School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Residency Training in Adult (General) Psychiatry

Message from the Training Director
Residency training in Psychiatry has undergone a transformation driven by developments in the neurosciences and the skills necessary for the practice of psychiatry. The economic resources allocated by the financiers of medical care to the treatment of those who are mentally ill also has impacted residency training. Progress has been made in understanding the neurobiology of mental disorders and in creating medications that more effectively manage psychiatric symptoms. New and more efficient forms of psychotherapy also have evolved and are undergoing research validation. Psychiatry, with its blend of neurosciences and humanism, may well be the most exciting and gratifying specialty in all of medicine. Residents must learn to use cutting-edge science to meet the needs of patients, regardless of what financiers may dictate. It is the obligation of any residency program to emphasize the importance of advocating for individual patients and to teach the most current knowledge to its trainees. These values direct the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Psychiatry residency. We prepare our residents for Board certification and lifelong learning.

The Department's Mission
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences is an academic department within the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Our mission is to study and identify solutions for the etiology and treatment of serious and chronic mental disorders. These goals are achieved by an integration of basic and clinical research in settings that foster high quality education-training and excellent clinical services.

Training Philosophy
Our primary objective is to train state-of-the-art clinicians, as well as researchers. Each resident must develop an appreciation of the biological, psychological, and social forces that play important roles in the genesis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Such an extensive breadth of understanding is achieved only through a broad-based, balanced program. Although our program is comprehensive and geographically decentralized, we aim to hone and support the unique interests of each resident. Thus, we offer our residents a wide array of training opportunities in subspecialty areas, including a research track, and active collaboration with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.

The Faculty
Our faculty and program staff are committed to offering residents the opportunity to develop the knowledge base, skills, and attitudes upon which to prepare for American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification, and thereafter build successful careers in psychiatry. Our faculty consists of a wide range of professionals, all of whom contribute actively to our education-training programs. This diverse group of educators includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, clinical and basic scientists, and epidemiologists. These individuals closely collaborate with residents and one another on educational and research projects. The synergy of these relationships as they bridge clinical and basic research is one of the program’s defining aspects. Our faculty includes former members of NIH, and leaders of other prestigious national organizations and review bodies. The hands-on involvement of this group of highly skilled individuals underlies the Department’s commitment to its residents, medical students and other trainees in the neurosciences.


Program Outline


Internal Medicine Neurology Inpatient Psychiatry *
4 months 2 months 6 months


Inpatient Psychiatry Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Geriatric Psychiatry
3 months  3 months 1 month
Addiction Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry Emergency Psychiatry
2 months 2 months 1 month


Outpatient Psychiatry
12 months

PG-4* **

Inpatient Psychiatry (Senior Administrative) Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry Community Psychiatry
2 months 2 months 1 month
Forensic Psychiatry Emergency Psychiatry Electives
1 month 1 month 5 months

*1/2 day per week outpatient care
**1/2 day per week available for elective research track

Information for Interested Applicants
Our program is fully accredited by ACGME. We accept applications only through ERAS, do not make pre-Match offers, and do not sponsor H1 visas. We offer interviews to only those applicants whose USMLE (or COMLEX) 1 and 2 scores average 220 and who have been in medical school, residency, or active practice as a physician within the past 4 years. Multiple USMLE attempts and failure to complete previous residencies are scrutinized; individuals who have repeated USMLE 2 CS will not be offered interviews. International medical graduates will not be interviewed unless they are certified by ECFMG. Applicants are reminded that they should submit originally authored Personal Statements to ERAS. We prefer U.S. health care experience, particularly in psychiatry; our department does not offer clinical observerships or externships due to privacy and liability issues. Interviews are scheduled on Mondays and Fridays from October through January. For further information, please contact our program coordinator, Anita Harper, at

Program Director
Richard Balon, M.D.

Tolan Park Medical Building, Suite 5-A
3901 Chrysler Service Drive
Detroit, MI 48201

Phone: (313) 577-5267
Fax: (313) 577-2233