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Psychiatry Residency Program

Message from the Program Director

Archana KumarMore than ever, our world needs doctors who can help address a patient’s complete health. Physical health is critical, but it’s also inextricably intertwined with mental health. We are excited to bring a strong new psychiatry residency program to Greensboro that will address that very need. Thanks to our cutting-edge technology, close resident mentoring and broad firsthand experience, our residents will leave our program ready to bring the highest quality psychiatric care to patients in North Carolina and beyond.  
Archana Kumar, MD, Program Director

Program Overview

Our goal within Cone Health’s department of psychiatry is to provide a training and education experience that combines best practices with cutting-edge research. Our residents will leave the program able to provide the highest quality of care to individuals with psychiatric illnesses. They’ll also be armed with tech-forward skills, allowing them to be well versed in services like virtual care and telepsychiatry. Our program has a strong focus on integrating behavioral health and primary care using the collaborative care model, helping to create leaders within the medical community. 

Our psychiatry residency program was established to address the national and statewide shortage of psychiatrists, making this an in-demand specialty. Graduates of our program will be well prepared to offer integrated psychiatric support within any medical setting – a support element that’s becoming increasingly essential with integrated patient care and wellness.

During the program, residents will have access to our four-county comprehensive behavioral health network, including our freestanding behavioral health hospital with adult, child and adolescent inpatient units. They will be exposed to four outpatient locations with specialized treatment for major depression with TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), chemical dependency and psychiatric intensive outpatient groups, partial hospital programs, telepsychiatry hub, injection clinics, open access care and the first of its kind “Guilford County Crisis Care Center.”

Meet Our Current Residents

PGY1- Psychiatry Residency 

Anjali Dagar, MD  Anjali Dagar MD
Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital
Email: dranjali.dgr@gmail.com 

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Residency Research or Focus Area: My primary research interest is to study the interaction of social media with mental health.
Practice Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry
Why Cone Health: Cone Health psychiatry team members are very warm and compassionate caregivers. Learning from the excellent teachers and mentors at Cone Health – whose passion for teaching is one of the primary reasons for the new psychiatry residency program – will prepare us well for a fulfilling career. Additionally, the support staff, including our residency coordinator, is amazingly responsive, approachable and caring.

Vandana Doda, MD, MPH  Vandana Doda MD MPH
Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital
Email: drvandana79@gmail.com 

Hometown: Chandigarh, India
Residency Research or Focus Area: Autism, ADHD, preventive psychiatry and mood disorders
Practice Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, preventive psychiatry and women's mental health
Why Cone Health: I chose Cone Health because of its emphasis on a collaborative and holistic approach to patient care, which complements my passion for comprehensive care involving physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Since it is a new program, with a highly proactive mindset, I will get a unique opportunity to create something special and grow as the program evolves. Here, as a resident, I could foresee getting trained directly under the tutelage of highly dedicated and experienced faculty. It would be a very enriching experience to grow professionally as well as personally in an environment where everyone from program director and attendings to the administration is highly supportive and welcoming. I certainly feel honored to be accepted for the first class of psychiatry residency and be a part of the Cone Health family.

Jai McQuilla, MD  Jai McQuilla MD
Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital
Email: jaim@email.sc.edu 

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Residency Research or Focus Area: Currently undecided
Practice Interests: Geriatrics and neurobehavioral diseases
Why Cone Health: The people of Cone Health are so inviting and focused on education and patient care. It was important to me to learn at a place that promoted patient advocacy and invests in the wellbeing of both staff and patients. It was a bonus that Cone Health is in a wonderful city that I am excited to explore.

Alex Pashayan, DO  Alex Pashayan DO
Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital
Email: aspashay@gmail.com 

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Residency Research or Focus Area: Currently undecided
Practice Interests: Inpatient, outpatient and telepsychiatry
Why Cone Health: I chose Cone Health in part because of the newness of the program. I wanted to help build a program from the ground up and influence future doctors. Moreover, Cone Health offers training in unique areas, such as the crisis center, which not only provides amazing learning opportunities but is also a great benefit to the community. I have lived in the Triad for over 20 years, and I am excited to work with my own community and give back to the wonderful place I call home. 

Interested in Applying?

Get the details about our application and interview process here.