Prospective Residents

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Mission Statement

It is our purpose to train psychiatrists in an academic environment with both understanding and application of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of assessment and treatment to provide excellent care in the community. We provide care to the underserved population locally and aspire to fill the critical shortage of psychiatrists in Southern Nevada.

Aims

  1. To provide competent care to the public in the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model.
  2. To provide new competent clinicians to the local community to serve the needs of Southern Nevada.

Welcome from the Program Director

Our program provides a full experiential learning experience with psychopharmacological intervention for psychiatric illness and hands-on-experience with the major schools of psychotherapeutic intervention.

The program is solidly based on the bio-psycho-social model that expects residents to excel in each of these areas of knowledge and skill.

We believe that psychiatrists of the future need to be physicians of the mind. Our curriculum focuses not only on neurobiological factors, but also past and present psychosocial factors contributing to the way individuals feel, think and act. These areas are firmly integrated throughout the curriculum. Training experiences are tailored to the individual needs of residents as much as accreditation requirements allow. Nevada has a severe shortage of psychiatrists and offers many employment opportunities for you upon graduation.

The program seeks applicants who have the capacity to sit with patients experiencing physical and emotional pain, realizing that listening is a powerful healing factor. We are interested in individuals who are psychologically minded and interested in their own personal growth.

Gregory Brown, MD

Program Highlights

  • Fully accredited university program with balanced training in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
  • Wide variety of patients of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with a wide variety of psychiatric illness.
  • Time designated weekly for lectures, seminars, case conferences, ground rounds, journal clubs, and resident support groups.
  • Individual and group supervision on patient management.
  • Increased responsibility throughout program.
  • As of July 1, 2020 the program will have a total of 40 spots (10 for each year of the residency).
  • Multiple training sites in public and private sectors with reasonable on-call schedules.
  • Personal and professional development encouraged through entire residency.
  • Excellent work and home-life balance, supportive colleagues and faculty, and group activities.
  • Spectacular high desert and mountain environment.

Curriculum: Residency Program

First Year

The first year of the psychiatry residency program focuses upon the transition from medical student to resident physician. Six months of the year are devoted to honing skill and understanding the basic primary care and neurology services. The other six months focus on the inpatient experience in psychiatry with a focus on differential diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate treatment for severe mental illness. Didactics in this year reflect basic psychiatric knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment.

Second Year

The second year of the residency begins the exploration of the psychiatric subspecialties. Rotations specific to geriatric psychiatric, substance abuse psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consult and liaison psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry allow the resident to explore growing interests in the field and gain expertise in these populations and settings. Didactics in this year focus on the subspecialties in addition to ethics, history, and forensic issues.

Third Year

The third year of the program demonstrates the transition to greater independence with ongoing supervision in the transition to the outpatient level of care. Residents also exponentially improve their skills in psychotherapy based treatment for patients. The year-long experience provides continuity of care for a select group of patients with a balance between psychopharmacological management and psychotherapy based visits. Didactics in this year include depth modules in each of the major psychotherapeutic schools and advanced psychopharmacology.

Fourth Year

The fourth year of the psychiatry residency allows the resident to take leadership roles and explore any of the facets of psychiatric practice in the Las Vegas community with a wide variety of elective experiences. Junior attending roles are also available as are chief resident positions. Didactics in this final year move to “honors” topics which include hypnosis, spirituality, advanced forensic topics, sex therapy, administrative psychiatry, and courses designed to aid the resident in moving to private practice or other practice models.

Curriculum: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Child and Adolescent Fellowship didactic series formally occurs in a classroom setting during protected time one day per week. In addition, our program is created to instill in the trainee a desire for lifelong self-directed learning, in accordance with the expectations set forth by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Fellows have online access to the Health Science Library of UNLV as well as online access to textbooks and the DSM-5.

Our formal didactics are taught by a combination of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, psychologists, Master’s-prepared therapists and guests from the community, such as the leader of our school district’s psychological services, a family court judge, and an education advocacy attorney. Psychopathology, psychopharmacology and treatment interventions are taught and discussed in interactive case discussions, which also include readings and discussion of seminal studies within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Fellows present cases during our case-consultation series, and co-facilitate journal club with the assistance of our research faculty.

In addition to our didactic series, fellows are expected to accomplish a scholarly project prior to graduation. Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to complete their projects. In the past, fellows have co-presented symposia at the annual AACAP meeting in conjunction with faculty, have published book reviews with faculty, and have presented scientific posters at local meetings. Fellows also complete Quality Improvement (QI) projects prior to graduation, and receive a three-part lecture series on the history and purpose of QI initiatives within the field of medicine.

Training Sites

University Medical Center (UMC)
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VA)
Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Service (SNAMHS)
Seven Hills Hospital
Healthy Minds
Desert Willow Treatment Center

Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Alison Netski, M.D.

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Associate Professor, UNLV School of Medicine

Alison Netski

Gregory Brown, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, UNLV School of Medicine

Gregory Brown, MD

Eden Lee, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, UNLV School of Medicine

Eden Lee

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Resident Life

Life After Residency 

Graduates from the Psychiatry Residency Program have had had numerous successes and opportunities. We have had graduates be accepted into fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at various institutions such as Oregon Health Sciences University, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Washington D.C., UCSF, and University of California, Irvine. In addition, our graduates have had successes in establishing private practices in numerous states and serving in leadership roles in hospitals and health systems.

Resident Testimonial 

My experience with the residency program was wonderful. Strong education, protected didactic time, diverse rotations, moonlighting opportunities, experience in various psychiatric practices - state, VA, UMC, private sector, and brownies on Wednesdays!

Psychiatry and Behavior Health Resident: Vincent Ho, D.O.

How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your application materials to the general psychiatry residency program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Please upload your complete application through ERAS prior to October 15 of the application season. The program is not able to review other data sources or requests for consideration.

Application Process

Applications to our program are conducted electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N. Street, N.D., Washington, D.C. 20037, FAX: (202) 828-1125.

Our ERAS application which utilizes the Universal Application will require a Dean's letter, medical school transcript, three recent (within 6 months) letters of recommendation, and USMLE documented scores for Parts 1, 2, and 3 if applicable. All applicants must have passing scores for Step 1, 2 (CK and CS) prior to starting residency.

All documents must be received and reviewed before an interview is scheduled. Interviews occur during the months of November, December, and January. Application deadline is November 1.

We also participate in the National Resident Matching Program and conform to their application deadlines.

Preference is shown to applicants having USMLE scores greater than 80, and to individuals who have demonstrated experiential interest in psychiatry. Appointment is contingent upon licensing from the State of Nevada. For specific information, please visit the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners.

Transfer applications will be reviewed on a 1:1 basis.

The State of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Qualified persons are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, political affiliation, or disability as outlined in the State Affirmative Action plan.