Robert Oldham, MD
Former Chief Resident


VCU is ranked #5 internationally for research impact in psychiatry.


Program Highlights

• The VCU Medical Center, is consistently ranked among the US News and World Report "Best Hospitals"  in published surveys of both patients and practitioners.

• Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry includes around 200 full-time and part-time members. They represent many outstanding leaders in their fields, with national and international reputations.

• The resident schedule incorporates night float system, in-house moonlighting, and no call 4th year!

• Numerous resident leadership positions are available, in addition to chief resident positions.

• Incoming interns are matched with a senior resident & a faculty mentor for support and guidance.

• Post-residency fellowship opportunities are available in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine

• The department includes unique psychiatric programs such as the Center for Human-Animal Interaction  and the internationally recognized Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

• For research impact in psychiatry, VCU is ranked #5 internationally. For research funding, we are in the top quartile of US psychiatry departments. A Residency Research Track is available.

In Their Own Words

Recent Alumni

“We are a well-rounded teaching program, and we learn about how biological, psychological and social factors affect mental illness, as well as how they can all be integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan for patients. This program has taught me how to be a solid therapist, and combine psychotherapy and medication management into an efficient and compassionate combination of treatment.”

Kate Smith, DO, former Chief Resident

“When I first started at the program I was told by the residents that I would be well prepared by the time I graduated.  Although only a second year resident, I can already appreciate the force behind that statement.  We not only see a wide variety of patients through the inpatient unit and emergency department, but also while rotating through Eastern State Hospital, ECT service, and consultation liason service.  The program also prepares us for outpatient management by having residents start psychotherapy during the second year that is continued throughout the residency program.  All of the faculty and staff are very supportive and foster an environment that is conducive for learning.  I have no doubt that with the number of patients seen and the support and guidance from the faculty and staff I will be able to tell future residents the same statement."