Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (2023)



Dear Resident and Fellow Candidates:

As Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Cleveland Clinic, I would like to thank you for taking a genuine interest in our programs. Our Department consists of over 90 professional staff members that provide over 65,000 outpatient visits and 10,000 inpatient admissions yearly. Patients come locally, nationally, and internationally to seek our care. We see some of the most complex patients in the country. We work as a team with physicians, psychologists, advanced practice providers, and therapists. Our superb faculty and teaching sites provide a robust outpatient, inpatient, and consultation liaison psychiatry experience that make our trainees uniquely qualified to tackle any patient scenario they may encounter. Our medical students, residents, and fellows are an integral part of the Cleveland Clinic’s mission, which is “Caring for Life, Researching for Health, and Educating those who Serve.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted more than ever the importance of mental health for patients and caregivers alike. The Department is highly valued for the collegial, empathic, and expert clinical care we deliver. Leveraging telemedicine, collaborative, and value based care, our psychiatry residents and fellows are well positioned to navigate and adapt to the future of health care. Cleveland Clinic is at the forefront of medical innovations and health care delivery models, and behavioral health is a partner in these ventures. I hope you will join us in this journey!

Best Regards,

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (1)
Leo Pozuelo, MD, MBA, FACP, FACLPDepartment Chair


The Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Cleveland Clinic offers a unique training opportunity at one of the most renowned medical centers in the world. consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's top hospitals in its annual “America's Best Hospitals” survey and has named Cleveland Clinic's heart program No. 1 in the nation since 1995.

The Cleveland Clinic has been internationally recognized as a leader in the development of innovative solutions to the changing face of healthcare. At the October 3, 2012 Presidential debate, President Barack Obama said of the Cleveland Clinic: "At the Cleveland Clinic, one of the best healthcare systems in the world, they actually provide great care cheaper than average. And the reason they do is because they do some smart things."

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychology operates within the framework of the Neurological Institute, a multidisciplinary group of more than 300 medical, surgical and research specialists dedicated to the treatment of patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders. The Neurological Institute offers a disease-specific, patient focused approach to care with close collaboration between Psychiatry, Psychology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology.

Program Highlights

  • Expert Faculty who consistently operate with an approachable, open-door policy
  • Rigorous training in both Biological Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • Specialty training in Neuropsychiatry (including epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training led by the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center
  • Comprehensive didactic curriculum with protected time away from clinical duties
  • Flexible “Longitudinal” Schedule in PGY3 and PGY4 years – each is unique, designed by the resident
  • Opportunities for the development of resident-run specialty clinics (e.g. Bariatrics, Women’s Mental Health, LGBTQ+, Spanish-Speaking)
  • Opportunities for institution-funded travel to national meetings to present scholarly work/research
  • Diversity of faculty, resident group, and patient population
  • No mandatory call or weekend duties for 3rd and 4th year residents

Fellowship Opportunities

View Fellowship Opportunities at Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute


The Department of Psychiatry and Psychology is one of four departments within Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute, which includes Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology. The department has its origins in the vision of Cleveland Clinic’s first chairman of Neurological Surgery, W. James Gardener, MD, who at a 1943 meeting of Cleveland Clinic’s Administrative Board, proposed adding a department of psychiatry to the growing Cleveland Clinic. Eventually, in 1946 the Department of Neuropsychiatry opened, and in 1960 split into separate departments with A. Dixon Weatherhead, MD, serving as Psychiatry’s first Chairman. In July, 1961 the Department welcomed its first resident trainee, and by 1976 the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program had achieved full accreditation.

Since then, the Department has achieved a perennial U.S. News & World Report top-ranking in Ohio, and its training programs have developed a similarly strong reputation.



Program Directors

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (2)

Karen Jacobs, DO

Hi! My name is Karen Jacobs and I have been the Program Director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency for the past seven years. We are in unprecedented times, so learning how to navigate them is paramount to your education here. The program has a fluid curriculum, outstanding staff, and of course, I believe some of THE finest residents you will find anywhere.

I feel so fortunate to be doing what I do! My passion is for residents, education, wellness, and advocacy. While working out of a world class enterprise, we have never lost our family like atmosphere. We like to support one another, celebrate each other’s accomplishments, be there in the tough times, and share many moments over food, most recently over virtual gatherings. We welcome residents from all over the globe, and will soon be welcoming our 10th baby in the past five years of the residency!

When I am not at Cleveland Clinic, I love to travel, hike, read, listen to music, keep up with the local sports teams, enjoy a variety of edible creations, and spend as much time with my family and friends that I can.

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (3)

Vrashali Jain, MD
Associate Program Director

Hello all! Thank you for your interest in our program. I have been an Associate Program Director since the beginning of 2020 - that is just before Covid-19 came slamming our doors. In this time, I have been amazed by the leadership, dedication, passion, generosity and team work at Cleveland Clinic. I could not have been prouder than to be a part of this dedicated team of psychiatrists, psychologists and residents who came together in an effort to put their patients first in time of national crisis.

At the Clinic our goal is to provide our residents with the tools and guidance they need to be successful in their chosen path by having a curriculum that provides the right amount of structure, flexibility and exposure to the breadth and depth of our chosen specialty.

I am a home grown consult liaison psychiatrist with a passion for Neuro-Psychiatry, ethics in psychiatry, end of life care and education. When not working, I like to spend time with my family, discover new restaurants, read, watch movies and solve the mystery of work-life balance.

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (4)

Andrew Coulter, MD
Associate Program Director

Hello! My name is Andrew Coulter, and I have the honor of serving as Associate Program Director, starting in 2021. I completed both my psychiatry residency as well as my consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, and wanted to remain as a staff physician due to the collegial, supportive, and innovative environment that our institution possesses.

I currently work as an embedded psychiatrist in the Lutheran Hospital Emergency Department, and also rotate through several consultation-liaison services at the Main and Regional sites. Working with residents is one of the highlights of my position, and our goal is to provide a supportive environment where trainees can develop comprehensive knowledge in the practice of psychiatry, while being encouraged to develop expertise in their personal area of interest.

Outside of work, I like to exercise, cook, and spend time with my wife and kids.

Chief Residents

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (5)
Zach Orlins, DO
Outpatient Chief

Hi, my name is Zach Orlins, and I’m currently serving as our Outpatient Chief Resident. When I was a 4th year medical student, I completed an away rotation with the residency and left feeling extremely impressed by the program. In particular, I was impressed by the collegial nature from both the residents and program leadership, faculty teaching, and wealth of learning opportunities. As I head into my final year of residency, I can reflect on friendships formed with co-residents and attendings, as well as the robust learning opportunities. We have received excellent training not only in core areas of psychiatry including inpatient psychiatry, C/L psychiatry, and outpatient psychiatry, but also have diverse opportunities to pursue our individual interests. The program is quite flexible and invested in our learning, which has allowed me to pursue unique learning experiences including a rotation in sports psychiatry, year-long training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Institute, a medical journalism rotation with ABC News, a research rotation, and a longitudinal treatment-resistant depression clinic. My wife and I very much enjoy Cleveland as a city, and I recently became a father, of which the program is very supportive. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and am always happy to discuss with prospective applicants.

