During the first year of training (PGY-1), emphasis is on attaining competency in evaluative, diagnostic, and treatment skills. The year is divided into two six-month blocks. One block consists of primary care and neurology rotations. The other block is composed of inpatient, emergency psychiatry, and consult-liaison rotations.
The second year (PGY-2), emphasizes psychiatric phenomenology, diagnosis, treatment and disposition of patients. This is primarily an inpatient year, with rotations on the adult inpatient unit, child/adolescent services, and the consultation-liaison service at diverse sites in the Chicago area.
The third and fourth years (PGY-3 and PGY-4) of training are primarily ambulatory care experiences. We've chosen to emphasize public sector (community) psychiatry, research psychiatry, and multi-specialty psychiatry. These are not subspecialties, but rather represent differing educational experiences that reflect the growing emphasis on service delivery systems in contemporary psychiatric practice. It is also expected that during the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years of training, all trainees will further refine basic clinical skills, increase leadership and teaching skills, and participate in educational activities.
There are additional opportunities throughout residency to join in advocacy work or to engage with marginalized groups including:
- Asylum Clinic with trainings on how to perform asylum evaluations
- Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program
- Illinois Psychiatric Society trips to Springfield to speak with lawmakers
- Buprenorphine/naloxone certification and training to expand access to opioid medication assisted treatment