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Message from Jessica Kovach, MD, Director, Psychiatry Residency Program; Justin Faden, DO, Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Program; and Ruby Barghini, MD, Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Program

Welcome to the Temple Psychiatry Residency homepage! We are excited that you have chosen to visit us.

Here at Temple, we pride ourselves on providing an outstanding education for the next generation of psychiatrists through a balanced curriculum of didactics, individual mentoring, and diverse supervised clinical experience. We conceptualize psychiatric education to be a faculty-resident partnership and feel privileged to work with our residents each day. 

Our comprehensive and dynamic didactic program is tailored to the clinical experience of each residency class. While we emphasize evidence-based medicine and diagnosis, neuropsychiatry, and emerging trends in biological psychiatry, we also place a strong emphasis on learning psychodynamic psychotherapy. We also encourage supplementary courses with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and offer further supervision, patient care hours, and subspecialty education tracks based on resident interest. We value resident feedback to continually improve the Temple educational experience.

Academic achievement is highlighted at Temple University. Through individualized mentoring and guidance, we foster an environment conducive to furthering residents’ personal academic pursuits. We are proud of our graduates' accomplishments and scholarship. Many have matched to high-caliber fellowships throughout the nation. Recent graduates have completed fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Yale, University of Rochester, New York University, and Stanford University. Others have taken academic positions, including here at Temple, chosen private practice, or gone into public psychiatry.

Central to education in psychiatry is exposure to a breadth of psychopathology and patients from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here at Temple, residents gain clinical competency through well-structured and supervised clinical rotations and electives. A sampling of these rotations include a specialized psychosomatic outpatient clinic, young adult and college mental health outpatient elective rotation at Temple University Student Mental Health Center, forensic psychiatry, a variety of child and adolescent psychiatry experiences, emergency psychiatry, electroconvulsive therapy, sleep medicine, organ transplant evaluation, and eating disorders. If we do not have an elective of interest to residents, we help them create it.

Our residents are a bright, diverse, and energetic group of professionals. We encourage residents to build bonds and friendships through socialization outside of the work environment and are proud of the dynamic team atmosphere that they create. 

Expansion!  In the summer of 2019 we were happy to welcome 18 Hahnemann/Drexel University residents to our program.  Hahnemann University Hospital closed unexpectedly and left over 500 residents from all specialties “orphaned.”  Why did we take in 18 new residents?  To quote our President and CEO, Dr. Larry Kaiser, “It is simply the right thing to do—for our community, and for the future healthcare providers of our region.”  The expansion has brought additional benefits for our program.  Previously we had wonderful teaching attending physicians who we could not assign residents and now we can.  PGY 2 residents now have a month long elective, which is important especially for those who are considering subspecialty fellowship applications.  The PGY1 class saw a decrease from 6 to 4 weeks of night float, PGY2 residents take an average of 2.5 calls per month, and PGY3 residents now have no overnight call (PGY4s continue to have no call).  Finally, our new residents are wonderful physicians and people!  They fit in well with our current residents and culture.  Will this expansion be sustained?  We are optimistic that we will continue to recruit for 12 residents per year instead of 8 but need to await final word from Medicare and the Hahnemann bankruptcy case regarding long term funding. 

We are excited that you are interested in our program and we look forward to meeting you in person!

Sincerely,

Jessica Kovach, MD
Director, Residency Training

Justin Faden, DO 
Associate Director, Residency Training

Ruby Barghini, MD
Associate Director of Residency Training

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