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (6)
Hannah Snyder, MD
Academic Chief

Hello! My name is Hannah, and I am a current PGY3. When researching programs and making my rank list as a fourth year medical student, I sought programs with broad clinical experiences, close bonds among the residents and staff, and a good “fit” on the interview day. My time as a resident at the Cleveland Clinic has certainly exceeded my expectations. While training at the Clinic, I have had an incredible depth and breadth of learning experiences within a group of extremely supportive co-residents and staff. As academic chief, I assist the program with designing and scheduling our didactics curriculum and serve as a member of our curriculum committee. Living in Cleveland has been a great experience. There is always something to do – and I especially love exploring the neighborhoods and the Metro Parks in my free time.

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (7)
Kinza Tareen, MD
Administrative Chief

Thank you for your interest in our program. I'm currently in my fourth year of training and have accrued quite a long list of reasons why the Cleveland Clinic is a great fit for me. I'd love to share some of those reasons with you. First off, being from the Midwest and accustomed to friendly personalities, I really value the camaraderie and relaxed family environment that permeates through the program. Enjoying time spent with co-residents both in and outside of work has really elevated my experience in Cleveland. On a clinical note, this program offers a wide range of experiences and diverse pathologies that serve a strong foundation for budding psychiatrists. Finally, whether it be through longitudinal experiences in women's behavioral health, neuropsychiatry, transplant psychiatry, or managing the consult service at main campus while on call, I have had ample time and opportunities to explore my interests in consult-liaison psychiatry. If you have any questions as to how you or your interests may fit with our program, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Current Residents

Current Residents


Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (8)

Calvin Klint, MD
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate: Wheaton College
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Interests: Christianity, community service, weight lifting, Bible study, NBA, hiking, reading (especially science fiction), theater

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (9)

Jason Lee, MD
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Undergraduate: Emory University
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: First-break psychosis, bipolar disorder, consult-liaison psychiatry
Personal Interests: Classical music, bassoon, gardening, tennis

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (10)

(Video) Cleveland Clinic Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

Zachary Orlins, DO
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Psychotherapy, sports psychiatry, college mental health
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, baseball, board games, podcasts, reading, trying new restaurants, traveling

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (11)

Kinza Tareen, MD
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Undergraduate: Kalamazoo College
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Interests: Women's mental health, consult-liaison psychiatry

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (12)

Jeremy Weleff, DO
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate: Wilfrid Laurier University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests:Research, health disparities
Personal Interests: Music, short stories

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (13)

Kathleen Ziegler, DO
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate: Warren Wilson College
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Gardening, cooking, yoga, traveling, sailing, biking, skiing and hiking


Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (14)

Teddy Akiki, MD
Hometown: Lebanon
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry/VA National Center for PTSD – Clinical Neurosciences Division
Interests: Network neuroscience, neuroimaging, ketamine, psychedelics, trauma- and stress-related disorders

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (15)

Kristen Fite, MD, PhD
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergraduate: Miami University
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Women’s mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry
Personal Interests: Spending time with my dog, cooking, hiking, crocheting, reading

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (16)

Brenden Jenks, MD
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate: Bowling Green State University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Addiction psychiatry
Personal Interests: My dog and best buddy - Izzy, aquaponic gardening, hiking, camping, coffee, cooking

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (17)

Fenil Patel, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate: York University, Toronto, Canada
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Consult-liaison psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry
Personal Interests: Hiking and exploring parks around Cleveland, exercise, yoga, reading non-fiction, watching comedy/drama/thrillers on Netflix, quality time with friends and family

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (18)

Amanda Pomerantz, DO
Hometown: East Islip, New York
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Seton Hill
Clinical Interests: Consult-liaison psychiatry, neuropsychiatry
Personal Interests: Cooking, running, Peloton, snowboarding, dog watching, being a plant mom

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (19)

Hannah Snyder, MD
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Kenyon College
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Everything so far!
Personal Interests: Hiking, biking, running, playing the violin and viola, reading

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (20)

Eleanor Stein, MD
Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School: Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
Clinical Interests: Child & adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, teaching
Personal Interests: Hiking, backpack camping, bouldering, on a quest to explore all of the national parks, knitting, cooking, eating, painting and mixed media art, playing with my dog, enjoying sunsets on Lake Erie

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (21)

Joshua Taylor, DO
Hometown: Hermitage, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Allegheny College
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Erie
Clinical Interests: Neuromodulation with ECT and TMS, ketamine, other breakthrough treatments such as psilocybin
Personal Interests: Finance, economics, cryptocurrency, music, computers, PC gaming, building gaming PCs for friends and family


Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (22)

Emily Cooper, MD
Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio
Undergraduate: Miami University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Child psychiatry
Personal Interests: Running/half-marathons, biking (anything outside!), farmer's markets, reading (Harry Potter fan forever, currently reading the Woo Woo for our psych book club!), playing with my dog and cats, cooking with my boyfriend

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (23)

Daniel El Dabh, MD
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate: John Carroll University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Interests: Tennis, piano, virtual reality, baking, ice cream

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (24)

(Video) Psychiatry Residency at The Medical Center of Aurora

Jared Harp, DO
Hometown: Kenton, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Schizophrenia spectrum disorders, neuropsychiatric disorders, substance use and addictive disorders
Personal Interests: Golfing, hiking at the metroparks, exploring the excellent food, drink and concert scene in Cleveland

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (25)

Alexsandra Kovacevich, MD
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Clinical Interests: Neuropsychiatry, neuromodulation, psychosis, addiction, psychedelics
Personal Interests: Electronic music, attempting to read as my cat sprawls over anything I give more attention to than her, collecting vinyl, hiking with our pup, yoga

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (26)

Brandon Salzman, DO
Hometown: Jericho, New York
Undergraduate: University of Rochester
Medical School: Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, interventional psychiatry (ketamine, TMS, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, psychedelic medicine), psychotherapy
Personal Interests: Live music, playing guitar, music production, spending time with family and friends, my dog Lexie, exploring in nature, traveling, podcasts

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (27)

Morgan Torcasio, MD
Hometown: Canton, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Akron
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking, eating

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (28)

Katherine Willie, MD
Hometown: Abington, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Women's health, child psychiatry
Personal Interests: Singing, music, dogs, Netflix/Hulu, traveling, food

Adult Psychiatry Residency Program | Cleveland Clinic (29)

Alexander Zha, MD
Hometown: San Mateo, California
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Nutritional psychiatry, MDMA/psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychiatry
Personal Interests: Rock climbing, hiking, ultimate frisbee, cooking, proudly spending time with my cat


Grant Daugherty, MD
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Undergraduate: University of Tulsa
Medical School: University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, School of Community Medicine
Clinical Interests: Inpatient, outpatient, psychotherapy, novel treatments for depression/anxiety/bipolar, and teaching
Personal Interests: Sci-fi/psychology/philosophy books, running, cycling, rock-climbing, and competitive video games

Mikhail Heber, MD
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Clinical Interests: Child Psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, addiction medicine
Personal Interests: Hiking, fishing, video games, cooking, weightlifting, yoga

