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Unity Health Psychiatry Residency Program

The Unity Health Psychiatry Residency Program is dedicated to helping you become the best physician you can be. Our four-year ACGME-accredited program covers a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings around the Searcy and Newport regions of Arkansas.

We look forward to telling you more about our curriculum, resources and the community we serve.

Program director's welcome letter

Thank you for considering the Unity Health Psychiatry Residency Program to continue your training as a physician. As the largest employer in an eight-county rural area, Unity Health offers residents the opportunity to train with a very diverse patient population.

As program director, I am passionate about providing care to those in underserved areas. But at Unity Health, we're committed to helping you become an excellent psychiatrist, whether you choose to remain in a rural area or practice in a larger urban area.

We offer rotations at a variety of clinic and hospital locations to foster learning. While the Unity Health behavioral health department maintains its ability to function independently of the work our residents perform, all on-site training teaches residents how to provide exceptional mental healthcare and gives them experience with electronic medical record systems. We also provide residents the opportunity to work in collaborative settings with multidisciplinary treatment teams.

While we are a relatively young program, we have already matched our trainees with prestigious fellowships. We are continuing to grow and actively working to start new programming for the community. I hope you will continue exploring our program and will reach out with any questions.

R. Greg Wooten, M.D.
Psychiatry Program Director

Curriculum

Our didactic curriculum includes weekly lectures on PRITE and ABPN board preparation topics along with Journal Club, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment options, and differential diagnostic strategies for mental health disorders.

In your first two years of residency, you'll experience team-based inpatient care for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Also included in the first two years of rotations is time spent with an outpatient neurology clinic and a substance abuse clinic that treats both inpatient and outpatient clients. For your final two years, you'll work in community/outpatient care facilities, perform emergency consult/liaison work and practice forensic psychiatry.

Success in the Unity Health Psychiatry Residency Program also entails administrative responsibilities, research requirements, hospital service and community service opportunities. These experiences all train you to become more competent and proficient in the field of psychiatry.

PGY 1
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 Internal Medicine 95 0 5
2 Site 1 Internal Medicine 95 0 5
3 Site 1 Internal Medicine 95 0 5
4 Site 1 Inpatient Psychiatry 95 0 5
5 Site 1 Inpatient Psychiatry 95 0 5
6 Site 1 Inpatient Psychiatry 95 0 5
7 Site 1 Inpatient Psychiatry 95 0 5
8 Site 1 Inpatient Psychiatry 95 0 5
9 Site 1 Inpatient Psychiatry 95 0 5
10 Site 1 Palliative Care 95 0 5
11 Site 2 Neurology 0 95 5
12 Site 2 Neurology 0 95 5
PGY 2
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 Research 0 10 90
2 Site 1 Research 0 10 90
3 Site 1 Geriatric Behavioral Health 85 10 5
4 Site 1 Geriatric Behavioral Health 85 10 5
5 Site 1 Geriatric Behavioral Health 85 10 5
6 Site 1 Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health/ Research 65 5 30
7 Site 1 Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health/ Research 65 5 30
8 Site 1 Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health/ Research 65 5 30
9 Site 3 Substance Abuse / Addiction Behavioral Health 85 10 5
10 Site 3 Substance Abuse / Addiction Behavioral Health 85 10 5
11 Site 3 Substance Abuse / Addiction Behavioral Health 85 10 5
12 Site 1 Elective TBD TBD 5
PGY 3
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
2 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
3 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
4 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
5 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
6 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
7 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
8 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
9 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
10 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
11 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
12 Site 1 or 4 Outpt./Community Behavioral Health 0 95 5
PGY 4
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 EM Psych / Consult / Liaison Psych 85 10 5
2 Site 1 EM Psych / Consult / Liaison Psych 85 10 5
3 Site 1 EM Psych / Consult / Liaison Psych 85 10 5
4 Site 1 EM Psych / Consult / Liaison Psych 85 10 5
5 Site 1 Admin/Forensic Psych 0 90 10
6 Site 1 Admin/Forensic Psych 0 90 10
7 Site 1 Admin/Forensic Psych 0 90 10
8 Site 1 Admin/Forensic Psych 0 90 10
9 Site 5 ACT 0 90 10
10 Site 5 ACT 0 90 10
11 Site 5 ACT 0 90 10
12 Site 1 Elective TBD TBD 5

Site 1: Unity Health - White County Medical Center; Site 2: Neurology Clinic of Arkansas; Site 3: Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center; Site 4: Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare; Site 5: GAIN

Electives may include an additional experience in one of the above rotations or experience in other areas of psychiatric interest.

Additional requirements

The Unity Health Graduate Medical Education department requires residents to engage in our robust scholarly activity curriculum. Under the guidance of your program director and the director of research, you'll conduct research for the purpose of publishing in medical journals, or presenting at conferences.

Learn more about our scholarly activity requirements.

Faculty

Robert G. Wooten, M.D.
Program Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Andrew J. Powell, M.D.
Associate Program Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Kathryn Chenault, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Herman R. Clements, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Leslie Smith, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Abeer Washington, M.D., MS
Core Faculty Member
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Ron Wauters, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Patt Cope, MEd
Psychiatry Program Coordinator

Current residents

First year

Jennifer Gonzalez, M.D.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Yaseen Kadura, M.D.
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Matthew Narlesky, D.O.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

Fahim Rasul, D.O.
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Second year

Brian Bradford, D.O.
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA)

Tracy Epperson, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Christopher Lewis, D.O.
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Brittany Richardson, D.O.
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Third year

Harshasu Barot, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Austin Goebel, D.O.
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA)

Columban Heo, D.O.
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ammara Raziuddin, D.O.
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fourth year

Leslie Bardessono, D.O.
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, California

David Draney, D.O.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

Brian Howard, D.O.
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michelle Knosp, D.O.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

Danny Tran, D.O.
Chief Resident
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA)

Richard White, D.O.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

How to apply

Applications to the Psychiatry Residency Program are only accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our code number for the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) is 2104400C0. Our ACGME Program ID is 4002800116.

We accept four residents each year who meet the following preferred applicant qualifications (no minimum USMLE or COMLEX scores required):

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Dean's letter or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • ECGMG certification, if applicable, by June 2020

Interested in applying for an audition rotation? Learn more.

Unity Health will consider applicants who are U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and other individuals with work authorizations who do not require visa sponsorship by Unity Health.

Unity Health does not sponsor any visas or allow observerships.