Dr. Ashok Patel

The Psychiatry program at Largo medical Center, affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a four-year program which provides trainees with the educational and practical clinical experience that will enable them to deliver superior specialized care to patients.

Largo Medical Center’s two campuses provide a unique educational environment. Both campuses combined provide a total of 425 beds in a community based setting. The Psychiatry service admits about 85 patients per month to two separate psychiatry units with 47 total beds. The Largo Medical Center Indian Rocks campus is a Baker Act Receiving Facility and is home to a six bed medical behavioral unit. The residency also provides a Consult Service for Largo Medical Center main campus.

The Residency is driven by the desire to create strong clinical psychiatrists that excel in the leadership of the biopsychosocial treatment team. To that end, the residents spend the second half of OGME1 and all of OGME2 in the acute psychiatric inpatient setting. This experience gives trainees the education required to discern between different therapeutic approaches in an acute care setting, experience in crisis management and experience in stabilization of the patient for successful discharge into the outpatient setting.

Our third-year residents train in the outpatient setting, developing their own panel of patients as well as working in a collaborative environment with therapist in the office. Fourth year rotations will be electives, including an experience at Bay Pines VA Hospital.

To fulfill our mission of graduating highly skilled and prepared psychiatrists, we have designed a comprehensive curriculum that is continually enhanced by resident and faculty feedback.

I encourage you to learn more about our program and contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education at (727) 588-5704 if you have any questions, would like to speak with a current resident or would like to schedule a rotation.

Ashok M. Patel, MD
Program Director, Psychiatry