Kristin Kinsley, MD
Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
Undergraduate: Old Dominion University
Medical School: Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Inpatient, Acute Psychosis/Mania, Forensics
Personal Interests: cats, watching documentaries, laughing, playing outside (anything in the sun makes me happy), dad jokes/puns, and spending time with friends/family (and not to be too cheesy, but spending time w/ my co-residents)

Cezary Mikoluk, MD
Hometown: Nowa Sól, Poland
Undergraduate: Penn State Schreyer Honors College
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Catatonia, ECT, forensic psychiatry
Personal Interests: Running, learning new hobbies/skills (currently chess), watching sports (literally all of them - especially Formula 1, soccer, PSU football, tennis), vegan cooking

Madalyn Popil, DO
Hometown: Maumee, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio Northern University
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Addiction psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry
Personal Interests: Loom knitting, painting, cooking in my Instant Pot, hiking at Metroparks, spending time with family and friends, gardening

Seth Williams, MD
Hometown: Kilgore, Texas
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Clinical Interests: LGBTQAI+ Mental Health, Inpatient Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
Personal Interests: Cooking, basketball, volleyball, running, watching TV, hanging with friends, spending time outdoors

Allison Withers, MD
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
Undergraduate: United States Naval Academy
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Clinical Interests: Women’s Health, Addiction Medicine
Personal Interests: Hanging out with my family and friends, trying new restaurants, and going to Lake Erie

Gabriel Yepes, MD
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Psychotherapy, neuropsychiatry, addiction, research
Personal Interests: Gardening, cooking, fermentation, hiking, reading (science fiction, horror, travel), and finding new music

Application Process

Application Process

We welcome U.S. and international allopathic and osteopathic medical graduates to apply. Only applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are accepted. The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) adhering to the "All­ in" policy which requires all positions within a participating program to be filled through the Match. We are unable to offer positions outside of the match. Information regarding fees and ERAS application procedures can be found at:

Those who match are expected to attend a mandatory orientation that begins in June, two weeks prior to the starting date of July 1.

We do not endorse any cutoff for USMLE / COMLEX scores. All applications are thoroughly considered.

Averages for ourPGY-1 class are:

USMLE Step 1USMLE Step 2COMLEX Level 1COMLEX Level 2

*Exam scores are only one part of a diverse evaluation process utilized when applicants are being considered. While the above numbers are provided for reference, they only represent averages. We will always prioritize finding well rounded residents in all areas, not just exam scores.

The following criteria must be met by all program applicants:

  • Enrollment in an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
  • Passing score on Part I of the USMLE or COMLEX.
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation from an ABPN certified psychiatrist with whom you have had direct clinical experience.
  • Strongly preferredinterest in psychiatry as a primary career choice.

Application Calendar:

(Video) Henry Ford Kingswood Hospital, Psychiatry Residency Program

  • Applicants begin applying to ACGME-accredited residency programs. All applications are due by November 1.
  • Invitations to interview are made on a rolling basis.
  • Interviews will be held October-January.

The following additional criteria must be met by all International Medical Graduates:

  • ECFMG certification.
  • Passing all parts of the USMLE.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a U.S. or Canadian clinical experience in psychiatry (substantial or outstanding academic research in psychiatry may substitute for clinical experience in certain situations).

Cleveland Clinic supports J-1 and H-1B visas if all GME requirements are met. Please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for details.

Questions about the application process should be directed to




A modular schedule is used to organize the clinical rotations. Each module lasts 4 weeks (28 days) resulting in 13 modules per year.

The PGY1 year includes six (6) modules of medicine and neurology and seven (7) modules of psychiatry. The inpatient internal medicine rotations are an opportunity to learn and practice "bread and butter" inpatient medicine at South Pointe Hospital. On-call at South Pointe is done on a rotating basis, with approximately one overnight call shift every 7 days. The outpatient internal medicine rotation provides an opportunity to serve a historically underserved population at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center. The emergency medicine rotation is completed at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus alongside rotators from a variety of specialties. Both the neurology consults and inpatient neurology rotations are completed at the Main Campus. On-call during the neurology inpatient rotation is done as one week of night float during the four-week rotation.

The inpatient psychiatry rotations during PGY1 are performed at Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland Clinic's primary facility for inpatient psychiatry (100 inpatient psychiatry beds). Residents will spend one of their first two modules at Lutheran Hospital doing “onboarding” where residents are exposed to each unit and float system throughout the month with direct senior resident supervision. The five adult inpatient psychiatry modules during the intern year are spent primarily on Lutheran's high-acuity psychiatry units. During this time, the "on-call" experience is done as 7 weeks of night-float (12-hour shifts, Sun-Thurs) and 7 weeks of evening float (8-hour shifts Mon-Fri). Residents rotate at the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center (ADRC) for inpatient chemical dependency during their onboarding month and see new patients on this unit throughout the year. During this rotation, residents gain experience with inpatient detoxification, partial hospitalization, and the intensive outpatient rehab program.

In preparation for the PGY2 year of on-call at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, throughout the year each PGY1 resident will spend 5 weekend day shifts (8 am to 8 pm) with the PGY2 on-call resident. This allows the PGY1 resident to gain exposure to inpatient consults and emergency psychiatry and helps to prepare them for the PGY2 call experience.


The PGY2 year provides an opportunity to gain experience in psychosomatic medicine (CL psychiatry), child and adolescent psychiatry, and a variety of other psychiatric sub-specialties, including geriatrics, forensics, emergency psychiatry, and ECT. During this year the resident will once again rotate at the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center (ADRC), now for two module long rotations. Residents will also spend a dedicated month with experienced psychologists, initially in an observational capacity, then transitioning into a hands-on role, practicing CBT interventions. This experience complements the start of the outpatient continuity clinic, where residents spend 1⁄2 day per week seeing outpatients for both medication management and psychotherapy. Weekly supervision with a dedicated psychotherapy supervisor also begins in the PGY2 year.

On-call during the PGY2 year occurs at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and is done on a rotating basis, approximately every 8 days. Weekday (M-F) call is from 4 pm to 8 am, while weekend call (Sat-Sun) is from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. On Sundays, the PGY2 will provide supervision to the PGY1 on-call resident during the daytime hours.


The PGY3 year marks a shift in focus to outpatient program requirements. With the majority of required rotations now complete, residents can focus on areas of interest within psychiatry. In the spring prior to the PGY3 year, the resident will meet with the Associate Program Director and the assigned academic advisor to design his/her schedule.

