Psychiatry Residency Program

Program Director's Welcome

Jorge Luis Sotelo, MD

Thank you for your interest in the Psychiatry Residency Program at Memorial Healthcare System. We are excited about welcoming our inaugural class of PGY-1 residents in July of 2019 and are looking forward to providing all of our trainees with a top-notch educational experience so that our graduates may be well-positioned to take on leadership roles in whatever capacity they may choose to practice psychiatry beyond residency.

We strive to provide our trainees with a well-balanced educational experience, characterized by: 1) direct clinical care of patients in a variety of settings, 2) innovative, interactive, and stimulating didactic activities, which will make use of state-of-the-art online resources, 3) direct in-person supervision, guidance, and mentorship by board-certified clinical faculty, 4) fostering of intellectual curiosity by participating in quality improvement projects and scholarly activity, and 5) a nurturing environment, which will facilitate personal and professional growth. In our program, residents will have the opportunity to treat patients of all ages, ethnicities, and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in a variety of clinical settings, including the emergency department, the inpatient psychiatric, medical, and surgical wards, and the outpatient clinics. Consequently, I have no doubt that our residents will be prepared to handle any clinical scenario they may encounter once they have completed the psychiatry residency program.

Our world may be more in need of competent and compassionate psychiatrists than it has ever been, as the often terrible impact of inadequately-treated mental illness is displayed in the front pages of news media on an almost daily basis. Predicted psychiatrist shortages in our region remind us of just how important it is that a new generation of psychiatrists receives the training essential for providing them with the necessary tools to improve the lives of their patients and, in so doing, make the world a better place.

Jorge Luis Sotelo, MD

About Our Psychiatry Residency Program

  • We are a Community-Based University Affiliated Program. The program is sponsored by the Memorial Healthcare System. The System trains hundreds of medical students each year and is affiliated with Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Florida International University (FIU), and Nova Southeastern University College Of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • The psychiatry residency program is based at Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship hospital of the Memorial Healthcare System. It consists of rotations in Memorial Regional Hospital’s Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) and the Outpatient Behavioral Health Center (OBHC).
  • Memorial Regional Hospital’s CBH has three adult inpatient psychiatry units (a total of 53 beds) and one child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient unit (a total of 12 beds) and residents will rotate through all of these sites.
  • The OBHC provides many opportunities for residents to be exposed to outpatient opportunities, such as medication management clinics, intensive outpatient programs, dialectical behavioral therapy, a drop-in center, and an integrated primary care clinic, just to name a few.
  • Residents will have exposure to cutting-edge programs, including: Long-Acting Therapy (LAT) program to treat individuals with severe chronic mental illness with long-acting depot psychotropic medications, and the Mothers in Recovery (MIR), Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), and Behavioral Health Transitions (BHT) programs to treat individuals with opioid use disorders.
  • Great patient diversity and a wide range of psychopathology, which rivals that of any large inner city hospital.
  • No overnight call. Residents and their attending psychiatrists may be contacted after hours via telephone when emergencies take place in the inpatient psychiatry units. Residents will only be responsible for the care of the patients assigned to their inpatient psychiatry attending physicians.
  • Memorial Healthcare system has an Office of Human Research with its own Institutional Review Board (IRB). Dr. Candice Sareli, our Chief Medical Research Officer, and her team will assist residents with the development of their research and with their submission to the IRB. Participation in some form of scholarly activity is mandatory for graduation from the program. In addition, residents will be trained in the basic concepts of quality improvement and patient safety and will have the opportunity to participate in quality improvement projects during their training.
  • Our small program allows us to get to know each of our residents on a personal level and to provide a learning environment rich with camaraderie and with the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with colleagues, faculty and mentors.
Memorial Regional Hospital

About Memorial Regional Hospital

Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship facility of Memorial Healthcare System, is one of the largest hospitals in Florida, with a reputation for advanced medicine and technology. The 553-bed hospital is one of six Level I trauma centers in the state qualified to treat the most severe, life-threatening injuries. Among its renowned programs are:

See awards given to Memorial Healthcare System.

Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) at Memorial Regional Hospital

  • Inpatient Psychiatric Admissions in Fiscal Year 2017: 2,526 Adults and 729 Children and Adolescents
  • Patients seen in the psychiatric emergency department in a recent 12-month cycle: 5,376
  • Patients seen in the Behavioral Health Unit and either admitted to a medical floor or discharged home in a recent 12-month cycle: 972

Outpatient Behavioral Health Center (OBHC)

Clinicians in the OBHC offer a wide range of outpatient behavioral health services for adults including:

  • Addiction consultation
  • Ambulatory detoxification program
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Group therapies for trauma resolution and chronic pain
  • Family support services
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Mental health and substance abuse services for persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Mood and anxiety disorders treatment (Choices Program)
  • Outpatient detoxification
  • Outpatient treatment of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Peer mentoring/recovery support (Rebel’s Drop-In Center)
  • Psychopharmacology consultation
  • Second opinion and consultative psychiatric services
  • Trauma information and resolution therapy
Psychotherapy Services

Our team of licensed psychotherapists, mental health counselors and certified peer specialists provide effective psychotherapy services to assist individuals with a variety of issues including:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety (including social anxiety)
  • Coping with stress
  • Depression
  • Emotional distress
  • Grief and loss
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress management/coping with stress

Our licensed and expertly trained psychotherapists offer a variety of treatment strategies and programs including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Solution-focused techniques
  • Trauma information and resolution therapy