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The Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency Program at Atrium Health provides residents with exceptional resources to prepare them for today’s mental health care needs. Our faculty is committed to training residents in treating the whole person and promoting wellness in all its forms. The program’s team of behavioral health professionals will guide residents in supporting patients with this level of heart and expertise. In addition, the program is one of the few facilities in the country that sees 20,000 psychiatric visits per year as well as 10,000 via telesite and is active in Alzheimer's disease research and promising treatment options, including drug trials.

Through our program education, residents will focus on the following:

  • Assist in formalizing patient treatment plans
  • Train in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization settings
  • Work side-by-side with collaborative, renowned faculty
  • Participate in formal didactics
  • Present cases for peers and faculty
  • Work side-by-side with renowned experts in our field
  • Have exposure to a diverse patient population
  • Rotate in a variety of clinical specialties in psychiatry

Where You Will Train

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Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Residents will train at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, including Atrium Health’s free-standing, dedicated psychiatric emergency room, the only one of its kind in the Charlotte region. This ER is for children, adolescents and adults experiencing a mental health crisis and is located at Atrium Health Behavioral Health, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center. Our residents also work closely with medical students as we are the primary site for The University of North Carolina School of Medicine - Charlotte campus.

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Meet the Faculty


With a nationally and internationally-renowned team of physicians in psychiatry who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the program. See the full list of physicians and their specialties here.


Program Curriculum


Our residents train in an environment of self-motivated, inclusive professionals who are committed to providing exceptional behavioral health care to all of their patients. In the program, residents will train with faculty in a wide range of behavioral health presentations with the goal of treating patients with empathy and modern psychiatry techniques. Residents may also participate in educating our communities about mental illness and substance use disorders, encouraging early mental health screenings and wellness. Clinically, our residents benefit from training in a large healthcare system and have unique experiences in the following:

  • Telepsychiatry
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • First Break Psychosis Program
  • Assertive Community Treatment Team
  • Private Practice
  • Brain Stimulation (ECT/TMS)
  • Addiction with Waiver Training
  • Behavioral Health Residential Program

Partial hospitalization for behavioral health can be a "bridge" between inpatient and outpatient care. Residents will learn how to care for patients that need care for mental illness or a substance use disorder that may be more intensive than intermittent therapy but less intensive than the 24-hour care the patient would receive staying in the hospital.

Residents may train with patients who are experiencing a crisis related to mental illness or substance use disorder and may need to be admitted to a hospital for around-the-clock care.

Residents may select from the following electives during their time in the program:

  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Research
  • Hospital Administration
  • Rural Psychiatry

Residents will have a variety of experiences in each of their years in the program, where they will rotate through several Atrium Health facilities in the Charlotte region.

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In addition to the many educational and career benefits of the Psychiatry Program, residents will receive financial benefits as well.

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Application Criteria


The following is a list of requirements for our program:

  • Completed Application through ERAS
  • National Resident Match Program (NRMP) number
  • Personal Statement
  • Three current letters of recommendation (within the year)
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts - (must pass Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS on first attempt)
  • USA Citizenship, Permanent Resident status or J-1 or H1B Visa only
  • 6 months of U.S. clinical experience
  • ECFMG certificate (IMGs only)
  • Supplemental application

Our recruitment committee will evaluate each completed application.

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