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Psychiatry Residency Program

Program Directors

Dr. John & Dr. Scharf, Residency Program Directors


Thank you for your interest in the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We are one of the oldest general, hospital-based training programs in the country, and our department is the birthplace of the Biopsychosocial model of care. Our current training program draws from this rich past while also reaching toward the promising future of our field.

During this time of health care system expansion, our institution recently supported doubling the size of this residency, which illustrates our earnest investment in training the next generation of Psychiatrists. Indeed, it is an exciting time to be growing in this profession in a place that genuinely values our specialty and interdisciplinary, collaborative care.   

Our department's long-standing values—compassion, dedication, personal integrity, and a constant striving for professional excellence—form the foundation for our residency program. Our primary goal is to develop psychiatrists who have medical knowledge, clinical maturity and personal confidence to function at the highest levels in their chosen career paths.

A unique combination of clinical and didactic experiences affords residents depth and breadth of knowledge and training that will prepare them for a smooth transition into clinical practice, fellowship, teaching and/or research. Hallmarks of our program include a wide variety of clinical sites and opportunities, and a large and diverse faculty dedicated to sustained mentorship.

In addition to these strengths, our residents appreciate the work/life balance they are able to enjoy throughout their training. The University of Rochester is a top-notch training and research institution, located within a beautiful and culturally rich city—we are very proud that our psychiatry training program reflects this combination of professional prestige and personal warmth. 

We wish you the best in your residency search and welcome the opportunity to discuss our program in greater detail. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that arise.