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/Addiction Psych - STEP Program
Integrated Care

Addiction Psychiatry

Denver County Jail Psychiatry

Veteran's Administration Medical Center Electives

Geriatric 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


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.


DHMC is the urban hospital serving the City and County of Denver. The hospital serves as a regional trauma center serving Colorado and surrounding states. Psychiatry Residents rotate through Medicine, Neurology, Inpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and many other electives at Denver Health.

Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center is the tertiary hospital for VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. It is a 1.2 million square foot campus, spread over 31 acres, providing Veterans from the Colorado region private inpatient rooms, new services and innovative care. Psychiatry Residents rotate through the VA for Inpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry and many other electives.

Childrens Hospital

Children’s Hospital Colorado is a private, non-profit, tertiary-care pediatric hospital which serves the Denver metropolitan area, Colorado, and the greater Rocky Mountain region.

The Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado provides the highest quality mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. We strive to deliver evidence-based, family-focused and youth-centered services that make a difference. In addition to our cutting-edge clinical services, we are also dedicated to training the next generation of mental health professionals and conducting research to advance the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Our interdisciplinary teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, nurses and creative art therapists who specialize in addressing the unique treatment needs of each and every child and adolescent we serve. We provide a complete continuum of psychiatric services including outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient and emergency services for children and adolescents. We treat children from birth to 18 years of age. No matter the challenge, we collaborate with families to promote healthy outcomes.

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

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