Adult Psychiatry Residency Education & Training

Our residents graduate as well-rounded, knowledgeable psychiatrist, able to provide exceptional care. Learn more about the educational and training components of our program, as well as:

Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1)

The core psychiatry curriculum with our Psychiatry Residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is designed to provide strong clinical experiences and research programs necessary for the development of basic knowledge in the sub-specialty areas of contemporary psychiatry. PGY-1 curriculum includes inpatient psychiatry for 26 weeks, neurology for 4 weeks, primary care for 16 weeks and night float for 6 weeks across the following areas:

  • Adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatry at University Hospitals and the Cleveland VA
  • Four weeks with University Hospitals’ general neurology service
  • Eight weeks of general medicine
  • Eight weeks of emergency medicine
  • Three 2-week blocks of night float, with each block averaging nine 14-hour shifts, with weekends off

Highlights of PGY-1 Year

  • Interns start the year on Psychiatry with half of the typical patient load
  • “Buddy call” with a PGY-2 for the first month of intern year
  • One morning a week is protected for didactic time

Read about what a typical day for a PGY-1 looks like from a resident’s perspective.

Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2)

PGY-2 includes inpatient psychiatry for 12-16 weeks, sub-specialty psychiatry for 10 weeks, consult-liaison psychiatry for 16-20 weeks, electives for 6 weeks and neurology for 4 weeks across the following areas:

  • Consult-liaison psychiatry at University Hospitals including UH Seidman Cancer Center and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
  • Adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatry at University Hospitals and the Cleveland VA
  • Four weeks of inpatient child psychiatry at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • Four weeks of addiction psychiatry at community locations
  • Two weeks of emergency psychiatry at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  • Four weeks with University Hospitals’ general neurology service
  • Call is an average of every nine days for the Cleveland VA, covering the psychiatric emergency room, floor-calls and new consults
  • Numerous electives, including forensic psychiatry, integrated mental health, the homeless mentally ill, and college mental health

Highlights of PGY-2 Year

  • Six weeks of elective time
  • A longitudinal Access Clinic, allowing PGY-2s to be introduced to outpatient psychiatry with additional one-on-one attending support
  • One morning a week protected for didactic time

Read about what a typical day for a PGY-2 looks like from our resident’s perspective.

Post Graduate Year 3 (PGY-3)

PGY-3 clinical experiences involve a longitudinal outpatient schedule, which may include:

  • Outpatient Community Mental Health Clinic
  • Outpatient Child Psychiatry Clinic
  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at the Cleveland VA
  • Outpatient Psychotherapy Clinic
  • Protected didactic time
  • Elective time

Highlights of PGY-3 Year

  • Elective outpatient clinics, up to one full day a week, allow residents to tailor their experiences to their interests, such as forensics, addiction and child services.
  • Resident Psychotherapy Clinic, with at least three therapy patients, allows residents to develop their therapy skills, practicing psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy cases, including weekly supervision by a psychotherapist.
  • Two mornings a week protected for didactic time.

Read about what a typical day for a PGY-3 looks like from our resident’s perspective.

Post Graduate Year 4 (PGY-4)

PGY-4 year offers great flexibility. Each resident tailors their clinical experiences to their professional interest. Thus, there is no “typical” PGY-4 schedule, but keep reading to see how some of our PGY-4s spent their time.

Read about what a typical day for a PGY-4 looks like from our residents’ perspectives.

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