Psychiatry Residency and Geriatric Fellowship Programs Awarded 5-Year Accreditation

Adi Virmani MD, Greg Gunyan DO, Andrew Francis MD, PhD

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) notified the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science that the residency program in General Psychiatry and the fellowship program in Geriatric Psychiatry have been re-accredited for five years, the maximum term granted by the Council. A detailed accreditation report is due from the Council within 60 days.

The Council’s decision to grant re-accreditation was based on information submitted by the department and a site survey conducted last spring. Residency Program Director Michael Schwartz MD attributes the success the residency program to the quality of the department’s faculty and their commitment to the program. “We could not achieve this level of excellence without a real team effort on the part of the faculty,” Dr. Schwartz said, citing also the outstanding work of Residency Coordinator Jane Pometti.

Department Chair Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD credits Dr. Schwartz and Lori Bright-Long MD, Director of the Geriatric Fellowship program, with creating programs in which the residents and fellows are able to develop personal relationships with the faculty and one another. “Our residents and fellows become part of a community,” Dr. Parsey said. “I am deeply grateful to Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Bright-Long for making the training program such a success.”