Electives may be performed as 4-week modules or as longitudinal (2-12 months) experiences, depending on resident preferences and the nature of the elective. There is also an opportunity for residents to create sub-specialty clinics to serve the unmet needs of special populations. With both faculty and departmental support, residents can create clinics or rotations that fit their interests. Resident-created clinics have included: women’s mental health clinic, LGBTQ+ clinic, bariatrics clinic, and Spanish-speaking clinic. Popular electives often include:

  • Women's mental health
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Transplant
  • Neuropsychiatry clinics (epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, dementia, neuropsychology)
  • Sleep/CBT for insomnia
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBTQ+) Clinic
  • Bioethics
  • ECT
  • Research


During the PGY4 year, residents are required to rotate on the inpatient psychiatry units at Lutheran hospital in a junior-attending role. Residents also spend one module in the Brain Health Clinic, performing neuropsychiatric evaluations and providing ongoing treatment for patients with epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, or dementia. Residents also spend time in Neuropsychiatry Clinic evaluating and treating patients with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, movement disorders, or dementia in a longitudinal setting. The remainder of the year is free for elective rotations. As in the PGY3 year, residents will meet with the Associate Program Director and academic advisor to help design the year's schedule. Electives may be done as longitudinal experiences, modular experiences, or a combination of the two.

Academic Half Day

The majority of the didactic curriculum is presented within the framework of Academic Half Day. Each Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., all residents are excused from clinical duties to focus on academic objectives. Residents attend two 70-minute seminars designed specifically for the PGY training level, Grand Rounds, and a PGY class specific process group. Afterward, residents return to their clinical services.

Training Sites

Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
Lutheran Hospital, a 12-minute drive from the main campus on West 25th street, houses the primary Adult Inpatient Psychiatry units of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry with 100 behavioral health beds distributed among general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and a specialized mood disorders unit. Lutheran is also home to the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center (ADRC), which provides inpatient detoxification, partial hospitalization, and an intensive outpatient rehabilitation program. Lutheran is just blocks away from the famous West Side Market and a burgeoning food scene.

Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
Fairview Hospital is a 500-bed level II trauma center facility on the west side of Cleveland, and home to the new 13-bed child and adolescent psychiatry unit where PGY2 residents rotate for two months. Residents may also perform senior Consultation-Liaison electives at Fairview to gain experience with consultation in a smaller, regional hospital setting.

Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Hillcrest Hospital is a 496-bed level II trauma center facility on the east side of Cleveland, which is home to the second year Consultation-Liaison (Psychosomatic Medicine) regional hospital rotation. This rotations allows residents to gain experience with consultation in a smaller, regional hospital setting.

Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital
Marymount Hospital is a 288-bed Cleveland Clinic regional hospital in south-central Cleveland, which is home to the inpatient geriatrics rotation and the second Cleveland Clinic regional hospital to start an electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) program. Residents gain exposure to the group and dialectical behavioral therapy at the Mood Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program.

Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
Northcoast is one of six Ohio state psychiatric hospitals, located on the south side of Cleveland. This hospital is home to the second year Forensics rotation. PGY2 residents spend one month on a restoration to competency unit, as well as participate in forensic didactics with forensic psychiatry fellows.


Research opportunities exist across the institution. The Department of Psychiatry has a robust research program, which provides excellent opportunities for faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students. Research is conducted in various disorders, including substance dependence, child psychiatry, mood disorders, pain, bariatrics, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and community psychiatry. Areas of research include genetics, brain imaging, neuroinflammatory biomarkers, and other biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment effects. Several clinical trials are ongoing for a range of treatment modalities, including pharmacological agents, neurostimulation techniques, psychotherapies, and community interventions. Outcome research is also an area of particular interest. In addition, active collaboration opportunities are available with colleagues in other specialties, including neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, primary care, and oncology.

Each resident is required to present at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds in their final year and also complete a quality improvement project, typically with their class. Residents are encouraged to publish papers or present at regional and national meetings. Trainees have participated in projects on neuromodulation, delirium, suicide, ovarian cancer, women’s health, chronic pain, seizure disorders, sleep disorders, post-myocardial infarction depression, transplant psychiatry, and many more.

Research opportunities exist across the department and the institution. PGY2 residents are introduced to common elements of research early in the year as part of the Academic Half Day curriculum. Each resident is required to present at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. Residents are encouraged to have an academic project to publish or present as a poster or platform at a regional or national meeting. Current and recent trainees have participated in projects on neuromodulation (both ECT and TMS), delirium, suicide, ovarian cancer, women’s health, chronic pain, non-epileptic seizures, sleep disorders, post-myocardial infarction depression, transplant psychiatry, and quality improvement.

Residents presenting at national meetings are eligible for registration and travel reimbursement by the NI and GME. In the past, residents have presented at:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training
  • Cleveland Consultation-Liaison Society

Residents may also present their work at Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Research Day (NIRD), which is held annually at the Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center on the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Generous cash awards are given to the most outstanding poster and platform presentations – our residents have consistently been recipients.

Resident Life & Benefits

Salary and Benefits

A comprehensive description of resident benefits can be found with Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education Department.

(Video) Residency Training in General Adult Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital Northwell Health

  • Health, Vision, Dental, Insurance, and Investment Plan Summary
  • Salary and financial highlights
  • Graduate Physicians Manual

Time Away

  • Vacation and Personal/Sick Days: 4 weeks (20 paid working days) + 1 wellness day.
  • Maternity: 12 weeks paid leave.
  • Paternity: 4 weeks paid leave.
  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Entitles all employees up to 12 weeks off, unpaid, after one year of employment. See Graduate Physicians Manual for further information.

On-call Meals

When taking overnight call at the Main Campus, residents are provided with an allotment for dinner and breakfast. Lunch is also provided for weekend day calls. These funds may be used at most Cleveland Clinic dining facilities, including all hospital cafeterias, Panera Bread, Moe's Southwest Grill, Aladdin's Eatery, and Subway.

Wellness & Preventive Medicine

In 2007, the Cleveland Clinic appointed the country's first Chief Wellness Officer, Michael F. Roizen, MD. Wellness & Preventive Medicine is responsible for implementing wide-­reaching programs that aggressively advocate for healthy living. Wellness initiatives implemented for all employees, including residents, include: free membership to Cleveland Clinic fitness centers, yoga classes, trans-­fats banned from all public and patient menus, sugared beverages removed from cafeterias and vending machines, smoke-­free campuses and workforce, weekly farmer’s market on-­campus and a dedicated wellness store. Learn more about Employee Wellness at Cleveland Clinic.

In addition, our residency program has also implemented wellness initiatives of our own. We take into consideration the individual wellness needs of each resident to best tailor each individual's experience. Specific initiatives include making sure residents have time to attend doctor's appointments, an additional "wellness day" that was implemented in 2019 in addition to current vacation policies, truly protected didactic time, a weekly class specific process group, and separate resident work/lounge spaces at both Main Campus and Lutheran Hospital.

Resident Social Activities

Outside of the work setting, our residents are social and engage in various activities not only as individual classes, but also between classes. Activities enjoyed together by our current residents span a wide variety of interests, include physical activities such as hiking in the Cleveland MetroParks or Cuyahoga Valley National Park, rock-climbing, biking, and ultimate frisbee, as well as attending concerts at Blossom Music Center, local brewery trivia nights, trying new restaurants and bars in Cleveland, playing both board and video games, as well as knitting.

While many of our institution focused resident activities have been placed on hold due to pandemic restrictions, we are looking forward to resuming activities as soon as it is safe to do so. Below is a list of previously scheduled department resident activities.

Annual Welcome Picnic
This family-friendly annual event serves to welcome our new interns and to show appreciation for the hard work of our faculty. This event is often held at the Program Director's home or a local Metropark.

