Residency - Department of Psychiatry (2023)

About the Program

The VCU Department of Psychiatry’s mission is to train tomorrow’s mental health professionals. Our comprehensive residency program balances brain science and therapeutic training with the knowledge and support to help our trainees achieve here and beyond.

We are proud to provide a uniquely challenging and supportive residency experience that offers the following:

  • A commitment to producing compassionate, adaptable physicians
  • A dedication to lifelong learning and teaching in the context of a rapidly changing health care environment
  • Strong, involved leaders who are always available to residents
  • A diverse patient population, including those with challenging psychiatric conditions and complex comorbidities
  • Camaraderie and collegiality, both inside and outside the hospital
  • Innovation in research, training and practice

Curriculum and Rotations

Our clinical education is structured to allow residents the flexibility to meet graduation requirements while also pursuing individual interests, with protected didactics and supervision time. In addition to intensive clinical supervision, a faculty coordinator is responsible for working with residents during each of the program’s four years to maximize the trainees’ learning experiences.



During the intern year, residents spend six months rotating off-service on internal medicine, emergency medicine and neurology. Residents with an interest in child and adolescent psychiatry may spend one to three blocks on pediatrics instead of internal medicine.

The other six months are spent on inpatient psychiatry at VCU Medical Center and the Richmond VA Medical Center (VAMC). VCU inpatient psychiatry rotations are split into specific teams, according to the patient’s presentation on admission. Those teams include mood disorders, schizophrenia, geriatrics and medical psychiatry.

Inpatient psychiatry (VCU): 3 blocks

Neurology: 2 blocks

Emergency medicine: 1 block

Internal medicine or pediatrics: 3 blocks

Inpatient psychiatry night float: 1 block

Inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse (VAMC): 3 blocks



Starting in PGY-2, residents learn the basics of supportive psychotherapy in a dedicated afternoon clinic at our outpatient facility. Second-year rotations consist of various psychiatry experiences, again in 13 four-week blocks. Residents continue to rotate through each VCU Medical Center inpatient team, so that they will have rotated through every team at least once by the end of PGY-2. Residents also rotate through each of the subspecialty rotations for a minimum of one four-week block. Residents may submit requests to tailor their schedules to their specific interests, with the potential for extra time on any given rotation.

Inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse (VAMC): 2-3 blocks

Subspecialty rotations (ECT, VTCC inpatient, adult consultation-liaison, day float): 5+ blocks

Inpatient psychiatry (VCU): 3-4 blocks

Emergency psychiatry night float: 1-1.5 blocks

VAMC night float: 1-1.5 blocks

Outpatient psychotherapy clinic: 4 hours per week



All PGY-3 rotations, with the exception of psychiatry consults in the emergency department, are completed on an outpatient basis, with each half-day representing a different clinic. The general psychiatry and psychotherapy clinics are longitudinal throughout the year, while the other clinics rotate every three to six months and include rotations at the Richmond VA Medical Center. The following is a sample schedule:

AM: General psychiatry
PM: Subspecialty

AM: Didactics
PM: Psychotherapy or subspecialty

AM: Emergency psychiatry
PM: Didactics

AM: Psychotherapy
PM: Child and adolescent psychiatry

AM: Psychotherapy and case conference
PM: Grand rounds, residents’ meeting, CBT lab, psychotherapy

Psychotherapy modalities expand to include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family/couples therapy
  • Group therapy (optional)
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy combined with psychopharmacology
  • Supportive psychotherapy
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The program’s fourth year is divided into three blocks and includes continual outpatient psychotherapy and a longitudinal semi-autonomous medication management clinic.

As senior residents on the consultation-liaison service, PGY-4s rotate at both VCU Medical Center and the VAMC. The community psychiatry rotation is through select local community service boards, which are Virginia’s resource for public mental health care, and at the VAMC. One month of the year is dedicated to an inpatient junior attending role.

