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department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Residency Program


Roy Steinhouse, MD, LFAPAA Message from Roy Steinhouse, MD, LFAPA

Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Director of Residency Training, Psychiatry

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science


There are many goals for a residency training program in psychiatry. Preparing one for life-long learning and imparting the information and skills needed to be successful at that is paramount. However, the process of how that occurs is both intricate and creative. The amount of information to learn has exploded in recent years. Our ability to understand the brain and relate behavior to its electrical and chemical properties is becoming clearer with each month's research and observation. Our need to integrate culture, genetics and life experience with the human condition has become increasingly important. The development of caring, responsibility, empathy and dedication are critical for the pieces of the puzzle to be complete and viable.


The Residency Training Program at Temple University is built upon what is stated above. It begins with a competent and experienced faculty; one that prides itself on teaching, scholarship, role modeling and collegiality. It’s hands-on faculty who are by the residents’ side whether it is with the most ill patients or those who are among the higher functioning. Faculty teaches at the bedside, on rounds, through demonstration and supervision. Questions are welcomed and often resident and teacher discover the answer together.


As residents progress through their training, they are encouraged and expected to begin integrating into the teacher’s role with junior trainees and medical students.


With Temple University School of Medicine’s new library, all forms of information are available through various modalities. Computer availability within the Department of Psychiatry allows quick and easy access to the Internet, journals and textbooks. The curriculum taught in the Residency Program is state-of-the-art with frequent updates. Faculty and residents evaluate one another with the goal of enabling the Residency Program to constantly move forward. Didactics are a combination of those courses deemed mandatory and what the residents choose to round out their education. Numerous types of electives are available to satisfy individual interests. Residents are well prepared for fellowships and various careers in psychiatry upon conclusion of their training.


Not only should residency be a time for academic growth but personal introspection and maturity, as well. Our first year trainees participate in a confidential group therapy experience sponsored by the Department. Many of them then choose to voluntarily enter individual psychotherapy to continue their understanding of themselves and how they relate to the world around them, be it with patients, colleagues or significant others. Most, if not all, find this to be a valuable experience.


Lastly, I would hope that residents at Temple have fun throughout their training. Though they work hard, I believe they enjoy their interaction with peers, faculty, support staff and patients. Life-long friendships are cultivated with the psychiatric community through conferences, committees, conventions and the like. Temple has active alumni who participate in an on-going way in the affairs of the Department.


If you choose to train with us, I bid you welcome into the Temple family.



Roy Steinhouse, MD, LFAPA

Director of Residency Training, Psychiatry
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science