Psychiatry Residency

Overview of each training year

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The PGY-1 psychiatry internship is designed to solidify core physician identity, knowledge, and skills and to develop competence in key building blocks of psychiatry. For those PGY-1 residents interested in pursuing a child psychiatry fellowship, the Child Interest Track offers the opportunity to exchange 2 months of internal medicine for 2 months of pediatrics and 1 month of neurology for 1 month of child neurology. 

The PGY-2 year is designed to develop advanced knowledge and skills in complex psychiatric diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. The PGY-2 year also includes 3 - 5 months of elective time which provides the opportunity for early exposure to various specialty areas in psychiatry.
The PGY-3 year focuses on outpatient skills and is designed to develop competence in a range of therapeutic modalities including group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and advanced pharmacotherapy.  Evidence-based medicine is taught through a state-of-the curriculum; residents conduct a quality improvement/patient safety project to their own practice and advance their practice-based learning skills.
The PGY-4 year focuses on advancing and unifying all the skills and knowledge acquired in the previous years through leadership, teaching and scholarship. This is often incorporated in being a chief resident. The PGY-4 year also includes ample time for individualized clinical, scholarly, or research experiences that develop special interests, in-depth knowledge, or advanced skills.

Denver Health Medical Center Electives

Emergency Psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry
Adolescent Psychiatry
Integrated Care

Addiction Psychiatry

Denver County Jail Psychiatry

Veteran's Administration Medical Center Electives

Geriatric Psychiatry
Interventional Psychiatry
University of Colorado Hospital Electives

Refugee Mental Health

Student Mental Health
Infectious Disease/ HIV Psychiatry
Promise Clinic (Perinatal Mental Health)
Integrated Telepsychiatry
Imagine LGBTQ+ Clinic
ARTS Addiction Psychiatry (Addiction Research and Treatment Services)
Bipolar Clinic
Integrated Transgender Clinic
Women's Behavioral Health Clinic
START Clinic (Stress, Trauma, Adversity Research and Treatment)
NES (Non-Epileptic Seizures) Clinic
New Parent Rotation
Community Mental Health Sites
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
University of Denver Student Mental Health Clinic
Mental Health Center of Denver


The Wellness Interest Group

This is a faculty led interest group with residents from all years.  They meet every two months to discuss resident wellness as it relates to the program.

Julie Wolfe is the faculty sponsor of this group, if you are interested in joining you can reach her @ JULIE.WOLFE@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU


The Psychedelic and Experiential Medicine Interest Group

Psychedelic and experiential medicine have rapidly changing regulatory and cultural landscapes- with ever-increasing investigations, growing use cases, and FDA-approved treatments on the horizon. Psychedelic and experiential medicine hold great promise as therapeutics for an expanding range of mental health conditions, but perhaps more importantly offer a potential paradigm shift in brain health and mental health treatment. These therapies alter foundational constructs by facilitating profound experiences and modulate brain circuitry and networks which are believed to 1) potentiate sustained, positive change in attitudes and values, personality, and mindfulness and 2) reduce suffering due to refractory psychiatric and psychological ailments.


Preeminent medical and academic centers, non-profit organizations, and pioneers of industry are developing sophisticated systems which will provide unique opportunities and careers for those with demonstrated interests and knowledge of this re-emerging, but still nascent field. Moreover, the pursuit of more efficacious treatments, with novel agents and modalities, represents an extraordinarily compelling line of inquiry.  Naturally, increasing numbers of researchers and clinicians are seeking training and educational opportunities focused on psychedelic and experiential medicine. Our interest group cultivates a space to critically appraise foundational concepts in this burgeoning field through various scientific, ethical, and political lenses and creates opportunities to expand its boundaries. We facilitate this exploration through a structured reading seminar, expert speaker and panel discussions, participation in novel research, and networking opportunities.

If you are interested in this interest group, please reach out to Micheal Tarver @ MICHEAL.TARVER@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU

Psychiatry Residency Sites


UCH is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus.  This beautiful state-of-the-art facility is the tertiary care leader of the Rocky Mountain Region. It embraces a patient-centered philosophy and serves both private and public sectors. Psychiatry Residents rotate through Medicine, Neurology, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Outpatient Psychiatry along with many other electives at UCH.

Scholarly Resident Activity


Zoe╠ł Panchal, Christi Piper, Charles Whitmore & Robert D. Davies (2021): Providing supportive transgender mental health care: a systemized narrative review of patient experiences, preferences, and outcomes, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2021.1899094

Kyle Baird , Julie Wolfe & Robert Davies (2020): The traumatic sequelae ofsurviving the AIDS crisis: A case report, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. Published online September 8, 2020

Sirish Veligati, et al (2020) Changes in alcohol and cigarette consumption in response to medical and recreational cannabis legalization: Evidence from U.S. state tax receipt data. International Journal of Drug Policy, 75[102585]

Libbon R, Gadbaw J, Watson M, Rothberg B, Sillau S, Heru A, Strom L.  The feasibility of a multidisciplinary group therapy clinic for the treatment of nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsy & Behavior, 2019;98(A):117--123

Residency and Fellowship Achievements



Contact Us

Department of Psychiatry Residency

13001 E 17th Place

Bldg 500, Rm E2322

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-6021

Fax: (303) 724-4963



Sara Dillard

Program Coordinator

Phone: (303) 724-6019

Email: Sara Dillard


Robert D. Davies, MD

Program Director

Phone: (303) 724-6021

Email: Robert Davies