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, as well as 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, providing them with a strong foundation and the ability to gradually transition to overnight calls. 

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 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 a wide variety of interests. They have opportunities to 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 take advantage of the vibrant Playhouse Square, Cleveland theatre district, and the hospital’s HOA social events.

For those interested in sports and outdoor activities, there are many opportunities in Cleveland. Many of the residents and attendings are avid runners, hikers, and fitness enthusiasts who frequently participate in local 5K runs and marathons in Cleveland’s emerald necklace - our expansive Metroparks system. Cleveland also boasts professional sports teams (the Guardians, Browns and Cavaliers) in the three major leagues in the United States for baseball, football and basketball, respectively. 

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, the Cleveland Children’s Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center, Lake Erie beaches and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

Psychiatry Resident Program Highlights

Inpatient/Outpatient Case Conference series: Throughout the academic year, PGY 1-3 residents will present interesting or challenging cases with their attending and discuss them in a multidisciplinary setting. This is followed by stimulating discussions on the various psychiatric concepts and treatment modalities related to the case.
Cultural Formulation Movie Club: The Psychiatry Program Director, 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 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 host hundreds of medical students from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University and other medical schools across the country. These students 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 process 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.