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Combined Programs and Alternative Pathways

An Alternative Pathways Oversight Committee was established by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in 2015 to develop requirements and procedures for combined training programs and review existing programs and new applications.

Guidelines, applications and rotation charts are available below in ABPN-approved combined training areas for those programs interested in submitting an application. The application deadline to review new combined programs is February 1st. Applications submitted by the February 1st deadline will be reviewed by the Alternative Pathways Oversight Committee. Programs will be notified of the Committee’s decision by June 1st.

These requirements are for programs only. Individual residents cannot pursue combined training unless they are in an approved combined program.

Please consult the Procedures for ABPN Combined Training Programs for more information.

Program Area Guidelines Application Charts
Psychiatry/Internal Medicine Psychiatry/Internal Medicine Guidelines Psychiatry/Internal Medicine Application Rotation Charts
Psychiatry/Family Medicine Psychiatry/Family Medicine Guidelines Psychiatry/Family Medicine Application
Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Guidelines Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Application Rotation Charts
Psychiatry/Neurology Psychiatry/Neurology Guidelines Psychiatry/Neurology Application
Neurology/Internal Medicine Neurology/Internal Medicine Guidelines Neurology/Internal Medicine Application
Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry Guidelines Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry Application

The following programs have been approved. The ABPN has also assumed the supervision of the Post Pediatric Portal Pathway (PPPP) Programs in a manner similar to what we are currently doing with the combined training programs.

Psychiatry/Internal Medicine Psychiatry/Family Medicine Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Psychiatry/Neurology Post Pediatric Portal Pathway
16 programs 6 programs 10 programs 4 programs 4 programs
Duke University Medical Center Boston Medical Center Brown University Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
East Carolina University University of California, Davis Cincinnati Children’s Hospital New York University School of Medicine Medical College of Georgia
Emory University University of California, San Diego Indiana University University of Massachusetts University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Medical College of Wisconsin University of Cincinnati Mt. Sinai School of Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center University of Tennessee, Memphis
Medical University of South Carolina University of Iowa Tufts University
National Capital Consortium University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Tulane University
Southern Illinois University UPMC Medical Education
Texas Tech University University of Kentucky
Tulane University University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of California, Davis University of Utah School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
West Virginia University, Charleston

Revised April 2022

Individual residents cannot pursue combined training unless they are in an ABPN-approved combined program.

For additional information, please contact the ABPN Credentials Department at or 847.229.6510.