Psychiatry Residency

The Department of Psychiatry offers a four-year General Psychiatry Residency Training program and a two-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, both fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The department also provides an in-depth psychiatric clerkship rotation for students from a number of affiliated medical schools.

Department Chair

Jason Hershberger, MD

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry

Externship Director

Ali Mamun, MD

Director, Psychiatric Externship Program

Academic Program

The Psychiatry externship at BHMC is a unique program wherein selected candidates are offered the opportunity to obtain experience by rotating in several core clinical areas: Adult Inpatient, the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, Geriatric, and the Consult & Liaison service. In addition, externs will attend core lectures, Grand Rounds, journal clubs and case conferences. The typical candidate is an International Medical Graduate seeking an introduction to American hospitals and American Psychiatry.
The program is full-time, for a duration of twelve months, on a volunteer (non-paid) basis. It is entirely separate from the Psychiatry Residency and is not accredited. On satisfactory completion of the Externship, the Extern will be provided with a letter of recommendation. Satisfactory completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance into the Residency.

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Next Externship


  • Medical degree from an accredited medical school
  • Dean's letter
  • Completion of USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3. (CS and CK are required)
  • ECFMG certificate
  • Approved United States government identification
  • Authorization to work in the United States (i.e. permanent resident or citizen)
  • Personal statement
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) or more recent letters of recommendation
  • Written within the last 3 months
  • Addressed specifically to: Ali Mamun, MD, Director, Externship Training Program
  • Proficiency in English (assessed based on the applicant's written communication)