About Us

About Us

Cleveland Clinic Akron General serves as the southern regional hospital for the Cleveland Clinic and our program is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (CCLCM) and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). We serve as the primary medical student teaching site for Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), University of Toledo College of Medicine and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUH-COM). Our program combines the very best of a busy community hospital with strong academic affiliations.  

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has been in existence since 1956. The department consists of:

  • 2 acute care inpatient psychiatric units with 55 beds and approximately 2,000 admissions each year
  • A Consult Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry service that does 3,500 new evaluations per year
  • A fully supervised Outpatient Resident Clinic with approximately 22,000 visits annually
  • A Chemical Dependency service that sees 1,000 outpatient and group visits per year and
  • 2 intensive outpatient programs that sees over 1,000 per year

The department is currently staffed by 10 psychiatrists, 7 psychologists, 5 advanced practice psychiatric nurses (APRNs), 2 licensed independent social workers (LISWs) and 1 counselor. Additionally, we have 4 additional psychiatrists and 4 additional APRNs to assist with weekend coverage of the acute services.

About our Residency Program
The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Psychiatry Residency Program provides you with an outstanding on-the-job training experience in a rural hospital setting, superb mentorship and individualized education plans that will lay the foundation for the rest of your career. We offer our residents a rewarding and enriching training life to enhance the potential of becoming a skilled psychiatrist.

Highlights of our residency program include:
  • We are part of a world class healthcare system
  • We have dedicated and experienced teaching faculty
  • We have a comprehensive continuum of clinical care including inpatient, outpatient, consultation and liaison, emergency psychiatry, intensive outpatient programs and a chemical dependency program
  • We provide an excellent blend of educational, clinical, research, leadership and advocacy training
  • The trainees have the availability to work with the residents in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery and orthopedics training programs 
  • There is availability to interact with and teach medical students from multiple different medical schools
  • We provide excellent work-life balance during residency training
  • Akron is safe and affordable area to live and raise a family
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Dear Future Cleveland Clinic Akron General Psychiatry Resident,

Thank you for your interest in our newly accredited training program. Our Psychiatry Residency Program provides excellent clinical and academic training in a warm and collegial environment.

Our program meets the requirements as outlined by the ACGME and is designed around the six core competencies and the psychotherapy competencies. The didactic curriculum is continuously revised to provide the latest in neuropsychiatry, psychotherapeutic interventions and socio-cultural topics in psychiatry.

The program provides opportunities to advance the resident’s knowledge of the basic principles of research including research design and methodology and how it is applied to patient care. Residents participate in scholarly activities which include, but are not limited to, original research, poster presentations, presenting a literature review in Journal Club and a clinical case for Grand Rounds. Residents provide lectures for the medical students, their peers and other health care staff. Residents are also encouraged to attend regional and national professional meetings and conferences.

At the completion of his/ her training, each resident physician will possess sound clinical judgment, requisite skills and a high order of knowledge about psychiatric disorders, in general, as well as medical and neurological disorders which relate to the practice of psychiatry. Cleveland Clinic Akron General provides a rich clinical training environment and dedicated teaching faculty to make this goal possible.

We are proud of the services we provide and the changes we make in people's lives. We believe that it is our commitment to compassionate and competent patient care and our dedication to excellence in resident education that makes Cleveland Clinic Akron General Psychiatry Residency Program a premier academic experience in the midst of a model medical community.


Michel Farivar, MD

Michel Farivar, MD
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Shivnaveen Bains, MD

Shivnaveen Bains, MD
Program Director

Krystal Fisher
Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Training Overview

Intern Crash Course

All PGY-1 residents will participate in a “crash course” for Psychiatry. These didactic sessions will cover the essential information to familiarize the first year resident with Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Included in this training experience will be: 

  • Interview skills
  • Mental status exam
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Documentation
  • Professionalism
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Dementia/Delirium
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Introduction to Psychopharmacology
  • ECT

Clinical Rotations

PGY – 1 Year:

  • 6 months Inpatient Psychiatry
  • 4 months Medicine Rotations – Inpatient Family Medicine, Outpatient Family Medicine, Outpatient Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine
  • 2 months Neurology

PGY – 2 Year:

  • 3 months Consult Liaison
  • 3 months Inpatient Psychiatry
  • 1 month Addiction Medicine
  • 1 month ED Psychiatry
  • 2 months Child and Adolescent Psychiatry*
  • 1 month Community Psychiatry**
  • 1 month Forensics***

*Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will be at Akron Children's Hospital.

Akron Children's Hospital is ranked among the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. And to ensure families have convenient access to our pediatric care, we have 2 hospitals in northeast Ohio and 50 urgent, primary and specialty care locations. We also partner with other health systems to bring our neonatal and pediatric expertise to patients in their community hospitals.

