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Published on March 10, 2020

New Psychiatry Residency Program Coming to Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital

This program will help address the national shortage of psychiatrists.


Greensboro—Cone Health’s Behavioral Health Hospital will be home to a new psychiatry residency program starting in July of 2021. The program will train residents in adult psychiatry with some exposure to adolescents. 

This program was established to address the national and statewide shortage in psychiatrists. Currently, nearly half the counties in North Carolina do not have easy access to a psychiatrist. 

Residents in the psychiatry program will move within the Cone Health network to experience various elements within their field. Their training will include both in-person components, such as inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, as well as opportunities to broaden their reach thanks to technology, such as virtual care and telepsychiatry. 

The program can accommodate four residents per year over a four-year period, totaling 16 residents over the course of its accreditation. It is one of only seven such programs in the state of North Carolina and will be directed by Archana Kumar, MD, medical director for Cone Behavioral Health Services. 

Preparation is already underway, and the first residents will arrive in July of 2021. The psychiatry residency program is the 6th residency program offered at Cone Health. The others are internal medicine, family medicine, family medicine OB fellowship, pediatrics and sports medicine.