Overview

Overview

Dear Resident and Fellow Candidates:

As Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic, I would like to thank you for your interest in our program. Our Department consists of over 70 staff members and faculty that provide over 65,000 outpatient visits and 10,000 inpatient admissions yearly. Care is provided in 17 locations throughout the Cleveland Clinic system. This offers our residents exposure to the entire spectrum of behavioral health care. Education is a critical piece of our mission.

National reform is ushering in some of the most significant changes to health care in decades. It is crucial that training programs keep up with these changes so that trainees are able to navigate this new world and adapt to the future of health care. Cleveland Clinic is at the forefront of value based care initiatives designed to provide evidence-based and cost-effective care to our large patient population. Behavioral Health is a key, possibly THE KEY, to ultimate success in this endeavor. I hope that you will join us.

Best Regards,

Donald Malone, Jr., MD
Donald Malone, Jr., MD
Department Chair

Introduction

The Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Cleveland Clinic offers a unique training opportunity at one of the most renowned medical centers in the world. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's top hospitals in its annual “America's Best Hospitals” survey and has named Cleveland Clinic's heart program No. 1 in the nation since 1995.

The Cleveland Clinic has been internationally recognized as a leader in the development of innovative solutions to the changing face of healthcare. At the October 3, 2012 Presidential debate, President Barack Obama said of the Cleveland Clinic: "At the Cleveland Clinic, one of the best healthcare systems in the world, they actually provide great care cheaper than average. And the reason they do is because they do some smart things."

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychology operates within the framework of the Neurological Institute, a multidisciplinary group of more than 300 medical, surgical and research specialists dedicated to the treatment of patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders. The Neurological Institute offers a disease-specific, patient focused approach to care with close collaboration between Psychiatry, Psychology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology.

Program Highlights

  • Expert Faculty who consistently operate with an approachable, open door policy
  • Rigorous training in both Biological Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • Specialty Training in Neuropsychiatry (including epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training led by the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center
  • Comprehensive Didactic Curriculum with Protected Time away from clinical duties
  • Flexible “Longitudinal” Schedule in PGY3 and PGY4 years – each is unique, designed by the resident
  • Opportunities for the development of Resident-Run Specialty Clinics (e.g. Bariatrics, HIV, Spanish-Speaking)
  • Dedicated Research Track with Protected Time starting in PGY1
  • Opportunities for institution-funded travel to national meetings to present scholarly work/research
  • Diversity of faculty, resident group and patient population
  • No mandatory call or weekend duties for 3rd and 4th year residents.

2020-2021 Adult Psychiatry Residency Brochure

Fellowship Opportunities

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History

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychology is one of four departments within Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute, which includes Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology. The department has its origins in the vision of Cleveland Clinic’s first chairman of Neurological Surgery, W. James Gardener, MD, who at a 1943 meeting of Cleveland Clinic’s Administrative Board, proposed adding a department of psychiatry to the growing Cleveland Clinic. Eventually, in 1946 the Department of Neuropsychiatry opened, and in 1960 split into separate departments with A. Dixon Weatherhead, MD, serving as Psychiatry’s first Chairman. In July, 1961 the Department welcomed its first resident trainee, and by 1976 the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program had achieved full accreditation.

Since then, the Department has achieved a perennial U.S. News & World Report top-ranking in Ohio, and its training programs have developed a similarly strong reputation.

Leadership

Leadership

Program Directors

Karen Jacobs

Karen Jacobs, DO
Director

Hi! My name is Karen Jacobs and I have been the Program Director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency for the past seven years. We are in unprecedented times, so learning how to navigate them is paramount to your education here. The program has a fluid curriculum, outstanding staff, and of course, I believe some of THE finest residents you will find anywhere.

I feel so fortunate to be doing what I do! My passion is for residents, education, wellness, and advocacy. While working out of a world class enterprise, we have never lost our family like atmosphere. We like to support one another, celebrate each other’s accomplishments, be there in the tough times, and share many moments over food, most recently over virtual gatherings. We welcome residents from all over the globe, and will soon be welcoming our 10th baby in the past five years of the residency!

When I am not at Cleveland Clinic, I love to travel, hike, read, listen to music, keep up with the local sports teams, enjoy a variety of edible creations, and spend as much time with my family and friends that I can.

Vrashali Jain, MD

Vrashali Jain, MD
Associate Program Director

Hello all! Thank you for your interest in our program. I have been an Associate Program Director since the beginning of 2020 - that is just before Covid-19 came slamming our doors. In this time, I have been amazed by the leadership, dedication, passion, generosity and team work at Cleveland Clinic. I could not have been prouder than to be a part of this dedicated team of psychiatrists, psychologists and residents who came together in an effort to put their patients first in time of national crisis.

