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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

Psychiatry Residency PGY-II

PGY-II Psychiatry Residents 

The PGY-2 year is designed to develop advanced knowledge and skills in complex psychiatric diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and consultation-liaison psychiatry.  It also provides elective training experiences in sub-specialty areas of psychiatry and longitudinal outpatient psychotherapy.

PGY-2 Features

    • Electives with specialty exposure
    • Child interest track
    • Brief psychotherapies: DBT & CBT
    • Outpatient psych clinic ½ day per week—longitudinal therapy
    • Individual supervision 1-2 hours weekly
    • Didactics 5 hours weekly

Clinical Rotations

The PGY-2 year is comprised of rotation blocks varying in length from 1-4 months each, including inpatient psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and electives. The flexible schedule allows residents some choices and the ability to explore interests, deepen knowledge of a particular sub-specialty, and perhaps refine plans for post-residency fellowship training.

PGY-2 residents have a year-long, half day per week outpatient psychiatry clinic. Residents develop longitudinal treatment plans and more advanced psychotherapy skills; some residents co-facilitate psychotherapy groups.

Sample Schedule


PGY-2 residents have 5.5 hours per week of protected didactic time. The PGY-2 curriculum focuses on honing knowledge and skills in complex diagnosis, advanced psychopharmacology, and special populations. In addition, there is an emphasis on psychodynamic and developmental perspectives. The PGY-2 seminars include:

    • Advanced Psychopharmacology
    • Advanced Case Formulation
    • Neuroscience
    • Developmental Psychopathology and Diagnosis
    • Emergency and Consultation Psychiatry
    • Geriatric Psychiatry
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Psychosomatic Psychiatry
    • Cross Cultural Psychiatry
    • Ethics
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Psychological Testing
    • Research Methodology
    • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    • Brief Therapies: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy


PGY-2 residents have two hours weekly of regularly scheduled individual supervision, one from the primary attending at the inpatient site, and one at their outpatient clinic.

Scholarly Activities

Residents on the Integrated Track continue with the protected time. Residents on the Research Track begin their scholarly activities. Other PGY-2 may opt to fulfill their scholarly activities.


    • 1 mo psych night float (6 pm to 8 am Mon-Thur)
    • Approx 1 call/month (mix of home + in-house)