The psychiatry residency at CAMC/WVU is designed to train clinically competent general psychiatrists who are well prepared for the challenges of psychiatry in either private, public, or academic sectors.

Comprehensive Clinical Training

The fully accredited psychiatry residency program combines university and community resources to train psychiatric physicians. The program is a joint effort between Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University Charleston Division.

This arrangement offers a diverse patient population and the opportunity to train in a tertiary center, which also functions as a community hospital. We offer training in general psychiatry (4 years), and combined internal medicine/psychiatry (5 years).

You will receive frequent informal feedback as you progress through the residency via rounds and supervision with faculty, but a very structured evaluation process also takes place which includes evaluations for each rotation, semi-annual evaluations to assess your overall performance in the previous six months, the annual written Psychiatry Residents in Training Exam (PRITE), and clinical exams ("Mock Boards") to prepare you for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification Exam at the completion of training. This formal evaluation process goes both ways as residents are asked to evaluate faculty, rotations, and courses to help maintain a high quality training experience. Graduates of our program enjoy a high pass rate on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification exam, a final measure of training quality.  For more information on ABPN, please go to www.abpn.com.

The affiliation of the Charleston Area Medical Center and the West Virginia University School of Medicine gives you the opportunity to train in a setting that has the advantages of an academic medical center blended with the diverse patient population of a large community hospital. One-third of WVU medical students complete their clinical rotations at Charleston Area Medical Center. In addition to working with and teaching medical students, you will share the training experience with residents from other fully accredited residencies at CAMC, interns from our fully accredited clinical psychology internship, as well as social work interns, nursing students, and other health sciences students.

Education and Research

This broad array of faculty and students creates wonderful cross fertilization opportunities in clinical service, training, and research. As a large clinical campus we enjoy the administrative, research, and library services of a university medical center. All ancillary services are provided so "scut" work is minimized, leaving you more time to learn. Night call averages every seventh night over the residency and is not more than every fourth night on any rotation.

Community and Culture

Recreational activities are plentiful with white water rafting, snow skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and camping for outdoor enthusiasts, not to mention several golf courses, tennis facilities, professional baseball, and a new ice skating facility. Cultural opportunities in Charleston include the WV State Symphony, Mountain Stage, local theatre, and national touring performances. Many of these are housed in the Clay Arts Center, across the street from CAMC General Hospital.

Our residency program and the city of Charleston offer a perfect balance of academic excellence and recreational activities. Visit with us and explore the exciting possibilities waiting for you in wild and wonderful West Virginia.

Salary and Benefits 

CAMC offers a comprehensive salary and benefit package for residents and fellows. 

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How to Apply

Learn more about our application process for the Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry Residency.

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CAMC Staff Handbook

House Staff Handbook for CAMC interns, residents and fellows. 

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