At the Clinic our goal is to provide our residents with the tools and guidance they need to be successful in their chosen path by having a curriculum that provides the right amount of structure, flexibility and exposure to the breadth and depth of our chosen specialty.

I am a home grown consult liaison psychiatrist with a passion for Neuro-Psychiatry, ethics in psychiatry, end of life care and education. When not working, I like to spend time with my family, discover new restaurants, read, watch movies and solve the mystery of work-life balance.

Zachary Rosenberg, DO

Zachary Rosenberg, DO
Associate Program Director

Hi! My name is Zack Rosenberg and I have the privilege of working alongside Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Jain as one of the Associate Program Directors.  It is an absolute honor and I truly enjoy working with administration and the Chief Residents.  As a recent graduate of the CCF Psychiatry Residency, I have a unique perspective and know exactly what challenges the residents face and, therefore, how to best advocate on their behalf!

I am primarily practicing outpatient psychiatry but I have my hands in many different activities which keeps my weeks exciting.  I am involved with resident med-check clinics, IOP and also perform ECT in addition to seeing my own outpatients.  The variety is great and I get to work with residents in many different areas.

I have lived in downtown Cleveland for the last six years and have absolutely loved it!  It is affordable and there is tons to do (especially when the pandemic ends).  Indians/Browns/Cavs games are all quite affordable and have amazing fans. I have tickets to the Broadway Series at Playhouse Square for about $30 per ticket; and the food scene is phenomenal – I am happy to share recommendations!

Best of luck and hope to meet you someday!

Chief Residents

Molly Do
Molly Do, MD
PGY4
Scheduling Chief

Hello, my name is Molly. I am one of the chief residents for the Adult Psychiatry program and a current PGY-4. I have enjoyed so much of my residency so far. I have loved the opportunity to work with patients that have both a high medical and high psychiatric acuity. The staff allow us an appropriate level of independence based on our skill level and are always around to support, educate, and foster our clinical skills. Throughout my time, I have continued to be amazed by the genuine interest our staff take in our personal and professional lives. Of course, none of this would have been possible without also having the support of my classmates who have become close friends and felt like second family. As scheduling chief, I have been responsible for working with our residents to ensure that in their third and fourth year they are able to capitalize on as many unique experiences as they would like during their elective rotations whether it be utilizing a well-loved elective we already have around or forming new electives that fit resident's particular area of interest. My husband and I moved to Cleveland from Oklahoma and didn't know if it would feel like home, but I can tell you we have loved it enough to buy our first home and start our family here. We love going to the zoo and the botanical gardens most of all. I am so grateful to have been given the chance to grow and learn at one of the top hospitals in the country where the "zebras" are an everyday occurrence. Feeling as prepared as I do with graduation just around the corner, I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Michael Squeri
Michael Squeri, MD
PGY4
Outpatient Chief

Hello! My name is Mike and I am one of the chief residents for this year and a current PGY-4. My time as a resident at the Cleveland Clinic has been an incredible blend of diverse learning experiences alongside personal and professional growth. One of my favorite aspects of being a resident at the Clinic has been the supportive and friendly learning environment amongst both residents and staff. This environment has made it easy to soak in the wealth of exposure to both common and rare psychiatric presentations while also fostering amazing friendships. As chief resident of outpatient services I primarily work to ensure that our residents have a healthy variety of learning cases in our outpatient clinic, while also serving as the representative for the residents to our administrative staff. I work mostly with our PGY 2s, 3s, and 4s but enjoy teaching and mentoring our first years as well! Living in Cleveland has been a great experience during my years at the Clinic so far; my wife and I love getting out to the metroparks with our dog and hosting our friends for board game nights. We are surrounded by great food and public parks which we try to take advantage of as often as we can! Overall I have enjoyed my experience as a resident and Cleveland is a great place to call home.

