Curriculum

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  • Train residents to develop a high degree of clinical competence, with a sound knowledge of general psychiatry and neurology
  • To expose residents to various subspecialties and schools of thought within the field of psychiatry
  • To train residents in developing and implementing individualized treatment plans
  • To teach residents to recognize and address the needs of minorities and the underserved.

PGY 1 Residents
This is a transitional year during which residents rotate in neurology, inpatient medicine, and family medicine. Rotations also include inpatient and geriatric psychiatry training at the Atlanta Veterans Health Care Systems. Residents are introduced to patient safety and quality improvement curriculum and ACGME core competency expectations.

PGY 2 Residents
This year provides training and experience in outpatient community psychiatry. Experiences in child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, psychosocial rehabilitation, and community outreach services are included. Residents participate in patient safety and quality improvement activities/projects and begin work within the different psychotherapy competencies.

PGY 3 Residents
Residents will complete an emergency psychiatry rotation, consultation-liaison rotation, forensic rotation, adult inpatient rotation with the severe and persistently mentally ill at the state hospital, inpatient child and adolescent rotation, and a substance abuse-trauma recovery rotation. Residents will continue care for long term supervised psychotherapy cases and patient safety/quality improvement projects.

PGY-4 Residents
Residents in their fourth year of training will complete a psychotherapy rotation at the Atlanta VA/CBOC and customize the remainder of their training with elective clinical experiences.