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Letter From the Chief Residents

Hello!

As the Chief Residents for the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, we wish to welcome you to our program website and thank you for considering IU for your residency training in psychiatry.

Our program is distinct in the diversity of educational opportunities and flexibility it offers. Here at IU, residents are strongly encouraged to pursue their own interests. You will find something for everyone through a variety of clinical sites with unique patient populations, including, though not limited to, a university hospital, a children's hospital, a state psychiatric hospital, a veterans' hospital, and an urban county hospital linked with a community mental health center (which will be moving later this year into a newly constructed hospital). Our research opportunities are equally impressive with the world-renowned Institute of Psychiatric Research and the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute. In addition, the psychiatry department moved last fall into a new, state of the art neuroscience center which allows more collaboration among the neuroscience disciplines.

We have many residents engaged in research in various aspects of mental illness and psychiatry. There are also a number of residents pursuing a clinician-educator track who are working to develop new ways of approaching curriculum and psychiatry education for residents and medical students. The variety of clinical sites, in conjunction with a fourth year of residency composed of 12 months of electives, allows residents to tailor their education and training to their own interests.

If you have the opportunity to visit our program, you'll find an enthusiastic group of residents with diverse backgrounds and interests who truly enjoy working together. The camaraderie among our residents is a major strength of the program. We also have wonderful faculty members who are great clinicians, accomplished scientists, and excellent teachers. We work hard in our program, but we also find time to play. The department has regular social events including the annual department picnic and holiday party. The residents also organize an annual retreat, monthly social events, a regular movie night, and weekly business meetings.

Indianapolis itself also offers much in the way of culture, entertainment, and recreation. For sports fans, Indianapolis hosts an NFL team, a NBA team, minor league baseball and hockey teams, the Indy 500, and the largest half-marathon in the U.S. Furthermore, Indy has several venues for theatre and music, wineries, museums, bike trails, and several state parks. It is a city that is underestimated (by those who don’t live here) for how much it has to offer!

We thank you again for your interest in our program. Please don't hesitate to contact us at jtsouder@iupui.edu if we can be of assistance as you consider Indiana University's Psychiatry Residency Training Program!

 

Ashley Overley, M.D.
Chief Resident, Psychiatry

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Matthew Pitcher, D.O.
Assistant Chief Resident, Psychiatry

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