• Program Objectives

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    Our mission is to train psychiatric Residents to provide excellent and quality health care to all, especially the underserved. The Psychiatry Residency Program is designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience that prepares psychiatrists to meet the demands of contemporary psychiatric practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of psychiatrists who have acquired their knowledge, skills, and competencies predominantly through community-based learning experiences. 

    This is a novel approach because our Residents gain a significant amount of experience in the community as opposed to traditional residency programs that may focus more on the hospital environment. The program allows Residents the opportunity to explore the many facets of psychiatric care in the 21st century.


    Train residents to develop a high degree of clinical competence, with a sound knowledge of general psychiatry and neurology

    To expose residents to various subspecialties and schools of thought within the field of psychiatry

    To train residents in developing and implementing individualized treatment plans

    To teach residents to recognize and address the needs of minorities and the underserved.

    PGY 1 Residents

    This is a transitional year during which residents rotate in neurology, inpatient medicine, and family medicine.  Rotations also include inpatient and geriatric psychiatry training at the Atlanta Veterans Health Care Systems.  Residents are introduced to patient safety and quality improvement curriculums and ACGME core competency expectations.

    PGY 2 Residents

    This year provides training and experience in outpatient community psychiatry.  Experiences in child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, psychosocial rehabilitation, and community outreach services are included.  Residents participate in patient safety and quality improvement activities/projects and begin work within the different psychotherapy competencies.

    PGY 3 Residents

    Residents will complete an emergency psychiatry rotation, consultation-liaison rotation, forensic rotation, adult inpatient rotation with the severe and persistently mentally ill at the state hospital, inpatient child and adolescent rotation, and a substance abuse-trauma recovery rotation.  Residents will continue care for long term supervised psychotherapy cases and patient safety/quality improvement projects.

    PGY-4 Residents

    Residents in their fourth year of training will complete a psychotherapy rotation at the Atlanta VA/CBOC and customize the remainder of their training with elective clinical experiences.