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A Message from the Chief Residents

Welcome to the Temple University Psychiatry Residency Program!  Thank you so much for stopping by - we are excited that you are interested in learning more about us and our residency training.  We are very proud of our program with its long history of strong clinical education and its residents who emerge as confident, talented, compassionate psychiatrists who graduate well-prepared to embark on the next stage of their careers.

Our hospital is strategically located to provide access to a large volume of patients with a wide range pathologies.  A majority of our training is based out of Temple Episcopal Hospital, which has 74 Acute Inpatient psychiatric beds, 44 Extended Acute psychiatric beds, as well as the busiest crisis center in Philadelphia, which sees more than 10,000 patients per year.  Our Consult and Liaison service is based out of Temple University Hospital, which is a large urban university hospital which includes a Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Unit, where we see patients with severe medical comorbidities.  Our graduates say that it is rare for them to encounter a case after graduation that they had not seen and managed at some point during their residency.  

At Temple, you will find a close knit group of colleagues and mentors here who will guide you through the next four years.  We pride ourselves on our social events, happy hours, and group activities such as axe throwing, trivia night, and weekend barbeques.  We take self-care seriously, and have a resident-run wellness initiative, which includes on-site yoga class and process groups.  We can confidently say that our residents consider each other to be friends and family, and many of us form friendships here that last a lifetime. 

Following residency, all of our residents who choose to pursue a fellowship have been able to obtain their top choices in a wide variety of subspecialties, including Child and Adolescent, Addictions, Forensics, Geriatrics, and Consult and Liaison Psychiatry.  When our graduates return to visit, they unanimously say that the knowledge and skill they gained during residency far exceeded their expectations when put to the test in practice after training.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.  We hope to see you in the fall!

Simon Chamakalayil, MD & Katsuko Nagayoshi, DO