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The General Psychiatry Residency Program of Palmetto Health and the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine is the outgrowth of a unique partnership between academic and public psychiatry. This partnership supports general and child and adolescent psychiatry residencies, a fellowship in forensic and geriatric psychiatry, as well as training programs for other mental health professions.
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The training emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach to mental health services, community liaison and public service, while simultaneously promoting academic excellence and research.
Established in 1963, the four-year General Psychiatry Residency Program produces skilled clinicians capable of treating complicated patients in public, private, inpatient and outpatient settings using multiple treatment modalities. Six residents are accepted each year.
Clinical programs stress training in both psychotherapeutic and somatic interventions. Following separate didactic introductions to psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, family and group therapy, residents have required supervision of cases by general psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychologists, and other therapists who specialize in each modality. Biologic therapies are reviewed continuously in a four-year psychopharmacology curriculum.
The program is stimulating and challenging, offering a number of opportunities for professional and academic development. As members of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral science of the Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine program, residents are exposed to nationally known research programs evaluating healthcare delivery systems, including those for the treatment of dual diagnoses, post-traumatic disorders, and illness in minority populations. We promote resident growth through participation in national conferences, such as the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, the American Academy of Child Psychiatry annual meeting, and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training annual meetings. We have an established history of excellence in residents' performance as recognized through numerous fellowship, publications and awards. Recent awards have included the American Psychiatric Association Minority Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association Shire Child and Adolescent Fellowship, Rappeport Fellowship, Laughlin Fellowship, and the Ginsberg Fellowship.