Psychiatry Residency


Our residency is a new, developing and growing program based in an academic medical center in the context of a new medical school and university. The psychiatry program welcomed its first class in July of 2017. It is fully accredited, and our inaugural class will graduate in June of 2021. The residency features a scientific yet humanistic process of cumulative experience and development. We are proud of our dedicated medical school faculty and coordinating staff who have a significant track record of teaching, program development, clinical experience and research. We are equally proud of our community faculty who supervise residents in multiple hospitals and other facilities throughout the community as well as providing the residency program with outside psychotherapy supervision. However, we are most proud of our residents who have met the challenge of pioneering a new program with skill, empathy, enthusiasm and provide a welcoming community to applicants and new residents. Our residents are a unique group of physicians and it is likely that one will encounter PGY 1 residents discussing dream interpretation, PGY 2 residents discussing the benefits of following up on patients following discharge from the consultation-liaison service, and PGY 3 residents participating in animal-model neuroscience research and residents at all levels presenting at regional and national meetings.

The program’s philosophy is grounded in the belief that offering a longitudinal approach in various settings provides trainees with a unique ability to watch treatment unfold and to develop clinical skills. The philosophy also includes the dedication to the idea that training in an academic center must incorporate involvement with the surrounding community and its resources which include teaching hospitals, the local mental health agency, our regional state hospital and our VA Clinics. Experiences range from traditional hospitals and clinics to outreach programs, forensic facilities, and unique involvement in primary care clinical settings. We also believe that teaching medical students and more junior residents provides trainees with the opportunity to sharpen their own skills and develop themselves as physician-educators. The program features strong relationships and experience with UTRGV programs in psychology, neuroscience, public health and bioethics.

The experience is designed to produce knowledgeable and skilled psychiatrists who are passionate about caring for children, adolescents, adults, elders and families as clinicians, teachers, researchers and advocates, particularly with underserved populations. The Rio Grande Valley, a suburban-to-rural environment, with a population of 1.7 million people, a rapidly growing, binational, bilingual area with numerous cultural, natural, culinary and recreational attractions, including, arguably the best beach in Texas, provides residents with an opportunity to develop cultural and linguistic competence in multiple clinical situations, including innovative community psychiatry programs.
Training in psychiatry is complex, challenging and evolving. Becoming a psychiatrist involves developing biomedical knowledge, honing listening and understanding skills, clinical acumen and developing an identity as a psychiatrist.
We welcome all prospective applicants and would be delighted to be part of your professional journey.

Henry Weisman, MD
Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Program