The MetroHealth psychiatry residency program offers an excellent educational experience full of diverse opportunities.

The program boasts a warm and supportive environment with exceptional camaraderie amongst the residents.

Residents have assigned faculty supervisors who meet with them on a regular basis. In addition, residents have monthly meetings with the chief residents and with the program director and program coordinator to address any concerns that arise throughout the academic year.

Calls are divided amongst a “day float” and “night float” system that is divided amongst the PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents. PGY-1 residents also undertake weekend calls on the inpatient unit, which provides them with a strong foundation with the ability to gradually transition to overnight calls. PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3 residents have a few weekend calls a year.

Every year, residents attend the resident retreat, during which they are exempt from all clinical duties. Residents discuss and evaluate various aspects of the program, including program strengths, and have the opportunity to suggest areas of improvement. The residents also use the day to enjoy socializing over food, games, and team-building activities while bonding with co-residents.

Outside of work, MetroHealth residents have various interests and enjoy local events such as the monthly “mixers” at the Cleveland Museum of Art with other young professionals, the annual street festival “Taste of Tremont,” and the Feast of the Assumption events in Cleveland’s historic Little Italy. Others have taken advantage of the vibrant Playhouse Square, Cleveland theatre district.

For those interested in sports and outdoor activities, there are a great many opportunities in downtown Cleveland. Many of the residents and attendings are avid runners, and frequently participate in local 5K runs and marathons. Residents have also historically enjoyed exploring many of the Metroparks during the summertime.

Residents with families have many options for wonderful suburban neighborhoods, with access to nationally-recognized school districts and numerous family-oriented attractions, including the Natural History Museum, the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

Psychiatry Resident Program Highlights

Dr. Gottesman’s Groups: Dr. Gottesman has been a part of the MetroHealth family since 1990. He conducts monthly sessions with residents during didactics to discuss various topics such as transference and counter-transference, role-play difficult patient interactions, and help residents understand how to navigate different issues in patient care.

Chairman’s Rounds: Throughout the academic year, the PGY-1 residents present interesting or challenging patients on the inpatient unit, followed by a patient interview by Dr. Horwath. This is followed by stimulating discussions on the various psychiatric concepts and treatment modalities related to the case. 

Outpatient Case Conference: Throughout the academic year, PGY-3 residents present interesting or challenging cases and discuss them in a multidisciplinary setting.

Cultural Formulation Movie Club: Dr. Marwaha selects movies that discuss or address significant psychological and cultural challenges or characteristics. After watching the movie together, residents have a discussion which eventually leads to the development of a thorough “cultural formulation” for some or all of the main characters.

PRITE review: Residents take the PRITE, or the Psychiatry Residents In-Training Examination, every year. To make reviewing vital concepts and revising PRITE questions fun, attendings and residents prepare presentations, trivia activities, and use games like Jeopardy or Kahoot.

Teaching: Every year, we have hundreds of medical students from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University and other medical schools come to rotate in our inpatient unit and on our psychiatry CL service. Residents provide lectures on pertinent psychiatric topics and are encouraged and expected to teach and learn with medical students throughout their rotations.

Resident Wellness/Wellbeing: Didactics schedules include monthly wellbeing sessions that include games, icebreakers, ice cream socials, and other team-building activities. Residents also partake in processing groups with a psychologist attending not affiliated with program faculty to discuss difficult cases, process transference and countertransference issues, and raise any concerns for burnout or fatigue.