The PGY-1 psychiatry internship is designed to solidify core physician identity, knowledge, and skills and to develop competence in key building blocks of psychiatry. For those PGY-1 residents interested in pursuing a child psychiatry fellowship, the Child Interest Track offers the opportunity to exchange 2 months of internal medicine for 2 months of pediatrics and 1 month of neurology for 1 month of child neurology.
The PGY-2 year is designed to develop advanced knowledge and skills in complex psychiatric diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. The PGY-2 year also includes 3 - 5 months of elective time which provides the opportunity for early exposure to various specialty areas in psychiatry.
The PGY-3 year focuses on outpatient skills and is designed to develop competence in a range of therapeutic modalities including group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and advanced pharmacotherapy. Evidence-based medicine is taught through a state-of-the curriculum; residents conduct a quality improvement/patient safety project to their own practice and advance their practice-based learning skills.
The PGY-4 year focuses on advancing and unifying all the skills and knowledge acquired in the previous years through leadership, teaching and scholarship. This is often incorporated in being a chief resident. The PGY-4 year also includes ample time for individualized clinical, scholarly, or research experiences that develop special interests, in-depth knowledge, or advanced skills.