Spring Resident Retreat
The spring retreat is an opportunity for residents to get off campus for a day to focus on team-building, wellness and academic enrichment activities. The 2014 and 2017 retreats were held at a local camp where residents had the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes course, rock-climbing wall, and workshops about boundaries, fun neuroscience, and team-building. The last retreat in early 2020 (prior to pandemic restrictions) was held at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

Movie Club
Held at least once per year, movie club is an opportunity for residents to get together outside of work to discuss issues of psychiatry in film. Previous locations have including resident or faculty homes.

Book Club
Book Club events are held at least once per year, and have been held in local MetroParks (or virtually) since the pandemic.

Living in Cleveland

One thing you'll always hear from a native Clevelander is how much they love the city. Our residents agree. Cleveland offers the balance of a big city, historic suburbs and beautiful countryside, all within a 30-mile radius. Greater Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Severance Hall and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden – all within just minutes of the clinic. Cleveland also boasts a number of professional sports teams, including the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is becoming quickly famous for the rapidly growing food and restaurant scene and is proud to claim Iron Chef Michael Symon as one of its own.

The Cleveland Clinic is centrally located with easy access to downtown, the “Eastside” and the “Westside.” Most residents live in one of these three areas and find that the cost of living in Cleveland is affordable and traffic is quick and easy. The Cleveland metro area has a number of excellent public school systems as well as numerous private school alternatives.

The Greater Cleveland area has much to offer any outdoor enthusiast, from the shores of Lake Erie to the north, to the gradually rolling foothills of the Allegheny mountain range to the east. The snowy winters are ideal for skiing, snowshoeing, or just sipping hot cocoa in front of a fire. Our residents enjoy hiking in the Cuyahoga National Forest, or in the over 22,000 acres of nature reserve at one of the eighteen Cleveland Metroparks; its bicycle paths for mountain or road bikes stretch for miles. Lake Erie boasts a number of beaches and water sports, as well as a flourishing wine industry with over 180 wineries in the state.

Cleveland is also a great place for kids and families. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a hotspot for kids of all ages and frequently offers discounts to Cleveland Clinic employees. Patterson Fruit Farm, located in beautiful Geauga County, offers apple, peach, and strawberry picking, and an annual Family Fun Fest in the fall, at which the Cleveland Clinic House Staff Association link out holds a yearly free event. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is home of the Hershey Children’s Garden and the Glasshouse, which offers daily butterfly releases. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers children’s programs including the famous Polar Express Train.

Cleveland Children’s Academy

The Cleveland Children’s Academy is a partner of the Cleveland Clinic and is a top choice of Cleveland Clinic residents for childcare. Located adjacent to the Main Campus, the Children’s Academy offers daycare from 6am to 7:30pm, M-F, for children aged 6 weeks to Interactive Kindergarten (5-6 y/o). As this is a popular choice for residents, spaces fill up quickly and there is usually a fairly long wait list.

Cleveland Clinic House Staff Association

House Staff Association
The House Staff Association (HSA) represents the resident body of Cleveland Clinic trainees and works to promote well-being, interests and education of Cleveland Clinic residents. For more information, contact

House Staff Spouse Association
The House Staff Spouse Association (HSSA) sponsors many family-friendly events throughout the year at significantly reduced cost. It is also a great resource for spouses and resident parents. Click here for access to the latest issues of the Stethoscoop, the monthly newsletter of the HSSA.

  • House Staff Spouse Association

Where Do Our Residents Go From Here


  • University of Maryland, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Spectrum Health (Michigan), Staff Psychiatrist
  • Kaiser Permanente (CA), Staff Psychiatrist
  • Texas, Staff Psychiatrist


  • Cleveland Clinic, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist


  • Akron Children’s Hospital, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Community Mental Health (MI), Staff Psychiatrist
  • Meridian Psychiatric Partners (IL), Staff Psychiatrist
  • Inpatient Women’s Mental Health (PA), Staff Psychiatrist
  • Kaiser Permanente (CA), Staff Psychiatrist
  • University of California San Francisco, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Private Practice (San Diego), Staff Psychiatrist


  • University Hospitals, Consultation-Liaison Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Consultation-Liaison Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Ohio State University, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Northcoast Behavioral Health, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Private Practice, Psychiatrist

Program Research

Program Research

The Cleveland Clinic Adult Psychiatry Residency Program offers numerous opportunities for residents interested in either learning more about how to conduct research. We have both a one month research elective in the fourth year of the program and a dedicated research track for highly qualified applicants who have had significant research experience prior to residency. Below is a partial list of staff in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology who have volunteered to serve or are currently serving as research mentors for residents.

