Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Residency Training Program

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Community Psychiatry Track

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s wealth of public mental health resources makes it an ideal site for the Community Psychiatry Residency Track.

The Community Psychiatry Residency Track allows interested residents to gain the building blocks for a career in community psychiatry. Potential trainees have an interest in the care of the seriously chronically ill and poor. Specific areas of focus include clinical care, administration, and research.

Clinical Focus

Clinical activities focus on creating a breadth and depth of experience such that residents graduate with substantial expertise in community psychiatry. Given the complexity and diversity of the community mental health system, this requires rotations in a number of different facilities and programs as well as an opportunity to spend sufficient time on individual services.

Residents enter the track in the PGY2 year during the required community psychiatry rotation, spend further time rotating through Hall-Mercer and other sites during the third and fourth years, and have concurrent public mental health research experience.

Comprehensive Training

Training occurs at the provider, payer, and regulatory levels, with exposure to relevant City offices and providers. Training during the PGY2 year emphasizes clinical rotations in community mental health settings.In the PGY3 year, residents can choose to specialize in community psychiatry administration, clinical leadership, direct clinical care, or research. All residents in the Community Psychiatry Track participate in at least one research project focused on community psychiatry issues.