Psychiatric Residency Program
Welcome from Program Director
Welcome to the Psychiatric Residency Program at Ozark Center!
Deciding where to train is the most important decision of your career in psychiatry. When contemplating which residency program best suits you, you may consider the benefits of having varied clinical experience when rotating through Ozark Center’s addiction, child and adolescent, geriatric and consult services – all while receiving guidance from our supportive faculty.
During your time here, you will be able to grow as a resident while working with a collaborative team to provide care to patients of varied socioeconomic backgrounds in a rural healthcare setting in Joplin, Missouri. Joplin is located near Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, so our patient population may commute from any of these locations.
Contribute to the well-being of the local community
Ozark Center residents become sensitive to the multifaceted needs of our patient population’s mental health, physical health and social concerns. Residents here begin to understand the role that a particular setting can have in mental health. (For example, the devastating 2011 Joplin tornado created traumatic experiences for some of our patients.)
Opportunity to train in multiple settings
- At New Directions, patients with substance use disorder, including opioid dependency, can receive counseling services and medication-assisted treatment to help them with their symptoms for a well-balanced approach.
- Our Crisis Intervention Program is available at all hours of the day and is even accessible by mobile texting to address our patients’ needs in urgent situations.
- At Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, staff use Applied Behavior Analysis in the treatment of autism.
- Will’s Place utilizes trauma-focused therapy for children and adolescents.
- Clinical experiences help stimulate areas of research
To promote wellness to our residents, we have incorporated an innovative wellness program to help residents with their own mental wellbeing. This idea stemmed from research conducted at our program. Another research project within our residency program considered the impact of a patient’s suicide on the resident treating the patient and how to provide effective support to that resident.
Opportunities to learn at every stage of training
Residents participate in book club, journal club and contribute to a research project. During protected didactic sessions, they may learn about the latest advances in psychopharmacology or the typical structure of a psychiatric interview. If there is a wellness session, they may participate in yoga or mindfulness exercises.
- First-year residents train in a variety of settings – including pediatrics, internal medicine and neurology – to broaden their understanding of general medicine intermixed with adult inpatient psychiatry rotations.
- Second-year residents gain experience with child psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, consult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and addiction to round out their skillset in managing psychiatric patients.
- Third-year residents learn how to manage therapy patients and refine their skills in medication management by working in the outpatient psychiatry setting.
- Fourth-year residents are exposed to ECT, TMS and forensic competency evaluations, all while refining their supervision skills of other residents by being a junior attending.
We are eager to help our residents obtain their personal career goals, whether that means obtaining a competitive fellowship, gaining an academic position or being a well-rounded psychiatrist. We are honored that accomplished students, such as yourself, have expressed interest in our residency program. By choosing us, you will gain experience treating complex patients and provide continuity of care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. I hope that over the course of your experience getting to know us, you come away as excited as I am about our program.
Nauman Ashraf, MD
Psychiatry Residency Program Director
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Director