  • Murat Altinay, MD is an adult psychiatrist with interests in treatment resistant mood disorders (major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder), neuromodulation (transranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), deep brain stimulation (DBS)) and LGBT mental health. He is currently the principal investigator of several clinical trials including the “Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) vs. Ketamine in Patients with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) (ELEKT-D) study”, “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Smokers: an Examination of Mediating Neural Pathways”, “Modulation of anterior cingulate and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex GABA and functional connectivity following repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy in major depressive disorder”, and “Registry: Patients Having Repeated Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for the Treatment of Highly Treatment-Resistant Depression”. He is also a co-investigator of “Ketamine Treatment of Youth Suicide Attempters for Fast Reduction of Severe Suicide Risk and Facilitation of Long-term Collaborative Clinical Engagement: A Double Blind Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial” and “Transgender Women’s Perspectives on Mental Health Care Related to Gender Affirmation Surgery”.
    • Selected publications:
  1. Cha J, Speaker S, Hu B, Altinay M, Koirala P, Karne H, Spielberg J, Kuceyeski A, Dhamala E, Anand A. Neuroimaging correlates of emotional response-inhibition discriminate between young depressed adults with and without sub-threshold bipolar symptoms (Emotional Response-inhibition in Young Depressed Adults). J Affect Disord. 2021 Feb 15;281:303-311. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.12.037. Epub 2020 Dec 10. PMID: 33341013; PMCID: PMC8311442.
  2. Wanta JW, Niforatos JD, Durbak E, Viguera A, Altinay M. Mental Health Diagnoses Among Transgender Patients in the Clinical Setting: An All-Payer Electronic Health Record Study. Transgend Health. 2019 Nov 1;4(1):313-315. doi: 10.1089/trgh.2019.0029. PMID: 31701012; PMCID: PMC6830528.
  3. Dale RM, Bryant KA, Finnegan N, Cromer K, Thompson NR, Altinay M, Anand A. The NEO-FFI domain of openness to experience moderates ketamine response in treatment resistant depression. J Affect Disord. 2020 Jan 1;260:323-328. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.09.010. Epub 2019 Sep 3. PMID: 31521869.
  4. Altinay M, Anand A. Neuroimaging gender dysphoria: a novel psychobiological model. Brain Imaging Behav. 2020 Aug;14(4):1281-1297. doi: 10.1007/s11682-019-00121-8. PMID: 31134582.
  • Brian Barnett, MD is an adult psychiatrist with research interests in psychedelic assisted therapies, ketamine, substance use disorders, catatonia, and treatment resistant mood disorders. Dr. Barnett’s research approaches include developing surveys and analyzing data from Epic, patient reported symptom scales, and publicly available sources such as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Reddit, and the Monitoring the Future Study. He is also a co-investigator on the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) vs. Ketamine in Patients with Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) (ELEKT-D) study.
    • Selected publications:
    1. Barnett BS, Beaussant Y, King F 4th, Doblin R. Psychedelic Knowledge and Opinions in Psychiatrists at Two Professional Conferences: An Exploratory Survey. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2021 Aug 19:1-9. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2021.1957183. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34409921.
    2. Barnett BS, Greer GR. Psychedelic Psychiatry and the Consult-Liaison Psychiatrist: A Primer. J Acad Consult Liaison Psychiatry. 2021 Jul-Aug;62(4):460-471. doi: 10.1016/j.jaclp.2020.12.011. Epub 2021 Jan 21. PMID: 34210406.
    3. Barnett BS, Doblin R. Dissemination of Erroneous Research Findings and Subsequent Retraction in High-Circulation Newspapers: A Case Study of Alleged MDMA-Induced Dopaminergic Neurotoxicity in Primates. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2021 Apr-Jun;53(2):104-110. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2020.1847365. Epub 2020 Nov 26. PMID: 33241981.
    4. Barnett BS, Siu WO, Pope HG Jr. A Survey of American Psychiatrists' Attitudes Toward Classic Hallucinogens. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2018 Jun;206(6):476-480. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000828. PMID: 29781894.
  • Selected research projects currently involving residents
    1. Analysis of benzodiazepine prescribing patterns among primary care providers
    2. Bibliometric analysis of the catatonia literature from 1965 through 2020
    3. Bibliometric analysis of psychedelic clinical trial literature from 1965-2020
    4. Survey of cancer healthcare professionals' perceptions toward psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
    5. Firearm access among patients admitted to a hospital-based SUD treatment service
  • Tatiana Falcone MD, MPH is a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
    • Her research interests are:
    1. Prevention of suicide
    • By identifying blood biomarkers in patients at risk, our group has focused on inflammatory biomarkers and the blood-brain barrier (Project PIMS -PI)
    • Randomized Controlled Trial to understand successful interventions to prevent suicide in teens after a suicide attempt (Project PASS PI)
    • The role of emotional trauma in suicide (identifying blood biomarkers)
    • Evaluating the impact of social medial (using big data and AI) in suicide prevention,
    • By evaluating novel treatments for suicide prevention - PI Ketamine vs CAMS to evaluate the effectiveness to decrease suicidal ideation and prevent future suicides in youth (15-24) after a suicide attempt.
  • Improvement of collaborative care for
    • Children with special health care needs (epilepsy) using telemedicine
    • Improving the outreach to pediatricians to provide care for psychiatric comorbidities
    • Transition of care (both from child to adult - in children with special health care needs) also from inpatient to outpatient after a suicide attempt - PI- Project IMPACTT
  • Mental Health in minorities
  • Selected publications:
    1. Dagar A, Falcone T. Psychiatric Comorbidities in Pediatric Epilepsy. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2020 Oct 31;22(12):77. doi: 10.1007/s11920-020-01195-8. PMID: 33128638.
    2. Dagar A, Falcone T. High Viewership of Videos About Teenage Suicide on YouTube. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2020 Jan;59(1):1-3.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2019.10.012. Epub 2019 Oct 31. PMID: 31678555.
    3. Dagar A, Anand A, Pestana-Knight E, Timmons-Mitchell J, Tossone K, Zemba D, Falcone T. Screening for suicidality and its relation to undiagnosed psychiatric comorbidities in children and youth with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2020 Dec;113:107443. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107443. Epub 2020 Nov 3. PMID: 33152581.
    4. Falcone T, Dagar A, Castilla-Puentes RC, Anand A, Brethenoux C, Valleta LG, Furey P, Timmons-Mitchell J, Pestana-Knight E. Digital conversations about suicide among teenagers and adults with epilepsy: A big-data, machine learning analysis. Epilepsia. 2020 May;61(5):951-958. doi: 10.1111/epi.16507. Epub 2020 May 8. PMID: 32383797; PMCID: PMC7384181.
  • Leslie Heinberg, PhD, MA is an adult psychologist. Dr. Heinberg's research focuses on the interaction between biological and behavioral variables as they impact weight loss (and weight regain) in patients with severe obesity. More specifically, her work addresses disordered eating (binge eating disorder, night eating syndrome), adherence, cognition, psychiatric co-morbidity and the microbiome. She is a PI on a NIDDK funded R01 examining long-term predictors of bariatric surgery outcomes. Additionally, she is a co-Investigator studies on alcohol and opioid use disorders in bariatric surgery patients, personality factors that predict surgical outcomes and the use of ecological momentary assessments in dietary behaviors and physical activity.
    • Selected publications:
    1. Heinberg LJ, Steffen K. Social Isolation and Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Weight. Curr Obes Rep. 2021 Sep;10(3):365-370. doi: 10.1007/s13679-021-00447-9. Epub 2021 Jul 23. PMID: 34297344; PMCID: PMC8300081.
    2. Ivezaj V, Carr MM, Brode C, Devlin M, Heinberg LJ, Kalarchian MA, Sysko R, Williams-Kerver G, Mitchell JE. Disordered eating following bariatric surgery: a review of measurement and conceptual considerations. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2021 Aug;17(8):1510-1520. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2021.03.008. Epub 2021 Mar 18. PMID: 34083136.
    3. Heinberg LJ, Mitchell JE, Peat C, Steffen K. DSM 5 Lifetime Psychiatric Diagnoses in Two Bariatric Surgery Programs. Obes Surg. 2021 Jun;31(6):2812-2816. doi: 10.1007/s11695-021-05236-w. Epub 2021 Feb 8. PMID: 33555449.
    4. Diggins A, Heinberg L. Marijuana and Bariatric Surgery. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2021 Jan 12;23(2):10. doi: 10.1007/s11920-020-01218-4. PMID: 33433700.
  • Katherine Taljan, MD is an adult psychiatrist with interest in women’s mental health and reproductive psychiatry. Dr. Taljan’s research methods include surveys, chart review, and use of patient-reported outcomes. She is co-investigator on collaborative studies with the Women’s Health Institute assessing postpartum depression in COVID-positive patients and perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccines among perinatal patients.
  • Adele Viguera, MD is an adult psychiatrist with interests in CL psychiatry related topics including delirium, steroid induced psychosis, etc and women’s mental health (PMDD, mood and anxiety disorders during the perinatal period, postpartum psychosis, risk of malformations associated with psychotropics, breastfeeding and psychotropics). Dr Viguera’s research methods include registries, surveys, retrospective studies, case series, reviews, data mining from EPIC.
    • Selected publications:
    1. Viguera AC, Freeman MP, Góez-Mogollón L, Sosinsky AZ, McElheny SA, Church TR, Young AV, Caplin PS, Chitayat D, Hernández-Díaz S, Cohen LS. Reproductive Safety of Second-Generation Antipsychotics: Updated Data From the Massachusetts General Hospital National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics. J Clin Psychiatry. 2021 Aug 3;82(4):20m13745. doi: 10.4088/JCP.20m13745. PMID: 34352165.
    2. Viguera AC, Vanderkruik R, Gaccione P, Caplin PS, Kobylski LA, Freeman MP, Cohen LS. Breastfeeding practices among women taking second-generation antipsychotics: findings from the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2021 Jul 28. doi: 10.1007/s00737-021-01162-z. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34318375.
    3. Oyem PC, Wang PR, Viguera AC. Prevalence of anxiety symptoms among COVID-19 patients during the acute versus post symptomatic window. J Psychosom Res. 2021 Jun;145:110432. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2021.110432. Epub 2021 Mar 23. PMID: 33820642; PMCID: PMC7986345.
    4. Wang PR, Oyem PC, Viguera AC. Prevalence of psychiatric morbidity following discharge after COVID-19 hospitalization. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2021 Mar-Apr;69:131-132. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2020.12.013. Epub 2020 Dec 28. PMID: 33494979; PMCID: PMC7834109.

