Resident Life

Resident life in Nashville can be quite thrilling! The breadth of experiences is vast and the culture of the city spans from the rich history of the South to modern urban living with an exciting mix of culinary tastes and musical richness, all topped off with an extra dose of southern comfort!

The Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt supports resident wellness and promotes class cohesiveness and successful integration into the residency program from day one. All our PGY-1s start on Psychiatry during their first month of training and have an opportunity to create close bonds with their classmates and a sense of community with the rest of the department right away. Our inpatient teams are arranged so that residents do not round on weekends, opening up a lot of extra time to enjoy the city and spend time with family and friends! Our yearly resident retreat is a highly anticipated event at Dear Run park with sporting events, ropes courses, swimming and enjoying the, always popular, aqua park blob and 100-ft water slide. This is also a great chance to hang out with our training directors outside the academic setting and put their athleticism to the test!   


The Vanderbilt Housestaff Alliance is a very supportive organization for trainees and their families with great resources from everything about how to navigate around Nashville, where to live, get a haircut and beyond. For more specific information regarding these resources visit the Newcomers Guide 

In regards to health and wellness the graduate medical education office takes good care of the trainees! There are several options for wellness and exercise within walking distance from VPH that include the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness as well as the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. This is a state-of-the-art facility with 290,000 sf of indoor facilities and seven acres of outdoor facility space. 

We also have sleeping and transportation options for Housestaff too fatigued to drive home safely including day-time/early evening transportation at no cost to the resident/fellow.