Why GW?



Chiefs' 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.