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General Adult Psychiatry Residency Clinical Curriculum

PGY-1 Rotations

The PGY-1 year includes four months of internal medicine and two months of adult neurology. This six-month block provides a foundation in medical care and is scheduled as one continuous rotation.

The six-month block of psychiatry in PGY-1 combines an exciting variety of rotations at Friends Hospital. PGY-1 residents spend two months rotating at the Friends Hospital CRC for emergency psychiatry and four months on a combination of three different inpatient adult units, each with different patient populations and clinical staff.

While on medicine/neurology, residents do not attend psychiatry didactics. Given our emphasis on resident education, we repeat the entire six-month PGY-1 didactic curriculum so that all PGY-1 residents engage in the same educational program, whether from July through December or January through June.

PGY-2 Rotations

Residents in the PGY-2 year rotate through a variety of inpatient settings. Three months are spent at a site where residents are engaged in all aspects of management of psychiatric inpatients. The PMCU is configured so that all patients in need of acute inpatient care, even those with complex medical illness, may be provided with excellent care. Residents also spend one additional month at the PMCU on an addiction psychiatry rotation that emphasizes clinical management of patients with substance use disorders. Residents have a two-month rotation in consultation-liaison psychiatry during which residents provide psychiatric consultation to all departments in addition to covering emergency room psychiatric evaluations.

The clinical rotation at Abington Memorial Hospital is a three-month rotation on the general inpatient psychiatric unit, with participation in the electroconvulsive therapy service.

Residents return to Friends hospital for two months in the PGY-2 year for inpatient rotations. Residents will gain experience in child and adolescent psychiatry on the adolescent inpatient psychiatry unit at Friends, and experience in geriatric psychiatry on the geriatric psychiatry unit at Friends Hospital.

PGY-3 Rotations

The PGY-3 year is spent entirely in the outpatient setting. We offer several tracks for residents. Residents are assigned to one of our outpatient sites where residents carry their primary outpatient caseloads. Residents may choose to spend several hours each week at the Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice, which cares for patients with HIV and AIDS.

PGY-4 Rotations

Residents in the PGY-4 year continue half-time with their clinical activities for ongoing care of their outpatients. For four months of the PGY-4 year, residents spend half time on inpatient "chiefships" in which senior residents return to inpatient units in an advanced role to provide clinical care to patients in addition to educational supervision for junior residents and medical students. Eight months of the PGY-4 year, at half-time commitment, is spent on electives. Residents may choose to return to any previous PGY-1 or PGY-2 site for further experience as a senior resident. We also offer electives in electroconvulsive therapy, sleep medicine, pain management, neurology, research, neuropsychological testing, and in tailor-made electives based on individual clinical interest. Additional electives are constantly under consideration by the training program.

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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Drexel University College of Medicine general adult psychiatry residents and faculty