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Best Psychiatry Schools in the United States

Read about fellowship and residency programs in psychiatry. Learn what four of the top schools have to offer in terms of areas of specialization and reputation, and find a table that lists other universities that provide training for prospective psychiatrists. View article »

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The road to becoming a practicing psychiatrist is quite lengthy and involves a considerable amount of postgraduate study. Residencies and fellowships in psychiatry are available at a number of top schools in the country. After completing medical school, aspiring physicians can specialize in psychiatry by participating in paid postgraduate residencies, which are offered by psychiatry schools in conjunction with local medical facilities.

After residency, some psychiatry schools offer additional training through research or sub-specialty fellowship programs. Top schools for aspiring physicians include Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University. Each of these schools has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: Johns Hopkins University treats the highest percentage of psychiatric patients in Maryland.

As of 2017, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland was ranked as tied for the third best medical school in the country for research by U.S. News & World Report. In 2016, the hospital was ranked at #4 nationally for psychiatry. Also in 2016, it was named among the best 'Colleges That Pays You Back' by The Princeton Review, as well as a Best Northeastern College in 2017. Once accepted into the program, students can pursue a residency in adolescent or general psychiatry.

As residents, students gain hands-on skills in a variety of clinical settings while studying several subjects in psychiatry. In addition to research fellowships, residents can pursue specialty fellowships in clinical neuropsychology, anxiety disorders and behavioral sleep studies, as well as geriatric psychiatry and pharmacology.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

School Highlight: The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor houses the country's first center for depression studies.

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor placed fourth on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools for 2017. Part of the University of Michigan Health System, the Department of Psychiatry offers both residency and training programs in a number of psychiatric fields. In addition to general psychiatry, residents can specialize in addiction, child and adolescent, forensic or geriatric psychiatry, as well as psychosomatic medicine. Training programs in substance abuse research, clinical social work and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are also offered; university research activities include psychotherapeutic methods and treatment of depression, anxiety and other disorders.

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University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychiatry is part of the oldest medical school in the country.

A member of the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia had one of the nation's best psychiatric hospitals in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. Those who want to study psychiatry at UPenn can pursue a 4-year general residency with additional specializations in psychiatric research, psychotherapy or community psychology. Students take part in training seminars, case conferences and clinical rotations, gaining skills in behavioral, marital and cognitive psychotherapy. Additionally, the school has received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that fund fellowships and training programs, such as the Clinical Research Scholars Program.

Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts

School Highlight: Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts offers fellowships in psychosomatic medicine and addiction.

The Boston University medical campus was established as the New England Female Medical College. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked the BU School of Medicine as tied at #29 among the best medical schools for research in the country. Ongoing research conducted in the Department of Psychiatry, which offers residencies and fellowships, includes such areas as maternal mental health, newborn mental health, veteran's mental health and PTSD. In partnership with Massachusetts' General Hospital Division of Global Psychiatry, the school operates the global and local center for mental health disparities.

Top Psychiatry Schools

Below is a list of additional six schools that offer outstanding programs in psychiatry:

School Name Distinction Location
Duke University Ten psychiatric research topics, including schizophrenia, nicotine research, addictions and sleep disorders Durham, NC
Stanford University Grand Rounds program for psychiatry students Stanford, CA
University of California - Los Angeles Home to the Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Los Angeles, CA
University of Virginia The school is a pioneer in telepsychiatry and tele-mental health services Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington - Seattle Department of Psychiatry is part of the ground-breaking IMPACT trials, which is the largest study ever conducted on depression Seattle, WA
Yale University Research areas include addiction, aging, genetics, stress and women's behavioral health New Haven, CT

Students can consider these and other tops schools for their postgraduate psychiatry training. Though some individuals may prefer general psychiatry as a vocation, you may have the chance to opt for a specialization, such as community psychology, psychiatric research, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, or neuropsychology.

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