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Psychiatry Curriculum

Review the Psychiatry residency curriculum for each program year shown below.

The PGY-1 year is designed to introduce the resident to the essentials of medical and psychiatric care through a comprehensive program of structured clinical services, on-call experiences, and lectures. This includes a 6 month block of medicine training and 6 months of psychiatry training. Schedules on all medicine rotations are arranged around On Call shifts and weekly Wednesday Didactic days at Desert Vista.

  • Inpatient Adult Psychiatry (5 months – Desert Vista/Psychiatry Annex)
  • Night Float (1 month – Desert Vista)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month – Valleywise Health Medical Center)
  • Internal Medicine Consult Service (1 month – Valleywise Health Medical Center)
  • Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic (2 months – Chandler Family Health Center) 
  • Inpatient Neurology (1 month – Valleywise HealthMedical Center/Comprehensive Healthcare Center)
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Neurology (1 month – Barrow Neurological Institute)

Didactic Courses

  • Introductory Psychiatric Toolbox
  • History of Psychiatry
  • Evidence Based Psychiatry and Research Methods 
  • Views of Mind:  Cognitive, Behavioral, Psychodynamic Theories
  • Psychiatric Interviewing
  • Neurology
  • Introduction to Neurobiology/ Psychopharmacology
  • Psychiatric Syndromes and Therapeutics I (Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Community Resources
  • Psychological Testing
  • Behavioralism

The PGY-2 year is considered to be a transitional period between the inpatient and outpatient modalities. The resident is expected to consolidate skills in the assessment of acutely ill patients and to assume greater responsibilities as a team leader. Schedules on all rotations are arranged around On Call shifts and weekly Wednesday Didactic days at Desert Vista.

  • Inpatient Adult Psychiatry (3 month – Desert Vista, Psychiatry Annex, Arizona State Hospital/ECT)
  • Consultation/Liaison Service (2 months – Valleywise Health Medical Center)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry (2 months – Psychiatry Annex)
  • Emergency Psychiatry (2 months – Maryvale Hospital/Phoenix VA Jade Opal Clinic)
  • Night Float (1 month – Desert Vista)
  • Inpatient Child/Adolescent Psychiatry (1 month – Desert Vista Adolescent Unit)
  • Addiction Psychiatry (1 months – Carl T. Hayden Medical Center)

Didactic Courses

  • Psychopharmacology II
  • Human Development and Interruptions of Normal Development
  • Psychiatric Syndromes and Therapeutics II
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive/-Behavioral Therapy
  • Legal Course

The PGY-3 year is a longitudinal outpatient experience, designed to allow the resident to gain experience in a variety of outpatient psychiatric modalities. The major emphasis is on continuity of care, and experiences are designed to span the entire 12-month period. The resident assumes primary psychiatric care for outpatients in a number of different settings. Residents spend time each week treating patients with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy at one of several community-based mental health clinics and at the Desert Vista Outpatient Clinic. 

  • Outpatient Clinic (12 months – Desert Vista Behavioral Health)
  • Community Outpatient Clinic Elective (6 months – St Vincent de Paul, VA Primary Care Mental Health Integration)
  • SMI Outpatient Clinic Elective (6 months – PIR East Valley, PIR Metro ACT Team, SWN San Tan, Valleywise Health First Episode Center, Valleywise Health Riverview ACT Team, MIHS MBHSC)

Didactic Courses

  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology
  • Brief Psychotherapies
  • Sexual and Marital Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy and Case Conference
  • Administrative Psychiatry / Careers
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • DBT Consultation Group
  • Process Group
  • Outpatient Psychopharmacology
  • Advanced Biological Psychiatry
  • Quality Improvement Project

The PGY-4 year is conceptualized as a time to consolidate the resident's sense of professional identity and to provide experiences that emulate post-graduate practice activities. Residents are expected to rotate through both child psychiatry and administrative psychiatry, with ample time provided for elective experiences, catered to each resident's choices. New rotations are frequently added, as new opportunities come available in the community. Elective rotations can be developed to meet a resident’s specific educational needs and professional interests.

  • Outpatient Clinic (12 months – Desert Vista Behavioral Health)
  • Administrative Psychiatry Rotation (3 months – Community Bridges Chief Medical Officer, MIHS/DMG Chair of Psychiatry, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services)
  • Child Psychiatry (6 months – Job Corps, Devereux, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Southwest Human Development)
  • Outpatient Clinic Elective (variable – Banner Alzheimers Institute, Assurance Health and Wellness Center-Phoenix, Mayo Clinic)
  • Chemical Dependency Elective (variable – Cavalry Rehab, VA Substance Abuse)
  • Inpatient Elective (variable – Desert Vista Hospital, Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, private hospitals)

Didactic Courses

  • Advanced Biological Psychiatry
  • Career Planning
  • Administrative Psychiatry
  • Psychodynamic Therapy and Case Conference
  • DBT Consultation Group
  • Culture and Psychiatry
  • Board Review, Psychiatry
  • Board Review, Neurology