Program Director


The growing recognition of the importance of mental disorders, and the great advances in our ability to treat these conditions, makes this an exciting time to pursue a career in psychiatry. The World Health Organization has pointed out that four of the ten leading causes of disability worldwide are mental disorders. The country is moving toward a long overdue commitment to mental health parity and the provision of high quality care to persons with mental illness.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is committed to enhancing the scientific understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Our department places great emphasis on the manner in which our educational mission is carried out, offering an academically rigorous program that coexists with a collegial and supportive learning environment. Our program is large enough to provide a diverse, multidisciplinary faculty that teaches a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to psychiatry, and yet is small enough that close and rewarding learning relationships are readily established with even the most senior faculty.

Graduates of our program are fully conversant with the latest scientific advances that allow them to provide state-of-the-art care. Psychiatry is the field in medicine that arguably most emphasizes the importance of the physician-patient relationship in the healing process. The program embraces these psychosocial aspects of patient care.

We also are proud that residents and faculty enjoy excellent working relationships, frequent social gatherings, and the pursuit of personal development alongside professional accomplishment. Our program is further enhanced by the fact that Iowa City is a relaxed, but vibrant place in which to work and play.

We wish you every success in your quest for the right program for you. We are confident that as you consider our program, you will find that it offers a unique combination of educational excellence, academic rigor, and collegiality. We are delighted that you are considering our program and are eager to provide any information you need to help you with your choice.

Donald W. Black, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair for Education
Department of Psychiatry
University of Iowa