatments.
The curriculum taught in psychiatric schools include aetiologies, prevalence, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all the psychiatric conditions including the biological, psychological, sociocultural and iatrogenic factors that affect the long term course and treatment of psychiatric illness and the comprehension of diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disorders commonly encountered in psychiatric patients, such as neoplasm, dementia, headaches, head trauma, infectious diseases, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and stroke related disorders. They may also be taught research methods in the clinical and behavioural sciences related to psychiatry.
The goal of Psychiatry Residency Programs in Arizona is to enable residents to develop a broad range of psychiatric skills so they can effectively and competently practice psychiatry in a wide variety of settings. They develop these skills through caring for a wide range of patients of different ages, socioeconomic status, cultural background, and diagnosis in various clinical settings. Through systematic supervision they develop a proficient knowledge base in general psychiatry. The philosophy of The University of Arizona Psychiatry Residency Training Program is fundamentally bio psychosocial. It is strongly believed that proper understanding and successful treatment of psychiatric disorders is multi-dimensional and usually will require somewhat a combination of biologic, psychological and social approaches.