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Senior Manager, Graduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Andrea Santo
Phone: 305-355-8264
Email: asanto@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants for the Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Program (ACGME ID# 4001121051) must be graduates of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or of an international medical school listed by the World Health Organization published World Directory of Medical Schools.

International Medical Graduates
International Medical Graduates must have a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or have a full-unrestricted license to practice medicine in an US licensing jurisdiction. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school are also eligible. Jackson Health System offers J-1 Visa sponsorship for entering residents.

Resident Selection Policy
A selection committee consisting of the Program Director, Associate Program Directors, Fellowship Directors and Chief Residents will review all applicants, select applicants for interview, participate in the interview process and rank the applicants submitted in the NRMP match.

Applicants will be selected based on residency program-related criteria including preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. Selection will not be based on sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, ethnicity, disability, or veteran status.

The selection committee invites approximately 120 candidates for individual interviews per year. Applicants will be notified of their selection for interview by email and will be set up with an interview day.

If further information is required, you may contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education within the Department of Psychiatry at psychiatryresidency@med.miami.edu.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from September 15 until January 30. Interviews are conducted from October through January.

Call Schedule

Call frequency and location varies based on year of training.

Year 1:
Approximately 18-20 weekday short calls at Jackson Memorial Hospital (4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and approximately 18-20 weekend calls at Jackson Memorial Hospital (12 hour day/night on Saturday or Sunday).

Year 2:
Approximately 18-20 weekday short calls at the Bruce W. Carter Department of VA Medical Center (4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and approximately 11-13 weekend shifts. Each weekend consists of: one Saturday, 24-hour call; one Sunday, 14-hour call at the Miami VA Medical Center and one Saturday and Sunday “work and go home” shift at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Year 3:
Approximately 18-20 weekday short calls at UHealth Tower (4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and approximately 12 weekend calls per year at UHealth Tower – Saturday, 24-hour call or Sunday, 14-hour call.

Year 4:
There is no call schedule required.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
Applications for PGY-1 positions are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Your ERAS application requires a personal statement, medical school transcript, USMLE scores for Steps 1 and 2, three letters of reference, and the MSPE. It is preferred to have your Step 2 completed, with scores available for review, by February 1st as documentation of successful completion of the USMLE Step 1, Step II CK and Step 2 CS must be submitted for initial appointment as a resident.

For all level applicants, our selection committee pays close attention to the following:

  • Documentation of excellent academic records and medical school performance
  • Scores on USMLE Step 1 and 2 of over 210 (or COMLEX equivalent)
  • One full year of clinical experience in a US hospital is strongly recommended for International Medical Graduates
  • Applicants who demonstrate an interest in the field of Psychiatry through research, publications, volunteer work, Mental Health advocacy, etc.
  • Applicants must not have been dismissed from a previous residency program.
  • Years since medical school graduation will be closely examined.

Postgraduate Training:
There is no postgraduate training required.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Psychiatry Residency

Mission & Vision

Our mission is not only to train excellent psychiatrists for the increasing demand in the community, but also to foster the growth of future leaders in research and clinical psychiatry. In order to meet these goals, residents in our training program acquire the most advanced knowledge in areas of molecular neurobiology, genetics, brain imaging, epidemiology, pharmacogenomics, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. We believe that, along with the rapid advances in psychopharmacologic treatment, there will always be a fundamental need for psychotherapy in dealing with mental illness.

We prepare residents to become recognized leaders in the field by training them to lead and direct multidisciplinary treatment teams while working with a broad and diverse group of patients. As the key investment in the professional life of a physician, residency education is the time to ensure a bright future, made possible through the training opportunities available at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and affiliated hospitals.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is not only to train excellent psychiatrists for the increasing demand in the community, but also to foster the growth of future leaders in research and clinical psychiatry. In order to meet these goals, residents in our training program acquire the most advanced knowledge in areas of molecular neurobiology, genetics, brain imaging, epidemiology, pharmacogenomics, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. We believe that, along with the rapid advances in psychopharmacologic treatment, there will always be a fundamental need for psychotherapy in dealing with mental illness.

We prepare residents to become recognized leaders in the field by training them to lead and direct multidisciplinary treatment teams while working with a broad and diverse group of patients. As the key investment in the professional life of a physician, residency education is the time to ensure a bright future, made possible through the training opportunities available at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and affiliated hospitals.

Program Director’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Psychiatric Residency Training Program. Physicians who choose to specialize in psychiatry will enter an exciting and dynamic field in which advances in neurobiology and psychotherapy are continuously increasing our understanding of brain and behavior. Residents training at Jackson Memorial Hospital will receive the benefit of learning at one of the busiest and largest teaching hospitals in the country under the supervision of world-class clinical attendings.

We offer a four-year, accredited program, as well as a three-year option for residents who join us after their internship year. We seek residents from a variety of backgrounds who wish to pursue a wide range of interests in psychiatry, including research, teaching, administration or clinical careers. Our residents are mentored and taught by our world-class faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Our residency program offers excellent clinical training as well as opportunities to develop as a researcher, educator or academician. As a result of innovative research in psychiatry, exciting advances in knowledge are emerging that directly impact clinical care. Specialty tracks are available in research and psychotherapy. If you have a particular interest, please indicate this at the time of your application or at your interview.

