The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center residency program in psychiatry is fully ACGME-accredited and is the core program for ACGME-approved fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. A sleep medicine fellowship is also available to our graduates in the Department of Neurology at the UM/ Miller School. We are in the heart of a major metropolitan area with diverse cultural influences and history. Our residents have a variety of options and experiences that allow them to use their knowledge and talents to discover their own niche within a large supportive community.
With a broad spectrum of psychopathology and high patient volume, residents ply their diagnostic skills on a daily basis. The ability to see multiple presentations of similar disorders assists them to hone their clinical skills. Busy but independent Psychiatric Emergency Rooms at 3 hospitals, all on the same campus, provide psychiatry residents with a great diversity of patients and wide ranging opportunities to make preliminary decisions about diagnoses and treatment plans. As many as 1200-1300 patients are seen per month in the Jackson Psychiatric Emergency (Crisis) facility; The University of Miami Hospital and the Miami VA Medical Center provide additional and complementary patient exposure. This system is as varied as Miami itself, and encompasses a spectrum of health care institutions from government run to private.
In all areas of care, world-renowned faculty are available to residents directly. Our residents can email, call or speak with the famous authors of the textbooks used by most other programs. From consensus meetings, with a small group of faculty thoroughly discussing all aspects a difficult case, to the large scale learning format of Grand Rounds, presented by the leaders in American psychiatry, there is no shortage of truly unique learning opportunities. Yet any of our residents will tell you that a balance of work and leisure is the most important aspect of life here, with activities that allow us to connect beyond the hospital.
There’s a collegial atmosphere here, with impromptu resident activities and planned sponsored events. The Florida Psychoanalytic Institute sponsors multiple programs to assist residents which are flexible to suit a variety of schedules, with amazing educational and training opportunities at reasonable fees. From seminars to lectures there is no shortage of exposure to psychodynamic psychotherapy as well chances to network with all types of allied professionals, outside the hospital system . Residents learn from experienced practitioners through supervision and process groups, using real life examples and review of personal clinical decisions. Learning comes alive here, from pages in a book to changes in people’s lives.
In the national arena the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School is ranked highly, both in research activity and in clinical service delivery. In the past 4 years, our department has shown the greatest rise in rankings of NIH grants among U.S. departments, now ranked in the top 25 of all 140 medical school departments of psychiatry nationwide. Studies ranging from the most basic molecular neurobiology to clinical studies of new treatments for schizophrenia, elucidating the risk factors for development of PTSD, and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse make up the research portfolio of our department. Residents are encouraged to pursue research, in conjunction with department faculty and in related departments throughout their careers. Opportunities to attend national and international meetings to present their research are often available.
We’re hard working residents and faculty at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial, but friendly people as well. There’s never a lack of a support system during night calls. CIR (the residents’ union) recently advocated for, and secured, increased stipends for residents at UM/JMH. In fact, here at Jackson Memorial Hospital, residents are represented by the oldest and largest housestaff union in the country, representing 13,000 interns, residents, and fellows across seven states. This gives everyone a larger collective voice in negotiations for salaries and benefits, working conditions, education, and patient care. Our chapter at Jackson Memorial Hospital is deeply involved with quality improvement projects within the hospital and surrounding community, as well as political activism advocating for our patients on the local, state, and national levels.There is a feeling of teamwork in the air – especially when its time for our “Psychtoberfest” resident vs. faculty softball game, when competition gets fierce! The resident retreat, every August, is a special bonding experience, and camaraderie extends far beyond each separate class.
Residency can be difficult, but it’s hard not to be inspired at a University affiliated community-based program in the heart of a multicultural metropolitan area with possibly the widest range of pathology in the country. This city has a beach in the backyard, the Wynwood Art District, South Beach, and Coconut Grove for fun Fridays, and- hey!- the Heat are our hometown heroes. The best part …we want you to make Miami your home!