Psychiatry Residency Overview

Our residents are a diverse group that come from throughout the United States and beyond and share a passion for learning, administration, advocacy, service and research. They are extraordinarily committed to their patients and are extremely supportive of one another lending our program a “family” feel. The latter in fact has been a major reason why new candidates join our program. In addition resident participation and involvement is encouraged and expected in all aspects of the residency program. An example of this is the exhaustive work done every year towards new resident recruitment wherein current residents deliver the most input.

Our training program emphasizes close relationships between faculty and residents with daily opportunities for observation and feedback. Teaching occurs at clinical sites, in multiple seminars and in individual supervision. Residents refine their skills in listening and understanding patients and have ample opportunities to develop their skills in psychotherapy. On completion of training, residents have a range of clinical and educational experiences that enable them to understand and treat mental illness from a multidimensional perspective.

Benefits and Stipends

The University of Kentucky provides competitive benefits and stipends. The current year information is available on the Graduate Medical Education website. A sample contract is also posted at that site.

Education funding

Money is allotted to each resident for educational materials or attending conferences.

Professional Development

In addition to the educational opportunities offered in the Didactics and Grand Rounds programs, residents are provided an opportunity to attend local or national meetings or conferences of special interest. Additionally, residents receive an individual subscription to Decker Scientific American Psychiatry Weekly Curriculum. Five days each year are allowed for educational leave. In addition, the department encourages participation in professional associations at the local and national level, and assists residents in applying for national awards and honors. Residents elected as Chief are also sent to a Chief Resident conference designed to prepare them for their new roles as leaders.


At the PGY-1 level, residents are given two weeks of vacation plus five days of educational leave to attend conferences or prepare for boards. At the PGY-2 level and above, residents have three weeks of vacation plus five days of educational leave. All residents have eight University holidays off plus four holiday bonus days that can be used at other times during the year.