Letter from Program Director
The ETSU Psychiatry Residency Program seeks to produce well-trained psychiatrists capable of working in academic, state, federal, private and rural sectors or alternatively, choosing to pursue further sub-specialty training.
Our residents have a wealth of training sites including the VA Medical Center, Student Counseling Center, University Health Clinic, University Psychiatry clinic, as well as the Woodridge community psychiatry hospital with inpatient general adult and child psychiatry units. Additional training opportunities include ECT, Tele-psychiatry, Mental Health Intensive Care Management, Psychopharmacology, Sleep Medicine, Buprenorphine clinic, Palliative Care, Pain Medicine, Whole Health, Outpatient Child Clinic, and Community Mental Health Center rotations. Psychotherapy training over 2.5 years includes supervision from psychiatrists and psychologists that encompass didactics and the practice of Cognitive Behavioral, Supportive, and Psychodynamic therapies with an additional resident psychodynamic experiential group.
Didactics include a focus on DSM-5, Interview Skills, Behavioral Neurology, Basic and Advanced Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapies, Child Psychiatry, Adult Psychopathology, Forensic Psychiatry, Quality Improvement, PRITE and Board Review, business aspects of practice and case conference. This is further enhanced by resident presentations at Chair Rounds, Mortality/Morbidity Conferences, Grand Rounds, and regional or national conference presentations.
Residents are assigned a faculty mentor who can assist with anything from systems issues to exploring elective interests or future work opportunities. The annual Education Day brings together faculty and residents to problem-solve or identify ways to further enhance the program. We seek to develop a cohesive, supportive environment where residents reach their individual goals with a multitude of diverse experiences.
While we pride ourselves on our comprehensive training environment and the diversity of scenery provided on campus, we also realize that not all of your time will be in the hospital/clinic setting. Johnson City is home to mountains, rivers, forests, and caves, which provide a beautiful backdrop for a university town that offers an abundance of activities for all four seasons. If you do plan on staying locally after completion of your training (and we hope you do!), there are numerous opportunities for employment in the various federal, state, or private sectors.
If you wish to explore if our program is the right fit for you, please feel free to contact us.
Shambhavi Chandraiah, MD, FRCPC, DLFAPA
Psychiatry Residency Program Director