Why GW?


Resident at Kennedy Center   Resident with her dog  Resident with homemade sign

If I had to describe GW in one word, it would be "diverse." From the patient population to the resident physicians and faculty, GW has allowed me to interact with people from all over the world, offering such a broad array of perspectives. My own diverse background is valued and my ideas are nurtured. It is a place where I feel like I will grow and flourish during my residency training. GW is such a unique place that feels like home to me. Danya Anouti, M.D., PGY-1 (pictured above, left)

Walking into my GW interview, something just felt right. Between the sense of care and compassion I felt from the faculty and the sense of community and family I felt from meeting the residents, I knew this was a unique and special residency program. This program is invested in helping the residents become not only the best physicians and psychiatrists they can be, but also drives them to be the best versions of themselves. GW is exactly what the saying "the sky is the limit" feels like. I cannot wait to see where this journey through the nation’s capital takes me. Shayna Popkin, D.O., PGY-1 (pictured above, middle)

I chose GW’s psychiatry program for multiple reasons – The program felt like a family with genuine camaraderie among not only the residents but also the faculty. Everyone I met was friendly and down-to-earth; the program provided a diverse community both inside and outside the hospital, which has always been important to me, and there was a great emphasis on and balance between both the science and the art of psychiatry in GW’s curriculum. At GW, the residents and faculty are dedicated to their patients as well as to each other, which creates a wonderfully positive and supportive learning environment. Plus, DC, as a city, has a lot to offer too! 
Sharwat Jahan, M.D., PGY-2 (pictured above, right)

Chief residentsChiefs' Corner

Yes, there are very logical reasons that I chose GW - top notch CL training, opportunities in global mental health, a strong foundation in psychotherapy, focus on humanistic medicine, a desire to set down roots in a city that I love with the man that I love (a northern Virginia native). However, in the end, I chose GW because of the people here and the community they have created. Residency is hard, chaotic, and will challenge you in ways you never expected. That is a given, regardless of where you train. But I came to GW because I felt supported, no matter what the next years would throw at me. Over the last four years, I have met some of my closest friends and found incredible mentors. And yes, I have been challenged in ways I never expected...  but I have only grown stronger - professionally and personally - because of it. Brenna Emery, M.D., PGY-4 & Outpatient Chief Resident

I consider myself fortunate to have started residency with a clear goal in mind: four years of residency, with plans to complete a forensic fellowship afterward. I've had that dream since my fourth year of medical school, when I was fortunate to be able to do an away rotation in forensics at GW. It was during that time that I first started to feel certainty - about psychiatry, forensics, and most importantly, GW. From my short visit at GW as a medical student, through my four years of residency, the underlying sense of community never ceased to amaze me. I chose GW because I knew that I would find endless support and mentorship from coresidents and faculty, which will certainly last a lifetime. Gowri Ramachandran, M.D., PGY-4 & Inpatient Chief Resident 

Pictured: Brenna Emery, M.D. (left) and Gowri Ramachandran, M.D. (right)


Residents As Teachers

Medical student teaching is an important component of the GW psychiatry residency. The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences provides strong medical student education in the behavioral sciences, and as many as 10% of the GW graduating class enter psychiatry residencies each year. During each residency year, our residents provide lectures, clinical supervision, and mentoring for third and fourth year medical students rotating in our clinical services and training sites. Our senior psychiatry residents lead discussion groups with third year medical students following lectures in the medical student curriculum.