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  • The major goal of the Psychiatry Residency Program is to train culturally sensitive, board-eligible psychiatrists. The psychiatry faculty has expertise in academic training and administration, and in working with our diverse clinical affiliates to offer the resident an enriching academic career and clinical training experience. Our residents are encouraged to pursue clinical research and fellowship opportunities. We collaborate with other institutions and organizations to assist the resident in achieving these goals. Residents are provided well-rounded clinical and educational training.

    We strive to provide high-quality services in behavioral health care. We continue to foster an environment that promotes academic excellence while serving disadvantaged communities. We welcome you to explore our institution as you consider specialty training in psychiatry.

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    Program Director's Message

    Dierdre Evans-Cosby, MD

    Thank you for your interest in The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine.  The program supports the mission of the school by training competent,compassionate, and culturally sensitive physicians to care for a variety of patient populations.  It is our goal to provide a comprehensive clinical psychiatric training experience with an emphasis on the biopsychosocial model, community psychiatry, service to underserved populations, and scholarly activities.  A combination of public and private facilities are used to expose residents to a variety of patient populations and psychiatric disorders throughout training.

    The faculty within the Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to helping you fulfill your educational and career goals.  It is our intent to promote an atmosphere of continuous learning and to train board eligible physicians.  We are enthusiastic about training the next generation of leaders in the field of Psychiatry. 

    Again, thank you for your interest and please contact us for any further information regarding the Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry family.


    Chief Resident’s Message

    Ebony D. Gaffney, MD, MBA

    What attracted you to medicine and psychiatry?
    I entered medical school because I wanted to “meet people where they were”. I wanted to provide a holistic approach to getting them better. While I enjoyed all of my clerkships, my psychiatry clerkship made the bells and whistles go off, because it was a natural fit with my initial goals. I believe psychiatry has afforded me this opportunity on a daily basis, without regret!

    What attracted you to MSM Psychiatry residency training?
    I experienced MSM psychiatry first hand by interacting with the residents during my psychiatry clerkship in medical school. I had the privilege to experience their didactics, interact with their residents, faculty and staff. I was impressed (and still am) with the “family feel” and genuine concern for their residents’ academic training from faculty and staff. This is a place where they knew you beyond your clinical evaluations and this was important to me.

    What makes the MSM Psychiatry Residency unique?
    I have enjoyed the flexibility to pursue personal goals inside and outside MSM. For example, I knew I wanted to work with a faith-based community, and the program has encouraged this through community collaborations. Another unique feature is the size of the program. While MSM psychiatry is small in number, we leave a big impact in the community. In addition to having the opportunity to learn beyond psychiatry with faculty and staff through community projects and volunteerism. I love it!

    Anything surprise you about MSM Psychiatry program?
    I have been extremely impressed with the mentorship throughout the program. I have grown academically and professionally by having multiple faculty and staff available for teaching, clinical, and research areas.

    What is living in Atlanta like for you?
    It is great! It is a city of many opportunities for professional and social development. You can live anywhere, because our clinical sites are centrally located in the heart of Atlanta. The food is great and the shows are even better! Atlanta offers culture and diversity in style, that I believe you cannot get anywhere else. This is coming from a “Carolina girl”.

    What does your future look like right now?
    I am currently pursuing my interest in mental health and religion through a community based research project, and I hope to finish the year with a position in community or public health psychiatry. I enjoy the underserved and projects concerning mental health disparities.