Psychiatry Residency

Welcome UK Department of Psychiatry


On behalf of the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry, we would like to thank you for your interest in our department. With a strong commitment to education and comprehensive training and facilities, our goal is to train psychiatrists to practice in any clinical setting after graduation. 

The residency program emphasizes the core competency areas of professionalism, medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Enthusiastic award-winning faculty present didactics. Psychotherapy training begins in the PGY-2 year. The program offers a wide variety of training sites including an academic health care complex, VA Hospital, state psychiatric hospital, community mental health training sites, and the UK Student Health Service, to name only a few. Through training, residents work with healthcare professional students, and we assist our residents in becoming effective teachers. 

The department offers fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. This year we are pleased to have a new Integrated Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Track that you can apply to when you apply to our program through ERAS. This track allows you to match into both our Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent fellowship at the same time and allows for more early exposure to pediatric patients and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Applicants may apply to either the Categorical or the Integrated Child and Adolescent Track or can apply to both programs. We also offer a Clinical Scholars Track within the Adult Psychiatry program provides protected research time and extra research mentorship for qualified residents with a strong interest in clinical research and academic psychiatry. Interested residents apply in the second half of their PGY 2 year. 

We take great pride in the collegial spirit between faculty and residents, and we encourage our residents to become active within our department and UK HealthCare. Our graduates practice across the U.S. in every type of setting imaginable and consistently vouch for how well we prepared them for their careers. 

We are proud of our part in training psychiatrists for the future, and we look forward to showing you what residency training at the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry can do for you.

Sandy Batsel-Thomas, MD
Residency Program Director