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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Quillen College of Medicine

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Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

The ETSU Psychiatry Residency Program seeks to educate well-trained psychiatrists capable of working in academic, state, federal, private and rural sectors or choosing to pursue further sub-specialty training.

Our residents have a wealth of training sites including the VA Medical Center, Student Counseling Center, Student Health Center, University Outpatient clinics, inpatient Child Psychiatry rotations, as well as several different inpatient psychiatric units. Additional training opportunities include ECT, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and tele-psychiatry as well as elective opportunities in sleep medicine, group therapy, and pain medicine.

Extended experience in psychotherapy includes supervision from psychiatrists and psychologists that encompasses didactics and practice of Cognitive Behavioral, Supportive, Psychodynamic therapies utilizing videotaped, or directly viewied, or discussed sessions of residents for individual and peer learning. Didactics include a focus on DSM-5, Interviewing Skills, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapies,Child  Psychiatry, Adult Psychopathology, Quality Improvement, Board Review, Forensics and Transition to Practice. This is further enhanced by resident presentations at  monthly Chair Rounds, Case Conferences, as well as attendance at biweekly Grand Rounds. Residents are assigned a faculty mentor who can assist them 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 various 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 a multitude 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 would like to explore whether our program is the right fit for you, please feel free to contact us.


Shambhavi Chandraiah, MD, FRCPC, DFAPA
Program Director

Residency Office: 423-439-2225

Residency Fax:     423-439-2250

Ms. Dakotah Phillips
Residency Coordinator


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, ideally on the first attempt.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's qualifications and  Psychiatry interest, and the Dean's letter (or MSPE equivalent) are required.  
  • A personal statement and current curriculum vitae must be included in the application.
  • U.S. Psychiatry experience will usually be expected.
  • Applicants who are International Medical Graduates (IMG's) are required to have current ECFMG certification.
  • We generally do not sponsor visas..


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 December 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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