Resident Moonlighting

At the George Washington University Psychiatry Residency Program, we believe in offering our residents a dynamic and enriching experience. One of the remarkable benefits of joining our program is the opportunity to moonlight as early as your PGY2 year. Many programs allow moonlighting starting PGY3 or even as late as PGY4 year. This unique feature empowers you to excel in your psychiatric career in more ways than one.

Benefits of Moonlighting for GW Psychiatry Residents:

  1. Financial Empowerment: As a GW Psychiatry resident, you can enjoy the financial advantages of moonlighting. Supplement your income, manage expenses, and create a comfortable lifestyle during your training. We understand the importance of financial stability in fostering your professional growth.

  2. Clinical Excellence: Moonlighting exposes you to a diverse range of psychiatric cases, enriching your clinical expertise. You'll gain valuable experience in diagnosing and treating a wide array of mental health conditions, ensuring that you become a highly skilled and well-rounded psychiatrist.

  3. Networking Opportunities: The connections you establish while moonlighting can open doors to exciting career opportunities. Forge relationships with professionals in the field, paving the way for job offers, collaborations, and mentorship that will shape your career trajectory.

  4. Time Management Proficiency: Balancing your moonlighting responsibilities with clinical duties helps you develop impeccable time management and organizational skills. These skills are essential in ensuring your efficiency and productivity throughout your residency.

  5. Building Confidence: Moonlighting fosters self-confidence in your psychiatric abilities. You'll gain the independence, problem-solving skills, and resilience to tackle even the most challenging cases, setting you on a path to clinical excellence.

  6. Skill Diversification: Exposure to various psychiatric settings allows you to diversify your skill set. With a broad range of experiences, you'll be prepared to handle an extensive array of mental health scenarios, becoming an invaluable asset to your future patients.

  7. Preparation for Independent Practice: Moonlighting is the perfect preparation for independent psychiatric practice. The skills and insights you acquire during your moonlighting experiences serve as a solid foundation for your future career as a confident and competent psychiatrist.

Moonlighting Opportunities at GW Psychiatry Residency:

Residents have the privilege of moonlighting in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Some examples include:

  • Psychiatric Institute of Washington: Gain exposure to working with a diverse patient population in Washington DC, including with a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders. 

  • The Weekend Clinic: Experience the unique challenges and rewards of providing outpatient psychiatric care, ensuring a well-rounded education.

  • Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute: Contribute to the mental health needs of the community and build your expertise in an inpatient setting.

In the GW Psychiatry Residency Program, moonlighting isn't just a perk; it's an integral part of your journey toward becoming a well-rounded and successful psychiatrist. We invite you to experience the future of psychiatry and unlock your potential by joining us. Your psychiatric career starts here at GW, where we empower you to thrive in every aspect of your profession.