Curriculum Overview

Clinical Rotations

Fellows in the program spend the first half of the year rotating through the various inpatient units at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. They typically spend two to four weeks in each rotation, working alongside and in a similar capacity as first and second year psychiatry residents. Rotations include:

  • Mood Disorders Unit
  • Psychotic Disorders Unit
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Unit
  • Eating Disorders Unit

Fellows may also have the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Partial Hospital where they will focus on substance abuse.

The second half of the year is spent in the Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In the clinic, fellows perform diagnostic evaluations and develop treatment plans for new patients. They also follow a group of patients over time. Fellows work alongside and in a similar capacity as third and fourth year psychiatry residents. They typically spend three to four days a week in the Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and one to two days a week in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.

Didactics

Fellows in the program participate in the same weekly didactics as first and second year psychiatry residents. Didactics include:

  • Psychopathology and diagnosis
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical interviewing skills

In addition to these didactics, fellows attend department-wide educational activities such as Grand Round and Research Seminar.

They also receive supervised training in three evidence-based psychotherapies, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)

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