Graduate Medical Education : Resident Life

Resident Life

Resident Retreat
Psychiatry residents are excused from clinical work twice per year for resident-run retreats that help trainees learn more about each other and enjoy fun & games in a relaxed atmosphere.

Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide

Each October, the Department of Psychiatry participates in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk. This event is always a well-attended event by faculty and residents, who also raise funds for suicide awareness and prevention. For more information, please visit:

Happy Hour

Residents and faculty get together monthly after work at different locations for happy hour.

Holiday Party

Each year, the Department of Psychiatry celebrates the festivities of the holiday season.

Graduation Party

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosts a graduation and awards banquet every June to honor the graduating residents and fellows at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant on Key Biscayne, FL. Faculty, residents, and fellows celebrate their graduation with dinner and dancing accompanied by family and friends.


Miami is known as the ‘Magic City.’ Miami and the city’s environs comprise the 5th largest urban area in the United States, with a population of around 6 million people. Patients from all over the Western Hemisphere come to Miami for their health care. It truly is an international city with >75% of it residents speaking a language other than English as their primary language. It is a major center for international banking, television and music production, tourism and cruising. Miami is known for its beautiful climate and access to natural beauty such as Key Biscayne and the Everglades. Cultural activities can be found throughout the city at South Beach, Art Deco Historic District, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (the second largest performing arts center in the U.S.), numerous popular museums such as Vizcaya and the Miami Historical Museum, the Miami Seaquarium, and several historical playhouses and theatres. It is also home to the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Florida Marlins, and the Florida Panthers. Special events held each year include: Miami Fashion week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion week, The Sony Erickson Tennis Tournament, Art Basel Miami Beach, (, Miami Spice (, Miami Spa Month, (, Coconut Grove Arts Festival (, Miami Wine and Food Festival (, and free days at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens. In addition, many other cultural events are held on a regular basis such as the Wynwood Art Walk (, Viernes Culturales, and Little Havana’s monthly arts and culture festival. Finally, the Florida Keys, Bahamas, and the rest of the Caribbean are only a weekend trip away.

Where to live

Residents live throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties and there are many affordable options. Living arrangements vary from single-family homes with yards to apartments in high-rise buildings. Many residents in the program enjoy the cultural activities and nightlife of the Brickell and Miami Beach neighborhoods. Miami is a city for singles and families alike, with many nationally ranked magnet schools, private schools, and universities.

For a description of the eclectic group of neighborhoods which comprise Miami, please visit: Vida Americana