These are exciting times in the field of psychiatry. Rapid advances in somatic treatments, neuromodulation, and pharmacogenomics provide practitioners tools that offer hope for those struggling with mental illness. Recognition of the social determinants of mental health has shaped the way we understand our patients. This awareness drives the need to integrate neuroscientific, social, cultural, religious, and psychological aspects of care.
The Medical College of Georgia is home to 51 residency and fellowship training programs. The Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior is the umbrella for four ACGME accredited programs, and a Psychotic Disorder Fellowship that is non-ACGME accredited. In addition, our department hosts an APA Accredited Psychology Internship Program, and four post-doctoral psychology training programs. Our residents experience a variety of training sites and patient populations. Beyond the core rotations, we encourage trainees to individualize the curriculum with personally crafted electives. We are excited to recruit trainees who share our curiosity about human behavior and are dedicated to learning holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. We seek learners who bring enthusiasm, creativity, compassion, and self-reflection to their work and function well within a team.
We aim to prepare residents to practice in a wide range of clinical settings after graduation. Trainees rotate through the outpatient clinic housed within our department’s Stoney Building, as well as the consult-liaison and ED psychiatry services at Augusta University Medical Center. The Charlie Norwood VAMC provides inpatient and outpatient experience. Inpatient and forensic experiences are gained at our state hospital, East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta.
In addition to clinical experience, we offer a dynamic program of didactic training. Residents participate in full day didactic seminars consisting of clinical lectures, case conferences, journal clubs, and academic Grand Rounds. Residents participate in psychotherapy didactics throughout their four years of training. This culminates in the PGY3 outpatient year when residents work in a variety of clinical settings. Along with psychopharmacological training, residents work with experienced psychology faculty to develop and hone psychotherapeutic techniques. PGY4 year combines a wide array of electives with the opportunity to act as sub-attending during transition into practice. Recent graduates have also gone on to pursue further training in Geriatrics, Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, and Sleep Medicine.
Residents have the opportunity to hone their skills as educators, working with a variety of learners including medical students, physician assistant students, nurse practitioner students, pharmacy students, and nursing students. AU is home to the Medical College of Georgia, one of the top 10 largest medical schools in the country and the oldest continuously operating institution in the Southeast.
Our department boasts active research in the areas of Mood disorders, Sleep Medicine, Psychotic Disorders, and Neurostimulation, including onsite Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Trainees work alongside research faculty including Dr. Joseph McEvoy, Dr. Vaughn McCall, Dr. Peter Rosenquist, and Dr.Brian Miller. Residents routinely publish in peer-reviewed journals and present at regional and national conferences. Please visit our faculty page for a comprehensive account of research interests.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program offers our residents the opportunity
to assess and treat pediatric patients in a variety of settings including acute/residential
treatment at Lighthouse Treatment Center, ambulatory care in our own clinic, and child
CL at the AUMC/ Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
We also offer post-graduate fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry--including a Post-Pediatric Portal Program for practicing Pediatricians (the 5th in the country), accredited by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and once graduated, eligible for Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Board Certifications.
Our department received a HRSA grant totaling $2.5 million until 2024 to train four fellows per year. Our residents have the opportunity rotate in residential treatment for women with addiction disorders, help patients from corrections transition to the community, and to provide detox and relapse prevention to a variety of patient populations.
We hope to restart our accredited forensic Fellowship program in 2021. Residents have the opportunity to rotate at the ECRH forensic unit and participate in other clinical and research activates under the supervision of forensic psychiatrists and psychologists.
We look forward to welcoming you to Augusta. Along with the amenities of Georgia’s second largest city, Augusta offers a laid-back atmosphere and ample Southern hospitality. Enjoy minor league sports, the Master’s golf tournament, entertainment venues, kayaking and hiking the trails along the Savannah River Canal, Clarks Hill Lake, and nearby equestrian destination Aiken, SC. Residents enjoy excellent cost of living and can easily afford to purchase homes if they choose. Enjoy day trips to the beach, mountains, as well as to the nearby cities of Atlanta, Columbia, Charleston, and Savannah.
We take pride in offering specialized attention to each resident and giving you the tools to succeed in any branch of psychiatry you choose. Our program is of medium size-- small enough to provide a close-knit atmosphere, and big enough to provide the extensive resources and learning opportunities of a research University. Our faculty pride themselves on teaching and cultivating a collegial atmosphere. Please contact us to learn more about what training at Augusta University can do for you.
Richard Camino, MD
David Williams, MD
Thank you for your interest in our General Psychiatry Residency Program at Augusta University!