Donald Zeolla
Donald Zeolla, MD
PGY3
Academic Chief

Welcome, and nice to meet you virtually! My experience as a psychiatry resident at Cleveland Clinic thus far has been extraordinarily fruitful. When making my rank list of potential programs as a fourth-year medical student, I valued camaraderie within residents and with staff, teaching opportunities, and exposure to all subspecialties of psychiatry, as I had no clear idea of what type of psychiatrist I would become. It is remarkable to now see things come full circle, as I have developed countless friendships with my co-residents and attendings, became a CCLCM Clinical Instructor of Medicine who is deeply ingrained in medical student teaching, and matched into child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship here. As academic chief, my involvement with teaching broadens as I assist the program in organizing our didactics curriculum and watch my co-residents grow alongside me. Cleveland quickly grew on me as a city and has much to explore, even as I enter my third year here. There is always something to do, though admittedly we end up playing board games most times! Our program has a cozy, family feel that I began to experience on interview day, but continued to feel even more so throughout my time here. Though I don’t have kids myself, the number of our residents with families, children, and pets attests to this. We truly make value of your time in residency while affording you the time and opportunity to pursue outside interests, whether those be clinical or non-clinical. If any of this hits close to home, I encourage you to reach out to us so we can show you what else our program has to offer!

Program Coordinator

Sharon Ezzo, MA, C-TAGME 

Sharon Ezzo, MA, C-TAGME

Hello! I have been a Program Administrator at Cleveland Clinic in the Neurological Institute Education Office (NIEO) for over 8 years! I am currently the Caucus Chair of the Program Administrator’s section within American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Training (AADPRT).

I absolutely love what I do. I am invested in ensuring that residents receive quality education and teaching while meeting all necessary requirements for training.  I truly enjoy working with my residents on a daily basis and find it fulfilling to watch them grow into budding psychiatrists over the course of residency training. In my free time, I love to spend time with my two children. I’m also into fitness, cooking and love to travel.

I pride myself on being a great resource for the program, so please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY-4

Nicholas Abbey

Nicholas Abbey, MD
Hometown: Caro, Michigan
Undergraduate: Albion College
Medical School: Michigan State College of Human Medicine
Interests: Running, sports, DnD, reading, spending time with family, playing with my dog

Molly Do

Molly Do, MD
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Undergraduate: University of Central Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Clinical Interests: Working with the dual diagnosis population
Personal Interests: Crafting (knitting, sewing, needlepoint), cooking, spending time with family, gardening, watching TV or movies at home

Joseph Dolensky

Joseph Dolensky, MD
Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia
Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology - Biomedical Engineering
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Clinical Interests: Inpatient psychiatry and psychodynamic therapy (it works, trust me!)
Personal Interests: The science of cooking, biking, hiking, kite flying, archery, Dungeons and Dragons

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez, MD
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
Undergraduate: Miami University
Medical School: University of Toledo
Clinical Interests: LGBT mental health, mood disorders, involvement in OPPA
Personal Interests: Traveling, exploring Cleveland, cooking new recipes, playing with my dogs

Jeffrey Kim

Jeffrey Kim, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Functional psychiatry
Personal Interests: Formula 1

Zoya Mogal

Zoya Moghal, MD
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Clinical Interests: Women’s mental health, outpatient psychiatry
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, exploring different restaurants and cuisines, traveling

Rachel Sieke

Rachel Sieke, MD
Hometown: Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Shippensburg University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Outpatient and consult-liaison psychiatry
Personal Interests: Cats, candy

Michael Squeri

Michael Squeri, MD
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate: Miami University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Anxiety disorders, dynamic psychotherapy
Personal Interests: Hiking, NBA, board games, Star Wars


PGY-3

Calvin Klint

Calvin Klint, MD
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate: Wheaton College
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Interests: Christianity, community service, weight lifting, Bible study, NBA, hiking, reading (especially science fiction), theater

Jason Lee MD

Jason Lee, MD
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Undergraduate: Emory University
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: First-break psychosis, bipolar disorder, consult-liaison psychiatry
Personal Interests: Classical music, bassoon, gardening, tennis

Zachary Orlins

Zachary Orlins, DO
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Psychotherapy, sports psychiatry, college mental health
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, baseball, board games, podcasts, reading, trying new restaurants, traveling

Kinza Tareen

Kinza Tareen, MD
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Undergraduate: Kalamazoo College
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Interests: Women's mental health, consult-liaison psychiatry

Jeremy Weleff

Jeremy Weleff, DO
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate: Wilfrid Laurier University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Research, health disparities
Personal Interests: Music, short stories

Jesse Wilson

Jesse Wilson, DO
Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Undergraduate: Carthage College
Medical School: Des Moines University
Clinical Interests: Child psychiatry
Personal Interests: Music, hiking

Donald Zeolla

Donald Zeolla, MD
Hometown: Warren (Metro Detroit), Michigan
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Wayne State University
Clinical Interests: Child & adolescent psychiatry
Personal Interests: Games of all sorts, teaching, computers, public speaking, podcasts, roller coasters (being only 1 hour away from Cedar Point is dangerous), hockey (#LGRW), baseball (eat 'em up Tigers), electronic music, pets of all kinds

