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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many PGY-1 positions are available?
A: There are eight PGY1 positions each year.

Q: Where do Temple’s interns come from?
A: Our residents come from all over the country and the world.

Q: By what criteria are house staff selected?
A: We look for applicants who value professionalism and teamwork. We also gravitate towards applicants that have a strong academic record, a wide range of interests, excellent academic potential and a commitment to the field of psychiatry.

Q: What is the salary?
A: Next year’s salary has not been announced. The current salary information can be found at here.

Q: How many clinical training sites are there?
A: There are two main training sites: Temple University Hospital and Episcopal Hospital. There are various additional opportunities to work in other hospitals and facilities across the region as part of electives or away rotations.

Q: How often will I be on call my first year?
A: During the night float rotation, each intern works overnight (8 pm – 8 am) from Monday to Friday for two weeks.  There are three non-consecutive night float blocks in the year, each four months apart. When not on a night float rotation, each intern has one or two 24 hour weekend call shifts per month. PGY-2’s will have 3-4 calls per month, PGY-3’s have one call per month, and PGY-4 year is free of call.

Q: What is the department's approach to work hour reform?
A: We have a no-tolerance policy regarding work hour violations. Any duty hour violations are reported immediately and are acted upon to ensure that problems do not recur. We use New Innovations to log duty hours and vacation time.

Q: Are meals provided?
A: Money for meals is provided for you during your night float/call. Additionally, there is a resident suite that contains call rooms, computers, snacks and beverages.

Q: Are white coats available?
A: Yes, the department provides 3 long white coats to all house staff. You can request a new one every year. Name stamps are also provided to residents.  In recent years the department has purchased personalized fleece jackets for residents as well.

Q: Are scrubs available?
A: Yes, you can get a pair of scrubs from Temple University Hospital. It is a good idea to have more than one pair. We do not have a required color code while on call.

Q: Are lockers available?
A: Yes, they are in the resident suite. However, locks are not provided.

Q: Is there a mentoring program?
A: Yes, interns are assigned to an upper year resident as a source of information. This is one of many spaces for interns to ask common residency questions and/or voice concerns. In addition, our faculty are very open and love when residents come to them for mentoring.

Q: What is the patient mix?
A: North Philadelphia is an economically depressed area with a diverse population, including large Hispanic (predominantly Puerto Rican) and African American populations. In addition, Temple University attracts patients from the greater Philadelphia area. In short, the population we serve is diverse in many ways. 

Q: Where will I practice outpatient psychiatry?
A: House staff practice at the Episcopal Hospital campus located at 100 E. Lehigh Avenue on the first floor of the Medical Arts Building. Your third year will be dedicated to outpatient for 12 continuous months. The practice has several dedicated faculty members to develop and oversee the educational experience. We place a strong emphasis on psychotherapy during the outpatient year of training.

Q: Is there a “scholarly requirement”?
A: Yes, you are required to complete journal club presentations, one M&M, and a grand rounds presentation prior to graduating. However, these should not limit your pursuit of other scholarly activities. Many Temple residents complete journal reviews of clinical topics, original work resulting in abstracts or manuscripts, laboratory experience and/or community service. Most residents become published or present at national meetings, which is supported by the department. For a list of the recent activity, look at our Departmental Publications and National Presentations page.

Q: Are there research electives?
A: Yes. Research electives are available to all trainees within the four year program. If interested, there is an optional research track available.

Q: How does the house staff get to know each other?
A: There are many opportunities during training for residents at Temple to bond. The most popular events are informal happy hours and special social events throughout the year.

Q: What do people do for fun?
A: Philadelphia is an awesome city with many different opportunities for residents to enjoy. There are plenty of tours, historic sites, parks, sporting events, bars, concerts, restaurants and museums to explore. Our location is ideal for quick weekend trips to other cities and beaches. Philadelphia is also an affordable city, so you won’t break the bank while enjoying what it has to offer!

Q: What do most of your residents do after completing the program?
A:  A large portion of our residents continue their training in subspecialty fellowships. Others are very well prepared to begin their careers outside of residency in general psychiatry. Whatever the decision, Temple is supportive and prepares the residents well for their respective career goals. To learn more about our residents' post-residency plans, please visit our alumni page.