department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many PGY-1 positions are available?
A: There are 8 PGY-1 positions each year.
Q: Where do Temple’s interns come from?
A: Our residents come from all over the country and the world.
Q: By what criteria are house staff selected?
A: We look for applicants who value professionalism and teamwork, and who have a strong academic record, a wide range of interests, excellent academic potential, and a commitment to the field of psychiatry.
Q: What is the salary?
A: Next year’s salary has not been announced. The current salary information can be found at here.
Q: How many clinical training sites are there?
A: There are two main training sites: Temple University Hospital and Episcopal Hospital. There are various additional opportunities to work in other hospitals and facilities across the region as part of electives or away rotations.
Q: How often will I be on call my first year?
A: We use a night float schedule during intern year. Each intern is on for 3 non-consecutive months with another intern. 9 months of each intern year is free from call responsibilities. In 2nd year, the call is every 10th night, and in 3rd year, every 20th night. The PGY4 year is free of call.
Q: What is the department's approach to work hour reform?
A: We have a no-tolerance policy regarding work hour violations. Any duty violations are reported immediately and are acted upon to ensure that problems do not recur. We use New Innovations to log duty hours and vacation time.
Q: Are meals provided?
A: Money for meals is provided for when you are on call. Additionally, there is a resident suite that contains call rooms, computers, snacks and beverages.
Q: Are white coats available?
A: The Department provides a long white coat to all house staff. You can request a new one every year.
Q: Are scrubs available?
A: You can get a set of Temple scrubs from the main hospital, but it is recommended to have more than one.
Q: Are lockers available?
A: Yes, they are in the resident suite. Locks are not provided.
Q: Is there a mentoring program?
A: Yes, interns are assigned to upper year resident as a source of information where they can ask common residency questions and voice concerns.
Q: What is the patient mix?
A: Situated in North Philadelphia, Temple cares for a large number of the poor population in the city. However, due to the many referrals to the hospital from around the region, the overall patient mix is diverse and provides a great variety of experiences.
Q: Where will I practice outpatient psychiatry?
A: House staff practice at the Episcopal Hospital campus located at 100 E. Lehigh Avenue on the 1st floor of the Medical Arts Building. You will practice daily in your third year for 12 continuous months. The practice has several dedicated faculty members to develop and oversee the educational experience.
Q: Is there a “scholarly requirement”?
A: Yes, you are required to do a scholarly activity before you graduate. Scholarship is broadly defined and includes reviews of clinical topics, original work resulting in abstracts or manuscripts, laboratory experience, grand rounds presentation, and community service. Most Temple residents participate in some form of scholarly activity many become published or present at national meetings. For a list of the recent activity, look at our resident special recognitions section.
Q: Are there research electives?
A: Yes. Research electives are available to all trainees within the four year program that allows pursuit of a research interest. We also offer an optional research track.
Q: How does the house staff get to know each other?
A: There are many gatherings supported by the program, as well as informal happy hours and special social events throughout the year.
Q: What do people do for fun?
A: Philadelphia is an awesome city! The summers are beautiful, spring and fall are cozy, and the winters are milder than your average Northeast/Midwest city. There are plenty of tours, historic sites, parks, sporting events, bars, concerts, restaurants and museums to explore. Beaches and other cities are nearby in case you want to make a quick weekend trip.
Q: What do most of your residents do after completing the program?
A: A large portion of our residents go on to train in a subspecialty fellowship. Many others are very well prepared and go on to careers in General Psychiatry. To learn more about our residents' post-residency plans, please visit our alumni page.