PGY1 Clinical Experience and Didactics

The First Year (PGY-1)

The first year is devoted to acquiring essential clinical skills in psychiatry and medicine, including interviewing, examination, diagnosis, and treatment. This year is divided as follows:

  • 6 month block filling requirements in Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Emergency Medicine including 2 months on inpatient medicine, 1 month medicine outpatient, 1 month in the Emergency Room, and 2 months on the Neurology Service.

The other 6 months are devoted to Psychiatry rotations:
  • 1 month inpatient psychiatry at the VA Medical Center
  • 2 months of Addiction
  • 2 months inpatient psychiatry at University Hospital
  • 1 month emergency psychiatry at University Hospital

Residents learn to interview and collect data efficiently; systematically observe and recognize psychopathology; organize these data and make a diagnosis; and develop a multidisciplinary treatment plan. Concomitantly, the course work (repeated each six months) focuses on interviewing, diagnostic clinical psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and clinical psychopharmacology. 

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PGY1 July Orientation - The Cornerstone

During the  month of July, incoming residents are launched in to an intensive 4-week orienation, The Cornerstone Course.  The Cornerstone is dedicated to preparing PG-1 residents to successfully function as a resident in inpatient psychiatry and on-call in ER psychiatry as both a clinician and a teacher.   By the end of the course, residents demonstrate both the knowledge base and skills necessary to:

  • Interview patients for diagnostic, initial treatment and disposition
  • Develop basic (PG-1 level) formulations for purposes of diagnostic, treatment and disposition
  • Start and follow initial treatments as appropriate, and know the risks, benefits, and purposes of each treatment
  • Demonstrate a PG-1 level knowledge base sufficient to function in the ER and acute inpatient settings

This past July was our 4th successful Cornerstone course.  Below is a complilation of feedback from PGY1 residents on the course:

'The Cornerstone Course provided excellent learning opportunities for which I am very grateful.'

'Great experience.  It was a great transition in to acclimating to residency.'

 'I feel very fortunate to have had The Cornerstone experience.  On the whole, it was a very enrinching & informative experience!  Thank you for all the effort put into it!'

PGY1 Psychiatry July 2017 Intern Class