A Day in the Life of a Yale Psychiatry Resident

Ever wonder what it would be like to train at Yale? Get to know a typical day in life of a Yale resident through our residents' own words.

Lily Balasuriya

A Day in the Life of a PGY-1 Resident

We're thrilled to have you visit! My name is Lily Balasuriya, and I'm a first year psychiatry resident at Yale. My family is from Sri-Lanka, and I was the first to be born in the United States. I grew up watching my parents help other new immigrant families adjust to a new way of life, fostering determination and resilience. It was my interest in social justice that drew me to psychiatry.

Joseph Gallego

A Day in the Life of a PGY-1 Resident

Welcome! My name is Joe Gallego, and I am a PGY-1 Psychiatry Resident at Yale. I was born and raised in Yorba Linda, California, and moved to Tempe, Arizona for undergrad at ASU where I studied Spanish. I attended Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, where my primary charge was LGBTQI advocacy and medical education.

Erin Habecker

A Day in the Life of a PGY-2 Resident

Hi! My name is Erin, and I am a second year psychiatry resident at Yale. I grew up in rural upstate NY (Ithaca is Gorges!) and attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. When I was 11 years old, my mother, a then labor-and-delivery nurse, let me shadow her at work for a day. I was immediately fascinated by all aspects of the birth process- from the incredible transformation that happens at a biological level to the complex interactions between hormones, cognition and emotion that influence the experience of the individual.

Kunmi Sobowale

A Day in the Life of a PGY-2 Resident

Hey there, my name is Kunmi Sobowale. I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. I went to Yale for college and majored in Behavioral Neuroscience. After college, I had enough of the near East and decided to spent a year living in the Far East (i.e., Japan) before starting medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. I came into medical school interested in psychiatry and neurology.

Chad Lane

A Day in the Life of a PGY-3 Resident

Hi friends! My name is Chad and I am currently a PGY-3 here at Yale Psychiatry. I was born in Tazewell, Virginia, a small farming community in the heart of Appalachia. Depending on how recently I have visited my family, you may pick up on a bit of a southern accent. I attended college at the University of Virginia, where I discovered my passion for studying the brain. Following college, my next stop was the National Institute of Mental Health.

Amalia London Tobon

A Day in the Life of a PGY-3 Resident

Hello! My name is Amalia and I’m a third-year psychiatry resident in the Solnit Integrated Child & Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I’m originally from Medellin, Colombia, and came to Miami, Fla., as a teenager. I studied neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at Stanford University. The brain has captivated me since I was a child: how does it develop and makes us the complex beings that we are with emotions, thoughts, and behaviors?

Ish Bhalla

A Day in the Life of a PGY-4 Resident

Hello, my name is Ish and I am a fourth year resident at Yale. I’m from a small town called Findlay, Ohio, which is between Toledo and Columbus. I had an inkling that I wanted to become a doctor in high school, but wasn’t ready to commit just yet. I went to Case Western Reserve University for college, where I studied Management with a banking and finance concentration along with the pre-medical curriculum.

Youngsun Cho

A Day in the Life of a PGY-4 Resident

Hi, I’m Youngsun, and I am a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Yale. I grew up in upstate New York, outside of Rochester. I attended MIT for college, and then the University of Rochester for an MD/PhD degree. I was initially attracted to psychiatry because I had an interest in behavior through acting in college. As medical school continued, I also became interested in the brain.