Kathleen Ziegler

Kathleen Ziegler, DO
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate: Warren Wilson College
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Gardening, cooking, yoga, traveling, sailing, biking, skiing and hiking


PGY-2

Teddy Akiki | Cleveland Clinic

Teddy Akiki, MD
Hometown: Lebanon
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry/VA National Center for PTSD – Clinical Neurosciences Division
Interests: Network neuroscience, neuroimaging, ketamine, psychedelics, trauma- and stress-related disorders

Kristen Fite | Cleveland Clinic

Kristen Fite, MD, PhD
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergraduate: Miami University
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Women’s mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry
Personal Interests: Spending time with my dog, cooking, hiking, crocheting, reading

Brenden Jenks | Cleveland Clinic

Brenden Jenks, MD
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate: Bowling Green State University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Addiction psychiatry
Personal Interests: My dog and best buddy - Izzy, aquaponic gardening, hiking, camping, coffee, cooking

Fenil Patel | Cleveland Clinic

Fenil Patel, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate: York University, Toronto, Canada
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Consult-liaison psychiatry
Personal Interests: Hiking and exploring parks around Cleveland, exercise, yoga, reading non-fiction, watching comedy/drama/thrillers on Netflix, quality time with friends and family

Amanda Pomerantz | Cleveland Clinic

Amanda Pomerantz, DO
Hometown: East Islip, New York
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Seton Hill
Clinical Interests: Consult-liaison psychiatry, neuropsychiatry
Personal Interests: Cooking, running, snowboarding, dog watching, being a plant mom

Hannah Snyder | Cleveland Clinic

Hannah Snyder, MD
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Kenyon College
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Everything so far!
Personal Interests:  Hiking, biking, running, playing the violin and viola, reading

Eleanor Stein | Cleveland Clinic

Eleanor Stein, MD
Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School: Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
Interests: Hiking, backpack camping, bouldering, on a quest to explore all of the national parks, knitting, cooking, eating, painting and mixed media art, playing with my dog, enjoying sunsets on Lake Erie

Joshua Taylor | Cleveland Clinic

Joshua Taylor, DO
Hometown: Hermitage, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Allegheny College
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Erie
Clinical Interests: Neuromodulation with ECT and TMS, ketamine, other breakthrough treatments such as psilocybin
Personal Interests: Finance, economics, cryptocurrency, music, computers, PC gaming, building gaming PCs for friends and family


PGY-1

Emily Cooper, MD 

Emily Cooper, MD
Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio
Undergraduate: Miami University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Child psychiatry
Personal Interests: Running/half-marathons, biking (anything outside!), farmer's markets, reading (Harry Potter fan forever, currently reading the Woo Woo for our psych book club!), playing with my dog and cats, cooking with my boyfriend

Daniel El Dabh, MD 

Daniel El Dabh, MD
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate: John Carroll University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Interests: Tennis, piano, virtual reality, baking, ice cream

Jared Harp, DO 

Jared Harp, DO
Hometown: Kenton, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Schizophrenia spectrum disorders, neuropsychiatric disorders, substance use and addictive disorders
Personal Interests: Golfing, hiking at the metroparks, exploring the excellent food, drink and concert scene in Cleveland

 Alexsandra Kovacevich, MD

Alexsandra Kovacevich, MD
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Clinical Interests: Neuropsychiatry, neuromodulation, psychosis, addiction
Personal Interests: Electronic music, attempting to read as my cat sprawls over anything I give more attention to than her, collecting vinyl, hiking with our pup, yoga

Brandon Salzman, DO 

Brandon Salzman, DO
Hometown: Jericho, New York
Undergraduate: University of Rochester
Medical School: Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, interventional psychiatry (ketamine, TMS, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, psychedelic medicine), psychotherapy
Personal Interests: Live music, playing guitar, music production, spending time with family and friends, my dog Lexie, exploring in nature, traveling, podcasts

Morgan Torcasio, MD 

Morgan Torcasio, MD
Hometown: Canton, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Akron
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking, eating

Katherine Willie, MD 

Katherine Willie, MD
Hometown: Abington, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Women's health, child psychiatry
Personal Interests: Singing, music, dogs, Netflix/Hulu, traveling, food

Alexander Zha, MD 

Alexander Zha, MD
Hometown: San Mateo, California
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Nutritional psychiatry, MDMA/psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychiatry
Personal Interests: Rock climbing, hiking, ultimate frisbee, cooking, proudly spending time with my cat

Application Process

Application Process

We welcome U.S. and international allopathic and osteopathic medical graduates to apply. Only applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are accepted. The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) adhering to the "All­ in" policy which requires all positions within a participating program to be filled through the Match. We are unable to offer positions outside of the match. Information regarding fees and ERAS application procedures can be found at: www.aamc.org/services/eras.