Electives include:

Call Schedule, Moonlighting and Salary

Our three night float positions provide much of the on-call coverage for our VCU Medical Center inpatient and emergency psychiatry services and the VA Medical Center psychiatry service. Residents on night float work approximately 11-hour shifts for two to three four-week blocks.

Weekend call: 11-12 call shifts divided over six on-service blocks (approximately 24 weeks). The seventh on-service block is night float, with the remaining blocks off-service rotations. Off-service rotations include evening short call of varying frequency.

Evening short call: Average once per week while on service

Weekend call: 20-21 call shifts over the year

Evening short call: Average once per week while on inpatient services

Weekend call: Approximately 10 call shifts over the year

Evening short call: Average once every two weeks

No call requirements

In-house moonlighting shifts are available for second-, third- and fourth-year residents who have passed Step 3 and obtained a full Virginia medical license. On weekdays, moonlighters assist with adult admissions; on weekends they may cover a Friday night psychiatry ER shift or cover child and adolescent admissions from home.

Due to INS and ACGME regulations, J-1 visa holders are ineligible to work moonlighting shifts.

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See the VCUGraduate Medical Education page for information about current house staff salaries. Benefits for residents include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 15 calendar days annual vacation
  • 30 calendar days annual sick leave
  • Tuition assistance
  • Fully paid meals on call
  • Subsidized parking

A full list of summaries is available here.

We encourage ourtraineesto maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe.

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Research Track

We offer one research track position for a resident who is interested in prioritizing research during their training and has demonstrated a significant track record in research activities. Most applicants considered for this track are graduating from M.D./Ph.D. programs in medical school. Our internationally recognized research programs span many areas of modern psychiatry, including:

  • Basic behavioral science endeavors
  • Outcome studies
  • Clinical projects with immediate applicability

All residents receive didactic instruction in research methods and design and are welcome to participate in a wide variety of research projects with the support and mentorship of our dedicated faculty.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Waller at

The VCU Department of Psychiatry participates in theNational Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and you can apply through theElectronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Application requirements

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Minimum passing score on USMLE or COMLEX Steps 1 and 2
  • Medical student performance evaluation letter (formerly known as dean’s letter)
  • Official copy of your medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a supervising psychiatrist
  • Must be within four years of graduation from medical school or direct patient care activity
  • Must have documentation of a minimum of three moths of direct patient care activity in the U.S. or Canada in the last four years (clinical rotations during medical school are sufficient for U.S. and Canadian students)
  • For international medical graduates, U.S. or Canadian medical school clinical rotations or externships of direct patient care within the U.S. or Canada will suffice (clinical observer experiences and non-clinical graduate work such as research do not meet this requirement)


We offer interviews to select applicants from mid-October through January. Interview days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted to schedule a date. The full-day interview process includes a tour, individual interviews and meetings with a variety of faculty and residents. Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews are being conducted virtually.

Contact us:

VCU Psychiatry Residency Administration

Current Residents


Residency - Department of Psychiatry (1)SNEHDEEP HANSPAL

Medical School: VCU School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: American University
Career Interests: Forensic psychiatry, addiction medicine
Some things I like about Richmond: I love the easy access to nature and amazing food scene in Richmond!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (2)PATRICIA TIMI

Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Undergraduate School: Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
Career Interests: Forensic Psychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: Netflix and exploring Richmond's brunch spots.


Residency - Department of Psychiatry (3)Jason Burton

Medical School: VCU
Undergraduate School: Ferrum College
Career Interests: Psychosis, Inpatient Psychiatry, ECT
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Richmond is a very diverse city and the patient population is equally diverse which provides a great opportunity to learn and practice medicine. There are many great things about Richmond. The art, food, and festival scene here will always surprise you.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (4)

Elisabeth Dietrich

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Mount Holyoke College
Career Interests: Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Exploring local restaurants and going running near the James River

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (5)Jamesha Lewis Bryant

Medical School:Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Undergraduate School:Hampton University (undergrad: BS in Biochemistry); Georgetown University (graduate school: MS in Physiology)
Career Interests:Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Community Outreach/ Crisis, Consult Liaison, Emergency Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS:First my friends and family are here, Richmond Volleyball Club, local Hip Hop music

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (6)Hena Yakoob

Medical School:VCU School of Medicine
Undergraduate School:East Tennessee State University
Career Interests:child/adolescent psychiatry, addiction, HIV psychiatry, working with minority/underrepresented populations
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS:Food, food, and did I mention the FOOD? I also love that RVA is a festival city -- from Pride to folk music to street art and more, we've got a lot going on here throughout the year and it is beautifully diverse. We also have an amazing group of people in our Department of Psychiatry, and working is that much easier when you love who you work with!

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Residency - Department of Psychiatry (7)Lydia Bedford

Med School: VCU SOM
Undergrad: UMaryland
Career Interests: Consult/Liaison
What I like about Richmond: Richmond is large enough to have a great art museum but small enough to have almost no traffic, and cost of living for the east coast is phenomenal.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (8)Ke’Asia Craig

Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Undergraduate School: North Carolina A&T State University
Career Interests: Child and Adolescent, maybe Geriatric psychiatry
Some things I liked about Richmond: It's the perfect in-between city. Not too big, not too small. The nature scene here is amazing, as well as the food. Southern hospitality is also a thing!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (9)Jacqueline Guo

Med school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Undergrad: Sarah Lawrence College
Career Interests: Psychotherapy, Personality Disorders, Cross-Cultural Psychiatry
What you like about Richmond/VCU: I love the music scene and the variety of restaurants here in Richmond. It has all the advantages of a big city without the price of one.I came to VCU for its diverse patient population and emphasis on psychotherapy, but what makes this program unique is how kind and selfless the residents are.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (10)Michaela Hurley

Medical school:Albany Medical College
Grad school: MPH from Tufts University
Undergrad: Tufts University BS in Biology and BA in public health
Interests: Consult Liaison, Psychosis, ECT, Forensics
Some things I like about Richmond/VCU: I wanted to live in a diverse mid-size city with access to great restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities close to home while still being able to easily drive to DC, Williamsburg, or Virginia Beach for day trips. At VCU I felt many of the residents were very close to each other and had excellent work life balance.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (11)Ahsal (Ami) Major-Igun

Medical School:PCOM-Philadelphia
Undergraduate School:TowsonUniversity (B.S.-Molecular Biology), Georgetown University (M.S.-Pharmacology)
Career Interests:Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine,Psychiatric Research Grant Funding, minority populations
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS:The warm atmosphere of our program is unmatched! I am surrounded by people who genuinely love what they do. In the Richmond area, I have enjoyed its rich culture, great food, numerous festivals, and outdoor sports galore!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (12)Conrad Mascarenhas

Medical School:Maryland
Undergraduate School:University of Pennsylvania
Career Interests:Addiction Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS:The running scene: the Virginia Capital Trail, Monument Avenue, and Pocahontas State Park all have beautiful sights to offer.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (13)Linh Nguyen

Med School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: University of Florida
Career Interests: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
What I like about Richmond/VCU: Everyone within the program is extremely supportive and personable. There's also a lot of diversity both within the program and in the patient population of Richmond. Richmond is the perfect blend of city and suburb with a buzzing food scene and tons of outdoor activities.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (14)Harleen Singh

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-VA
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia
Career Interests:Psychotherapy, Child & Adolescent, Psycho-oncology
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS:Richmond is a pretty cool city. It’s culturally diverse, has a rich history, and an even richer art scene. There’s a lot of hole-in-the-wall places that makes exploring this area and the surrounding regions really endearing. As a self-proclaimed foodie and coffee connoisseur, I really enjoy Richmond’s dense and never-ending restaurant/cafe options. I’m excited to keep discovering more gems in this quirky little city.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (15)Husayn Tavangar

Med school: VCU SOM
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Career Interests: Some of my career interests include but are not limited to outpatient telepsychiatry, addiction psychiatry, global mental health, consult liaison, and ED psychiatry.
What you like about Richmond/VCU: Richmond is a fantastic, accessible and diverse city. The food scene is rich and evolving. I appreciate how we have the river, parks and trails right in the downtown area.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (16)Linh Vu

