Psychiatry Residency

Welcome Message from our Program Director

Ludmilla DeFaria

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

You have the ability to choose from many exciting fields following your medical degree, and we are excited that you have selected the field of psychiatry.

Whether your curiosity stems from that of a physician providing the best care to your patient, involvement in nationally acclaimed research, or mentorship and education from renowned psychiatrists, our program weaves each of these pieces together during your four years of training.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to sharing their strengths, mentorship, leadership and assistance as you seek to pursue your career.

Gainesville is a spectacular city nestled in the heart of Florida and recently voted one of the most livable cities in the country. There is a wonderful night life, nurturing atmosphere for families as well as leading sports teams for all fanatics…Go Gators!

Residency is both intellectually rigorous and challenging; however UF also prides itself in attaining a flexible, personal, and supportive atmosphere for its residents. Residents dedicate their PG-3 year to an outpatient setting.

The PG-3 year balanced with the PG-1 and 2 years empowers each resident to step into the role of functioning independently, developing skills and judgment on an individual basis.

Faculty serve as role models mentoring residents both clinically as well as through didactic sessions specific to your level of training.

The final year of residency is dedicated to polishing your skills for independent practice, including more teaching and administrative opportunities, and a vast arena of electives to explore future career options, including academic medicine, community psychiatry, or fellowship training.

UF provides exceptional fellowship training to residents who elect to remain in Gainesville and pursue careers in Forensic Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Public Psychiatry.

Our department fosters excellence beginning at the resident level where education is the forefront. We invite you to join us in this pursuit as we strive to mentor and guide you in becoming leaders of our field!


Ludmila De Faria, MD, DFAPA

Associate Professor
Interim Program Director for Residency Training