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COMBINED MEDICINE-PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY

 
The Departments of Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University are pleased to offer a combined Medicine / Psychiatry Residency Program, which will enable qualified physicians to become Board eligible in both specialties after five years of post-graduate training.

Through integrated and comprehensive training in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, participating physicians will obtain a unique perspective of the interrelationships between the two disciplines while gathering expertise in both.

The five year curriculum provides alternating and overlapping rotations on medical and psychiatric services, with increasing levels of responsibility and opportunities for elective assignments. Experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, exposure to community physicians as well as university faculty, and abundant opportunities for teaching enable resident physicians to adequately prepare for their future careers. Graduates of similar programs have gone on to enjoy virtually every type of practice opportunity: academia, research, private practice, sub-specialization, primary care, psychosomatic medicine, biological psychiatry, and individual practices reflecting their own particular skills and interests.

The program was developed under the joint auspices of the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine to respond to recent trends in American health care. Biological variables have received renewed emphasis in psychiatric illnesses, and the importance of psychiatric factors in physical disease has been increasingly recognized. This program responds to the growing need for qualified primary care physicians with psychiatric expertise.


Combined Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Curriculum

PGY-I

  • 5-6 blocks Medicine Wards
  • 1 block Emergency Department
  • 1 block Medicine Elective
  • 3 blocks Psychiatry Ward
  • 1-2 blocks Neurology Ward
  • 1 block Medicine (elective)

PGY-II

  • 5 blocks Medicine Wards
  • 1 block Ambulatory Medicine
  • 1 block Medicine Elective
  • 3 blocks Psychiatry Ward
  • 1 block Neurology Outpatient
  • 1 block Psychiatry Consult
  • 1/2 block Medicine (Director's 2 weeks)
  • 1/2 block Psychiatry (Psych ED)

PGY-III

  • 2 blocks Medicine Wards
  • 1 block Ambulatory Medicine
  • 1 block Medicine Elective
  • 3 blocks Psychiatry Ward *
  • 5 blocks Psychiatry Outpatient
  • 1 block Psychiatry (Psych ED)

PGY-IV

  • 2 blocks Medicine Wards
  • 1 block Medicine Consult
  • 1 block Geriatric Medicine
  • 4 blocks Psychiatry Outpatient
  • 1 blocks Psychiatry Consult
  • 1 block Emergency Psychiatry
  • 1 block Medicine Elective
  • 1 block Geriatric Psychiatry
  • 1 block Medicine (elective)

PGY-V

  • 2 blocks Medicine Wards
  • 2 blocks Medicine Elective
  • 2 blocks Adolescent/Child Psychiatry
  • 1 block Forensic Psychiatry
  • 3 blocks Community Psychiatry
  • 2 blocks Addiction Psychiatry
  • 1 block Psychiatry (C/L)

In addition, residents will spend one half-day per week in Outpatient Clinics.

To Apply:
All applications are processed through ERAS only.  Please make sure the following information is included:

  • Dean's Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript - Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS must be completed
  • Three letters of recommendations including one from the Chairman of either the Department of Medicine or the Department of Psychiatry
  • Personal Statement
  • VISA status - J1 VISAS are the only sponsored visas
  • Experience in US hospitals
  • Graduation date - within 5 years of application year

We enjoy meeting prospective residents and upon receipt of the above material, selected applicants will be requested to arrange a mutually convenient weekday for interviews at East Carolina University. Final acceptance to the program is at the discretion of the chairman of the department and the director of residency training, upon the advice of the residency advisory committee.

Initial appointment to the program is for one year, and reappointment for each subsequent year is based on the resident's performance.

Persons interested in applying for training in medicine/psychiatry at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University or in learning more about the program should contact:

James G. Peden, Jr., M. D.
Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Director
Brody School of Medicine at ECU

2N-49 Brody Building
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 744-2272

 

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