-Radu V. Saveanu, MD

Program Director’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Psychiatric Residency Training Program. Physicians who choose to specialize in psychiatry will enter an exciting and dynamic field in which advances in neurobiology and psychotherapy are continuously increasing our understanding of brain and behavior. Residents training at Jackson Memorial Hospital will receive the benefit of learning at one of the busiest and largest teaching hospitals in the country under the supervision of world-class clinical attendings.

We offer a four-year, accredited program, as well as a three-year option for residents who join us after their internship year. We seek residents from a variety of backgrounds who wish to pursue a wide range of interests in psychiatry, including research, teaching, administration or clinical careers. Our residents are mentored and taught by our world-class faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Our residency program offers excellent clinical training as well as opportunities to develop as a researcher, educator or academician. As a result of innovative research in psychiatry, exciting advances in knowledge are emerging that directly impact clinical care. Specialty tracks are available in research and psychotherapy. If you have a particular interest, please indicate this at the time of your application or at your interview.

-Radu V. Saveanu, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

14 to 16

Duration of Residency?

4 years

Program Highlights

1 of the largest & busiest teaching hospitals in the country

5 ACGME-accredited fellowships

3 major hospitals on 1 campus

Program Curriculum

Year 1

In the first year, 6 four-week blocks consist of rotations in medicine (1 block of inpatient medicine, 3 blocks of outpatient medicine, and 2 blocks of neurology). The remaining 7 blocks include inpatient-based psychiatry rotations and community-focused crisis intervention. Several hours each week are set aside for didactic learning activities including lectures, seminars, and case conferences. Demonstrations and departmental scientific meetings are also included. Clinical activity on the inpatient services is under direct supervision of attendings assigned to the unit. Training is designed to give the resident a working knowledge of evaluation, diagnostic, and therapeutic techniques utilized in psychiatry. A high degree of individual supervision, plus the didactic program, forms the nucleus of this first year, during which emphasis is placed on quality patient care.

Year 2

In the second year, residents continue to have their hospital-based inpatient psychiatry rotations with specialized experiences in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Psycho-oncology, Addiction Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry. One half-day per week of outpatient psychotherapy clinic is available during this level of training. Five hours each week are devoted to protected didactic activities and the rest to clinical experience.

Year 3

The resident experience in psychiatry during the third-year concentrates on the outpatient experience. The assignment pattern is full time with two days a week in Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital and two days at the Miami VA Medical Center. An additional half day is available for supervision and ongoing psychotherapy patients. The remaining half day is protected for didactic activities.

Year 4

The fourth year is devoted to experiencing advanced treatment and research, as well as a continued outpatient experience. Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Hospital, and Veterans Administration Clinics, account for the resident’s weekly clinical schedule alternating over the year. Research time is protected for 1.5 months in addition to a half day of research each week. Residents choose 7 blocks of elective time in addition to at least 1 block as a junior attending on a psychiatry service of their choice. Required 4th year rotations include emergency psychiatry and CL over 4.5 blocks. A half day is provided for supervision and ongoing psychotherapy patients. The remaining half day is protected for didactic activities. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship can begin in the fourth year.

Your Faculty

Barbara J. Coffey, MD, MS
Division Chief and Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Edmi Y. Cortes Torres, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Training

Elizabeth Crocco, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
Chief, Geriatric Psychiatry
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Training
Medical Director, University of Miami Memory Disorders Clinic

Daniella David, MD
Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Training, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Chief, Psychiatry Service, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Professor, Clinical Psychiatry

Spencer Eth, MD
Chief, Mental Health, Miami VA Healthcare System
Director and Professor, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Nicole Mavrides, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Child Psychiatry Consultation Service

Vanessa L. Padilla, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Consultation-Liaison, Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Samir Sabbag, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Training, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital
Director, Health and Recovery Inpatient Unit

Ihsan M. Salloum, MD
Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Treatment and Research
Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Professor, Psychiatry

Radu V. Saveanu, MD
Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Professor and Chair (Interim), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Jackson Health System and University of Miami Health System

Alumni Placements Include:

Addiction Psychiatry
Jackson Memorial Hospital

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Brown University
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Medical University of South Carolina
New York University
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Texas at Dallas

Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Forensic Psychiatry
Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Pennsylvania

Geriatric Psychiatry
Baylor College of Medicine
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Stanford University

Pain Management Fellowship
Jackson Memorial Hospital/UM, Department of Anesthesiology

Public Services Psychiatry Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania

Alumni Placements Include:

Addiction Psychiatry
Jackson Memorial Hospital

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Brown University
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Medical University of South Carolina
New York University
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Texas at Dallas

Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Forensic Psychiatry
Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Pennsylvania

Geriatric Psychiatry
Baylor College of Medicine
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Stanford University

Pain Management Fellowship
Jackson Memorial Hospital/UM, Department of Anesthesiology

Public Services Psychiatry Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania