EVMS Psychiatry Residency Program

Shriti B. Patel, MD:  Director, EVMS Psychiatry Residency Program


The Psychiatry Residency Program is a fully accredited program leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Applications are taken only through the AAMC’s electronic application service. Multiple training sites provide diverse experiences for well-rounded training in psychiatric care.

Clinical training is supplemented by departmental Grand Rounds, weekly didactics, ward rounds, resident workshops, and clinical conferences. Resident life is enhanced by reasonable call schedules, scheduled social activities, and retreats, all of which promote a feeling of camaraderie among residents.

The first year of residency consists of six months of inpatient psychiatry, two months of neurology, and four months of internal medicine.

The second year consists of three three-month rotations in inpatient psychiatry, consult/liaison psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry, and one month rotations each in child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and substance abuse.

The entire third year is an outpatient year. The fourth year includes experience as a senior resident on an inpatient service at one of the main teaching hospitals, rotations in geriatric psychiatry, child psychiatry, substance abuse, community psychiatry, and elective rotations.

Each resident maintains his/her own long-term psychotherapy cases throughout the residency. Residents treat outpatients with psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, and supportive psychotherapy. Neurobiology and psychopharmacology are emphasized daily during rotations as well as in didactics.

Each resident is expected to be involved in some form of psychiatric scholarly activity which may include research or quality improvement. Residents are strongly encouraged to present at the local, state and national level. Strong support is available through psychiatric supervisors and research assistants, as well as by a research coordinator who holds a doctoral degree in education. Managed care experience, quality improvement and patient safety programs are also part of our residents' training experience. The EVMS Psychiatry Residency is truly an exceptional program in which to train.

Requirements to apply to the Psychiatry Residency Program:

  1. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (we do not sponsor any visas).
  2. Foreign applicants must be ECFMG certified and passed
    1. USMLE or COMLEX Step 1
    2. USMLE or COMLEX Step 2
    3. Clinical Skills Exam (first time passing)
  3. International applicants must have clinical experience in Psychiatry in the U.S. of two or more months.
  4. Applicants must apply through ERAS.

There is a minimum USMLE cutoff score of 200.  Also, we do not accept applications from applicants more than 5 years out of medical school.

For more information regarding applying to the residency program: