Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director's Message

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Psychiatry Residency Program is dedicated to educating the very best psychiatrists for the 21st century, and we are uniquely suited to providing the learning environment to meet this goal.

We are a medium-sized program – eight residents per class – situated within a world-class university and medical school, with a full-time faculty of over 100 psychiatrists – and 400 faculty overall including discipline of psychology, economics, law, physiology, neuroscience, and business. We have active research in the areas of mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, dementia, mental health services, and early childhood trauma, and we collaborate with many other departments in the Medical School and the University.

Diverse Experiences, Extraordinary Facilities

We want to welcome you to our website!  We’re thrilled that you’re interested in the field of psychiatry – to us, there is no more exciting specialty in medicine!  I’ve been Program Director at Northwestern for twelve years now, and from my perspective, you are entering the field at a particularly wonderful time. There are remarkable advances in neuroscience and much greater awareness of the interdependence of psychiatry and other medical specialties.  Our departmental mission is to train future leaders in psychiatry: in research, in clinical care, and in medical education.  My role is to help residents develop deeply satisfying careers - careers that enable them to fully use their talents and fulfill their ambitions.  It is also our job to help residents learn to integrate their careers in psychiatry with a healthy and rewarding personal life. In a mid-size program such as Northwestern’s, Dr. Lloyd and I are able to spend a good deal of individual time with each resident throughout the year – to help them meet their goals.

One of the crucial elements of good training is exposure to a broad range of patients and excellent supervision.  Northwestern is a superb training environment:  on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus, our residents train in our state-of-the-art 29-bed psychiatric inpatient unit, which takes up an entire floor of Galter Pavilion of Northwestern Memorial, and our Stone Mental Health Center, which offers a wide range of outpatient services and psychosocial rehabilitation. We also provide psychiatric consultation services to Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), Prentice Women’s Hospital (the largest free-standing women’s hospital in the US), the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, now known as the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (the top-rated rehabilitation hospital in the U.S.) In addition, we are affiliated with other top-ranked hospitals: the renowned Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital in Chicago and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Our residents pursue family therapy training at Chicago’s Family Institute, and they have access to a variety of elective rotations, such as Womens’ Behavioral Health through our Asher Center, Eating Disorders at Insight, Neuromodulation and Sleep Disorders at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Student Mental Health at Northwestern University, and intensive diagnostic evaluation at Chicago’s Institute for Psychoanalysis.

We have exciting updates in our clinical services, research opportunities, and faculty roster.

We have all five ACGME-accredited psychiatry fellowships (Addiction Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Forensic Psychiatry), plus fellowships in Womens Behavioral Health (headed by Kathy Wisner, M.D. and Crystal Clark, M.D.), Neuropsychiatry (headed by Michael Schrift, M.D.), and one to two year research fellowships. Often our adult psychiatry residents decide to continue their fellowship training here at Northwestern.

One year ago we welcomed four terrific new junior faculty members:

They are joined this August by new faculty member Amy Corcoran, M.D, who completed a fellowship in Neuropsychiatry after her adult residency. 

We have new clinical programs in Integrated Care:

Several of our current residents and fellows were recently awarded national honorary and research fellowships as well as regional leadership positions:

We have extensive neuromodulation programs, including inpatient and outpatient ECT as well as TMS in our outpatient setting. Residents can become certified to provide ECT and TMS during training. 

Resident Training

Residents learn evidence-based treatments – both somatic interventions and the psychotherapies -from experts in each area. We believe that psychiatrists must understand and treat the whole person; therefore, trainees must learn an essential range of treatment modalities. We believe that experience in a continuing care outpatient clinic, with excellent supervision, is a key element to training, and so our residents start their outpatient work in the middle of their PGY2 year with a special half-day “immersion” clinic with live observation and feedback from faculty, followed by PGY3 year of full-time outpatient experiences.

PGY4s will continue to follow a caseload of their outpatients months until graduation which means that residents carry some patients continuously for 2.5 years during training. Residents have three to four hours of formal supervision per week, in addition to onsite “in the moment” feedback from faculty members. We believe that this continuity of care experience enables residents to know their patients over time, and become familiar with the course of illness as well as the power of the therapeutic alliance.

More importantly, we place the highest value on the integration of personal and professional development of residents. In addition to ensuring that residents gain competence in all essential areas of knowledge and skill, we believe that resident’s talents and interests should be fostered throughout training so that his or her profession continues to be challenging and rewarding for many years to come. Individual mentoring is essential for this kind of growth, and our program has core faculty educators who are interested in providing this mentorship and support.

These are some more unique aspects of the Northwestern psychiatry training program:

We are glad you visited our website.  Please free to contact us with any questions or feedback.

Dr. Joan Anzia

Joan M. Anzia, MD
Residency Training Director

Robert Lloyd

Robert Lloyd, MD
Associate Training Director