General Psychiatry

General Psychiatry Residency Overview

The General Psychiatry Residency Training Program of Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine is the outgrowth of a unique partnership between academic and public psychiatry.  The Department of Psychiatry includes general and child and adolescent psychiatry residencies as well as fellowships in forensic and geriatric psychiatry. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education(ACGME).  The training program emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach to mental health services, promotes academic excellence, engages residents in research, and provides diverse rotation experiences in multiple systems of care.

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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 psychopharmacological interventions.  Following separate didactic introductions to psychodynamic, interpersonal, solution-focused, behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and family and group therapy, residents have required supervision of cases by multi-disciplinary supervisors who specialize in the specific therapeutic modality. Competency in Supportive, Psychodynamic, Brief, and Cognitive Behavioral therapies are strongly emphasized in didactic teaching as well as with patient cases in the outpatient clinic. Residents also gain practical experience with combination therapies; applying pharmacology with psychotherapy interventions in a treatment session. Biologic therapies are reviewed continuously in a four-year longitudinal psychopharmacology curriculum.

We promote resident growth through participation in local,national, and regional conferences. All residents get the opportunity to present their research at conferences, which is supported by the Palmetto Health Graduate Medical Education office.  We have an established history of excellence in residents’ performance as recognized through numerous fellowships, publications and awards.  Awards have included the American Psychiatric Association Minority Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association Shire Child and Adolescent Fellowship, Rappeport Fellowship, Laughlin Fellowship, American Psychoanalytic Fellowship, American Association for Emergency Psychiatry Resident Award and the Ginsberg Fellowship.