Medical School:George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Undergraduate School:University of Michigan
Career Interests:Psychotherapy, Global Mental Health, Community Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS:I love walking through The Fan District and eating out in Carytown. My favorite activity so far is crossing the Potterfield Bridge at nighttime where you can see the city lights and hear therapids of the James River. (It's one of the most peaceful experiences!) The things I appreciate most about VCUHS are my co-residents, the diversity of clinical rotations, and the super friendly work culture. Everyone here wants you to have an awesome residency experience!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (17)Lijia Zhang

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Duke University
Career Interests: Neuromodulation/ Interventional psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry/ forensic psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: I love the diversity! It's a city full of culture, art, good food and history. It's so refreshing and encouraging to meet people from so many different backgrounds. I also love our residents! Who else brings you a get-well package when you're struggling on a difficult rotation? We all check up on each other, and it's so easy to reach out when you're having a hard time.


Residency - Department of Psychiatry (18)IAKOVOS ANASTASAKIS

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Richmond
Career Interests: Psychotherapy, Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: The strong camaraderie among residents. I love trying the various restaurants in Richmond, attending festivals, and exploring outdoor activities such as walking on nature trails and going to the James River.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (19)GURJAS BAJAJ

Medical School: VCU
Undergraduate School: VCU
Career Interests: Consult/Liaison, Addiction Psychiatry, General Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Richmond has a great balance between city and suburb life, has a great food scene, a lot of different nature activities nearby, and is just a great place to live!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (20)MITHUN DHINAKARAN

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School: College of William & Mary
Career Interests: General adult inpatient/outpatient psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Lots of green riverside trails and parks. Great coffee and food scene. Proximity to the mountains, DC, and the beach.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (21)STEPHEN ELLIS

Medical School: VCU
Undergraduate School: Union University
Career Interests: I’m excited about all things psychiatry and especially psychotherapy.
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Richmond has great trails around the river. VCU residents and attendings are remarkably supportive.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (22)ALI-NOOR JESSANI

Medical School: Des Moines University
Undergraduate School: UVA
Career Interests: Addiction/substance abuse
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: I grew up in Richmond. I feel like it is good sized city, not too big, not too small with a lot of diversity.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (23)SHAHIDA MIZAN

Medical School: VCU School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: William & Mary
Career Interests: Forensic & Reproductive Psychiatry
How unique of a city it is, every day is an adventure where I learn something new. The wide variety of patients and communities I get to take care of and learn from. And the food and art, it's amazing. I love the strong bond in our department, it feels like a family that always has each other's backs. The commitment to learning and teaching makes me a stronger resident. We are committed advocates for all our patients as well which leaves me a fulfilled psychiatrist.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (24)AKANKSHA PATEL

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown, NY
Undergraduate School: VCU
Career Interests: Child Psychiatry, psychotherapy
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Everything! So grateful to be back in Richmond. It's the perfect mix of food (with a bustling vegan food scene), art and the outdoors.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (25)JASMINE SAINI

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate school: VCU
Career interests: Uncertain! Addiction, Consult-Liaison
<Some things I liked about Richmond: The variety of restaurants, the river, and arts- the eclectic culture of Richmond was something I fell in love within undergrad. I feel at home here!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (26)CHAMAN SHARMA

Medical School: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Undergraduate School: University at Buffalo
Career Interests: Consultation Liaison and Adult Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: The city has an impressive number of restaurants coupled with a ton of great hiking trails making it easy to find something to do on your days off. Still new to the area but slowly exploring and discovering the best Disc Golf courses!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (27)AMY SOTO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School: California State University
Career Interests: Addiction, Psychosis and Inpatient Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: I love the access to all different types of food, wineries/breweries/cideries, water sports and all the different little neighborhoods throughout downtown! I'm pretty sure you can try a different restaurant every weekend for many, many months, if not years!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (28)SOHA SULEMAN

Medical School: DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Career Interests: Keeping my options open, but I really like Child/Adolescent!
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Despite being a relatively small city, Richmond has a great food scene! I also love the beautiful nature we have within the confines of the city, including Maymont and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. There’s endless places to hang by the James River, from the Pipeline to Belle Isle. And if you ever want to get away, the mountains, beaches, and DC are all less than 2 hours away!


Residency - Department of Psychiatry (29)David Carlsen-Landy

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Indiana University
Career Interests: Child and Adolescent Forensics/Juvenile Corrections
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: I love the camaraderie between the residents, regardless of level in the program. Also, the food and the breweries are great!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (30)Alexandra Carter

Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Georgetown University
Career Interests: Child and Adolescent, Forensic psychiatry, maybe Consultation Liaison
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: It's easy to get out to nature. I love the water, and the James River is right here! RVA is also close to the beach and Northern Virginia.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (31)Elizabeth Fischer

Medical School that you attended: Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)
Undergraduate School: Bethel University, St. Paul MN
Career Interests: Child/ Adolescent Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Richmond is the perfect balance of city life with its bounty of restaurants and nature with its endless trails along the James. Besides being in a great city, the psychiatry program is full of kind and supportive people!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (32)Liam Guenther

Medical School: University of Kansas
Undergraduate School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Career Interests: Addiction and Community Psychiatry
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: The city is surprisingly progressive and active in social justice, the river is beautiful, but most importantly, the pie game is strong.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (33)Felix Liriano

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Undergraduate school: Binghamton University
Career interests: Adult psychiatry
Some things I liked about Richmond: VCUHS had some of the most down to earth and cohesive residents. There's an abundance of psychopathology and residents are excited to be here and great to work with. Richmond is a beautiful city with so many different neighborhoods and food to explore!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (34)Donovan Nourn

Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School: Virginia Tech
Career Interests: Psychotherapy, C/L, Aerospace Medicine
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: The food, it’s a city but with great parks and outdoor activities

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (35)Laura Wozneak

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Career Interests: General psychiatry, multiple psychiatry subspecialties, psychotherapy
Some things that you like about Richmond/VCUHS: Richmond is great because you have the restaurant selection and other benefits of a city but you can also be at the James river and feel completely removed from the city within minutes.


Residency - Department of Psychiatry (36)Jackson Bradley

Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School:Virginia Tech
Career Interests: General Adult/Inpatient Psych
Some things I like about Richmond: Enjoy weightlifting, fishing, hiking, craft beer, football/basketball, RVA- great food/nightlife, craft breweries, plenty of outdoor opportunities, central location

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (37)Courtney Brooks

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of California, Irvine
Career Interests: Consult/ Liaison, Addiction, Geriatrics
What I like about RVA - plenty of outdoor things to do, great food, and it's affordable!

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (38)Erin Edmonds

Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill
Undergraduate: UNC Chapel Hill
Career interest: Psychotic and mood disorders, forensics
Some things I like about Richmond: Running, lifting, watching college basketball

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (39)John Mason

Medical School: WVU
Undergraduate School:Shepherd University
Career Interests: Acute Inpatient Psychiatry, ECT, Child Psychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: Playing golf, playing with my kids

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (40)Sumerth Pathak

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School: William and Mary
Career Interests: Child and adolescent, neuropsychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: Biking in the fan, art museums, basketball, finding obscure music on Youtube

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (41)Andrew Pecsok

Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic MedicineCU School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: VCU
Career Interests: General psychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: I enjoy mountain biking, surfing, snowboarding and disc golf.

Residency - Department of Psychiatry (42)Emily Rosen

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School: Goucher College
Career Interests: Inpatient psychiatry, consultation/liaison
Some things I like about Richmond: I like running and am a foodie. I’m looking forward to scoping out the food in Richmond for the next 4 years.

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How many psychiatry residency spots are there? ›

Statistics on the Psychiatry Match

In 2020, psychiatry had a total of 2,486 applicants and1,858 spots. This equates to 1.34 applicants per position.

Where is the best psychiatry residency programs? ›

Here are the Best Psychiatry Programs
  • Harvard University.
  • Columbia University.
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • University of California--San Francisco.
  • Yale University.
  • University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
  • University of Pittsburgh.
  • Stanford University.

How long is psychiatry residency in Canada? ›

Canadian Psychiatry residency lengths are typically 5 years, with one year of basic clinical training and 3 years in Clinical Psychiatry. Later years are somewhat flexible, allowing the resident to explore subspecialties and research.

How long is residency for psychiatry USA? ›

On average it takes 12 years after high school to become a Psychiatrist. This includes 4 years of college, followed by 4 years of medical school and 4 years in a Psychiatry residency program.

Is psychiatry a hard residency? ›

Psychiatry overall is a more laid back residency compared to most others. Our patients due tend to be more taxing from an emotional perspective but this still doesn't make it too difficult of a residency still.

Is psychiatry residency stressful? ›

Psychiatry residents likely experience somewhat different stressful adversities than internal medicine residents, although they have some key experiences in common, including verbal abuse from families and patients, medical error, academic performance, and verbal abuse by members of the health care team.

What major is best for psychiatry? ›

Because potential psychiatrists must earn a medical school degree, the undergraduate should take the types of courses required to get into medical school, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and math. Good majors to declare include psychology, biology, or pre-med.

How hard is it to become a psychiatrist? ›

After high school, aspiring psychiatrists must earn a bachelor's degree, which usually takes four years. This is followed by four years of medical school and then a four-year residency program. Some psychiatrists also complete fellowship programs for additional training.

Is psychiatry a good career? ›

Psychiatry is a high paying job. Psychiatrists who have their own private practice earn even better than those who work in hospitals or clinics. The monetary benefits can be quite rewarding.

How much money does a psychiatrist make in Canada? ›

The average salary for a psychiatrist is $299,186 per year in Canada.

What is the shortest residency? ›

The shortest residency training programs are three years and the longest are seven.
How Long Is Medical Residency? (By Specialty)
Residency SpecialtyProgram Length
Transitional/Preliminary Year1 year
Family Practice3 years
Internal Medicine3 years
Pediatrics3 years
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Can you become a psychiatrist without residency? ›

You should apply in the state where you intend to practice or complete your residency. You'll generally need to take a state board examination. You may need to meet additional requirements, such as completing a background check.

Do you get paid in residency? ›

The average first-year resident physician makes about $60,000, and there's not much wiggle room. Resident salaries are determined by an institution and correlate with training year rather than specialty.

Why psychiatry is the best specialty? ›

The classic reasons to choose psychiatry have not changed. Psychiatry allows you to really get to know your patients, and helping to alleviate their suffering feels satisfying. Psychiatry touches on diverse disciplines from philosophy to endocrinology, and it requires subtlety and skill.

How many patients do psychiatrists see a day? ›

Average is 8-12 patients a day.

How many hours a week do psychiatry residents work? ›

Duty hours are limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four week period, inclusive of all in house call activities.

What is residency like for a psychiatrist? ›

Post-graduate education in psychiatry consists of four years of residency training, of which at least three are in psychiatry. During the first year, the resident spends at least four months in general medical care, including internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics, and at least two months in neurology.

What is the least competitive medical specialty? ›

Family medicine is by far the least competitive specialty to match into, scoring only 15 points in our dataset, with the runner up at 27 points. Family medicine is the specialty devoted to the comprehensive medical treatment of patients across all ages.

Do psychiatrists have a good work life balance? ›

A lot of psychiatrists will tell you that we enjoy a great work-life balance. Psychiatrists are often fortunate to have variability in their practices, which is known to be one of the most protective factors in preventing burnout.

Is psychiatry a competitive specialty? ›

Although U.S. medical school seniors are readily able to match into psychiatry, the top tier residency programs are quite competitive. In the 2018 NRMP Match, 15% of U.S. senior applicants failed to match.

