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“I am not afraid of an Army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep led by a lion.”

– Alexander the Great


Welcoming Words

If you choose to rotate here, you will typically spend four weeks with us: two weeks on one service and two weeks on another. During your time here we have goals for you as a rotator and goals for ourselves as the recruitment chairs also. We hope these goals help explain what are priorities to our program as you decide if we are the program for you.


Again, welcome and we look forward to meeting you! Please reach out if you have any questions by emailing the Recruitment chairs.

Our Goals for you:

  1. Experience what the day-to-day life of a Walter Reed psychiatry resident is like.

  2. Participate in patient care to develop the skills and attitudes of a military psychiatrist.

  3. Create meaningful relationships with other sub-interns, residents, and faculty.

  4. Have fun!

Our Goals for Ourselves:

  1. Welcome and support a diverse cohort of military medical students to the Walter Reed Psychiatry training program who embrace the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  2. Continue to grow in our capacity to incorporate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into recruitment, interviewing, and the selections process.

  3. Expose applicants to the opportunities our program has to offer to thrive as a trainee and develop into a military psychiatrist through clinical experiences, didactics, and interactions with current residents and faculty.

  4. Help students envision themselves as part of the Walter Reed Psychiatry community by facilitating opportunities to further explore their interests and become familiar with the national capital region.


LT Alexis Cross


Capt Loxley Godshall-Bennett


LT Melissa Shafer

To contact us, please email


A few things we would like you to send us in advance:

  1. A brief bio (a few sentences is fine)

  2. A professional photo (to introduce you to residents and staff)

  3. Your cell phone number

  4. WhatsApp download on your device

  5. Curriculum Vitae

You can send any of the above to

Notes on uniform/attire: 

  • If you're on ADT orders and have completed your respective military training (ODS/BOLC/etc.) while here it’s expected that you wear your combat uniform daily to your respective rotation, unless instructed to wear scrubs. It is expected that you wear your respective service dress uniform for your interview

  • If you are not on orders, you should expect to wear business attire throughout your rotation, unless instructed to wear scrubs. You should wear business attire for your interview.

First day

  1. Complete your in-processing requirements with GME per their instructions

  2. If you have any trouble getting these requirements completed, please message us in the WhatsApp Groupchat that was linked to you in the welcome packet that was sent to you or email us at

  3. Report to your first rotation service. Guidance on where to locate these services are in your welcome packet


  1. All interviews will be held virtually to ensure equality amongst interviews

  2. They are 30 minute interviews

  3. You will be emailed about your specific interview date and time with a link to the Google Meeting

  4. You will be asked structured questions in a panel interview format (typically, two faculty and one resident)


So much to see... so little time...

Please use this as a jumping point to recommended pages for those considering making Walter Reed home.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Recruitment

"Like a string of beads, it is our unique differences and intricacies that make us so appealing and attractive. We would not be as beautiful if we were all the same. It’s the contrast and asymmetry that makes us worth while."
         — Lindsey Lunsford, M.E.M., Second Edition DEI Fellow 

At Walter Reed Psychiatry, we not only acknowledge the different backgrounds, viewpoints, and perspectives of our applicants but encourage and seek after them. We believe that these differences are what will continue to grow our program into a better residency for all. Some steps we have taken include implementing implicit bias training for our interviewers and including DEI principles throughout our interviews and rotation experiences.

We recognize that there still is work to be done in this area, and we are committed to enabling all who apply to this program to share their experiences during the application process.

The Services


WR - Inpatient Psychiatry


Psych Continuity Service


Psych Consult/Liaison Service




Child/Adol Psych Outpt

Open Textbook in Library


This resource covers what you will need to know to participate in our virtual Academics sessions during your time rotating at Walter Reed Psychiatry. This is a summary based on the most current schedule, but, especially in the time of this pandemic, the schedule is subject to change. For the latest information, pay attention to the sub-intern WhatsApp group and any updates from PGY-1 Academics Liaison for Recruitment. For any questions or concerns about the academic events schedule while you are rotating here, please utilize WhatsApp so that everyone receives the correct information.

Last updated: 12JUL2023

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