The Psychiatry Residency program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is designed to foster the creative development of highly-skilled psychiatrists who will be well-prepared for successful professional careers.

The four-year accredited program accepts seven residents per year.

Residents benefit from both research and forensic experiences during elective and selective rotations. They are also encouraged to work with faculty members or develop their own projects as their interests and time permit.

We are proud to be a charter member of an alliance with the psychiatry departments of East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for managed care and educational collaborative efforts, the first such academic linkage in the nation.

Why Train at Wake?

The residency program offers a balanced training program located in a stimulating and rewarding environment, creating an excellent foundation for the specific type of psychiatric practice you wish to pursue.

The dedicated faculty provides individual attention to our residents at all levels. Residents are paired with faculty advisers, supervisors and mentors through all stages of training. They also receive a minimum of two hours of individual psychotherapy supervision weekly, as well as rotation-specific supervision from their service chiefs. In addition, our Faculty Teaching Clinic is resident-staffed and operates under direct faculty supervision.

Our program also offers unique opportunities for all residents in the following areas:

  • Modern neuropsychiatric assessment, including dynamic neuroimaging technologies
  • Geriatric psychiatry, i.e., medical and psychiatric assessments for the homebound elderly

Program Objectives and Highlights

Residents rotate through carefully designed clinical experiences to develop the core competencies of clinical psychiatry. We offer a flexible general medicine program with longitudinal patient care opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities.

Residents experience all forms of mental health service delivery, including:

  • A child guidance clinic
  • A veterans administration medical center
  • Community mental health centers
  • Managed care programs
  • State hospitals

Program Benefits Highlights

As a Wake Forest resident you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
Learn more about the standard benefits available to Wake Forest Residents. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.