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Program Highlights

Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based principles are integrated into the residents’ didactic curriculum over the course of the residency.  Emphasis is placed on asking key questions, searching the literature and critically appraising all types of scholarly articles. Journal club activities are also included embedded in clinical rotations to reinforce these principles.


We support our residents in their scholarship and research efforts. Residents can participate in research electives in during their elective months in their PGY-2 and PGY-4 years.  To name a few,  research electives include the Grady Trauma Project, the Grady NIA project, autism research, Clinical Trials Program in mood and anxiety disorders, Safety, Trauma, and Recovery Program (STaR), and Trauma Recovery Program.  Research and psychotherapy tracks are also available for residents.

Residency Research Track

A formal research track is available for residents who wish to pursue a career as a clinical scientist.   The goal of this track is to provide interested residents with specialized research training and experiences, mentoring them towards a research-focused career.  Residents have participated in deep brain stimulation, neuroimaging, and PTSD research.

Resident Research Group

The group was formed with the purpose of helping residents learn of research being conducted by both Emory faculty and non-Emory researchers. The expectation of the faculty mentors is to share personal insights on their research experiences, future opportunities, and developments related to the field of psychiatry and medicine.  The group meets monthly.

Psychotherapy Track

A formal psychotherapy track is available for interested residents.  The goal is to provide an intensive experience for residents intersted in deepening and broadening their understanding and technical proficiency in psychotherapy.

Emory Psychoanalytic Institute

Residents may apply to this unique training opportunity in psychoanalysis. The institute provides an integrated curriculum of postgraduate courses as well as organized programs of clinical case supervision in psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Protected Didactic Time

Residents throughout the program are free from clinical responsibilities on Wednesday mornings to focus on their education.  The didactic curriculum is designed to maximize the learning potential of the clinical experience, equip the learner with the tools to provide evidence-based patient care, and facilitate a spirit of life-long learning upon graduation. 

Bite-Sized Teaching (BST)

In the Bite-Sized Teaching conference, residents give 8 minute talks related to the theme of the day followed by Q&A.  Each resident is paired with an attending coach to help develop the talk and provide feedback on the presentation.  The content of the talks is developed with the idea in mind of educating residents on important topics within psychiatry.

Elective Opportunities

Residents have 1.5 months of elective time in their PGY-2 year, and have an additional 12 months of elective time in their PGY-4 year.  Several clinical and research opportunities are available at a diverse number of sites.  Detailed descriptions of these opportunities is available on our website.  Popular electives include Women’s Mental Health, forensic, child & adolescent psychiatry, and research electives. 


We have various mentoring opportunities in the program.  Individual mentors are available for all residents, and are matched with faculty based on areas of interest.  Class mentors are assigned to work with each PGY group and meet with the classes regularly.  Research mentorship (Mentor Match Program) is available.  In addition, we offer peer to peer mentorship.

Supported Career Development

Whether a resident is interested in a research, teaching, or clinical career, program leadership supports and mentors residents as they hone their interests.  During semi-annual meetings with program leadership, interests are explored and guidance is provided.  Seminars about employment after residency are strategically placed throughout the didactic curriculum.

International Opportunities

Residents have the opportunity to gain exposure to international activities, both locally and abroad.  Residents may elect to rotate in Cultural Psychiatry elective at Grady Hospital, providing psychiatric evaluation and treatment to a largely South/Middle American population (namely Latino) and a diverse population of refugees (Bhutanese, Bangladeshis).  In addition, in collaboration with The Carter Center, residents may participate in the Liberia Project, focused on scaling up services and training mental health providers in a post-conflict, low-income environment.