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kjt45@drexel.edu (215) 831-6927
Heather McLaughlin hgm28@drexel.edu

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

Join the Psychiatry Interest Group and/or attent some of the group's activities.

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

Having research experience is a great addition to a student's CV, but it is not a requirement. Involvement in activities such as poster presentations, symposia, and community outreach also indicate interest and enthusiasm about Psychiatry.

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Our residents and faculty are working on a variety of projects. Interested students may contact us to learn about available opportunities.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

There are opportunities to attend outpatient intake clinics, case conference, and inpatient rounds.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

If a student is interested in a particular program, it can be very helpful to schedule an away rotation. This is also a good option if a student is interested in a specific area of Psychiatry and locates an away site that has the particular treatment of interest.

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

Because of the many practice options, psychiatrists are able to select the work setting that best suits the career-life balance they desire.

What are the most important qualities or character traits for a person in this field?

Empathy, Compassion, Curiosity, Flexibilty, Optimism

What are career opportunities after training?

Following completion of general adult psychiatric training, there are a number of fellowships one may choose to pursue. Examples include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry/ Psychosomatic Medicine, Public and Community Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. Psychiatry is a very diverse field with multiple practice settings. A few examples would include:

OUTPATIENT: Patients scheudle appointments for therapy and/or psychiatric medicine management. Psychiatrists may practice on their own, in a group with other physicians and therapists, in a clinic setting (such as a community mental health center, a college mental health service, or a medical clinic providing psychiatric services), or as part of a community outreach team.

INPATIENT: Patients admitted to inpatient psychiatric units at a time of crisis are stabilized on medication and participate in therapy sessions (group, individual, expressive arts). Patients admitted to hospitals on a medical or surgical service may receive psychiatric consult services.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENTS: Patients seeking help for drug and alcohol treatment may elect to be admitted to an inpatient rehab facility or attend outpatient rehab services.

SPECIFIC TREATMENT SETTINGS: Patient populations with specific needs are seen in specialty clinics, such as eating disorder treatment centers, clinics for abuse, services for the intellectually disables, veterans administration clinics, etc.

What resources (eg websites, books, professional groups) would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?

Membership in the American Psychiatric Association is free for medical students and includes many benefits such as :

Free subscriptions to The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric News, free registration for the APA Annual Meeting, 20% discount on books and journals from American Psychiatric Publishing.

Students can learn more and join at www.psychiatry.org

Any other advice you wish to share?



Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

DUCOM Psychiatry & Psychoanalysis Interest Group: ducompsychiatry@gmail.com

Specialty Description

Psychiatrists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of emotional, behavioral and addictive disorders such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, cognitive disorder, and adjustment disorders. The psychiatrist is able to understand the biologic, psychological, and social components of illness, and therefore is uniquely prepared to treat the whole person. A psychiatrist is qualified to order diagnostic laboratory tests and to prescribe medications, evaluate, and treat psychological and interpersonal problems, and to intervene with families who are coping with stress, crises, and other problems in living. (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.)

Time Requirement

The residency training for psychiatry is four years. Up to two years of additional training are required to practice in one of the subspecialty areas.

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.


  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Geriatric Psychiatry

Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 37.9 40.8
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 9.5 10.8
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

Drexel Match Data --2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information: http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/pub_psychiatry.htm
(Log in for more helpful data to include: Personal Characteristics / Match data / Residency Requirements / Workforce Statistics / Compensation)

Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Development Center's pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.