A Day in the Life of a Yale Psychiatry Resident

Ever wonder what it would be like to train at Yale? Get to know a typical day in life of a Yale resident through our residents' own words.

A Day in the Life of a PGY-1 Resident

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Hi, I'm Alicia, one of the new PGY-1 residents. I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, surrounded by great friends and family. Yale was on my radar before the whole "match process" began. Being a prestigious academic institution with a solid and renowned psychiatry program, conveniently located close to relatives in Connecticut and NYC, it was definitely one of my favorite programs from the beginning.

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A Day in the Life of a PGY-1 Resident

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Hello, my name is Hamilton. I became fascinated with human behavior and mental illness while at Harvard and earned my Bachelor's in psychology. Yale is an amazing program. The psychiatry department is a very large presence on campus and is extremely well respected. The faculty are not only highly talented clinicians and researchers, but incredibly nurturing and gregarious mentors.

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A Day in the Life of a PGY-2/NRTP Resident

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Hi, I’m Youngsun, and I am a second-year psychiatry resident at Yale. Yale offered everything I was looking for in a training program. I wanted experience with a variety of patients and systems of care, and Yale was one of the few programs that had a VA hospital, a state hospital, and a standalone psychiatric hospital as training sites.

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A Day in the Life of a PGY-2 Resident

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Hey everyone! My name is Neil, and I’m a second-year psychiatry resident at Yale. What really grabbed me about Yale was the people I met during my interview. Starting with the tour the night before the interview and dinner at a local sushi joint with the residents, you could tell there was a warmth and kindness that just permeated throughout the department.

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A Day in the Life of a PGY-3 Resident

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Hi, I’m Katie, a third-year resident in adult psychiatry at Yale. I had a good gut feeling about this place from the start of my pre-interview dinner. It felt like a good fit. Applying to residency, I didn’t know if I would want to do a fellowship or what sort of career I would want, but I left my interview feeling confident I’d be exposed to diverse experiences and mentorship at Yale to help me figure that out.

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A Day in the Life of a PGY-3/NRTP Resident

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Hi Everyone! I’m Daniel, one of the third-year psychiatry residents on the research track. I knew about Yale’s excellent reputation for clinical training in psychiatry, and I was acquainted first hand with the cutting-edge research going on in psychiatric genetics. One of the strongest reasons why I chose Yale, however, was because of the people I met when I interviewed.

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A Day in the Life of a PGY-4 Resident

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Hello there! My name is Ayana. I specifically chose Yale because of its commitment to and success in recruiting the brightest, most interesting, diverse group of residents from around the globe. Yale is also committed to academic excellence, which is reflected in the rich didactic curriculum.

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A Day in the Life of a PGY-4 Resident

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During rotations in medical school at Yale, I fell in love with both psychiatry and Yale’s psychiatry department and so I decided to stay at Yale for my residency. One of the greatest things about Yale’s program is that it allows for a good work/life balance.

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