Interested in Joining Us?

Dear Applicant:

We appreciate your interest in the General Psychiatry Residency Program at East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  We are proud of our program and are committed to ensuring that it remains at the forefront of the ever changing fields of Medicine and Psychiatry.

Our program is a blend of the Academic, Veterans Administration, Public, and Private sectors. The goal is to produce general psychiatrists that are knowledgeable in all areas of psychiatry including critical care, medication management, psychotherapy and research. We strive to model and encourage life-long learning and professionalism.

At the core of our educational program is personal attention provided to each and every resident. We believe that you will find our program exciting and challenging--an excellent opportunity to prepare for your future. In addition, life is rich in East Tennessee from the people of the region, to the variety of regional activities, to the mountains, lakes, rivers and wildlife of the area. The climate, recreational outlets, safety and cost of living are some of the positive aspects of our region.

Future opportunities are available after training in East Tennessee. The population is growing rapidly. Psychiatric resources are much needed in all areas. Employment opportunities abound and the people of this region need your expertise.

Thank you for your interest in our Residency Programs and we look forward to meeting you when you visit Johnson City, Tennessee.


Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Residency Office: 423-439-2225

Residency Fax:     423-439-2250

   Mountains in East Tennessee
Shambhavi Chandraiah, MDFRCPC, FAPA Residency Program Director  
Ms. Karen Mabe Residency Coordinator    


Helpful Links:

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Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences – Residency Program

Application, Requirements and Appointment Process

  Applicants for admission to the first year:

  • James H. Quillen College of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry are participants in the National Residency Matching Program. Applicants must apply directly through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for  PGY I positions. 
  • Applicants must be eligible to get a temporary training license in the state of Tennessee.
  • Applicants must submit certified or original copies of transcripts of their medical education.
  • Applicants must have passed Part I and Part II (CK and CS) of USMLE prior to starting residency within 3 attempts..
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's qualifications and  Psychiatry interest, and the Dean's letter (or equivalent) are required.  
  • A personal statement and current curriculum vitae must be included in the application.
  • U.S. Psychiatry experience will typically be expected.
  • Applicants who are International Medical Graduates (IMG's) are required to have current ECFMG certification.
  • We generally do not do visa sponsorship..



Applicants are required to have personal interviews for admission to the program. Applicants are invited for personal interviews after screening of application materials. The interview process normally runs from October through mid-January prior to the training year beginning July 1.

The residency program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, or handicap.

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