Psychiatry Residency

Psychiatric resident speaking with someone

Our Philosophy

The mission of the Creighton University School of Medicine Valleywise Health Center (Phoenix) Psychiatry Residency Program is to provide a nurturing environment for our residents' professional and personal growth; train them to become outstanding clinicians and teachers, who not only find fulfillment in working with the underserved patient population but who will make meaningful contributions in the field.

The program’s biggest asset is our residents and diverse faculty who create an enriching learning environment. Our residents are engaged in various committees and are proactive in their training. We have an extensive didactic program that is broad-based and updated regularly based on the resident's feedback, training needs and interests. Our faculty members have an open-door policy, provide ample supervision and are actively involved in the growth and development of the residents. The program has an ongoing collaboration with various treatment facilities in the community that enables our residents to customize their training in a variety of different clinical settings beyond the basic structure of the residency, further broadening their experience.

We hope this website provides you with a comprehensive overview of our program. We are looking forward to meeting you and having an opportunity to share with you how much we all enjoy being part of this team.

Mission Statement

We are a community care focused program whose mission is to create a learning environment for our residents that fosters their growth as physicians, teachers and leaders who will become the next generation of psychiatrists to promote the care of the mental health of all populations including the underserved. This is in keeping with our sponsoring institutions core values of service to others, the inalienable worth of each individual, and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Aims

Our programs goals and aims are to promote the development of psychiatrists by:

  1. Educating our residents to be psychiatrists with the knowledge and clinical acumen to diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric illnesses in a variety of settings, including emergency departments, inpatient, outpatient, and consult liaison
  2. Promoting interpersonal skills and ethical behavior to best communicate with our patients and their families in a culturally sensitive manner
  3. Interfacing with consultants and other disciplines in a manner where we exchange information in an educating and clear manner to benefit our patients
  4. Developing well-rounded, prepared, compassionate physicians who are capable of practicing in whatever setting they choose. The training they receive with the underserved and involuntary (requiring court-ordered treatment) population makes them more qualified than most to be able to continue this work. Our hope is to retain many of our trainees once they graduate to address the shortage of psychiatrists in Arizona.