What can you do after psychiatry residency? ›

Upon completing residency, a psychiatrist can apply for board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Many psychiatrists choose to go on to additional years of training in a subspecialty.

Is a psychiatrist a doctor? ›

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. People seek psychiatric help for many reasons.

What is a psychiatrist degree called? ›

Psychiatrists attend medical school and earn an MD (doctor of medicine) or DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degree.

Can psychologist become psychiatrist? ›

Simple answer - no. You cannot become a psychiatrist by studying psychology. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who's gone on to specialise in psychiatry.

What percentage of psychiatrists have mental illness? ›

A 2015 survey of Canadian psychiatrists found that of 487 psychiatrists who responded to a questionnaire, nearly one third (31.6%) said they had experienced mental illness, but only about 42% said they would disclose this to their family or friends.

Are psychiatrists in demand? ›

Forecasts of supply and demand for psychiatrists suggest that California will have a severe shortage of psychiatrists by 2028 unless policymakers take action, because the number of people training to become psychiatrists is not sufficient to replace older psychiatrists who are expected to reduce their work hours or ...

How much is a psychiatrist paid? ›

Psychiatrists made a median salary of $208,000 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent made $208,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $135,300.

How do psychiatrists talk? ›

How to pronounce PSYCHIATRIST in British English - YouTube

Why do psychiatrists make so much? ›

Psychiatrists tend to make more money since they earn a medical doctorate degree, whereas a psychologist earns a doctorate degree and doesn't complete medical school. Self-employed psychiatrists tend to make more than those working in public settings.

Are psychiatrists in demand in Canada? ›

There are currently about 4,770 psychiatrists in Canada. Demand for psychiatrists in Canada continues to exceed the supply. Many areas of the country lack adequate psychiatric services. Shortages are especially acute in rural and northern areas, even in Ontario.

How much do entry level psychiatrists make in Canada? ›

How much does a Psychiatrist make in Canada? The average psychiatrist salary in Canada is $250,000 per year or $128 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $170,000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $359,942 per year.

What is highest paid job in Canada? ›

Being a doctor is probably the best-paid profession in Canada. Salaries can go as high as $300,000+ per year, especially for surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, or anaesthesiologists.

Can you get MD without residency? ›

Public health can be an option for MDs without residency, and it may require additional training. More information here. Sleep medicine is a post residency specialty, but there are also certifications for non MDs and non residency trained professionals. See eligibility requirements here.

What doctor has the longest residency? ›

The length of residency depends on the field a graduate chooses to take. Medical specialties such as family medicine and internal medicine often require three years, whereas surgery usually requires 5-7 years of training, and neurological surgery is the longest at 7 years.

What doctor does not need residency? ›

Examples of career options for doctors without residency include working in the medical-legal field, teaching, or working in the pharmaceutical or insurance industry. Entry into any of these fields requires some planning and action.

Is psychiatry getting more competitive? ›

Psychiatry's numbers have been increasing yearly since 2011-2012, and this year's increase over 2020 was greater than that of all other specialties. The percentage of allopathic graduates matching in psychiatry rose to 6.5%—10 years ago it was 4.1%.

Is there a demand for psychiatrists? ›

What's more, the need for treatment is expected to rise as the number of psychiatrists falls. In 2025, demand may outstrip supply by 6,090 to 15,600 psychiatrists, according to a 2017 National Council for Behavioral Health report that explores the shortage's causes and suggests solutions.

What is the least competitive medical specialty? ›

Family medicine is by far the least competitive specialty to match into, scoring only 15 points in our dataset, with the runner up at 27 points. Family medicine is the specialty devoted to the comprehensive medical treatment of patients across all ages.

What Usmle score do you need for psychiatry? ›

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Of course, different specialties have different definitions of what a “good” score is. According to The Successful Match, the mean scores of students who successfully matched into psychiatry were 226 (USMLE Step 1) and 514 (COMLEX Level 1).


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