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Psychiatry Residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Welcome from the Program Director

Greetings from the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Psychiatry!

I am Alan Newman, MD psychiatry residency training director at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. After completing medical school and psychiatry residency at the University of Arkansas, I completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane. Since completing my training in 1999, I have been on the faculty of the Tulane University Medical School. Immediately before coming to Georgetown I served as the Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program from 2002-2003 and as Director of Medical Student Education from 2003 to the present. Here at MedStar Georgetown I serve as director of the inpatient and partial hospitalization units. I assumed the position of psychiatry residency training director on June 1, 2005.

The psychiatry residency at MedStar Georgetown has a 50-year history of graduating well-trained psychiatrists who are comfortable in any situation they might confront. Recently the program was awarded a full five-year accreditation by the Residency Review Committee which represents the maximum period of accreditation. Fewer than 40% of programs evaluated achieve a full five-year accreditation.

Over the years the Georgetown Department of Psychiatry has striven to provide comprehensive balanced training. Intensive training includes, but is not limited to, interviewing, diagnosis of mental illness, psychopharmacologic treatment and the full range of psychotherapeutic and biologic modalities. The supervisory faculty is comprised of a large group of psychiatrists and psychologists whose experience and interest span psychiatry from classical analysis to psychopharmacology. These men and women expose residents to a broad array of treatment options and philosophies.

There is a core curriculum of didactics that spans the four year program as well as structured seminars, grand rounds and multiple other educational opportunities for the residents. We strive to integrate psychodynamics, still the basic vocabulary of psychiatry, with biologic and psychopharmacologic aspects of diagnosis and treatment in an atmosphere that respects psychiatry's illustrious past but is also aware of the career choices facing young psychiatrist in the 21st century. There are opportunities for senior residents to participate in subspecialty clinics in child/adolescent, geriatrics, neuropsychiatry and women's mental health to name a few. An exciting opportunity has arisen in our new clinic treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

Washington, D.C. offers tremendous opportunities for training as well as an exciting life outside the training situation. The Smithsonian, other museums, an enormous array of performing arts and excellent eating within all price ranges are only some of Washington's attractions. The hospital is located on the campus of Georgetown University a geographical fact that adds a sense of energy that is difficult to describe but vibrant nonetheless. The amazing resources of the NIH/NIMH library are a short drive or subway ride away.

I am proud to be the training director for the department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown. If you have any questions regarding the residency training program do not hesitate to contact Kurt Koches, Administrative Director for Residency Programs, or myself. Thank you for your interest in our psychiatry residency program. I look forward to meeting with you soon.


Alan Newman, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Residency Training Program
Director, Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry