University of Hawaii Psychiatry Residency Program
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Aloha & welcome to the UH Department of Psychiatry's General Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Our program strives to recruit and train highly motivated individuals who enjoy working collaboratively to provide excellent clinical care to multi-cultural individuals and communities. The emphasis of the program is for residents to achieve the competencies outlined below. We also focus on the ACGME Psychiatry Milestones in evaluating the resident competence throughout their training.  We hope that you will consider applying to our program.

ACGME Psychiatry Milestones

Patient Care/Clinical Skills

  • Develop the ability to interview patients effectively.
  • Perform a comprehensive psychiatric examination and evaluation of mental status.
  • Learn to formulate a case in a meaningful and comprehensive manner and discuss differential diagnosis in a critical analytical fashion.
  • Learn to present and discuss cases in a lucid and thoughtful manner.
  • Learn the effective use of a variety of therapies.

Medical Knowledge

  • Learn the phenomenology and epidemiology of psychiatric disorders
  • Understand the theories of etiology of the major psychiatric disorders
  • Gain an understanding of the legal, social, cultural, biological, ethical and economic factors inherent in the care of patients.
  • Learn the theoretical underpinnings of the major treatment approaches.

Interpersonal and Communications Skills

  • Learn to work collaboratively with peers and allied personnel.
  • Create and sustain therapeutic and ethically sound relationships with patients and their families.
  • Show concern, empathy, warmth and sensitivity to patient needs.


  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and be open to supervision.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender and disabilities.
  • Record data clearly and concisely.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Integrate and apply current psychiatric scientific knowledge to clinical decision making (i.e. evidence-based medicine).
  • Demonstrate regular, disciplined self-directed learning and assessment.

Systems-Based Practice

  • Practice ethical psychiatry in the context of health care financing, systems of care and community at large.
  • Advocate for quality patient care.


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