Letter from the Chiefs
Welcome to the UNC Psychiatry Residency Program website! We appreciate your interest in our program and are excited to show you all we have to offer. We chose UNC for many reasons, including the unique learning opportunities, the comradery between residents, and the outstanding faculty. Our program promotes an environment conducive for learning as well as teaching. The large class size along with a supportive and collegial atmosphere, makes for a fun and enjoyable place to train. The Triangle, encompassing Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, provides a full range of activities and events throughout the year. With a generous work-life balance, this is 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 distinct inpatient psychiatric units, ranging from child and adolescent to geriatric units, and encompassing specialty units such as eating disorders, perinatal, and psychotic disorders. When it comes to outpatient psychiatry, we similarly have a wide range of clinics including psychosomatic, developmental disorders, women’s mood, and much more. We also have a strong focus in psychotherapy, including both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy training, along with exposure to DBT and ACT. Residents are free to pursue their individual interests in sub-specialty endeavors including ECT, TMS, integrated care, quality improvement, sports psychiatry, or student mental health, to name a few. We also offer tracks including the Research Track and the Clinician Educator Track for residents with special interests in research and teaching, respectively.
Outside of work, the Chapel Hill and larger Triangle area have 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 (low cost of living, manageable traffic) with the amenities of a metropolitan area (professional sports, museums, and great restaurants). On any given weekend, you can catch a Broadway Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center, watch live college sports, hike at 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, the beach or the mountains are just an easy 2-3 hour drive away.
In the pages of this website, you will find more details about the program. Of course, no website can fully encapsulate 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.
Rachel Frische, Brandon Harsch, Doug Henningsen, and Angela Kuntz
2018 – 2019 Chief Residents