General Psychiatry Residency
The General Psychiatry Residency at MMC is certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for four years of postgraduate training. We are part of an excellent tertiary care hospital with over 200 house officers in 20 residency and fellowship programs, including a child psychiatry fellowship solidly integrated into the hospital setting. The Department of Psychiatry is part of a system of care that is delivered not only at MMC but also at Spring Harbor Hospital, a state-of-the-art 100-bed psychiatric hospital 4.5 miles from MMC.
The MMC has an academic affiliation with Tufts University School of Medicine and offers the best aspects of patient care and academic stimulation. Residents are involved in teaching medical students from Tufts and from the nearby University of New England. Residents are also actively involved in department governance and decision-making, participating in department retreats and quality improvement projects, and having formal representation on departmental committees.
We are very interested in furthering the practice of psychiatry within New England - particularly in Maine. We have special options for rural psychiatry rotations while offering community-based training experiences in Portland. We are proud of our program and take great pleasure in the success of our graduating residents.
Welcome to the MMC General Psychiatry residency program website. Our program combines the intellectual and physical resources of an academic teaching hospital with the patient base and public health commitment of a large community hospital and community mental health center. We see a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses in multiple settings. We are fortunate to have a medical-psychiatry inpatient unit, one of only 48 in the country, and a busy consultation-liaison service which offers excellent training experience in the problems of the medically ill with psychiatric problems, and geriatric psychiatry.
Our residents also have inpatient experiences at Spring Harbor Hospital (SHH), our free-standing psychiatry hospital, in adult psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, and a nationally recognized Developmental Disorders unit. The latter two experiences provide our general residents with exposure to our child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.
Outpatient training is equally rich with our residents learning in Portland’s outpatient VA clinic, providing consultation to their IM, FM and OB-GYN colleagues in their primary care clinics, and functioning as the leaders in developing mental healthcare delivery at MMC’s new homeless clinic. These experiences buttress residents’ primary outpatient learning in MMC’s adult outpatient clinic, which serves essentially as a community mental health center. It is here that our residents become expert not only in diagnosing mental illness, and employing the latest psychopharmacologic treatments, but also become facile with effective psychotherapeutic techniques. Residents will learn CBT, group, supportive, and DBT techniques, but will also receive superb training in Family Therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, including one of the nation’s strongest exposures to mentalization based treatment (MBT).
Our training faculty is dedicated to excellent teaching and clinical care, and bring a range of experiences and knowledge from across the country. Many of our graduates go on to nationally-ranked fellowship programs in child psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, forensics, psychodynamic therapy, and geriatric psychiatry. All graduates are prepared for careers in the broad spectrum of psychiatry, including community-based practice, hospital practice, academics, and research.
Daniel Grant Price, M.D.
Program Director, Psychiatry Residency
One out of our five general psychiatry residency slots is designated as a five-year General Psychiatry/Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Integrated (Integrated Track) training slot. Interested applicants should designate in their application that they are interested in applying for the General Psychiatry Residency, the Integrated Track position, or both programs.
The first three years of the training program are similar to the General Psychiatry program, although the resident may substitute some or all of their 4 months of Family Medicine or Internal Medicine with Pediatrics in the PGY-1. All general psychiatry residents have the opportunity to rotate on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit in the PGY-1 year and on the Developmental Disorders Unit at Spring Harbor Hospital in the PGY-2. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry mentors and supervisors are identified early in training, connecting the resident to both training programs. There are many shared learning opportunities that exist, including a shared summer didactic series for PGY-3 residents and child fellows, and a year-long Family Therapy Seminar during the academic year. After completion of the first 3 years of residency in good standing, the resident transitions for their PGY-4 and PGY-5 into the child fellowship program.
This program appeals to applicants who already know that they wish to pursue child training and offers the advantage of not having to apply, interview, and go through two separate Match processes. Many of our residents are eager to put down roots in greater Portland, and appreciate the comfort of knowing where they will be for their five years of training.
We also recognize that many incoming residents do not know whether or not they would like to pursue fellowship training, and we offer ample opportunities for exploration and mentorship during the residency. In addition to the integrated training slot, residents in good standing are encouraged to apply for the child fellowship to enter as a PGY-4 or PGY-5 and would go through the ERAS Match process to do so.
For The Match you may rank the Integrated Track in the Match using a unique NRMP Program Code: 1236400C1. You may rank our Integrated Track alone, or rank the General Psychiatry Residency alone (using the NRMP Program Code 1236400C0), or rank both programs.
Our residents hail from many different undergraduate institutions, including:
- Smith College
- University of Denver
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Bridgewater State College
- Carthage College
- Princeton University
- University of Maine
- University of New England
- Harvard College
- University of New Hampshire
- Simmons College
- University of Dallas
- Berklee College of Music
- Bowdoin College
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Southern Adventist University
- Allegheny College
- Colby College
Their medical degrees have been conferred by a number of different institutions, including:
- Tufts University School of Medicine
- University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- Albany Medical College
- University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio
- Wright State University
- University of Vermont
- Weill Cornell Medical College
- Loma Linda University
- University of Michigan
- University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine
Our residents have elected to train at Maine Medical Center for diverse reasons, including:
- “The supportive and collaborative learning environment”
- “A Boston-quality program in my home state”
- “Friendly coworkers and supervisors and location”
- “Diversity of clinical experience and psychotherapy focus in a small, scenic and livable city”
- “The climate, the ocean and the collegiality of the hospital and residency”
- “Excellent faculty and staff to work with who display genuine interest in the well-being of both patients and those who care for them.”
- “A small program with a supportive learning environment”
- “The 3 P's: People, Portland, and P6”
- “The emphasis placed on education and life-long learning, the integration of psychotherapy modalities and the variety of clinical experiences”
- “Great mentorship, diverse psychiatric pathology, the inpatient developmental disorders unit, and a child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship”
- “To give back to Maine”
- “Friendly and supportive faculty and staff”
- “Focus on psychotherapy training”
- “The residency atmosphere”
- “The balance of education and clinical duties plus the wonderful people”
- “To be close to family”