School of Medicine

Psychiatry

Welcome from the Chiefs

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our residency program. As current chief residents, we would like to share with you some of the many things we love about our program.

This program is dedicated to resident education, with considerable flexibility, dedicated tracks, and all efforts directed towards providing our residents the best possible training to fulfill their unique career goals. One of the primary ways we show our commitment to education  is with full-day protected didactics. The training team and faculty are committed to ensuring the content is worthwhile, participatory, and evidence-based. This makes for great learning and gives residents a weekly opportunity to connect with each other. One of the highlights of didactics day is our resident meeting. All residents meet together to provide program updates, valued input, and individualized “shout-outs” to our colleagues for the wonderful people and psychiatrists they are. We enjoy each other and there is never a shortage of laughter!

Although Salt Lake City is a mid-size city, there is nothing mid-size about the variety of entertainment and activities we all enjoy. (Things To Do In Salt Lake City). It is easy to slip away to some of the most restorative places you can imagine. There are seven ski resorts within a 45-minute drive in addition to innumerable hiking, biking, and other nature trails! It can be stressful to navigate residency, so there’s something to be said for going to a program that offers an otherwise manageable existence. While there are plenty of rural opportunities, our core rotations are located at close-proximity sites within Salt Lake City itself, and many residents live affordably within a 15-minute commute to work. Moonlighting positions for more autonomous paid experiences become available in the second year and moonlighting is abundant, including several internal opportunities, with planned expansion in the years ahead.

We are grateful that we are training in a residency program that expects proficiency across diverse clinical settings. This has proven especially important as each of us plan on pursuing different career paths. Some of these have included: caring for patients in a thriving treatment-resistant mood disorder clinic using ECT, ketamine, and TMS; diagnosing and treating neuropsychiatric ‘zebras’ in a university-affiliated medical center; managing veterans and civilians with serious and persistent mental illness in their homes and communities including administering injectable antipsychotics in order to increase access to care; researching the genetics of suicidality and neuromodulation techniques for mood and substance use disorders; developing a rural psychiatric residency program; treating refugees in a specialized clinic, and others. What’s more, all three of us have been able to create our own electives with full backing from the program.

These are just a few highlights. Our greatest pride lies in the residents themselves, a group of driven, kind, diverse people who are dedicated to becoming exceptional psychiatric clinicians.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of us for any reason. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you during the interview season.

Sincerely,
Rana, Eric, and Julian

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Rana Jawish, MD
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Eric Monson, MD
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Julian Thorne, MD
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PGY-4 General Psychiatry Co-Chiefs