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Psychiatry Residency Program – About Us

Our Psychiatry program continues Tufts’ tradition of educational excellence, providing access to expert educators and exposure to a wide variety of psychiatric care modalities and facilities.

Residents can expect a broad range of inpatient and outpatient experiences in multiple clinics and hospitals. This includes at least four months on the Consult/Liaison service across Tufts Medical Center, six months on our locked adult psychiatric inpatient facility, two months on the Addictions service, and rotations in child/adolescent, geriatric, forensic, and public facilities; as well as a deep and carefully integrated outpatient experience throughout for three years of the four-year program. Residents gain robust and varied experience and knowledge not only to complete boards examinations, but also to be well-prepared for any fellowship or adult psychiatric practice.

With an emphasis on education, Tufts provides first and second year residents with five to six hours of education each week. This is protected time, free from other duties or responsibilities. As third and fourth year residents, a full day is dedicated to education per week. All residents are also expected to attend Grand Rounds weekly. Didactic courses are wide-ranging and taught by experienced educators including psychiatrists (with training in adult, child and adolescent, addictions, forensics, and reproductive psychiatry), psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, and internal medicine and neurology physicians, With classes varying from Advanced Psychopharmacology with Dr. Ghaemi (a top expert in this field) to Psychodynamics with Dr. Schindelheim (with 31 awards to date for teaching excellence), residents are provided a wide breadth of education. Courses cover various therapy modalities including (but not limited to) CBT, DBT, family therapy, and psychodynamics. Neuroscience, child and adolescent psychiatry, history of psychiatry, ethics and policy, evidenced-based psychiatry, and Board preparation are a few examples of regular staples to the educational curriculum. Residents are given the opportunity to request topics and to limit courses they do not find educational through feedback to the program director.

Additionally, this program has been designed to be accommodating to those considering a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship. On request, rotations can be arranged to have completed the necessary rotations and experience required to be eligible for certification by the ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) before transitioning into a fellowship for their PGY-4 year. A substantial number of residents enter CAP residencies every year (many easily transitioning into our own CAP program).

The Psychiatry Residency is led by Dr. Brent Forester Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry; Dr. Daniel Morehead, Adult Psychiatry Residency Program Director; Dr. Ingrid Li, Adult Psychiatry Associate Program Director, and  Caitlin Bennett, Residency & Education Coordinator.

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