The Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral 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.