    Many of our residents are actively involved in research projects. Selected publications authored or co-authored by residents:

    • Barnett BS, Parker S, and Weleff J. United States National Institutes of Health grant funding for psychedelic-assisted therapy clinical trials from 2006-2020. International Journal of Drug Policy. (Accepted)
    • Dean E, Biehl M, Bash K, Weleff J, Pozuelo L. A view from the other side: neuropsychiatric assessment and management of the ICU survivor. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. (Accepted)
    • Park DY and Weleff J. Lost in Untranslation: The Challenge of Translated and Untranslated Writings Throughout Psychiatry's History. American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal, 2021, 17:1, 10-11.
    • Orlins, Z., & Barnett, B. (2021). Tachycardia during Treatment with Risperidone and Paliperidone Palmitate in a Patient without Previous Cardiovascular Disease. Case Reports in Psychiatry, 2021, 9954991.
    • Fan S, Nemati S, Akiki TJ, Roscoe J, Averill CL, Fouda S, Averill LA, Abdallah CG. Pretreatment Brain Connectome Fingerprint Predicts Treatment Response in Major Depressive Disorder. Chronic Stress (Thousand Oaks). 2020 Dec 29;4:2470547020984726. doi: 10.1177/2470547020984726. PMID: 33458556; PMCID: PMC7783890.
    • Maroney, Z., & Dale, R. (2020). Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy With Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL): A Rare Diagnosis in a Patient With Schizophrenia. Psychosomatics, 61(4), 395–399.
    • Fayed, A. A., Aung, N. M., Manger, K. M., & Jimenez, X. F. (2020). Improving Psychiatric and Complex Case Formulation: an Assessment of the Accuracy and Time to Complete the Biopsychosocial/Three Ps (BPS/PPP) Approach. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry, 44(1), 64–67.
    • Shapiro, A. P., Krew, T. S., Vazirian, M., Jerry, J., & Sola, C. (2019). Novel Ways to Acquire Designer Benzodiazepines: A Case Report and Discussion of the Changing Role of the Internet. Psychosomatics, 60(6), 625–629.
    • Pesanti, S., Hamm, B., Esplin, B., Karafa, M., & Jimenez, X. F. (2017). Capacity Evaluation Requests in the Medical Setting: A Retrospective Analysis of Underlying Psychosocial and Ethical Factors. Psychosomatics, 58(5), 483–489.
    • Hamm, B., Khokhar, N., & Jimenez, X. F. (2017). Refractory Self-Injurious Behavior in Severe Intellectual Disability Responsive to Topiramate: A Case Report. Psychosomatics, 58(2), 209–212.

    Living in Cleveland

    Living in Cleveland

    Cleveland, an ethnically diverse, mid-sized city located on Lake Erie, features a host of cultural attractions, recreational activities, major sporting events and an exploding culinary scene. Cleveland is home to the second largest theater district in the U.S., a park system featuring 23,700 acres in 18 reservations, and is the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland Clinic is located near the University Circle area, which is the cultural epicenter of Cleveland. This area features Severance Hall and the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several other museums, and Case Western Reserve University. Downtown Cleveland, home to all major sports venues and an exploding culinary scene, is approximately two miles from Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

    • Learn more about the city we call home


    How hard is it to match into psychiatry residency? ›

    Overall Competitiveness of Psychiatry Residency and Chances of Matching. The overall competitiveness level of psychiatry is Low for a U.S. senior. With a Step 1 score of 200, the probability of matching is 76%. With a Step 1 score of >240, the probability is 92%.

    How do psychiatry residents stand out? ›

    Tips for a strong psychiatry residency application
    1. Show a strong USMLE/COMLEX score. According to The Successful Match, psychiatry residency programs do put a strong emphasis on your USMLE Step 1 (or COMLEX Level 1) score. ...
    2. Strengthen your application with research. ...
    3. Carefully craft your personal statement.
    17 Apr 2020

    What Step 1 score do I need for psychiatry? ›

    A solid psychiatry application would include a 220+ on Step 1, 220+ on Step 2, a LOR from 1-3 psychiatrists, and a good MSPE.

    Is psychiatry residency stressful? ›

    Psychiatry residents likely experience somewhat different stressful adversities than internal medicine residents, although they have some key experiences in common, including verbal abuse from families and patients, medical error, academic performance, and verbal abuse by members of the health care team.

    What is the hardest residency to get into? ›

    Most Competitive Residency Programs Based on Fill-Rate
    • Medicine - Emergency Medicine. ...
    • Neurological Surgery. ...
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. ...
    • Integrated Plastic Surgery. ...
    • Thoracic Surgery.
    5 days ago

    What is the least competitive residency? ›

    The 10 Least Competitive Specialties in Medicine
    • Psychiatry.
    • Emergency Medicine.
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
    • Neurology.
    • Child Neurology.
    • Pathology.
    • Internal Medicine.
    • Anesthesiology.
    10 Sept 2022

    How important is Step 2 for psychiatry? ›

    The USMLE Step 2 CK score is also a factor used by many psychiatry residency programs in deciding whom to invite for interviews. 84% of programs.

    How many psychiatry residencies should I apply to? ›

    As per the latest data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and ERAS, the average number of applications varies widely depending on the specialty – it could be 15 (Vascular Surgery) or 51 (Psychiatry) or 68 (Urology).

    Are psychiatry programs friendly? ›

    UWash, Mayo, Medical University South Carolina, U of Iowa, Cleveland Clinic, Case Western are some of the well regarded programs that are DO friendly.

    What is considered a low Step 1 score? ›

    The current minimum passing score for Step 1 is a 194. The score you might want to get, however, could be somewhere between 238 or as high as 251, depending on the competitiveness of your desired specialty.

    What do psych residencies look for? ›

    Psychiatry programs are generally holistic in their review of applicants. As such, participation in the following are highly valued - longitudinal and meaningful service, leadership, and scholarly experiences that may demonstrate unique individual attributes and a strong commitment to psychiatry.

