Department of Psychiatry

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact an alum from my school?

Write us at: som_psychres@wright.edu, 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, 92 percent of our graduates have passed the Psychiatry Board Certification examination on their first attempt.


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

2017 APA Presenters of ‘For the Right Reasons’: Toxic Masculinity on Reality TV and Its Application to Clinical Practice
2017 APA Presenters of ‘For the Right Reasons’: Toxic Masculinity on Reality TV and Its Application to Clinical Practice

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.

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. 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.


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.

Questions about arranging electives for visiting students should be directed to Dalila Bennett at som_scheduling@wright.edu. More information is posted on the Visiting Students page.


How do I set up an observership or externship?

We do not offer observorships or externships in Psychiatry.


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Do your residents/faculty present at national meetings?

Yes, our faculty and residents are encouraged to present at national meetings such as the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting. Check the APA Guide to visit the Wright State session and reception.


Last edited on 05/11/2018.