Those who match are expected to attend a mandatory orientation that begins in June, two weeks prior to the starting date of July 1.

We do not endorse any cutoff for USMLE / COMLEX scores. All applications are thoroughly considered.

Averages for our PGY-1 class are:

USMLE Step 1 USMLE Step 2 COMLEX Level 1 COMLEX Level 2
 236  250  596  719

*Exam scores are only one part of a diverse evaluation process utilized when applicants are being considered. While the above numbers are provided for reference, they only represent averages. We will always prioritize finding well rounded residents in all areas, not just exam scores.

The following criteria must be met by all program applicants:

  • Enrollment in an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
  • Passing score on Part I of the USMLE or COMLEX.
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation from an ABPN certified psychiatrist with whom you have had direct clinical experience.
  • Strongly preferred interest in psychiatry as a primary career choice.

Application Calendar:

  • Applicants begin applying to ACGME-accredited residency programs. All applications are due by November 1.
  • Invitations to interview are made on a rolling basis.
  • Interviews will be held October-January.

The following additional criteria must be met by all International Medical Graduates:

  • ECFMG certification.
  • Passing all parts of the USMLE.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a U.S. or Canadian clinical experience in psychiatry (substantial or outstanding academic research in psychiatry may substitute for clinical experience in certain situations).

Cleveland Clinic supports J-1 and H-1B visas if all GME requirements are met. Please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for details.

Questions about the application process should be directed to psyched@ccf.org.

Curriculum

Curriculum

PGY-1

A modular schedule is used to organize the clinical rotations. Each module lasts 4 weeks (28 days) resulting in 13 modules per year.

The PGY1 year include six (6) modules of medicine and neurology and seven (7) modules of psychiatry. The inpatient internal medicine rotations are an opportunity to learn and practice "bread and butter" inpatient medicine at South Pointe Hospital. On-call at South Pointe is done on a rotating basis, approximately one overnight call shift every 7 days. The outpatient family practice rotation provides an opportunity to serve an historically underserved population at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center. The emergency medicine rotation is completed at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus alongside rotators from a variety of specialties. Both the neurology consults and inpatient neurology rotations are completed at the Main Campus. On-call during the neurology inpatient rotation is done as one week of night float during the four week rotation.

The inpatient psychiatry rotations during PGY1 are performed at Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland Clinic's primary facility for inpatient psychiatry (100 inpatient psychiatry beds). Residents will spend one of their first two modules at Lutheran Hospital doing “onboarding” where residents are exposed to each unit and float system throughout the month with direct senior resident supervision. The five adult inpatient psychiatry modules during intern year are spent primarily on Lutheran's high-acuity psychiatry units. During this time, the "on-call" experience is done as 7 weeks of night-float (12 hour shifts, Sun-Thurs) and 7 weeks of evening-float (8 hour shifts Mon-Fri). Residents rotate at the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center (ADRC) for inpatient chemical dependency during their onboarding month and see new patients on this unit throughout the year. During this rotation, residents gain experience with inpatient detoxification, partial hospitalization, and the intensive outpatient rehab program.

In preparation for the PGY2 year of on-call at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, throughout the year each PGY1 resident will spend 6-8 weekend day shifts (8am to 8pm) with the PGY2 on-call resident. This allows the PGY1 resident to gain exposure to inpatient consults and emergency psychiatry and helps to prepare them for the PGY2 call experience.

PGY-2

The PGY2 year provides opportunity to gain experience in psychosomatic medicine (CL psychiatry), child and adolescent psychiatry, and a variety of other psychiatric sub-specialties, including geriatrics, forensics, emergency psychiatry, and interventional psychiatry (including ECT, TMS and IV Ketamine treatments). During this year the resident will once again rotate at the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center (ADRC), now for module long rotations. Residents will also spend a dedicated month with experienced psychologists, initially in an observational capacity, then transitioning into a hands-on role, practicing CBT interventions. This experience complements the start of the outpatient continuity clinic, where residents spend 1⁄2 day per week seeing outpatients for both medication management and psychotherapy. Weekly supervision with a dedicated psychotherapy supervisor also begins in the PGY2 year.

On-call during the PGY2 year occurs at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and is done on a rotating basis, approximately every 8 days. Weekday (M-F) call is from 4pm to 8am, while weekend call (Sat-Sun) is from 8am to 8am. On Sundays, the PGY2 will provide supervision to the PGY1 on-call resident during the daytime hours.

