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Resident Life


About Philadelphia




elfreths_alleyPennsylvania dates back to 1682 when William Penn crossed the Atlantic Ocean and started planning the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia).  Subsequently, Philadelphia served as the Nation's capital from 1790 to 1800, shortly after the 13 colonies gained their independence from Great Britain.  Philadelphia houses many historic landmarks, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Betsy Ross House, Declaration House, Congress Hall, Belmont Mansion, etc.  A wide variety of tours are offered to explore the many aspects of historic Philadelphia.


Presently, the metropolitan area's population is slightly over 5 million people, with the majority living in Philadelphia County.  Other surrounding areas include Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties in New Jersey.


Social Life


Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphia is a large metropolitan area with many opportunities to engage in arts and culture, historical exploration, shopping, fine dining, or simply getting together for a drink at the bar.  Philadelphia is the home to the American College of Physicians and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, as well as to a magnitude of historic landmarks.  Downtown Philadelphia, as well as many surrounding areas of the city and suburbs, offer a wide variety of restaurants to please any palate.  For those golden weekends, Atlantic City, New Jersey, the shoreline, and New York City are under two hours away.



Life as a Resident


Resident Retreat


Every year the Psychiatry Residency Program holds biannual retreats when residency issues are discussed.  All residents are expected to attend and voice their opinions on their satisfaction with the program, clinical rotations, call matters, didactics, supervision, administration, etc.  The synopsis of the concerns is composed and the chiefs discuss each topic with the administration.  Areas of concerns are addressed and appropriate changes are made to the program curriculum in order to improve residents' education.  The evening prior to the retreat is a social event where residents as a group get the opportunity to unwind in a relaxed environment (food and drinks are provided).


Other Activities


Over the years, residents have used their interests and creativity to create various “clubs” to expand the social dynamic of the program. Recent activities include a monthly “Dinner Club,” which mines the rich vein of Philadelphia’s restaurant culture to find reasonably-priced, excellent ethnic restaurants for an evening out; an annual ski trip; and a biweekly Crisis Center happy hour, to which all staff are invited. In addition, the outpatient department hosts a monthly “Group Supervision,” an informal and collegial event, where a third-year resident presents a case over dinner at the home of a resident or attending. The highlights of our year are the Departmental holiday party in December and the resident graduation party in June, which are attended by residents, faculty, staff and alumni.






Two residents are on duty every night, an intern and an upper year. The upper year is on call while the intern is working according to the night float schedule. The intern’s primary responsibility is to address concerns of patients on the inpatient units and to do admissions. The upper year on-call runs the Crisis Response Center (CRC). There is an attending on call to address any questions or concerns which the residents might have, and moonlighters who see patients in the CRC. Sub-interns also take overnight call and usually help out in the CRC. Our call room has three separate rooms which are equipped with on-call necessities such as beds, desks, computers, phones, reference books. We also have a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, snacks and drinks stocked by the cafeteria, microwave ovens, coffee machine, etc.




About Temple


Temple University


Temple UniversityTemple College was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell and became a University in 1907. Temple University is a comprehensive public university enrolling over 36,000 students in 300+ programs across 8 campuses. Currently more than $500 million is invested in renovating the main campus in Philadelphia. The student body, much like the urban environment of the city, is composed of diverse and enthusiastic individuals from all backgrounds and areas of the world. To learn more about Temple University, please visit www.temple.edu and www.collegeportraits.org/PA/TU.


Temple University School of Medicine


Temple University School of MedicineTemple University School of Medicine is one of five medical schools in the Philadelphia area. Founded in 1901, it was the first co-ed medical school in Philadelphia. The Office of the Dean, as well as clinical and basic science departments, are dedicated to providing excellent education, ample research opportunities, and outstanding healthcare. For the Class of 2011, the applicant pool consisted of nearly 10,000 and approximately 180 students entered the class, 55% of which are Pennsylvania residents, with the remaining 45% representing 20 different states.

The new medical school building opened its doors in May 2009, providing state-of-the-art facilities for all aspects of medical education. The 11-story, 480,000 square foot building houses a 50,000 square foot library, flexible biomedical research laboratory space for many basic and clinical research groups, clinical skills and robotic simulation center, and ample space for learning to take place in any form. The new medical school building was designed by Ballinger Architecture Engineering, whose portfolio includes Johns Hopkins University, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hospital, Brown University, University of Maryland, and The Wistar Institute, to name a few.


Temple University Health System


Temple University HospitalTemple University Health System is comprised of multiple sites which offer its residents a comprehensive training experience in virtually any area of medicine. The primary training site is Temple University Hospital located on the Health Sciences Campus, directly across the street from the School of Medicine. It is a 721-bed hospital which offers inpatient, outpatient, and tertiary services to Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Other sites of the health system include Jeanes Hospital, Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center, TUH Episcopal Campus, and Esther Boyer Pavilion for outpatient pediatric care.


Episcopal Campus and the Department of Psychiatry


Episcopal ChapelTUH Episcopal Campus is located 1.5 miles southeast of the Health Sciences Campus and houses the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as a fully-staffed Emergency Department and a variety of outpatient services (primary care and subspecialties). The Department of Psychiatry includes the outpatient clinics (adult as well as child and adolescent), crisis response center, three acute inpatient units, and two extended acute units on site. The faculty offices are also located at the Episcopal campus, allowing residents to freely interact with the department. The Consultation and Liaison service is located at the Health Sciences Campus and provides services to patients at Temple University Hospital.