Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
Combined Residency Program
Do any of these statements apply to you?
- You are a medical student or current resident physician who is interested in integrated care for your patients.
- You have discerned, or are coming to appreciate, how illness in any domain, and treatment of those illnesses, is influenced by biologic, physiologic, psychologic, and social factors.
- You have observed that physicians who practice general internal medicine cannot ignore psychiatric problems in their patients, and that psychiatrists cannot operate solely in the domain of psychiatric/psychologic morbidities.
- Your experiences in internal medicine, and in psychiatry, have inspirited in you the possibilities of providing comprehensive care to your patients.
- You recognize, in the context of your desire to provide unified care to your future patients, that it would, for instance, prove advantageous to be able to treat diabetes in your schizophrenic patient, or to manage bipolar disorder in your patient with coronary artery disease and hypertension.
- You have concluded that patients like to have one doctor (or as few doctors as possible), and perhaps it is true that too many cooks spoil the broth.
- You wish to feel comfortable switching gears from prescribing haloperidol to prescribing insulin, shifting your clinical attention from chest pain to depressed mood, or anxious ruminations to shortness of breath.
- You recognize that traditional distinctions between medical and psychiatric illness, and traditional models of delivering care do not adequately address the needs of complicated patients.
MISSION STATEMENT of the UNIVERSITY of IOWA COMBINED INTERNAL MEDICINE and PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM
- Provide comprehensive care to patients, especially those with comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, and those who have distanced themselves from care because of their mental illnesses.
- Educate you to teach others in clinical and other settings.
- Furnish a learning environment that will foster interest in, and progress towards, a research career, if that is your intent.