newseal-214x200This year has been another successful year for the Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program.  After interviewing more than 60 well qualified applicants the 8 available training positions were finally filled.  The new residents are Michael Anderson from the Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine; Irena Bukelis from Kauno Medicinos Universiteto; Zhendong Ma from Shanghai Second University, China; Bryant Mahaffey, a local from the University of Alabama School of Medicine; Stephan Meadors from the Medical University of South, Carolina College of Medicine; Laurence McMillan from Meharry Medical College; Samuel Polek from Ross University; and Michelle Reeves from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Also, the Child & Adolescent Residency Training program had a successful match with the addition of two new residents.  They are Richard Stephen Pannel from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and Miriam Sevilla Saez-Benito from the University of Granada Faculty of Medicine.

The addition of these strong fellows is a testament to the quality of training and education received at UAB.  It is clear the word is spreading as applications were received from across the U.S. from as far away as California and South Dakota.  UAB continues to attract a number of international medical graduates as well.  UAB Psychiatry Residency Training Director and Vice Chair for Education and Clinical Services, Dr. Daniel Dahl, states that, “We have seen an increase in the competitiveness of the applicants every year over the past 9 years.  This year was no exception.  We had over 700 applicants for 8 positions and many of these applicants have additional degrees including MD / PhD’s from prestigious research institutions.  Psychiatry is on the verge of becoming a popular specialty for graduating medical students.  The future of psychiatry in Alabama is determined by the quality of applicants we attract.  From my viewpoint, the future looks extraordinarily bright.”

Please join the Department of Psychiatry in welcoming these new additions.