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UNC Health Residency Recruitment Video

Karon DawkinsThe Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina has a long history of balanced training in Biologic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. A significant number of our residents pursue additional subspecialty training. UNC Psychiatry residents are well prepared for their choice of practice setting, be it academic, public sector, or private practice. UNC Psychiatry residents train in a supervised, collegial, and supportive environment. We offer training opportunities in general and specialized inpatient and outpatient settings. UNC Psychiatry residents are expected to actively and appropriately participate in medical student clerkship rotations. While the program continues to be very successful, we are not content to rest on our laurels. Self-analysis and innovation are essential to maintaining excellence and we are involved in a process of continuous quality improvement for our programs.

UNC Psychiatry applicants hail from all over the country. We look for outstanding and academically successful individuals. Our candidates have a variety of backgrounds, special interests, and skills which make our residents a diverse and exciting professional group. In addition to traditional medical school graduates, our program has also trained a number of physicians who chose Psychiatry as a second career. We seek candidates who have interpersonal skills, are eager to learn, and are ready to be the next generation of leaders in psychiatric care.

Karon Dawkins, M.D.
Director, General Psychiatry Residency Training Program


 As both a graduate and now the Associate Program Director of the UNC Psychiatry Residency, I relish the unique training opportunities and collegial environment of this institution. Our UNC Neurosciences Hospital hosts seven unique subspecialty Psychiatry units, each with a distinct clinical focus. Our outpatient clinics and community partners serve a similarly diverse patient population, spanning a spectrum of age, language, gender identity, and socioeconomic class. The residency also offers the chance for residents to pursue their own interests in the form of specialized tracks, elective rotations, and individual research and scholarly activity. Through it all, we share a common respect, kindness, and support of each other – a community spirit that enhances everything we do. I welcome your interest in our program, and hope you will learn more about what makes this place special.

Winston Li, M.D.
Associate Residency Training Director

Important Dates

Updated for 2023

    • September 6: Applications available in ERAS
    • September 30: PSTP Supplemental Application Deadline (required for PSTP applicants only)
    • November 1: Application Deadline
    • November 30th: All Supporting Documents Deadline (General Program Applicants)
    • Early November: Residency Virtual Interviews Begin
    • End of January: Residency Interview End
    • March 17: Match Day
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