PGY-3

The PGY3 year marks a shift in focus to outpatient program requirements. With the majority of required rotations now complete, residents can focus on areas of interest within psychiatry. In the spring prior to the PGY3 year, the resident will meet with the Associate Program Director and the assigned academic advisor to design his/her schedule.

Electives may be performed as 4 week modules or as longitudinal (2-12 months) experiences, depending on resident preferences and the nature of the elective. There is also an opportunity for residents to create sub-specialty clinics to serve the unmet needs of special populations. With both faculty and departmental support, residents can create clinics or rotations that fit their interests. Resident-created clinics have included: HIV clinic, bariatrics clinic, and Spanish-speaking clinic. Popular electives often include:

  • Women's mental health
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Neuropsychiatry clinics (epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, dementia, neuropsychology)
  • Sleep/CBT for insomnia
  • Psychotherapy sub-specialties (family therapy, marital therapy, hypnosis, bedside psychotherapy)
  • Mood Disorders Across the Lifespan Research Clinic (MEDALS)
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Clinic
  • Ethics
  • Community Mental Health
  • Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders
  • ECT
  • Research
  • Self-study
  • Chief Resident Administration

PGY-4

During the PGY4 year, residents are required to rotate on the inpatient psychiatry units at Lutheran hospital in a junior-attending role. Residents also spend one module in the Brain Health Clinic, performing neuropsychiatric evaluations and providing ongoing treatment for patients with epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis or dementia. Residents also spend a minimum of 3 months in a Neuropsychiatry Clinic of their choosing evaluating and treating patients with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, movement disorders or dementia in a longitudinal setting. The remainder of the year is free for elective rotations. As in the PGY3 year, residents will meet with the Associate Program Director and academic advisor to help design the year's schedule. Electives may be done as longitudinal experiences, modular experiences, or a combination of the two.

Academic Half Day

The majority of the didactic curriculum is presented within the framework of Academic Half Day. Each Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., all residents are excused from clinical duties to focus on academic objectives. Residents attend two 70-minute seminars designed specifically for the PGY training level as well as Grand Rounds, which are also on Thursday's. Afterwards, residents return to their clinical services.

Training Sites

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, a 1,300-bed internationally renowned, tertiary care hospital, serves as the primary training site of the Psychiatry Residency Program. The main campus serves a diverse patient population from the Cleveland metro area, surrounding regions, and internationally. Psychiatry residents become adept at working with patients from all socio-economic levels and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Home of the psychosomatic medicine (CL) service, the main campus has among the highest acuity medical and surgical intensive care units (ICUs) in the country. Residents have the unique opportunity to see critically ill patients, rare disorders, and work alongside world-renowned physicians across specialties.

Lutheran Hospital

Lutheran Hospital, a 12-minute drive from the main campus on West 25th street, houses the primary Adult Inpatient Psychiatry units of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry with 100 behavioral health beds distributed among general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and a specialized mood disorders unit. Lutheran is also home to the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center (ADRC), which provides inpatient detoxification, partial hospitalization and an intensive outpatient rehabilitation program. Lutheran is just blocks away from the famous West Side Market and a burgeoning food scene.

Fairview Hospital

Fairview Hospital is a 500-bed facility on the west side of Cleveland and home to the new 13-bed child and adolescent psychiatry unit where PGY2 residents rotate for two months. PGY1 residents rotate at Fairview for inpatient internal medicine. Residents may also perform senior Consultation-Liaison (Psychosomatic Medicine) electives at Fairview to gain experience with consultation in a smaller, regional hospital setting.

Marymount Hospital

Marymount Hospital is a 288-bed Cleveland Clinic regional hospital in south-central Cleveland, which is home to the inpatient geriatrics rotation and the second Cleveland Clinic regional hospital to start an electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) program. Residents gain exposure to group and dialectical behavioral therapy at the Mood Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program.

Supplementary Training Sites

Other training sites include Northcoast Hospital, one of six state psychiatric facilities in Ohio, where residents rotate on Forensics and may choose to spend a senior inpatient month. The longitudinal community mental health experience is done at one of the locations of following sites: Connections, Signature Health or Centers for Families and Children.

Research and Research Focus

Research

Research opportunities exist across the institution. The Department of Psychiatry has a robust research program, which provides excellent opportunities for faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students. Research is conducted in various disorders, including substance dependence, child psychiatry, mood disorders, pain, bariatrics, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and community psychiatry. Areas of research include genetics, brain imaging, neuroinflammatory biomarkers, and other biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment effects. Several clinical trials are ongoing for a range of treatment modalities, including pharmacological agents, neurostimulation techniques, psychotherapies, and community interventions. Outcome research is also an area of particular interest. In addition, active collaboration opportunities are available with colleagues in other specialties, including neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, primary care, and oncology.

