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 Susan Gray, MD

Message from our Program Director

Susan Gray, MD
Director of Residency Education

Welcome to the Sandra and Leon Levine Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at Atrium Health - Carolinas Medical Center!

Our training environment is a special and unique place.  As one of our residents said, we can go toe-to-toe with any of the legacy programs in the southeast when it comes to number of beds, number of training sites, diversity of patient population and overall breadth of training experience.  But we are different.  We have a big medical system in which to train, but we are a small intimate program, only accepting a few residents a year.  We can give each resident individual attention, making sure that everyone is thriving and living up to the fullness of their potential.  If you are someone who enjoys working one-on-one with an attending or being in a small seminar for didactic learning, but also wants to have a vast range of clinical experience, then we are the program for you.

We are also different because we are not a long-time established program.  While we are graduating our first class this year, we are still open to innovation and change.  Our program offers an excellent opportunity to lead and participate in the creation of a program invested in the community.  We are fortunate to attract residents and faculty who believe in our mission and the mission of Atrium Health, “To improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all.”  In turn, our residency culture reflects these values around hope and healing for all people, especially those members of our community that are marginalized.  We are looking for people who are eager to play a role in this emerging culture and understand that their place in the fabric of our medical system is critical, especially in carrying forward these values. 

Additionally, we believe that training isn’t about trying to force physicians into an already established mold of what a psychiatrist should be.  It’s about you becoming the best person you can be and in so doing, becoming the best doctor and psychiatrist you can be. We have all the requisite clinical sites but also unique opportunities in telemedicine, collaborative care and other rotations built around the future of medicine.   We have a large volume of patients to make this happen, but more importantly, we have incredible faculty at each of those sites who are invested in training their future colleagues.  Please join us in this rich academic learning environment and in our work here at Atrium of providing excellent psychiatric care and leadership in the field.

We look forward to meeting all who are interested in our program!


Why Charlotte? Charlotte is an ever-growing city and the largest in North Carolina. It has something for everyone, including family-friendly activities, a bustling nightlife, theatre, and cheering on our Panthers and Hornets (for you sports fanatics). There is easy access to both beach and mountain regions, offering plenty of outdoor adventures.

We are excited for our program’s journey, and we hope to guide your transition into the next phase of training. Our diverse opportunities, enthusiastic faculty and lively city set the stage for an enjoyable and fulfilling residency experience. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you soon!