Letter from the Program Director

Michelle Durham, MD, MPH Psychiatry Residency Program Director

The Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency is uniquely structured to provide training that combines clinical excellence and academic scholarship with the goal of providing a solid education in all areas of psychiatric practice, ranging from advocacy to psychopharmacology to psychodynamic psychotherapy. Our residents have exposure to a wide ranging clinical population and are supervised by our productive and talented faculty. These include public health researchers, clinical researchers and clinician-educators, all of whom are actively engaged in the educational process and a critical part of our training  environment. In addition to the clinical and academic experiences required by the ACGME, our residents are able to contribute to a wide variety of research projects with mentors who can assist them in the pursuit of their research and scholarly interests. We encourage all of our residents to participate in at least one scholarly project during training, and for those with additional interest, there is ample opportunity to get more involved in scholarly work.

The Residency Program is sponsored by the Boston University School of Medicine and our primary academic teaching institutions, Boston Medical Center (BMC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston and Bedford. Boston Medical Center is a 496-bed academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End, providing medical care for infants, children, teens and adults. BMC was created by the formal merger of Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center Hospital in 1996. BMC remains one of the rare, successful public-private hospital mergers in the United States and is the largest safety net hospital in New England. We are very proud of our mission, which is to serve all patients regardless of age, cultural group or socioeconomic background; including low-income families, elders, people with disabilities, those who struggle with substance use, minorities and immigrants.

Through our association with the Bedford and Boston VA Hospital systems, our residents have access to one of the largest VA systems in the country.  The National Center for PTSD is the largest funded VA research program in the USA. The VA is a leader in addiction research and training and has other specialized areas including substance abuse treatment, schizophrenia, women’s health, geriatric care, integrated behavioral health in primary care.

Another distinct aspect of our training program is Global Mental Health and Refugee Mental Health. We have a unique partnership with the MGH Chester Pierce Global Psychiatry Program and our own Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities.  This partnership allows us to strengthen the global delivery of quality psychiatric care through bi-directional research, training, technical assistance and service delivery with international global partners. This partnership enables residents to participate in research, teaching, as well as travel to our partner countries. Our residents are uniquely positioned to enhance their understanding of patients globally which can inform the care of our patients locally.

Our program is committed to developing leaders in social justice, advocacy, research and clinical care while servicing patients from all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures in a supportive environment that is dedicated to teaching, mentorship and scholarship. We are privileged to educate the next generation of psychiatrists and if you decide to interview at our Program, we look forward to talking with you in person!


Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, Residency Training Director