Letter from the Chiefs
Welcome to the UNC Psychiatry Residency Program website! We appreciate your interest in our program, and we are eager to share what makes UNC a wonderful place to train. Our residents chose UNC for many reasons – however, the unique and extensive clinical learning opportunities in various settings, the camaraderie between residents, and the outstanding faculty stand out as particular strengths. Our program promotes an environment conducive for learning as well as teaching. The large class size and supportive faculty help to foster a lively, collegial culture amongst the Department that makes training here exciting and enjoyable. The Triangle – encompassing the areas of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh – provides a full range of activities and events throughout the year. We think you’ll find that this a great place to live, work, and play for the next four years!
Academically, UNC offers comprehensive exposure to a culturally, socioeconomically, and diagnostically diverse patient population. Within the Neurosciences Hospital on the UNC Hospitals campus, there are seven different inpatient psychiatric units through which our residents rotate. Our Neurosciences Hospital features Child, Adolescent, and Geriatric Psychiatry units, as well as other specialty units such as Eating Disorders, Perinatal, and Psychotic Disorders. Our Perinatal Psychiatry unit, opened in 2011, is the first of its kind in the United States and served as a study site for the recently approved brexanolone (Zulresso) for post-partum depression.
Our outpatient psychiatry experience is similarly diverse. Not only does our program feature a wide range of clinics – including Psychosomatic, Developmental Disorders, Women’s Mood, to name but a few – but residents also begin their outpatient experience as PGY-2s, which allows for greater patient continuity over training. We maintain a strong focus in psychotherapy, including both Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training, along with exposure to DBT, ACT, and Couples Therapy. Beginning outpatient psychiatry earlier in training allows for a more robust psychotherapy experience.
Residents are encouraged to pursue their individual interests in sub-specialty endeavors, including (but certainly not limited to) ECT, TMS, collaborative care, quality improvement, Sports Psychiatry, student mental health, corrections, telepsychiatry, and Assertive Community Treatment. We also offer specialized tracks, including the Research Track, the Clinical Informatics Track, and the Clinician Educator Track for residents with particular interests in research, informatics, and teaching, respectively, which provide valuable protected time during the PGY-2 year and beyond. For residents interested in research, our department conducts a wide array of exciting projects, and many of our research supervisors are experts in their fields.
One of the highlights of our program is the strength of our residents. Following completion of their training, our graduates have pursued a variety of fellowships, clinical positions, administrative roles, and more at sites all across the country. Over the past several years, our graduates have secured fellowship positions in Seattle, in Austin, and in New Haven at Yale. Other graduates have remained in the Triangle area, whether it be staying at a major academic institution, working at a large state psychiatric hospital, going into a private practice, working for the VA, or even combining psychotherapy and medication management. Additionally, some graduates have secured high-level administrative roles even within a few years of graduation, ranging from medical directors of clinical services to program directors of fellowship programs.
Outside of work, the Triangle has much to offer! Due to the unique composition of the Triangle, we have an ideal balance between the charms of living in a smaller town (lower cost of living, manageable traffic) with the amenities of a metropolitan area (professional sports, museums, and fantastic restaurants). On any given weekend, you can catch a Broadway Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center, watch live college sports, hike at the Eno River State Park, see the stars at Morehead Planetarium, or catch an outdoor movie at the NC Museum of Art. And for those longer weekends (and we have many!), the beach and the mountains are just an easy 2 to 3-hour drive away.
In the pages of this website, you will find more details about the program. Of course, no website can fully capture the essence of a program or its people. Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions or need more information about the residency. We hope we get the chance to meet you in person and show you what makes UNC special.
James Mayo, Evan Vitiello, Dana Doctor, Christine Beran, Lauren Marino, and Brandon Goodman
2019 – 2020 Chief Residents