The Psychiatry Residency program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is a four-year ACGME accredited program that is designed to foster the development of highly skilled psychiatrists who will be well-prepared for successful professional careers in the future. With the use of evidence-based medicine, residents are given the unique opportunity to grow and learn while under the instruction of our expert, board-certified faculty.

Why Train at Wake?

Wake Forest offers a thorough, balanced training program that creates an excellent foundation for any type of psychiatric practice you wish to pursue or explore. Our faculty have spent decades honing their craft in various specialties and are dedicated to passing that knowledge on to the next generation of physicians.

Wake is dedicated to teaching the art of psychotherapy. Our interim chair, Dr. Steven Scoggin, is a board-certified therapist and spent the first half of his career creating CareNet, a state-wide organization dedicated to providing therapy focusing on the biopsychosocialspiritual needs of North Carolinians. With the experience of our psychotherapy team and individual psychotherapy supervisors for each resident, Wake provides a unique opportunity for residents to study and become proficient in a wide variety of psychotherapy techniques that will help differentiate them from other psychiatrists.

Finally, we pride ourselves on not only the training that you will receive at Wake Forest but also the family-oriented environment. One reason residents stay on as faculty after graduation is because of the camaraderie that has defined our department since its inception. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping residents in their academic as well as personal pursuits. Our program encourages residents to have a healthy work-life balance and constantly strives to maintain open communication and a non-judgmental environment.

Program Objectives and Highlights

Our objective is for all of our residents to become well-rounded, expertly-trained, board-certified psychiatrists who are committed to a lifetime of honing and perfecting their craft. Wake Forest is proud of the clinical acumen that our residents achieve during their time in training from the extensive breadth of clinical opportunities. We employ carefully designed clinical and educational experiences to develop the core competencies of psychiatry as set out in the ACGME Milestones and far beyond! 

Diversity and Inclusion

We echo Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Diversity Core Value to Honor Individuality and Protect the Dignity of All. Our program constantly works toward recruiting a diverse population of residents. Currently, 50 percent of our resident population is female with more than 60 percent identifying as non-Caucasian. This aligns well with our community as the Black/American, LatinX and Asian communities make up more than half of the city of Winston-Salem. We respect and appreciate all of the unique qualities that each of our residents, faculty, and staff bring to our family and will continue bringing people together from various cultures and backgrounds. 

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Resident Well-being

Here at Wake Forest Baptist, we understand the rigors and pressures of being a resident. Our program places emphasis on the physical and mental well-being of our residents, especially during intern year. Here are some of the ways we help our residents during this time of their academic careers:

  • Resident wellness days, where the entire residency program gets time to focus on emotional well-being. In the fall, our residents get a full day off where they have an outing together in order to build camaraderie. During the spring, they receive a half day in the afternoon
  • Monthly resident meetings allow residents to voice their concerns directly to the program director
  • Monthly meetings with the chief residents allow our residents to express their concerns regularly
  • Mentorship from upper level residents as well as faculty 

In addition to these features, our residency program is continually striving to improve the resident educational experience allowing you to enjoy a full and vibrant life during your time in Winston-Salem!!