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.

Myra Mathis

A Day in the Life of a PGY-1 Resident

Hello future psychiatrists! My name is Myra and I am a new PGY-1 here at Yale. I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and stayed local to complete a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. After a short time as a laboratory technician, I attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Amber Posner

A Day in the Life of a PGY-1 Resident

Hello future psychiatrists! I grew up in Middlesboro, Kentucky, a rural town in eastern Kentucky. Subsequently I moved up Interstate 75 to complete my undergraduate degree in chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University, and then on to medical school at the University of Kentucky (Go Cats!) where I fell in love with psychiatry.

Joao Paulo DeAquino Lima.

A Day in the Life of a PGY-2 Resident

Hello there! My name is João Paulo. I’m a second year psychiatry resident at Yale. I was born and raised in Brazil, where I witnessed both breathtaking natural beauty and severe social inequality. After a dear friend developed schizophrenia, I wondered how do mental illnesses develop, and in what ways can such suffering be alleviated.  I decided to delve into the research arena and graduated from the Federal University of Ceará, in Fortaleza. 

Andrea Diaz Stronsky

A Day in the Lie of a PGY-2 Resident

Hello! I’m Andi, and I’m a second-year psychiatry resident in the Solnit Integrated Child & Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I’m originally from Mexico, though I moved around to various countries, including to Brazil for high school. I got my Bachelors in Health Sciences at McMaster University in Canada, and then returned to Mexico for Medical School at Tec de Monterrey.

Phelan Maruca-Sullivan

A Day in the Life of a PGY-3 Resident

Hello! My name is Phelan, and I am a third-year psychiatry resident at Yale. I grew up not far from Yale in Watertown, CT. I graduated from Georgetown University, where I majored in Classics and Psychology, and then attended Boston University School of Medicine.  I was initially attracted to psychiatry because of my undergraduate studies.  I had also worked for a few years in a law firm where I found myself fascinated by the cases involving mental illness. 

Neil Bruce

A Day in the Life of a PGY-3

Hey everyone! My name is Neil, and I’m a third-year psychiatry resident at Yale. I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for college where I majored in Zoology and ran a Big Brothers Big Sisters afterschool program. After undergrad, I moved for a year to Chicago, where I worked in a lab studying the apoptotic pathway at Northwestern University. 

Marilise Hyacinth

A Day in the Life of a PGY-4 Resident

Hi, My name is Marilise. I am a fourth-year psychiatry resident and serve as Program-Wide Co-Chief Resident. I was born in Guyana and immigrated to the United States as a young child. My family settled in Brooklyn, NY, where I lived for many years. For my undergraduate studies, I attended Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA, in Amish country! There I majored in Biochemistry and became increasingly interested in Chemistry. As such, I went on to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and eventually earned by PhD in Supramolecular Organic Chemistry. 

Alan Lewis

A Day in the Life of a PGY-4 Resident

Hello, my name is Alan, I am currently a fourth year adult psychiatry resident at Yale in the Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP). I grew up about two and a half hours away just outside of Albany, NY, where my parents still live, which makes it easy to visit family. I majored in Chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where I learned to love research and understand the importance of good mentors in one’s life.