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Psychiatry

Specialty Description

Psychiatrists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of emotional, behavioral and addictive disorders such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, cognitive disorder, and adjustment disorders. The psychiatrist is able to understand the biologic, psychological, and social components of illness, and therefore is uniquely prepared to treat the whole person. A psychiatrist is qualified to order diagnostic laboratory tests and to prescribe medications, evaluate, and treat psychological and interpersonal problems, and to intervene with families who are coping with stress, crises, and other problems in living. (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties)

Pathway Director

Wei Du, MD
wei.du2@towerhealth.org

Heather McLaughlin
hgm28@drexel.edu

Pathway Information

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel University College of Medicine Student Interest Groups

Time Requirement


The residency training for psychiatry is four years. Up to two years of additional training are required to practice in one of the subspecialty areas.

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.

Subspecialties

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Pain Management
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

Residency Application and Match Info*

ERAS - Application Services

NRMP - Matching Program

Data National DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 37.9 40.8
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 9.5 10.8

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors