EVMS Psychiatry Residency - Message from Program Director

Welcome to the EVMS Psychiatry Residency Program. Located in the beautiful and historic Tidewater area of Virginia, our program offers the wide breath of experience and training necessary to be a competent and successful psychiatrist in the 21 st century. Fully accredited by the ACGME, the EVMS Psychiatry Residency is approved for 16 residents, four per year. Residents interested in Child and Adolescent training may leave at the end of their third year to pursue that path. The size of the program allows for very close and frequent resident-faculty interaction. Faculty not only serve as supervisors, but also are often mentors to trainees with whom they maintain a continuity of contact that is not always present in larger programs. The residents themselves speak highly of the closeness among the trainees, as they truly feel part of a team and are highly supportive of one another.  In addition to meeting all the prerequisites of training, the residency allows each trainee a path of self-development to refine their individual strengths and skills.

The program follows ACGME requirements in providing 4 months of internal medicine experience, 2 months of neurology experience and the psychiatric perquisites if inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, as well as experiences in child and adolescent, forensic, geriatric, substance abuse and community psychiatry. Electives include sleep medicine, hospice and end of life psychiatry, behavioral medicine, and post-traumatic stress disorders, among others.

Research is a requirement of this program, and residents may elect to work on a research study or to write two case reports to be submitted for publication.

Psychotherapy is a strong component of the program, as residents are assigned long-term cases in psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy, supportive psychotherapy, and medication management.

The program utilizes multiple training sites throughout the region, including the area’s largest tertiary care facility, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Other sites include the Hampton VAMC, Eastern State Hospital in nearby Williamsburg Va., and Riverside Behavioral Health Center in Hampton, Va. and the Virginia Beach Community Services Board.

In addition to its pleasant climate and generally mild winters, the area is host to multiple first-rate cultural groups, including the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Opera and the Chrysler Museum. There are three major universities nearby – William and Mary, Old Dominion, and Norfolk State – that provide opportunities for collaboration. Beaches are minutes away from the school, and mountains and skiing are only a few hours away by car.