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department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Frequently Asked Questions


Psychiatry arm patchQ: How many PGY-1 positions are available?
A: There are 8 PGYI positions each year.


Q: Where do Temple’s interns come from?
A: Our interns come from all over the country.


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 PGY-1 salary can be found at www.temple.edu/medicine/education/residencies_stipends.htm.


Q: How many clinical training sites are there?
A: Two: 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: Interns are on call approximately every 6th night for the entire year.


Q: What is the department's approach to work hour reform?
A: We have a no-tolerance policy regarding work hour violations. Any duty hour violations that are reported are acted upon to ensure that problems do not recur. We ensure interns do not stay for more than 26 continuous hours.


Q: Are meals provided?
A: Money for meals is provided for when you are on call.


Q: Are white coats available?
A: The Department provides a long white coat to all house staff.


Q: Are scrubs available?
A: Yes.


Q: Are lockers available?
A: Yes.


Q: Is there a mentoring program?
A: Yes, interns are assigned to key selected faculty based upon your past experiences and career goals.


Q: What is the patient mix?
A: Situated in North Philadelphia, Temple cares for a large number of the poor population of 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: No, though all residents are offered the opportunity and are strongly encouraged to complete a scholarly project prior to the conclusion of the third year. Scholarship is broadly defined and includes reviews of clinical topics, original work resulting in abstracts or manuscripts, laboratory experience and community service. In all, many of Temple residents participate in one way or another and 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.


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 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 see our alumni page.




  • Outstanding breadth of clinical training
  • Providing care for a medically needy population
  • Extensive career counseling
  • Many research opportunities
  • Excellent fellowship match results
  • Diverse and close knit house staff from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Location in Philadelphia – voted the “Next Great City” by National Geographic! Compared with other east coast cities, Philadelphia is well located and much more affordable.