psychiatry residency offered in Ohio
New residency program a joint project
of Grandview, VAMC, OU-COM
Julius Paul Roberts,
D.O., left, a first
William Resch, D.O.
director for the
program, counsel a
patient at the
Medical Center in
By Anita M. Manderfield
November 19, 2010
through a courtyard of the inpatient ward at Chillicothe Veterans
Administration Medical Center, William Resch, D.O. (’99),
gets a warm reception from his patients.
good buddy!” shouts one, as another chimes in: “Hey, doc! How are
Resch is the
program director for the CORE system’s first psychiatry residency
program: the result of a partnership between the residency’s
sponsoring institution, Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, the
Chillicothe VA Medical Center and OU-COM. The four-year program’s
first residents, Sarah Cullison, D.O., and Julius Paul
Roberts, D.O., began training in July.
obvious patient rapport results in a large part from the
patient-centered philosophy at the Chillicothe VAMC, says Lisa Orr-Kingery,
the center’s medical education program coordinator.
Orr-Kingery earned a bachelor of business administration degree from
Ohio University in 1992.
examples: flexible visiting hours, patient-directed meal schedules,
an integrated medical-home style approach to care. “We want our
patients to be comfortable and our physicians to treat the whole
approach, the osteopathic residency program makes good sense.
According to Jeffrey Gering, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., the VAMC medical
director, patient-centered care and osteopathic affiliations are
becoming more common for the Veterans Association. What’s more
unusual about this partnership, he says, is simply having a
psychiatry residency at a VA medical center.
There are only
nine psychiatry residencies in the country accredited by the
American Osteopathic Association, and this is one of the very few
psychiatry residencies—osteopathic or allopathic—to be primarily
based at a VA medical center.
“The trick is
to find the right residents,” Gering says. “A lot of psychiatry
programs train a parent-child patient relationship. We want to make
sure our residents and physicians regard patients as equal partners.
I think that’s very consistent with the osteopathic philosophy.”
students have already been rotating through the Chillicothe VAMC for
both geriatric medicine and psychiatry. And in 2008, the VA center
hired OU-COM alum Jeffrey Hunter, D.O. (’94), D.C.,
F.A.A.F.P., as their associate chief of staff for clinical and
academic affairs. Hunter practices geriatric medicine and OMM for
the center, directs the geriatric medicine rotation and chairs a
committee on patient-centered care, among other things.
program grew out of this strong relationship as well as the one
between OU-COM and Grandview Medical Center, combined with a shared
vision among these institutions.
Cain, D.O. (’88),
F.A.C.O.I., director of medical education for Grandview, explains
that Grandview was interested in offering psychiatry training at
resident and student levels. Partnering with the VA offered unique
“The VA is
ahead of us in their use of electronic record management, and they
offer a very broad scope of psychiatric issues,” Cain says.
“Meanwhile, we gain Dr. Resch as a passionate teacher on our
travels to Grandview to deliver psychiatry lectures to residents in
other programs—and Grandview hopes to send residents from other
programs for psychiatry rotations at the VAMC.
underscores the broad educational scope available at the VAMC.
“Residents appreciate the complexity of mental disorders they can
work with at the VA. They see a wider breadth of disorders, more
co-morbidity, and older populations.”
that he was very interested in being a part of the statewide CORE
system. “The CORE support and, particularly, the affiliation with
Grandview was very attractive to me.”
his fellow resident, Cullison, will receive most of their training
at the Chillicothe VAMC, but they travel to Grandview Medical Center
for regular house staff meetings with other residents, for their
rotation in child and adolescent psychiatry, and during their last
year, to serve in a supervised consultation role for the Grandview
The program is
certainly appealing; this year 31 people applied for the first two
residency slots. And while residents benefit from the
innovative residency training in Chillicothe, the region stands to
gain osteopathic physicians.
percent of doctors stay in the area of their residency,” says
Gering. “This program can help attract quality psychiatrists to the
Southeastern Ohio area.”