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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Combined psychiatry/internal medicine curriculum

2012 Curriculum Schedule  2010 Curriculum Schedule 

PGY-1

Internal Medicine

Psychiatry

ER 2 weeks Inpatient 8 weeks
GMF (intern) 12 weeks Forensic 4 weeks
Ambulatory block 6 weeks Emergency 4 weeks
CCU/ICU 4 weeks PSM/ECT 8 weeks
Continuity clinic 0.5 days per week Addiction psychiatry 4 weeks

CCU/ICU - cardiac care unit/intensive care unit
ER - emergency medicine
GMF - general medical floor (wards)
PGY - postgraduate year
PSM - psychosomatic medicine (formerly consultation/liaison psychiatry)

PGY-2

Internal Medicine

Psychiatry

ER 2 weeks Inpatient 24 weeks
Elective* 4 weeks Community 4 weeks
CCU/ICU (intern) 4 weeks
GMF (intern) 6 weeks
GMF (senior) 4 weeks
Neurology 4 weeks
Continuity clinic 0.5 days per week

CCU/ICU - cardiac care unit/intensive care unit
*Elective - outpatient and/or inpatient (e.g. cardiology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterolgy, oncology, renal, etc.).  The outpatient psychiatry block includes child and adolescent psychiatry, family/couples therapy and one month of geriatric psychiatry.
ER - emergency medicine
GMF - general medical floor (wards)
PGY - postgraduate year

PGY-3

Internal Medicine

Psychiatry

CCU/MICU 4 weeks Outpatient 32 weeks
GMF (senior) 4 weeks Research 2 weeks
Elective* 4 weeks Continuity clinic* 0.5 days per week
Ambulatory block 4 weeks
Medicine/Psychiatry (County) 4 weeks
Research 4 weeks
Continuity clinic 0.5 days per week

CCU/MICU - cardiac care unit/medical intensive care unit
*Continuity clinic - during Medicine rotations
GMF - general medical floor (wards)
*Elective - outpatient and/or inpatient (e.g. cardiology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterolgy, oncology, renal, etc.).  The outpatient psychiatry block includes child and adolescent psychiatry, family/couples therapy and one month of geriatric psychiatry.
PGY - postgraduate year

PGY-4

Internal Medicine

Psychiatry

Elective* 8 weeks Outpatient 32 weeks
GMF (senior) 8 weeks Continuity clinic* 0.5 days per week
Continuity clinic 0.5 days per week

*Continuity clinic - during Medicine rotations
*Elective - outpatient and/or inpatient (e.g. cardiology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterolgy, oncology, renal, etc.).  The outpatient psychiatry block includes child and adolescent psychiatry, family/couples therapy and one month of geriatric psychiatry.
GMF - general medical floor (wards)
PGY - postgraduate year

PGY-5

Internal Medicine

Psychiatry

CCU/MICU 4 weeks PSM (senior) 8 weeks
Women's Health 4 weeks Inpatient 4 weeks
GMF (senior) 4 weeks Neurology 4 weeks
Geriatric Medicine/Psychiatry 4 weeks Research 4 weeks
Medicine/Psychiatry (County) 8 weeks Elective 4 weeks
Elective* 4 weeks Continuity clinic* 0.5 day per week
Continuity clinic 0.5 day per week

CCU/ICU - cardiac care unit/medical intensive care unit
*Continuity clinic - during Medicine rotations
*Elective - outpatient and/or inpatient (e.g. cardiology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterolgy, oncology, renal, etc.).  The outpatient psychiatry block includes child and adolescent psychiatry, family/couples therapy and one month of geriatric psychiatry.
GMF - general medical floor (wards)
PGY - postgraduate year
PSM - psychosomatic medicine (formerly consultation/liaison psychiatry)

The weekly curriculum, rotated monthly, focuses on the integration of both fields in support of residency training.

  • Medicine/Psychiatry Case Conference (MPC) – Residents present grand rounds topics that demonstrate the interface between medicine and psychiatry.  Examples of past topics covered include phantom pain, psychiatry and palliative care, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorders, female sexual disorders, traumatic brain injury and the history of medicine/psychiatry.
  • Integrated Med/Psych Learning Session (IMPuLSe) – Dually trained faculty or invited guest speakers present cases featuring psychiatric and medical symptoms.  A strong emphasis is placed on how to clinically and educationally integrate both disciplines.  Examples of past topics covered include motivational interviewing, atypical hypothyroidism presenting as shortness of breath and depression, responsible opioid prescribing, functional gastrointestinal complaints, metabolic syndrome and HIV/AIDS “Med Psych” care.
  • Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Meeting (MPR) – Residents meet with the training director to discuss administrative issues and review journal articles that address psychiatric and medical issues.
  • Medicine/Psychiatry Support Group – Resident-driven support group to enhance professional development and offer collegial support in both the challenges and rewards of combined training.