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Postgraduate Year 3

As residents complete their PG-2 year, they have the opportunity to select the focus for their subsequent years. The majority of residents are clinically focused and choose our multi-specialty track. This educational program takes its name from the different subspecialty clinics that residents rotate though during the morning rotations. At UIC, residents rotate through Neuropsychiatry, Women’s Mental Health, and Intake Clinic. At Jesse Brown VA, residents rotate through the Day Hospital Program, PTSD, Geriatrics, Clozapine and Affective Disorders Clinics, and Addictions Programs.

In addition to the clinical track, there are two research programs, the Adult Neuroscience Training Program and the Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Training Program that are available for those trainees interested in developing skills in the areas of basic science and clinical research. Under the direction of eminent researchers, trainees are educated in the principles of research design, epidemiology, methodology, and outcome evaluation.

All PGY-3 residents attend the same didactics regardless of the track chosen.

Clinical work during the PG 3 year occurs primarily in an outpatient setting. Depending on the educational track chosen, residents gain experience from seeing patients in our multispecialty clinics, community rotation sites, medication management clinics, and psychotherapy. Supervision is provided by senior clinicians in all areas.

GOALS

  • The facilitation of confidence in one's capacity as a psychiatric clinician capable of providing continuity of care across a spectrum of clinical services, using alternative management techniques for inpatient hospitalization, and becoming familiar with the managerial role of the psychiatrist on an interdisciplinary team.
  • The acquisition of the requisite skills to perform the various psychotherapies (individual, insight-oriented, group, family, and cognitive behavioral), manage chronically ill patients in an outpatient setting, and implement psychosocial treatments in community settings.

Journal Club. The PG3 class is charged with running the journal club. Once a month, the residents review a specific scientific paper using evidence based principals and consult with an expert faculty member for discussion. Dr. Michael Schrift is the faculty mentor for journal club.

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