    What is a good level 2 score? ›

    6. What's a good COMLEX Level 2-CE score? The historical mean of the COMLEX Level 2-CE ranges from 500-550. Anything over 600 is seen as competitive for most residencies, with scores over 700 putting you in the 90th percentile.

    How many hours a week do psych residents work? ›

    Duty hours are limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four week period, inclusive of all in house call activities.

    How many hours a day do psychiatrists work? ›

    The average psychiatrist spends approximately 48 hours each week at work. Most psychiatrists spend 60% of their time with patients.

    How competitive is psychiatry now? ›

    In 2022, 1,931 students applied for a psychiatry residency (1437 MD, 494 DO), and 1640 were accepted (1253 MD, 387 DO) – corresponding to an overall acceptance rate of 84.9% (87.2% MD, 78.3% DO)2. A decrease of almost 7%.

    What is the most stressful medical specialty? ›

    Emergency medicine physicians have the highest rates of burnout among all physician specialties, according to a Medscape's 2022 Physician Burnout and Depression report. More than 13,000 physicians across 29 specialties were surveyed between June 29 and Sept. 26, 2021.

    What is the most respected medical specialty? ›

    The Top Most Competitive Specialties in Medicine
    • Dermatology.
    • Orthopedic Surgery.
    • Neurosurgery.
    • Thoracic Surgery.
    • Urology.
    • Vascular Surgery.
    • Interventional Radiology.
    • Diagnostic Radiology.
    11 Sept 2022

    What happens if you don't match with a residency? ›

    Those who do not match in the initial Main Residency Match can apply for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). There are three SOAP rounds during Match week, in which unmatched students and residency programs can connect, and many applicants are placed into residencies this way.

    What medical specialty is the smartest? ›

    Internal Medicine:

    When society generally thinks of doctors, they are thinking of internists. They are often the smartest and most well- rounded physicians due to the breadth of knowledge they (along with family medicine physicians) often carry.

    What is the hardest medical specialty? ›

    1. Plastic/ Reconstructive Surgery: According to our research, plastic surgery is the hardest specialty. Plastic surgeons specialize in soft tissue such as skin, muscle, and fat rather than bones, which are the domain of orthopedic surgeons.

    Does Step 2 matter for psychiatry? ›

    The USMLE Step 2 CK score is also a factor used by many psychiatry residency programs in deciding whom to invite for interviews. 84% of programs.

    How many psychiatry residency spots are there? ›

    FREIDA™ 2021 data

    In 2021, FREIDA™ users tallied more than 8.5 million views of medical residency programs. With this list of psychiatry residencies, we draw from the 2,089 first-year positions for psychiatry and reveal which residency programs offer the most positions.

    How many psychiatry residencies should I apply to? ›

    As per the latest data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and ERAS, the average number of applications varies widely depending on the specialty – it could be 15 (Vascular Surgery) or 51 (Psychiatry) or 68 (Urology).

    Is psych residency competitive Reddit? ›

    But is it a “competitive” specialty? No. Even consider that the mean board score is still below the 50th percentile. Consider that there was exactly one unfilled psych program last time.

    Is 239 a good step 2 score? ›

    233-250: This range is considered above average. Students with scores in this range will be able to match in most specialties. 251 and above: Scores of better than 251 are considered excellent.

    Is 235 a good step 2 score? ›

    Generally, a good step 2 CK score should be at least 245. It sets you in the middle of average scores for most medical specialties.

    Is 248 a good step 2 score? ›

    Data provided by the National Board of Medical Examiners, which administers the USMLE, indicate that the average score for Step 2 CK, for US medical graduates, hovers just above 240 – generally it's been 242 to 243 over the past few years. The 25th percentile is around 232, while the 75th percentile is around 256.

    How competitive is psychiatry now? ›

    In 2022, 1,931 students applied for a psychiatry residency (1437 MD, 494 DO), and 1640 were accepted (1253 MD, 387 DO) – corresponding to an overall acceptance rate of 84.9% (87.2% MD, 78.3% DO)2. A decrease of almost 7%.

    Are psychiatry programs friendly? ›

    UWash, Mayo, Medical University South Carolina, U of Iowa, Cleveland Clinic, Case Western are some of the well regarded programs that are DO friendly.

    How competitive are psychiatry fellowships? ›

    Psychiatry is an increasingly competitive residency. According to the latest NRMP data, the number of residency positions for psychiatry has been rising every year since 2008. The issue is that the number of applicants also seems to be growing lately.

    How many residency interviews is too many? ›

    According to data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) the median number of interviews for Matched applicants in the 2020–2021 cycle was 14, so Dr. Allen's number was right in line with that. “When a student is at less than 10 interviews, we try to encourage them to think outside the box,” Dr. Allen said.

    How many FM programs should I apply to? ›

    The take-home points from all this is that the longer the list the less likely you are to go unmatched. For the average student, ranking 10-12 programs will likely ensure a match. Work backwards from this number to account for attrition of programs during the application and interview process.

    Can residency programs see where you applied? ›

    If you applied to ERAS in years past, the only way programs will know this is if you applied to their program directly and they happen to recognize your name and application. If you interviewed at a certain program, it is of course far more likely that they will understand that you are a residency reapplicant.

    Is it hard being a psychiatrist? ›

    Working in the field of psychiatry can be highly stressful. Day in and day out, you are helping mentally ill patients, which can lead to extremely emotional sessions. This can lead to burnout and a secondary trauma response. Over time you will run the risk of becoming unhappy in your career.

    Is psychiatry a good career? ›

    There are plenty of job opportunities for psychiatrists as it is a lucrative career. Psychiatrists can seek employment in: Hospitals. Rehabilitation centres.

    Does match rate 2022? ›

    Applicant highlights in the 2022 Match include: The number of active U.S. MD senior (36 more) and U.S. DO senior (202 more) applicants were both all-time highs. The PGY-1 match rate for U.S. MD seniors was 92.9 percent. The PGY-1 match rate for U.S. DO seniors was 91.3 percent, the highest on record.


    1. Psychiatry Residency Program
    (Rush University)
    2. Meet Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Psychiatry Residency Program Director
    (Cleveland Clinic)
    3. Psychiatry Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital
    (Icahn School of Medicine)
    4. Premed-eShadowing with Sujay Kansagra, MD ep82
    (eShadowing with Medical School Headquarters)
    5. Billings Clinic Psychiatric Residency Program
    (Billings Clinic)
    6. Carle Health Residency: Psychiatry
    (Carle Health System)
    Top Articles
    Latest Posts
    Article information

    Author: Rev. Porsche Oberbrunner

    Last Updated: 11/18/2022

    Views: 5485

    Rating: 4.2 / 5 (73 voted)

    Reviews: 80% of readers found this page helpful

    Author information

    Name: Rev. Porsche Oberbrunner

    Birthday: 1994-06-25

    Address: Suite 153 582 Lubowitz Walks, Port Alfredoborough, IN 72879-2838

    Phone: +128413562823324

    Job: IT Strategist

    Hobby: Video gaming, Basketball, Web surfing, Book restoration, Jogging, Shooting, Fishing

    Introduction: My name is Rev. Porsche Oberbrunner, I am a zany, graceful, talented, witty, determined, shiny, enchanting person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.