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.

Students typically do a psychiatry rotation during medical school; after medical school, they can specialize their practice in this field via a residency program. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and must complete their M.D. before beginning their residencies.

10 Medical Schools with Psychiatry Programs

Here are a few medical schools that offer a residency program in psychiatry. Residents do not pay tuition to a school; rather, they earn a salary.

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Residency
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private Residency
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Residency
University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Residency
University of Pennsylvania (Perelman) Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Residency
Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, MO 4-year, Private Residency
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private Residency
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private Residency
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private Residency
University of Chicago (Pritzker) Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Residency

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

When searching for a medical school residency program, 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.

Aspiring psychiatrists typically seek out psychiatric residencies after earning their M.D. When choosing a school for their residency, applicants may want to consider the psychiatry research being conducted by the faculty and students, as well as any hospital affiliations the school has.

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