Residents and fellows must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.  Residents are expected to:

  • Perform a psychiatric assessment that emphasizes the reproductive cycle in relation to the psychiatric presentation;
  •  Develop comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments and differential diagnoses that incorporate genetic predisposition, developmental issues, co-morbid medical issues, substance use and abuse, ethnic/cultural/spiritual factors, economic issues, current relationships, psychosocial stressors and current mental status exam;
  • Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, reproductive status and up- to-date scientific evidence and clinical judgment;
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families and demonstrate the ability to develop leadership skills;
  • Understand the impact of medical and gynecologic disorders on mental health, as they relate to co-morbid psychiatric symptoms and emotional reactions.
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the influence of sociocultural gender roles on psychopathology.
  • Demonstrate competencies in working with a multidisciplinary team that comprises WMH social worker, occupational therapists, psychiatric nurses, junior residents and medical students, nurse practitioners and psychotherapists;


The residents will learn to assess, recognize and manage (as evaluated by clinical faculty):

  • The effects of reproductive events (e.g. menstrual cycle, perinatal, perimenopause) on psychiatric disorders.
  • Gender differences in the expression of major mental illness.
  • Psychiatric sequelae of early sexual abuse.
  • Pharmacotherapy and ECT during pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Psychosocial issues related to reproduction and gender.
  • Parenting assessment and reactions to custody loss.
  • Family planning in mentally ill women.
  • The clinical data base (history, physical exam, and labs) in psychiatrically hospitalized women.
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