Psychiatry Residency

Combined civilian/military psychiatry residency program in Wilmington

Make your psychiatry residency experience remarkable with a placement at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a unique combined military/non-military residency program. Led by expert faculty in a dynamic learning environment, you'll get a robust education and training so you leave your residency prepared to practice independently in any psychiatric setting and set up for success throughout your career.

We are seeking candidates who are dedicated, driven, and passionate to use their knowledge to the benefit of all North Carolina citizens to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

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Why Choose Novant Health?

Ours is one of only a handful of combined civilian-military psychiatry residencies in the country. This means you'll get experience working with both civilian and military patients through inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations at both New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Camp Lejeune.

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center psychiatry residency program is a partnership with Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune and the UNC School of Medicine.

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Starting as soon as your first year of residency, your rotations will provide you with extensive experience in a variety of specialty areas and settings, including in military and community clinical services:

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Eating disorders
  • Severe persistent mental illness

You will also get rich training in diversity, equity, and inclusion through serving a diverse patient population as well as participation in services and initiatives intended to benefit traditionally marginalized groups.

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The benefits of a Novant Health resident placement at New Hanover Regional Medical Center include:

  • Assess to the professional development opportunities available to our faculty
  • Ample research opportunities assisted by New Hanover Regional Medical Center's as well as Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune’s dedicated research departments
  • Health and well-being resources
  • Career planning resources
  • Living cost allowances
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Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited residency program

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Number of placements

The Novant Health psychiatry residency program at New Hanover Regional Medical center admits seven residents per year:

  • Non-military residents: four
  • Military residents: three


  • Graduated from an accredited medical school within two years of application to the program
  • Passed USMLE/COMLEX Step II
    • Step I must be passed at the time of application.
    • Step II must be completed and passed prior to the rank list deadline in order to enter residency training.
  • Provide citizenship documentation to the Novant Health Graduate Medical Education office for verification. Novant Health currently does not sponsor any visas.

All Novant Health residency programs participate in, abide by the policies of, and only accept residency applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) via the National Residency Matching Program. You must submit all the required residency application items through ERAS, including your:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript or course work
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE or COMLEX score transcript

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. Only applications received before December 31 of the recruiting year will be considered.

Novant Health is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. An applicant with a disability should fulfill the resident job description after provision of reasonable accommodations as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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A vibrant place to live and work

Working at New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers the added benefit of living on the beautiful North Carolina coast. The Wilmington area offers small town charm with big city amenities.


Contact Psychiatry Residency Program Coordinator Laura Solt at 910-667-4418 or

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