Each resident is required to present at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds in their final year, and also complete a quality improvement project, typically with their class. Residents are encouraged to publish papers or present at regional and national meetings. Trainees have participated in projects on neuro-modulation, delirium, suicide, ovarian cancer, women’s health, chronic pain, seizure disorders, sleep disorders, post-myocardial infarction depression, transplant psychiatry, and many more.

Research opportunities exist across the department and the institution. PGY2 residents are introduced to common elements of research early in the year as part of the Academic Half Day curriculum. Each resident is required to present at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. Residents are encouraged to have an academic project to publish or present as a poster or platform at a regional or national meeting. Current and recent trainees have participated in projects on neuro-modulation (both ECT and TMS), delirium, suicide, ovarian cancer, women’s health, chronic pain, non-epileptic seizures, sleep disorders, post-myocardial infarction depression, transplant psychiatry and quality improvement.

Residents presenting at national meetings are eligible for registration and travel reimbursement by the NI and GME. In the past, residents have presented at:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training
  • Cleveland Consultation Liaison Society

Residents may also present their work at Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Research Day (NIRD), which is held annually at the Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center on the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Generous cash awards are given to the most outstanding poster and platform presentations – our residents have consistently been recipients.

Research Focus

Applicants with strong interest in a research career are encouraged to apply to the Research Track, which consists of a modified curriculum and rotation schedule with protected time for research during the four years of training. Research Track residents will have the opportunity to apply for a Cleveland Clinic Psychiatry Research Fellowship to continue their work beyond the four years of residency.

Fellowships

Resident Life & Benefits

Resident Life & Benefits

Salary and Benefits

A comprehensive description of resident benefits can be found with Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education Department.

Time Away

  • Vacation and Personal/Sick Days: 4 weeks (20 paid working days) + 1 wellness day
  • Maternity: 12 weeks paid leave
  • Paternity: 4 weeks paid leave
  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Entitles all employees up to 12 weeks off, unpaid, after one year of employment. See Graduate Physicians Manual for further information.

On-call Meals

When taking overnight call at the Main Campus, residents are provided with an allotment for dinner and breakfast. Lunch is also provided for weekend day calls. These funds may be used at most Cleveland Clinic dining facilities, including all hospital cafeterias, Au Bon Pain, Moe's Southwest Grill, Aladdin's Eatery, and Subway.

Wellness & Preventive Medicine

In 2007, the Cleveland Clinic appointed the country's first Chief Wellness Officer, Michael F. Roizen, MD. Wellness & Preventive Medicine is responsible for implementing wide-­reaching programs that aggressively advocate for healthy living. Wellness initiatives implemented for all employees, including residents, include: free membership to Cleveland Clinic fitness centers, yoga classes, trans-­fats banned from all public and patient menus, sugared beverages removed from cafeterias and vending machines, smoke-­free campuses and workforce, weekly farmers market on-­campus and a dedicated wellness store. Learn more about Employee Wellness at Cleveland Clinic.

Moonlighting

Senior residents are permitted to moonlight pending approval of the Program Director and successful completion of one CSV and attainment of a minimum PRITE score. Residents must have a full Ohio Medical License to moonlight.


Resident Social Activities

Annual Resident-Faculty Picnic
This family-friendly annual event serves to welcome our new interns and to show appreciation for the hard work of our faculty. This event is often held at the Program Director's home or a local Metropark.

Spring Resident Retreat
The spring retreat is an opportunity for residents to get off campus for a day to focus on team-building, wellness and academic enrichment activities. The 2014 and 2017 retreats were held at a local camp where residents had the opportunity to participate in a high-ropes course, rock-climbing wall, and workshops about boundaries, fun neuroscience, and team-building.

Movie Club
Held every 1-2 months at a resident or faculty home, typically with dinner, movie club is an opportunity for residents to get together outside of work to discuss issues of psychiatry in film. Each event is moderated by a faculty member or guest speaker.

Book Club
Book Club events are held quarterly, usually at a faculty home. Reading selections are made by the Book Club chair with collective input from residents and faculty.

Journal Club
Also held quarterly at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, with dinner provided by the department, Journal Club is an opportunity for residents to review recent literature in the presence of expert faculty.