With more than a million patient visits a year, we’ve been leading the way to healthier futures for children through quality patient care, education, advocacy, community service and medical discovery since 1890.

**Community Psychiatry will be at Portage Path Behavioral Health.

Since 1971, Portage Path has been a nonprofit community mental health center that helps area residents, regardless of their ability to pay, recover from mental illness and related substance use issues.  High quality services are partially paid for through insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or under contract with the county of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board – Summit County ADM Board. Enhanced services and innovation are funded through private donations from individuals, companies, and foundations who care about the community.

***Forensics will be at Northcoast Behavioral Health.

PGY – 3 Year

  • 12 months Adult Outpatient Psychiatry

PGY – 4 Year

  • 3 months Consult Liaison – Jr. Attending
  • 3 months Inpatient Psychiatry – Jr. Attending
  • 6 months Electives

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Psychiatry Resident On-Call

PGY – 1

  • Sat/Sun/Holidays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (12 hours): inpatient teaching service admissions, follow-ups and discharges covered (Total 12 patients)
  • The same intern is scheduled to cover both Sat and Sun (and a holiday if that holiday falls within 2 days of the weekend they are already covering)
  • Current inpatients will be covered solely by the intern during their call while medical floor consults will be covered by the PGY-2 Resident.
  • Expectation that Resident may have to stay 1 additional hour post-call to finish with patient care and documentation

PGY – 2
  • Sat from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday (24 hours): ED and CL service (Total 18 patients)
  • Sunday/Holidays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (15 hours): ED and CL (Total 12 patients)
  • Expectation that Resident may have to stay 1 additional hour post-call to finish with patient care and documentation

PGY – 3
  • Fri from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday (15 hours): services (teaching inpatient service and ED) covered (Total 14 patients)
  • Expectation that Resident may have to stay 1 additional hour post-call to finish with patient care and documentation

Education/Didactic Curriculum
  • Orientation to the Department of Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic Akron General 
  • Medical and Psychiatric Practice Requirements
  • Medical Note Writing Skills
  • Psychiatric Interview Skills
  • Introduction to Psychopharmacology
  • Introduction to the DSM-5
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • PRITE and Board Review
  • Introduction to Consultation Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry
  • Introduction to Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP)
  • Introduction to Community Psychiatry
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry
  • Introduction to Addiction Psychiatry
  • Introduction to Sleep Medicine
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Advanced Psychotherapy Skills
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Neurology for Psychiatrists
  • Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Introduction to a Career and Leadership in Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Genetics

Critical Appraisal Skills

In this seminar series, the residents will be taught skills to critically appraise journal articles to learn the correct information from these articles. Articles from leading journals will be picked by the instructors and provided to the residents 2 weeks in advance so that the residents have sufficient time to review these articles. Then the instructor will critically appraise the same article with residents in the teaching session.

Cinema and Psychiatry

The residents will watch movies from different countries that have a psychiatry or psychology related themes. They will critically appraise these movies and discuss their perspective on these movies to learn about psychiatry and psychology in different cultures.

Introduction to Research Methods

This is a seminar series where the residents will become familiar with research methods in psychiatry. They will also be taught about biostatistics. Residents will be expected to participate in quality improvement (QI) projects, writing research/review papers and developing scientific presentations for both podium and poster presentations.

Grand Rounds

The grand rounds series is the highlight of our department’s academic calendar. Nationally renowned speakers are invited to present lectures on special topics based on their areas of expertise. Residents are invited to meet with the speaker for 1.5 hours after the session to discuss their questions on the presented topic. 

Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Non-Physician Teaching Faculty



Applications to the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Psychiatry Residency Program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. For more information, visit the ERAS website. Specific questions about the program can be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Application requirements:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation. Two letters from psychiatrists within 1-year prior to the start date of residency. One letter must be from a psychiatrist within the United States showing experience/exposure to a US healthcare system.
  • Personal Statement
  • Minimum score of 220 on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2
  • Minimum score of 500 on COMLEX
  • Passing score on USMLE Step 1 and 2 or COMLEX by the second attempt
  • Recommended no more than 3-years post medical school graduation
    ECFMG certification (if applicable)
  • International Applicants: Required to have a minimum of 3-months of US clinical experience in Psychiatry

Application deadline is December 1st of the year prior to start. We interview candidates on Wednesdays, November through January of the year prior to start.

For questions, contact Krystal Fisher, Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

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Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

Residents are required to participate in scholarly activity. This may include research or a presentation at a regional or national meeting – or a publication of a book chapter. In addition, each resident must complete a quality improvement (QI)/patient safety project. Residents will be expected to present at prestigious meetings such as the American Psychiatry Association (AMA), American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the Academy of Consult-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP).

Residents will be also be required to present Grand Rounds.

For more information about resident research in Psychiatry, please contact:

Estee George, PhD
Research Faculty
[email protected]