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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Quillen College of Medicine

Letter from Program Director

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

The ETSU Psychiatry Residency Program seeks to produce well-trained psychiatrists capable of working in academic, state, federal, private, and rural sectors of choosing to pursue further subspecialty training.

Our residents have a wealth of training sites including the VA Medical Center, Student Counseling Center, Womens Mental Health clinic, private practice clinics, Community Mental Health Center, outpatient and inpatient Child Psychiatry rotations, as well as several different inpatient psychiatric units. Additional training opportunities include ECT, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, tele-psychiatry, and research. Extended experience in psychotherapy includes supervision from psychiatrists and psychologists that encompasses didactic and practice of Cognitive Behavioral, Supportive, Psychodynamic, Brief, and Combined therapies with an additional psychotherapy seminar series utilizing videotaped sessions of residents for individual and peer learning. Didactics include a focus on DSM-5, Behavioral Neurology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapies, Child Psychiatry, Adult Psychopathology, Board Review, and Transitions to Practice. This is further enhanced by resident presentations at weekly Case Conferences, monthly Chair Rounds, as well as Mortality/Morbidity Conferences and Grand Rounds.

Residents are assigned a faculty mentor who can assist with anything from systems issues to exploring elective interests or future work opportunities. Our annual fun Psychiatry Jeopardy Rounds pits faculty against residents in a friendly, fact seeking competition. The annual Education Day brings together faculty and residents to problem solve or identify ways to further enhance the program.

We seek to develop a cohesive, supportive environment where residents reach their individual goals with a multitude of diverse experiences. While we pride ourselves on our comprehensive training environment and the diversity of scenery provided on campus, we also realize that not all or your time will be in the hospital/clinic setting. Johnson City is home to mountains, rivers, forests and caves, which provide a beautiful backdrop for a university town that offers a multitude of activities for all four seasons. If you do plan on staying locally after completion of your training (and we hope you do!), there are numerous opportunities for employment in the various federal, state, or private sectors.

Should you like to explore if our program is the right fit for you, then please feel free to contact us.


Shambhavi Chandraiah, MD, FRCPC, FAPA
Psychiatry Residency Program Director

 Chandraiah Shambhavi





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