Psychiatric Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Medical schools teach students majoring in psychiatry how to treat mentally or emotionally distressed patients with counseling and medication. After medical school, students take part in residencies where they learn their psychiatric specialties.

How to Select a Psychiatry School

Psychiatrists, like all medical doctors, are required to complete medical school before beginning their residencies. Students of psychiatry may choose psychiatry as a specialization while still in medical school or after medical school via a residency program. The selection process that follows applies to both the selection of medical school and residency program.

When searching for a medical school, aspiring psychiatrists may want to consider the following:

  • Students wanting to make their medical school selection based on the type of psychiatric research being conducted at the school can find school rankings by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
  • U.S. News and World Report provides two lists of medical school rankings: one based on the primary-care training provided and one based on the research being conducted by the school.
  • Students may want to search for a school and an affiliated hospital that provides integrated public and private psychiatry, stable psychiatric doctoral leadership, a diverse patient population and career opportunities.

Top 10 Medical Schools

College/UniversityInstitution Type
Harvard University4-year, Private
Stanford University4-year, Private
Johns Hopkins University4-year, Private
University of California - San Francisco4-year, Public
University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)4-year, Private
Washington University in St. Louis4-year, Private
Yale University4-year, Private
Columbia University4-year, Private
Duke University4-year, Private
University of Chicago (Pritzker)4-year, Private

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