Graduate Medical Education

Goals and Objectives


Our program has a mission to train psychiatrists that will provide integrated, reliable, effective psychiatric care to our community regardless of their ability to pay and further transform the delivery of psychiatric care within the rural communities of Schuylkill and Carbon counties. To accomplish this, we will provide a scholarly environment with our faculty and ensure the appropriate didactic, clinical, and experiential environment to graduate excellent clinical psychiatrists. Our programs mission aligns with the larger mission of St. Luke’s, which is to show an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the rural communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

Our program aims to develop clinically strong psychiatrists who diagnose and treat mental illness in a compassionate, effective and efficient manner. Further, our program aims to have our graduates proficient in an integrated behavioral health rural medicine and graduate capable leaders in healthcare who understand that this is a constantly evolving field that requires lifelong learning with a longitudinally- concentrated effort on the part of the resident and faculty. In addition, our program focuses on retaining our graduates in the rural communities where they trained.

Our goals and objectives are in line with ACGME core competencies and include:

  1. Patient care
  2. Medical knowledge
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement
  4. Communication skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. System-based practice