Department of Psychiatry

Medical Education


Medical Student Education

CBM and TBHN serve as the training sites for all students at the UMKC School of Medicine.  Departmental faculty members serve as Year One Docents to students in their first year.  At year four, departmental faculty teach the Behavior Science Course, required for all students in the program.  Then, in year five, all students rotate through the clinical clerkship in psychiatry primarily based at CBM but with ample opportunities for students to gain experience on the outpatient and consultation services at TBHN.  The department offers a wide variety of senior electives to UMKC students and visiting students from other medical schools.

For students who are interested in psychiatry, career counseling is provided via a Psychiatry Interest Group, participation in the Schools Career Fair, and by individual faculty members on request.

Residency Training

The department of psychiatry has operated a residency training program since 1951, producing over 300 psychiatrists.

Currently the residency consists of twenty-four resident slots (six residents per class).  CBM and TBHN are the primary training sites but additional sites for electives include Northwest Missouri Psychiatry Rehabilitation Center, Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Continuing Medical Education

The faculty members in the department of psychiatry are provided with a considerable array of opportunities for career development and continuing education. Case Conferences every other week review a clinical case from the perspective of the person and their biopsychosocial vulnerabilities and strengths. Departmental Grand Rounds are presented by local and national speakers on metal health topics.

Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Since 1980 the State of Missouri Department of Mental Health, in affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy has conducted a psychiatric pharmacy residency program that is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is one of over thirty nationally accredited training sites and involves a 12-month intensive educational curriculum for pharmacists with a doctor of pharmacy degree who meet the eligibility requirements established by ASHP. A high percentage of residency program preceptors serve as clinical pharmacists and are board certified in the area of psychiatric pharmacy practice. Rotation sites include, but are not limited to, the Center for Behavioral Medicine (CBM) and Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center (NMPRC). Two residency positions are available annually. Residents participate in clinical patient care as an active member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, present formal presentations for grand rounds, case conference, and journal club and conduct projects that include an IRB-approved research project. Residents take an active role in teaching pharmacy students, medical students, and psychiatry residents. Graduates of the program can be found in all areas of health care, including the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and hospital settings.

For more information, contact Courtney Iuppa, Pharm.D., BCPP, Residency Coordinator at courtney.iuppa@dmh.mo.gov or 816-512-7477

Psychology Internship Program

The Psychology Internship Program at Western Missouri Mental Health Center/Center for Behavioral Medicine has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association continuously since 1959.  The internship program provides  a wide range of training experiences and an opportunity for in-depth, comprehensive learning.  Interns are encouraged to select experiences that meet their individual needs and interests.  The program is flexible and allows interns to focus on particular areas of interest while providing needed support and guidance.  There are two full time paid intern positions.

The Hornstra Society (Department-wide Alumni Association)

The Hornstra Society embraces the membership of:

  • graduates of the psychiatry, psychology and psychopharmacy training programs
  • current trainees in these programs
  • current and former faculty members
  • graduates of the UMKC School of Medicine who are psychiatrists

The purpose of the Hornstra Society is to develop a life-long connection with the graduates of the training programs. The primary objectives of this organization are to:

  • Provide an opportunity for professional growth and social interaction among members
  • Assist in efforts to recruit trainees to the program and subsequent membership in the Society
  • Support the mission and goals of the training programs, the Department of Psychiatry, and the School of Medicine
  • Serve as an avenue of quality management of the training programs by observing graduate outcomes
  • Provide a forum for the presentation and exchange of ideas.

Many opportunities exist for service to the Hornstra Society.  If you would like to learn more, contact Mark Miller, MA, Hornstra Society Coordinator; Mark.Miller@dmh.mo.gov; 816-512-7419.