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Psychiatry Residency Program Curriculum

Rotations and Didactics

Our didactic sessions incorporate an adult-learning model that utilizes a flipped-classroom approach. Faculty members provide a framework for the topic at hand. Our teaching faculty are present in every session to guide and facilitate the team-based and case-based learning in which all residents participate.

In addition, residents participate in weekly mentorship sessions lead by our faculty. Trainees also receive lectures from our senior residents. Our senior residents take part in board review sessions with our Chair of Psychiatry, Rajesh Tampi, MD.

Their first year is designed to meet the training goals of competence in your knowledge base and clinical skills to:

  • Understand psychiatric syndromes and diagnoses;
  • Understand the use of different modalities of psychotherapies; and,
  • Recognize the psychiatric manifestations of common medical and neurological illnesses.

The PGY I year consists of

  • four months of primary care
  • two months of neurology, and
  • six months of adult inpatient and emergency psychiatry.

These rotations provide solid medical experience in the recognition and management of general medical problems in internal medicine, family practice and adult psychiatric inpatient care.

The first year of training is also the beginning of long-term psychotherapy and psychopharmacological management in the outpatient setting. Continuity of care is emphasized throughout the four-year program. During second, third and fourth years, residents spend a half day every week with their continuity patients in order to refine their therapeutic skills and evaluate progress over time.

The second year of training provides experience in a variety of settings, allowing residents an opportunity to work with different patient populations and work in different systems of care. Rotations sites include

  • adult inpatient psychiatry
  • geriatric psychiatry
  • child and adolescent psychiatry
  • addictions
  • community psychiatry
  • forensics, and
  • rural psychiatry.

During subspecialty rotations, the principal focus is on expanding and synthesizing knowledge about human behavior, treatment modalities and systems of care.

PGY III consists of twelve months of full-time, supervised adult outpatient psychiatry, which focuses on the recognition and management of adult psychiatric problems in an ambulatory setting. Through intense study, close supervision, and a balance of patients from both the public and private sectors, residents learn to

  • triage psychiatric emergencies
  • administer psychopharmacologic medications, and
  • sharpen their interview skills for effective psychotherapeutic intervention

The fourth year consists of one month consultation/liaison psychiatry, one month as a junior attending at Lasting Hope Recovery Center, and one month of community-based substance use treatment. In addition, the fourth year resident may choose nine months of electives.

Elective rotations are based entirely on individual resident interest. Examples of elective rotations are ECT, TMS, Inpatient and Outpatient psychotherapy, additional experiences in Geriatric Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Eating Disorders, EEG, Integrated Care and Quality Improvement. This final year of training has the greatest flexibility, the intention of which is to individualize the experience for each physician; consolidate their experiences, further define their interests, and broaden and deepen their ability to treat patients.