Psychiatry Residency Mission Statement
The Psychiatry Residency Training Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital provides comprehensive training in clinical patient care, education, research, and community outreach.
In the tradition of the broader mission of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis – caring for the whole person – the specific missions of the Department of Psychiatry Residency Program are to prepare resident physicians to provide compassionate, ethical, scientifically competent, evidence-based patient care, to advance the understanding of mental health issues through training, services, and innovative research, and to provide mental health services, education, and outreach to the underserved in the Washington, D.C. area.
The Psychiatry Residency Program fulfills these missions in a culture of support, respect, cooperation, and enthusiasm for preparing future Psychiatrists for practice and leadership within the specialty. The program is committed to each resident’s individual development in the core competencies from biological, psychopharmacologic, psychotherapeutic, and social perspectives. Exposure to and mentorship in various psychiatry subspecialties, including psychosomatics, child, community psychiatry, addiction, geriatrics, and forensics is also readily available.
Our program offers residents a unique training opportunity with a highly diverse patient population centered in the heart of our nation’s capital. If training in a collegial and supportive environment dedicated to each resident reaching his or her full potential is a priority to you, we welcome your interest in our program.
Welcome from the Program Director
Greetings from the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Department of Psychiatry!
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
Alan Newman, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of
Director, Residency Training Program
Director, Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry