Welcome to VCU's Department of Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship Program

A Message From Our Directors [View Image] Susan Waller, MD
Residency Education [View Image] Bushra Shah, MD
Associate Director
Residency Education

Thank you for taking a look at VCU! We are delighted that you are interested in our program. The primary aim of our residency program is to prepare you for excellence in clinical practice. We value and cultivate an environment of learning that encourages scholarly inquiry and compassionate patient care, and integration of both the science and art of psychiatry. Our residents interact with a rich diversity of patients in numerous treatment settings in order to maximize their learning and prepare them to practice in whatever setting they wish. The clinical faculty is truly dedicated to teaching and mentorship, and provides supportive guidance to nurture resident development. We are very proud of our psychotherapy training program, which we believe is a cornerstone of your development as a psychiatrist. Faculty supervisors work with residents in multiple psychotherapy modalities, using real-time feedback to enhance resident growth starting in the second year. We aim to recruit residents into our program who value teamwork, and who are motivated to contribute to a sense of community, fostering learning in a safe and supportive environment.

Residency training is challenging, a period of intense growth and reflection. VCU is committed to helping our trainees use this time to develop their potential and become the clinicians, researchers, educators and advocates that they hope to become. We hope this website will provide you with a comprehensive overview of our program, and we look forward to having an opportunity to sharing what our program has to offer in person.


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