Why GW?

Chief's Corner

I am proud to call GW home. As a Texas native, I was pretty nervous about moving to the east coast. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to get to know the program during a visiting rotation. Everyone was so welcoming, the residents seemed like normal, happy people and I felt comfortable around them. The faculty and staff were great, very approachable, helpful, and encouraging. There were so many open office doors, I saw residents just popping in to talk to the Chair, Vice-Chair, whoever! To me, Dr. Griffith, the chair of the program, was, and still is, the embodiment of the perfect mix of biological and humanistic psychiatry- he teaches didactics in neuroscience, trauma, and the Hope Modules. Our patient population is plentiful and diverse, which is ideal, especially in training. The curriculum at GW is top of the line, but the people make this program rise above the rest. Patricia Ortiz, M.D., PGY-4 & Administrative Chief Resident

Why GW? The people. My co-residents are some of my best friends, the staff inspire me daily, and the faculty are my mentors. Moving across the country to start residency was challenging. I was looking for more than just a residency program- I was looking for a family. GW is just that. We celebrate one another’s accomplishments both professionally and personally (even if that means driving halfway across the country to attend weddings each other’s weddings). As with any family, everyone brings something unique to the table. We have experts in global psychiatry, forensics, child psychiatry, and women’s mental health all working side by side. Despite diverse interests within the field of psychiatry, what unifies us is our commitment to humanism. We are all here to really understand and care for people in the most genuine way. Kaitlin Slaven, M.D., PGY-4 & Inpatient Chief Resident

The way I see it, when we enter residency as interns, we are kind of like stem cells.  We have enormous potential, but we are largely undifferentiated in terms of our interests and career goals.  More than anything, we need a nourishing environment in which to develop and flourish.  GW excels at providing this environment.  As a resident at GW, I have always felt that my intrinsic identity has been seen, respected, and nurtured.  I have never felt pressured to follow any professional path other than the one that feels most right to me.  At the same time, while finding my way along my path, I have felt guided and supported. For this I am endlessly grateful. The moral of the story is that if you are a stem cell, you want to be at GW.  Caroline Roberts, M.D., PGY-4 & Outpatient Chief Resident

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.