Department of Psychiatry

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact an alum from my school?

Write us at:, and we’ll have someone get back to you.

What do your residents do after graduation from the program?

  • Approximately a third of our graduates go on to complete a fellowship or other additional training.
  • Nearly half of our graduates are in the military and go on to practice psychiatry around the world.
  • Forty percent of our civilian graduates go on to practice psychiatry in community mental health centers, state hospitals or VA medical centers.  Most of the remainder work in outpatient mental health group practices.
  • Nearly two-thirds of our recent graduates have been involved in medical research within the last year.
  • More than a third of our recent graduates have published an article in a peer-reviewed medical journal in the last year.
  • More than half of our recent graduates are currently affiliated with a training institution.  Seventy-five percent of our recent graduates instruct or supervise medical students, and 64 percent instruct or supervise psychiatry residents.

How do residents perform on the board exams?

Over the last eight years, 90 percent of our graduates have passed the Psychiatry Board Certification examination on their first attempt.  Last year, all 11 residents who completed training here passed on their first attempt.

What’s the big deal about psychotherapy at Wright State?

We regard an in-depth understanding of the conscious and unconscious mind as a cornerstone of all psychiatry. Psychotherapy skills are beneficial in every interaction with patients. A thorough grasp of the psychological and social stresses on a patient leads to a more accurate diagnosis and formulation. A psychodynamic understanding of the patient often answers the question, “Why is this patient having trouble at this time.” Competence in numerous psychotherapeutic approaches allows the psychiatrist to make more nuanced and patient-centered interventions.

We emphasize an array of psychotherapy approaches from brief supportive therapy on inpatient units to long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy in our Resident Therapy Clinic. Starting in the second year, every resident gets time blocked on his or her schedule to provide ongoing weekly psychotherapy and to receive an hour of individual psychotherapy supervision. Virtually all sessions are video-recorded and can be reviewed with the supervisor. Additional supervision occurs in our Combined Case Conferences, which residents attend weekly throughout their training. Training in cognitive-behavior therapy, brief psychotherapy and marital/family therapy is provided with extra supervision available for those specialized skills. The place of psychotherapy in the curriculum is defined on the Curriculum page.

What is call like?

All call during psychiatry rotations is home call with regular access to the attending physicians via phone. R1s do not take night call while on psychiatry rotations. Call is distributed in decreasing frequency throughout the remainder of residency.

In the R2 year, residents take home call every third or fourth night while on Psychiatric Inpatient rotations to address patient needs on the inpatient unit overnight with intermittent periods of admit call from the Emergency Department. (Frequency of admit call is site dependent). Additionally, R2s take call for the Wright-Patterson Medical Center (WPMC) ED during their Consult/Liaison/Child rotation. This call occurs approximately one night a week and one weekend a month; residents are called less than 50 percent of those evenings. Currently, there is no required call during third and fourth year.

The call schedule for Internal Medicine is subject to change based on the needs of individual services and clinical sites.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, responsibilities on Kettering's inpatient medicine rotations ranged from (1) being on-call every four days until 8 p.m. and being in charge of house pagers during post-call days with no overnight responsibilities, to (2) being scheduled a total of four on-call days until 9 p.m. and one overnight call shift; all depending on the specific clinical site.

Responsibilities on Miami Valley Hospital's inpatient medicine rotation during the 2015-2016 academic year included being on the on-call team with the house pager and phone until 7:30 p.m. every two to four days (depending on the service); other teams that aren't on-call still help with admissions until 4 p.m., with no team having overnight call responsibilities.

Can I rotate with your program as a medical student? How do I set up this clerkship?

We encourage you to explore your interest in Wright State by pursuing an elective rotation with us. To find out about options in an area of your interest, write us at

Questions about arranging electives for visiting students should be directed to Erin Nash, M.Ed., medical student clinical experience coordinator. More information is posted on the Visiting Students page.

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Last edited on 09/09/2015.