The PGY-1 year is divided into 4 three-month rotation blocks: 2 blocks of primary care and neurology and 2 blocks of psychiatry (see table). Residents with an interest in child/adolescent populations may meet a portion of the primary care and neurology requirements at The Children’s Hospital (TCH).
The Intern year includes a half day per week outpatient psychiatry experience during the psychiatry blocks. This closely supervised clinic is designed to teach interviewing, diagnostic, and brief psychotherapy skills, and provide residents early exposure to the full range of mental illnesses and functional levels.
PGY-1 residents have 5.5 hours per week of protected didactic time while on psychiatry rotations. The Intern curriculum focuses on core psychiatry knowledge and skills, and includes seminars on:
- On-call skills
- Personal time management skills
- Introduction to DSM-V, descriptive psychopathology and nosology, bio-psycho-social case formulation.
- Diagnosis, phenomenology, and psychopharmacology of major psychiatric disorders
- Psychiatric interviewing
- Motivational interviewing
- Introduction to evidence-based medicine
- Introduction to psychotherapy
Residents on the Integrated Track will begin their progects with protected time.