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Welcome from our Program Director

Welcome Applicants,

Congratulations on reaching this point in your journey to become a physician and a psychiatrist. We hope you will consider joining us here at the HCA Healthcare/Tufts University School of Medicine: Portsmouth Regional Hospital Psychiatry Residency to complete the next stage of your journey. Our program's core purpose is to provide an exceptional training in psychiatry for the next generation of psychiatrists and leaders in health care. As a new program, we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment as we grow the program together!

About Our Program

As part of HCA Healthcare, we are devoted to one mission, "Above all else, we are dedicated to the care and improvement of human life." The HCA/Tufts University School of Medicine: Portsmouth Regional Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program's core purpose is to train the next generation of physician leaders in the provision of mental-health services by offering our residents an exceptional training experience in the field of psychiatry. The training experience is designed to expose our residents to a diverse clinical population, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as to an equally diverse range of psychiatric disorders. Residents learn how to work as part of a team and how to deliver individualized care to patients of different sexual orientations, socioeconomic, and religious beliefs.

To complement the resident's clinical exposure, the program actively promotes and aims to maintain a research environment that contributes to the medical knowledge and stimulates innovative thinking in both residents and faculty members. The program carefully recruits, supports, and retains faculty with high academic standards who are committed to educating residents, role modeling expectations of a psychiatrist, and providing excellent mentorship throughout the four years of training.

Experiences in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry and in both urban- and rural-based environments provide a wide range of clinical experience to prepare the resident for future practice in whatever area or practice setting of psychiatry they choose. This program is robust in its coverage of both the psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic elements of training, and is nimble in that it is able to provide each resident a tailored experience that allows exceptional training within the Portsmouth Regional Hospital family.

Program Highlights

  • As a developing residency, residents will have impact on future of the residency and their training trajectory
  • Based primarily at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and will also work with other hospitals and community mental health centers
  • Six residents per class, for a total complement of 24
  • Engagement with internal medicine and family medicine peers in multidisciplinary approach to learning to reduce specialty silos
  • Affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Portsmouth is a vibrant Seacoast town with great dining, arts scene and easy access to four-season outdoor activities

Training, Education and Research

Our goal is to provide a cohesive, longitudinal four years program of robust training in the field of psychiatry which ensures that residents acquire the skills necessary to care for a variety of patients with psychiatric disorders, utilizing best practices, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, with a strong focus on psychopharmacological and somatic interventions, as well as a firm foundation in psychotherapeutic interventions. Clinical training is based at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Our Behavioral Health Unit is a 30 bed unit, the second largest in the state.

We provide opportunities for residents and faculty to engage in scholarly activity and teaching experiences with medical students and other trainees, in order to instill life-long learning in the field of psychiatry. All residents are required to participate in scholarly activity. Research topics are interwoven into the conference curriculum. Residents are part of hospital committees and must participate in at least one QI project. Residents can also collaborate with faculty on a variety of research opportunities.

Curriculum and Conference Schedule


On inpatient psychiatry rotations, residents will attend psychiatry-specific conferences in a half-day block didactic. While on adult inpatient medicine and neurology, residents will attend the IM residency noon conferences.


Psychiatry-specific conferences delivered in a block didactic format.

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Get to Know the Team

Mary Alice O’Dowd, MD
Program Director

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Year Salary
PGY1 $64,438
PGY2 $66,373
PGY3 $68,370
PGY4 $70,762


  • On-call meal stipend; $950 per year
  • $15 daily cafeteria credit
  • Step/Level 3 reimbursement
  • APA membership
  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop

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