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 General Residency Program

About Our Program

The General Psychiatry Program at UTMB Health is a four-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Service (NRMP) program and all applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our goal is to train general psychiatrists by means of strong clinic experience and a systematic exposure to relevant knowledge from biological, psychological and social sciences. Special effort has been devoted to achieving a well-balanced program integrating theoretical learning and clinical experiences. As a university-based program in a large public/private hospital system UTMB provides a solid core of knowledge and a scientific framework as well as the number and variety of patients for a full range of clinical experiences. A standing Curriculum Committee, on which residents sit as full members, introduces revisions and changes to improve education and training. Each resident can be assured that by the end of the program, all of the experiences for Board Certification will have been provided.

Genral Residency Program Directors

  • Cindy Wigg, MD

    Wigg, Cindy

    Program Director

    Dr. Wigg is board-certified in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her residency and fellowship training at UTMB and remains active involved in medical student and resident education since she became faculty in 1986.

  • Derek Neal, MD

    Neal, Derek

    Assistant Program Director

    Dr. Neal is board certified in General Psychiatry. After completing his residency training at UTMB in 2014 he became faculty.



  • 8 months Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
  • 4 Months Primary Care 
  • 2 months Neurology 
  • 2 months Child & Adolescent 
  • 2 months Geriatric Psychiatry 
  • 2 months Addiction/Forensics Psychiatry
  • 4 months Consult/Liaison
  • 12 months Outpatient Psychiatry 
  • 1 month Forensic 
  • 3 months Administrative 
  • 2 months Service Chief Selective 
  • 6 months Electives 

PGY 1 Residents


  • Omar Abdelaziz

  • Jordan Avery

  • Gavin Butler

  • Jonathan Carroll

  • James Clynes

  • Erik Davis

  • Kristen Dzeda

  • Claire Janes

  • Catherine Zepeda

PGY 2 Residents


  • Daniyal Ahmed

  • Wajahat Ali

  • Doris Amaro

  • Paul Brindley

  • Ashley Brizendine

  • John Morris

  • Josephine Novak

  • Blair Watson

PGY 3 Residents


  • Glen Francisco

    Francisco, Glen
  • Max Galvan

    Galvan, Max
  • Nelson Holmes

    Holmes, Nelson
  • Farah Kudrath

    Kudrath, Farah Amal
  • Allison Popovich

    Popovich, Allison
  • Megan Shaffner

    Shaffner, Megan
  • Yicheng Shen

    Shen, Yicheng
  • Thomas Wieck

    Wieck, Thomas
  • Troy Grantham

    Grantham, Troy

PGY 4 Residents


  • Troy Grantham

    Grantham, Troy
  • James Loomis

    Loomis, James
  • Charlena Melnyk

    Melnyk, Charlena Janice
  • Michael Molina

    Molina, Michael Lee
  • Paymon Mosavi

    Mosavi, Paymon

Application Requirements

  • Must apply through ERAS.
  • Completed Medical School no more than 10 years before applying.
  • Cannot have any length of prior residency training in any specialty.
  • Clinical experience is not required.
  • Must have taken and passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK & CS or COMPLEX Level 1 and Level 2CE, within three (3) attempts per step/level and have taken COMPLEX 2 PE, by time of application.
  • Must meet all of the Texas Medical Board (TMB) Requirements to be able to receive a Physician in Training Permit (PIT) by the start of PGY-1.
  • Foreign medical graduates must be ECFMG certified.
  • The only Visas accepted institutionally are J1 Visas.

For more information, please contact:

Courtney Silberisen
Program Manager

Useful Link

UTMB GME Website