Living in Cleveland

One thing you'll always hear from a native Clevelander is how much they love the city. Our residents agree. Cleveland offers the balance of a big city, historic suburbs and beautiful countryside, all within a 30-mile radius. Greater Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Severance Hall and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden – all within just minutes of the clinic. Cleveland also boasts a number of professional sports teams, including the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is becoming quickly famous for the rapidly growing food and restaurant scene and is proud to claim Iron Chef Michael Symon as one of its own.

The Cleveland Clinic is centrally located with easy access to downtown, the “Eastside” and the “Westside.” Most residents live in one of these three areas and find that the cost of living in Cleveland is affordable and traffic is quick and easy. The Cleveland metro area has a number of excellent public school systems as well as numerous private school alternatives.

The Greater Cleveland area has much to offer any outdoor enthusiast, from the shores of Lake Erie to the north, to the gradually rolling foothills of the Allegheny mountain range to the east. The snowy winters are ideal for skiing, snowshoeing, or just sipping hot cocoa in front of a fire. Our residents enjoy hiking in the Cuyahoga National Forest, or in the over 22,000 acres of nature reserve at one of the eighteen Cleveland Metroparks; its bicycle paths for mountain or road bikes stretch for miles. Lake Erie boasts a number of beaches and water sports, as well as a flourishing wine industry with over 180 wineries in the state.

Cleveland is also a great place for kids and families. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a hotspot for kids of all ages and frequently offers discounts to Cleveland Clinic employees. Patterson Fruit Farm, located in beautiful Geauga County, offers apple, peach, and strawberry picking, and an annual Family Fun Fest in the fall, at which the Cleveland Clinic House Staff Association link out holds a yearly free event. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is home of the Hershey Children’s Garden and the Glasshouse, which offers daily butterfly releases. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers children’s programs including the famous Polar Express Train.

Cleveland in a Nutshell

This guide, compiled and updated by the Cleveland Clinic House Staff Spouses Association, is a complete reference for everything regarding relocation, including real estate companies, schools, daycare, house hunting, where to live, things to do, etc.

Cleveland Children’s Academy

The Cleveland Children’s Academy is a partner of the Cleveland Clinic and is a top choice of Cleveland Clinic residents for childcare. Located adjacent to the Main Campus, the Children’s Academy offers daycare from 6am to 7:30pm, M-F, for children aged 6 weeks to Interactive Kindergarten (5-6 y/o). As this is a popular choice for residents, spaces fill up quickly and there is usually a fairly long waitlist.

Cleveland Clinic House Staff Association

House Staff Association
The House Staff Association (HSA) represents the resident body of Cleveland Clinic trainees and works to promote well-being, interests and education of Cleveland Clinic residents. For more information, contact hsa@ccf.org.

House Staff Spouse Association
The House Staff Spouse Association (HSSA) sponsors many family-friendly events throughout the year at significantly reduced cost. It is also a great resource for spouses and resident parents. Click here for access to the latest issues of the Stethoscoop, the monthly newsletter of the HSSA.


Where Do Our Residents Go From Here

2019

  • Cleveland Clinic, Child Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, Child Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic, Child Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Kaiser Permanente, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Meridian Psychiatric Partners, Staff Psychiatrist
  • University of California San Francisco, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Staff Psychiatrist

2018

  • Cleveland Clinic Akron, Staff Physician
  • Cleveland Clinic, Consultation Liaison Fellowship
  • Northcoast Behavioral Health, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Private Practice, Psychiatrist
  • University Hospitals, Consultation Liaison Fellowship

2017

  • Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Ohio State University, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Massachusetts General, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Yale, Fellowship in Geriatrics
  • Yale, Fellowship in Addiction
  • Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Tuft’s University, Staff Psychiatrist
  • VA – Harrisonburg, VA, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Non-academic Hospital, Staff Psychiatrist

2016

  • Northeastern, Interventional Pain Fellowship (Northeastern)
  • Yale, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Chicago, Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry, CCF Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cleveland Clinic, Fellowship in Sleep
  • UPMC, Fellowship in Forensics
  • Firelands, Inpatient Staff Psychiatrist
  • Cincinnati Children’s, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Living in Cleveland

Living in Cleveland

Cleveland, an ethnically diverse, mid-sized city located on Lake Erie, features a host of cultural attractions, recreational activities, major sporting events and an exploding culinary scene. Cleveland is home to the second largest theater district in the U.S., a park system featuring 23,700 acres in 18 reservations, and is the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland Clinic is located near the University Circle area, which is the cultural epicenter of Cleveland. This area features Severance Hall and the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several other museums, and Case Western Reserve University. Downtown Cleveland, home to all major sports venues and an exploding culinary scene, is approximately two miles from Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.