Department of Psychiatry

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which medical schools did your residents attend?

Our current residents come from:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Des Moines University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michigan State University
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • St. Matthews University
  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • University of South Alabama College of Medicine
  • University of Texas Medical School At San Antonio
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

How can I contact an alum from my school?

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

Where do residents go after graduation from the program?

Of the civilian graduates in recent years:

  • Public psychiatry: 40 percent
  • Fellowships: 25 percent
  • Private practice: 20 percent
  • Academic: 15 percent

How do residents perform on the Board exams?

100 percent of our graduates take the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certifying exams.
First time pass rates over the past five years are:

  • Part I: 94 percent
  • Part II: 90 percent

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

We regard psychodynamics, the study of the unconscious workings of the human mind, as a basic science of psychiatry. Even psychiatrists who practice in inpatient or medication-support settings need to know this field to make the best diagnostic and therapeutic decisions and maximize therapeutic outcomes. The optimum way to learn this science is by practicing intensive psychotherapy under supervision. Our unique structure allows us to provide this training more effectively than almost any program in the country.  Every resident gets at least one hour weekly of individual psychotherapy supervision starting in R2. Virtually all sessions are video-recorded. Training in cognitive therapy, brief psychotherapy and marital/family therapy is mandated, with extra supervision provided 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. R3s also share WPMC call approximately one night per month, no weekends. There is no required call during fourth year.

R1s take call according to the department standards on all non-psychiatric rotations. Internal Medicine at Kettering Medical Center is in-house call every four nights and Internal Medicine at Miami Valley Hospital is in-house call every fourth Tuesday.

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 06/04/2015.