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“Over this past year of residency, one of the things that I most appreciated about Emory Psychiatry was the unrelenting support from my co-residents and the program leadership. In the spring when the pandemic started, our chief residents and Dr. Schwartz stepped up to create schedules that would prepare for potential residents' absences and to adjust to social distancing measures. There were weekly resident meetings with our program directors to come up with ideas for how to adjust to this new reality. Many senior residents stepped up to take shifts in case interns became absent. I felt like they had my back no matter what happened, which made me realize I had made the right decision to train here.”

-Paulina Kaiser, MD (PGY-2)


“When not working, Emory Psychiatry residents like to get together outside of the hospital and enjoy different activities in Atlanta. Here, some of our residents display a beautiful picture they “stole” during an escape room (they returned it afterwards).”

-Bradley Rosenkrantz (PGY-2)


“I feel really lucky to be at a program that has encouraged me to explore my growing interest in psychotherapy. When I entered residency, I felt intimidated by the thought of doing therapy, and I had no idea whether I would enjoy it. Under the mentorship of my psychotherapy supervisors, I've found psychotherapy to be a rewarding, creative way to help patients. Emory has allowed me to dedicate more clinical time to learning and practicing psychotherapy, and has given me the incredible opportunity to learn several psychotherapy modalities directly from some of the most experienced and talented psychiatrists and psychologists in Atlanta.” 

-Erica Rymarczyk, MD (PGY-3)


I was drawn to Emory for numerous reasons; the variety of clinical sites, psychotherapy training beginning in year two, and connection to the psychoanalytic institute were among the most personally appealing features. Grady is an abundant clinical setting that could provide an exceptional stand-alone psychiatric education even without Emory and the VA; nonetheless, the opportunity to work at other sites further enriches learning.  Training at Emory and the VA, in addition to Grady, allows residents to understand pathology and personality with breath, depth, nuance, and sensitivity for individuals, cultures, and society. The significance of psychiatric training in a major city cannot be understated; Atlanta’s diverse and sizable population only adds educational opportunity. This environment coalesces with engaging faculty, resident camaraderie to create an unparalleled, extraordinary psychiatry residency.

-Charlotte Van Hale (PGY-3)


“I am continually surprised by the responsiveness of Emory psychiatry leadership to resident quality of life issues. Most recently, I had the opportunity to work with the program leadership to institute a night float system at the VA for the second-year residents. Despite it being a massive logistical challenge and requiring the complete overhaul of the curriculum, I found support at all levels of the process. One month into the new system and it’s observable how much of a difference it’s making in resident wellness.”  

-Jack Van Bezooyen, MD (PGY-4)


“Dr. Schwartz's support over the years and ubiquitous presence in the program has lent her the feel of an experienced and helpful colleague, as well as an extremely approachable PD. I had the pleasure of working closely with her during my year as a Grady chief resident and she was consistently thoughtful and collaborative when helping with challenging situations. Her presence and support were an invaluable resource throughout my residency training.”

-Carolina Medeiros, MD (2020 graduate)


I think the reasons I'm grateful for having trained here are similar to the reasons I decided to stay on as faculty: (1) support for my growth as a clinician and as a person through community and mentorship (especially via the Psychoanalytic Institute and psychotherapy education more broadly), (2) diverse and interesting clinical experiences, (3) the city and everything that comes with it (e.g., boiled peanuts, peaches, trees, and friendliness). 

-Joseph Vinson, MD (2020 graduate)

Why I Chose Emory