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
First Responders
Adolescent/Addiction Psych - STEP Program
Integrated Care

Addiction Psychiatry

Veteran's Administration Medical Center Electives

Geriatric Psychiatry
Family-Focused Therapy


University of Colorado Hospital Electives
ARTS Addiction Psychiatry

OPD Refugee Mental Health Track

OPD Student Mental Health Track
Infectious Disease/ HIV Psychiatry
Promise Clinic
Imagine Clinic


Scholarly Resident Activity

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

Winston H, Fage B. Resilience, resistance: A commentary on the historical origins of resilience and wellness initiatives. Psychiatric Services 2019; 0:1-3

Resczenski J and Whitmore CA. Medication-Assisted Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Among Adolescents. JAACAP Connect, 2018;(5)1:10-14.

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