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Psychiatry Residency Program at Penn Highlands

The Penn Highlands Psychiatry Residency Program offers a comprehensive, patient-centered curriculum which prepares graduates for a broad scope of practice.

Scholarly Activity

Penn Highlands residents have many opportunities to be involved in scholarly activity during the course of the Residency. These opportunities include ongoing Quality Improvement Projects, Poster Presentations, Grand Rounds presentations, and also faculty mentorship with Case Reports and articles. Residents will also frequently participate on committees within the hospital system at large. Additionally, during the Research Design and Methodology course series, Residents will design a study and will complete a project of their own design.


Physician Wellness is a priority here at Penn Highlands. Protected time for Residency wellness events and retreats are built into the didactic schedule, and take place on at least a quarterly basis. These events not only promote wellness but also camaraderie among Resident physicians and Faculty.


Residency Didactics are held every Thursday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Didactic time is protected at Penn Highlands, and attendance of lectures is an expectation of the Residency program. Over the course of the program, residents advance from didactics regarding introductory topics in Psychiatry and progressively are exposed to more advanced topics. Residents of all levels will also actively participate in weekly Journal Club as well as scheduled Clinical Case Conferences, Grand Rounds presentations, and Morbidity and Mortality presentations.


  • Principles of Effective Teaching
  • Writing Well for Documentation
  • Interviewing
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Health Care Management
  • 201/302


  • Consult Liaison
  • Neurodevelopmental Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Drug and Alcohol Disorders
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Psychodynamic Formulation and Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Biopsychosocial Formulation


  • Board Review
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Biopsychosocial Formulation
  • Advanced Topics in Psychotherapy
  • Cultural Perspectives in Behavioral Health
  • Ethical and Forensic Issues
  • Transition to Practice/Administrative Care
  • Human Sexual Dysfunction
  • Advanced Somatic Therapies and Topics


  • Transition to Practice/Administrative Care
  • Board Review
  • Biopsychosocial Formulation

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