Residency Application Information


What is the program’s accreditation status?

We are one of five dually accredited psychiatry residency programs in the country. We received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)  in May 2015 and accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in May 2013. We plan to apply for child and adolescent psychiatry fellowships with an anticipated July 1, 2017 start date.

What are the typical work hours?

Typical work hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for most residents. There will be occasions when residents are required to work outside of the basic schedule. Residents round on the adult and child & adolescent units one to two weekends per rotation. PGY2 - PGY4 residents take call form home on a rotating basis.

Are there opportunities to earn extra money (moonlighting)?

Residents may pursue opportunities for additional income outside of the residency program in the PGY3 and PGY4  years. The close proximity of several acute care hospitals and other medical sites provide a variety of moonlighting opportunities for residents to supplement their income.

How much vacation time are residents given?

Residents receive 18 days of paid time off (PTO) per year. In addition to the PTO, residents receive 5 days off over the Christmas or New Year's holiday each year. PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 residents receive 5 additional days of conference time per year. 

Are there opportunities for residents to teach? 

There are teaching opportunities for residents to teach medical students.  PGY4  residents will complete a teaching/administrative rotation. 

Are residents required to do research?

Residents are required to complete at least one research project during residency. Options include case studies, quality improvement studies, utilization data analysis, or participation in clinical trial research.  Residents interested in doing research will find many opportunities to pursue this option within the Pine Rest organization.

Why choose the Pine Rest Residency Program? 

With over 100 years of behavioral health experience, and the fifth largest free-standing behavioral health hospital in the country, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services offers the resident the opportunity to work within the complete continuum of behavioral health services.

The unique opportunity to work in an inpatient, outpatient, and residential environment all within the same beautiful campus environment is virtually unmatched anywhere else in the country.

Also, the Grand Rapids and west Michigan region provides access to all four seasons in one of the most family-friendly and affordable areas in the country.